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Fruet - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

697 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 224
Gots: 417 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Unlike previous anniversary beers, ALL Fruet is 100% bourbon barrel-aged.
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #09408 poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Very dark brown; almost completely opaque with only slight traces of light penetrating around the edges. One finger of cream coloured head that reduced to a few scattered bubbles across the top of the glass.

S - A huge bourbon aroma up front. Plenty of vanilla and oak notes round out a large barrel presence in the nose. Some roast, dark fruit, smoke and cherry notes from the base beer in the background. The barrel definitely dominates the nose.

T - Bourbon notes up front with oak and vanilla flavours come through from the barrel but the presence of the base beer is much more pronounced than the nose indicated. Brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, raisin, plum and cherry flavours all come through from the base beer along with a hint of smoke. Great integration of the barrel and the base beer.

M -Medium to full body. Thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

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4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a deep brown with an off white head and had a bunch of lacing.

The smell has a bunch of caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla notes, with traces of fresh fudge. It smells very rich.

The taste is caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla and has a decadence that I've very rarely ever experienced.

The carbonation is on the lower side, but enough to keep the mouthfeel on the medium side and highlight the beauty of this beer.

Absolutely fantastic! ISO.

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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single waxed-top bottle enjoyed at a recent tasting, courtesy of a stalwart gentleman of virtue true. Cheers, Brad!

Poured into a goblet sampler glass. Caramel-chocolate brown in colour, murky, and with a small but sturdy head of foam that survives as a thick ring. The viscosity of this brew is evident with the pour - this brew has some heft to it.

Nose is bloody spectacular, with rich caramel sweetness, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, figs, dates, raisins perhaps, toffee and a rich warming booziness. Divine.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose, and man is it doing it for me. A terrific blend of sweet caramel, booze, vanilla and fruit that, on top of everything else, tastes more like something in the 10% range (minus the thickness, of course). Thick, syrupy, but with sufficient carbonation to keep the sweetness at bay.

Another knockout from the Bruery - a pleasure to drink and share.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with minimal head, very thick looking

S: bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, roasted sugar

T: very sweet, but full of dark fruit character with tons of caramel sweetness along with wood flavor, which wasn't as prominent as I thought it would be.

M: thick, well carbonated, but thick and sticky

O: only the sweetness is keeping this from a much better score. Amazing that the barrel is so wonderful for the beer, but doesn't take too much away from the regular old ale flavors.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Share with rudzud as part of our RS membership.

Light fizzy fluffy head covering surprising for the abv, super dark molasses like no light coming through beer.

Nose, awwww, so good, dreamy, full of bourbon, vanilla, oak barrel, toasted oak, sweet caramel malts, toffee, light cocoa, chewy malts, barleywine-esque, brandy soaked raisins, plums, hint of booze, light bready malts, bread pudding, hint of booze, light pie like spices. Oh man so good.

Taste sweet! Sugar, fruit flavors, fig, date, raisin, etc in brandy and syrup. Chewy malts, darker malts, plenty of caramel, toffee, etc. Booze is heavy and hot, almost tingly, with hint of esters even. Light cocoa, vanilla, tons of bourbon, oak, toasty, etc. Cognac like raisin and fig, etc. Finish is pure awesomeness, vanilla, bourbon, light booze, brandy soaked raisin, light cocoa, caramel, toffee, hint of bitterness, toasty oak. I think I'll be sipping this for hours, not because it's boozy or syrupy, but because its so delicious and I just want to prolong the greatness as long as I can.

Mouth is velvet smooth with a heavy mouth, plenty of booze, decent carb for the overall beer.

Overall, gluuuggggmmmggggrrraahhhh!!! Just friggen delicious, I can almost feel it melting in my mouth as I go even. Damn so good! This is close to a desert island beer.

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4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from our Bruery's membership and split with JLindros.

A - Poured a deep dark hue with a half finger khaki head that faded to leave light haloing.

S - Aromas floor me. Huge bourbon ans vanilla notes with nice caramel and toffee with faint barrel. No alcohol on the nose...is this 15.5%?!

T - Taste is almost mind melting. Sweet candy brown sugars, tons of vanilla so so much vanilla. Lots of rich bourbon notes with just some light alcohol. Soft chocolates with subtle dark fruits. This is a masterfully done olde ale.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptional for an old ale. Its almost too carbonated the alcohol on the tongue is masked by the carbonation.

O - Overall this beer exceeds my expectations. Delicious old ale with tons of vanilla and bourbon. So much toasted oak and vanilla. This beer is awesome!

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man, what a nightcap!

The beer is dark auburn with a thin off white collar.

The aroma is pleasant, offering malt, oak, booze, fruit, bourbon, toffee, caramels, oh my, what is taking place here?!?

The flavor follows suit, with a wonderful assault of flavors. The Bruery seems to have the recipe for 15%+ abv old ales / barleywines down pat. Wow. Go Patrick, wif yo bad self. A tad sweet, but never cloying. A barrage of tastes, to include toffee, oak, booze, bourbon, brandy perhaps. One could hurt thyself if left unattended with this beer.

Medium bodied with a warming alcohol finish. moderately low carbonation.

Delicious. Recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with a layer of large bubbles covering the surface and left a collar around the edge.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with some hints of fruit and sweetness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is somewhat more complex with notes of caramel, fruit and oak.
M: It feels rather full-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a lot of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong and is one that needs to be slowly sipped, although if you wait for the beer to warm up the flavor really begins to develop. It’s a nice beer to close out the night with.

Note: Bottle #644

Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.