Fruet - The Bruery

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686 Ratings
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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 224
Gots: 420 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Unlike previous anniversary beers, ALL Fruet is 100% bourbon barrel-aged.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-23-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. I picked this up on a recommendation (from largadeer, of all people -- you'd think I would learn to ignore him after he proclaims everything "amazing"). Opened during a screening of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with my coworkers.

A: Pours a reddish-chestnut body with a surprising amount of large-bubbled beige head. My coworker, who has been frothing at the mouth for more King Henry since I shared one with him a long time ago, remarked, "This looks like King Henry!"

S: Rich, caramelly bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, even dark fruits. My concern with this beer was that the dark fruit component would be treacly and overpowering as it was in one of the previous vintages, but it is not; they dialed it back for this batch. Raj, my eloquent coworker, remarked, "This smells like King Henry!"

T: This is kind of what I imagine a bourbon liqueur to taste like; it has that rich, caramelly, vanilla-touched barrel flavor with base beer characteristics of molasses, brown sugar, figs, and raisins. To say it is sweet is an understatement, but the beer deals with it pretty well (see below). Raj, to my amusement, pronounced that "This tastes like King Henry, but not as good!"

M: Rich, oily, and slick. The beer is overly tannic (oak and the skins of raisins and figs) and has a pronounced astringency in the finish; but it needs this, I think, to deal with the sugar -- and it needs the sugar, I think, to deal with the booze. And it needs the booze, I believe, to justify the price. It's all connected. Anyway, the sugar produces a strong burn (not to be confused with alcohol heat), and the tannins create astringency in the finish. This is definitely a weak spot of the beer.

O: I didn't expect to like this as much as I did, even though it was waxed. I figured, Bruery + expensive would give me license to hate on this in unlimited quantity. But... I really enjoyed it, and so did everyone else. Unanimously the hit of the tasting.

And no, it doesn't really smell or taste like King Henry, but for people looking for a quick fix, this is a passable substitute. I raise my glass to you, Patrick Rue, and utter a solemn, "Candi sugar" in your general direction.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of adamdarcy
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of maximum12
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the generous state of Wisconsin for importing The Bruery stuff, even in small quantities. Picked up this massive beer with the massive price tag a week or so after the release, only a couple left on the shelf. Could only pull the trigger on one for the ransom demanded. Let's hope it's good. 750ML, Bottle #92, split with my wife.

Pour is a dirty, rusty brown with surprising pop for a blended high Abv brew. Smells as lovely & complex as I imagined: bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, sweet malts. Lovely.

Freut comes wielding a frozen rope of bourbon - sinus-clearing, head-throbbing-in-the-morning, sweet-vanilla bourbon. Huge vanilla & bourbon break through the front window & all else is a misty afterthought. Great caramel squares, then to the nose with plenty of molasses, brown sugar, & sweet base. Drying honey, oak, & shriveled fruit on the back end. Then the lovely vanilla/bourbon combo takes over like a vote-seeking politician.

This. Fucking. Rocks. Bourbon, great, vanilla, great, complexity, great, subtleties, great. Hands-down the best new beer I've had a lot of sipping days. World-class beer. I should have bought two.

Photo of marshmeli
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of smakawhat
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass around 57-58 degrees.

A very slow decant and tilt doesn't produce much head. What does is maybe 2-3mm tall but manages to always keep a tan collar (3.5). Some carbonation does come up and noticeable through a dark brown and mostly red body. Aggressive center punch pour gives VERY creamy top, uniform bubbles, and frothyness though looking much better (4).

Nose is truly wonderful. A great mix of malt caramel thickness and milky chocolate, hints of salt. No heat off this at all, but also a real nice sense of thickness coming, the beer feels big. THere's a faint hint of smoke but only after I go back to examine after tasting.

Taste is a big surprise. My first impression is cherry fruit, hinting of Flanders. Then out pops caramel and wonderful salt. Finish hits big and thick but controlled, warming pit in the stomach of booze but not in the back palate. Front has a nice tight carbonation, but an oh so nice creamy texture and feel. Malt caramel rich, fruit strong, warming milk. Chocolate angle though seems missing from the nose, but I don't care.

I am getting another to either just drink again or perhaps cellar and check out in a year. This is a big surprise from nose to palate. Great complicated and full of unique flavors, extremely impressive. Well done! I'd share but the bottle was gone easily... I want Fruet Single Barrel!

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of DougVanHoy
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Devi0us
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown, slight cloudy. Forms a smallish light tan head hat reduces down to a thick ring around he edge. Some light lacing.

S: rather aromatic with lots of toffee. Caramel, oak, brown sugar, vanilla, fusel spice, and lots of alcohol.

T: sweet toffee, caramel, and oaky, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, raisins and brown sugar. Finishes sweet and malty and alcoholic.

M: this is a big beer with lots of alcohol. Mild bitterness, restrained carbonation.

O: as noted above, this is a big, aggressive beer. Very flavorful, nice, but it's an absolute brute that couldn't possibly be enjoyed alone.

Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep red with no head with bits of light passing through, decent lacing. Nose is full of molasses and brown sugar with hints of vanilla. Bourbon is somewhat subdued, however the boozieness is present. The taste starts sugary sweet and takes on fruity notes of figs and plums. Finish is warming and features some bourbon, primarily vanilla. Body is heavy and mildly carbonated.ots of flavor here, a sipper for sure.

Photo of Rick760Sd
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mkennedy119
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottle #16237. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very sweet, the brew smells like maple, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruit and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like maple, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, dark fruit and some sweet booze. And it just seems to get better and better as the beer warms (I let the bottle sit out of the fridge for about 1/2 an hour before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. For a brew that's 15.5% ABV, it's dangerously drinkable. I think this is an excellent overall brew, and I would love to drink one again sometime. However, it is pricey at $34.99 a bottle.

Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark toffee with a small beige head fading into a wisp, but clinging nicely to the edges of the glass.

Smells of toffee with a load of sweet vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of booze. Fantastic aroma although it is on the sweet side.

Big brown sugar and chocolate kick up front along with some vanilla, but not as much as the aroma. Sweet sticky toffee/caramel in the middle with a kiss of booze competing with the sweetness near the end. Alcohol is very well integrated for a 15.5% beer this young.

Smooth creamy and decadent mouthfeel. A little on the sweet side with lowish carbonation.

This keeps getting better every year. It's a bit sweet which limits drinkability, but doesn't become cloying. Great flavors and well integrated alcohol. This one is great fresh and I can only see it getting better with a little time.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Mavajo
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.