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Fruet - The Bruery

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700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 222
Gots: 413 | 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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Photo of 1Adam12
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fathers day present for me from my wife. Pours a dark caramel color. Not much head, but a bit of crackles from the carbonation. Smells BIG! Lots of alcohol, bourbon a bit of caramel and dark fruit. Taste is big bourbon. The base beer is hidden because of too much bourbon, but I like it. Full mouthfeel, smooth yet harsh. Overall, this needs a ton of time. Like, 2 years at least. Very good still, because I like bourbon heavy beers. However, with a few years, I think things will blend together better instead of being one big hot mess.

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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bourbon, sherry, port - pure decadence really - fills the nostrils and the taste. Nice head. Beautiful ruby tint along the edge of the glass with a classic murky old ale appearance in the center.

It's a tad on the thin side compared to Cuir or Coton.

I didn't find it to be overal hot either. Drink now!

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

picked up locally. enjoyed from a bruery snifter.

bottle # 08602

a - pried the wax and decapped the brew and filled my snifter, the beer poured a watery rust colored orange brown that settled in the glass as a ruby plum purple. the beer sported a generous yellowing white cream colored foamy head. as the head dissipated it left a trail of creaminess of where it had been, however swirling the glass left nary a spot of lacing. i was rather surprised to see the head hang out as long as it did, but the barrel aging was evident in the lack of lacing and general shine on the beer.

s - mmmm....decadence! dark fruit and dark chocolate soaked in bourbon. the heat on the beer gave a hint of mentholation in my nose, but the rich fruity and chocolateness dominate. nutmeg and figs compliment everything and the balance is perfect. just as nice as all of the other anniversary beers if not nicer.

t - the flavor is equally as impressive as the smell. more old ale than the nose suggested, but again, the barrels provide a nutmeg chocolate vibe. extremely tasty, but rather sweet and decadent.

m - lots of heat...extremely sweet while maintaining enough balance to prevent it from being cloying. this is a big beer and there is no denying it.

o - overall, paint me impressed. this beer is just as tasty if not moreso than the previous barrel aged anniversary beers. i'm pleased that this year, the bruery went all out on the barrel aging. i'm a bit bummed on the price point, but for a 100% BA beer, it is nice that it hit local distro so i didn't have to absorb additional shipping costs. the high price point will likely deter many which means i will not have to rush to get a few bottles of this. i picked up 2 and after trying this one i need to pick up at least one more of this gem. quite tasty and worth the cash in my opinion.

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3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a good temperature with a small, foamy, light tan head that settled out quickly and no lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber brown. Aroma is a very volatile blend of malt, dark ripe fruit, yeast, wine. Flavor's like nose with sweet on top followed with equal proportions of bitter and carbonic tang. Very rich and intense. Body is huge; can't imagine taking a huge mouthfull, but this has a few soft points mixed in with great carbonation for perfect mouth sensory values. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and without the sense of the power. A great sipping beer.

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4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle that has been open for a couple days and allowed to breathe a bit. Served around 58F.

Appearance: Rust colored, muddy, almost opaque. Pours with a thin head that doesn't stick around long. Very leggy, almost syrupy, when swirled.

Smell: Dates, maple syrup, molasses and vanilla matched by leathery oxidation and a touch of cocoa. Slightly vinous and port-like. Bourbon is evident and lends a bit of heat. Pretty spectacular aroma on this beer. It's sweet, but not excessively so - the sweetness seems toned down compared to 100% barrel aged Cuir.

Palate: Rich creamy caramel and vanilla, maple syrup and a touch of molasses. Solera blending has really worked in this beer's favor; the high level of oxidation balances out the sweetness, lending flavors of leather, cocoa and sherry. The mouthfeel is full and silky with low carbonation. Alcohol is surprisingly restrained. Tannins and alcohol dry out the finish a bit.

Overall: Another impressive anniversary ale, which at this point is the best thing The Bruery is making as far as I'm concerned.

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4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep ruby brown with tan head that slims down into a light fuzz

S: bourbon, brown sugar, caramel

T: sweet boozy dark fruity - reminded me more of an English barleywine than an old ale - this is a super-decadent bourbon beer

M: the sugars mask any astringency from the high abv completely, medium-weight feel, slightly sticky; sugary booze aftertaste

O: yes, an epic beer - but at $36 for the bottle? For aficionados, no doubt a must-buy; this is a bourbon-laced treat that's gonna be gone in the blink of an eye

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4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The night-capper to a long and successful day. 5 oz. poured into a FFF Teku in June 9th, 2012.

A - Very dark, murky brown coloring that verges on black in improper lighting. Good head for the abv, 1.5 fingers of an offwhite foam. Fair lacing, big alcohol legs.'

S - The Bruery goes big time all the time. Oak, bourbon whiskey, lighter vanilla, blackstrap molasses, caramel corn, light milk chocolate, sugar cane, and some alcohol.

T - Huge dark winter fruit. Raisin and figs. Classic huge swing of bourbon barrel, vanilla, and toasted oak. Strong backend toffee sweetness with a bitter dark mocha aftertaste. Some further heat, but very tolerable.

M - Medium-heavy body (small rejoice here), somewhat smooth, appropriate carbonation, considerable backend warming.

D - As per usual, they do a kickass job at highlighting the Heaven Hill barrels with a deliciously sweet and decadent toffee and caramel swing that has become so distinctive from this brewery. Completely in vein of what I've come across in their other big beers with a bit less heat than I anticipated. I really do wonder how my older anny bottles compare.

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark-brown. Fairly large light-beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Bourbon notes dominate, with some faint sugar, dark fruit (think raisins and prunes) and mild toffee notes. Maybe a wisp of alcohol, but restrained for the ABV.

Taste: Bourbon, some fruity sherry notes, raisins, some brown sugar, vanilla and toffee. The beer finishes slightly sweet with the Bourbon and dark fruit notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of full-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: It's interesting to watch the 100% Bal-aged Anniversary develop year to year. While the bal-aging always comes through in each of the versions, I see the dark fruit and sherry-type notes come more to the forefront with each new variant. This to me is the most "rounded" of all the versions, and the alcohol in this most recent version, sampled fresh, is definitely the most subdued. Very good beer but I'm not sure if I prefer it over the 100% BA Cuir. I'll have to do a side by side comparison which should be a lot of fun.

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Fruet, whooo! Thank god we got this in Indiana!

This beer pours a thick and syrupy maple syrup brown in color with no head or carbonation hut plenty of residual sugar. The nose features plenty of sweet malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, maple and molasses. It is right on par with Bourbon Barrel Old Stock and BB4D. The flavors are very nice as well. It is huge and sticky with loads of residual sugar. It features nice bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, maple syrup, figs, raisins, and toffee. It is very flavorful and coats your palate despite a lower end medium bodied mouthfeel. This one is a sipper hut you don't get any booziness. Overall this is a great beer and fantastic old ale.

Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.