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Fruet - The Bruery

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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 221
Gots: 414 | FT: 30
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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Ratings: 710 | Reviews: 132
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, as recommended by the label.

Appearance – Pours an extremely dark, somewhat cloudy ruby red / caramel color. A nice foamy head that lasts a minute or so, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass. A thick lacing that oozes back into the beer.

Smell – Brown sugar, caramel, maple, oak, honey, chocolate, and of course, bourbon. I’m generally not a fan of this much bourbon, but the sweetness is a nice compliment to it.

Taste – Maple syrup, port, brown sugar, chocolate, and lots of bourbon. Again, the sweetness complements the bourbon nicely.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and silky, with an alcohol burn that’s tempered by the sweetness.

Drinkability – A excellent bourbon beer. A bit strong and I can feel the 15.5%abv, but it’s very good.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice murky and muddy caramel color. There is a faint head that tries to pop up but it mostly fizzles to a thin ring around teh glass. Quite oily out of teh bottle and also after a swirl that brings up a slight matt of a head with very dense almost cappuccino like bubbles.

Awesome nose. Sweetness with some molasses and carmel and brown sugar. Nice dark fruit notes. Some nice sweet slight honey notes and great boozy sweetness. Upon second inspection the molasses really kick in as well as some slight woody vanilla notes that play really well with the suit dark fruit notes. Nice bourbon notes.

Flavor is amazing. Starts off with some awesome molasses and great dark fruit notes. Raisins, figs and tons of carmel. Nice slight spicy cinnamon notes and some good woody and sweet vanilla hints. Wow. Very impressed. Definitely boozy and hot but its still appealing. Reminds me of some smooth Bourbon. Nice bourbon notes and sweetness. Finishes with some sticky caramel notes and a nice oily, thick and heavy mouthfeel. Im happy I have a second one of these. As the beer warms some slight cider notes come through. Slight sweet apple notes plus cinnamon. Very nice brew.

My first attempt at The Bruery Anniversary series. Im quite impressed. It makes me want to search out the others. It has great sweetness and nice hotness at this point. Some age would do it good but its still is tasty.

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3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My very first review on here so this is pretty cool since I'm reviewing this particular beer.

A: Murky brown color, like burnt caramel, very viscous looking on the pour. I poured it into a wine goblet from up high so there was a slight head that formed but that went away within seconds and settled to a light light brown film that continued to fade away after a minute or two.

S: Amazing! Lots of raisins, figs, cinnamon (more than likely the booze aroma). It was like smelling a fruit cake made exclusively of dark fruits then dipped in a vat of bourbon and yes I love that aroma so the 4.5 on the score is well deserved.

T/M: Just as I assumed from the appearance, it's thick, it's heavy and just flat out gnarly. Super hot on the way down, could benefit from a little cellaring but it's very tasty fresh, after all it's a 15.5% beer these are things that are to be expected after all.

O: Great beer from Bruery, I've never had any of their Anniversary beers before granted I do have a bottle of Cuir that I've refused to open until I had someone to share it with but my gal got us this and today was the perfect to open it. I don't know how much longer they can continue to make these beers b/c I'm thinking that they have to be running out of the Papier and Coton, right? But as long as they keep making them I'll keep drinking them.

Also... That 15.5% wasn't a typo... Wow...

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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SumnerH for bringing this beer!

The look is nice with a very dark look and a ring of frothy caramel colored head, just a little lacing if anything.

The smell makes it seem much more aged and old than it is, a lot of musty malts and chocolate, prunes and plums and a very nice touch of bourbon on top of everything, very nice. Not boozy but it has some complexities of alcohol in it. Excellent. Smells like older viscosity.

The taste is very good too, it has some fire to the flavor that is interesting on top of the prune, booze, sweeter malt, cherry, brown sugar, and bourbon in the flavor. A very nice strong ale type flavor ala angels share and older viscosity (again).

The feel is semi thick and not overly boozy though there is a bit of heat, not nearly as much as you'd expect from a 15.5% beer that was just bought from the store.

Overall very nice, maybe a bit too sweet right now but will be great in time though tasty now too!

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4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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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Fruet from The Bruery
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