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Fruet - The Bruery

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 225
Gots: 420 | 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:
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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Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of Auracom
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of IKR
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of RoryOMoore
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mroberts1204
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Rado
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of hickmancase
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of aasher
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of claaark13
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #09992, poured slightly warmer than cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Dark brown with a slightly reddish hue. Off-white head...not quite tan. Turns into some thick lacing. Looks very thick.

S - Sweetness stands out. There is bourbon to be found, woodiness, some heat, spiced raisins, toffee. Gets really hot when it warms.

T - Sweet dark fruits with a woody background, mild spices that are coated with sweetness and some caramel notes, brown sugar, bit of vanilla showing with the sweet yet slightly dry finish. Until it coats the tongue, there is a little bit of heat to the throat, but nothing that isn't taken care of by the massive amount of sweet that is going on. So many fruit notes.

M - Thick. Would be near syrup without the carbonation.

O - There is a lot of sweetness that covers up the heat and dry components, but it is still somehow very good and drinkable. A bit of time (12-24 months?) to mellow some sweetness and heat may bring out a little more of the actual flavors in the beer. It is so good and balanced, but unfortunately the heat is being covered by an immense amount of sweetness. I just can't bring it to a 4.5 overall.

Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark amber-red with a small but dense tan head. Fades decently slowly, leaving just a smattering of lacing behind.

S: Sweet bourbon mixed with tons of dark fruit. Lots of toffee, brown sugar and caramel from the bourbon with a hint of oak. Boozy fruits follow with raisin and cherries and figs. Quite boozy. Definitely.

T: Oh yeah, this is the stuff. Bourbon isn't as strong as in the smell. It just lends a nice blanket of caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla and brown sugar over everything. Raisins and figs are prominent but mixes so well with the bourbon and malt. Hints of milk chocolate here and there. Very big, very sweet, and very boozy. Boozy might not be the word for it though - you can tell it's big, but there's no alcohol sting. It certainly warms the belly though.

M: Big, syrupy, heavy, decadent.

O: Wow, one of the best if not THE best old ales I've ever had. This is very fresh (just came out last week), super high ABV but remarkably well hidden. Strong and complex brew, yet amazingly balanced, especially the bourbon which usually seems hard to get right. Very sweet, no way around it, but what else would you expect from a bourbon barrel 15.5% old ale. Great brew, a must for old ale lovers.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is exactly the same with a slight alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer and I think it is definitely the best blend of the anniversary series so far.

Photo of Miruguy
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of amrozga
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a duvel glass.

A: deep brown with hints of ruby and slightly toffee colored finger and a half of head that dissapates nicley into a film... Not much lacing. A deep and delicious looking brew.

S: sweet dark fruits and alcohol are my first whiff impressions here. Caramel and sweet apple, raisins, toffee, prune,brown sugar, dark chocolate, the burbon is present as well, with notes of vanilla and a hint of lightly toasted coconut... This brew smells thick, sticky and complex, I really enjoy all the aromas here, although the beer does smell like its going to be a sweet one!

T: deffinatly sweet And boozy are my first impressions, much like the nose, caramel and toffe, raisins, prune, brown sugar, dark chocolate, I feel like the burbon character takes it a step up from the nose providing a nice toasty oak and loads of vanilla and burbon flavor, but not an overwhelimg amount.... It seems to bring nice balance.

M: oily, syrupy and viscous.... Full bodied and a deffinate sipper, low carbonation that works nicely here. Dry on the finish.

O: a good brew with some serious complexity and depth. A bit on the sweet side for me, but a great brew all the same. Really glad I for to try this... Was super pumped to here the bruery was putting out all 100% for this years anniversary.

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Pours a a dark, brownish-red mahogany color with a small, yellowish light-head that disappears quickly. Scent is very inviting. Intriguing oak and vanilla at first with some definite booze. Sweet bourbon and dark fruits with a hefty maple syrup backbone. A bit of brown sugar as well. Toasted malt and a nice roasted marshmallow aroma. Very nice smelling beer. Taste is initially SWEET brown sugar and candied dark fruits. Caramel with some tingling bourbon sweetness and heat. A ton of vanilla and a delightful oak barrel presence. Basically, just like the aroma implied. Nice, sweet marshmallow finish with some boozy burn to it. Mouthfeel is warming and full bodied. Nice carbonation for this style. Drinkability is scary how high it is for such a rich and high ABV beer. Overall, this is a fantastic offering from the Bruery. I have only tried Cuir and Boubon Cuir, and I'm pretty sure I like this more than those. Great complexity and an exceptional flavor profile.

Photo of Vanlingleipa
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip both from the bottle and on-tap

My taste buds unanimously consider this the best of the Bruery anniversary beers by a large margin.

Fruet poured nicely showing decent carbonation and lacing retention while boasting a rich aroma. I probably drank this one too cold. Next time I'll warm it a bit to see if the aroma opens up even further.

Where this beer excels is balancing its flavors, including the omni-present bourbon infusion, which, unlike the thicker and overheated Cuir/Coton, has taken a supporting role right from the start - harmonizing instead of dominating the overall flavor.

Like a good Belgian ale, Fruet excites the mouth all at once rather than hitting certain areas of the taste buds. Nicely balanced, the caramel, bourbon and sweet maltiness have a comfortable, warming feel that lends itself to a rich aftertaste once the sip has traveled past the tonsils.

Photo of HopHead84
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Stone.

A: Swamp water brown with a slight reddish tinge. Finger of beige froth that lingers for a minute.

S: A burst of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Light wood notes accompany treacle, maple, and brown sugar. Earthy and lightly boozy with a little coconut and dark chocolate. Date and plum are evident. Incredibly rich and aromatic.

T: Vanilla brown sugar cookie with loads of caramel and a little fudge. Bourbon is very strong but alcohol is well hidden. Toffee blends with an upper low earthy bitterness. Very decadent. 

M: Full body with lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is thick, sticky, chewy, and smooth with lots of alcohol warming.

Overall: Very good. If you liked the other barrel aged anniversary beers you'll like this, and if you didn't like them this won't change your mind. A perfect beer for sipping or chugging.

Photo of rtaps
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing to help it get a grade; otherwise I generally use "Hads" these days.

Pours thick dark brown with a khaki head that quickly fades. Looks inviting.

Nose is all sweet dark chocolate, roasted grains, sherry, molasses and sweet dried stone fruits.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy but not thick. Pleasant mouth with a rich quality.

Flavor profile is heavy sherry and molasses. There are notes and tones of dried stone fruit, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and roasted grain. There is a pretty good undertond of bourbon and apricot liquor. Can taste the alcohol but not a bad thing and does not detract.

Finish is heavy sherry and molasses.

All in all this a complex effort and one that may well be good with several food profiles, especially roasted meats and some desserts. Can also be a sipper. Tasted at room temperature al of this beers character really came through.

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