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Fruet - The Bruery

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 226
Gots: 418 | FT: 27
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 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.

IKR, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
5/5  rDev +11.9%

RoryOMoore, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of mroberts1204
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

mroberts1204, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Rado
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Rado, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of hickmancase
5/5  rDev +11.9%

hickmancase, Jun 08, 2012
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.

aasher, Jun 08, 2012
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.

claaark13, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

drewone, Jun 07, 2012
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.

Dope, Jun 05, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Miruguy
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Miruguy, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of amrozga
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

amrozga, Jun 02, 2012
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.

PeterIngemi, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 01, 2012
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.

DovaliHops, May 31, 2012
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.

Vanlingleipa, May 31, 2012
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.

HopHead84, May 30, 2012
Photo of rtaps
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

rtaps, May 29, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Mister_Joshy, May 29, 2012
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.

GRG1313, May 29, 2012
Photo of PowDay
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

PowDay, May 28, 2012
Photo of whatsajessica
2.75/5  rDev -38.5%

whatsajessica, May 28, 2012
Photo of Rudy
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Rudy, May 26, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1307th Review on BA
Draft to Libbey

@Bruery Provisions

App- A very cloudy ruddy brown/red with high density. Not a head per se but some khaki bubbles. Decent stick as it slid down the glass.

Smell- Has a lot of malty sweet notes behind it. Still a bit young. Creamy raisins and plums without a trace of the booze. Missing the oak and vanilla of the barrel as per the earlier ano series as well.

Taste- Still a bit young and fresh but incredibly drinkable. The ABV is completely hidden on this one. The flavor profile is more of a quad as well. Still a little bit of caramel with a large dark fruit note with zero burn. Still a touch cold and as warms had more of a creamy flavor.

Mouth- A large medium body with a medium thick carbonation at points. Fruity residual with a touch of cream on it.

Drink- Its very tasty. I didnt like it as much as Cuir and I believe this one needs a little bit of time (I hope it does well. Papier isnt holding up particularly well right now)

FosterJM, May 23, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -10.5%

DarthKostrizer, May 22, 2012
Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.