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Fruet - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

654 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 222
Gots: 419 | FT: 34
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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JesseLara

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-09-2013 05:26:25 | More by JesseLara
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -10.5%

03-20-2013 20:06:29 | More by tom10101
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

I've been trying to share this beer since at least around the Fourth of July, and I finally got to do it. Lord. This stuff pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose brings to mind an image of a cinnamon roll drizzled generously with molten caramel, all with a glass of bourbon on the side to wash it down. A bit of boozy heat exists, but not much. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of oak, some applejack, and some extra booze for the sake of it. For once, the heat, though strong, doesn't really detract all that much from the enjoyment process. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a damn fine beer, one that was worth the wait for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:25:25 | More by TMoney2591
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dgilks

Australia

4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany colour with a small tan head. Fair head retention.

Big melanoidin aroma. Sweet but heavily caramelised. Breast with lots of toast.

Sweet and toasty. Nutty. There is an almost milkiness. Tons of flavour here.

Full body. Moderate carbonation. Okay.

A really solid beer. Tons of flavour. The intense caramel notes are awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 11:56:50 | More by dgilks
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FosterJM

California

4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1307th Review on BA
Draft to Libbey
6oz

@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)

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 21:43:18 | More by FosterJM
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homebrew311

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 00:24:33 | More by homebrew311
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:21:34 | More by PeterIngemi
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Arbitrator

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 05:41:41 | More by Arbitrator
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Holland

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with minimal head, very thick looking

S: bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, roasted sugar

T: very sweet, but full of dark fruit character with tons of caramel sweetness along with wood flavor, which wasn't as prominent as I thought it would be.

M: thick, well carbonated, but thick and sticky

O: only the sweetness is keeping this from a much better score. Amazing that the barrel is so wonderful for the beer, but doesn't take too much away from the regular old ale flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:04:21 | More by Holland
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of head. Poor retention and lacing, but the beer is 15.5%.

S: Strong bourbon with a ton of toffee and caramel. Very intense, very nice.

T: Very sweet, caramel comes out upfront with a very nice bourbon character. Coconut, dark fruits - the bourbon comes out so well in this.

M: On the thick side with low carbonation.

O: Very sweet, very big, but very good. The bourbon comes through amazingly in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 16:14:15 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a velvety mahogany / chestnut tone; with a somewhat aggressive pour yields a finger of frothy beige head. modest retention and lacing. bold, assertive nose delivers ample doses of bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit. very sweet but deliciously complex smelling beer.

rich, sweet, and complex flavor follows right along those lines: tons of the aforementioned notes, from the bourbon and toffee to the vanilla and dark fruit characters, it's all there. booze is there as well but relatively well-hidden for a 15.5% monster. the sweetness is an impact player, especially as the beer warms - though thankfully never quite makes it into the dreaded cloying realm (although it teeters on the brink). thick, velvety, full-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a very flavorful and tasty beer. again, my biggest criticism would be that it's a bit too sweet for my preference, but in small doses it's very enjoyable. moreover, i don't think it's worth the $37 this bottle cost.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 22:38:18 | More by BostonHops
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:58:16 | More by 1Adam12
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with friends and poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a mahogany color that is cloudy with lighter yellow hints around the edges. A tan head fades down to a thin film with big bubbles holding around the edges.

The smell is packed with full on barrel character. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, booze. burnt sugars and bready grain. Coconut through the middle gives way to a mildly oxidized touch with some raw woodiness being the last characteristic noted.

The taste is initially of burnt sugars; toffee, caramel, vanilla, molasses, some oak and hints of oxidation. Some coconut flavoring and tangy whiskey accented alcohol emerge as the brew warms. Overall there is quite a bit of residual sugar masking the alcohol that really doesnt start to make itself known until it warms up.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is an awesome sipper with huge barrel presence that I found to be excessively enjoyable. A touch of oxidation breaks up the sweetness an once warm starts to become quite boozy. Highly recommended but not something to be had everyday considering the price point on these.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 18:02:30 | More by stakem
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RandomBattle

New York

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bruery tulip (Yay!).

Appearance - Pours a deep dark amberish brown, very close to black but less opaque. Nice 1 finger off white head that hangs around for only a few sips. Pretty but not impressive.

Smell - Barrel aged Bruery beers seem to have a very distinct and similar aroma that I notice in each one. Going beyond that it smells of sweet dark fruits, some light oak toast, and some very light cocoa.

Taste - Again with the dark fruits but mixed with some delicious caramel and toffee flavors surrounded by a gentle bourbon oaky sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Soft and easy going, it's an excellent sipper with only the slightest trace of alcohol and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall - I have, probably, enjoyed this beer the most out of their previous Anniversary beers, maybe because of the full on barrel aging? I'm looking forward to aging and drinking more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 20:21:17 | More by RandomBattle
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- Bottle#16855. Labels claims contains alcohol. 15.5% to be exact. 100% barrel aged. Sampled between 58f-64f as recommended.

A: Strong carbonation presence within a coal black body. Bready dark khaki head sits a finger high and stays the course eventually settling to a creamy milky covering.

S: Big wiff of burbon upon uncapping. Burbon tones are very evident with some prunes, sweet dark fruit and black coffee. Licorice and anise hints also come about.

T: Boozy burbon, you feel the entire 15.5%abv on this one. Creamy coffee, sweet dark fruit and some toffee sweetness. Silky vanilla laced roast, incredibily smooth with some licorice and anise and burnt grain sweetness. Sweet figs, molasses and sugary raisins only add to the sweetness of this drink which is a bit overpowering at times.

M: Silky smooth texture, incredibly smooth velvety, medium bodied with a warming of burbon and dark fruit sweetness.

O: The label states this contains alcohol, and that is an understatement. This beer shows its alcohol and sweet nature at an early age, only wish i had a bottle to age of which the label claims suitable for decades. Very sweet and boozy, must drink at recommended temp and consider splitting with a friend. Slow sipper alone and very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 00:17:20 | More by beerthulhu
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle no. 03217

Beer is a deep brown. Almost no head, which is perhaps not surprising given the ABV.

Nose strongly contains bourbon. Vanilla, oak. Also a bunch of caramel and some dark fruit. The barrel is the dominant part of the nose, but it is quite nice.

Taste is fairly hot. A lot of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Then beneath that a strong malty flavour, caramel and toffee. Some dark fruit as well, but less prominent- a bit of raisin and plum. Hugely rich with big flavours. Really packs a wallop.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily and slick. Quite a lot of alcohol heat.

Overall, the beer tastes terrific, but the abv is very high and the barrel is a bit overpowering. Really nice, but to be approached with care!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:18:06 | More by jrenihan
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was chilled and served in a snifter. The beer was a little closed up from the cold and had to sit awhile.

A- The body of the beer is a rusy chestnut brown coloration. The head was white but immediatly disappeared.

S- The aroma of the beer is super sweet! Molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, lots and lots of bourbon, dark fruits dates, figs, and raisins, earthy leathery notes finish the aroma.

T- The flavor of the beer is way sweet at first taste. Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, loads and loads of bourbon, dark fruits dates, figs and raisins. This would all be way too sweet; however, the burnt notes of the sugars, cocoa, alcohol heat, a bit of tannins from the fruit keep this beer in check.

M- The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, oily and slick very full bodied. The carbonation is low. The alcohol heat of the beer is very restrained. The beer is very sweet upfront but dries out from alcohol and tannins.

O- This beer is a sipper. Its a nice boozey beer treat for a cold morning. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 13:19:01 | More by nlmartin
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, thanks to JRSD for shipping it out to me. It was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Fruet pours a murky deep mahogany, with about two fingers of khaki foam crowning the beer. Head retention is alright, but there's not much lacing to be found. The nose has plenty of brown sugar, with some caramel and bourbon showing up as well. The flavor profile is a beautiful fusion of base beer and barrel aging. The beer opens with plenty of caramel and a bit of a vanilla undercurrent. The back end is highlighted by brown sugar, but there's definitely some oak and bourbon, as well as a light touch of coconut. The alcohol is present and warming, but definitely not boozy. The mouthfeel is wonderful, highlighted by a full and rich body. The carbonation does enough to cut through all the malt, but otherwise stays out of the way. All in all it's not nearly as syrupy as some other beers with similar ABVs. My first Bruery anniversary beer was Coton, which I found to be a bit sweet and boozy. Cuir found the beer mellowing out a bit, and now Fruet shows a project really hitting its stride. I can't wait to see what future anniversary beers from The Bruery bring.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 03:58:59 | More by axeman9182
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty, rich, and a complex long sipper.

Presentation: 750 ml brown gold waxed and capped brown bottle. Label with an intricate Bruery emblem in gold, ocher, and brown. It offers a small description of the brew, and anniversary context, with thanks to supporters. Back label has cellaring, and serving notes. Shows bottling year (2012), bottle number (01151), and Alc. by. Vol. (15.5%). Served in a snifter.

A - Deep dark brown pour with deep burgundy edges, fair if short lived head, faint surface memory with a small memory ring and little lacing.

S - Rich nose, complex bourbon, molasses, vanilla, caramel fruitiness…

T - …which unfolds assertively exposing the complex barrels, plenty of boozy wood, bourbon, fruit, hints of charred oak, chocolate and coffee. Plenty of caramel, butterscotch, notes of fruit...

M - Full body, with medium/light carbonation, creamy with some stickiness… It lingers long in the palate.

O - Long complex sipper, it is great on a small dose, and might get a bit overwhelming/tiring in a larger dose. Still quite a treat...

Notes: This might be the best of their anniversary brews that I've tried so far, or might be in a year or two. Coton hit my spot right away and is now a memory. Cuir was nice but I felt it was asking for time, we'll see how that one ages. Fruet has almost the immediate complexity and roundness. It could do with a bit of more time but it is quite memorable if pricey.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 16:28:32 | More by Daniellobo
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

11-14-2012 19:07:02 | More by fo1ksguitar
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-14-2012 17:56:04 | More by bpfrush
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simoen

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-21-2014 09:43:30 | More by simoen
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-21-2013 10:02:28 | More by JonnyBeers
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JosephThompson

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

09-05-2013 23:54:55 | More by JosephThompson
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markchristenson

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

09-08-2013 04:52:51 | More by markchristenson
Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.