Bois - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 125
Gots: 532 | FT: 93
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The traditional fifth anniversary gift is something made of wood, or "Bois" in French.

Bois is our fifth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. A portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year's production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Bois is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.
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Ratings: 1,247 | Reviews: 135
Photo of aleigator
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to Marcel, for providing the bottle.

Yields a mohagony, dark brown color, with a beige, small, fizzy head.

Has aromas of glazed malts, melted marshmellows, a good amount of oak, all wrapped up by warming booze. Apparently quite sweet, with molasses as the icing on the cake, bound together by wooden coconut, lots of flowery vanilla and Bourbon.

Has almost no carbonation, which suits the beers full bourbony body perfectly well.

Begins with matured hops, earth and smooth bitter coffee among a slightly dry portion of wood. The sweetness soon settles among this diversed foundation, exhibiting coffee, molasses and flowery vanilla, infused by hot, warming bourbon, leading to a wooden, well balanced sweetness. Finishes with a biting, but pleasant bourbon peak among toffeeish malts and cane sugar, producing a warm glow, working down to my stomach.

The beers taste reveals much more depth, than the nose initially did. Has a lot going on, based on the bitter, balancing counterpart to the sweet molasses, which turn more present during the finish, supported by a hot, vanilla Bourbon presence. Coffee turns present again during in the end, with a slick note to it among cane sugar and alcoholic warmth, balanced by rich toffee.

Photo of IKR
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Smell: Bourbon notes dominate, with some brown sugar, dark fruit (think raisins and prunes) and mild toffee notes. It's been aged for a while but this currently has no alcohol presence, which is surprising for the ABV.

Taste: Bourbon, some fruity sherry notes, raisins, some brown sugar, and toffee. The beer finishes slightly sweet with the Bourbon, brown sugar, and dark fruit notes. I'm not sure it's the age but this was considerably less sweet than most of the other Bruery's Bourbon bal-aged Anniversary beers.

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

Overall: I notice the dark fruit and sherry-type notes come more to the forefront with each new Bruery Anniversary variant. I'm not sure if it's age but the sweetness was fairly subdued which combined with the subdued alcohol presence makes drinking this beer a fine experience.

Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark caramel burgundy color with a thin finger of dark tan head. Head faded into a lasting fuzzy collar.
S: Tons of leather and still a ton bourbon despite the age. Tobacco and chocolate are prominent as well. Oxidization and/or the older components of the beer are noticeable with hints of musty cardboard and sweet sherry. Sweet smelling overall, raisins, honey, brown sugar, boozy.
T: Follows the nose, boozy leather, caramel and tobacco, sweet sugar, musty cardboard and oak, boozy slightly warming bourbon, tons of chocolate, warming leather and tobacco and booze. Lingering sweet and sticky aftertaste. Earthy and mildly spicy finish.
M: Full body, sticky, chewy, slick and heavy mouthfeel and body, bubbly but unobtrusive carbonation, booze is noticeable but not hot.
O: Really good. Tons of chocolate leather and leafy tobacco. Very smooth but still boozy. A great and easy sipper.

Photo of Houser
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really brown, like opaque brown except around the edges. smell is boozy, brown sugar, molasses really sweet. booze dominates, but the dark fruits show as well. taste is awesome. i love these ba old ales. they just work so well together, and bruery does it right. so many complex flavors and carbed perfectly, not flat, but good carbonation style considering. great beer!

Photo of ADZA
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to mrkennedy for this, pours dark murky brown hue, little head and rim of lacing,nose is boozy butterscotch with sweet bourbon,full feel with light carbonation,tastes are boozy bittersweet butterscotch that finishes with a sweet bourbon oakiness snd overall a top drop thats aged so well definately the right time to drink it cheers.

Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Bruery poured into taster. Deep brown color with a fleeting tan head that vanished. Some streaky legs, though. Aroma is toffee, bourbon, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, and booze. Taste is similar with roasty malts and brown sugar sweetness heavy up front. A tiny bit of woody/nutty bitterness comes through. There’s some nice alcohol warming, too. Medium-full bodied, slick textured, low-moderate carbonation, boozy finish.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a nosing glass. From notes. Reviewed 31 January 2015.

3.5A: Muddy light brown.

3.5S: Burnt brown sugar.

3T: Whoah that's harsh and bright and not very to my taste. Hint of tartness at the edges.

3.25M: A little thin. Vaguely sparkly but not too much.

3.25O: It's fine but not good. Would not recommend.

Photo of barczar
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big toffee aroma, very rich. Prune, raisin, and dates add complexity.

Very plum, prune, and raisin flavor, with nice sweet balance, a hit of heat, and rich caramel sweetness. Pretty hot, but delicious.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml wax capped bottle, 04/02/13 stamped on the bottle so I'll assume that's the bottling date. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a murky dark reddish/brown color with about a half inch tan head that didn't stick around for very long. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit (figs, plums, raisins), molasses, brown sugar and caramel. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some red grapes, maple and woodiness noticeable. It's a little boozy, but not as much I thought it would be. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. I thought this was pretty good. Is it $35 a bottle good, I'm not quite sure. But I did like this a lot!

Photo of drewaha
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is potent. Bourbon is what u get. Hardly any Belgian flavors. Tasty but share this with six to eight people please

Photo of 120minuteman
2.9/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall I found the aroma of this beer far outweighed its taste. It smelled very fruity (plums, raisins, apricots). However, the taste did not deliver. I found this beer to have a very bitter taste to it, which prevented me from enjoying it.

Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Much like Sucre and equally delicious. If you can get this, get it, you won't be disappointed.

Sweet booze bomb with oak, vanilla, plumes, dates and figs. Get as cold as possible! Let it warm down to room temperature.

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -30.9%

1 pint 9.4 fl oz thick brown glass bottle with beeswax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at a bottle shop in the L.A. area years ago for $30.00 USD and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've tried other beers in this solera series and they disappointed. 15% ABV. 2013 anniversary. Reviewed as an old ale because the label clearly identifies it as such.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Pale light khaki colour. Okay consistency. Smooth. Somewhat even. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is awful - about 40 seconds - but it's forgivable given the 15% ABV.

BODY: Dark opaque brown-black. Nontransparent; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special for the style. It's not unappealing...

AROMA: Chewy fig, appealing bourbon (replete with vanilla and a kiss of oak), burnt sugars, hint of molasses, caramel, toffee, raisin, and some medicinal notes (e.g. a hint of grape).

An inoffensive aroma of average strength. Not particularly appealing, but the bourbon is nice.

No yeast character or hop notes are detectable. Fruity booziness is present throughout.

TASTE: Chewy raisin, warm boozy fig, molasses, caramel. Some muted reticent bourbon character, including a hint of vanilla. No rich oak character comes through. Treacle. Depleted dark fruits. A kiss of sweet port. Sugarcane. Rum-soaked alcohol-redolent fruit. Dates. A flavour I'd assert is tobacco - though I've never really smoked.

It's boozy as all hell, and has no balance whatsoever; it's a chaotic mess. Incohesive, and certainly not gestalt.

Complicated, but not intricate in a refined sense. Lacks subtlety. Very overt and heavy-handed, lacking a focus.

INTENSE flavours. But they're not really deep. Flavour duration is well above average.

TEXTURE: Chewy, smooth, relatively dry, withered....it feels like caramelized candied raisin. Tough. Heavy. Full-bodied. Unnecessarily heavy and weighty on the palate. Sticky. Lightly syrupy. Overcarbonated (in spite of its age and ABV). This is overbearing on the palate and impedes drinkability. Certainly not refreshing.

Poor presence on the palate. This texture fits in with the conventions of an old ale, but does a poor job attempting to complement the taste.

OVERALL: Hmm. She's a sipper, and the booziness is obvious from the first sip. This is yet another overpriced overrated mess of a solera beer from The Bruery, and isn't a beer I'd recommend to anyone. I'm glad I have help from a friend trying to finish this bottle; I'd hate to try to take one down alone. Not sure why people seem to love this. And can we get a moratorium on bottling difficult-to-drink dessert beers in large format bottles?

This emperor has no clothes. Fucking acrid.

High C

Photo of HattedClassic
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours some extremely creamy head that is lightly tan, and dissipates unusually quickly. The beer itself is a reddish brown that is opaque. The beer has a slight wine appearance to it despite it being a beer.

The beer has strong caramel noted and very deep vanilla scents from the barrel. The smell has a slight alcohol note to it as well, but it is somewhat faint. The beer also has a dark fruit note that comes off as a raisin, but it is quickly overwhelmed by the caramel and vanilla notes. The beer taste is similar to the smell. Strong caramel notes mixed with smooth vanilla. In addition to the caramel, the malts also have a slight toffee taste. The alcohol also makes a much stronger appearance in the taste, and gives off a slight wine taste. The fruits are also more prominent, and not just raisin. In the taste, some funk from the yeast is noticeable , and blends well with the alcohol taste. The malts also gives off a light toast taste that is barely noticeable. Also, the beer has some burnt sugar notes.

The mouthfeel is very, very smooth with a slight alcohol burn at the end. The beer ends with a very dry, and bitter finish. The carbonation is very little, and has a very tiny bite. Overall, this beer is a very, very good, and very complex old ale. The beer slightly resembles a slightly carbonated, and sugary wine.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery is becoming king of the "Big Beer" and this beer is no different.

The head on this one is an inch and a half of toasted bread soft tan. There really is a lot of carbonation for a 15% brew, but it is very bubbly and the head fades quickly leaving just a skim and no lace to speak of. Body is a deep root beer brown with a considerable murky feel to it.

The nose immediately speaks to my heart with big rich Bourbon tones all over. Buttered toffee, carmel and molasses are all very present. Definitely smells sweet.

Enters the mouth just as expected... sweet, but not overly so. Dark fruits dance with raisin bread and rum cake. A hint of sour fruit twang hits the back of the taste buds as you take repeat sips. There is nice balance here for how big and rich it is. So much complexity with the dark fruit, big alcohol, bready sweetness and even a bit of tartness. This one is definitely a sipper.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, thick but not heavy. A perfect after dinner beer. A wonderfully complex monster of a brew.

Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to stakem for sharing this. enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is dark murky brown with small head fine bead and no lace. The smell is intensely malty with nice vanilla and spice notes with moderate wood and strong caramel odor with light toast and alcohol soaked raisins. The feel is great, lots of bourbon with smooth maltiness and dark sugrar with some yeast tanginess with light woody tannin and moderately high aclohcol in the drying finish.

The flavor is intense with lots of wood which is supported by the malt which includes flavors of toffee and caramel with dark sugar and toasted notes and light raisin in the yeast flavor with subtle spice with alcohol moderately high as it finishes dry. Overall this is a great old ale, I loved the barrel flavor in this. I recommend this to anyone who likes strong ale with woody character -nice complexity.

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle pours a clouded mahogany color with absolutely no head despite a vigourous pour. Some swirling releases a few large bubbles that collapse quick. The alcohol legs creep down the side of the glass.

The aroma is pungent of that typical bourbon tang coupled with residual sugary belgian candy. Faint hints of coconut, vanilla and oak all mingle together with a hint of caramel. No doubt the bourbon is center stage and the biggest attribute of the nose.

The taste continues with prominent notes of tangy bourbon. A slight fruity almost orange rind character before fading to a striking amount of oxidation. Some herbal bitterness is felt underneath the big boozy impact and sticky residual sugars.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It tastes like it has been aged quite awhile. Perhaps the solera method is really starting to showcase the older aspects of the blend? It surely tasted oxidized moreso than I expected. Compared to the other barrel versions, this one is easily the most alcohol forward and hot. Not my least favorite but nowhere near as good as the whiskey and brandy version.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly nervous about doing this, but I think my friend Adam wanted me to do this for him as he shared this with me tonight.
Both pours were in snifters.
The appearance was dark brown to black with a somewhat of a head that dies immediately.
The smell had a whole lot of oaky/cherry/brown sugar/raisens/figs/oak/bourbon/vanilla and ends up adding a decent dark roasted caramel close to the end of the warming period.
The taste was actually slightly boozy with a semi medium to heavy sort of body.
Sessionability, this one's got it.
On the palate, it sits about at a medium and I'm starting to feel the effects of the brew (is this perhaps because of the fact that I don't entirely know what I'm doing just yet)
Overall, hey, well, I like this one despite what anyone says about style and/or opinion of who makes this brew. Would I have this again? I'm pretty sure I would.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark, opaque raison color with a tan colored head, light carbonation, and very viscous when the glass is swirled.

S - Maple, brown sugar, raisons, figs, oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark roasted caramel.

T - Very boozy and alcohol forward. Figs, raisons, oak, vanilla, dark roasted caramel, bourbon soaked prunes, maple, brown sugar, and a touch of sweet molasses.

M - Thick, full body, borderline light syrup texture, very sticky, velvety smooth, and moderate warming as it slides down the hatch.

O - Incredibly complex with layer after layer of complimentary flavors, so glad I sat on this bottle for (4) years before opening, the only downside is wishing I bought two and popped the first one when it was young for comparison.

Photo of antott0523
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy melted caramel. Thin beige head that dissipates to a thin rim around the edge of the glass. A minor amount of carbonation visible at the surface.

S: Intense notes of dried fruit including figs and raisins. Sweet undertones including caramel, vanilla extract. Bready. Moderate booze notes of tawny port wine and bourbon.

T: Malt profile dominated by dried fruit including apricot, raisins and figs. Sweet aftertaste of caramel. Booze comes though strong as bourbon, with some smoother notes of port wine.

M: Full and sticky. Warmth from the booze.

D: Does it taste great? Yes. Is it drinkable in the sense that I can sit here and drink a bottle alone? No. This should be shared among friends that will enjoy the complexity of the beer. The alcohol is a bit overpowering and I hope I can find another bottle to age with the hopes that it mellows out. Overall though, very complex nose and flavor profile, and quite enjoyable for those reasons.

Photo of shangwang
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with my neighbor who was kind enough to grab this for me. Poured chestnut brown with a very thin veil of head and little lacing. Intense smell; made me imagine figs soaked in brown sugar and bourbon. Awesome taste, loads of vanilla and and toffee. Like creme brulee. Thin mouthfeel that surprised but worked. Extremely enjoyable.

Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz wax dipped bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
04/11/13
Served in a tulip

Muddy brown appearance. The beer poured slightly thin for something of this magnitude. A wispy, frothy film topped the liquid and quickly dissipated to a lasting, bubbly ring.

The aroma was outstanding. Super sweet and bourbony, but not overly boozy. Loads of fresh vanilla bean. Had I not known, I might have assumed that this was a vanilla-infused beer. Tons of oak/wood. Intense dark fruit notes. Quite plummy and prune-like. Lots of maple and brown sugar sweetness as well.

The booziness was very prominent in the flavor profile and almost overshadowed everything else initially. Brown sugar and dark fruit notes came through strong on the front end. Raisins, plums and prunes were quite apparent. Lots of sweet caramel and toffee notes. Maple and vanilla appeared in the center. Slightly spicy. Boozy, bourbony notes hit hard in the dry, woody, slightly tannic finish. As the beer sat, the alcohol presence subsided a bit and more of the subtle flavors came forth.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Surprisingly thin for a 15% ABV beer. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid was slightly sticky and contained a fine, zippy effervescence.

As its name implies, Bois has an immense amount of woody/oaky character. While the aroma was spectacular, the flavor profile was somewhat overwhelmed by the huge alcohol presence. I would love to revisit this in another year or so and see if the booziness has decreased at all.

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4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 2013 bottle poured at about 60 degrees. Brownish ruby color and basically opaque with quick fizzling head leaving ring.
Smell bourbon, butterscotch, toasted brown sugars, leather, dark fruit.
Taste follows nose with some booze heat that gets less aggressive after each sip.
Feel thick and viscous
Overall delicious and hard to believe 15% abv. Probably one of the best in style

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle split with my dad.

A dark brown, clear at first, with a dense, light brown head with decent retention and nice legs, this looks solid. The nose is great, as is usual for the series. Boozy caramel sweetness with vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit and brown sugar, this smells great. The palate opens full and sticky sweet with a big bourbon booziness, vanilla, mild oak tannins and fruit. Candied figs, prunes, brown sugar, jaggery are all present. Full in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has a long, sweet finish. Enjoyable.

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3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hops and Pie. Nice orange color, small head at first, then it's gone. Aroma is a bit if booze. Flavor is a delicious bourbon barrel barley wine, rich, great bourbon flavors, sweet but then it gets a little too sugary. This was really tasty but it's so sweet and so strong that I can't imagine drinking a whole glass of this.

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