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Bois - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,148 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 120
Gots: 513 | FT: 89
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-14-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Tafyob41, Jun 18, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Doug for breaking out this bottle - much appreciated! Bois pours a thick and deep, syrupy brown color that's only translucent up near the top of the brew, right below the head. The cap is light-tan in color and plumps up nicely before it breaks down into a swampy film and collar on the top of the viscous brew. Pretty much what you'd expect from a super high gravity old ale.

Sticky caramel, sweet molasses, brown sugar, and a heavy, heavy booziness that flows in and out of your nostrils, from one side of the other. This beer smells big. It smells big and sweet... and that's because it *is* big and sweet. Mild hints of vanilla and plenty of sweet dark fruits creep out, rounding out what is quite a large and robust aroma.

I take one sip and my palate is immediately coated with a warm, boozy, and sticky lathering of caramel, toffee, and sweet, plum and raisin preserves. The booze is ever-present and a touch more than warming, almost crossing over into "hot" territory. I will say, though, that the intense booziness sure helps to cut the equally intense malt sweetness that Bois is made of.

The afterthought is still loaded with finishing sweetness; toffee and caramelized sugars, with fading touches of sweet plums and raisins as an nutty and oaky kiss of death swoops in and leaves your palate feeling like you just made out with a stave covered in brown sugar. The body is thick and plump like Anna Nicole Smith yet still sexy smooth like Cameron Diaz's first appearance in "The Mask".

I still struggle with the question of "why does The Bruery choose to bottle their borderline hard alcohol level beers in gigantic ass bottles," as this would be another solid choice for twelve ouncers or even nips. It'll take you a while to trounce through six ounces even, but it'll be very tasty and decadent along the way. A very nice old ale that's as robust on the palate as it sounds on paper... or, excuse me, papier.

tectactoe, Jul 31, 2013
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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL poured into a snifter

A: A murky brown with a nice tan head.

S: Initially there's a big dark fruit presence, but as the beer opens up a bit you get slammed with bourbon. Beautiful smell.

T: Right off the bat there's a sweet taste, almost cider-like. A huge bourbon caramel blast comes through shortly after along with a beautiful finish of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and bourbon. Unbelievably complex.

M: Great body and perfect carbonation. As this one warms up, the booziness comes through.

O: A beer I will always crave. Couldn't drink this guy every day, but The Bruery nailed this style. Would love to age this one.

Serving type: bottle

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks BryanK

750ml bottle at fridge temp into a snifter.

Pours a murky dark brown color, minimal light tan colored head, nice legs.

Big sweet caramel, molasses, lots of bourbon booze, lots of nuttiness, possibly from the yeast.

Follows the aroma, with a bit more complexity, lots of dark fruits mingling with big caramel and molasses sweetness, smooth bourbon booziness, slight coconut, decent barrel character.

Big, fairly thick, sweet and boozey.

A pretty stand up BA old ale, on par with what I would expect from the bruery. Big, sweet, and boozey. Maybe too sweet?

dogfishandi, Feb 10, 2014
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Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.