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Bois - The Bruery

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96
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1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 119
Gots: 530 | FT: 90
Brewed by:
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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: 1,221 | Reviews: 130
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4.99/5  rDev +15%
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

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4.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Barcade Philly during PBW Bruery night. $10 for 10-oz pour. Appears like unfermented cider. Murky looking brown color with very litte lacing which is only around the glass perimeter. Smells of sherry, strawberries, dark fruit like fig, raisins, dates, subtle oak and a healthy bourbon character. Wow - tastes like an amped up barely wine only better! Strong brown sugar character with bourbon, molasses, dark cherry, coconut, and maple syrup. Plenty of residual sugar but excellently buttered to add just enough balance. Heavy bodied and the bourbon def adds another layer of complexity. Simply an outstanding beer. Run....don't walk for this one!!!

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4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Really dark brown with a good tan head going for it. Just looked amazing in the glass.
S: A LOT of dark chocolate was going on in this bad boy. Has good bourbon smells, oak/smoke, and vanilla.
T: Tasted everything I smelled plus some dried fruits. Very well balanced with all the characters, especially the bourbon. Hid the boozy-ness. A little more carbonated than I'd prefer, but still excellent levels.
M: Awesome full bodied and silky texture. It's so smooth that you kind of don't want to take your time with it...
O: Definitely one of the best beers I've had yet. I'm going to have to spring for another...

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4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one before but got it again at Pint night at the Columbia Ale House. Got it and Sucre at same time to do side by side comparison. Excellent looking beer, Bois is slightly darker than Sucre but Sucre wins on smell with a slightly richer smell then Bois. The taste to me is very similar, Bois wins out slightly because it is just a bit smoother with less bite from the alcohol. Overall this is a world class beer and one of my all-time favs. Only ding was in smell, and that is probably just because I was comparing it to Sucre which was slightly better.

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4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A truly amazing beer. So many complex flavors and smells that every drink picks up a different flavor. A dark molasses like color, notes of chocolate, bourbon, any many many other flavors that I'm too unsophisticated to describe.

All I know is that this beer smells amazing, tastes even better and is a must drink. I can't articulate all of the subtleties, but strongly suggest you explore for yourself.

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4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Dark Burnt Amber, Little head , light lacing, legs like a good wine.

S - Boozy, but a good boozy, so many good smells that it took awhile for me to take the first sip.

T - Dates, figs, raisons, prunes, semi sweet chocolate, burnt carmel, licorice on the back end and of course bourbon.

M - Not too thick, flowed from front to back real nice with a fair liquor burn.

O - Damn! All in all one for my favorite beers to date. the mouthfeel is is wickedly good (just wanted to leave it in there). In my opinion it is like a good Port and or a good Cognac. My son bought it for fathers day and brought it over (1) to drink (1) to age. (Love that kid)
It was so good I went and bought (2) more bottles to age for a while.
Wasn't sure at first for $30 but after taking an hour to drink my 8oz pour I did'nt hesitate to grab two more.

Serving type: bottle

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4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle picked up locally. enjoyed from a bruery snifter.

a - wow...that's SOME wax. spent a good 5 minutes working it off...but worth the effort. beer poured dark purple brown with a nice foamy almost belgian looking head that left a thick skin that hung out. glistens.

s - ZING! smells perfect. deep rich complex dark fruit and leather. booze soaked wood. candied sweetness. these anniversary beers really make me appreciate old ales. really tows the line of strong ale.

t - oh my. the flavor exceeds the awesomeness of the nose. this beer is flat out perfect. deep dark plums grapes figs, perfectly ripe...no maybe just teetering on overripe and juicy. thick and rich.

m - lush. abv is masked magically

o - this is a masterpiece. big and bold and makes no apologies. reminds me of BA 2TD or even Bells BA Batch 9k.

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4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always to style. Poured into an appropriate Bruey tulip.

Murky brown brew with yellow/cream fizzy crackling soapy head that brows quickly and large, but disappears just as fast. . Needs a lot of time to mellow and settle. I'm anxious to see if it will clarify with age.

Heavenly spice/vanilla/whiskey/booze. Impressively smooth aroma. Only a mold burn on the nose, still it's a damn near 5.0; like a 4.9, but not great enough to round up to a 5.0

Whoa. Booze bomb without the booze. Smooth, righteous, thin, smooth, resinous, crisp/clean vanilla, smooth carbonation with just enough snap. Booze hits hard on first swallow, but mellows into a uniquely fantastic brew. Sweetness is VERY well done; no where near overwhelming. Drink at around 50 degrees. Awesome - killer 5.0

This is one outstanding brew and should be considered a must try. I will definitely seek a few* more for the cellar. Highly recommended as a celebratory "once in a blue moon" type of brew. I cannot wait to see where this brew is in 10 years... Happy moving; the start of something new.

I'm giving increasingly tougher grades with each brew I drink, but that should stand to show this in one fantastic, kick-ass, smokin' hot brew.

* the meaning of few hurts at $33/750ml

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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

yep. that's it. burnt sugar. kind of toffee-like, caramel-y, sweet. barrel, wood. very smooth. very boozy, but not in a 4-loco boozy kind of crap way. this is nice. as Matt said yesterday when we had it on tap at the bruery, it's like a 'shot', instead of a beer. he's a Blue Moon guy. he struggled with the tart Hottenroth... so yeah... and he probably has never had anything above 6% before. I schooled him though by taking him to Noble, Valiant and The Bruery...
no head, no lacing, no carbonation. it just sits there waiting for you to take a sip. medium feel, medium heaviness. light mahogany color. the smell is the taste.
hard to rate the 'appearance' when this is so typical of these types of brews but it is a beautiful color and, although it does just 'sit there' it has a powerful, majestic look to it.

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Bois from The Bruery
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