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Bois - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
97
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1,185 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 121
Gots: 525 | FT: 90
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%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon, vanilla, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is an alcohol kick after each sip as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great bourbon presence that comes through especially well in the flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a short beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Much like the smell, the taste of bourbon from the barrel aging stand out in the overall taste, which also contribute strong notes of vanilla.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is quite strong, but the alcohol doesn't render this undrinkable. It definitely doesn't taste like a 15% beer and is more like a 9% beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt sienna; not much of a head but that is true to form for a 15% ABV beer

Smell: Sharp and boozy, with layers of Bourbon, vanilla, caramel and dried cherries underneath

Taste: Boozy on the front end, with Bourbon, caramel, dried cherries making up the front end; very sweet, with some treacle and vanilla development in the middle; after the swallow, the alcohol re-asserts itself, bringing along a recurrence of the flavors detected in the front end; caramel brings up the rear

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; very boozy

Overall: Not surprised by all the booziness at this stage of the beer's development (and part of me said wait a few years before cracking it open); I think this will be a fascinating beer to watch develop and hope I have a chance to re-visit on somebody else's nickel the next go round

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4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Going well past the notions of beer, this highly savory and succulent elixir begins to show what could be with barley liqueur. Its a transcendent ale that easily uproots Port wine as an after-dinner aperitif.

As the dark tawny beer pours, a dainty creme of foam is slow to rise and quick to fall. After a few swirls of the glass, the beer sheds its beery-like appearances in favor for brandy legging and quiet calmness.

But each of those swirls flood the air with mouthwatering aromatics: molasses, brown sugar, toffee and chocolate waft about as it draws the nose closer. Tangy port wine and brandy notes become the counter scent to malt while dark, pitted and stone fruits become the bridge that connects the two.

The most supple of sips easily coat the mouth with rich malt sweetness that span the gamut from maple to black-strap molasses, heavy toast, chocolate, singed caramel, light coffee and slight mesquite-type smoke. Its a highly complex taste that doesn't stop there: rum-soaked fruits of cherries, grapes, dates, figs, raisins, plumbs add even more to the malts. Layers of walnut-type bitterness, vanilla, weathered oak, leather and tobacco can also be found as the beer changes with each sip and temperature correction.

Lush, velvety and absolutely seductive, the beer coats the mouth like oil. Its syrup-heavy feel may be cloying to some, but its savory and succulent for me as a dessert-type beer. Warm, rewarding and silky smooth, the beer lingers indefinitely into the next sip and with nary a hint of its 15% power.

The Bruery certainly kicks year five off with a serious bang. If this is what's in store for the next 365 days, then I'll be one spoiled cat!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml matte gold wax enclosed bottle, one recently arrived, and under dire circumstances, it would seem, to Alberta. #welcometoABWinterBitches

This beer pours a hazy, very dark red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, silkily foamy, and somewhat bubbly pale tan head, which leaves nothing beyond a few random specks of lace near the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of concentrated caramel and toffee pudding, with a certain flor-heavy fortified red wine yeastiness, besotted French oak staves, a prune, dried cherry, and raisin fruitiness, melted brown sugar, rather hot, nose and upper palate crinkling boozy Bourbon, citrus cream, and a certain old musty basement essence. The taste is big and sweet, the heady toffee and caramel gaining a bit of a watery treacle co-conspirator, followed closely by more dark fruits, now muddled and wine-like in their bearing, cold, reduced demarara sugar, soft cognac and Bourbon barrel notes - vanilla and alcohol, mostly - a weirdly ethereal yeasty essence, some mild milky cocoa, and a further isolated wood grain alcohol that seems to pop up at random intervals.

The carbonation is quite understated, and damned near absent at times, almost to the point of inspiring a Trent Reznor ode, the body a dense medium-heavy weight, and actually quite incredibly smooth, very little else putting up their dukes here, once gain, incredulously. It finishes sweet, sure, and more than a tad boozy, but it all seems well restrained, controlled via nods of the head and ancient scripts.

Wow, I had my doubts, but this 5 Year anniversary offering from the Bruery (would, normally, would be so trite in such situations, but here it is, so very worthy!) delivers, even at this early juncture. Maybe not the most complex old ale out there, but it has more than enough 'old' character to back up this pedigree, amongst a stellar bourbon and wine-adjacent woodiness that brings us full circle, of a sort. And maybe I could complain about the generally AWOL bubbles situation, but meh, did I not already mention what style of beer this was?

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a wedding snifter.

Nothing better than bacon sammiches, a bounce castle, and more-than-ample beer supplies. This piece of equipment pours a brackish sienna topped by a half-finger of off-sandstone foam. The nose comprises buttery toffee, rich caramel, mild bourbon, light vanilla bean, a whiff of dark fruit, and an iota of wood. Man, I'm starting to run out of ways to say "a little bit"... The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of dark fruits, but the caramel, toffee, and bourbon are taking no prisoners here. In the best way. Oh yes. The body is a hefty medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a thick feel. Overall, a damn fine beer, par for the course in this anniversary series.

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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

an expensive bottle of beer, but a unique one, and one worthy of the most special occasions. hazy caramel color on this, dense as anything, without a ton of head just some patchy white wisps around the edges of my wine glass. the nose on this is a mind bender, its beautifully rich and nuanced, with butterscotch, liquid caramel, brown sugar, maple, oak, vanilla, graham cracker, and booze dancing around with one another in an aromatic orgy of epic proportions. the just radiates decadence, with sugar and alcohol, but when i taste it, its neither hotly boozed up, or diabetic sweet. great use of barrel and blending techniques here, i get a ton of oak and bourbon notes, and the butterscotch is there. its like melted werthers candies. vanilla too, and a lot of grain, somewhat of a barleywine or an old ale, american and english both, sweet but not overdone, and refined in a way that is equaled by few other brewers. this series has been nuts, and this is perhaps the finest of them. i cannot remember the last beer i had so rich and interesting, and also so entirely unique from the field. alcohol can never really be taste, but it can certainly be felt. be sure to share this bottle. an arrogant fools errand it would be to attempt a bottle solo. a must try, this is magical beer.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

Split with rudzud as our membership goes.

Decent fizzy head fades fairly quickly light lacing, nice legs, super dark molasses brown color.

Nose is great, tons of malts, toasty brown malts, big caramel toffee candies, bit of molasses, nice aged soft malt, sweet candy syrup, light booze, some fluffy nougat like, touch of cocoa. Some light vanilla barrel and bit of bourbon.

Taste brings lots of sweet malts, smooth and rich little creamy with a big alcohol burn and tingle. The big malts bring more caramel candies, molasses, toffee and light nutty, hint of cocoa again, light fluffy nougat, etc. Nice fluffy soft aged malts, almost chewy, with some nice soft dried fruits hint plum and candied raisin and nice fig, hint brown sugar. Also some light vanilla like flavours, hint coconut from the barrel, nice bourbon notes, and plain oak. Mild bitterness. Finish is sticky syrupy sweet, just a touch of acrid burnt syrup, nice soft aged dark malts, hint bourbon vanilla barrel.

Mouth is full bod, little syrupy, plenty of warming tingly but clean booze, decent carb. Soft creamy feel too.

Overall great, maybe not as good as the last couple French named beer series, but nice malt flavours and soft aged feel, barrel is a nice addition but not seeing enough, booze is where I expected.

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Bois from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.