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Bois - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
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1,125 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 116
Gots: 510 | FT: 91
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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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

jlindros, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -7.8%

oline73, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%

From 08/26/13 notes. I LOVED Fruet (and Cuir with some time on it), so got a few of these and all the variants in the RS this year. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky, deep dark mahogany-brown color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like all the other years.

s - Smells of caramel malts, sweet bourbon, toffee, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, roasted malts, light vanilla, and molasses. Awesome, very sweet, nose, with tons of bourbon and caramel, as to be expected. Reminds me a lot of Fruet.

t - Tastes of sweet bourbon, caramel malts, toffee, sweet brown sugar, alcohol, leather, smoke, vanilla, toasted malts, sweet dark fruits, light vanilla, and molasses. Taste is good but more alcohol and stronger than the nose. More noticable alcohol immediately than last year's Fruet.

m - Full, thick body and low carbonation. Some alcohol, more than Fruet, but very, very nice body.

o - Overall I liked this beer a lot, though was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, this is a great beer and I fully expect it to become amazing with more time on it, but I've found over the last 3 years that the anniversary beers have been getting better and better fresh each year, and this was a small step back from Fruet last year. Tons of bourbon and caramel throughout, but a little more noticable alcohol in the taste this year. I can totally see this being too sweet for some people, but I love them. If you like the previous years, this will be another you like. Glad I have more bottles to try in the future.

mdfb79, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mendvicdog, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Rochefort10nh, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

MarkyMOD, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a murky mahogany with a small off-white head, mild lace.

S: Lots of brown sugar and barrel, sweet notes, baked sugar cane and sherry.

T: This tastes remarkably like oloroso sherry, just with a bit more sugar. Lots of dark sugar, mission fig. Quite similar to Fruet, though now the oxidation is coming more to the forefront. The solera is really showing its stuff.

M: Full-bodied, lightly boozy, fairly smooth, a big rich beer.

O: These anniversaries are always fun to try, and now that they're not so young, they're getting really good on release, just wish they weren't so pricey.

Halcyondays, May 20, 2013
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -7.8%

beernads, Oct 18, 2013
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 taste 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

kojevergas, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -7.8%

oriolesfan4, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

InspectorBob, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

weeare138, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

yourefragile, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev -6%

Tried on-tap at Toronado in San Francisco.

Pours a deep claret red with some flecked hazing. Body is extremely solid: it wouldn't be any other way. Head is an off-white beige colour forming a bubbled ring around the glass. No lace and no visible carbonation, although it forms a sheeting cascade when tilted. Overall it looks complicated, but good.

Nose is excessively complex, and wanders into some strange directions: hoisin sauce, plenty of oak, port, roasted characters, treacle. It's very rich, very interesting. Some tannic red wine comes through as well, and a slight salt/savoury aroma. It's intense.

Hot entry on the palate, plenty of booze, brandy and cherry wine. By the mid palate the heat as settled down a little, leaving a richer sweeter flavour: caramel, treacle and a slightly eggy custard character. The back is dried out by the oak and some of those tannin notes. Sweaty finish.

Feel is intense: hot, but thick. Heavy, rich. Yes.

This is extreme stuff. It's hot, boozy and harsh, but compensated for with its raw intensity, complexity and boldness. I really liked it.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -7.8%

orangesol, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Pours a murky brownish, caramel color with great carbonation for this style presenting a nice khaki head. Lacing is substandard but the initial appearance is a winner.

S: BIG dark fruits, WOWZERS! Raisins, figs, prunes soaked in bourbon, caramel and toffee. A little whiff of vanilla and caramelized sugars. Amazingly good. A pungent booze sting is present as well.

T: Whoa. Big heat upfront which seems to get hotter and hotter as it carries on. A big toffee, caramel, sugary sweetness upfront with MASSIVE amount of bourbon soaked dark fruits. GEESH! A bit of vanilla and oak come to play under the decadence but man this beer is relentless. The finish is big, hot, sweet and heavy kinda like a few women I banged as a youngster.

M: Full bodied, well carbonated for this style. Big sweetness and booze on the plate.

O: Another score in the Old Ale department from The Bruery. A bit to hot and sweet even for me...

barleywinefiend, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

stakem, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dbrauneis, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

drewone, May 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

duceswild, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Has it really been five years since The Bruery opened its doors? Time flies when you're brewing fun, and Bois is just one of many that The Bruery has done. A small 4 ounce sample poured at the source. On to the beer:

Chocolate brown colored and hardly given a head at all. A bit of white lace rings around the sides of the glass. Not many legs stick around the glass, a little unexpected for a beer of its strength. The aroma of Bois is a winner, first bringing a succulent base of fudge. Coconut and booze add to the depth, along with white grapes and bourbon soaked in oak. The taste is less focused on the fudge and more focused on raisins, boozy grapes, a soft roastiness, toasted coconut, and a little of that alcohol pushing its head through. Still a great overall however. It's a full bodied beer with a low amount of carbonation of booze that gently pinches.

The Bruery, in a nutshell, is in this beer. Barrel aged, blending different vintages of the same base, and delectable. A beer that's sure to give you some "wood". Happy 5 Patrick and Co!

DoubleJ, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Zorro
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%

Chill hazed brown colored ale with a minor tan colored head formation.

Boozy and fruity from the moment you pop the cap. Scents of whiskey and berries with some caramel and chocolate and toffee scents. Distinct black pepper scent. Vanilla is quite strong with this beer. Very complex scent I am sure I missed 6 or so subtle scents.

Starts out boozy with a noticeable alcohol sting and a notable chest warmth, with an unanticipated peach after taste. Strong whiskey flavor mostly vanilla and caramel. medium sweet this has flavors of oak and cork in it. Peach and apple flavors this beer never tastes quite the same between sips. Not very spicy all I am picking up is black pepper. Mild tongue anesthesia from the ABV this beer really packs a punch. After a bit the more earth flavors show up, mushroom and musk with just a touch of pine bark. Certainly a flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a very tasty beer that is probably wasted on a 16 1/2 hour workday mind. Still this certainly is one of the best beers out there in Pliny The Younger and Abacus levels of greatness. This cost me $30 and I did not get cheated out of my money, it is worth it.

Zorro, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ejimhof, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.