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Bois - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,085
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 115
Gots: 512 | FT: 93
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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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.8%

06-28-2014 03:05:27 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 16:22:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-22-2013 16:45:32 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 02:19:29 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-17-2013 14:17:40 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-18-2013 11:35:22 | More by beernads
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

09-01-2013 23:48:31 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-22-2014 08:15:03 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 02:56:13 | More by lacqueredmouse
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-12-2013 02:29:04 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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...

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 19:56:11 | More by barleywinefiend
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.8%

08-14-2013 04:15:06 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 15:05:56 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-05-2013 18:49:42 | More by InspectorBob
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-13-2013 04:12:07 | More by XmnwildX12
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%

06-04-2014 15:13:27 | More by orangesol
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Zorro

California

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 05:59:54 | More by Zorro
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-18-2013 11:56:42 | More by dbrauneis
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DoubleJ

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 17:39:02 | More by DoubleJ
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-14-2013 13:54:09 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-27-2013 17:25:53 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-18-2013 01:14:57 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-01-2013 01:47:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Given how expensive this beer is, I was very glad it was available for only $5 for a 4 ounce pour at PIB.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, as I pick up considerable dates, rum raisans, coconut, vanilla, pineapple, caramel and light chocolate. The beer smells as if it will be rich and sweet, but on the palate, I found this to be an absolute train wreck. Granted, the flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, but this beer was so sweet and boozy, it was setting off my gag reflex. I've tried a number of these barrel aged nectar bombs in the past (Coton, 5 golden rings, cuir, etc.), but nothing really compares to this in terms of sweetness. Next to the word cloying in the dictionary, they should have a picture of this beer. Mouthfeel was full, with a long, sweet, soft boozy finish.

I thought it was tough to get through a bottle of Black Tuesday, but that beer is almost sessionable in comparison to this monstrousity. An interesting effort, but I think from now on I'm going to give these barrel aged old ales from Bruery a pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 19:04:45 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-14-2013 06:05:55 | More by drewone
Bois from The Bruery
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