1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Bois - The Bruery

BoisBois

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

940 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 940
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125  | next › last »
Ratings: 940 | Reviews: 110 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of WelshBrewer
WelshBrewer

Oregon

4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 14:34:34 | More by WelshBrewer
Photo of weonfire
weonfire

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahogany, light mocha-finger width head which dissipates quickly, carbonation rising, zero lacing.

S - Bourbon, aged fruit-figs?, raison, cherry

T - Aged fruit-raison/prune/mild grape, black licorice, very sweet chocolate, carmel, bourbon. finish does come with a bourbon/licorice heat.

M - Full body, great carbonation, frothy, creamy, raison/prune lingers

O - Wow. the aged fruit/bourbon is excellent. mouth is awesome. Yes, fairly hot at points- but at 15ABV-it is very drinkable. makes my tummy warm and puts a smile on my face. I would suggest to split this bomber into at least thirds. Very thick and very sweet. Yes- it was $30 but if you got a few bucks to spurge- certainly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 00:53:26 | More by weonfire
Photo of Greywulfken
Greywulfken

New York

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: into the center of a large snifter, deep mahogany brown beer with a thin foam on top; slid down inside the glass without a trace

S: a face-full of bourbon soaked fruit; dank, rich malt sugars and whiskey

T: carrying over from what you smell, rich chewy fruits are presented - like raisins, figs, dates, and plums; sweetness of fruit accompanies, in addition to brown cane sugar and toffees; airs of wood and whiskey hover over the palate; hints of spices and even some heat as the alcohol asserts itself, bring even more depth to the drink

M: medium weight, slight tackiness/stickiness, minor coating, faint drying on finish

O: I've been a real fan of old ales, bourbon barrel beer, and The Bruery's anniversary ales, so its no surprised I dug this. One of those beers you folks with discipline will age for years - this thing'd be insane for those purposes - but then maybe you shouldn't be reading this, because I contend this beer is amazing immediately, too! A typically strong take on the style, complemented perfectly by barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 00:33:04 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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
Photo of jwhancher
jwhancher

Pennsylvania

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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 21:04:39 | More by jwhancher
Photo of DovaliHops
DovaliHops

California

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively to make a nice, large creme brulee - colored head that goes down quickly. The beer itself is a murky, reddish brown color. Very nice-looking old ale. Scent is unbelievably good. I don't know why it's unbelievable considering how good Fruet was. Sweet bourbon aromas with cherry and oak. A good amount of vanilla and toffee with some melted caramel aromas. Very rich and bold, with dark fruits and burnt sugar. The aroma is just so inviting! Taste is just as good as I remember Fruet being. Tingly, sweet bourbon up front with some booziness. Sweet vanilla and oak with cherry and plum flavors. This beer is ridiculously complex and you can just taste the depth of this beer with each and every sip. As the beer warms, the flavors really open up, and so does the booze. This one seems to be a little more harsh when fresh than Fruet was. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit hot. Drinkability is high, as it is very tasty...just sip slowly. Overall, this beer is fantastic! I'm not sure if it's as good as Fruet was fresh, but this is delicious. Can't wait to taste the other variants!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 07:47:23 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of Halcyondays
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
Photo of RaulMondesi
RaulMondesi

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source itself - The Bruery, in Placentia, CA

Raul is ineffable. Couldn't tell you. Couldn't tell you what is going on right here. But if Mount Vesuvius were erupting with Bois, Raul would run through the natives and straight for it. Glorious thick texture. Glorious thick everything.

Raul does this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2013 05:36:29 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of flayedandskinned
flayedandskinned

California

4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 4/10/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a very murky, cloudy, dark brown with a 2 finger tall light brown head which quickly recedes leaving zero lacing. The head eventually settles to a firm, half finger's height. Massive alcohol legs.

Aroma: (4.75)
Sweet figs jump right out of the glass towards your nostrils, followed by layers upon layers of dark fruit; black cherries, freshly sliced plums. Underneath the fruit there are aromas of sun worn leather, sweet caramel, toffee and bready biscuit malt backbone. The massive barrel presence sounds cascading notes of vanilla, coconut and some nice bourbon sweetness. For 15%, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well.

Taste: (4.75)
Staying consistent with the fruit forward nose, sweet figs greet your palate immediately followed by plums, cherries and a distinctly musty leather-like character that is attained by the extensive aging process that Bois has gone under. Middle of the taste, there is a bright twang of a slightly tart cherries, again from oxidation in the bourbon barrels. Before the off dry finish, a massive, sweet malt backbone closes the ale with notes of toffee, caramel and sweet breads. Lingering impressions of figs, plums, cherries and a unique nuttiness. Huge barrel presence in the finish with light tannins, vanilla and coconut. The 15% is masterfully hidden, but some alcohol does peak through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Very robust, slightly oily in texture thanks to the high ABV. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
Wow, this is an absolutely amazing Old Ale. Complex, rich and hides the ABV incredibly well. The Bruery uses the Solera Method in aging their anniversary ales; meaning every year, The Bruery puts out a new batch of the same recipe, but each year they hold back a sizable portion to blend in with the most recent ale. In other words, Bois has a portion of every other previous anniversary beer in it, adding more depth and complexity to it than the other previous anniversary ales had upon release. This is a truly masterfully Old Ale, that is sweet, yet never cloying. Highly, highly recommended. Cannot wait until next year's version!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 06:30:19 | More by flayedandskinned
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep plum with not much head or lace, must be 12%+.

The smell is bourbon barrel, dark malts and candy sugar.

Bourbon, roasted malts, caramel citrus and earth swirl in the taste. Very barrel heavy, but nice and smooth. Good, thick mouthfeel.

Another great barrel aged beer from the Bruery. I'm not sure I'm ever disappointed by any of their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 04:28:34 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
« first ‹ prev | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125  | next › last »
Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.