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Bois - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 115
Gots: 507 | 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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New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-23-2013 23:10:34 | More by vfgccp
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-23-2013 19:19:49 | More by RedneckBeerz
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sierrahopdevil05

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

06-23-2013 15:58:55 | More by sierrahopdevil05
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davelag

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

06-23-2013 15:42:16 | More by davelag
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-23-2013 14:10:17 | More by ShanePB
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-23-2013 12:53:42 | More by drummermattie02
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miadw3

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-23-2013 07:20:27 | More by miadw3
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a decent sized but fizzy light light brown head. Head fizzes away fast, almost soda-like. Decent retention but zero lacing.

S: Huge, huge, huge sickly sweet caramel. Toffee and boozy raisins. Sharp, stinging alcohol when swirled. Basically a bourbon and sherry combo at first glance.

T: Super sweet caramel and toffee up front. I can't overstate how sweet this is. I have had some seriously sweet beers in my day, I can practically mainline creme brulee but this is over the top. It's like caramel syrup with some toffee and molasses. Heavy, heavy on the rum soaked raisins. Burnt sugars in there too. In the finish, very drying oak and alcohol in the aftertaste sucks all of the moisture out of your mouth.

M: Heavy, heavy, cloyingly sweet and syrupy.

O: I've had Cuir, Fruet and now Bois. I loved the first two but this one just isn't hitting me right. I just re-read my review on Fruet and I mentioned at how well the 15% ABV was hidden. This beer is the opposite, it's a booze bomb. It's honestly hard to drink, a sipper for sure. It's still good, don't get me wrong, it's just that the booze and the sweetness overpowers everything in this beer. I might not be in the right mood for this one tonight, that's all I can think. Luckily I have a bottle of the rye version of this to try another day, maybe I will be ready for that one.

06-23-2013 05:15:04 | More by Dope
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

A - very merky brown with little to no visibility peering thru the glass. Almost zero head and a lacing that slides down the glass immediately leaving behinds legs like a wine.

S - vanilla/oak from the barrels, prunes, burnt sugar, and figs. Very complex! I'm sure I'm missing a lot, but can't resist getting to the next part...the taste.

T - Wow! Similar to the nose, the complexity is making it difficult to narrow down the flavors. Dried fruits and molasses on the front end with a pleasant spice and alcohol burn on the cheeks. The concoction of flavors makes it taste very similar to fruit cake. This definitely needs a few years to calm down ad settle into its own.

M - Slightly viscous and spicy with a lingering finish thy lasts a good 30 seconds or so. Very little alcohol burn going down, but it's sits on the back end letting you know it's still there.

O - A classic for sure! Being able to try this on tap before opening my bottle was plus as I can see that it will need a few years in the cellar. The next time I drink it will be in a wine glass to give it more space. Certainly glad that I have one in the cellar.

06-23-2013 02:26:44 | More by Cubatobaco
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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

06-22-2013 23:38:48 | More by tgeorgf
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured something like a mahogany brown with auburn tips and had minor head and lace. First thing that hits me is the alcohol in aroma - didn't even get close to my nose and the booze is singing. Woody, oaky, "bourbony", it's a strong smell but not totally overpowering compared to smelling some real whiskey or scotch. There's also this roasted malt character with a touch of sweetness and dark fruits that I believe poke through. Very strong and hearty, designed to be slowly sipped and relaxed, and I must say that it's a dangerous sipper b/c the beer holds up with only exception being a slight ABV burn on the finish that is complimentary more than anything. I get some sweetness from the sticky, fuller body, like they put caramel and molasses or syrup in there to balance the woodiness of the aging and the alcohol. A touch of spice and a dash of dark fruit (black cherry or figs?) make there way in there as well. A really good beer to enjoy and a must try for anyone.

06-22-2013 22:23:25 | More by clayrock81
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bcheng

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

This is so tasty, and OMG the fragrance - I can just sniff it the whole time. Fantastic mix of beer and bourbon, oak barrel, and mouthfeel. Due to the bourbon, it's somewhat hot, and sweet; definitely a sipper. My only issue, I had a bit much and it caused hangover for me the next day, from the bourbon no doubt.

06-22-2013 00:43:19 | More by bcheng
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KalH

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.8%

06-20-2013 22:24:35 | More by Dave_Treat
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.2%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Washington

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California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

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Texas

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North Carolina

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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Bois from The Bruery
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