Bois - The Bruery

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1,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 119
Gots: 526 | FT: 90
Brewed by:
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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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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My wife and I celebrated our 5th wedding Anniversary recently and this was our brew of choice. Nice idea, huh?

Served in some gourmet, foo-foo, super expensive wine glasses.

A: Poured pretty much a deep, rich, leather-like brown maroon color, without much head to speak of. In the BBA world, that's not a factor anyway.

S: Super raison and bourbon-like with a tapered off sweetness that hit the snout just the right way. Molasses, dates, crushed Flintstone Vitamins can all be found here.

T: OMG. First off, I couldn't believe how smooth this was. Hell, even my beer-hating wife absolutely loved this. The bourbon washed over the dark fruit, giving it so much friggin dimension. You could actually taste every ingredient individually. Remarkable!

M: The sweet elements rolled off the tongue, inviting me to come back for more and more. Of course the carbonation was low, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

O: With best new beer of 2013. As a matter of fact, it was the best one of 2012, 2011, and 2010 as well. My highest recommendation!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours out in a mahogany caramel color that is murky, but also lets some light come through.

The aroma is huge raisins, tons of sweet molasses and caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, sherry, bourbon, but also that pop of booze in the back that uplifts it.

The flavor follows with that deep rich caramel sweetness. It's heavy on the rich deep dark raisins and fruit, but also on the back, there's that drying oak and alcohol that picks up the beer in a wonderful way. My friend actually compared this to port or madeira.

The body is pretty big and sticky, but I've had bigger and stickier barrel aged barley wines. The crazy thing is that the booze and oak drying on the back really picks up this beer to give a punch of drinkability. I really do like that about this beer, though it seems a lot like a beer that could use some aging.

I do think that Melange 3 was better because of the bigger silky feel and sweetness, but this is super enjoyable. Incredible beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a murky mahogany, with puddles of tan head. Very little lacing.

S: Candied sugars, bourbon, butterscotch, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, and a flash of soy sauce. A ton going on here.

T: Intense dark fruits plow through immediately--prunes, raisins, black cherries, plums. Bourbon, molasses, a hint of chocolate, vanilla, and oak form the middle. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak finish it off.

M: Very hot, as it's young still, but nonetheless fantastic. Chewy, with very little carbonation. Slick.

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

Deep mahogany-brown in color. One finger head of very fine bubbles. Absolutely massive aroma wafting out of the glass. At first, it's a huge dark fruit bomb with rum-soaked raisin, plum, and what have you. Big time caramelized sugar note followed by vanilla. Finally, fusels hit, a bit strong but not invasive and overpowering.

Sweet and heat are the most apparent aspects at first, though neither is too strong. At 15% ABV, they've done a great job at keeping alcohol burn/sting to a bare minimum. The sweetness level is high but short of cloying, though it could stand to be tempered a bit. The fruit presence is just as massive on the palate as it is on the nose. In addition to the sugared raisin and plum, there's another flavor that brings a slight tartness that I can't quite nail down. It helps to dampen the sweetness. Some oaky, cherry flavor comes in on the finish. The fine carbonation has a light touch but fades a bit quickly.

After one 8 oz glass, the sweetness starts to overwhelm the palate. This is a sipper if there ever was one. Absolutely huge in terms of aroma and flavor. My first Bruery anniversary and first barrel-aged Old Ale. This is excellent right now, but after some time to mature, this could be an epic beer.

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Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.