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Bois - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 120
Gots: 513 | FT: 89
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

imyourhero21, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

catboy, Jun 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ChugginOil, Jun 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

largadeer, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DaveAnderson, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of jwhancher
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!!!

jwhancher, Jun 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

sdpaul, Jun 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

brotherloco, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

ezperkins2, Jun 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Pecan, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bird22, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
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!

DovaliHops, May 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Rick_Acosta, May 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jeff1973, May 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

VaTechHopHead, May 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

tchipharveyslake, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

JamLand, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Sean9689, May 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Justinsosmart, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

HALB, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

claspada, May 26, 2013
Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.