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Bois - The Bruery

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1,208 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,208
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 118
Gots: 523 | FT: 88
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-14-2013

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.
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark, rich brown/black with hints of ruby as light hits the edges. Minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S: Big caramel and toffee aroma. Lots of alcohol and sweetness. Hints of wood, leather and tobacco notes follow.

T: Wow, this is a big, boozy sweetness bomb. I guess I shouldn't be surprised with it coming from the Bruery. Lots of caramel notes, brown sugar, vanilla, and a punch of alcohol heat. Deep, complex leather and tobacco notes follow. Not bad, just way, way too sweet.

M: A bit thin, but creamy. Very hot. Nicely carbonated.

O: This is a big, complex beer. Decent, but it needs to sit a while. I'm looking forward to trying to try some of the other variants for sure.

Photo of yamar68
3.51/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks cw577enfield!

Dark swampy brown body capped with a thick, dense layer of khaki carbonation. Plenty of booze legging.

Certainly smells sweet. Caramel/toffee, powdery cocoa, molasses, mushy fruit, maple, bourbon heat... complex. Big.

God that is a big fucking beer. It's muted at first but after a second or two on the palate I'm overwhelmed with massive bourbon sweetness and intense red fruits, almost tart in some ways... papery tobacco flavor at the tip of the tongue. It finishes out sticky and sweet with a lingering burn in the back of my mouth. Kind of a mess, to be honest.

I took down BT and M3 solo, so I thought this wouldn't be an issue. But... alas. This might take a while.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt sienna; not much of a head but that is true to form for a 15% ABV beer

Smell: Sharp and boozy, with layers of Bourbon, vanilla, caramel and dried cherries underneath

Taste: Boozy on the front end, with Bourbon, caramel, dried cherries making up the front end; very sweet, with some treacle and vanilla development in the middle; after the swallow, the alcohol re-asserts itself, bringing along a recurrence of the flavors detected in the front end; caramel brings up the rear

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; very boozy

Overall: Not surprised by all the booziness at this stage of the beer's development (and part of me said wait a few years before cracking it open); I think this will be a fascinating beer to watch develop and hope I have a chance to re-visit on somebody else's nickel the next go round

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
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!

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of WankelEngine
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a murky brown color with a light tan head which quickly fades to a ring of foam.

S: Smells like a great combination of boozy wood, bourbon, fig and brown sugar. Very sweet, with toffee and molasses. Almost a maple syrup.

T: Similar flavors to the aroma, but with brighter fruit. Cherry, raisin, apple and fig are prominent. Booze and oak contrast the overall very sweet beer. Molasses and maple lend to the sticky, lingering finish. Reminds me of French toast.

M: Medium-thick but very sticky. The lingering stickiness is tempered somewhat by a notable boozy heat.

O: Fantastic beer. Very much a desert beer. Incredibly sweet and incredibly complex.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.