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Bois - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 116
Gots: 512 | 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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09-16-2013 05:45:49 | More by Reggae4203
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

09-16-2013 03:00:46 | More by davistabuff
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: thick murky bright brown body creating a ½ fingers worth of tan colored head formation. Moderate lacing. Enormous alcohol legs observed on the sides of the glass.

S: big ass bourbon front and center! Hot damn! Big oak and vanilla permeate through the bourbon notes…raisins, plums, caramel and molasses also make their presence know. Love the aroma but brace yourself for the bourbon notes

T: following the nose… huge bourbon notes front and center, big alcohol soaked dark fruits (raisin, figs), huge sweet sugary molasses and a huge vanilla and oak in the finish. As you can tell this is one big ass beer

M: holy crap is this thick! I can chew this son of a bitch! Leaves an awesome sugary molasses note on the palate that helps out with the immense bourbon and alcohol.

O: this is such a big ass beer….might be tough doming this one… but it is thoroughly enjoyable and exactly what I want in a Old Ale. For comparison purposes… BB4D > Bois.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:11:00 | More by tut2528
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

09-16-2013 00:08:41 | More by ldhughes3
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

09-15-2013 22:03:35 | More by Bandi
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New York

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a short beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Much like the smell, the taste of bourbon from the barrel aging stand out in the overall taste, which also contribute strong notes of vanilla.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is quite strong, but the alcohol doesn't render this undrinkable. It definitely doesn't taste like a 15% beer and is more like a 9% beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 21:54:44 | More by metter98
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09-14-2013 11:22:28 | More by 12owls
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3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/2/13
Poured into a snifter

A poured about a 1 finger head which dissipated and left a foam ring which hung around throughout. Lots of legs on this thing. Deep hazy brownish red color. Sorta resembles fat bastards stool sample

S lots of strong scents. A very strong aroma. Its familiar but I can't place it. Definitely oaky, almonds, some alcohol is detectable. Maybe a touch of coffee or chocolate. Definitely smells complex

T follows the nose for the most part. the taste starts with an oaky almond thing followed by lots of sweet dark fruits on the back. Can taste the alcohol and definitely feel a warming in the chest. Again its complex and the flavors are very strong I just don't love it. Its a sipper.

M more carbonated than I was expecting which I think really helps the drinkability and to mellow the beer out a bit.

O this is clearly a very well crafted beer but personally I just don't love the flavors. I enjoyed it but couldn't give it an "outstanding" rating as I doubt I'd drink it again.

Bottom Line: a well crafted unique beer with flavors that just aren't my thing

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 02:37:08 | More by DrewskiWhit
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Knb Del Cerro, poured into small goblet

A: Deep mahogany-red, viscous. Almost no head, but the beverage leaves patches of lacing around the glass.

S: Booze, oak, cherries, honey-coated multi-grain bread. The bouquet is large and district, with alcohol warming the nose.

T: Big toffee-sweetness at the front, backed by notes ripe fruit, especially cherries and raisins. Oaky as can be, the alcohol and wood notes dry the palate. Spicy and tingly toward the back, as it finishes sweet with lingering notes of cherry.

M: Rich and chewy, but the balanced flavors keep things from feeling too weighty.

I don't want to overrate the Bruery but it seems like the last several brews I've sampled have been approaching near-perfection. This has so much flavor and so much potential to go off-the-rails, but all of the aspects are so well contained and reined in, making a 15% ABV Old Ale as drinkable as possible.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2013 22:30:13 | More by rand
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3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a murky brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweetness here: caramel, vanilla, brown and burnt sugar, and a little toffee. There are some oak notes and dark fruit underneath, but mostly it's a barrage of sweet smells.

T: sweetness dominates here as well. Caramelized sugar, caramel, vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar. Oak and sweet bread come through bsfore a moderately boozy finish.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet and a bit hot.

O: a good beer overall, but so sweet and boozy that it's difficult to drink more than a few ounces. I'm glad I could try it on tap and not have to tackle a whole or half a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2013 21:46:16 | More by n2185
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence - Dark ruby hazy. Little tan head with very little retention.

Aroma - Vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, caramel, sweetness!

Taste - Amazing layers of deep sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit - plums, dates, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Roasty toasty woodiness, yum!

Mouthfeel - Sweet and full bodied. Moderately low carbonation.

Overall - Delicious complex beer. The sweet caramel and fruit matches well with the bourbon and oak. Delicoius brew.

Serving type: bottle

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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky, thick-looking brown with a moderate tan head that recedes quickly. Nobody ever said these beers looked good.

S: Thick aromas of bourbon, spicy oak, burnt caramel, marshmallow, raisins, and brown sugar waft up.

T: The taste is quite sweet, but balanced out by a bit of dry bitterness from the oak tannins and alcohol. Tannic vanilla and toffee, a bit of fruity prune, hot bourbon, caramelized grain, some pleasant sherry-like notes from the oxidation (maybe from the previous vintages in the blend?).

M: The beer is relatively thick but with a constant underpinning of soft carbonation. Obviously a bit of a boozy feel from the bourbon and ABV, but nothing out of proportion.

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Serving type: bottle

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Bois from The Bruery
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