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Bois - The Bruery

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1,105 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,105
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 115
Gots: 511 | 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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08-13-2013 03:36:47 | More by Daniellobo
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-12-2013 23:46:17 | More by DanGeo
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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-12-2013 21:08:05 | More by atoulouk
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

08-12-2013 18:57:58 | More by Greenplastic615
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California

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-11-2013 20:59:51 | More by IPAchris
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-11-2013 02:15:58 | More by GeoffreyM
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CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-11-2013 02:13:33 | More by CarolinaKevin
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Ak555667

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

08-11-2013 00:15:45 | More by Ak555667
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud as our membership goes.

Decent fizzy head fades fairly quickly light lacing, nice legs, super dark molasses brown color.

Nose is great, tons of malts, toasty brown malts, big caramel toffee candies, bit of molasses, nice aged soft malt, sweet candy syrup, light booze, some fluffy nougat like, touch of cocoa. Some light vanilla barrel and bit of bourbon.

Taste brings lots of sweet malts, smooth and rich little creamy with a big alcohol burn and tingle. The big malts bring more caramel candies, molasses, toffee and light nutty, hint of cocoa again, light fluffy nougat, etc. Nice fluffy soft aged malts, almost chewy, with some nice soft dried fruits hint plum and candied raisin and nice fig, hint brown sugar. Also some light vanilla like flavours, hint coconut from the barrel, nice bourbon notes, and plain oak. Mild bitterness. Finish is sticky syrupy sweet, just a touch of acrid burnt syrup, nice soft aged dark malts, hint bourbon vanilla barrel.

Mouth is full bod, little syrupy, plenty of warming tingly but clean booze, decent carb. Soft creamy feel too.

Overall great, maybe not as good as the last couple French named beer series, but nice malt flavours and soft aged feel, barrel is a nice addition but not seeing enough, booze is where I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:48:24 | More by jlindros
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North Carolina

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North Carolina

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California

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Florida

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Ncpogs

Illinois

4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A truly amazing beer. So many complex flavors and smells that every drink picks up a different flavor. A dark molasses like color, notes of chocolate, bourbon, any many many other flavors that I'm too unsophisticated to describe.

All I know is that this beer smells amazing, tastes even better and is a must drink. I can't articulate all of the subtleties, but strongly suggest you explore for yourself.

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08-10-2013 02:08:42 | More by Ncpogs
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros, poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a murky molasses hue with a thin blanket that fades to leave a thin halo and light legs.

S - Aromas of rich molasses, nice sweet malts, warning booze, nice raisins, inviting and aromatic.

T - Taste is nice sweet malts, toffee, vanilla, huge bourbon, gentle molasses. Nice raisins and light dark fruits, finish is a bit on the syrup side, alcohol is mighty strong.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice consisting the ABV. Carbonation keeps it from being to heavy.

O - Overall I really liked this beer, still a bit hot but that will fade over time. Glad I have a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:06:01 | More by rudzud
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ThrashMaster

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.2%

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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a now defunct Buckbean taster glass. Brown pour, almost no head on it. Aroma was nice and luxurious, we had this a day or two after we drank the American oak version, and this one let the bourbon come out a lot more than the former. Lots of that boozy cracker jack aroma going for it, quite delicious if you ask me.

Taste, strong, but delicate, it doesn't let the alcohol assault your mouth. Plenty of that caramel, more toffee this year than Fruet seemingly. They are quite similar. A little bit of vanilla and coconut. Dallop of brown sugar. Molasses-ish. Despite the ability to absorb the high alcohol content, it is not a viscous or heavy beer per se.

These anniversary beers from the Bruery are solid bets to keep being good and like this every year. The first couple were a little hot at first, but it seems Fruet and Bois were good to go, and the best ones yet. Kudos. Easily worth $30.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 04:13:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Thishops4u

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-08-2013 22:29:54 | More by atone315
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. This was bottled 04/11/13 which is about 3 months ago as of this review.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, cola, nearly black color and leaves about a finger of off-white/light tan head.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, plums, figs, a hint of cherry. Very, very big, sharp, sweet aroma.

Taste: A smack of vanilla, sweet bourbon hits first, followed by some cocoa, lightly roasted malts, and dark fruits (plums, figs, raisins). Lots of very sweet flavors. Finishes with some nice, sweet bourbon and a touch of heat. Alcohol is well masked by all the flavors and sweetness.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium to heavy, creamy body. Finishes very smooth.

Overall: This is a huge beer - lots of intensely sweet flavors coming together very nicely to give this one its massive profile. The bourbon and vanilla flavors take center stage in a great way. This is a very nice desert-type beer, one to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:43:26 | More by Resuin
Bois from The Bruery
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