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Bois - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
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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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Pours up a half of a finger's worth of head which dissipates almost immediately. The head appeared to be a light to medium beige while the body is a nearly opaque chestnut brown which shows hints of purplish maroon when held up to the light.

Nose- This may be the best aroma (from a beer) that I have ever had the pleasure to smell. Coconut dominates and then shows toasted almonds. Basically, the profile is that of a warm, fresh macaroon. Cherry and chocolate notes hide themselves under the coconut and almond but they are there. Some buttery and caramel notes. This is a definite 5. If the palate is likewise, this is going to be one of the best beers I've ever had. Alcohol appears after you swirl it.

Taste- Raisins and cherries are the first things I encounter while the coconut, almond, and chocolate sit in the background. A fair amount of booze but any brewery that could hide 15% probably should be sued. This is everything that I got on the nose with a good amount of heat. That is to say this is alcoholic deliciousness. I had my qualms about purchasing a 30 dollar bottle of beer but no longer. This may even be a repurchase. This beer has so much presence and so much integration when it would completely permissible for it to be messy. Instead, it wows. Toffee, vanilla, and hints of oak. It is difficult to parse individual aspects because of the rich balance. Chocolate and bourbon become more dominant aspects as this beer opens. It is starting to get a little messy.

Mouthfeel- Heavy bodied with some syrup to it but still manages some silk and smoothness. Light carbonation but this works with the style.

Drinkability- Terrifying. The heat begins to mellow and makes this beer very dangerous. Only the price tag reins in my desire to partake heedlessly.

Overall- Almost perfect (but slightly declining as I drink more). Do not be wary of the price tag. Pay the 30 bucks (maybe even the 35 that it goes for in some markets). After you drink it, you will know why you paid such a price. This does start to get a little messy as it opens up more but this only detracts slightly.

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The aroma is sweet. Big vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and caramel notes. There is a boozy tart cherry aroma.

The taste is of a brown bread malt. Plenty of sweetness to go around. There is a big dark berry sweetness that is quite noticeable. It's a bit tart as well. Caramel and subtle bourbon, some vanilla. Cherry? Lots of booze could use more of an earthy malt presence. Little too sweet.

The feel is moderate with semi soft carbonation. Quite sweet and boozy on the palate. Sticky in the finish. Slight belly burn.

A good but not great big beer. A little one dimensional.

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