Bois - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,262
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 124
Gots: 536 | FT: 92
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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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Photo of ms11781
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours an opaque, muddy brown color with some lighter brown/orange tinges at the sides of the glass. Once the beer gets to the bottom of the glass it becomes transparent so perhaps this isn't as opaque as it looked. But a second pour confirms that it is indeed opaque when the glass is full (relatively speaking). A strong pour shows that there is light carbonation but there is no head or lacing to speak of, as expected. Looks pretty good for the style.

The nose is excellent. There's a good hit of bourbon up front with some vanilla prominent as well. Those two aromas come across first but there is a lot more going on. Caramel, toffee, some wood and a bit of coconut are here as well. It gets sweeter as it warms but it wasn't all that cold to begin with. Really nice.

The flavors match the aromas but they are far more balanced. Not that the aroma wasn't balanced but the bourbon and vanilla are here and don't dominate the other flavors as much. Really well integrated notes of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel and a bit more wood than in the nose. All here in almost equal parts. There is a touch of booze at the finish but it's expected and welcome.

This beer is huge. Thick but not viscous with low carbonation. Pretty standard for a 15% ABV barrel-aged old ale. Compliments the nose and taste nicely. Touch of a booze burn at the finish.

This beer is excellent. Flavors are already well integrated, nose is almost there. There's nothing wrong with it now but if a couple years smooths it out a touch this beer will be right up with the very best of style.

Photo of tmzl
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: very dark amber. Poured with thick, surprisingly big head with even bubbles. Fast retention. Low carbonation. Very nice, promising, inviting.

Smell: Can't miss the big brandy notes. Then come the fruity ones - raisins, deep dark fruits. Reminds me of raisins in rum. Lots of sweet caramel malt with some smokey notes. There is a slight alcohol note. And there comes a very nice subtle sour, tart aroma - lifts up the whole experience.

Taste: Porto, plum wine, dates. Huge malt, middle a lot of caramel, smokey, burnt wood/sugar. Low on bitterness, but very nice sour after-mid taste. Also some funk in there. Rich and complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body, low carbonation. Very smooth, plate fullness, syrupy. There is some warming effect from high alcohol content, but overall the high alcohol is very well hidden. Leaves you slightly dry.

Overall: Rich and complex, very strong with a lot to offer, yet balanced and rewarding. I'm thinking to buy a bottle and let it rest for a few years, a little age can probably take this beer even higher.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon, vanilla, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is an alcohol kick after each sip as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great bourbon presence that comes through especially well in the flavor.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a murky muddy mahogany with a nice thing and dense quarter inch head that is cream in color. Seems pretty thick on the pour.

Nose is amazing. Boozy heat that is then enveloped by some great dark fruit sweetness and some nice caramel and molasses notes. Heavy notes of butterscotch and caramel mixed in with some nice Bourbon notes. Slight vanilla and wood notes balance out the sweetness that then comes back near the end of the finish to entice you even more. So complex and fruity.

The flavor as expected is true to the nose. Starts off with heat as expected with some nice molasses, slightly burnt caramel notes off extreme sweetness with subtle roast. This brew is pretty complex but since its fresh and its 15% there is definitely some heat. As the brew warms the complexity opens up even more. There are leathery notes that offsets the sweetness and then the sweetness come back and punches you in the face. Whiskey and spirit soaked prune and raisin notes come to mind. There is even some chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate notes that I can pick up on as well as some pineapple. The sweet fruit notes even have a slight sour fruit component that is barely noticeable. The body is full and the ABV is up there. Silky and smooth and oily mouthfeel to begin with. Then the brew gets a bit thiner and warmer. Even the mouthfeel is complex!

Overall a very complex brew that is pretty strong but has some delicious well crafted flavor. Each flavor speaks for itself but works well with others. Even the ones I can't pick up on.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a murky mahogany with a small off-white head, mild lace.

S: Lots of brown sugar and barrel, sweet notes, baked sugar cane and sherry.

T: This tastes remarkably like oloroso sherry, just with a bit more sugar. Lots of dark sugar, mission fig. Quite similar to Fruet, though now the oxidation is coming more to the forefront. The solera is really showing its stuff.

M: Full-bodied, lightly boozy, fairly smooth, a big rich beer.

O: These anniversaries are always fun to try, and now that they're not so young, they're getting really good on release, just wish they weren't so pricey.

Photo of gcg1988
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love beers aged in whiskey/bourbon barrels. Most of these i try are usually not quite as thick as this. but i thought that added to it. It was quite sweet, the caramel stays on your tongue long after you have placed it back down. I thought it was great, a little heavy and hard to finish the large bottle alone, I would share with fellow beer appreciating friends.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark, opaque raison color with a tan colored head, light carbonation, and very viscous when the glass is swirled.

S - Maple, brown sugar, raisons, figs, oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark roasted caramel.

T - Very boozy and alcohol forward. Figs, raisons, oak, vanilla, dark roasted caramel, bourbon soaked prunes, maple, brown sugar, and a touch of sweet molasses.

M - Thick, full body, borderline light syrup texture, very sticky, velvety smooth, and moderate warming as it slides down the hatch.

O - Incredibly complex with layer after layer of complimentary flavors, so glad I sat on this bottle for (4) years before opening, the only downside is wishing I bought two and popped the first one when it was young for comparison.

Photo of IKR
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark-brown. Fairly large light-beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Bourbon notes dominate, with some brown sugar, dark fruit (think raisins and prunes) and mild toffee notes. It's been aged for a while but this currently has no alcohol presence, which is surprising for the ABV.

Taste: Bourbon, some fruity sherry notes, raisins, some brown sugar, and toffee. The beer finishes slightly sweet with the Bourbon, brown sugar, and dark fruit notes. I'm not sure it's the age but this was considerably less sweet than most of the other Bruery's Bourbon bal-aged Anniversary beers.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of full-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: I notice the dark fruit and sherry-type notes come more to the forefront with each new Bruery Anniversary variant. I'm not sure if it's age but the sweetness was fairly subdued which combined with the subdued alcohol presence makes drinking this beer a fine experience.

Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - very merky brown with little to no visibility peering thru the glass. Almost zero head and a lacing that slides down the glass immediately leaving behinds legs like a wine.

S - vanilla/oak from the barrels, prunes, burnt sugar, and figs. Very complex! I'm sure I'm missing a lot, but can't resist getting to the next part...the taste.

T - Wow! Similar to the nose, the complexity is making it difficult to narrow down the flavors. Dried fruits and molasses on the front end with a pleasant spice and alcohol burn on the cheeks. The concoction of flavors makes it taste very similar to fruit cake. This definitely needs a few years to calm down ad settle into its own.

M - Slightly viscous and spicy with a lingering finish thy lasts a good 30 seconds or so. Very little alcohol burn going down, but it's sits on the back end letting you know it's still there.

O - A classic for sure! Being able to try this on tap before opening my bottle was plus as I can see that it will need a few years in the cellar. The next time I drink it will be in a wine glass to give it more space. Certainly glad that I have one in the cellar.

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-murky medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Lots of caramel, toffee and sherry-like sweetness. Booze fume is quite noticeable but not too intense.

T- Very sweet with more toffee and some dark fruit. The sweetness lingers quite a bit but helps mask the booze. Has the usual intense sugary malt found in the other anniversary ales but this one's a bit more toned down than Cuir and Fruet. A bit of oak, vanilla and a ton of raisin. Drinkable enough for how strong it is.

M- Syrupy and a bit thick. There's a slight burn in the back of the throat after each sip. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Might've been plucked a bit too soon since the sweetness and alcohol are both a bit too amplified, but still quite good nonetheless.

Photo of Etan
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.

O: Another enjoyable beer in the series. This and Fruet are also a serious improvement over Cuir and the beers before that. Pricey, but worth it once a year.

Photo of ADZA
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to mrkennedy for this, pours dark murky brown hue, little head and rim of lacing,nose is boozy butterscotch with sweet bourbon,full feel with light carbonation,tastes are boozy bittersweet butterscotch that finishes with a sweet bourbon oakiness snd overall a top drop thats aged so well definately the right time to drink it cheers.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky brownish, caramel color with great carbonation for this style presenting a nice khaki head. Lacing is substandard but the initial appearance is a winner.

S: BIG dark fruits, WOWZERS! Raisins, figs, prunes soaked in bourbon, caramel and toffee. A little whiff of vanilla and caramelized sugars. Amazingly good. A pungent booze sting is present as well.

T: Whoa. Big heat upfront which seems to get hotter and hotter as it carries on. A big toffee, caramel, sugary sweetness upfront with MASSIVE amount of bourbon soaked dark fruits. GEESH! A bit of vanilla and oak come to play under the decadence but man this beer is relentless. The finish is big, hot, sweet and heavy kinda like a few women I banged as a youngster.

M: Full bodied, well carbonated for this style. Big sweetness and booze on the plate.

O: Another score in the Old Ale department from The Bruery. A bit to hot and sweet even for me...

Photo of brewskifan55
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter at a Bruery tasting

A: Cola brown, clear, a tan half finger head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Bourbon and vanilla dominate. Could sit and smell this one for days.

T: Strong, sweet bourbon. Leathery. Malty. Robust. Drinks like an English barleywine. Vanilla creeps in for a soothing effect. Sip slowly; that 15% will zap you quickly.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Ungodly good. Share among friends. Would go well with a chocolate chip cookie.

Photo of Amalak
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I had at Torst in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A. It is black with a red and tan head with some lacing.
S. so heavy and lovely. A lot of malt, cherry and alcohol.
T/m. This is lovely. Even of the tap it tastes like an aged beer. It's strong and full bodied, but it is a great barley wine.
O. So good but very strong.

Photo of zac16125
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a snifter
bottled on: 4/10/13

A: Pours an opaque dark mahogany with just under 1 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly. Leaves absolutely zero lacing but some alcohol legs are noticable.

S: Aroma is huge, I can literally smells this beer as it sits 3 feet away from me on the table. Tons of sweetness, candied sugar, caramel and toffee. I also get a moderate about of booze, along with bourbon and oaky-vanilla from the barrel. Hints of vinous dark fruits and cocoa complete the aromatic profile. Very complex and quite frankly, wonderful.

T: The initial sip is vinous dark fruits up front, followed by candied sugar and toffee on the finish. Its very sweet, but thats balanced by a significant booziness. I generally am a fan of big boozy beers, but this may be a little much even for me. Lots of ethanol booze, as well as a significant amount of heat going down, which combine to detract from the other flavors in the palate profille. It somewhat mellows out as my palate adjusts. I then get some bitterness, subtle bakers chocolate, and oaky bourbon.

M/D: Pretty harsh at first, as it has a prominent burn going down. I actually haven't had a beer with this much heat in a long time, and I am quite surprised by this because Ive have many other high ABV Bruery beers and have generally found that they are one of the best at masking the huge ABVs. It does mellow out as I make my way through the drink. Its full bodied, and rather syrupy. Even for the ABV and style, drinkability is only fair. It does smooth out as it warms though, and gives a nice full bodied warming sensation on this cold night.

O: I love Old Ales, they are one of my favorite styles. This one was very good, but not exceptional. A bit harsh right now, but I suspect with time this one will only get better. Its hard to compare beers I drank over a year apart, but if my memory serves me right I prefer Fruet to this one. I look forward to doing an Anniversary vertical one day to compare side by side.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, shared with two other friends

A- Pours a dark dark brown color, cloudy, cannot see through it. Not a very attractive beer looks like dark poopy water. Thin light brown lacing around the glass.
S- The aroma is very nice. Bourbon upfront, nice vanilla notes, brown sugar. The bourbon takes over this beer. Really looking forward to trying this.
T- Wow delicious! Big big vanilla buttery bourbon goodness. Very rich, this is definitely a beer you need to share with others. The abv comes out strong as it warms up. Brown sugar, toffee, sweet malt.
M- Big mouthfeel, leaves a sticky feeling in your mouth, dry finish. Nice heat in the backend.
O- Really enjoyed this beer. Great dessert beer, could not of drank this on my own. Glad to have shared this with a couple of friends.

Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml waxed bottle poured into tulip 12/1/14

A looks like cola, big tan head fizzes out quickly leaving zero lace, some fat legs and enough bubbles to give it a slow boil look
second pour has some foam with retention, my glass must have been dirty, still no lace

S big notes of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, wood, some port, a little chocolate, brown sugar covered raisins, some booze but I'd never guess its as strong as it is, faint smoke, more vanilla and bourbon

T heavy bourbon with the booze included, woody, a little spice I didn't smell, some booze soaked plum, not to far from the smell but I preferred the nose

M fairly full, hot and numbing, some tannins, not flat but low carbonation, a little slimy well after the fact, hits my chest just before the brain, a little sticky on my lips,woody bourbon sticks around to savor

O bourbon forward beer no doubt, big for sure and it drinks like a bad-ass, hot, woody, and intense all-around

This brew will be young in 5 years, world class stuff down the road but pretty tasty today, I can't say its worth 46$ but I just had to try it and will need to flip a coin to decide if I grab one to age or not.

Photo of N_Schleret
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates to a thin ring. Blotchy lacing. Looks like Coca-Cola.
S: Bourbon up front. Toffee/caramel, and vanilla notes follow.
T: Bourbon up front. Extremely sweet with toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Alcohol is noticeable but easy to drink with the high ABV.
M: Fills the palate. Dry and sticky.
O: ABV becomes more present as it warms up. Lots going on with this beer, very complex.

Photo of shleepy
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at K&L in Redwood City. Poured into a Cantillon glass.

A: Dark brown, with a small head.

S: Very oaky, with a lot of vanilla. Slightly herbal.

T: Much like the smell. Like a very good barleywine that was barrel-aged for a long time, but without too much bitterness. It does taste like it it's strong, but hard to tell that it's an astonishing 15% ABV.

M: Smooth.

O: A solid stong, oak-aged beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks BryanK

750ml bottle at fridge temp into a snifter.

Pours a murky dark brown color, minimal light tan colored head, nice legs.

Big sweet caramel, molasses, lots of bourbon booze, lots of nuttiness, possibly from the yeast.

Follows the aroma, with a bit more complexity, lots of dark fruits mingling with big caramel and molasses sweetness, smooth bourbon booziness, slight coconut, decent barrel character.

Big, fairly thick, sweet and boozey.

A pretty stand up BA old ale, on par with what I would expect from the bruery. Big, sweet, and boozey. Maybe too sweet?

Photo of antott0523
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy melted caramel. Thin beige head that dissipates to a thin rim around the edge of the glass. A minor amount of carbonation visible at the surface.

S: Intense notes of dried fruit including figs and raisins. Sweet undertones including caramel, vanilla extract. Bready. Moderate booze notes of tawny port wine and bourbon.

T: Malt profile dominated by dried fruit including apricot, raisins and figs. Sweet aftertaste of caramel. Booze comes though strong as bourbon, with some smoother notes of port wine.

M: Full and sticky. Warmth from the booze.

D: Does it taste great? Yes. Is it drinkable in the sense that I can sit here and drink a bottle alone? No. This should be shared among friends that will enjoy the complexity of the beer. The alcohol is a bit overpowering and I hope I can find another bottle to age with the hopes that it mellows out. Overall though, very complex nose and flavor profile, and quite enjoyable for those reasons.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- Bruery's 5th Anniversary: 2013 vintage
- Cellared Jun-13
- 750 mL bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 14-May-15 (Aged 2 years)

Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 1,262 ratings.