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Bois - The Bruery

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932 Ratings
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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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chugalug06

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always to style. Poured into an appropriate Bruey tulip.

Murky brown brew with yellow/cream fizzy crackling soapy head that brows quickly and large, but disappears just as fast. . Needs a lot of time to mellow and settle. I'm anxious to see if it will clarify with age.

Heavenly spice/vanilla/whiskey/booze. Impressively smooth aroma. Only a mold burn on the nose, still it's a damn near 5.0; like a 4.9, but not great enough to round up to a 5.0

Whoa. Booze bomb without the booze. Smooth, righteous, thin, smooth, resinous, crisp/clean vanilla, smooth carbonation with just enough snap. Booze hits hard on first swallow, but mellows into a uniquely fantastic brew. Sweetness is VERY well done; no where near overwhelming. Drink at around 50 degrees. Awesome - killer 5.0

This is one outstanding brew and should be considered a must try. I will definitely seek a few* more for the cellar. Highly recommended as a celebratory "once in a blue moon" type of brew. I cannot wait to see where this brew is in 10 years... Happy moving; the start of something new.

I'm giving increasingly tougher grades with each brew I drink, but that should stand to show this in one fantastic, kick-ass, smokin' hot brew.

* the meaning of few hurts at $33/750ml

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:19:36 | More by chugalug06
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cosmicevan

New York

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle picked up locally. enjoyed from a bruery snifter.

a - wow...that's SOME wax. spent a good 5 minutes working it off...but worth the effort. beer poured dark purple brown with a nice foamy almost belgian looking head that left a thick skin that hung out. glistens.

s - ZING! smells perfect. deep rich complex dark fruit and leather. booze soaked wood. candied sweetness. these anniversary beers really make me appreciate old ales. really tows the line of strong ale.

t - oh my. the flavor exceeds the awesomeness of the nose. this beer is flat out perfect. deep dark plums grapes figs, perfectly ripe...no maybe just teetering on overripe and juicy. thick and rich.

m - lush. abv is masked magically

o - this is a masterpiece. big and bold and makes no apologies. reminds me of BA 2TD or even Bells BA Batch 9k.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:00:59 | More by cosmicevan
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WelshBrewer

Oregon

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

A - Dark Burnt Amber, Little head , light lacing, legs like a good wine.

S - Boozy, but a good boozy, so many good smells that it took awhile for me to take the first sip.

T - Dates, figs, raisons, prunes, semi sweet chocolate, burnt carmel, licorice on the back end and of course bourbon.

M - Not too thick, flowed from front to back real nice with a fair liquor burn.

O - Damn! All in all one for my favorite beers to date. the mouthfeel is is wickedly good (just wanted to leave it in there). In my opinion it is like a good Port and or a good Cognac. My son bought it for fathers day and brought it over (1) to drink (1) to age. (Love that kid)
It was so good I went and bought (2) more bottles to age for a while.
Wasn't sure at first for $30 but after taking an hour to drink my 8oz pour I did'nt hesitate to grab two more.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 14:34:34 | More by WelshBrewer
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Nevada

4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Really dark brown with a good tan head going for it. Just looked amazing in the glass.
S: A LOT of dark chocolate was going on in this bad boy. Has good bourbon smells, oak/smoke, and vanilla.
T: Tasted everything I smelled plus some dried fruits. Very well balanced with all the characters, especially the bourbon. Hid the boozy-ness. A little more carbonated than I'd prefer, but still excellent levels.
M: Awesome full bodied and silky texture. It's so smooth that you kind of don't want to take your time with it...
O: Definitely one of the best beers I've had yet. I'm going to have to spring for another...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:33:13 | More by nick_asian
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Barcade Philly during PBW Bruery night. $10 for 10-oz pour. Appears like unfermented cider. Murky looking brown color with very litte lacing which is only around the glass perimeter. Smells of sherry, strawberries, dark fruit like fig, raisins, dates, subtle oak and a healthy bourbon character. Wow - tastes like an amped up barely wine only better! Strong brown sugar character with bourbon, molasses, dark cherry, coconut, and maple syrup. Plenty of residual sugar but excellently buttered to add just enough balance. Heavy bodied and the bourbon def adds another layer of complexity. Simply an outstanding beer. Run....don't walk for this one!!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 21:04:39 | More by jwhancher
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Kjanisch7

New Jersey

4.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL poured into a snifter

A: A murky brown with a nice tan head.

S: Initially there's a big dark fruit presence, but as the beer opens up a bit you get slammed with bourbon. Beautiful smell.

T: Right off the bat there's a sweet taste, almost cider-like. A huge bourbon caramel blast comes through shortly after along with a beautiful finish of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and bourbon. Unbelievably complex.

M: Great body and perfect carbonation. As this one warms up, the booziness comes through.

O: A beer I will always crave. Couldn't drink this guy every day, but The Bruery nailed this style. Would love to age this one.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 16:05:19 | More by Kjanisch7
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Impfan

Washington

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely incredible offering from a brewery not unfamiliar with incredible offerings.

Cognac colored syrupy pour with about a finger of head that quickly dissipated.

Insanely complex aroma (and flavors) of dark chocolate, port, sherry, bourbon, touch of peat smoke, molasses, maple,caramel, toffee, plum, Mandarine orange, kumquat, tangerine, cherry, breadfruit, mango, starfruit, raisin, kiwi, and lime. This creation definitely reminds me of Sam Adams Millennium's slightly trimmer brother. Despite the high level of sweetness, on so many levels, there is a distinctive citric hoppiness that manages to assert itself at the tail end of each sip. There is more than a bit of heat, but much of it contributes to the flavor dynamic, and adds a pleasant warmth, rather than coming off as harsh. I have no doubt that a few years of cellaring would result in an absolute masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 23:14:10 | More by Impfan
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Chaney

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My wife and I celebrated our 5th wedding Anniversary recently and this was our brew of choice. Nice idea, huh?

Served in some gourmet, foo-foo, super expensive wine glasses.

A: Poured pretty much a deep, rich, leather-like brown maroon color, without much head to speak of. In the BBA world, that's not a factor anyway.

S: Super raison and bourbon-like with a tapered off sweetness that hit the snout just the right way. Molasses, dates, crushed Flintstone Vitamins can all be found here.

T: OMG. First off, I couldn't believe how smooth this was. Hell, even my beer-hating wife absolutely loved this. The bourbon washed over the dark fruit, giving it so much friggin dimension. You could actually taste every ingredient individually. Remarkable!

M: The sweet elements rolled off the tongue, inviting me to come back for more and more. Of course the carbonation was low, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

O: With best new beer of 2013. As a matter of fact, it was the best one of 2012, 2011, and 2010 as well. My highest recommendation!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 06:42:27 | More by Chaney
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laminam

Washington

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tons of caramel and vanilla notes. It assaults the senses and washes down in a creamy, sublime fashion. This is one of the best beers I've ever had, and hides the alcohol pretty well for being this young. I expect it to compete well with Fruet given some time in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 20:25:39 | More by laminam
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