Bois - New French Oak Barrel | The Bruery

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Bois - New French Oak BarrelBois - New French Oak Barrel

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Green wax.

Added by rudzud on 01-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of imperialking
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown to nearly black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of caramel sweetness with some dark fruits along with some spicy oak influence
T: Taste is dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and spicy french oak. Slightly tannic on the taste from the oak as well with slight hints of sour grapes. Swallow is huge and oaky with some lingering toasted malts and wood along with some caramel
M: This beer is big and slightly sticky on the palate with soft carbonation that is adequate for the style. The beer also has a drying finish from the ABV as well as the drying oak.
O: Overall this one is pretty interesting. Definitely a nice spin on the style. New oak imparts the oaky flavors quite quickly compared to a used barrel and this one is definitely on the oaky side of things. Definitely one to try but not one that I will be sad to see gone.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nightrain87
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GhostMilk
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dense caramel brown, with a fluffy pale-brown head. The mouthful is luxurious and almost creamy, offset by the slight prickle of carbonation. The smell and flavors are also decadent and sweet, with toffee, butterscotch, and a soft oaky booziness at the forefront. Altogether a real treat that's drinking very nicely right now.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Tasted as part of a horizontal of all 5 Bois treatments.

Slight rubbing alcohol aroma stands out in the nose. Sweet and hot and oaky. Unimpressive and one-note.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Green wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 11/22/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

The now-familiar scents of Bruery's anniversary ales (toffee, caramel, dark fruit, oak and subtle vanilla) are augmented by a sappy, earthy quality. As usual, this smells sweet and quite inviting.

No surprises in the rich, robust flavor after that nose. Toffee, caramel, booze soaked candied dates/ raisins, oak, Bruery's signature Belgian yeast, semi-sour woodsy notes almost like sourgum sap, wet wood, leather, earth and a big alcohol presence. To my knowledge this is my first experience with French oak so I'm attributing the sourgum, sappy, earthy quality to those barrels because I haven't noticed that in the bourbon, rye or American oak variants. Delicious.

Full, thick, heavy body with supple carbonation. Boozy dark fruit, toffee, wood and funky sweet yeast work together in the finish.

While I am very familiar with Bois (and Bruery anniversary ales in general) the French oak was a new experience for me. Ultimately this is another delicious version of their stellar barrel aged old ale. Glad I have another to sock away for future enjoyment.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brotherloco
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud
Nice creamy thick 1/3 finger head that fades at a need pace, touch of lacing, long legs, super dark molasses brown color.

Nose brings big sweet candy, maple, lots of toffee candy and caramel, tons of candy, aged soft complex malts, little layering effect, vanilla oak, little candied raisin, plum and juicy dark fruit, hint of booze, little fluffy nougat caramel, tons of raisin, hint of fudge.

Taste brings tons of oak, fresh French toasted oak, raw oak, then mild vanilla, with tons of caramel, candied raisin again, some nougat and toffee candy, big plum raisin fruit and mild bitter note. Some booze warmth with touch of oak tannins in the background, touch of brown sugar and aged soft layered malt. Fresh oak chips that haven't been detannined, not soaked in water first. Finish is dry with tons more oak, little booze, sticky caramel toffee and juicy raisin lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, fudgey, light but decent carb, touch of booze.

Overall very nice, oak was a bit too much, but quite tasty.

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear dark hue with a thin of white head that fades to leave nice wisps and great legs.

S - Aromas of great sweet malts, loads of raisins, great barrel notes. No real booze either, quite aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great old ale notes. Lovely raisins, malt sweetness, burnt caramel, booze, faint oxidation. Quite sweet. Loads of wood.

M - Mouthfeel is sticky sweet, little booze.

O - Overall this beer was quite tasty, little bit of oxidation.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of sheenisgod
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ilpalazzo
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml green wax poured into a matching Bruery hoarders snifter. The brew appears a hazy mahogany color with a yellowish stained cap. The smell is quite woody with a tangy alcohoo component that is slightly fruity feeling. For a "raw" barrel that never previously held a spirit, its not overly woody smelling but some finesse is lacking here. The taste is fruity with a tangy alcohol component and plenty of caramelized sugars. Some woody raw oak that lingers with a peculiar spiciness.

This is medium bodied, modestly carbonated and overall very raw with oak and warming alcohol. I previously shared/drank all the Bois variations back to back and was able to note the subtle nuance in each variation. Having drank this one on it's lonesome provided a unique opportunity to really take the beer in without having to compare and constrast it to anything else. Having said that, its similar to the new american oak version but less raw, harsh and woody. Also worth noting that there was no signs of oxidation in this whereas oxidation was quite prevalent in some of the other barrel iterations.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Skunkyluvmuffin
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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