Bois - New French Oak Barrel | The Bruery

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Bois - New French Oak BarrelBois - New French Oak Barrel
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4.16/5
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57 Ratings
Bois - New French Oak BarrelBois - New French Oak Barrel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
57
pDev:
8.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
16
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 9
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Photo of GhostMilk
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Bois - New French Oak Barrel from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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