Saule | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-25-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
95
pDev:
5.57%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
33
Trade:
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of snaotheus
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2018-11-30
750ml bottle, anno 2017. Served in a pair of big snifters.

Pours a murky brownish color with a small head and a small amount of very fine, very slow carbonation. Looks thick. Smell is boozy, dates, bourbon, vanilla.

Taste is boozy for sure -- sweet, dates for sure. Something moderately caramel or butterscotch about it.

Mouthfeel is thick, a little too still but not bad. Overall, nice beer, but I think my half of the bottle is going to be challenging.

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Photo of Damian
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
3/22/17
Served in a tulip

The nearly clear, crimson-mahogany body was topped by a tight and creamy, inch-tall, light khaki crown that quickly dropped to a thin collar. Pretty impressive head given the ABV. Tiny dots of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was fantastic. Huge malt and dark fruit presence. Big toffee and brown sugar notes. Loads of plum and raisin as well. Bit of vanilla. Moderately sweet. A touch boozy. Sherry came to mind. Winter spice notes were also detectable. With time, the nose intensified, especially the sweetness.

The flavor followed the aroma. Super malty and robust with big dark fruit notes. Raisins and plums were most apparent. Loads of brown sugar in the middle. Sweet but not excessively so. Sherry notes again came to mind. Big spice notes on the back end and the finish. Nice warming booziness. Perhaps bourbon. Loads of oaky tannins. Touch of roast too. For 16-plus % ABV, this beer drank incredibly easily. As the beer warmed, the booze intensified.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the least exciting aspect of the beer. It was medium bodied for the style but thinner than I anticipated. The liquid contained a finer beaded, moderate effervescence that turned light, frothy and creamy on the palate. The 16.1% gave the liquid a nice boozy warmth on the back end and after the swallow.

Despite their steep price tags, The Bruery’s anniversary old ales are one of the few beer releases that I make a point to purchase every year. Their unique, Sherry-like qualities resulting from the solera technique are really interesting and a pretty rare find in this current beer market. Overall, very impressive stuff and perfect for savoring next to a roaring fire on a cold night.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: thick and very dark brown with a small head that faded fast
S: big bourbon, with huge raisin notes
T: stats and ends with huge bourbon, and a little harsh at that. There are notes of raisins, butter scotch and caramel.
F: thick, but not smooth. The barrel is harsh and lacks the sweetness to off set it.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a finger of khaki head. Draft. Aroma is toast, caramel, booze, and bourbon. Flavor profile is caramel, toffee, plums, and bourbon. Despite alcohol being pretty loud in the aroma, it melds in a little better within the flavor profile. Feel is smooth and slick, without much as far as texture. It's medium-thick. Overall, a high alcohol beer that manages to hide most of its alcohol. It's flavorful, but is best in smaller quantities.

Draft. Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one is obviously a bit cumbersome, less interesting somehow to me than others, but im sure this does better in a bottle than a keg, and i had it on tap. i generally like the concept of these better than i like the beer, the first couple were unique in their hugeness, barrel heaviness, and bravado, but since then, they seem to have some element of oxidation, here its woody and soy-like more than rich and malty and whiskey forward, i like the solera method in theory, but the possibility of blending in beer that is well past its prime is entirely a reality here. even something this substantial cant usually go ten years unscathed. lots of soy on this one, ginger notes even heavy charred oak, vanilla and wafer cookie, toffee and sweet cream, its pleasant sure, but its also a bit overly mature, awfully boozy, and to me without the body that made some of the others in this series so rich and decadent, its not thin, but its not luxurious either, not by any stretch, tastes almost old already. sturdy whiskey, cola, and mild anise and tobacco, its sweet but its also kind of savory with that soy thing happening. i liked it, but not enough to drink a whole one, and i am sad to acknowledge that there may be a limit to how far this series can really go. boozy and odd, less compelling than many of its predecessors, yet still of course a treat to try...

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Photo of VABA
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured a very nice brown with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has honey, bourbon and oak hints
T-The taste follows the nose with abundant honey, bourbon and oak flavors
M-A medium bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A very nice beer with a very strong kick!

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Photo of djrn2
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyLarue
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgwami
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sohearn
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goopy
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gshak
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the palate - cola, brown sugar, vanilla essence, a shot of booze, wood, caramel and traces of coconut. Complex and very filling even at a short pour of 3 oz.

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Photo of Grinky
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sellen
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer21
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Daniellobo
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another Bruery anniversary beer, these things are kind of like my continual ragging on Revision brewery: they all taste really similar, and what a first world problem to have, because that similarity also means, they're all very good/excellent stuff. So you know, take that gripe with a first world grain of salt.

Pours dark brown but without the heft of a stout or porter. Small lighter brown head 1/3". Aroma of bourbon, wet old world wood, caramel, toffee, general booziness.

Taste is more of the same, that liquified boozy cracker jack kind of delivery system. While its abv is huge, its existence taste wise and in the mouthfeel is slightly less than that. The brown sugar and vanilla notes surely help along those lines, same with the feint leather notes. This is just more of the same for the Bruery anniversary series.

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Photo of Pencible
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque mahogany with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like super sweet vanilla nougat and caramel, with some nutty toffee and honey wheat bread and oak.
T: It tasted like sweet honey and caramel and vanilla nougat, with some nutty toffee and raisin and oak. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick and viscous with a little natural carbonation. Huge chewy body.
D: This was a sugar bomb. The scent and taste were bold and rich, but not super complex or balanced. The body was fantastic, but the finish was hot, so it was better to sip. Age would really help mellow this beast. Fresh is a nice dessert sipper, but not top tier.

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Photo of StormAles
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Saule from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 95 ratings