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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
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Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unlike previous anniversary beers, ALL Fruet is 100% bourbon barrel-aged.

Added by MasterSki on 04-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
751
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.45%
 
 
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 751
Photo of dagubna
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This has developed into such a stunning beer, beautifully unctuous and velvety with just a hint of bourbon caramel corn sweetness along the oak backdrop. There are some dark stone fruit notes in there along with rum raisins, brown sugar, and cane syrup, all brought together beautifully by a wonderfully thick mouthfeel. Fantastic take on the style.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.99/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fruet 2012, consumed in early April 2016 and shared with friends. Reminds me of Bruery Bois 100% Bourbon. Dark and murky look, stunning nose full of grape must, burnt sugar and raisins.

Even better flavor, with all the boozy sweetness you expect from an old ale. Caramel, butterscotch, oak and barrel. Some tobacco, rum and coconut; aromas of Caribbbean pirate.

It drinks great despite the massive ABV, but it amazes me that even after four years, this is still hot and boozy (in a good way). Would love to try it after ten years...

One of my favorite beers EVER!

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Photo of wcu80
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delectable. Caramel, bourbon deliciousness. The best Bruery beer I've ever had and one day that I would seek out anytime. Doesn't taste anywhere near 15% abv. Simply delicious.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown and red appearance, thin head, dark brown. Aroma was a complex mix of syrup, bourbon, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla.

Taste was like drinking a liquid cracker jack with bourbon. Plenty sweet, caramel, leather, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, toffee. This was a great beer to drink fresh, and every one I've had since then (which is quite a few) has been just as good, can't say they've really changed.

Probably the best of the anniversary series thus far.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Large shared bottle.
Complex fairly appealing aroma but a great, complex flavor. Medium+ body with medium-light carbonation.
Lingering aftertaste suggesting good fruitcake (that's not an oxymoron).

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Photo of jason3125
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer starts out with a strong smell of alcohol and leather, with notes of a boozy apple cider. Dark fruit and caramel round it out. The taste follows the nose. Balanced carbonation. Overall a solid beer

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Photo of sweemzander
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a dark burnt sienna color with minimal froth
(S)- Big leathery caramel and toffee meets subtle molasses and toasty oak
(T)- Similar to the smell. Big caramel and toffee with a kiss of toasty vanilla oak
(M)- Hugely rich and sweet. Not hot necessarily but a big beer nontheless. Good carbonation level for the style with no signs of oxidation yet
(O)- This is aging well. Big and sweet yet starting to smooth out and tone down the harsh edges

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mahogany hue with no head or lacing. Nose is amazing - toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar and booze. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of raisins, figs and a sugary quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but a bit thinner than anticipated, with an almost still carbonation. Overall, this is an amazing beer but it is super sweet. Best shared amongst many.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In what can only be described as one of the most decadent and sinful ales I've ever had. The nose holds sweet caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, espresso, maple and fudge brownie.

This drinks like a liquefied turtle dessert with nutty pecan surrounded in caramel and smothered in rich milk chocolate. Hints of maple, molasses and toffee compliment a truly delicious beer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells of caramel, vanilla, oak, sweet booze, brown sugar, and toffee. Getting all that in the taste as well. Super rich, decadent, thick and viscous. Reminded me of a ramped up version of BB4D. So good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just a splendid glass of ale here, a wonderful beer in this series, which has pushed big beers to their limit. its got a ton of bourbon character to it, even though its got some age on it, it also has a fresh malty fruitiness, an intense vanilla and booze intersection, and a dried fruit taste that includes cherry, date, and pear, at the very least. cocoa notes in with the sticky bread pudding character of the malt, a nice mix of red and roasty types, and the body is just as big as it has been in the others. even with the age, i dont think the flavors are quite as well integrated as they were in the bois, but its still maturing i am sure. the bourbon is a lot, less oak, more of the actual whiskey, which goes expertly with the malt profile built up here. the beer is very sweet, sweeter than i even remember sucre being, which limits the drinkability (as if we were going to slam this one right?), and it gets hot alcohol wise as it warms up even a little. its a sipper and a sharer, with as much viscosity as you can imagine. was a pleasure to be part of sharing this bottle, i would love to get the chance to try another one in a few years, see how it develops. the bruery is pacing the pack with the big barrel aged blends, this is further proof of that.

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter: bottle #14242, bottled in early 2012. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a small fairly dense khaki head head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, date, fig, peach, pear, apple, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, oak, leather, tobacco, brown sugar, coconut, licorice, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible complexity and balance of dark malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, peach, pear, apple, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, molasses, toast, bourbon, oak, tobacco, leather, brown sugar, licorice, coconut, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness. Slight earthy/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, pear, apple, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, toast, molasses, licorice, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, tobacco, leather, coconut, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity and robustness of dark malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an incredible malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, slick, and lightly sticky/syrupy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish for 15.5%. Overall this is an absolutely world class old ale style. All around incredible complexity and balance of dark malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. An insanely delicious and smooth high gravity offering.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle poured into balloon snifter 14/6/14, cheers Adam for sharing (from notes)

A clear brownish amber, a couple bubbles under a thin film, not much for lace but some wide legs going down the side

S vanilla, lots of sweet bourbon, a pile of brown sugar, a little wood, raisins, there's some booze but very well hidden all things considered, faint molasses, caramel galore, more vanilla and bourbon, more like a liqueur then beer but its working wonders for me

T thankfully it mimics the smell, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, its sweet but manageable, tastes as good as it smells

M thick and syrupy, a little heat but I'd never guess its over 15%, sticky on the lips and a sweet woody finish

O all the important parts are well taken care of, smells and tastes awesome, a little sweet and boozy but its a minor complaint

I'd lay this down for a decade if I had a bottle, drinking well now but this one will be something special down the road, I'm just happy I got to try it today, delicious stuff

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Photo of mooseo
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml into snifter.

A - Brown with copper highlights.

S - Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit. Boozy.

T - Bourbon, caramel, and vanilla dominate with hints of cherry, bread, and molasses. Complex and very delicious.

M - Incredibly creamy and smooth. Full bodied, low carbonation, warming alcohol.

O - One of the best beers ever. Not only is it a great example of the old ale style, but it has distinct character and a great balance of flavors. Very drinkable at 15.5% ABV.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If birthdays tastes this good, who need cake? Just bring me Fruet! To kick off their fourth year, this masterfully blended and perfectly aged ale celebrates all things "olde" but with a manly bourbon kick!

The beer decants more like port or sherry than it does of ale, but with the faint carbonation that allows a dainty creme of foam to simmer to the top, the ale's tarnish head looks more like espresso froth than beer also. Its tawny, auburn bronze body is dark through the center but lightens to a golden color at its edge. Mild speckling lace creeps down the glass with a turbulent swirl.

Strong aromas of malt sweetness take over the room as the beer pours- boisterous toffee, molasses, maple and bourbon waft about and does so in highly seductive fashion. Mildly toasty, the taste of buttery cashews, faint chocolate and coffee weave into the malt complexities for a robust character as well. Fruity with drunken grapes, dates, figs and plumbs all give a darker and more deviant turn as the ale seems savory with port and sherry as much as it does of bourbon.

That first sip captivates the taste buds with sultry sweetness- just as the nose suggested. Black-strap molasses, maple syrup, and seared toffee gives a taste that hinges on peanut brittle except for a more robust toast, cocoa and kona-type taste. As the fruits weave into its taste, so do the savory, umami-rich taste of dark, dried, stone fruit that seem to have been dipped in soy sauce. Lightly salty and sweet- it hits all the savory parts of the tongue. Finishing with the unmistakable taste of charred wood, vanillans and booze- its bourbon influence is obvious but never overwhelming.

And its decadent character continues as the ale lays a thick and somewhat oily coat on the mouth to fully saturate the taste buds. Its light carbonation aids its chewy texture as there's little to pull the beer from the surfaces of the mouth. This allows for a patient development toward finish with slowly growing alcohol warmth, a quietly drying taste, and an indefinite linger of sherry and bourbon.

Fruet is a special occasion beer that'll rival the best of port wine or sherry. Its lavish malt flavors work harmoniously with the bourbon barrel influences for a highly rewarding taste that's not easily forgotten.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Ruby brown. Brown head. Syrupy appearance. Faint wisps on top.

Smell - Lots of vanilla. Bourbon. A little bit of oxidation. Caramel all over.

Taste - Tons of vanilla and caramel. Bourbon is delicious. Brown sugar. Oak is strong in the finish. Not a complex beer, but it's delicious.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Boozy, but not more than I braced myself for. Heavy, but doesn't feel as syrupy as other Bruery sugar bombs.

Overall - As I said, it's nothing complex, but I love it.

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Photo of dgilks
4.01/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany colour with a small tan head. Fair head retention.

Big melanoidin aroma. Sweet but heavily caramelised. Breast with lots of toast.

Sweet and toasty. Nutty. There is an almost milkiness. Tons of flavour here.

Full body. Moderate carbonation. Okay.

A really solid beer. Tons of flavour. The intense caramel notes are awesome.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, half acre goblet

Buried under a force-field of mustard yellow wax – once I dug the cap out and start dumping, Fruet makes its dramatic appearance. Muddy garnet body and lightly carbonated. Aromatics are complex with heavy notes of sweet raisins and prunes and brown sugar. Bourbon comes through more in the flavor, but still is not overpowering. The sweetness is a bit much but it’s hard to not be mesmerized by the layers of dark fruit, bourbon, molasses and toffee.

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Photo of Joshpu
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured an opaque reddish-brown with basically no head.

S: Vanilla, oak, toffee, bourbon soaked cherry or raisin. Lots of fruit.

T: The taste follows the nose really well. Big toffee, bourbon soaked fruit, brown sugar. Fairly sweet overall.

M: Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation and smooth. It's surprisingly light on the tongue for an almost 16% beer. Definitely get the alcohol burn. The alcohol adds to the overall savory sweetness of the beer.

Overall a great old ale. It actually reminded me a lot of Avery's Rumpkin.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this beer in Livermore, CA from a reputable beer store that increases it's prices as their geeky beers age. For example, since I bought this Fruet 2 weeks ago, I was charged $40 opposed to $30 when it first hit shelves. Whatever.

Popped this bitch open tonight to celebrate finding out into my wife's 5th month of pregnancy that I'm having a Girl!!! And it's Thanksgiving...

A - Musty & murky brown. Some sediment. Ok, but not pretty.

S - straight up prunes and raisins drenched in bourbon. Sweet Caramel. Some vanilla, and boozy heat.

T - See Smell. Never had a more raisiny Old Ale soaked in Bourbon including Alcohol heat. Less Alcohol heat than expected for 15.5% ABV, but make no misrake about it, it's there. A little cloyingly sweet with too much raisin flavor IMHO, even for a Old Ale.

M - best aspect of this beer. Thick, but not syrupy. Full bodied, but very drinkable for the ABV. Impressive!!

O - I can't help but to compare this to BOIS. BOIS is everything Fruet is, but add chocolate, Almond, & more bourbon barrel. BOIS is worth the $30, whereas Fruet I feel is worth $18-$20 TOPPS. Great beer for the occasion, and I'm so happy to say I've had it, but I can't help to feel I've been ripped off some, but hey. I was willing to pull the trigger at the heafty Price tag. For the record, I did not factor at all the price into my score here for Fruet.

Solid barrel aged beer.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear, dark brown. A half-finger tan head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits. I could smell this one all day.

T: Whoosh! Sweet, smooth, bourbon-y. Dark fruits slide right in. Never saw the 15.5% hit me upside the head. A truly excellent taste.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: One of the best beers I've had. And certainly one of the kings of old ales. Sip slowly and enjoy the moment. It won't come around like this very often.

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Photo of SebD
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice merky brown/redish color to it. It has a thin tan head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, dark fruit (plums, raisins) and molasses.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of bourbon and vanilla, some chocolate, sweet toffee/caramel, molasses, dark fruit (mainly plums and raisins), some cherries and oak. Very nice balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Juuroumaru
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A- pours a caramel brown with a light tan head.
S- smells of chocolate and vanilla. almost like the bruery white chocolate they produce.
T- Chocolate vanilla greatness. this beer is very complex between the barrel aging and everything else. a year definately did this beer good.
M- thick like a thin syrup. coats the mouth evenly and has a nice carbonationto it.
O- this beer is AMAZEBALLS with a year on it.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours cola colored with a thin dark tan head that faded into a bubbly color.
S: Boozy and sweet smelling. Bourbon and vanilla dominate with spicy boozy scents and darker flavors.
T: Very sweet flavors of vanilla, caramel, honey, butterscotch, milk chocolate and slight leather. The finish is full of tobacco, brown sugar, sticky molasses and faint peat, and the aftertaste is boozy with spicy bourbon. Red grape, raisin, and bakers chocolate poke through as well. Mild bitterness balance throughout.
M: Thick body, low soft carbonation, thick sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Almost no trace of booze. Masterful.
O: Extremely decadent and smooth. Super easy to drink, very integrated and delicious. Dangerous.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle no. 03217

Beer is a deep brown. Almost no head, which is perhaps not surprising given the ABV.

Nose strongly contains bourbon. Vanilla, oak. Also a bunch of caramel and some dark fruit. The barrel is the dominant part of the nose, but it is quite nice.

Taste is fairly hot. A lot of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Then beneath that a strong malty flavour, caramel and toffee. Some dark fruit as well, but less prominent- a bit of raisin and plum. Hugely rich with big flavours. Really packs a wallop.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily and slick. Quite a lot of alcohol heat.

Overall, the beer tastes terrific, but the abv is very high and the barrel is a bit overpowering. Really nice, but to be approached with care!

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