Fruet | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
757
Reviews:
140
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.45%
 
 
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214
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing to help it get a grade; otherwise I generally use "Hads" these days.

Pours thick dark brown with a khaki head that quickly fades. Looks inviting.

Nose is all sweet dark chocolate, roasted grains, sherry, molasses and sweet dried stone fruits.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy but not thick. Pleasant mouth with a rich quality.

Flavor profile is heavy sherry and molasses. There are notes and tones of dried stone fruit, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and roasted grain. There is a pretty good undertond of bourbon and apricot liquor. Can taste the alcohol but not a bad thing and does not detract.

Finish is heavy sherry and molasses.

All in all this a complex effort and one that may well be good with several food profiles, especially roasted meats and some desserts. Can also be a sipper. Tasted at room temperature al of this beers character really came through.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is exactly the same with a slight alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer and I think it is definitely the best blend of the anniversary series so far.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with a layer of large bubbles covering the surface and left a collar around the edge.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with some hints of fruit and sweetness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is somewhat more complex with notes of caramel, fruit and oak.
M: It feels rather full-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a lot of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong and is one that needs to be slowly sipped, although if you wait for the beer to warm up the flavor really begins to develop. It’s a nice beer to close out the night with.

Note: Bottle #644

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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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2.52/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a small generic glass at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, California. Reviewed from notes. I decided to give The Bruery a third or fourth chance after being pissed off many times about their overrated garbage beers that cost an arm and a leg. I keep hoping they have something good to offer other than Black Tuesday, and I keep discovering they do not. Expectations were thus low but strangely hopeful. Cost was $7.50 plus tax and tip (ouch).

Paired with barbecue and sweet potato fries.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart fruit, cream, yeast, booze, and chocolate. A moderate strength aroma. I don't detect bourbon.

T: Tart fruit, booze, cream, and poorly handled mild hops. Badly balanced and built. Foul cherry - as though spoilt - comes through. A bland yeast note is present. Not complex or subtle. Far too boozy, ruining the balance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and of okay thickness. Carbonation is okay but inadequate to support the flavours (which may be a good thing...). Doesn't suit the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Certainly not a beer I'd get again. Doesn't hide its ABV really at all. A low quality beer. Overpriced. This is their anniversary offering? Really?

D+

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4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a rather modest head that fades quickly to a ringlet; leggy, with spots of foam sticking to the chalice

Smell: Bourbony-aromatics, with caramel, brown sugar, plum, vanilla, cashews and maple

Taste: Booze-laden Bourbon, bringing a range of flavors, including caramel, plum, maple, vanilla, cashews and piney hops; after the swallow, there is a brief alcohol burn, with all of the flavors noted up front re-appearing in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had mixed experiences with some of the Bruery's high ABV offerings but this one is the real McCoy; lots of complexity and a very impressive mouthfeel (some of the earlier Bruery efforts were flat)

Thanks, aslamm75, for the opportunity

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4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was the last beer we opened at the August Baltimore BA tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a layer of off white head that fades to a thin ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet maple and caramel with some heat from the alcohol. I'm also getting a bunch of dark fruit.

Taste: Really sweet. Lots of maple syrup and dark fruit notes. I'm getting some mild cherry and brown sugar as well. Smooth given the abv with an alcohol burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great desert beer. I'm excited to hold on to my other bottles to try over time.

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4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle that has been open for a couple days and allowed to breathe a bit. Served around 58F.

Appearance: Rust colored, muddy, almost opaque. Pours with a thin head that doesn't stick around long. Very leggy, almost syrupy, when swirled.

Smell: Dates, maple syrup, molasses and vanilla matched by leathery oxidation and a touch of cocoa. Slightly vinous and port-like. Bourbon is evident and lends a bit of heat. Pretty spectacular aroma on this beer. It's sweet, but not excessively so - the sweetness seems toned down compared to 100% barrel aged Cuir.

Palate: Rich creamy caramel and vanilla, maple syrup and a touch of molasses. Solera blending has really worked in this beer's favor; the high level of oxidation balances out the sweetness, lending flavors of leather, cocoa and sherry. The mouthfeel is full and silky with low carbonation. Alcohol is surprisingly restrained. Tannins and alcohol dry out the finish a bit.

Overall: Another impressive anniversary ale, which at this point is the best thing The Bruery is making as far as I'm concerned.

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4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Bottle from the Reserve Society. Served in a Bruery tulip, shared with Amyliz4. The appearance is a dark caramel with a thin, bubbly head that very quickly dissipates.

Nose is incredibly smooth and full of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Flavor adds some caramel sweetness. Super rich and creamy. The flavor has a bit of tannin and alcohol toward the finishi, but is otherwise quite nice. Overall, this is quite excellent.

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4.43 out of 5 based on 757 ratings.
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