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%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
395
For Trade:
32
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Jayhoop
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Jeffo
3.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from claaark13 and youbrewidrink. Thanks guys!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottle 11,169 of one billion
Drunk beside White Chocolate

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retetion. Head fades rather quickly to a bubbly wisp and a ring. Mahogany red in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. A ring and touches of wisp remain until the end but leave no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon on this. Oak, toffee, caramel and booze. Bold and forthcoming with lots of bourbon, though the toffee and caramel notes from the base ale seem to hold up alright.

TASTE: Very boozy up front. Toffee, caramel and brown sugar from the base beer, then lots of bourbon and alcohol from the barrels. Oak, vanilla and some nutty flavors through the middle into the finish. A bold and lingering aftertaste of bourbon barrel, wood, caramelized nuts and some vanilla. Pretty flavorful and interesting, though still too boozy to be top class.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes sticky. Heat on the palate for sure. Better than average for the ABV and style.

OVERALL: This is actually really good. It's still too hot for top marks, though the complexity is definitely there, as the base beer is able to play a role in the flavor profile and mesh well with the barrel aging. Moreover, the mouthfeel is still good enough not to detract from the experience. This was leagues better than White Chocolate for sure, as the flavor and aroma was bolder and more complex, while the feel was still big and creamy enough to support it all. Definitely recommended, but be wise and share.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of madnismo
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of spry
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Hallertau
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark-brown with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. Fades very quickly.

S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, caramelized malts, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruits, English yeast, and some booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, caramelized malts, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, some smoke, dark fruits, English yeast, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Great complex Old Ale. The barrel character is really great and balanced.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Retail1LO
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of beergod1
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Adamostella
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cosmonick
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Almost a year's age on it now!!

Pours out an incredibly dark brown with a very thin head (it is 15.5% after all).

The aroma is amazingly complex. I get a ton of dark fruits, there is butterscotch, toffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak and a slight smokiness too. It almost seems like there is a different aroma I pick up with each sniff. There is definite alcohol on the nose too.

The taste is almost overwhelming (in a good way)! It begins with a decent amount of bourbon and boozy taste which then carries into the butterscotch, toffee, caramel and molasses. There is a ton of dark fruits; dates, figs, plums and raisins. A decent amount of vanilla and just a touch of oak as well.

The body is full and the mouthfeel is rich and creamy. You can smell, taste and definitely feel the alcohol, but it's not overwhelming despite being so strong.

This beer has so many layers and elements to it that it's almost hard to put into words. It's very dark fruit focused and pretty sweet, which does help with the alcohol bite a bit. This is an amazing beer, but my only problem is that it does get a bit sweet for my palate as it warms up. This is a definite winner and should be tried at least once!!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of briiguy
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of imfrommichigan
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml waxed bottle into a The Bruery branded short stemmed tulip glass

Pours a hazy dark amber capped by a light beige one and half finger head. Great retention especially considering this is a barrel-aged brew, little to no lacing. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and booze on the nose. Toffee, caramel, cashews, vanilla, bourbon immediately. Finishes with oak, bourbon, nutty caramel notes, and abundant warming alcohol. Full body, syrupy and smooth. Gentle carbonation. An excellent BA old ale; a sipper with very prevalent bourbon booziness. Exceptional now, however after a few years of cellaring I see this brew doing nothing but improving.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Lucho
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dense beautiful dark brown that is non translucent. with a vigorous pour there is a one finger head that foams up and dissipates in 60 seconds. All that remains is a perfect light tan ring around the glass.

Smell: Bourbon! but wait, there are some sweet caramel note with bourbon soaked figs and dates. There is tons of vanilla also and then with a decent swirl of the glass I get some alcohol burn but not too much considering.

Taste: Bourbon all the way. Its like drinking a thick carbonated bourbon. Then there is the sweet vanilla and lots of it. You can tell this is a bourbon beer with all the characters of a good bourbon. There is not so much dark fruits in the taste but there is caramel. surprisingly not much alcohol burn on this one. It drinks smooth considering. But the more I drink it there is an alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: nice and heavy, not too thick. The bourbon and vanilla sit on your tongue and beg you to take another sip. The only down side is the carbonation is mostly gone.

Overall: This is an awesome beer. I usually don't love barrel monsters but this is a great one. The price tag is the only problem at $32. oh well, its the bruery. A must try IMO.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Fruet from The Bruery
4.43 out of 5 based on 757 ratings.
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