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:
141
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
7.43%
 
 
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214
Gots:
395
For Trade:
32
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Brandywine
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep brown verging into red, sunset orange and then golden yellow. Poured a thin head that's the exact same color as the golden beige wax on the bottle. Huge alcohol legs. Tight bubbled lacing stays around the rim.

Smell: Rum soaked apples baked in brown sugar, bourbon, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, fig, clover honey. Absolutely no booze at all!

Taste: Honey, caramel, toffee, brown sugar baked apples. There's a surprising apple tartness that acts as an amazing counterbalance to the sweetness. No booze in the flavor either. The end of the tongue has a sweet but subtly off sweet grapefruit, orange or lime citrus note drizzled in honey. As it warms up the dark fruit and bourbon really explode, maybe black cherries. As it approaches room temperature it picks up brandy characters with the bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full but not cloying.

Overall: This is one of the most rich and decadent beers I've ever had. Super complex but somehow balanced between epic sweetness and subtle tartness and huge alcohol that doesn't even register in the flavor profile.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of draheim
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL into a tulip. Pours a murky brownish mahogany w/ a thin tan head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Aroma is bourbon, rum-soaked dates, molasses, toffee, tobacco, leather, booze... Just a complex swirl of rich aromas, one layered on top of another.

Taste follows nose. Dark macerated dried fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and a nice warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is sticky, coating, syrupy. About right for what this beer is.

Overall, as expected, this is a rich, big, bold, complex creation.

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Photo of Rfunk
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of matttttYCE
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #12701. Pours a murky dark brown with red hues. Head is tan colored, small (less than a finger), and lacing and retention are both quite low (but expected from a 15.5% beer). Aroma has alcohol heat up front, then oak, buttery bourbon, toffee, big toffee, straight vanilla extract, brown sugar, stone fruit comes in more as it warms, dark roast, and chocolate covered cherries. The taste is bourbon forward but a little more integrated than the nose. Still plenty of toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, maybe some caramel, stone fruits and roast malts, light chocolate covered cherries, maybe even some peanut brittle. Maybe I'm just imagining things. The body is medium-full, carbonation light-medium, consistency is creamy smooth, but leaning towards full and viscous, and the finish is lengthy.

Overall this isn't my favorite BA old ale but very it's nice. It's hot and could easily benefit from some aging, but that doesn't take away from it. The mouthfeel is wonderful and scarily drinkable for a 'hot' beer at 15.5%. Yeah, good shit.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Anonymous1
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of head. Poor retention and lacing, but the beer is 15.5%.

S: Strong bourbon with a ton of toffee and caramel. Very intense, very nice.

T: Very sweet, caramel comes out upfront with a very nice bourbon character. Coconut, dark fruits - the bourbon comes out so well in this.

M: On the thick side with low carbonation.

O: Very sweet, very big, but very good. The bourbon comes through amazingly in this beer.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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

Beer is pretty amazing. Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is dark brown and clear with a lazy but nice tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is great, bourbon, heat, malt, wonderful.

Beer is nice, easy drinking, smooth going down. LIke all the anniversary beers available, this beer is wonderful. Nice heat without being boozy, nice mouthfeel, not too thick, nice sweetness without being cloying. I love anniversary time of year, every year. I will definitely have this again.

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