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
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395
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32
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Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottle 03144. Vintage 2012.

A: Tannish head, less than a finger, tops a ruddy brown beer than matches the rust colored label. Relatively unimpressive.

S: Huge-sweet malts conjure up memories of Cuir. Boozy and harsh, with touch of brandy and maybe hops. Old ale-ish. (Oh, wait, it IS one.)

T/M: MmmHMmmHmmm. I am incapable of speaking, because I don't even ever want this supreme elixir to leave my mouth. Dear gods, how to describe it? Ambrosial grapes; robust, intoxicating molasses that mires the tongue as well as the mind; a thick, viscous body; lighter, fruiter tones (pears and apricots); an odd (stale?) yeast. Impeccable.

O: It looks dull, it smells dull, it tastes...like heaven on earth. One of the absolute best beers I've ever encountered. Highly recommended. Buying another bottle to age.

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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  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to bigsippin for helping me out. Bottle #09973.

4.0 A: Murky dark brown color. Two fingers of tan, creamy/frothy head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer so massive and a very short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Not nearly as bourbon forward as I remembered 100% Cuir to be, but no issues as it still smells great. Like many a Bruery beer, this one is quite sweet. Caramel, molasses, and a bit of toffee. Big raisin and date character with lesser amounts of tobacco, plum, and currants. Tons of brown sugar. Bourbon contributes a well received leather foremost with earthiness, oak, and vanilla secondary. Oh yeah, and the booze is very well hidden. Very nice.

4.0 T: The taste is as intense as the nose. Big brown sugar, big raisin, big tobacco, big caramel, big molasses, big toffee, big plum. Dates, currants, leather, oak, and vanilla secondarily. This is supremely sweet, so sipping this is requisite. I dare say it's too sweet, but it still tastes pretty good. This has rounded off its edges over the years while maintaining potency. It's also boozy, but it's not overly boozy. Rather, it's what you'd expect at 15.5%.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Good mellow carbonation. Good creaminess. I would have given this a higher score if the excess sugar didn't cause amylase aggregates at the back of my throat.

3.5 D: This beer is definitely maturing. Solera FTW. However, it's still sweet as hell and probably always will be. It's a good sipper, though, especially if you're in the mood for a sweeter brew. Glad I bought a few extra.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with friends and poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a mahogany color that is cloudy with lighter yellow hints around the edges. A tan head fades down to a thin film with big bubbles holding around the edges.

The smell is packed with full on barrel character. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, booze. burnt sugars and bready grain. Coconut through the middle gives way to a mildly oxidized touch with some raw woodiness being the last characteristic noted.

The taste is initially of burnt sugars; toffee, caramel, vanilla, molasses, some oak and hints of oxidation. Some coconut flavoring and tangy whiskey accented alcohol emerge as the brew warms. Overall there is quite a bit of residual sugar masking the alcohol that really doesnt start to make itself known until it warms up.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is an awesome sipper with huge barrel presence that I found to be excessively enjoyable. A touch of oxidation breaks up the sweetness an once warm starts to become quite boozy. Highly recommended but not something to be had everyday considering the price point on these.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/18/12 notes. Got a few bottles of this frmo the Reserve Society, split my first bottle with jslot38. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet dark fruits, toffee, caramel malts, molasses, wood, vanilla, sugar, and roasted malts. Very nice mix of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and sweet fruit; awesome nose.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, bourbon, oak, caramel malts, toffee, wood, sugar, molasses, vanilla, roasted malts, and toasted malts. Sweeter than the nose and more sweet dark fruits and less vanilla. Very nice, though I like the nose a touch more.

m - Full bodied and low carbonation, the body is very smooth and creamy. For an ABV of 15.5% ABV it is extremely easy to drink. The alcohol is there, but feels like 9-10%.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot and think it's the second best anniversary beer I've had, aside from 100% BA Cuir. Tons of bourbon, toffee, and sweet dark fruits which blend very well together. If you like sweet thick beers definitely seek it out.

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Fruet from The Bruery
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