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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
762
pDev:
7.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 762 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of JustinMatthew
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Treebs
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml waxed bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Not sure who shared this guy, but thanks!

A: Pours a dark cherry and brown body with some dark orange edges. Crazy combo. A light tan head forms on the pour and dissipates to a bubbly ring that leaves some splotches of lace.

S: Light bourbon and oak upfront with some candied sugar, dark fruits and some back end sweet caramel.

T: The taste is a little more barrel forward than the nose, but the sweet caramel flavors really cut into it. There is a light leathery component in addition to some candied figs that really add another layer flavor.

M: Slight chewy with medium carbonation. The body isn't too heavy and for 15.5% this is surprisingly drinkable.

O: The barrel aging thin the body just enough to make this scarily drinkable for 15.5%. I really don't think the beer needs much time for the heat to die down and the flavor to integrate. I'd sit on this guy a little longer and that's it.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, thanks to JRSD for shipping it out to me. It was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Fruet pours a murky deep mahogany, with about two fingers of khaki foam crowning the beer. Head retention is alright, but there's not much lacing to be found. The nose has plenty of brown sugar, with some caramel and bourbon showing up as well. The flavor profile is a beautiful fusion of base beer and barrel aging. The beer opens with plenty of caramel and a bit of a vanilla undercurrent. The back end is highlighted by brown sugar, but there's definitely some oak and bourbon, as well as a light touch of coconut. The alcohol is present and warming, but definitely not boozy. The mouthfeel is wonderful, highlighted by a full and rich body. The carbonation does enough to cut through all the malt, but otherwise stays out of the way. All in all it's not nearly as syrupy as some other beers with similar ABVs. My first Bruery anniversary beer was Coton, which I found to be a bit sweet and boozy. Cuir found the beer mellowing out a bit, and now Fruet shows a project really hitting its stride. I can't wait to see what future anniversary beers from The Bruery bring.

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Photo of CGMLS3
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of lalaloveyou
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JMRSN
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of xenjoiii
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 08337 into HFS stemware.

A: Poured a dark brown/deep mahogany with a finger of tan head that receded into a thick film around the walls of the glass.

S: Molasses, bourbon, toffee and tiny bit of heat

T: Heavy butterscotch notes followed by mellow toffee character. Tons of bourbon in the finish.

M: Thick and syrupy. Light carbonation.

O: Good? Yes. Worth the price tag? No. Despite the high price, if you a fan of BBA Old Ales, this is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

Murky dark amber/mahogany color with a small tan head. Rich bourbon and vanilla aromas, plenty of dark fruit, and amazing sugar character. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Taste is super sweet and sugary, but the bourbon and oak notes keep it in check to an extent. Great vanilla and dark fruit character. Super rich and full in body.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reviewed from notes taken on 7/29/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky medium brown bodied beer with 1 finger of tah head.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee. Massive barrel notes explode out of this beer!

Taste: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar, and molasses. A hint of dark fruits mostly fig and dates. This beer is sweet, but isnt cloying at all. Nice complexity and well integrated bourbon barrel. Mighty fine beer!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. As always, the Bruery makes a very big alcoholic beer rediculously smooth. You know its big yet, it drinks with a warming sensation without any booze burn. This is what the bruery excels the most in my mind.

Overall: So we did an Olde Ale Tasting featuring Cuir, BA Cuir, Coton, and Fruet. Fruet won hands down with no contest. Its that good. This is my second time trying this beer and its wowed me both time I have drank it. Its easily in the top 3 Old Ales that I have ever drank; its on the same level as 2009 BA Old Stock Ale. This is a wonderful beer; just hate the price tag...$29 a bottle plus tax.

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Photo of Pahn
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split three ways into wine glasses. Thanks to BA morningthief for sharing this with his wife and me.

Appearance: Pours a dark, semi-translucent chestnut. Not much head or lacing.

Smell: Oak barrel, raisins, almonds, molasses. Brown sugar. Very bold.

Taste: Toffee, powerful better-than-Bourbon-County-Stout barrel influence (vanilla, caramel, each very multidimensional), caramel, cookie dough, molasses. Light sweet prune flavor in the finish, along with some nice boozy heat. Not dry and not heavy, just rich and amazing.

Despite all the complex richness, it's bold and hot enough to avoid even approaching "too rich," and ends up coming off as "deep and decadent." Totally delicious. The Bruery anniversary beers get better every year.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Hot but not 15.5% hot. Low but sufficient carbonation.

Overall: I would drink this beer every day if I could. The anniversary beer blend has pretty much achieved perfection at this point.

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Photo of Duff27
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tan head leaves a collar on a murky copper brown body. Cap head left for the most part.

Dark fruits well integrated with the barrel notes.

Omnom. Boozy caramels, yes. Subdued cocoa-age. "Vanilla". Drinks great for being 15+%abv.

Full mouthfeel, near perfect carbonation for the style/abv.

Best barrel aged beer I've had since King Henry. There I said it. A pleasure to drank on, wish it wasn't $30 each but good for The Bruery to have a beer that can go for that. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruet pours a dark brown/near black, with a small, light tan head. Very minimal lacing.

The aroma is sweet and loaded with bourbon. Notes of oak, vanilla, molasses and dark fruit (plum & cherry) are also present.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is chewy and slick, oily, with light carbonation. The flavor is loaded with chocolate, dark fruit, oak, vanilla and cherry. It finishes with some medicinal alcohol and once gone the dark fruit lingers on the palate.

Overall this beer is packed with flavor with bourbon dominating. Would be good to age for a while. Also, for over 15% abv there's surprisingly no alcohol burn.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, shared with mdaschaf & my girlfriend. Served into a snifter.

A: Rustic medium to dark brown colored body with very minimal tan head. Thick bubbles formed around the edges and seemed to last, but the lacing was virtually non-existent.

S: Burnt sugar, toasted caramel, sweet and sticky bourbon, chocolate and caramel malts. Hints of the wood/oak barrels sticks out on the back. Wonderful smelling beer.

T: A big wash of sweet bourbon and candied caramel is up-front. Middle of the palate brings waves of oak, vanilla and molasses. It's warming and somewhat sweet but the barrel aging here did this beer wonders, very well blended.

M: Lower carbonation though just enough for the style of beer that it is. Very smooth and rich, while a bit sticky in the finish.

It could be that this is 100% Bourbon Barrel aged, but I enjoyed this one much more than I did any previous years. This is ready to drink now without much heat or overt sweetness at all. I can't wait to see how this does in the cellar.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Bottle Number 09337. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very dark, mostly opaque flat brown. Ruby red highlights when held up to light. About a finger of beige foam that settles to a ring of large bubbles. Only bits of lacing left behind.

Aroma bursts with sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, marshmallow, and toasted bread. Very rich and decadent. There's a sting of alcohol as you breath it all in, but it is very well integrated.

Initial flavor is intensely sweet and rich. Many notes from the nose are present with a dominant sherry-like flavor. A subtle bit of alcohol emerges in the finish, but it is amazingly well buried given the ABV.

Medium-full bodied with medium soft carbonation. Drinks somewhat thick, but appropriate for such a big beer.

I've enjoyed all of the Bruery anniversary beers so far, but love that we all got the 100% bourbon barrel version this year. Great stuff.

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Photo of robwater
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of LambicKing
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of theempire
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ezperkins2
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottle number 01941, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark mahogany color, produces a finger of tan head that recedes to a collar. Leaves no lacing but who's expecting lacing anyway?

S- Smells pretty nice, lots of bourbon and vanilla as well as caramel, brown sugar and molasses. The aroma also has a fruity aspect and some oxidized notes of leather. The aroma is sweet and pretty boozy, and has more whiskey on the nose than in the flavor, but seems to be pretty balanced.

T- Good lord. This beer is delicious, after having Cuir recently I was a bit apprehensive, but this beer is leaps and bounds better. The flavor follows the nose with a sweet blend of vanilla, caramel, sherry, molasses and oak. Also getting notes of leather and a bit of boozy warmth on the finish. It's very sweet but everything is integrated beautifully and the alcohol is amazingly well masked for over 15%. After the hot and overly sweet experience that Cuir was, I'm totally floored by this.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, rich feel, a bit of boozy warmth but nothing at all hot.

O- An excellent beer that I can only see getting better with age, the flavors are amazing and for such a big, rich beer it's actually very drinkable, this is a really wonderful sipping beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of bourbon and oak notes, as well as a good bit of maple. The flavor is very similar. The maple and bourbon notes really come through up front. Unlike the non-barrel-aged version of this beer I have tried (Papier), the alcohol is not well hidden. I also get some vanilla and caramel malt notes, as well as a hint of dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 762 ratings