Fruet | The Bruery

FruetFruet
BA SCORE
4.47/5
759 Ratings
FruetFruet
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:
142
Ratings:
759
pDev:
7.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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214
Gots:
395
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of M_chav
4.01/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dgilks
4.01/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany colour with a small tan head. Fair head retention.

Big melanoidin aroma. Sweet but heavily caramelised. Breast with lots of toast.

Sweet and toasty. Nutty. There is an almost milkiness. Tons of flavour here.

Full body. Moderate carbonation. Okay.

A really solid beer. Tons of flavour. The intense caramel notes are awesome.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Large shared bottle.
Complex fairly appealing aroma but a great, complex flavor. Medium+ body with medium-light carbonation.
Lingering aftertaste suggesting good fruitcake (that's not an oxymoron).

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

I've been trying to share this beer since at least around the Fourth of July, and I finally got to do it. Lord. This stuff pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose brings to mind an image of a cinnamon roll drizzled generously with molten caramel, all with a glass of bourbon on the side to wash it down. A bit of boozy heat exists, but not much. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of oak, some applejack, and some extra booze for the sake of it. For once, the heat, though strong, doesn't really detract all that much from the enjoyment process. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a damn fine beer, one that was worth the wait for sure.

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Photo of halo3one
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1307th Review on BA
Draft to Libbey
6oz

@Bruery Provisions

App- A very cloudy ruddy brown/red with high density. Not a head per se but some khaki bubbles. Decent stick as it slid down the glass.

Smell- Has a lot of malty sweet notes behind it. Still a bit young. Creamy raisins and plums without a trace of the booze. Missing the oak and vanilla of the barrel as per the earlier ano series as well.

Taste- Still a bit young and fresh but incredibly drinkable. The ABV is completely hidden on this one. The flavor profile is more of a quad as well. Still a little bit of caramel with a large dark fruit note with zero burn. Still a touch cold and as warms had more of a creamy flavor.

Mouth- A large medium body with a medium thick carbonation at points. Fruity residual with a touch of cream on it.

Drink- Its very tasty. I didnt like it as much as Cuir and I believe this one needs a little bit of time (I hope it does well. Papier isnt holding up particularly well right now)

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4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of homebrew311
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep red with no head with bits of light passing through, decent lacing. Nose is full of molasses and brown sugar with hints of vanilla. Bourbon is somewhat subdued, however the boozieness is present. The taste starts sugary sweet and takes on fruity notes of figs and plums. Finish is warming and features some bourbon, primarily vanilla. Body is heavy and mildly carbonated.ots of flavor here, a sipper for sure.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. I picked this up on a recommendation (from largadeer, of all people -- you'd think I would learn to ignore him after he proclaims everything "amazing"). Opened during a screening of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with my coworkers.

A: Pours a reddish-chestnut body with a surprising amount of large-bubbled beige head. My coworker, who has been frothing at the mouth for more King Henry since I shared one with him a long time ago, remarked, "This looks like King Henry!"

S: Rich, caramelly bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, even dark fruits. My concern with this beer was that the dark fruit component would be treacly and overpowering as it was in one of the previous vintages, but it is not; they dialed it back for this batch. Raj, my eloquent coworker, remarked, "This smells like King Henry!"

T: This is kind of what I imagine a bourbon liqueur to taste like; it has that rich, caramelly, vanilla-touched barrel flavor with base beer characteristics of molasses, brown sugar, figs, and raisins. To say it is sweet is an understatement, but the beer deals with it pretty well (see below). Raj, to my amusement, pronounced that "This tastes like King Henry, but not as good!"

M: Rich, oily, and slick. The beer is overly tannic (oak and the skins of raisins and figs) and has a pronounced astringency in the finish; but it needs this, I think, to deal with the sugar -- and it needs the sugar, I think, to deal with the booze. And it needs the booze, I believe, to justify the price. It's all connected. Anyway, the sugar produces a strong burn (not to be confused with alcohol heat), and the tannins create astringency in the finish. This is definitely a weak spot of the beer.

O: I didn't expect to like this as much as I did, even though it was waxed. I figured, Bruery + expensive would give me license to hate on this in unlimited quantity. But... I really enjoyed it, and so did everyone else. Unanimously the hit of the tasting.

And no, it doesn't really smell or taste like King Henry, but for people looking for a quick fix, this is a passable substitute. I raise my glass to you, Patrick Rue, and utter a solemn, "Candi sugar" in your general direction.

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4.12/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a duvel glass.

A: deep brown with hints of ruby and slightly toffee colored finger and a half of head that dissapates nicley into a film... Not much lacing. A deep and delicious looking brew.

S: sweet dark fruits and alcohol are my first whiff impressions here. Caramel and sweet apple, raisins, toffee, prune,brown sugar, dark chocolate, the burbon is present as well, with notes of vanilla and a hint of lightly toasted coconut... This brew smells thick, sticky and complex, I really enjoy all the aromas here, although the beer does smell like its going to be a sweet one!

T: deffinatly sweet And boozy are my first impressions, much like the nose, caramel and toffe, raisins, prune, brown sugar, dark chocolate, I feel like the burbon character takes it a step up from the nose providing a nice toasty oak and loads of vanilla and burbon flavor, but not an overwhelimg amount.... It seems to bring nice balance.

M: oily, syrupy and viscous.... Full bodied and a deffinate sipper, low carbonation that works nicely here. Dry on the finish.

O: a good brew with some serious complexity and depth. A bit on the sweet side for me, but a great brew all the same. Really glad I for to try this... Was super pumped to here the bruery was putting out all 100% for this years anniversary.

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Photo of RandomBattle
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bruery tulip (Yay!).

Appearance - Pours a deep dark amberish brown, very close to black but less opaque. Nice 1 finger off white head that hangs around for only a few sips. Pretty but not impressive.

Smell - Barrel aged Bruery beers seem to have a very distinct and similar aroma that I notice in each one. Going beyond that it smells of sweet dark fruits, some light oak toast, and some very light cocoa.

Taste - Again with the dark fruits but mixed with some delicious caramel and toffee flavors surrounded by a gentle bourbon oaky sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Soft and easy going, it's an excellent sipper with only the slightest trace of alcohol and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall - I have, probably, enjoyed this beer the most out of their previous Anniversary beers, maybe because of the full on barrel aging? I'm looking forward to aging and drinking more of this.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holland
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with minimal head, very thick looking

S: bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, roasted sugar

T: very sweet, but full of dark fruit character with tons of caramel sweetness along with wood flavor, which wasn't as prominent as I thought it would be.

M: thick, well carbonated, but thick and sticky

O: only the sweetness is keeping this from a much better score. Amazing that the barrel is so wonderful for the beer, but doesn't take too much away from the regular old ale flavors.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruet from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 759 ratings
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