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Bois | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The traditional fifth anniversary gift is something made of wood, or "Bois" in French.

Bois is our fifth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. A portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year's production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Bois is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.

Added by OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
1,314
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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118
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For Trade:
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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: Not sure whether to call this very dark ruby, or dark mahogany. substantial tan head on the pour that recedes to a ring around the rim.
smell: Oh yea! Decadent, rich toffee, vanilla, butterscotch port. Bourbon soaked dark fruit.
taste: And the taste delivers what the nose promises. a little alcohol burn but after 3 years, this is pretty damn smooth. Bad-ass.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly leaving minimal lacing
S: Smells of bourbon barrel goodness with notes of oak, caramel and toffee. Along with the obvious bourbon there's some dark fruits and toffee from the base beer,.
T: Taste is dark fruits, toffee, caramel, vanilla and oak with a slight vinous note to it. Swallow is more toffee and dark fruits with hints of alcohol soaked raisins on the back end. Oak, caramel and vanilla linger as well.
M: This beer is full in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish from the high ABV.
O: This beer is fantastic. The flavors are great and the beer has an immense amount of complexity. It's still a little boozy but the boozy notes work well with the beer. This one has held up very well.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large brown foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of residual sugar with some deep caramelized notes is intriguing. Taste is a nice mix of strong caramelized malt notes with some heavy residual sugar notes and light bourbon notes are also noticeable. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. There was light oxidation notes which I didn’t really cared for and the sugar is somewhat too upfront and hides other flavours.

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/10/2013. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, bourbon, toasted oak, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, bourbon, toasted oak, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, bourbon, toasted oak, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/bourbon/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy/silky/slick, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class old ale. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly for the enormous ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of JFear
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Two years has done some crazy things to this beer. It's still boozy, but that aspect has been toned down a bit with age. There's notes of salted caramel, apple brandy, apple skin, coffee, and then, when the mouthfeel dries your mouth out a bit, there's lingering lemon flesh/rind, and bitter, medicinal herbal qualities. Really just an amazingly lovely beer.

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Photo of kdahnke123
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
L - Poured a slightly hazy medium brown with a minimal head. The head lasted not much longer than it took to pour and left no lacing.
S - Smells of banana, vanilla, caramel, oak and bourbon.
T - Tastes of candied fruit, bourbon, vanilla with a moderate amount of esters.
F - Medium mouthfeel with a little tang from the alcohol
O - A very nice old ale with plenty of dried fruit character. Having had the subsequent two vintages the integration of the flavors is progressing well.

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Photo of Tele
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 10.23.15

A: 4.25 The beer opens with what sounds like a surprising amount of carbonation for 2.5 years old. Pours a murky, brown-red with a one-inch tan head.

S: 4.75 It smells quite sweet, but immediately you can tell there is a lot going on. There’s loads of bourbon, of course, but plenty of toffee, caramel, vanilla, honey, banana, and cinnamon. This reminds me of an amped up Sucaba.

T: 4.5 Taste is similar to the nose. Starts off rather sweet with the bourbon and caramel flavors, but it quickly moves to a surprising amount of malt presence, providing just enough roast to round things out. A bit of coffee and spice work into sweeter vanilla and raisin flavors finishing with some raspberry and slight booziness – almost like a cognac barrel flavor.

M: 4.5 The body is great and doesn’t feel too heavy. Carbonation is also really nice. Definitely pretty drinkable for 15%.

O: 4.5 This is a very impressive beer from The Bruery. There’s a lot going on but it’s really balanced. I was worried this would be too sweet and boozy for 15%, but it is much better than expected.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage served in a Teku.

Pours a medium brown with very little head. Heavy bourbon on the nose with oak and brown sugar. Taste is similar and very sweet with a bit of vanilla. Feel is about medium and very drinkable. Overall, this was excellent. A bit sweet at first, but balanced towards the finish.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aged for about two years, poured into Teku glass.

Pours a nice chestnut brown, small head, no retention.

Smell is bourbon and oak up front, roasted malts, dark fruits, a tiny bit of funk alcohol.

Taste largely follows smell, some vanilla up front as well.

Fairly well balanced, aging has been helpful. Moderately carbonated, medium mouthfeel, a little alcohol burn but certainly permissible for this amount of ABV.

It's good.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is loaded with bourbon, toffee, caramel, hints of oak, leather and burnt sugar. Flavour profile matches with heavy bourbon, toffee and caramel. Sweetness is nicely balanced with the slightest ABV heat, but given the strength it's incredibly well hidden. A celebratory brew indeed and well worth a try.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle has smells of dark fruits, toffee, leather, carmelized sugar, bouron, and vanilla.

Tastes much the same with a little bit of musty wood. The bourbon is more noticeable in the nose than the taste, but either way, it provides a little more heat than flavor.

Slight syrupy thickness.

It is still a pretty boozy beer, but not as much as some other Bruery stuff.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml waxed bottle into a Teku at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: dark but very clear ruby reddish brown, small tan head.

Smell: vanilla, caramel, almond extract; more coconut, cherry as it warms.

Taste: pure sweetness up front, followed by cherries, soy sauce, oak, tobacco.

Feel: medium/full-bodied, slick and juicy. Absurdly drinkable.

Overall: this is a really good beer, tho not sure it's great. And probably brought me less overall happiness than the two bottles of, say, Stickee Monkee I could've gotten for the sticker price.

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Photo of rhartogsq
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shard bottle at a beer bar in DC last night. The aroma was simply awesome. it never eroded. The beer was a touch thinner than I was expecting. Overall, the beer was great. Don't have much for tasting notes, sorry.

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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted as part of a horizontal of all 5 Bois treatments.

This one is again just hot, hot, hot. Dominated by booziness that overwhelms all other smells and flavors.

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Photo of Jjski
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bourbon soaked figs and raisins drizzled with vanilla scented caramel brandy. Leather, tobacco, epic old aleyness. A definitive sherry type oxidation with orange peel hints, dark toffee with a faint bitter sourness with boozy finish. Boozy? It's 15%, that's the way it should be. expansive yet perfectly cohesive.

What it is, what shall it become? The standard.

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Photo of RickS95
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very murky brown color, with some orange hues around the edges. Not so much cloudy or hazy as it is murky...like a shallow river after a storm. With such high ABV, the head is fleeting, but while it's there, it's a tan color of uniform bubbles.

Notes of bourbon, vanilla, toffee and leather dominate the nose, particularly the bourbon. It smells every bit of 15% ABV.

What a great taste. It tastes like a toffee coffee cake. Between the toffee, vanilla, Belgian yeast and burnt sugar, it could pass for a dessert. Not sure if there is such a thing as bourbon cake, but that's what this tastes like. It's amazingly good.

This beast is surprisingly drinkable. It starts off somewhat sweet and very smooth, very buttery feel. Full bodied and almost chewy. The heat builds in intensity as it works it's way a cross the tongue. Finishes with bourbon warmth and a bit of sweetness from the vanilla notes. A slight burn to the lips remains til the next sip.

A spectacular beer and well worth the $30 I probably paid for it. Obviously a celebratory beer.

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Photo of aleigator
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to Marcel, for providing the bottle.

Yields a mohagony, dark brown color, with a beige, small, fizzy head.

Has aromas of glazed malts, melted marshmellows, a good amount of oak, all wrapped up by warming booze. Apparently quite sweet, with molasses as the icing on the cake, bound together by wooden coconut, lots of flowery vanilla and Bourbon.

Has almost no carbonation, which suits the beers full bourbony body perfectly well.

Begins with matured hops, earth and smooth bitter coffee among a slightly dry portion of wood. The sweetness soon settles among this diversed foundation, exhibiting coffee, molasses and flowery vanilla, infused by hot, warming bourbon, leading to a wooden, well balanced sweetness. Finishes with a biting, but pleasant bourbon peak among toffeeish malts and cane sugar, producing a warm glow, working down to my stomach.

The beers taste reveals much more depth, than the nose initially did. Has a lot going on, based on the bitter, balancing counterpart to the sweet molasses, which turn more present during the finish, supported by a hot, vanilla Bourbon presence. Coffee turns present again during in the end, with a slick note to it among cane sugar and alcoholic warmth, balanced by rich toffee.

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Photo of IKR
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark-brown. Fairly large light-beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Bourbon notes dominate, with some brown sugar, dark fruit (think raisins and prunes) and mild toffee notes. It's been aged for a while but this currently has no alcohol presence, which is surprising for the ABV.

Taste: Bourbon, some fruity sherry notes, raisins, some brown sugar, and toffee. The beer finishes slightly sweet with the Bourbon, brown sugar, and dark fruit notes. I'm not sure it's the age but this was considerably less sweet than most of the other Bruery's Bourbon bal-aged Anniversary beers.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of full-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: I notice the dark fruit and sherry-type notes come more to the forefront with each new Bruery Anniversary variant. I'm not sure if it's age but the sweetness was fairly subdued which combined with the subdued alcohol presence makes drinking this beer a fine experience.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark caramel burgundy color with a thin finger of dark tan head. Head faded into a lasting fuzzy collar.
S: Tons of leather and still a ton bourbon despite the age. Tobacco and chocolate are prominent as well. Oxidization and/or the older components of the beer are noticeable with hints of musty cardboard and sweet sherry. Sweet smelling overall, raisins, honey, brown sugar, boozy.
T: Follows the nose, boozy leather, caramel and tobacco, sweet sugar, musty cardboard and oak, boozy slightly warming bourbon, tons of chocolate, warming leather and tobacco and booze. Lingering sweet and sticky aftertaste. Earthy and mildly spicy finish.
M: Full body, sticky, chewy, slick and heavy mouthfeel and body, bubbly but unobtrusive carbonation, booze is noticeable but not hot.
O: Really good. Tons of chocolate leather and leafy tobacco. Very smooth but still boozy. A great and easy sipper.

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Photo of Houser
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really brown, like opaque brown except around the edges. smell is boozy, brown sugar, molasses really sweet. booze dominates, but the dark fruits show as well. taste is awesome. i love these ba old ales. they just work so well together, and bruery does it right. so many complex flavors and carbed perfectly, not flat, but good carbonation style considering. great beer!

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Photo of ADZA
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to mrkennedy for this, pours dark murky brown hue, little head and rim of lacing,nose is boozy butterscotch with sweet bourbon,full feel with light carbonation,tastes are boozy bittersweet butterscotch that finishes with a sweet bourbon oakiness snd overall a top drop thats aged so well definately the right time to drink it cheers.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Bruery poured into taster. Deep brown color with a fleeting tan head that vanished. Some streaky legs, though. Aroma is toffee, bourbon, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, and booze. Taste is similar with roasty malts and brown sugar sweetness heavy up front. A tiny bit of woody/nutty bitterness comes through. There’s some nice alcohol warming, too. Medium-full bodied, slick textured, low-moderate carbonation, boozy finish.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a nosing glass. From notes. Reviewed 31 January 2015.

3.5A: Muddy light brown.

3.5S: Burnt brown sugar.

3T: Whoah that's harsh and bright and not very to my taste. Hint of tartness at the edges.

3.25M: A little thin. Vaguely sparkly but not too much.

3.25O: It's fine but not good. Would not recommend.

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Photo of barczar
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big toffee aroma, very rich. Prune, raisin, and dates add complexity.

Very plum, prune, and raisin flavor, with nice sweet balance, a hit of heat, and rich caramel sweetness. Pretty hot, but delicious.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml wax capped bottle, 04/02/13 stamped on the bottle so I'll assume that's the bottling date. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a murky dark reddish/brown color with about a half inch tan head that didn't stick around for very long. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit (figs, plums, raisins), molasses, brown sugar and caramel. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some red grapes, maple and woodiness noticeable. It's a little boozy, but not as much I thought it would be. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. I thought this was pretty good. Is it $35 a bottle good, I'm not quite sure. But I did like this a lot!

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