Bois | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

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
Ratings:
1,329
Reviews:
151
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.28%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
538
For Trade:
95
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Ratings: 1,329 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of Redgoatman
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dataylor21
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -3.2%
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 BeerBeak81
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrenaline
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -2.3%
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 +0.7%
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 SFC21
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage consumed in early August 2015. Very close to perfection! Drinks like an old port wine. Not too hot despite the hefty ABV.

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Photo of rhartogsq
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -30.4%
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 Casey3236
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ystazi
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alarmclock314
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fox227
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super Sweet but tasty . Light mouthfeel and color for BB aged

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Photo of rawfish
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Really mellowed out nicely with age. Doesn't drink as strong as its abc indicates but you feel it later on for sure.

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jjski
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Bois from The Bruery
4.31 out of 5 based on 1,329 ratings.
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