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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
1,335
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source itself - The Bruery, in Placentia, CA

Raul is ineffable. Couldn't tell you. Couldn't tell you what is going on right here. But if Mount Vesuvius were erupting with Bois, Raul would run through the natives and straight for it. Glorious thick texture. Glorious thick everything.

Raul does this.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 4/10/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a very murky, cloudy, dark brown with a 2 finger tall light brown head which quickly recedes leaving zero lacing. The head eventually settles to a firm, half finger's height. Massive alcohol legs.

Aroma: (4.75)
Sweet figs jump right out of the glass towards your nostrils, followed by layers upon layers of dark fruit; black cherries, freshly sliced plums. Underneath the fruit there are aromas of sun worn leather, sweet caramel, toffee and bready biscuit malt backbone. The massive barrel presence sounds cascading notes of vanilla, coconut and some nice bourbon sweetness. For 15%, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well.

Taste: (4.75)
Staying consistent with the fruit forward nose, sweet figs greet your palate immediately followed by plums, cherries and a distinctly musty leather-like character that is attained by the extensive aging process that Bois has gone under. Middle of the taste, there is a bright twang of a slightly tart cherries, again from oxidation in the bourbon barrels. Before the off dry finish, a massive, sweet malt backbone closes the ale with notes of toffee, caramel and sweet breads. Lingering impressions of figs, plums, cherries and a unique nuttiness. Huge barrel presence in the finish with light tannins, vanilla and coconut. The 15% is masterfully hidden, but some alcohol does peak through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Very robust, slightly oily in texture thanks to the high ABV. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
Wow, this is an absolutely amazing Old Ale. Complex, rich and hides the ABV incredibly well. The Bruery uses the Solera Method in aging their anniversary ales; meaning every year, The Bruery puts out a new batch of the same recipe, but each year they hold back a sizable portion to blend in with the most recent ale. In other words, Bois has a portion of every other previous anniversary beer in it, adding more depth and complexity to it than the other previous anniversary ales had upon release. This is a truly masterfully Old Ale, that is sweet, yet never cloying. Highly, highly recommended. Cannot wait until next year's version!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep plum with not much head or lace, must be 12%+.

The smell is bourbon barrel, dark malts and candy sugar.

Bourbon, roasted malts, caramel citrus and earth swirl in the taste. Very barrel heavy, but nice and smooth. Good, thick mouthfeel.

Another great barrel aged beer from the Bruery. I'm not sure I'm ever disappointed by any of their beers.

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