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:
1,330
Reviews:
153
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.28%
 
 
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538
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque brown very close to black. The first pour us very heady. Thick bubbly mocha colored foam. Surprising for a beer of such alcohol content. Eventually dissolves to a thick ring around the glass.

The aroma is deep and complex. Fruit notes are most prominent. Classic english barleywine style dark fruits are clearly represented in the form of dates, raisins and figs. Secondly the aroma of warm toffee makes it seem like it will be a thick, sticky and sweet treat. As it warms to the appropriate/suggested temperature the barrel notes come through more clearly; Oak, vanilla and caramel.

Sweet malty character on the tip of the tongue. Bright crystal malts shine through in the form of buttered toast, cocoa powder and brown sugar. Fruit flavors of cherry and prune juice come through mid palate along with a peppery spice from the noticeable alcohol. Barrel notes come through quickly after with deep caramel, oak and vanilla. Slight notes of bourbon come through on the finish.

M - medium, very close to full bodied. Viscous texture with a slightly watery edge. High carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. So smooth but complex. I'd gladly buy another one to enjoy for next year.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bois pours a dark amber color with a nice large creamy lacing head. There is a strong aroma with alcohol notes, a sharp malt bite, and an overall scotch like aroma. The taste was much the same, sharp malt flavors, a kick form the alcohol, a bit sour, and scotch like flavors. Good full flavors, bold feel, and easy to drink. Overall a very complex and excellent beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

an expensive bottle of beer, but a unique one, and one worthy of the most special occasions. hazy caramel color on this, dense as anything, without a ton of head just some patchy white wisps around the edges of my wine glass. the nose on this is a mind bender, its beautifully rich and nuanced, with butterscotch, liquid caramel, brown sugar, maple, oak, vanilla, graham cracker, and booze dancing around with one another in an aromatic orgy of epic proportions. the just radiates decadence, with sugar and alcohol, but when i taste it, its neither hotly boozed up, or diabetic sweet. great use of barrel and blending techniques here, i get a ton of oak and bourbon notes, and the butterscotch is there. its like melted werthers candies. vanilla too, and a lot of grain, somewhat of a barleywine or an old ale, american and english both, sweet but not overdone, and refined in a way that is equaled by few other brewers. this series has been nuts, and this is perhaps the finest of them. i cannot remember the last beer i had so rich and interesting, and also so entirely unique from the field. alcohol can never really be taste, but it can certainly be felt. be sure to share this bottle. an arrogant fools errand it would be to attempt a bottle solo. a must try, this is magical beer.

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Bois from The Bruery
4.31 out of 5 based on 1,330 ratings.
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