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%
 
 
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared on my brewing buddy's birthday (we're both PS members). Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a red solo cup (yup...), but luckily paired with La Gloria Cubana cigars!

I couldn't see it, so I poured a little bit into a clear glass nearby just for this portion, to the laughter of some. Whatever, a visual evaluation only takes about 40 seconds anyways! Tanned brown in color, with some surprising amount of clarity (although it's nearly opaque when held against the light) as well as cloudiness. A surprisingly amount of head and lacing, all colored with an off-khaki tone. Really viscous and ridiculous looking, and exactly what I'd come to expect of this brewery.

Whoa! This is ridiculous - even by The Bruery's standards. An explosion of sweetness both from the malts and yeast, as well as the heavily soaked Bourbon elements and other complex aspects taken in part from the wood aging (through the solera method). Big, sweetened caramel covered raisin notes, with intense dates and plums. There's no hoppiness to speak of (except for perhaps a brief zestiness), but it's earthy as as all hell - and, no surprise, slightly oxidized tasting at this point, as the older batches that made this up in the blend are starting face the challenges of developing huge Sherry notes. It's not particularly refined on this end - indeed, so far, they smell more like umami offerings (mushrooms, soy sauce) rather than woody Sherry-like goodness. It's off-putting at first, but adds a savory element that balances additional sweetness from the barrel, which consists of butterscotch, vanilla, and toffee. Shows a good degree of toasted oak flavor, maybe even charred, with tobacco and leather. Super, ridiculously complex - if it weren't for the off-umami notes I'd give this a perfect score.

This is very much a wow-factor beer, but as many have pointed out, it's very, very sweet and decadent in a way I've never experienced an old ale before. Even the Fruet I had during DLD last year was less sweet than this, and I believe the bourbon is at fault here. Luckily, it's far less buttery, and the initial blast tastes like bourbon caramel soaked raisins, with intense notes of prunes and dates. Highly intense, and very sweet - the vanilla, toffee, and butterscotch do not let go here. My friend and I love a good bourbon, but he even remarked that it was a bit too intense even here. Nevertheless, the cigars really helped cut the sweetness down, and enhanced the tobacco and spiced elements of the beer, as well as provide a powdered fudge bitterness that was nothing but astonishing. Drinks super thick, but never syrupy, and you cannot taste the alcohol on this - ESPECIALLY when paired with a cigar. How they did it, no clue, but it's probably one of the best beers they've made yet.

This is really a beer that bends the style, and while it isn't even close to my favorite from The Bruery, it was one of the most memorable beers I've had that was brewed in 2013. It's definitely really sweet, and the cigar pairing is highly recommended. Not every booze bomb The Bruery has made has been brilliant, but this is definitely a terrific effort from them.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks BryanK

750ml bottle at fridge temp into a snifter.

Pours a murky dark brown color, minimal light tan colored head, nice legs.

Big sweet caramel, molasses, lots of bourbon booze, lots of nuttiness, possibly from the yeast.

Follows the aroma, with a bit more complexity, lots of dark fruits mingling with big caramel and molasses sweetness, smooth bourbon booziness, slight coconut, decent barrel character.

Big, fairly thick, sweet and boozey.

A pretty stand up BA old ale, on par with what I would expect from the bruery. Big, sweet, and boozey. Maybe too sweet?

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3.03/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. There's a one finger khaki head that retains horribly - in other words, par for the course from a 15% monster. No lacing is left behind, either.

S: Very intense, mostly in a good way. The vanilla is huge, the bourbon is huge, the oaky notes are huge, and the dark fruits are huge. I even get some faint coconut touches. On the first whiffs, the booze is very intense, only to calm down as it warms up. My subconscious tells me the actual flavor is going to be WAY too sweet, but even still, this aroma works well.

T: Dark fruits open this one up in a big way. It doesn't take long, however, to realize just how fuckin' sweet this one is. Holy shit, this is like drinking bourbon spiked with brown sugar - about six tbsp's worth, to be precise. The finish tries to negate all dat sugar with some oaky and bourbon-y notes; it's not particularly successful. All it really does is inject a bit of unnecessary harshness into the massively cloying beer without really balancing it out. On the plus side, it *does* become slightly less harsh as more is imbibed. That does NOT make all the ridiculous sweetness any more palatable: it's far too moronic and out-of-wack throughout. It's not even that complex, either.

M: This practically burns going down. Cripes on a stick, this one feels rough. It's too carbonated, too thin, and too sweet all at the same time. It seems like The Bruery was trying to give this good drinkability for the style, and they honestly succeeded - but at what cost? The slender feel clashes badly with the incredible sweetness, so it's not like it's that drinkable.

O: When I sip this, I'm seriously contemplating dumping it - it's that overwhelming. This is a textbook example of a beer that's over-the-top big in all the wrong ways. A big beer that's structured well can be a beautiful thing (see: Black Albert), and this just isn't. It's not HORRIBLE per se, just hugely disappointing for over $30 (!) a bottle. Emperor Bois, you have no clothes, plain and simple.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one before but got it again at Pint night at the Columbia Ale House. Got it and Sucre at same time to do side by side comparison. Excellent looking beer, Bois is slightly darker than Sucre but Sucre wins on smell with a slightly richer smell then Bois. The taste to me is very similar, Bois wins out slightly because it is just a bit smoother with less bite from the alcohol. Overall this is a world class beer and one of my all-time favs. Only ding was in smell, and that is probably just because I was comparing it to Sucre which was slightly better.

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Bois from The Bruery
4.31 out of 5 based on 1,329 ratings.
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