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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118
Gots:
538
For Trade:
95
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Jmamay22
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This old ale pours a cloudy cola colored amber. The tan colored head fades quickly to a thin collar. The scent is a wonderful bouquet of vanilla, molasses, raisins and plum. I expected a more pronounced alcohol scent, but there is really none that I perceive as unpleasant. Very expressive sugar scent that gives the impression of a well aged and complex rum.

The taste is equally enjoyable, beginning with a pleasing burnt sugar flavor that progresses to a spiced vanilla and woody complexity that is very enjoyable and shows the full character of the bourbon barrell aging. Everyypthing comes together so well it makes me wonder how any old ale could be produced without barrell aging. They seem so well meant for one another.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a more expressive and fuller carbonation than I had initially expected. The finish is well balanced and refrains from being cloyingly sweet with a nice warming character without the burning sensation you may have with such a high alcohol content.

Highly recommended, but carries a very high price. I'm glad I purchased two bottles as I'm looking forward to seeing where the beer goes and develops with time.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle poured into a snifter. 04/11/13 on the bottle.

A: Pours a clearish dark brown ruby appearing almost black in the glass. An off white head sits on top, dissipating in a minute or two. Leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Initial bourbon right off the bat with a sweet dark fruitiness as well. A bit of breadiness as well as toffee or carmel. Yeast adds almost a belgian dubbel sort of aroma.

T: What a finely tuned blend here. There is the obvious bourbon flavoring but layers upon layers of complexity behind that. Great dark fruit character that gives you a raisiny, grape or fig quality. Sweet malts that provide rich carmel, toffee and vanilla. Oak mellows out the flavor, bourbon adds the perfect aftertaste.

M: Full body with a great creamy mouthfeel. Bourbon doesnt come across too hot but is certainly warming. Very smooth for 15%. Mild carbonation, finish is clean considering all the sweetness going on here.

Overall I wish I had more of this beer. Really tasty and only going to get better with age. As I said this one has layers of flavor that are blended fantastically. Cheers to many more Bruery anniversaries!

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1772nd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750ml
App- A very cloudy ruddy brown/red with high density. Not a head per se but some khaki bubbles. Decent stick as it slid down the glass.

Smell- Has a lot of malty sweet notes behind it. This was better than Fruet Got more of the Solera method down. Creamy raisins and vanilla without a trace of the booze. Has more of the oak/vanilla I wanted.

Taste- Still a bit young and fresh but incredibly drinkable. The ABV is completely hidden on this one. The flavor profile is more of a old ale again as well. Still a little bit of caramel with a large dark fruits note with zero burn. At cellar temp was quite easy to take down alone.

Mouth- A large medium body with a medium thick carbonation at points. Fruity residual with a touch of cream on it.

Drink- Its very tasty. I didnt like it as much as Fruet and I believe this one was good to go right from the start.

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