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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Photo of Buckeye982
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of pkalix
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

yep. that's it. burnt sugar. kind of toffee-like, caramel-y, sweet. barrel, wood. very smooth. very boozy, but not in a 4-loco boozy kind of crap way. this is nice. as Matt said yesterday when we had it on tap at the bruery, it's like a 'shot', instead of a beer. he's a Blue Moon guy. he struggled with the tart Hottenroth... so yeah... and he probably has never had anything above 6% before. I schooled him though by taking him to Noble, Valiant and The Bruery...
no head, no lacing, no carbonation. it just sits there waiting for you to take a sip. medium feel, medium heaviness. light mahogany color. the smell is the taste.
hard to rate the 'appearance' when this is so typical of these types of brews but it is a beautiful color and, although it does just 'sit there' it has a powerful, majestic look to it.

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Photo of HookemHoos
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ML Bottle which was shared among many in snifter glasses

A: Poured a dark brown redish color with a minimal amount of carbonation and thin head.

S: The smell was of bourbon (tons of it), vanilla and sugar.

T: Following the smell, the taste gave you a ton of bourbon with notes of vanilla and sugar to follow. There was a smaller amount of fruit notes.

O: It was a very enjoyable beer but in small quantities. I don't know that I could handle anything more than a shared amount.

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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours out in a mahogany caramel color that is murky, but also lets some light come through.

The aroma is huge raisins, tons of sweet molasses and caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, sherry, bourbon, but also that pop of booze in the back that uplifts it.

The flavor follows with that deep rich caramel sweetness. It's heavy on the rich deep dark raisins and fruit, but also on the back, there's that drying oak and alcohol that picks up the beer in a wonderful way. My friend actually compared this to port or madeira.

The body is pretty big and sticky, but I've had bigger and stickier barrel aged barley wines. The crazy thing is that the booze and oak drying on the back really picks up this beer to give a punch of drinkability. I really do like that about this beer, though it seems a lot like a beer that could use some aging.

I do think that Melange 3 was better because of the bigger silky feel and sweetness, but this is super enjoyable. Incredible beer.

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Photo of twizzard
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of artoolemomo
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Pours up a half of a finger's worth of head which dissipates almost immediately. The head appeared to be a light to medium beige while the body is a nearly opaque chestnut brown which shows hints of purplish maroon when held up to the light.

Nose- This may be the best aroma (from a beer) that I have ever had the pleasure to smell. Coconut dominates and then shows toasted almonds. Basically, the profile is that of a warm, fresh macaroon. Cherry and chocolate notes hide themselves under the coconut and almond but they are there. Some buttery and caramel notes. This is a definite 5. If the palate is likewise, this is going to be one of the best beers I've ever had. Alcohol appears after you swirl it.

Taste- Raisins and cherries are the first things I encounter while the coconut, almond, and chocolate sit in the background. A fair amount of booze but any brewery that could hide 15% probably should be sued. This is everything that I got on the nose with a good amount of heat. That is to say this is alcoholic deliciousness. I had my qualms about purchasing a 30 dollar bottle of beer but no longer. This may even be a repurchase. This beer has so much presence and so much integration when it would completely permissible for it to be messy. Instead, it wows. Toffee, vanilla, and hints of oak. It is difficult to parse individual aspects because of the rich balance. Chocolate and bourbon become more dominant aspects as this beer opens. It is starting to get a little messy.

Mouthfeel- Heavy bodied with some syrup to it but still manages some silk and smoothness. Light carbonation but this works with the style.

Drinkability- Terrifying. The heat begins to mellow and makes this beer very dangerous. Only the price tag reins in my desire to partake heedlessly.

Overall- Almost perfect (but slightly declining as I drink more). Do not be wary of the price tag. Pay the 30 bucks (maybe even the 35 that it goes for in some markets). After you drink it, you will know why you paid such a price. This does start to get a little messy as it opens up more but this only detracts slightly.

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