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Bois | The Bruery

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BoisBois
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4.33/5
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1,333 Ratings
BoisBois
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:
1,333
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Dark and murky reddish brown. Not much of a head. Nothing after a while.

Smell - Bourbon, toffee, buckets of caramel. Quite fruity.

Taste - Sweet and bourbony. Even fruitier. Toffee and caramel. Boozy. Even a little bitter. Maybe that's just an abundance of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - A sipper. Boozy as hell. Medium heavy, not as syrupy as I thought it might be.

Overall - Way over the top, but good. I always like these beers.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to stakem for sharing this. enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is dark murky brown with small head fine bead and no lace. The smell is intensely malty with nice vanilla and spice notes with moderate wood and strong caramel odor with light toast and alcohol soaked raisins. The feel is great, lots of bourbon with smooth maltiness and dark sugrar with some yeast tanginess with light woody tannin and moderately high aclohcol in the drying finish.

The flavor is intense with lots of wood which is supported by the malt which includes flavors of toffee and caramel with dark sugar and toasted notes and light raisin in the yeast flavor with subtle spice with alcohol moderately high as it finishes dry. Overall this is a great old ale, I loved the barrel flavor in this. I recommend this to anyone who likes strong ale with woody character -nice complexity.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a wedding snifter.

Nothing better than bacon sammiches, a bounce castle, and more-than-ample beer supplies. This piece of equipment pours a brackish sienna topped by a half-finger of off-sandstone foam. The nose comprises buttery toffee, rich caramel, mild bourbon, light vanilla bean, a whiff of dark fruit, and an iota of wood. Man, I'm starting to run out of ways to say "a little bit"... The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of dark fruits, but the caramel, toffee, and bourbon are taking no prisoners here. In the best way. Oh yes. The body is a hefty medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a thick feel. Overall, a damn fine beer, par for the course in this anniversary series.

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Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle pours a clouded mahogany color with absolutely no head despite a vigourous pour. Some swirling releases a few large bubbles that collapse quick. The alcohol legs creep down the side of the glass.

The aroma is pungent of that typical bourbon tang coupled with residual sugary belgian candy. Faint hints of coconut, vanilla and oak all mingle together with a hint of caramel. No doubt the bourbon is center stage and the biggest attribute of the nose.

The taste continues with prominent notes of tangy bourbon. A slight fruity almost orange rind character before fading to a striking amount of oxidation. Some herbal bitterness is felt underneath the big boozy impact and sticky residual sugars.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It tastes like it has been aged quite awhile. Perhaps the solera method is really starting to showcase the older aspects of the blend? It surely tasted oxidized moreso than I expected. Compared to the other barrel versions, this one is easily the most alcohol forward and hot. Not my least favorite but nowhere near as good as the whiskey and brandy version.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance was a super nice dark brown close to black color with a slightly half finger white to off white foamy head that concaves and leaves barely anything in the center of the brew. Holy Be-jeebers, actually, I believe I liked this show. The smell, whoah, how the hell do I explain this one. Okay, its a sort of a cherry to almond to oaky/woodiness and then leading onto a slightly vanilla sort of aroma all delicately packed together and inviting me towards a finer quality of leading me on and into the night of Memorial Day. The taste is sweet and oaky/woody and it leaves a fairly sweet vanilla-like quality of an aftertaste and then ends up leading to a semi-dry yet sweet but not watery finish. I say that because there’s something I had about this beer that seemed to show a fairly watery finish. No worries. On the palate, it sits about a medium to heavy on the body and shows a decent sessionable quality running about the mouth and tongue. The carbonation is decent for the Old Ale style and good for me as there’s just enough harshness pervading the tongue but not overbearing. Overall, in my opinion, this is actually an exceptionally well done Old Ale that I would more than worthy welcome again. Is it up there with Smuttynose’s Really Old Brown Dog Ale, which is actually one the best that I’ve tried to this date? Hmmm...well, to pay $30 to have this again, or ask for a Really Old Brown Dog Ale. I’ll take Smuttynose’s even though I haven’t had that in a super long time.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of SadMachine
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real interesting looker. Deep garnet red body, with a clear character, and very dark, nearly purple in color, and some hard to see carbonation. Tan like head, lots of snapping carbonation and fades to a thin collar that always gets repopulated. The body color is truly exceptional.

An absolutely fantastic nose on this beer. Deep caramel stickiness, mild coffee, slight vanilla, and sugar cream, it totally smells like burnt sugar and perfect crème brûlée. Buried dark fruit of faint cherry but deeper plum, a little bit controlled heat, and quad like sensing warmth. Very impressive, this is like a quad without the sugar and a subdued mild cream and caramel, it's nearly perfect and so unique.

Palate brings much of the enjoyment from the nose, but a big surprise. Heavily fruit forward and large. Wine like warmth and quad character but no sucrose sweetness. Plums. Cherries, moving to a light bodied finish. Palate is very light for such long blended barrel aging, oak tones very subdued. Light caramel action, sticky toffee, the fruit dominates but let's the giant caramel come through.

Overall, it's impressive as all get out. It's like a quad without the sucrose, the Creme Brulee without a sticky rush and sugar buzz. It's fantastic.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Bois from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1,333 ratings
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