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More?!! New Bruery Allocations

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by Beerontwowheels, Apr 6, 2012.

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  1. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    I don't think I can handle this solo anymore!!

    Here's the latest allocation email:

    100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Fruet - 4th Anniversary Ale
    5 Bottle Limit - $30/bottle ($25.50 after RS discount)
    Fruet is our fourth anniversary ale. It is the same recipe as Papier and our other anniversary ales, and again was created using the Solera method. Each year we will continue to blend old barrels of anniversary ale with a new batch of the same beer, adding an additional layer of complexity that will grow over time as we continue to age and blend with each anniversary, creating an older average age to the ale. This year, for the first time, we are ONLY offering the 100% bourbon barrel aged version of our anniversary ale. It has taken us four years to work up our capacity enough to do this and we are extremely happy about this offering.
    15.5% ABV, Cellerable for many years

    Go Team! - A Collaboration with Eagle Rock Brewery
    2 Bottle Limit - $10/bottle ($8.50 after RS discount)
    For our second local collaboration this year, we teamed up with Los Angeles based Eagle Rock Brewery. For those who don't know the beers of Eagle Rock, they are some of the finest around and it was realy fun working with their crew. Together we blended our styles and developed a pretty unique recipe that we are referring to as a Belgian-style mild ale. There aren't many sessionanable Belgian ales around and Eagle Rock is well known for some lower alcohol beers; we are very excited for you to try this one.
    4.7% ABV, Best enjoyed within 6 months
  2. tyrsis

    tyrsis Disciple (321) Mar 13, 2009 California
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    I'm kinda meh on these. I think I'll skip them, and use the money for Eclipse futures!
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  3. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    I loved cuir so I maxed out on fruet, skipping the 'Go Team' collaboration.
  4. AndrewK

    AndrewK Aspirant (235) Oct 20, 2006 California

    Excited for the BA Fruet. What I want to know is though, what does the name mean? Fruet is not in any French dictionary I have. The fourth anniversary present is supposed to be fruit and/or flowers (or alternatively silk/linen, depending on what country you are in). Maybe they wanted to call it Fruit but couldnt get it past TTB because there is no fruit in it?
  5. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 California

    Really hope Fruet gets distributed, like the previous non-BA anniversary beers. The various anniversary beers are my favorites of theirs.
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  6. jtmartino

    jtmartino Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California
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    Yay, another damn expensive Bruery beer that I have to buy!

  7. mjmadsen21

    mjmadsen21 Aspirant (242) Jan 13, 2012 Indiana
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    Sounds tough...I will take a few fruets off your hands if its too difficult!...In all honesty I would also trade for 1.
  8. GregSVT

    GregSVT Savant (904) Jul 1, 2009 Texas
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    You RS n00bs have no idea what you're in for when Black Tuesday, Melange #3, and Oude Tart allocations come out...assuming they release them all again this year. I spent around $900 in a few months.
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  9. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    I'm glad that they're BBA-ing them all.
  10. AndrewK

    AndrewK Aspirant (235) Oct 20, 2006 California

    not to mention that the membership re-up was around the same time too.
  11. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Amen to that one.
  12. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    It's not just the financial aspect of this RS, I'm running out of room in my cellar! Had I know Fruet was around the corner, I probably wouldn't have opted to buy extra of the BBA Smoking Wood.

    I'm curious if this 100% BA Fruet will see distribution similar to regular (25% BA) Coton and Cuir. Being a new RS member, I know I appreciated seeing regular Coton and Cuir on the shelves. Those are the beers that got me excited about The Bruery.

    Ahh, well. First world problems.
  13. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2010 California

    Just when I thought being a 2012 RS Member was becoming pointless one of my favorite RS beer goes to distribution. At this rate count me out for 2013

    Guess it sucks for those who have a vertical of the non barrel aged anniversary series.
  14. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2010 California

    That's what I read
  15. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    Just traded for a bottle of papier.... Yup. It sucks.
  16. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    Would have been cool if 100% BA stayed rs only. Just sayin'.
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  17. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    I don't get the 100% BA only thing. Doesn't that make it too different from the 25% versions? How are we to detect the nuances that the aged layers of the anniversary beers bring to the table through a full on barrel assault? I traded my BA Cuir's because for one, the previous two would be too hard to acquire, and two, I didn't feel that they truly fit with 25%ers, other than just a bonus side beer. Oh well, what can you do.
  18. daysinthewake

    daysinthewake Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2010 California

    Yes! I've been waiting for this. 4th anniversary gifts are flowers and fruit and it looks like they combined the names.
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  19. tbadiuk

    tbadiuk Aspirant (268) Feb 9, 2009 Manitoba (Canada)
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    You guys can complain all you want about stuff, but BA Cuir was probably the most delicious Bruery beer I've ever had. If they're going full distro with their A-Game of BA .vs. non-BA Anniv. beer, all the more power to them I say. The non-BA was a mere shadow of the BA version...
  20. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    I'm sitting on two BA Cuir's just waiting to give them a try. It was a bit of a whale for me, personally, so I'm almost hesitant to open them up. I really like Cuir and Coton, and thought the 25% BA versions were great.

    I thought this 4th anniversary was supposed to be called 'Fleur'. Perhaps they ran into some naming issues/infringement. Hmmm..
  21. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    I was right!

    From the 2012 RS initial email:

    We anticipate the following beers to be released to the Reserve Society in 2012:

    •Sour In The Rye
    •Chocolate Rain
    •100% Barrel Aged Fleur
    •White Oak
    •Oude Tart
    •Oude Gueuzie
    •Black Tuesday
    •Melange #3
    •Smoking Wood
    •Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds
    •Approximately 8 Provisions Series releases including some very exciting collaborations with local breweries
  22. Cinderbike

    Cinderbike Initiate (74) Jan 16, 2011 Nevada
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    I was hoping that since the 100% BBA Fruet was hitting distribution, we'd see the return of Brandy and/or Rye versions. Oh well. :/

    This will probably drive up demand for 100% BA Cuir and Coton ( and make BA Papier even more impossible to get).
  23. ewright

    ewright Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2007 North Carolina

    Probably didn't want a fight with InbevAB.

  24. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    That would have been pretty awesome.
    That's the beer I was thinking of when I posted above. Seems like they never would have gotten as far as listing Fleur in the initiation email then, but who knows.

    I'm guessing if this 100% BA Fruet hits all over, there will be no tag like there was on Cuir. Could be wrong..
  25. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2011 Kentucky
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    Anybody willing to mule on the BA Fruet? Send me a message. Cant afford the flight :wink:
  26. Zapp

    Zapp Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2011 California

    Just a guess, but Fruit + Rue = Fruet.
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  27. AndrewK

    AndrewK Aspirant (235) Oct 20, 2006 California

    I dont get all the complaints about them only doing a 100% BA version or it being distributed. Seems like people are more concerned about continuing their precious verticals than the quality of the beers in the bottle.
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  28. Cinderbike

    Cinderbike Initiate (74) Jan 16, 2011 Nevada
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    Probably not, although each year it changed depending on the anniversary "gift" e.g. Paper wrapper for Papier, cotton sack for Coton. I don't think they'd tape some fruit to it but who knows.
  29. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa Disciple (365) May 19, 2011 California
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    Maybe wrap it in a Fruet roll-up?

  30. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Zealot (533) Jul 9, 2010 California

    super stoked. I'm definitely maxing out on the BA Fruet. Can't wait to compare it to the BA Cuir
  31. nanobrew

    nanobrew Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 California

    they seem to be really off on their estimate of every other month. After each allotment I think, okay now at least I have an extra month to save up for the next one... nope
  32. mrbubbler

    mrbubbler Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2008 California

    "100% BA Fruet will be distributed, however, it will only be sold in cases of 6 bottles so there won't be as many out on the market like previous years. We are still in the process of bottling so we don't have a specific bottle count yet."

    Don't know how i feel about this..
  33. Wowcoolman

    Wowcoolman Crusader (799) Sep 25, 2010 California
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    Who do they think they are, Westvleteren?
  34. mrbubbler

    mrbubbler Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2008 California

    they just need to axe the RS society and start the chocolate rain society..
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  35. Corbet

    Corbet Initiate (164) Nov 7, 2010 Michigan
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    Personally I like the RS because I can order beer and have my trustee ship it to me but if I lived close to the brewery, I'm not sure it would be worth paying for a membership.

    My trustee doesn't even bother getting more than one bottle of every non-RS exclusive allocation because he knows he can drive over to Provisions and get additional bottles if he wants.
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  36. VoodooImpStout

    VoodooImpStout Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2012 California

    Hoping them releasing the 100% BA version means they are stepping it up and have a bigger plan in motion. Might just be setting myself up for disappointment.
  37. immobilisme

    immobilisme Aspirant (231) Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    Where did you read this? Is this a response to an email or something?
  38. mrbubbler

    mrbubbler Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2008 California

    email response from The Bruery.
  39. SHODriver

    SHODriver Poo-Bah (1,549) Aug 13, 2010 Louisiana
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    I know I won't be losing sleep over it. I picked up a bottle of Coton two years ago in FL when I went on a beer run from MS, and managed to find Cuir on the shelves out here dropping by somewhere on a whim. But I'm not going to actively drive around town looking for it, find a mule, or drive down there myself to get it.

    I guess I'm sort of zen when it comes to beers. If I find it I'll get it, but if I don't find then life goes on and better luck next time.
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  40. Levitation

    Levitation Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2009 California

    am i the only one that hasn't been too impressed by the blended versions? too sweet. the barrel-aged versions are much nicer.

    i'm sure hophead84 is relieved to learn there isn't a 25% version this year.
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