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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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French Oak Barrel Aged

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This exclusive variation of our 5th anniversary ale was aged in French Oak barrels and exhibits wonderful, wine-like, oaky character from the extended aging process. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (609) - Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2013 bottle. Sharp aroma of apple brandy, a heavy vinous note, caramel, brown sugar, and charred oak. Pours a muddy dark amber. Sweet taste with a heavy apple wine tone, a bunch of booze, and dark grapes. Slightly gritty texture. While hardly my favorite Bois variant, the vinous characteristics make this beer more enjoyable than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (8497) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
750ml bottle. This one is definitely quite balsamicy. At this point maybe with them reblending these beers a bit of balamic oxidation is starting to occur, liek a balsamic sherry. It is okay at best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
an odd yet appealing twist on the Bois line. stands out more than the others though not my favorite. Sweet overripe old ale and chardonnay notes....just hinting at fruit, oak and tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4731) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown pour, with a small light tan head. Aroma is hugely brown sugar sweetness, fig dark fruit, and alcohol. Flavor are super sweet chewy malt, brown sugar, vanilla, dried dark fruit, tons of oak, almost vinous, tannic, figs, burnt wood, and warming booze. Nice sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
11/VII/14 - 75cl bottle @ Eerste "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving (aka Epic Beer Tasting III) - BB: n/a (2014-807) Thanks to PriorL and Mathieu87 for sharing the bottle!

Clear red brown beer, creamy beige small head, little stable, bit adhesive. aroma: banana peel, bit sour, alcohol, cacao powder, dusty. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: oxidized, bit sweet, sour notes, honey, little bitter. Aftertaste: sourish, bit lemony, dusty, very oxidized finish, bitter hops, woody notes. Nope, this is not the best variety at all. After reading the description I understand why this one was so oxidized...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle @ home. Thanks, Jake. Mahogany pour without much in the way of foam. Sweet brown sugar, vanilla, and dark fruits. A fair amount of charred wood and some vinous character. A nice bit of golden raisin and white grape. Mild booze. Flavor has some decent fruit character. Golden raisin and plums. Definitely boozy. Brown sugar and vanilla sweetness. Tons of charred oak. Slight chalk and leather. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2422) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at first "Er klopt iemand op de deur" tasting aka EBT3. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s beers! APPEARANCE: clear brown beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: wine? alcohol, sweet. TASTE: wine? nice, sweet, alcohol. More balanced than the other ones!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8201) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
No head, fully cloudy brown beer. Chocolate, wood, alcohol, maltsyrup, fusels. Sweet chocolate, wood, hint at tannines. Warming up, incense. Feels somehow more carbonated than the others - which is still pretty low. Not more refined: one dans la gueule if you pardon my French.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4697) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
75 cl. bottle sampled @ "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving I. Thanks to PriorL & Mathieu87! Tasted as “The Bruery Bois (French Oak)” side by side: 5 version of Bois: Bourbon BA, Brandy BA, French Oak BA, New American Oak BA & Rye Whiskey BA. Pours hazy reddish brown with spare light brown head only on the sides, same look all five. Taste is different from other 4 whilst those 4 are very similar, this one is a completely different beast. There is an almost smoky quality to this one. Same sweet cookie, caramel, molasses, bubble gum, very heavy brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, prune, plum, dark fruit, clove but this time around there is a smoky, liquorish, charred quality to it. Very interesting but easily my least favourite of the 5 + the others Papier, Cuir & Coton. Still very nice brew. Thick brown sugar body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (783) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bomber - very similar to previous non BA versions of their Anni beer. Semi-dark, heavily malt forward and sweet. Not cloyingly though. Oak comes through nicely. I know it has gotten beaten up a bit in the ratings but I find this beer to be just behind a very young TTD. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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