poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 Initial rating, as ’Fruet,’ 11/11/12: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle, thanks Brenn79! Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is awesome--full of rich artisan caramel and wood; also in there: licorice, booze, dark fruit. This is my favorite type of aroma in a beer right now. Taste is a sledgehammer of awesome flavors; it’s sweet (not cloying), sour, very savory. The bourbon and oak are in your face, but not overpowering. Alcohol burns the throat going down. Licorice is strong in the finish. Soft carbonation, full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. This reminds me of Firestone Walker 14, also an anniversary beer, which is my favorite beer of all time. This is right up there. Amazing. 10,3,10,5,20=4.8
7/24/13 rating, as ’Bois’: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. 15% ABV. This is the beer to celebrate four years of rating on this site. Pours a muddy dark brown with orange highlights; has a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is oaky, boozy, caramellly, raisins, licorice, sticky buns. Taste starts out sweet and savory before quickly turning sour, leaving a little bitterness behind in the finish. Hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation fairly soft, body full. I drank this too soon, dammit. I rated Fruet after six months of aging. This one has only been a couple months since production. That hot alcohol definitely needs to tame down a bit. I’m really kicking myself for not buying another bottle. Give this one at least six months, but I think a year or more would be best. At least I know for next year. 8,3,8,5,16=4.0
3rd rating, from 7/25/15, as Sucre, 2014 vintage: at least a year old here. 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, molasses, licorice. Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head that falls after a couple minutes into a ring and skiff of foam. Taste is sweet, boozy, coconut, dark fruits imparting some tartness, tannins. Full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Great beer, but it’s just not as interesting as my first impression back in 2012 when it was called Fruet. I don’t know if the quality has gone down, if my tastes have changed, or if I was just more in the mood for this behemoth of a beer back then when I rated it for the first time. 8,4,8,5,18=4.3
rumore (12) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 30, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
American beers tasting at FOB, Rimini, Italy. The beer pours dark caramel brown, with little to no foam. Aroma is great, with EVERYTHING popping out: liquorice, spirits, chocolate and more. Taste is consistent, lots of sweetness mixed with some bitterness and a clear value added from the aging in bourbon barrels. Aftertaste is also wonderful, with more liquorice coming up, as well as more alcohol. Body is relatively dense. Overall, a masterpiece.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
cmacklin (852) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a medium, short lived, tan head that fully dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, overripe dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla
and oak with a bourbon warming finish. Full body with a sticky, oily texture and soft carbonation. Wow, lots of complexity. Excellent, a world class old ale.
Frank (4009) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I guess if you like big and barrel aged above all things, you will like this pretty well. For what it’s worth, this has a lot of nice flavors, solid malt w/ lots of whiskey-ish flavors of cherry and vanilla. It’s oversweet though and ultimately has a lot of unpleasant oxidized and and soy-sauce flavors underneath it all. It is overall, pleasant enough for some slow sipping but far from a great beer generally.
mmargarucci (280) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - SEP 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is filled with alcohol and sweetness. Taste is very sweet maybe too sweet. Very much and old English ale overloaded with alcohol.
rumproasts (5050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Logan’s. Very hazy brown. Awesome aroma. Very sweet. Dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla. Very flavorful and complex. Boozy, but not nearly as much as expected.
hackobock (3487) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
August 13, 2016. Bottles at Bruery Bonanza 2016 as Cuivre, Fruet, Coton (BA) and Sucré. Thanks for sharing!
Dark brown almost black with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, malty, slight boozy with lots of bourbon notes, caramel, dark sugar, figs, prunes, raisins, some vanilla notes, brunt wood. Taste is sweet, malty and slightly boozy. Finish is sweet dark sugars, caramel, dried fruits, light burnt bitterness with warming alcohol. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, slight sticky texture.
Sucre was the best of the bunch, Cuivre was still a bit hot and the other were sowing signs of oxidation.
dfearnley (1807) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Consummation: Sour gran marnier, raisins, rye whisky, lemon, vanilla
Adjunct: Oak, toasted malt, alcohol,
dresden (1460) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown, big bourbon nose, lots of caramel, wood. Very boozy and heavy, too heavy
Overall is nice but man this is sweet and boozy
linusb (848) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Deep dark brown with some red notes. N: Figs, dates, vanilla, bourbon T: Molasses, honey, dates, figs and raisins. O: Nice one!
ClubGonzo (5422) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from bottle, shared with X random people in the Cantillon Blåbær 2016 line in Copenhagen. :-) Pours a murky brown body with a small beige head. Aroma is vanilla, deep malts, raisins, nuts, wood and hints of caramel, toffee, tobacco, dark berries, cocoa and coffee. Taste is deep malty notes, vanilla, wood, alcohol, caramel and hints of spices, toffee, rum and port wine. Full body, soft carbonation. Lovely sipper from The Bruery, this one hides its high ABV elegantly and the complexity is highly pleasant.