ciocanelu (2951) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 7, 2017 poisoneddwarf (2646) - 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
Bottle, as "Saule". Light brown color with beige head. Aroma pops with bourbon and toffee, follows with fudge and dried fruits, mostly dates. Taste has sweet fruity notes like dates and figs, bourbon, brown sugar and some booze. Medium body and carbonation. Complex, tasty and a bit boozy. Pallleon (470) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 4, 2017
Homályos barna szín, gyorsan eltűnő hab. Cukros, bourbonos aroma. Erdei gyümölcsös, vaníliás, bourbonos ízvilág. Ütős. Goodgrief (2059) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 23, 2017
On tap at Pinocchio's as "Saule". Dark tea like color. Lots of grains of yeasties. Like liquid brown sugar in bourbon. Rich. Glad the glass was small, even though it's tasty. Mariox (337) - Warsaw, POLAND - OCT 14, 2017
(The bruery Saule) W aromacie świetne ciemne owoce, słodowo-karmelowa słodycz. W smaku dość słodkie z bardzo fajnym finiszem. Alkohol dobrze ukryty jak na voltage. Całkiem treściwe. Bardzo fajne piwo. Oakes (18828) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2017
Light brown. Very sweet, honey, bourbons, sticky, big boozy finish, too.A bit too simple for a beer so big, and certainly not hitting the old ale character.
Unde (1152) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2017 Reddish brown colour with smallish head on top. Aroma has figs, plums, dried fruits, raisin, red berries, toffee fudge, hint of alcohol. So balanced aroma. Taste is plums, dried fruits, raisin, dark fruits, dark chocolate, warming alcohol. Full oily body and low carbonation. Sweet and quite boozy. Punkero (471) - FINLAND - OCT 3, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2017 Reddish brown. Well ripened. Super strong. Nutty. Ok, much and such. Soft... Pillowy. Ripe fruits and bourbon. Sweet. Sophisticated. ffaoe (912) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2017
strong malty aroma, faint oat notes. dark brown in color with nice long lasting light brown head. taste is strongly malty with strong bourbon notes, a little boozy Iznogud (4357) - CROATIA - SEP 19, 2017
On tap at Trappist, Oakland as Bruery Saule. Pours unclear brown, slightly reddish tone, with small off-white to tan head. Caramel, ripe fruit, bourbon in aroma and taste, wood, some vanilla. Sweet. Quite smooth, warming, maybe a hint of alcohol. Full bodied. czlowiekmotyka (516) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 17, 2017
(Bruery Saule version). Toffee or caramel base with a qualities of a cognac. Some dried fruit in the middle. Warm in the throat like all The Brueries. Good.