The Bruery Bois (French Oak)

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Old Ale
Placentia, California USA


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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.

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Christos (5909) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2016
(The Bruery Bois (French Oak)) Bottle 750 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 15% Dark brown red colour on the body, with a finger of thick and creamy, beige head on top, pretty good retention. Aroma has lots of vinous notes, alcohol, light vanilla, old wood, cork, faint chocolate. Taste follows, moccha now, dark fruits, little bit of raisins, alcohol, vanilla, molasses, wood, vinous notes, very complex, there are lots of things going on here that I can’t exactly put my finger on them. Medium thick body with good carbonation, sticky palate. Great beer.

koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 750 mL bottle, shared by Mike, thanks! The pour is a murky dark brown with a thin collar of khaki colored head and no lace. The aroma starts off with all wood. I’m getting a lot more cedar in it than I would call oak, but it’s pretty good. The aromas are full of caramel and toffee to go along with a light roasted malt and that strong woodiness. There is a plethora of dark fruits here at disposal as well. I like the smell of bourbon Bois better, but this does have its high points. The flavor is also good. Lots more of the oakiness (this time it’s actual oak, not tasting like cedar) comes through and compliments the caramel and dark fruits greatly. There is a little more vanilla that seems to pop through than in the nose, as well as some brown sugar. It’s a little sweeter, and good. The mouth feel is a little light. It’s thin. Good carbonation and an excellent lingeringly dry, dark fruity finish. Man, I had no idea there were so many Bois variants!

olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2015
750ml bottle pours a dark murky brown with zero head, vanilla caramel and big oak taste, very tasty

AirForceHops (8033) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2015
750 ml shared by Adamchandler. Aroma is similar to a barley wine, raisins, dates, figs and caramel. No oak until the flavor.

Flavor is reminiscent of an English barley wine, sticky toffee character, with the huge dark fruits. The flavor even has a light oxidation note which I like in Barley Wines... Ok, ok the brewery calls this an Old Ale but it tastes like a BW. The oak comes out a lot in the back end of the sip. ABV is not real noticeable which is amazing. I enjoyed sipping this post BCTC tasting session. Great night!

djd07 (16298) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong wood, vanilla, oak tannins, Thick mouth, very sweet, caramel, oak tannins, brown sugar, light dry finish, very good.

baraciisch (3440) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Dark mahogany brown in color... Aroma of French oak, caramel, toffee.... Flavor is fairly mellow, vinous, French oak notes, caramel, toffee... Really vinous finish... Amazing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Bacterial (3074) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Hazy dirty water brown pour with a slight white head. Big boozy nose with a little wine in the backend. Weird. Malty moved to grape and heavy oak. Meh.

DesertDevil (699) - 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.

crossovert (14134) - Chicago, 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.

slowrunner77 (13206) - 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.

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