A Note on This Beer
“Soie” is French for “silk.” Today’s Soie from The Bruery may not contain actual silk, but for a colossal 17.1% ABV Old Ale it sips down shockingly smooth. Ooh là là!
The acclaimed California brewers crafted this rich delight specially for their “douzième anniversaire” or as we’d call it, their 12-year anniversary. They’ve got a lot to celebrate too — their 10 GABF medals and 2x People’s Choice Best Brewery at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival just scratch at the surface of their acclaim!
To craft this celebratory behemoth, The Bruery pulled out one of the most masterful (and arduous) tricks in the book — Solera blending.
They set aside a portion of each year’s anniversary ale in Bourbon Barrels, using a tiered system where aging beer is poured into freshly-emptied barrels to age a little longer. This way, the beer becomes incredibly layered and complex, picking up flavors from all the beers that sat in the oak casks before it.
Right from the first mouthful, it’s remarkable how much Soie overflows with deep complexity in its silky body. Delectable notes of toffee and creamy vanilla mingle with jammy dark fruit and oak character. You can taste the booze for sure, but it’s a pleasant warmth that slowly embraces with every sip.
So, raise a glass and toast to The Bruery’s 12 years of accomplishments. As the French say, “à votre santé !”
Rated 4.29 on Untappd
Tavour strictly supports independent beer. The Bruery is certified independent by the Brewers Association
Add your rating on the Tavour app.
Smoooooth and way too easy to go down at this high ABV...way good..
Old ale perfection.
Warm, bourbony goodness
What an amazing ale; only description that comes to mind is take 120 minute IPA and age it in bourbon barrels. Just delicious.
Very similar to every other Bruery anniversary beer I’ve had. That’s not a bad thing.
Plenty of heat not surprisingly from a 17.1 abv. Huge rich raisin nose. Taste isn't quite as complex as I was hoping for but still really well done
ngl i’m kind of fucked up off one glass rn. this is perfect. the vanilla that comes through right before the bite of the bourbon is unreal.
Brown sugar and fig
Brown sugar, figs/raisins, bourbon. Incredibly complex and delicious
It may be 17% but it drinks like 8% and the depth of flavor is unreal
Perfection in a bottle
Very smooth taste. The vanilla and toffee provide a great combination that you can definitely taste.
not the best.
Sweet with a taste of figs and other dried fruits. A slight bite at 17.1 ABV. May need to age some. Warms u up on the way down. Reminds me of a nice Barleywine. Can’t wait to try the others after aging.
Simply amazing. Warm vanilla, dark fruit sugar sweetness, toffee, caramel malt, slight heat. At 17%, very smooth and dangerous. However, dangerous is how I live lol.