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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

501 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 17
Gots: 108 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jvillefan on 10-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

6 Geese-A-Laying is the 6th beer in our "12 Days of Christmas" series and is a return to the more classic dark and toasty winter ale, following the appropriately blonde 5 Golden Rings. Brewed with cape gooseberries, this malty ale displays notes of plums, dark cherry and bright, citrus-like flavors from the namesake berries. Delicious right now, but suitable for aging up to 6 years, upon the release of 12 Drummers Drumming.
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Ratings: 501 | Reviews: 63
Photo of Keananmichael5
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdlb44
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gobuccos
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yergermeister
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DudMan
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scootny
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark rusty and clouded amber with a tan head that leaves some decent lace and slowly fades to a wispy covering. Moderate carbonation shows itself with each sip.

Nice fruity nose offers figs, plums, raisins. I have no idea of what gooseberries smell like but the fruitiness leads me to believe that I smell them too I guess. Some candy sugar and molasses. A light note of alcohol.

Taste is quite good and just a hair away from the next up. Quite flavorful and I would have thought this to be a Quad more than a BSDA but OK. Given that classification I find it a bit sweet but delicious. All the nose fruits are delivered with a sophisticated and refined blending of malted grains, superb Belgian yeast and the cape gooseberries. Alcohol is light and gives no clue to the strength of this brew. Light but firm hop bitterness gives a good clean finish

Feel is velvety and smooth with perfect carbonation and holiday ale weight. Light heaviness with a surprising crispness.

A great holiday brew that I wish I had at Chrtistmas.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears mahogany in color with a yellowish stained cap that retains decent for the strength. Nose is sweet caramel malt somewhat toasty with sugary qualities coming off like dates, raison, figs, etc with some booze warmth and slight herbal feel. The taste is strong with alcohol followed by dates, raison, prunes and plenty of caramelized sugar blending to an herbal aspect and alcohol just like the nose. Medium bodied, modest carbonation and overall not bad.

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer was ok. Not great

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark amber/pale brown that is a nice ruby red when held to the sunlight. In a goblet the pour produces 1.5 fingers of somewhat lasting, foamy, tan head that leaves only a few motes & streaks of lace. Aroma is fruity, sweet but also slightly acidic & sour; dark, bready malt, spice & earthy notes. Just out of the bottle there is almost no alcohol presence but it increases as the brew warms. Taste is a complex blend backed by liquid Sweet-Tarts: toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, ginger, wood, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, grape, dark cherry, melon, citrus, light chocolate, clove & pepper notes come out when the brew warms. An earthiness joins the tart finish producing an aftertaste that is reminiscent of tart mulled wine. I don't know what gooseberries taste like but I'm sure they add to the complexity. Alcohol is prominent in the mouth as warmth, spice & bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with light-medium carbonation, rich sticky & wet, puckering, dry & drawing. Balanced in terms of sweet & tart but this, for lack of a better term, seesaws as the brew warms. Very robust & complex.

Photo of BlackTuesday
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmryan21
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raj
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of socon67
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.45/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big disappointment. Gooseberries and sweet malt dominate

Photo of ism
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown body typical of the style with a 1finger head, low retention, probably due to the alcohol, which is hidden well under a sweet malt base. It is tempered by a sharp tartness, thankfully, and accompanied by some dark stone fruit notes. I love this flavor combo, a great take on the otherwise typically sweet style.

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6 Geese-A-Laying from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.