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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

502 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 17
Gots: 113 | FT: 17
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: 502 | Reviews: 63
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 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 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 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.

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

Bottled 10/10/13: Poured into a tulip glass, it’s a dark mahogany brown color with red highlights at the edge of the glass where the light hits it; lots of particles swirling around in the brew leading up to a huge 3 finger foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded, leaving good spotty lacing and a layer on top that dissipated slowly.

Smells of caramel, grains, herbs, tobacco, wheat bread, fruity candy, brown sugar, syrup and light booze or red wine. It almost smells like French toast with a drizzle of syrup and rum, and there are hints of fruit which I assume to be the gooseberries but I have no clue what the actual gooseberry fruit smells like – nice enough smelling Belgian style ale after a year plus of aging.

Tastes of syrup, caramel, brown sugar, rum soaked toasted grains, wet wheat bread, tea leaf, allspice, pepper, fruity candy like Razzles, red wine, earthy notes like peat moss and/or twigs, and some fruity notes like a sour cherry, rotting pear or I guess the mysterious gooseberries listed on the label. For a Belgian Strong Dark Ale this comes off smooth, sweet and mellow, like the aging muted everything and blended it all together more. The booze comes out more as it warms, as does the yeast with a little more funk in the second pour of the bomber. It’s a complex beer with no flavor jumping out as the lead taste that takes control, and it has more of a general mixed malty sweetness that brings in some orange peel and bitterness towards the slightly tart and yet sweet grainy finish. The sweetness and heat from the booze pick up more towards the end, downgrading this just a little in my opinion, but not ruining it or making it “bad” per se.

Mouthfeel is on the smooth side with a little chewiness, a medium body, mild carbonation and a slightly zesty grainy bitterness as it trails off. It was good, but did not really excite me as the flavor got a little more complex as it warmed but never really went to the next level.

It was a nice beer to have on Christmas based on the name and concept, but I’m not sure I’d pick up another bottle to age until The Twelve Drummers Drumming comes out. A nice bottle to share with people and perhaps one to age, so I’m glad I tried it but overall thought it was good to above average. On the plus side, the 11.5% ABV was kept in check and not a deterrent.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

*This is at 40ish degrees F at the time of review. I will write about the beer as it warms up.*

A- A dark, rusty orangey kinda red to it. Cloudy as hell, but no big sediment chunks are floating around. Head was nice and pillowy at about 3 fingers worth, but that die to a fine rim around my tulip glass. Looks the style for sure.

S- Very sweet with some spices. The fruitiness does show up here, no doubt about it. Smells tart, slightly acidic, and sour. Has a slight alcohol presence in the nose. The maltiness is caramel like. Breadiness and biscuty notes come out when the beer warms.
Interesting.

T- Same as the smell. Very sweet. It has a candied sweetness. The sweetness dies down when it warms. It is very tart and sour, but not overly sour. It does have the clove, ginger, coriander, and nutmeg. There is a biscuty type note a carmel maltiness. It's very mouth puckering. The finish is very dry, but does have a some sweetness and alcohol to it as well. It was almost like a mulled wine in a way. It had that kind of fruitiness.

M- This is rich and full bodied. It's very sticky and rich. I don't know if tartness is a mouthfeel, but it is very tart and puckering like in the taste.

Overall, this is very interesting when warmed. But this is almost too sweet and big. But it's nice to have once. If you can get this beer at a reasonable price, try it. Otherwise, I'd pass.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/19/2013. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, red grape, orange zest, berries, cherry, toasted bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and berry spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, red grape, orange zest, berries, cherry, toasted bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice and light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, orange zest, berries, cherry, toasted bread, light chocolate, clove, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and berry spice flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and berry spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of BladesOfBarley
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Okay, so starting off, I'll be honest... I'm somewhat new to what the Bruery has to offer. I know they're 'One of the best' and 'All their beers are great', but this being only the THIRD one I've had... I have to say, I believe all I've heard. This beer is full of complexity and despite its alcohol volume (11.5%!!!) its incredibly drinkable, even more so than the first time I had it, back in June 2014...

Cracking open this gorgeous bastard, I'm presented with aromas of caramel, dark fruit and a graceful note of the booze that is to come. It pours a rich, luxurious cloudy... almost amber red color, with a definite cloudiness about it, likely from the year + of aging. A beige-ish head forms quickly to great heights, but dissipates quickly into a center sphere with tracing on the inside of the glass. A remarkable beer to behold, and to pour!

The real Pièce de résistance here, is the taste, which follows the aroma, but somehow... expands on that "bass line" if you will. A bouquet of gorgeous, luxurious dark fruit notes dance upon your pallet whilst accompanied by rich caramels, vanillas and the especial ingredient, cape gooseberries, which add a welcomed, and lovely tart note underneath the richness of the aforementioned flavors. To some it may be a bit overwhelming, but for me... they dance in unsion, creating a wonderful balance of dark and rich, tangy and smooth... superb!

I recommend this to ANYONE that's a fan of Belgian beers, especially one's that give a good riff or two upon the style... or anyone who enjoys a complex, delicious beer... A beer, that I truely love, and am glad that the local store has several left over from its initial release, so that I may soon pick up several to age for the next few years.

Mind expanding, to say the least.

Photo of Grinky
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

A temporary review to remind us to wait until next year (or longer) to drink the other bottle of this. It might fare better with a little more age on it. The gooseberry is really tart and prominent when it's cold but is better incorporated as it warms.

Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +6.1%

12/29/13 On tap at the Top Hop Shop, NYC. Serious alcoholic beverage with a thick body & loads of sweet. The word viscosity keeps trying to insert itself here but that might be off-putting & I'm thinking just the opposite. Hand over the keys, if your driving & order one of these because this is an adult beverage for sure.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle picked up locally cause i'm a sucker for this series and at this point, why start skipping them? enjoyed from a 5 oz brewery taster...stemless snifter glass.

a - a semi transparent mahogany brown with a thin bubbly head that bubbles away no real lace to speak of.

s - nose is sweet. dark berry and just sweetness. smells like a lot of the american takes on a BSDA...missing the lush creaminess of the classics.

t - definitely sweet...as the nose suggested. hints of brown sugar behind some dark fruit and berry.

m - extraordinarily thin. lacking the creaminess and body that a good BSDA needs.

o - overall, the bruery makes some amazing beers, and they also make lots of meh beers...because they make SO many different beers. there hasn't really been a superstar yet in this series and it makes sense since these are all one offs. i doubt time will do magic on this one, hopefully tame down the sweetness....all in all for some dumb reason i feel the need to try all of these and the BA versions (some of those are pretty solid) and every time i consider stopping and then just go for the tick. oh well, if you aren't ticking or collecting the set, i'd pass on this beer. not a drain pour...but that's about all i can say about it.

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Split with rudzud.

Pretty much no head, nice legs but no lacing or head, semi clear cherry maroon color.

Nose dark Belgian malts and dank candi sugar, little candy syrup, little jammy berry fruit like a boisonberry blueberry gooseberry candied blend, touch of cocoa nibs, and choc, not a ton.

Taste sweet syrupy mess, candy Sugar, syrupy candy and candy sugar, little Belgian malts dark malts, big booze, generic berry fruit, little toffee caramel, etc. Just a ton of sweet characters blending to a generic mess of sweetness, candy generic berry fruit.

Mouth is fuller bod but a syrupy mess, fair hot booze, decent but lighter carb, syrupy mess.

Overall a bit of a disappointment.

Photo of rudzud
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark deep chestnut hue with a thin halo that faded to leave light lacing and wisps.

S - Aromas of Belgian sweet malts and esters, dark candy sugar, not much tartness but a genetic berry fruit. Light chocolate. Solid nose, interesting.

T - Taste is esters, dark sugars, booze, light chocolate, booze, slight metallic twinge, genetic fruitiness not tart but fruit, lightly syrupy sweet malts.

M - Mouthfeel is a syrupy mess, heavy, boozy.

O - Overall the nose was fun but everything else is a mess, heavy, syrup, meh.

Photo of theholygose
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose - with sweet fruity accents, the aroma is quite enjoyable the moment the brew hits the glass.

Taste - roasted malts, slightly spicy, and, in line with the nose, lots of sweet fruits, with dark cherries mixed in. I’m also getting a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - medium to heavy, leaving behind a slight tart pucker. But very mellow for a strong dark brew. Inoffensive, but enjoyable.

Not the most adventurous or boundary pushing ale I’ve had from The Bruery, but it certainly was the most enjoyable.

Photo of antott0523
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque light brown with a beige head that settled to a paper thin veil . Virtually no lace.

S: Upfront notes of gooseberry that provide a slightly tart nose. Notes of raisin and fresh apricot. A hint of booze.

T: Not much tartness. Gooseberry comes through as a moderately sweet citrus flavor. Notes of dried fruit including apricots and raisins. Nice finish with some faint notes of chocolate. The booze manifests itself just enough, and the beer is big enough the withstand this.

M: Well carbonated and smooth. Some warmth from the alcohol.

D: Highly drinkable and a nice divergence from the typical "winter warmer" with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. I would characterize this one as less spicy, and more sweet citrus and berry notes backed a solid belgian dark ale.

Photo of chuckbeaster
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was very excited to try this beer after the guy at the store talked up "The Bruery". I popped the top of the bottle and poured into a goblet.
(A) It poured an off white 1 1/2 finger head. The head dissipated fairly quickly with minimal lacing. The beer was cloudy and light brown, with a slight reddish tent.
(S) Very fruity (berries/plum) with undertones of spice (coriander and pepper) and caramel. very tart taste from the berries. very little alcohol smell.
(T) Very similar to the smell, fruits and spice, but there was a slight citric taste in addition to berry/plum. It tasted a bit sweeter than what I was expecting from the smell. Instead of tasting like the caramel I smelt it had more of a sugar flavor to it. Very little alcohol taste, especially for an 11.5% abv beer.
(M) Medium-bodied and slightly syrupy. Medium/Moderate carbonation. Left a nice coating.
(O) Very pleasant beer. Not my favorite BSDA, but still very enjoyable. I would recommend to fans of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, but I would not recommend to a beginner to Belgian Ales.

Photo of teromous
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Hazy red-brown body with fine carbonation bubbles. No lacing and very little head. The quickly fading ring of foam has a nice presence while it is around, albeit shortly.

S: Floral scent of alcohol, but nothing else. Very uncharacteristic lack of nose for this style of beer.

T: It has a pretty good combination of flavors. It has a rosewater flavor, then a bit of alcohol, and finishes only a tad phenolic; classic Belgian yeast character that is welcome. It's quite bland and not as complex as what I'd seek from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. At this point I will announce that the beer says "With Cape Gooseberries" on the label. I've tasted regular Gooseberries before and they were delicious. I can't speak to the difference between the Cape variety and those that I've had previously, but I can say that there is no discernible flavor in this beer from my recollection of this fruit. Extremely unfortunate given how delectable they are. I won't let the lack of this flavor impact the overall taste score but I feel it is important to note.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly thin and watery for the style. It is only saved by the level of carbonation and adequate coating of the palate. There's nothing more to say.

O: It's an "okay" beer, like a table-wine version of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It lacks a lot of flavor, complexity, and body. It's something to buy if no other option is available. If you are a fan of this style of beer, it probably won't be too offensive to your palate, but it certainly won't be memorable. I would not give this beer to a person to attract them to the style, in fear that it might misrepresent the style in unfavorable light.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with a lot of haziness. There's a faint bit of off white head that covers most of the top of the beer. Brussels lacing. Dal malt is prevalent in the nose and a fruitiness that I assume is from the gooseberries. There's plenty of dark malt and caramelized dark candidate sugar in the front of the palate. I get a bit of tartness from the gooseberries to balance things out. The mouth is fairly carbonated and a bit syrupy. There's a bit of earthiness present in the fade either from the spiciness.

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep mahogany with a half finger of off white head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of dark fruits, candi sugar, and light spice. it smells the part
T: taste follows the nose with dark fruits, candi sugar, citrusy flavors, some spicy alcohol. swallow is more dark fruits, cherries, malty sugary sweetness, and some nice bready flavors
M: mouthfeel is middle of the road with good carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: Good flavors and well hidden alcohol. It's tasting pretty good right now but with time I think it will do very well

Photo of inlimbo77
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml, winter 2013
IME snifter

A: Pours a murky lighter brown. Initially an off white head. Some sticky lacing.

S: Some fruity yeasty esters. Smell some dark fruits and raisin.

T: It's a pretty nice Belgian. Lots of dark fruit and malt. Some berry.

M: Full bodied.

Photo of th0m
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with white, fluffy head, that disperses to a thin, whispery flat head. Good lasing.

Smells amazing. Goose berries? Never smelled a goose berry, but smells of tartness, apples, funk, strawberries, salad, salt, and tartness.

Tastes of fruity tartness. Lovely and very complex. Hard to pin point flavors after such a nose.

Mouthfeel: fantastically refreshing.

Overall: a great beer.

Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honeyed chestnut color with some specks of yeast precipitate. A tall ring of eggy bubbles circumnavigates the glass wall.

Tangy gooseberries careen off of spicy rye-like malt, pie cherries, candi sugar, oxidized apple, fig, and a load of Belgian dark malts.

Tangy for a BSDA, but very fruity with a medicinal phenol character. Gooseberries crossed with dark malts that accentuate cherry, chocolate, fig, date, and grape. Sipping-speed booze has its own sweetness. Sticky body shows off caramelized sugars and Belgian Christmas Ale sweetness and light spice. The latter seems to include cinnamon and coriander. Hints of candied pecan nuttiness. Nice.

The feel is heavied by headiness and stout-like thick and stick. I like that it's round, but it's quite big. Impressively smacking. Slow sipping with obvious booziness.

A desirable beer. A great take on the style. I just wish it was more manageable.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark copper tan/brown, thick creamy 1 inch foamy head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like plum and raisin, berries, grapes, some Belgian yeasts, added sugars and spices.

Taste - Much like the smell, huge berry and grape kick. Has a distinct Belgian yeast sweetness mixed with added spices like cinnamon and all spice. Alcohol is noticeable added some warmth in each sip. More sweetness like molasses and even some chocolate come out as this warms up. Malts provide a toffee backbone.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and thick, tongue gets a lot of dark fruits, tons of berry, and yeasts, palate gets a lot of sugars, some malts and alcohol. Aftertaste is berries and grapes, some alcohol.

Overall - Really tasty, smooth and easy to drink. Really has a wine quality to it with such a large grape flavor. I really enjoy this whole 12 beers for xmas deal but the price of some of these is a little overboard. Ive paid between 12-18$ for the four beers of this series ive had. To be honest, I haven't had one yet id revisit for above 12$, so there for, I don't have any ive cellared, and I really wish I did. But, in all, I really enjoy this one and would recommend it for sure. Cant wait for #7!

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6 Geese-A-Laying from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.