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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

6 Geese-A-Laying6 Geese-A-Laying

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BA SCORE
85
very good

334 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 334
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: jvillefan on 10-13-2013)
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Reviews by corby112:
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden copper color with ruby red/purplish-plum hues and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind. Nice color but not much head retention/lacing.

Slightly tart, vinous dark fruit aroma with subtle peppery spice, silky chocolate malt and boozy sweetness. Hints of pepper, clove and candi sugar along with tart fruit, plum, raisin and fig. I'm not really familiar with gooseberries but I'm assuming they are giving off the tart sweetness that compliments the other ester-y dark berry notes. The fruit and spice aromas are followed by silky chocolate malt sweetness and subtle roast. I'm picking up some cocoa, caramel, toast and cola. Nothing too out of the ordinary but the aroma is decent with a nice touch of tart fruit incorporated into the classic elements of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

On the lighter end of medium body with tight carbonation and a blast of sweet boozy heat that overpowers the others flavors with somewhat overwhelming fuesel alcohol. Some peppery spice and slightly tart fruit integrated into light malt sweetness and vinous dark fruit flavors. Some pepper, clove and ginger followed by strong alcohol heat, tart berries, plum, raisin and currant. Finishes with light malt sweetness giving off hints of caramel, milk chocolate, lactose, burnt toast and ash. The tart fruit presence isn't as strong as in the nose and the spice and alcohol flavors are too prominent for my preference. After a while my palate adjusts to the alcohol and heavy spices, letting some Belgian candi sugar and vinous fruit sweetness come through. The high ABV is not well masked at all but the tart fruit, sweet ester notes and chocolate maltiness make this beer easy to drink than I expected. Not terrible like some of the other beers in this series but the carbonation is off, the spices are too strong and there is overwhelming boozy heat.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 06:42:13 | More by corby112
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.7/5  rDev -28%
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.

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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
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6 Geese-A-Laying from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.