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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

339 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 339
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 mdfb79:
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/12/13 notes. Bought this in the RS in December, poured frm a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint, one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves quickly.

s - Smells of slightly tangy blackberries and dark fruits, spices, yeast, fruity malts, and earthy notes. A bit weird and tangy but ok.

t - Tastes of tangy dark berries, chocolate, sweet dark fruits, spice, pepper, yeast, roasted malts, and earthy notes. Like the nose but with chocolate mixed in. Not better or worse, just different.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No heat, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a weird beer; not necessarily bad, but not good and realy not sure what they were going for. Kind of feel like they knew the name was "6 Geese-A-Laying" for the next Christmas beer so just used gooseberries for that reason and it didn't work out that great. Had after 5GR and neither was great; think their Christmas beers have really gone down hill.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 16:37:49 | More by mdfb79
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