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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

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85
very good

432 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 10
Gots: 96 | 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:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
11.5% ABV, Bottled 09/19/13,

Review #2000.

A - Dark, muddy amber brown in color, 6 Geese-A-Laying is crowned by a short-lived off-white head that leaves dots of lace circling the tulip.

S - Rich Belgian yeast character offers a plush aroma of dark fruits in conjunction with the Cape Gooseberries, developing around the soft dark malts and underattenuated dark sugars. Pure maple, molasses, and brown sugar open up to the lightly spicy notes drifting through the beer while soft alcohol evaporates in the nostrils as it warms.

T - Sweet dark fruitiness resembling candied plum, fig, and sticky raisins over-arches the full maltiness and sugar sweetness in the background. Brown sugar and molasses are dissolved into the smooth Belgian yeast flavor, beautifully coming together for a nice holiday flavor!

M - Big and voluptuous, 6 Geese-A-Laying is a full-bodied beer with plenty of residual sweetness to tickle the tongue with sugar, finishing dry from the remarkably transparent alcohol. Smooth across the board, this spicy beer finishes wonderfully!

O - Half way through The Bruery's "12 days of Christmas" beers, 6 Geese-A-Laying is a holiday masterpiece, smoothly incorporating dark malt and dark fruits with lingering sweetness and surprisingly transparent-yet-warming alcohol for a beer that beautifully facilitates holiday cheer!

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A: Pours a hazed out caramel brown with sticky head and heavy lacing. Tons of lacing here, and bubbles that will dry on the walls of your glass.

S: Aroma of sweet brandy, spices a mixture of strong belgian yeast , deep caramel, candied sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg. wet dried raisins and plums.

T: Tons of sweet grape in the flavor here, I presume this is the gooseberries kicking in. Caramel and booze , mixing with cooling berry prominence. I really think this is one of the best of the Xmas series from the Bruery. After having been a Reserve Society member for the past three years, I haven't gotten this from my trustee shipped, but had to jump the gun and try it when I can get it for 12.99 in NY minus the shipping charges. recap on flavor, gooseberry, caramel, cotton candy, belgian yeast spices similar to Schneider Aventinus Eisbock. Very enjoyable

M: Thick mouthfeel with a mild carbonation.

O: Overall, I was pretty happy with this 12 beers varietal. Of the series, I have enjoyed Two Turtle Doves the most followed by 6 Geese a Laying and 4 Calling birds up next. This really is solid. I think I will be cellaring quite a few of these, I just hope that the berry flavors hold up over time. If not, Ill be sure to be making my own home batch of 2TD to make up for what we can no longer purchase until another 8 years out.

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