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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

433 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 433
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Sammy, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, dirt, spice, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy grain and dirty, slightly tart fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the earthy and dirty aromas and flavors detract from the drinkability in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

metter98, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kylehay2004, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, medium amber-brown body, a bit murky, with a medium-sized, beige head.

Smell: Earthy, anise, with a strong scent of the added berries sprinkled with yeast. Thin sliver of smoke. Toasty, bready malts, a bit mild in aroma, when compared to the more potent aromatics. Pinch of allspice and a belt of booze.

Taste: Syrupy-soaked, toasty breadiness in the fore, but, right away, there's a burst of sourish, sharply tangy berries. Additionally, toffee and a shot of liquor. Orange zest. Lightly musty, yeasty. Spice, light vanilla, and varied-berry liqueur on the back-half with plenty of belly-warming alcohol driving into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's a tad hot. Don't go into this bottle alone, friends!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass a hazy medium brown with a tinge of amber,a sticky one finger head atop,wasn't a fan of the hazed murkiness to the color.Aromas have a lactic kick to them from the gooseberries to go along with mild spiced phenols and lemony notes.Again some lactic-like notes imparted from the gooseberries on the palate along with some clove spice with a hint of barnyard in the finish but not real strong.Not a bad beer,lightly acidic and somewhat refreshing even for its size.

oberon, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

largadeer, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SocalKicks, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

nickfl, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

jlindros, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

oline73, Aug 23, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Okay, so they are "cape gooseberries" and not English type gooseberries. It's hard to say what flavor they add to this stuff, but it's tasty nonetheless. Deliciously sweet and fruity but with a dark tangy edge.

Malty and strong with alcohol. There's a candy-like flavor that is quite intriguing. Warm, roasted flavors with a hot blast of alcohol that is actually rather pleasant. Smooth with caramel and a touch of sugar and cream.

Thoroughly sippable dark amber brew in the small snifter. A tasty addition to the usual range of holiday ales. Maybe my favorite Bruery concoction as well. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego.

mactrail, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MarkyMOD, Jan 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

XmnwildX12, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

imperialking, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

corby112, Dec 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

weeare138, Dec 28, 2013
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6 Geese-A-Laying from The Bruery
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