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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

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6 Geese-A-Laying6 Geese-A-Laying

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very good

501 Ratings

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 17
Gots: 108 | FT: 15
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: 501 | Reviews: 63
Photo of ZEB89
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Bonis
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierleichen
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of PG2G
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 773-F-I-B
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of stickyv
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of NYR_Rob
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WeymouthMike
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Avie1215
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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.

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 msscott1973
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

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 Martyrob
4.6/5  rDev +22%

Photo of bsling
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of RavenForBeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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