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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

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491 Ratings

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 17
Gots: 111 | FT: 15
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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Christmas dinner with my in-laws. Pours a murky light brownish or amber color with a creamy off white head. Aroma of sweet sugars, yeast, light spice, big caramel malts. Flavor follows with a big punch of sweet malts and Belgian sugars, the spice then comes in and the finish lingers with a very light tartness, I assume from the gooseberries. Pretty thick mouthfeel, adequate plus carbonation, a hint of booze in there that is nicely warming. I thought this was a success with a nice balance of sweet, tart, and spices. Perfect for a Christmas beer and exactly what they were going for with this one. Only complaint was that it was on the boozy side after warming just a little.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.09/5  rDev -18%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of AdamBear
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-dark amber, almost red. Thin off white head.

S-smells like strong dark Belgian sugars with a very sweet syrupy scent to it. Also some caramels and fairly tart dark cherries. Almost has a buttercream aroma to it as well.

T-comes on with a very thick and sweet flavor of dark berries and caramels. It's so syrupy and sweet tasting, not in the best way. It does have a slight burnt caramel aspect to it as well. It doesn't have too much of a Belgian dark ale in it at this point. Definitely tastes like a beer with a high abv.

M-thick and syrupy. Not too much carbonation.

O-such a disappointment, I generally love these Bruery Christmas beers but these past 2 years have been a disappointment. It's just way too syrupy and it leaves your tongue with an odd stickiness. I really wish I would've shared this.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Green's Beverage (Atlanta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 9/18/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours opaque, ruddy garnet with a half finger cream head. Decent retention and some respectable sheets of lace.

The nose seems a little shallow. Belgian yeast, dark cherries and some sugary caramel sweetness.

Intetesting flavor profile. I have to assume the nice sweet fruit up front that I can't quite place is cape gooseberry. It's pretty distinct and serves to compliment the base, which seems to resemble a Dubbel. Cherry, raisins, sugarcane, plums, burnt caramel, strong yeast character, lots of dark malts and some alcohol. Sweet, a little tart and a good bit funky.

Fairly heavy feel with smooth, light carbonation. Gooseberry, cherry and sweet dark malt finish.

An interesting riff on the BSDA. I like the unique fruit notes. Ultimately it's nothing spectacular but it has plenty of merit in it's own right.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is dark brown with touches of garnet / crimson. The aroma brings Belgian yeast strains, toffee, ripe, dark fruits. Decent flavor with a nice subtle touch of berries. Alcohol content is right up front and strong. The beer is young and will benefit from some time in the cellar.

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3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium reddish brown in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass along the edges of the glass and some amber + ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that reduces fairly quickly to a medium sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of gooseberries with slightly lighter aromas sweet dark malts with dark fruits (plum). Light amounts of tartness to the aroma and the distinctive Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of sweet dark malts with moderate amounts of dark fruits (cherry, plum, fig, and raisin) and candi sugar. Light amounts of tartness from the There are light to moderate flavors of gooseberries along with strong flavors of the traditional Belgian yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present and fade pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of prickliness on the tongue in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be quite delicious and a really nice holiday offering - I liked the addition of the gooseberries and the slight amount of tartness from the cherries. Definitely grab one of these if you see it.

6 Geese-A-Laying from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.