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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

501 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Christmas Eve tradition continued this year! Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a deep and rich reddish hue with some slight murky brown mixed in here and there. A large, 2 finger thick, eggshell white head forms and retains quite well for a high ABV beer.

S - The aroma starts with off with a strong hit of lactic acid which I believe stems from the large amount of gooseberries used in the beer. There is also a strong citrus aroma adding to that acidic presence. Strong aromas of grain and warm spices come next along with a healthy malt background.

T - The taste is similar to the nose. There is an interesting mix of light, acidic fruits, and dark, warm, roasted malts and spices. The lactic fruits come out the winner in the battle as they hit the palate the strongest. Fresh lemon, gooseberry, and some sour cherries stand out the most. This is followed by roasted malts, clove, and some slight nutmeg.

M - This beer is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. It is crisp and somewhat refreshing once you get past the hit of alcohol heat.

O - Overall, this wasn’t a bad beer by any means. However, it certainly was nit my favorite in the series. I feel that some age on this could help mellow the alcohol heat. I guess we’ll have to wait a few years before I crack open the one I’ll age until the series us done. Merry Christmas! Cheers!

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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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark ruddy orange with a half finger light tan head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, plums and cherries with a bit of darker dried fruit and Belgian yeast. Flavor is caramel malt, estery cherry, berry and plum; lightly tart, but still quite sweet. Belgian and holiday spices (cinnamon and clove). Medium bodied with pleasant active carbonation. An interesting and flavorful holiday ale. Rather on the sweet side, but balanced by a light tartness. Probably too sweet for anything except a holiday offering. I would like to see this in a small bottle to be enjoyed as an apertif. One of the better offerings from this series.

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750 ml bottle, 11/13/13 etched on the bottle so I'll assume that's the bottled on date. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit (plums, berries), peppery spice, cloves, and some toffee. It tastes like dark fruit (plums, cherries), clove, peppery spice, caramel, tart berries and a sweet spiciness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. I thought this was a good brew, definitely worth a try. $10.99 a bottle.

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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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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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