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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

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470 Ratings

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 16
Gots: 114 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: jvillefan on 10-13-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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.

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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

*25.4 Oz. bottle*
I like a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. This one pours what seems to me the perfect shade for a BSDA. Nasty iced tea shade of murky brown, with what started out with a half finger head that disappeared some what quickly. But it was nice to look at while it lasted. Taking a whiff of this nectar! It was huge malt with notes of toffee. That classic burnt sugar aroma is pleasant. Subtle hints of spice from the Belgian yeast with a hint of pitted berries. Toasted grains fill the background quite nice. Ok brace for impact! The flavor on this is of caramel, toffee with a subtle hints of spice. Candied sugar and alcohols is there to help round up the sweetness, but it is beaten into submission by the overall sweetness. Toasted grains make up the body and does a nice job at keeping it together. There is a slight tartness before the finish with a hint of soured cherries and raspberries. This finishes sweet and heat with a delicate dose of hops to keep the sweetness in check. The body on this beer is Medium-full with IMO could be a little bit more active carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. This is rugged yet dignified. I feel though it's not a top tier BSDA yet it is enjoyable and what I look for in a solid American brewed Belgian ale. This brew is fun to drink (11.5 ABV, enough said). The slight tartness adds a little depth to this beer, I like that. This brew is worthy!

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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy, copper color with 1/4 inch white head with nice lacing. Head disappears to almost nothing within minutes but it sticks to the sides of the glass well.

S: Sweet, smells of cherries and plums. It reminds me of the German Christmas cake Stollen. Inviting aroma- definitely well done for smell!

T: Tastes as sweet as it smells. It's 11.5% alcohol content is well masked by sweet raisin and cherry flavors. Really no discernible hops.

M: Medium carbonation, light on the palate. Definite alcohol presence which is expected for its 11.5% alcohol content.

O: Strong and sweet dark ale. Dried berry flavors definitely come out. Despite being a sweet beer, it is not overpowering in it's sweetness. I would recommend trying this beer.

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4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber brown ale, slightly hazed with a creamy white head a finger or two high; lace motes adorn the glass

S: deep toffee malts and sweet dark fruits, sweet holiday spice

T: a basic dark Belgian ale, with candi sugar, chewy dark malts, and some rich, boozy fruit flavors brightened and improved upon with Cape Gooseberries, which add a sweet and tart bright, light character - almost like a jam preserve of gooseberries, and in this particular ale, delicious

M: medium body, slightly sticky, tart tingles, smooth and coating

O: a very nice and enjoyable ale - the gooseberry tartness is really great - made the beer, and its why I'll recommend this beer - 'specially if you like tart dark berry flavors in beer, or if you like holiday-themed dark Belgian-esque ales.

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6 Geese-A-Laying from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.