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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

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very good

460 Ratings

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 14
Gots: 109 | FT: 17
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%

Porter, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
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!

Shroud0fdoom, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Resuin, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

EyePeeAyBryan, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of ssarah
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.

ssarah, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
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.

Greywulfken, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Hallertau, Dec 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

razorsdescent, Dec 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

rawfish, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

rab53, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

c00ller, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Nightrain87, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Holland
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Holland, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

sd123, Dec 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

marshmeli, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Modernrickk, Dec 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

MNBeerGeek, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a slightly turbid and hazy chestnut color. Large off tan head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is malty and sweet. Some hints of molasses and rich caramel. Not very "Belgian-y" contrary to what the label suggests. No big deal, nice aroma anyway

Flavor is muddled a bit. Nothing really stands out, and i would presume that this is a barleywine or some kind of old ale rather than anything Belgian style. Rich caramel with hints of molasses. A bit earthy. Some twang in the middle, probably from gooseberries. Flavor fades away on the end leaving a sweetness.
A solid beer, but for the price the overall goes down

Mebuzzard, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

funkel81, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

scottwurst, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

TKEbeerman, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

iL0VEbeer, Dec 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

nrbw23, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of spense727
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Has a cloudy, 'dirty copper' appearance.
Smell - Sour and floral aroma. Notes similar to muscadine grapes as well.
Taste - Very slightly sour. Alcohol not present at all in the taste.
Mouthfeel - Quite heavy mouthfeel. Syrupy. Lingers quite a while. Appropriate.
Overall - Taste like hot garbage. Might be better after aging.

spense727, Dec 18, 2013
6 Geese-A-Laying from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.