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6 Geese-A-Laying - The Bruery

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very good

446 Ratings

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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 102 | FT: 16
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:
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 -0.3%

GABrew, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle picked up locally cause i'm a sucker for this series and at this point, why start skipping them? enjoyed from a 5 oz brewery taster...stemless snifter glass.

a - a semi transparent mahogany brown with a thin bubbly head that bubbles away no real lace to speak of.

s - nose is sweet. dark berry and just sweetness. smells like a lot of the american takes on a BSDA...missing the lush creaminess of the classics.

t - definitely sweet...as the nose suggested. hints of brown sugar behind some dark fruit and berry.

m - extraordinarily thin. lacking the creaminess and body that a good BSDA needs.

o - overall, the bruery makes some amazing beers, and they also make lots of meh beers...because they make SO many different beers. there hasn't really been a superstar yet in this series and it makes sense since these are all one offs. i doubt time will do magic on this one, hopefully tame down the sweetness....all in all for some dumb reason i feel the need to try all of these and the BA versions (some of those are pretty solid) and every time i consider stopping and then just go for the tick. oh well, if you aren't ticking or collecting the set, i'd pass on this beer. not a drain pour...but that's about all i can say about it.

cosmicevan, Jul 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

spoonhawk, Jul 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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Rothobinide, Jun 28, 2014
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TDA8, Jun 23, 2014
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bubseymour, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

mmulebarn, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Joe_Mahma, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

apasternak, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Mesa512, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tikk, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

yourefragile, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Lovely85, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kylehay2004, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

nickfl, Jun 15, 2014
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DangerDawg, Jun 14, 2014
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imperialking, Jun 13, 2014
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gcare02, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

casapy, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

pandow, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

HookemHoos, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

bleedsblu, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Split with rudzud.

Pretty much no head, nice legs but no lacing or head, semi clear cherry maroon color.

Nose dark Belgian malts and dank candi sugar, little candy syrup, little jammy berry fruit like a boisonberry blueberry gooseberry candied blend, touch of cocoa nibs, and choc, not a ton.

Taste sweet syrupy mess, candy Sugar, syrupy candy and candy sugar, little Belgian malts dark malts, big booze, generic berry fruit, little toffee caramel, etc. Just a ton of sweet characters blending to a generic mess of sweetness, candy generic berry fruit.

Mouth is fuller bod but a syrupy mess, fair hot booze, decent but lighter carb, syrupy mess.

Overall a bit of a disappointment.

jlindros, Jun 11, 2014
6 Geese-A-Laying from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.