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Partridge In A Pear Tree - The Bruery

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 437
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 12-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Partridge in a Pear Tree is the first in the 12 Days/Years of Christmas Series. Brewed in the style of a Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale, brewed with our brewery-made dark candi sugar, Munich and Vienna malts. Dark brown in color, fruity and complex with a rich malt backbone. This is a simple yet immensely complex beer meant to be savored and shared with friends and family.
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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on a Saturday (2/7/09). Consumed as a dessert beer after two others & a Seared Ahi Tuna entree.

A: Served in a 10oz brandy snifter. Pours a dirty, light brown color w/very little head that breaks apart to a thick ring that laces.

S: After the unfortunate sanitizer smell of the glass, you get a Belgian yeast & candied sugar, sweet fruits and caramelized dark fruits. A bit of alcohol lingers, but not nearly the 12% abv as advertised.

T: Malt, sweetnees at the beginning. Spices and a bit of alcohol. A slight bitterness with syrupy goodness of a finish.

M: Thick & syrupy. Not as sweet as most have noticed.

D: One of THE most drinkable 11-12% abv's I've had in a while.

Very good Belgian-style Quadruppel.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One source I heard was this will be a series of different winter beer releases from The Bruery following the song "The 12 Days of Christmas" over the next decade. I have yet to hear it confirmed from the man himself, so we'll call it a winter release for now. 400 ml serving poured from a bottle at The Bruery, on to the beer:

Very dark brown appearance, more of a cola color. I like the aroma here, it's sweet (but what quad isn't), some dark fruit, some soft delciate yeast in the nose, notes of choclate. But the nose is just a tease, the taste it where things go from great to bow-down awesome. The alcohol is very well hidden, the flavor is well-played and complex. It ranges from dark fruity flavors like plums, to soft yeast, to caramel and chocolate. Nothing too dominant, just a great mix of flavors in harmony.

An awesome quad. This can match up with the likes of St. Bernardus Abt. 12 and Rochefort 10, and then some. One thing's for sure, I going to get several bottles before it's gone...and maybe a growler if it's on-tap.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer, simply said this was the best thing I have had come out the bruery. Served chilled and poured into several wine glasses, this one was consumed with dinner at Grandma's tonight on 01/01/2009.

The pour was very, very nice. A deep dark brown color with a nice amount of cloudiness and haze to it. Rich light tan colored head rose up to a height of around three inches before settling down with much side glass lacing and leaving still a nice inch high heado f foam.

The aroma was loaded down with light fruits, grains, touches of spice and a wonderful mixture of nutmeg and cinnamon. Deep, very deep profile here that got thicker with every single sip. Smooth, was an understatement here as the alcohol was a mere afterthought. Rich dark fruit notes, raisins, pears, lots of light spices just whirling around in a deep caramel base. Lots of nice grain notes here and a wonderful earthy hop finish to it. Really the most drinkable quad I have ever come across.

To say this is the best I have had from the bruery does not do it justice. This is a fantastic beer. One of the best I have had this holiday season.

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Photo of KevSal
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks goes out to Norcalgrowler for treating me to a bottle of piat at city beer store, needless to say I really owe you one marco, thank you!

3 years old, let's see how it holds up

750 poured into two tulips

A- looks pretty darn good so far. Murky reddish brown , half inch of reddish brown head. more carbonation than I was expecting.

S- smells really good! Sweet malts, brown sugar and a bit of Belgian yeast. a slight pear scent in the back ground. My only gripe with the nose is how faint it is, by it's there.

T- wow. I wasn't expecting much from this guy honestly, kept thinking it was going to be like cuadeuple, luckily it's not at all. The pears take a huge step forward that makes this guy taste spectacular! I love every sip. Tons of dark fruits, sweet malts, slight tartness in the finish. I was prepared for a big let down here but this is aging pretty freaking well. The second glass was even tastier.

M- nice thick body which is well carbonated. Works very well with the dark fruit. The body makes this beer excellent.

O- yoa, definitely an amazing surprise. I was expecting over hype to ruin this one for me but I really think we were lucky enough to catch this guy at its peak, I don't see it improving much more than this. Can it make 12 years? Doubtful, but I can tell you it delicious now. Is it worth wales? Depends but I'd drink it sooner rather than later.

Marco, again i appreciate it buddy!

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Photo of joecast
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

deep hazy amber color. low carbonation with a thin tan head that leaves good lacing on the glass.

after having a few beers from the Bruery now, they seem to have a similar belgian aromatic character. i guess thats to be expected as they probably use the same standard belgian yeast for most of their beers, if not all. this one has that same character which i find very appealing. dark fruits and some alcohol heat with a hin of barnyard thrown in.

smooth sweet dark fruits in the taste as well. light spice and yeast with a slight bitter finish. a really big beer but very well balanced.

seriously drinkable for 11%. the alcohol only just makes itself noticeable but its such a full and complex beer that you end up sipping it slowly anyway. very nice.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/13/09- Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 2008 release, poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Copper-golden color with fine clouded yeast swirling about. 3/4 inch quickly fading head which leaves a slight rim. Small pacthes and lines of lace left over.

Smell- Very sweet nose of suagr and a mixture of fruit scents. Some caramel candy smell as well. Only drawback is the extreme sweetness.

Taste- Pretty much dead on the the nose. Again the only negative being a bit too sweet. Sugary fruits play havoc on the tongue with some very light cinnimon and clove flavors. Cherry is the most abundant flavor...jolly rancher-esque. Almost like a amped up Three Philosophers.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation level, sticky sweetness and a bit cloying in the mouth. Otherwise, damn perfect.

Drinkability- So close to a perfect beer. Sweetness needs to be turned down a notch or two and we would have liquid gold.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy ruby with a touch of brown mixed in with a thin finger of khaki head. The head fades very quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is full of dark fruit with some plum and a touch of apple with a hint of Belgian yeast spice, brown sugar, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some sweet dark fruit with some plum and dates with some brown sugar sweetness and some Belgian yeast spice. Through the middle, some apple comes through with some more residual and candi sugars and some fuller dark fruit flavor. The finish is a mix of lingering dark fruit sweetness with some abbey yeast, spice, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really smooth and nicely balanced. Good American take on the Belgian Quad style. Good rich dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Amyliz4. Muchas gracias.

The beer appears dark brown with a quarter inch of tan head. The aroma is fabulous, with prominent yeast and malt, brown sugar, caramels, toffee. Smells Belgian and wonderful. Fabulous taste. Easily one of the best American examples of a quad I have tasted. Brown sugar and molasses are tempered by a bready yeast presence. Medium bodied and silky smooth on the palate. Overall, a very good beer that I am ecstatic to try.

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Photo of kbm
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the Bruery specifically to try this out. I'm glad I did.

A: Dark drown with a red tinge. Virtually no head on my glass, but that had more to do with the bartender than the beer.

S: My God, it smells like candy. Strong fruitiness.

T: Slightly less sweet than the smell. Nice upfront yeast with all kinds of fruity sweetness.

M: Low carbonation - which suits the beer. Like everyone else has already stated, the alcohol is hidden.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It went down well. A very good quadruple and an excellent winter beer. Probably my favorite Bruery brew to date.

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Photo of bort11
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some more beatings from mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

750 ml bottle split with my wife. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series goblet. Rich looking egg cream colored head, only a few spots of lace. Color is like the dark red skin of an apple.

Smell is sweet with pear and apple fruit. Maybe a little it of cinnamon, makes it cider-ish. Taste is also very juicy.

Mouthfeel has a dense character and finishes with a slight tickle of carbonation. I don't feel the 11% at all. Dangerously drinkable.

Blipped "I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls" by Andy Partridge

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought I was just hanging out with some friends drinking some pedestrian world class beers like bourbon barrel plead the fifth and Chocolate rain when the always lovely Thorpette decides to turn it up to 11 with this special bottle from her cellar. Thanks a ton, one of my biggest wants.

Beer is brown, hazy, thin off white head, wispy, low lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is biscuity, strong, mild alcohol, great yeast aromas, fruity, esters, smells awesome.

Beer is medium in body, a great quad. Sweet, strong yeast palate in the middle of the beer. Great finish not dry. No astringency. Dark fruits and malt throughout. Great connectivity and a good beer. I wish I had more. Maybe in 8 more years.

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Photo of azagthoth
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will continue on in this forseeable practice as of late that has been getting the better part of me - 750 ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip glass courtesy of Stan at Lone Hill Liquor.

Appearance - After a sprightly pour, I was left with an aphotic red brew with a 1/4 inch head. It was very serene in appearance as the head dispersed but the intensity of this brew could easily be discerned from the outside as it was one of the more appealing quads from my angle.

Smell - A vast array of candied complexity! Burly notes of syrup first come to mind, as dried fruit sits tacitly in the aura. Butterscoth and caramel are plentiful in the nose, too! I could ascertain from the smell alone that the Partridge In A Pear Tree would be something along the lines of fermented candy in a thick & fruity syrup like form. I was indeed right!

Taste - Sugar and figures of candy nicely compliment the sweetened dark fruity elements of this elaborate ale. Toffee reveals itself from beneath, as syrup is dispensed to remit an excessively sweet finale.

Mouthfeel - Absolutey massive! You can chew this stuff, comparable to gluey candy that sticks to every crevice around your teeth. The mouth is left coated with a syrupy texture that weighs down the full body of this beer as it charmingly hangs around the palate for a while.

Drinkability - For a beer that probably equates to 5 days worth of food in a 750 ml bottle - astonishing! The 11% is arguably inaudible, and overall this quadrupel is one of the more intricate ones representing the style. This stuff is really on par with some of the absolute best coming from the Belgian mainland.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, dark brown with an off white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, raisins, poached pears, and a touch of spices and cracked, black pepper.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a sugary, caramel flavor coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is chewy, spritzy, sweet, and somewhat smooth considering the dangerous level of abv.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured into a chalice a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which leaves some tiny islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, dark fruits, spice. The taste is very nice, malty, with nice notes of figs, plums, and raisins, also some nice spiceyness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well for a 11% brew. Very drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, and it will not be my last.

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Photo of bargerking
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice copper color. No head, no lace, no carbonation. Smell is boozy with a background of dark fruits. Taste is sweet fruit dominated by pears and apple. Finish is really crip. Smell was more boozy than taste. Overall a great quad that was sweet but not overwelming. This was my first Bruery beer and I look forward to trying the whole line....

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Amyliz4 for sharing this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a moderately-dark brown with a good light tan head. Nice spotty lacing and a thin collar. The nose carries some strong dark fruits and a bit of sweet malt. Quite a bit of stuff going on there. I'm impressed, as I hadn't heard the best things about this. Malt provides a really nice backing presence. No discernible alcohol presence. Flavor is quite rich with a medley of dark fruits. Some very mild earth. Medium body and pretty chewy. Super smooth. Really excited to finally try this one and glad it lived up to the hype.

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Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Reserve Society Initiation.

Poured into my wine shaped tasting glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige tan head. Color is an orange hued copper. Big and malty. I am enjoying the aroma.

Aroma: Big malt profile. Plums, raisins, cherries, and some grassy hops.

Taste: Same as the aroma, but very sweet with caramel and toffee. A very nice quad. Lots of malts and grassy hops. The plums raisins, and cherries are all present as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, almost full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very clean.

Overall, a nice quad and I can't wait for the 12 year vertical. Very drinkable and I really want more of this one. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer, but it suffers in rating it strictly as a quad. It's very sweet, but it's a good sweet. It just tastes like a barley wine with a Belgian yeast and some interesting spicing. Now, that's really not a bad thing, but this just does not quite have the depth and complexity of the top quads, which also happen to be some of the best beers in the world. The sweetness is great, but I prefer more earthiness and bitterness in my quads. There is a lot going on in the beer. Sweet caramel, figs, honey, barley, orangey hops, wood. It's a very easy quad to like. The mouthfeel is slightly cloying, but it does a great job of warming up the mouth, so I can't call it a negative. There are some Belgian flavors in there, but they aren't as deep as with some beers. It's a very good beer. Bruery seems like a great brewery.

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Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this in a liquor store in Frederick, MD

S: Strong raisins, figs, sweet toffee, nuttiness, caramel, rich.

L: Very dark brown, nice light tan head that dissipates.

T: Sweet sticky toffee like malt, undercurrent of bold dark fruits. Mild alcoholic bitterness leads to fading of fruits to chocolate dryness. Very mellow butter pecan flavor follows. Finishes quite neutral.

M: Rich velvety fullness.

A very rich and sweet beer, the alcohol actually works here to keep it from being a boozy mess. I really liked the flavors in this, very dessert like. Wish i had another one to age a bit, still a treat to try.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a murky light brown color with minimal head that breaks apart to a thick ring that lines the inside of the glass, leaving only a few streaks of lacing behind.

S- Belgian yeast and Belgian candi sugar along with over-ripe fruits and caramelized dark fruits. A strong alcohol presence lingers in the background with some indiscernible spices.

T- Malty and sweet at first, but spices and alcohol take over before a dry and boozy finish that leaves lasting flavors of bready malts and maple syrup accompanied by a mild tobacco bitterness.

M- Slightly under-carbonated, but the mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied despite the overly syrupy texture. It seems like The Bruery has some issues with their beers being either way too carbonated or not enough.

D- Despite the 11% ABV being very up-front in this beer, I found it to be highly drinkable and enjoyable. I didn't try to finish the entire bottle, but I felt like I could have over the course of a few hours. Good stuff.

A really good Belgian-style Abbey Ale Quad, as the bottle describes. It's really boozy, but that can only work in favor of this beer's ability to be aged for many years, which is apparently what they are going for.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Amyliz4 for sharing this one! Was not expecting to ever have this one.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with moderate carbonation evident and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, bready malts, and light toffee and caramel malts. Very fruity and sweet, but I like it.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, caramel malts, toffee, Belgian eyast, light spice, figs, raisins, and lightly toasted malts. More caramel here and not as quite as the nose, which makes it a lot better for me. A step up from the nose and really nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink....great mouthfeel. No alcohol at all here.

o - Overall a very nice beer. I drank 2TD, 3FH, and 4CB's on Christmas day, so only a week earlier, and much preferred this one to those, as the taste and mouthfeel were great. Was actually surprised with how good this one was after all those on Christmas. Very glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of younger35
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from my favorite west coast trader 0110x011. I really enjoyed the first brew I tried from The Bruery and am expecting this to be tasty as well. Drank from my brand spanking new Lost Abbey goblet.

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish brown with a fairly thick one fingered head that is sturdy and thick. A nice cap and collar is left along with a bit of spotty lacing
Smell- I can tell this is going to be fairly sweet from my initial whiff. Dark caramelized sugars and light corn syrup give the beer a crazy sweet smell that does lean toward fruity. Freshly cut pears are evident as is a bit of ripe green apple and even a hint of cherry. Maybe a bit grainy as a cereal like toastiness is almost Raisin Bran like. The more I smell this brew the more it smells like peaches (as it warms). Very interesting nose.
Taste- Definitely sweet but I think I sort of prepared myself because it doesn't bother me that much. First sip brings a deep dark fruitiness that is mostly raisin and prune. The alcohol is fairly strong but definitely not the focal point of the beer. A bit of yeast is definitely present adding some of that Belgium goodness. I maybe get a bit of pear as well but mostly it's just dark Belgium candied sugar and dark fruits. A lingering grainy maltiness that is slightly nutty lingers.
Mouthfeel- Nice robust feel that's fairly thick and creamy with a light tingly carbonation.
Drinkability- Damned tasty brew! It's pretty funny how much this actually smells like candied pears and has that sort of fruity taste as well (although it leans more towards the darker fruit side). I really like what the Bruery has going on and I hope to get to the opportunity to try more. Thanks Matt!

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The day I received the Bruery's email announcement of this release, I excitedly went to my local (LaBodega in Riverside, CA.) and was very pleasantly surprised to find 750 ml bottles listed at $10.99. This was a surprise because this place usually is a week or two behind in stocking a given release, and also this is a fair price for a Quad out here in the boonies. So I picked up a few bottles to try; will get more to age if I like it.

Pours a semi-cloudy amber-brown without a lick of carbonation; not unusual for the style, but I would have liked a hint. This is at the other end of the scale from the Saison, which was crazy foamy.

Aroma is sweet dark fruits- plums and raisins and dark cherries and essence of Brandy. Flavor is also mostly sweet fruits, with a moderate alcohol kick that reminds one of the 11% ABV. Nice and tasty; would have liked a bit more complexity, but still pretty good. Pretty sugary too. Heavy rich mouthfeel. More drinkable than it should be for the alcohol content.

I usually don't mention other beers in a review, but for me the standards of this style are Rochefort 10 and Pannepot (admittedly in different ways). When I drink those, my mouth does the happy dance of flavor and all is well with the world. This beer is very good, but does not hit my mouth the same way. Very good, but not quite at their level.

I hope the suggested aging (can you say a 12 Days of Christmas "Vertical Epic"???) will reduce the sugars, build the complexity and tone down the alcohol burn a bit, and this one might be fantastic. I definitely will be buying more.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hamilton's the other day. The beer pours an amber brown color with red hilights. Head retention and lacing both look pretty good on this one. On the nose this beer is very impressive. Tasted blind, there is no way I would guess I was drinking something domestic. Surely I'm drinking this beer somewhere in Belgium. I get a huge aroma of rootbeer, chocolate and spice, which is very enticing. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except I get more of a cola and tomatoe sauce flavor on this medium sweet beer. There is also plenty of chocolate and spice. I know the combination sounds a bit odd, but this beer is absolutely delicious. The beer is medium bodied and pretty long on the finish. Alcohol is fairly well disguised, considering the abv., but you can tell it's up there.

Another excellent beer from Bruery. I'm starting to expect it from them.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown-mahogany with a thick, creamy off-white head. Aroma of sugar, brown sugar, pears, apples, nutmeg, yeast, and boozy malt. Sour-sweet taste, very bretty at first. Soon, turns into a sweet, spiced wine concoction. Lots of fruit, mostly pears and apricots, but an underlying grapey/vinuous tanginess. Alcohol is decently masked, but there is a warming and a bit of ethyl at times. Flat mouthfeel, but full. Easy drinker, though definitely a sipper with its ABV. Dare I say, and knowing this is a quad, but it is one of the better holiday beers out there.

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Partridge In A Pear Tree from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.