Partridge In A Pear Tree - The Bruery

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 441
Gots: 85 | FT: 2
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 12-07-2008)
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4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
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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4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
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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4.65/5  rDev +18%
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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4.65/5  rDev +18%
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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4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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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4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of kbm
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of bort11
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of azagthoth
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Partridge In A Pear Tree from The Bruery
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