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Partridge In A Pear Tree - The Bruery

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 439
Gots: 84 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Photo of jlindros
2.15/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Andy for sharing this at my 30th birthday whale tasting.

Pours no head, dark mahogany murky ruby brown colored.

Nose has plenty of oxidation, cardboard city, then brown malts, molasses, raisin, candi sugar, BBQ sauce for some reason with ketchup and vinegar, weird, fruity apple, etc.

Taste brings plenty more oxidation and wet cardboard, raisin and fruit, molasses, light candi sugar and syrup, again a weird tomato based BBQ sauce taste which is not pleasant, chewy, light booze, soy sauce, this would make a great marinade for meat but terrible for a beer.

Mouth is thin and almost no carb.

Overall blech! I can't believe this has such a whale status to get, just to do a lousy vertical?! This beer was terrible and the only beer at the tasting we couldn't finish. Thanks for bringing it Andy so I could try it at least once, but wow was that bad!

jlindros, May 06, 2013
Photo of portia99
2.35/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle shared by Andy at our whale tasting last night. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a reddish tinted amber color...quite hazy in the glass. Low collar, no real head.

S - Aromas are heavy and sharp - prunes, molasses, soy sauce, buttery. This smacks you in the face with aroma...a little bit rough.

T - Tomato juice, soy sauce, sweet...really rough.

M - Tart, soy, medium carbonation, medium body.

O - Very glad to have been able to try this. Now I know not to try to track this one down - would be very upset to part with what these are commanding in the trade market. Honestly, this was a major disappointment and a drainpour...really was undrinkable.

portia99, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of victory4me
2.5/5  rDev -37%

victory4me, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of BlackHoleBrew42
2.53/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Procured from Belmont Station in Portland, poured into a wine glass, half inch head dissipates quickly, deep ruby color, no transparency. Deep golden and amber hues in the light. Its got legs, thats for sure.

On the nose, its a bit strange. Can't quite put my finger on it. Figs? Molasses? Raisin? Date? Definitely anticipating some sweetness, perhaps some caramel, maybe the toe jam of a yeast monster.

Mouthfeel is thick and nice, nice carbonation. sweetness is there. Very sweet, indeed. Im getting oak, alcohol on the exhale is definitely a bit burning. Honestly, theres a bit of pear in there. The sweetness is kinda killing me now.

Wow. Definitely a sipper, and one i should have shared at that, this bottle is looking like quite the challenge right now. More age may mellow it, but the sweetness is just a bit too much. Glad i've tried it, but ive had better from the Bruery.

BlackHoleBrew42, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of rudzud
2.68/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared by Andy for the JLindros Birthday Whale Tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a murky reddish hazelnut hue with a thin light halo. No real head.

S - Uh oh....Figs, malts, molasses, prunes, and soy sauce. Not really digging whats going on here at all.

T - Taste is well...oxidised? I really don't know. There's malts, sugars, figs, heavy soy sauce, really sweet...just incredibly unpleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is on the tarter side, medium carbonation, medium body.

O - Overall, the general consensus with this beer was while glad to try it it was simply shocking. Not sure what happened here but this beer was almost a train wreck. I really don't think anyone finished their glass....

rudzud, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of craytonic
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a deep burgundy-mahogany-brown with blood red edges, some head and lacing

Smell: Sugar, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, pears. The aroma is very nice.

Taste: Sickly sweet. Too sweet. Beyond southern sweet tea sweet. Undrinkably sweet. And alcohol. There are other tastes that resemble the aroma, but I just can't get past the syrup-factor

Mouthfeel: Too much sugar, like cough syrup or cheap pancake syrup.

Drinkability: The aroma is very promising, but the sweetness destroys it, this went right down the drain - and I had wanted to enjoy it as it was a pain to get. Seems like other people like it fine. Perhaps it is meant for aging, but the should have made that a little more clear if so.

craytonic, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. A little transparent. Small head.

Smell - Dark fruits. Oxidation, kinda cardboardy. Caramel.

Taste - Just like the smell. Dark fruitiness. Sweet caramel malts. Cardboard oxidation.

Mouthfeel - It's big and boozy. Medium carbonation. Oxidized.

Overall - Yeah, it's old. Interesting to try, though.

Alieniloquium, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -24.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -24.4%

AleWatcher, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BeerThursdays
3/5  rDev -24.4%

BeerThursdays, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of sdhomebrewer
3/5  rDev -24.4%

sdhomebrewer, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of roblowther
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on a trip to San Diego. A malty oasis in a sea of hops.

a - Cloudy dark copper brown w/ minimal tan head.
s - caramel, spice, vanilla. But very subtle.
t - sweet. sweet, sweet, sweet. Tastes of sugar (big shock), pears, and grapes
m - flat. Not surprising for the strength but almost more like an old ale or a barleywine than a quadrupel
d - definite alcohol warmth on the finish. This is just two sweet to drink a lot.

All in all a decent beer but not my favorite quadrupel.

roblowther, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a pair of these in trade just before the big rush to acquire this beer commenced. Poured into a snifter. Nice orangish-amber color, with maybe a ½ inch of cloudy white head. Aromas of apple skins, candi sugars, apricots and yeast. On the palate, more sugary sweetness, mixed with apple juice and alcohol. The body was kind of thin on this one, overly sweet and hot. Was expecting quite a bit more.

emmasdad, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Thickfreakness, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of jbuddle
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

jbuddle, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some light dry fruits notes. Taste is dominated by sweet malt and is almost overly sweet with very subtle notes of dry fruits and a unrefined grain finish. Body is quite full with average carbonation and no noticeable alcohol. A bit deceiving overall with lacking complexity and some overly dominant sweetness.

Phyl21ca, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found my notes for this in my old notebook. No date on the page, but sometime in the summer of 2009.

A: The beer pours a very dark amber color, some brownish qualities to it, with a finger and a half of off-white head.

S: Smells intensely sweet. Lots of raisins and plums, maybe a bit of fig. Some caramel and molasses notes to it. Also some prominent spice notes, maybe nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: More of the same on the palate. Sweet dark fruits and sugar overwhelm you. It's almost syrupy, in fact. Booze, spice, caramel, molasses, plums, and raisins sum up the different flavors well.

M: Quite full in body with a low carbonation which doesn't help.

O: Sort of a mess. Funny that at the time I didn't think much of this beer and as a result got rid of this beer for almost nothing in return.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into three snifters. Extra special thanks to HeatherAnn and StevePens for the assist!

A: Pours a deep, muddy, russet color with faintly lighter highlights towards the edges. An off-white head of about 1 finger lingered for a decent amount of time before melting down to a clumpy skim that left a surprising amount of lace behind.

S: Loads of caramel, toffee, and nuts. Dark fruit was present as was some booziness. Some spiciness, as well, but this smelled more like an English Barleywine and/or Old Ale than a Quad to us.

T: Hmmm. Tastes just as it smells with a suggestion of oxidation. Not a deal breaker, but not completely endearing either.

M: Far too slick, lifeless, and thin. Sorely lacking in the interesting facets of a true Quad that keep the palate engaged.

O: We were really hoping for so much more than what we got. This was the first beer of the evening (and before the food, too) so we couldn't chalk this up to palate fatigue. The oxidation has me wondering what people who collect these to do a 12 year vertical are going to get many years down the road.

GbVDave, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of portlandjeff
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I bought this bottle with the intention of holding on to it to complete a vertical, but unfortunately, that's not how things worked out.

I was taking inventory of my bottles today, and accidentally dropped this one. It didn't break, but the cap lost pressure, and it began to gush, so my fate was sealed, and I opened it the rest of the way.

The appearance on this one is a turbid cinnamon and molasses.

It smells like a pile of freshly ground raisins and figs with a pinch of cinnamon and spiked with booze.

After almost a year and a half, I would have expected more from the flavor on this one. It's still cloyingly sweet, like a thick syrupy cider. Spiciness is prominent, with cinnamon taking the lead from start to finish. Boozy.

While I don't care for how sweet, spicy, and hot this beer tastes, I appreciate the mouthfeel. It's thick, soft, and coating. I'm drinking something substantial here.

At this point, drinkability is this beer's biggest fault. I don't think it was ever intended to be a 750ml you'd drink yourself, but I'm having a hard time even getting through my first glass.

This is a nice beer to have as an investment to sell to someone else in the future, but I have a hard time imagining it will EVER be worth the price I expect some people will pay for it to complete their vertical.

In closing, I think I probably lost a lot of money in drinking this thing today, but after trying it, I'm pretty confident, that if I chose to keep it for the next few years, the level of disappointment I'd feel when I finally opened it would be even worse than what I was feeling when I saw the cap starting to gush today. At least I got that out of the way.

portlandjeff, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

GRG1313, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

SocalKicks, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of clarkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

clarkenstein, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown ... maybe a slight ruddy color when held to light. Robust light tan head, which is surprising with a beer of this ABV.

Smell is ... good lord, this is going to be sugary, isn't it? Raisin, figs, prunes, dates ... and a gigantic brown sugar smell to it. The taste really delivers the promise made by the aroma. You've heard of hop bombs? This is a sugar bomb. Diabetics, check your glucose. This blows Pannepot out of the water in terms of sweet quads.

The flavor is, again, dark fruits of the raisin/fig variety predominating. Just straight ... sugar ... and a nice yeastiness to it. Mouthfeel is just okay for the style.

Don't know what to make of this beer. It's certainly a good quad, but man, it's sweet.

Overlord, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of kasper
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a foggy mahogany with red hues, thin but creamy tan head that leaves speckled lacing on the glass.

S: Aromas of caramelized bananas, creamy malts, maybe a bit of spice/coriander.

T: Flash of flavors; sweet carmel malts, raison bread, brown sugar, touch of ripe pear. Sweet alcohol finish.

M: Full bodied, tingly carbonation, syrupy.

D: This is a strong one and a sweet one. Interesting beer.

kasper, Jan 11, 2009
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Partridge In A Pear Tree from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.