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Partridge In A Pear Tree - The Bruery

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76 Reviews
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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 jlindros
2.16/5  rDev -45.3%
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!

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Photo of portia99
2.41/5  rDev -39%
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.

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Photo of BlackHoleBrew42
2.54/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
2.72/5  rDev -31.1%
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....

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of portlandjeff
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of kasper
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Christmas already? Pours a mostly cloudy golden amber color with a light orange hue to it. A soft white head that, like most Bruery beers, has a big carbonation pour. A fluffy white head that does take a while to come down but once settled has limited retention. But good sticky lace when it was there.

The nose is subtle in the pear but some very nice Belgian qualities come out. To start the malt is a little muddled but some bready and light caramel notes. Some noticeable sugar that blends with a subtle pear flavor. The pear is not distinct but does have that stone fruit flavor. Some spicy notes, a little bit of cloves and cinnamon, giving it a more bready aroma, but some Belgian notes, pepper and a light citrus thing.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out a bit more with more of a bready flavor. Some minor biscuit notes but with noticeable cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg there is more of a pie like flavor coming out. The pears are limited as well with a light cherry and lemon taste coming out more. The yeast does not blend well, with some yeasty and rose peddle notes. Some minor butyric notes as well, but comes out when its warm. Doesn't really taste like a quad.

The body is between light and moderate. Would have liked a bit more body. The carbonation is light, odd with the carbonation from the beginning. Overall I don't think this is a quad. It just has too much going on with fruit and spice. But as a beer it is very interesting, but if you are going to call it a "pear" then would like more of the fruit notes.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sunset coral red with bright tangerine highlights along the edges of the glass. The crown is equal parts orange, gold and beige. It's also too small for a Belgian-style ale, although with an ABV of 11.0%, that isn't a surprise. There's just enough lace to keep the score from falling a notch.

The aroma isn't a humdinger for a quad, but it has enough facets to be interesting. Too much sour fruitiness may be more of a negative on the palate. Each sniff delivers steely caramel, musky fruit skins and an earthy spiciness. This should be good beer, but I'm not expecting fireworks.

Partridge In A Pear Tree Belgian-Style Abbey Ale is not as delicious as expected. There's a serious shortage of malt, which leads to a dearth of depth and a curtailment of complexity. Positives include decent balance (that favors sweet) and alcohol masking par excellence.

Specifics of the flavor profile include caramel, candied cherries, orange peel, apricots, leather and a light, woodsy, herbal spiciness. Too much tart fruitiness keeps the taste score from the next highest number. Patrick may have set out to brew a quad, but he missed the mark this time.

The mouthfeel takes both barrels: not enough malt and too few bubbles. Full and nougat chewy would have been good. Medium and expansively creamy would have been even better. Thinnish (for the style and the ABV) and flattish doesn't get it done.

Despite impressive bottles, impressive labels, impressive beer names and what appears to be a 'nice guy' owner-brewer, The Bruery has yet to impress me. Partridge In A Pear Tree doesn't change that. Here's hoping that the next eleven days of Christmas give craft beer lovers more to celebrate.

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Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery many times. Figured I'd finally review this after all the crazy hype around it.

Pours a cloudy brown color with an off-white head.

Aroma of sweet malt, candi sugar, pears, yeast, and alcohol.

Flavor is dominated by sweet fruitiness, spices, and nuts. Very sweet and somewhat complex.

Fairly full and syrupy mouthfeel. Maybe a little too rich if anything, which slightly detracts from the drinkability, but it is a pretty enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of scootny
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a Jekyll and Hyde beer. One personality with food one without. The scores are in the interest of fairness without.

Appearance is a burnt orangey brown with moderate carbonation. A ring is left after a somewhat quick fade. A touch of lace here or there. Decent clinging as you drink.

Smell is better, with a multifaceted structure of malt, a forward yeasty fruitiness, and mild floral hops. Orange is a feature and it recalls the scent of holiday fruit bowls for me as I sniff. Multilayered and complex sweetness in the makeup of this one. Caramel, toffee, Belgian candi sugar.

Taste is the J&H. The roasted and bready malt characters take a back seat to the almost cloying sweetness. The traditional quad malt bomb has a syrup like stowaway. The orange from the nose is a firm presence here becoming more like a liqueur. The alcohol while not hidden is very well integrated. The sweetness of it accentuates the sugary facet of this flavor profile. There are Port wine like aspects that I noted in the Papier. This one as well. Mild hops to dry the mouth and cut the sweetness. I was beginning to wonder what kind of holiday beer this is when it hit me. It IS a holiday beer. Holidays have food and friends. This is not a quad for one man to tackle. You need friends. This is not a taste meant to stand alone. It was constructed for food. Holiday foods. I opened the fridge and pulled out a few things to test my theory. Taste goes up to 4, maybe more. With a decade of age on it this could mellow wonderfully. Right now it's a bit... brash and touch too much like sweet wine for me. Feel is gently effervescent in carbonation and a touch syrupy. Light syrup but syrup nonetheless. Somehow in spite of this a touch thin for a quad. This is probably the biggest letdown. I was looking for a beer I could sink my teeth in. A rich and somewhat chewy experience. It's falling short of that

This is not a quaffer by any stretch. This is a beer built for sips with the family and friends around the dinner table. Drinkability goes up then. By itself I would need three others to finish the bottle.

My Bruery experiences to date display well crafted beers but so far none have really been refreshing or what I would open on a night buy myself when I want a nice Belgian or such. They seem to take too much work to enjoy. It's like a there's a disconnect from the more simple aspects of a good beer. I dunno just one man's musings and opinion. Still I think this one seems to be brewed to be interesting and tasty now with it fully maturing and showing it's stuff at the end of the series. Sort of a different approach from say a VE 020202 brewed to be enjoyed fresh and appreciated for what it becomes in 121212. Time will tell and I of course have my Bruery series cellaring as I write.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear light cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells expressively of sweet, rip dark fruit (even noticeable as I pour this); notes of rum soaked raisins, dark concentrated plum, fig compote spiced with Chinese five spice, a touch of tart tamarind, some date notes. The malt character in this beer is big as well with notes of brown sugar and light molasses, a touch of graham cracker and a rich, dense, moist holiday bread like note. Overall the spices are fairly subtle in the nose, but play a supporting role to the concentrated malt and fruit notes that dominate the aroma. Despite being quite fruity, this beer does not come off as overly sweet, nothing near cloying, but it does have a rich concentrated fruit aroma to it.

Thick and viscous as this first hits my tongue, there is an ample carbonation here as well, that still is not able to scrub the palate of this heavy beast of a beer. Rich, fruit laden notes of figs, raisins and prunes up front turn into a concentrated, almost brandy like note in the finish where some warm alcohol flavors come into play. A touch of tartness in the finish rounds out the fruit character and there is a definite spiciness to the finish that contributes notes of clove, perhaps a hint of anise, and an earthy, perhaps coriander, slight nutmeg note as well. The finish sees some toasted grain character in it that helps to dry out up front notes of caramelized malt sugars that provide a rich brown sugar note and some date like flavors. This is definitely a sweet rich beer, it manages to not be quite cloying, but it could certainly be a touch drier, which would make it a touch more quaffable and perhaps even a bit more complex.

A second pour of this has this being quite carbonated again, much of the sweetness is tempered by the carbonic acid in the beer, this really helps the balance of the beer quite a bit. This is definitely a problem for this beer, it is just too big of a beer to be drunk quickly before the carbonation levels drop off, which then leaves the beer a bit unbalanced. This is a nice beer, it should actually improve a bit with age, at least for a couple years, as some additional oxidation should dry this out and add some additional complexity. If The Bruery is planning on a 12 year "vertical" tasting this beer actually has the oomph to go the distance in reasonable shape (unlike that Witbier from down south) and I can't wait to try the other 11 beers.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into chalice, big thanks to Damian (Solomon420) for letting me get my hands on another beer from what's quickly becoming one of my favorite brewery. Onto the beer.

Pours cloudy brown, almost the color of black tea, with a thin big bubbled off-white head that fades into some soapy bubbles. Nice stickage.

Nose is sweet, vinous, caramel and toffee mixing it up with sweet plums and dates. At one point, I got bready maple and cinnamon, almost french-toasty. It's like not much that I can think of, honestly. A bit boozey. Pretty unique, alluring.

Taste is very vinous. Dates, plums, white grapes, raisins, all thrown into a blender and pureed, with a malt note that hints at brown sugar, and then fermented with a wine yeast? Don't quite know what to make of this one. It's interesting enough to keep you coming back for another sip, but more out of curiosity than delight. Certainly not a bad quad, but very unorthodox for me.

Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, could use a bit of a boost in that area, syrupy, with a body that gets just a bit watery at times. Not bad, but not quite on the mark for me either.

Drinkability suffers from the lack of carbonation. This is a VERY interesting beer for me, almost like a cross between a quad and an English barleywine, with the vinousness thrown in for good measure. Nice, adventurous, but not quite a home run for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, pecan, fruit, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, spice, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely showing some oxidation at this point, but it's still quite solid all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of msimmons32
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured(into a Bruery tulip & Delirium Tremens snifter) from a bottle that has been stored correctly since it was bottled.

The initial impression was an aroma of soy sauce and bruised figs and over ripe fig/raisin/prune/plum. After the bottle was open for several minutes, the beer warmed in the glass and started to come into its own.

SIGHT: The color was a dark brown mahogany with copper highlights.

SMELL: The beer smelled of figs, dark raisin, rum cake, molasses, green olive, soy sauce, coke syrup . Oxidation is starting to play a role here.

TASTE: The taste is very sweet and some lingering spice. The age of the beer is making it hard to put words to specific fruits and non fruits. It mainly matches what the nose is showing.

OVERALL: The beer is still tasty (sweetnees dominated) but it showing signs of age and I don't really seeing it going for the long haul. I would say this beer has 2 years left before it starts to fall apart. The soy sauce and the green olive notes worry me for any beer 3 years in its existance.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the mothman for providing this beer.

Pours a deep raisin brown color with almost a cinnamon hue. Looks maroon when held up to the light.

Smell is awesome, very rich. Lots of rich toffee, dried fruits, cinnamon, and roasty malts.

Taste is big and flavorful. Lots of spice, seems to be cinnamon. Dried fruits come through as well with a slightly hot finish, the 11% ABV is definitely detectable. Good beer, nice flavorful quad but there is a little bit of off flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a pleasant level of carbonation.

Drinkabliity is pretty good, it still seems a little hot but should develop nicely over time.

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Photo of ccrida
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Partridge In A Pear Tree
is a murky, rusty amber with a creamy tan head of below average last that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweet, fruity and spicy, perhaps coriander.

Taste is stronger but right in line with the nose, with a nice rounded smoothness to it that I wasn't expecting, but some elbows as well, fruity and nutty sugars. Some light phenols and pretty clean booze in spite of it's strength.

Mouthfeel is unusually creamy and finely carbonated, very nice, it gives a bit of a frothy thickness to it that seems heavier bodied then it actually is. Still, there's a sugary stickiness that builds rather heavily.

Drinkability is ok, tasty but very rich and sugary, thicker then is usual for the style, that hurts the drinkability a bit, and it tastes darker then it looks. Still, well executed, with a solid general design for something intended to last 12 years, although I'm sure it will peak well before that.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Dark amber with a modest head. The aroma has a lot of fruity, spicy yeast character. There's some apple--or is that pear? Ah the power of suggestion. Some molasses and caramel malt sweetness with a great fruity yeast character. Full and creamy body. Maybe it's just that this was the only belgian strong of the night that actually had the right yeast character, but this was a really nice one.

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