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Partridge In A Pear Tree - The Bruery

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 439
Gots: 83 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 76
Photo of younger35
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Photo of gford217
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky brownish amber with a decent tan head that shows good retention and a little lacing.

The aroma is massively sweet. It's got lots of candi sugar and a caramel sweetness with plenty of dark fruits. This is slightly balanced by a hint of peppery spiciness.

The taste is thick with caramel and sugary sweetness. Lots of boozy dark fruits which leave a lingering sweetness in the finish along with a slight alcohol burn and a bit of spices.

The mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation and a sugary sweetness that lingers on the palate.

This is a solid quad though it's definitely heavy on the sweetness and it definitely limits the drinkability with such an overwhelming sugar and sweet fruit presence.

Photo of bort11
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, lot of suspended yeast. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet and sour nose. Flavor is caramel, ginger and spice . High ABV is hidden. Pricey at $12.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome offering from my Bruery pusher Mauerhan (thanks Topher). 750 ml bottle served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured a purplish-brown with hazy clarity. Half inch off-white head quickly dissipates into a soapy skim that coalesces into a tight band around the perimeter of the glass. Some spotty lacing, but virtually no adhesion. Nose is a little boozy with suggestions of plum and grapes; slight vinous. Taste follows nose. Great balance and flavor with a subtle spicy character. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a kiss of carbonation. Some residual slickness on the tongue between quaffs. Really awesome Quad; incredibly flavorful and easy drinking.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let this one sit out for about 20 minutes, fired off the cap (moderate fizz) and let it sit for a bit longer before pouring into Ommegang chalice. Git er dun...

Pours a turbid cloudy bourbon color reminiscent of raisins soaking in dark rum for rum raisin ice cream. Head is light powdered ginger color but goes quickly on the first pour, yielding merely yeast wisps.

There are sweet raisin notes for starters - there's little carbonation so the scent doesn't distribute as quickly as expected. There are significant rum and pear notes. This is calm but very complex. Spices really aren't prominent but more in background and that lends to the subtlety.

Well, there's some nice calm booze in this one for starters. Mostly rum but a little bit of bourbon. Excellent dark fruits - in this case mostly raisins, some cinnamon-baked and caramelized pears and apples. Carbonation emerges a bit to lend more diffusion across the taste buds, but intermittently. This needs time but it's quite flavor-packed. Off the beaten path a fair amount for a quad but quite enjoyable.

This is pure warmth. There's a nice booziness that's prominent but doesn't burn - it complements the raisins and plums and subtle brown sugar and cinnamon spice along with the pectin from the pear and apple fibers to create a velvety touch. Some more synergy would be ideal as the apple and pear feel gets a little hollow after a while. Overall it's still quite robust. Be sure to let this warm.

Good for an after-dinner, contemplative sipper. It coates, soothes and relieves. Not sure how many more of these I have (probably two) but I want to save 1 for quite a while if possible. It may be tough! Once again Patrick, the Rue family and the Bruery hit paydirt. Y'all do some awesome stuff.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice Belgian style ale from the Bruery. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. The nose had sweet fruity malts, peppery yeasts and spicy alcohol. Taste is also on the sweet side but well balanced by the herbal yeast variety. Medium to full body drinks easy for the abv.

Photo of ccrida
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 10 Jan 2009.

Poured in a 0.4 mL tulip. Large peachy white tight head. Well carbonated. Cloudy ruby red color. Smells of yeast, sour cherries, tart nectarines, kind of dry and dusty. Tastes strongly of spice cake, cinnamon, nutmeg. Lots of sweet and sour fruits and dark sugar. Quite sweet throughout. Mellow bitter finish. Ethanol warming in finish, almost bourbony. Medium body.

Would be interesting to age this 11 years for the vertical.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
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.

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of craytonic
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of Floydster
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from the brewery for eleven dollars if I remember correctly, split with my dad on 1/3/09, reviewed from notes, poured into a Duvel tulip glass, color is murkiy brown color, 3/4 inch creamy off white head that leaves a ring around the glass, nice retention, smell is made up of dates, caramel, brown sugar, dried apricots, yeast, sweet malt, and a hint of booze, flavor is much the same with a sweet middle and a slightly bitter finish mixed with a sharp fruit taste, gets more spicy as it warms, mouthfeel is both sweet and spicy, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers quite a bit, drinkability is quite good for the amount of sugar in this beer, candy-like once it warms but still goes down easily, alcohol is hidden well for its strength too, great quad and hope to see Patrick to do a barrel aged version in this future, will be drinking more of this in the near future, as I have four bottles left, recommended

Photo of sweetbrew82
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML into a tulip/ no freshness date needed

P: Honey brown from the bottle, sits dark burgundy tinted amber. One and a half inch light tan head is semi-thick & frothy, with good retention.

A: Big fruity presence like raisins, grapes, and apples. Also some toasted malts, clove & pepper, and alcohol.

T: Toasted caramel malts, sour grapes, raisins, cloves, and port-like alcohol. Also some candied sugar, apples, cinnnamon, and yeast. Overall, its sweet, with some bitterness that barely takes the edge off.

M & D: Medium-full bodied, silky smooth, and gently carbonated. It is a bit cloying, though. Drinkability is good, but the 11% kicks your ass quickly!

Notes: In my opinion, this is a bit too sweet. But, it's still quite enjoyable. Good flavor profile that's deep, complex, and pleasant. Definitely a sipper. It's good but not great.

Photo of roblowther
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of corey0212
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Overlord for this one!!

Pours a rich mahogany color, minimal tan head and lacing, nice swirlies floating on top of the beer. Massive brown sugary aromas wafting from the glass, raisins, dark fruit. Tastes follow right along, and somehow, that 11% is buried pretty deep in the mix. Pretty sticky/syrupy, nice warming & spicy flavors. Definitely a nice choice for the season, and something I'd love to have again.

Photo of joecast
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.

Photo of kasper
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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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Partridge In A Pear Tree from The Bruery
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