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Partridge In A Pear Tree Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 164
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-26-2009)
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Reviews by mothman:
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with some friends at the bottle share after the reserve society initiation.

Poured into my LA tulip. I have no idea why I didn't use my bruery snifter (I think that was filled with FW 13).

Pours 1/2 finger of off tan head. Fades to a ring and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a deep caramel brown.

Aroma: A lot like regular partridge, but the -bal aging is amazing. I like the oak and vanilla with the bourbon on top of all the other flavors that this beer already brings. It is sweet and malty with some nice dark fruits to it.

Taste: I seem to really enjoy this beer. The oak, bourbon, and vanilla really add a level of complexity to this beer and it is good with out the barrels. Cherries, plums, raisins, lots of malts, but balanced. One of the best quads I have had.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, creamy, with a touch of heat. Medium to full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Very fine drinkablitly. Ends malty but pretty clean.

Overall, I want more of this beer. One of the best quads I have had. I seem to be in the minority on my score, but this beer is great. I can't wait for the vertical of the -bal aged series.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:17:20 | More by mothman
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Glassware: Lucifer Snifter
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Thanks to goryshkewych for the opportunity to taste this gem. Unfortunately, we had a mishap w/ Fedex in transit, they must have tossed and kicked this box quite a bit! A great bit of carbonation was lost as a result, so I am going to be generous w/ my scores, as this beer was pretty good even for the lack of carbonation.

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A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to some haze, a thick ring, and a few splotches of lace. Murky dark brown body. Much better looking than Barrel-Aged Autumn Maple.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared by my homie, Kan, into a CCB snifter. States "100% Barrel Aged" on the back, so I guess that confirms it. Yeah.

A - Dark browish/black, off-white/tan head, a fingers-worth of head which vanishes quickly. There's a thin cap that remains on top, some lacing.

S - Coconuts, burnt sugars, caramel, bourbon, oak.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose. I get the barrel-aged notes, but it works wonderfully with the base beer. Coconut, Quad, dark fruits. All meld together wonderful, this beer is wonderful.

M - Medium to full bodied, creamy, rich, smooth.

D - Better then I expected, excellent. Hopefully, I can find someone who has another bottle to try this one again in a year or so. I know it's super limited, but hey, I guess I can hope for the best? Damn good, a must-try.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown with a hint of red to it. The head is a very light tan, only rises about half a finger and is gone right away. It leaves a light ring around the glass and light lacing.

The aroma is strong, complex, and awesome. It starts off very sweet with tons of vanilla and cherries.

The taste starts off really sweet with tons of vanilla and wood. It tastes good, but this is not a quad. Its more of an old ale to me.

The feel is good and easy to drink.

Overall, I enjoyed this, its sweet and balanced. Not a quad, nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Partridge In A Pear Tree Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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