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4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

527 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 527
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 46
Gots: 371 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Spiced Strong Dark Ale. The Twelve Days of Christmas series continues! We took inspiration from the traditional winter warmer for our fourth verse, integrating gingerbread spices into a robust dark ale. Notes of licorice & banana bread mingle with dark fruit, molasses and bitter chocolate for a perfect cold weather sipper!

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 10-25-2011)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dooper pulled this one out for a random beer night a while back. Thanks for sharing man!

From a 750 into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a fizzy, two finger, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Fizzy and noisy, which is annoying. Bistre brown body with lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring leaving no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Smells like a Belgian strong dark ale. Caramel, toffee and dark fruits on the nose. Raisins, dates and some spices, with light hints of molasses as well. A nice nose, though not quite bold enough to be really enticing.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Caramel and toffee sweetness along with dark fruits up front. Mostly raisins and dates. Spicy middle in the finish, with notes of ginger bread at the swallow as well. Milder flavors up front, though the aftertaste is somewhat bolder. Sweet dark fruits, caramel, spices and a hit of molasses linger on the palate. Very sweet with very little bitterness as balance. Alright, but not impressive.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-cream on the palate, perhaps a touch watery, goes down fine and finishes very, very sticky. A touch of heat lingers on the palate as well.

OVERALL: I’ve had a few interesting beers from this brewery, but this was the first Belgian style beer I’ve had the chance to try. Compared to brews on this side of the pond, this one was unfortunately quite average. Besides the off-putting head on this one, the flavor, while nice, is simply too mild to be memorable. I would chose a Belgian strong dark from the Low Countries over this every time. Fine to drink, but just nothing special. Thanks again for sharing Doops. Another successful beer night.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 20:24:18 | More by Jeffo
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4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
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