4 Calling Birds - The Bruery
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Reviews by Pahn:
3.58/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch light tan, frothy, Guinness-like head that dissipates slowly and without lacing. Pours a solid black and leaves a few short lived lacing streaks.
Smell: From the bottle: A-1 Steak Sauce. In the glass: cocoa, some wintery spices. Estery BSDA aromas and creamy coffee as undertones. Some prune-y dark fruit comes out with time. Wasn't too impressed at first, but comes together really well, complex and balanced.
Taste: BSDA flavors up front (sort of dark fruity, sweet Special B flavors), with spicy highlights. Finishes hot, with a long coffee and chocolaty roasted malt aftertaste.
Spices get more pronounced in the next few sips. In some ways this is good, but it seems to be emphasizing the more phenolic elements of the flavor, unwelcomely. Spices also seem to tease out a caramel and molasses flavor up front that I really like, though.
There's a lot of good happening here, but I think the spice blend is holding it back from greatness. Roasted malt is a bit harsh too... everything happening in the flavor is brasher than the aroma, and not for the better. A few steps over the "too boozy" line as well. Still, some nice, unique flavors and decent complexity.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little on the full side. Very creamy. Mild carbonation. Hot.
Overall: If 3 French Hens was a small step down from the greatness of 2 Turtle Doves (for me it was), 4 Calling Birds is several steps below both of them. Each one is less balanced than the previous.
This is an above average BSDA (I wouldn't expect less from the Bruery), but it's not what it could be, and not great. I think even the exact same recipe minus the spices would be a better beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2012 03:48:26 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks for tossing this my way scottbreaks! Split with the mrs into 2 bruery snifters. Had the BA version not too long ago and dug it.
a - brew pours dark purple/brown with a nice light brown head with really nice retention.
s- nose is fairly festive with gingerbread and old spice over plum.
t - leads with the belgian dark and finishes with the spices afternthey wash over they flavor mid sip.
m - a bit heavy handed on the carb for a bruery beer which aren't usually this fizzy. That said, this is way lighter than your average 11% brew.
o - overall not quite as nice as the BA version, but not bad. Happy to finally pick up where I left off in trying the beers from this series, but aside from the series, these are fairly run of the mill beers from an otherwise phenomenal brewery. I wouldn't hunt it down for any other reason.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 21:13:03 | More by cosmicevan
4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.