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
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, light char, light coffee, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, pepper, allspice, dark bread, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness; with some very slight booze. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, nutmeg, roasted malt, light coffee, gingerbread, clove, cinnamon, licorice, allspice, light char, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light coffee, roast, gingerbread, licorice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, light char, allspice, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian dark ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, yeast, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2013 05:17:33 | More by superspak
4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.