4 Calling Birds - The Bruery
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Reviews by ThickNStout:
3.39/5 rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
750mL bottle from Luekens Liquors online. 14.99. Bottled late 2011. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.
Pours deep chestnut hued brown with one and a half fingers of ecru head.
Smells tart and funky with a strange note of decay and more subtle sweet hints of nutmeg, ginger and bran muffins.
That tart/sour note is still pretty big in the taste but doesn't cover underlying layers of gingerbread, plums, currants, nutmeg, raisin bread, cinnamon, caramel and an almost chocolate sweetness toward the finish. A healthy dose of booze but not quite as much as I'd expected. There is a whole lot going on in this beer.
Medium full feel and approaching creamy with mild but fizzy carbonation. Long semi sour, chocolatey gibgerbread funk finish.
An interesting brew for sure. I think I'd have rated it much higher if not for the strange sour aspects (particulary in the nose) and the almost too thick aftertaste. Despite it's faults I enjoyed it and think it might even continue to age well as long as the sour doesn't take over.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2013 05:05:08 | More by ThickNStout
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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.