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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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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown in my CBS snifter. Nice one finger chocolate head, which has quite a few larger bubbles on top. Almost a black hole of a beer. The nose seems very weak to me. I get a little molasses, ginger, and spices- but all very faint and weak. This beer really needs a kick in the pants nose-wise. The taste is marginally better. You get the molasses and spices, with a touch of the 11% abv on the backside. Not nearly as complex and tasty as the best in style. Feel is somewhat thin and dry. I want more malt presence in this beer. It feels like I'm drinking a 5% lager. Slight improvement with warming, but not much. Overall, a decent brew- but a very disappointing BSDA for sure. There are a lot better brews for this ultra competitive style. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 21:46:16 | More by jayhawk73
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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.

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4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.