4 Calling Birds - The Bruery
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Reviews by kevanb:
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This Belgian style dark ale pours a very dark brown color that borders on black with hints of red when held to the light. The color is unlike most Belgian Style dark ales as the black is so predominant it appears to be more porter or stout like than Belgian. The head is a really thick dense light caramel color that has very nice retention and great lacing. It has a very pleasant holiday aroma, lots of gingerbread and nutmeg spices as well as some darker fruits, reminiscent of plums or dates. The flavors are a bit different, not as spice laden as the nose, a bit darker and less explosive. The gingerbread is certainly apparent, but the dark fruits really show their stuff, but the balance is interesting. The resulting flavor reminds me of tobacco, and not in a bad way. The finish is heavier on the spices and adds that burst to the flavors. The beer does have a really nice smooth body that is a bit creamier than other darker Belgian style ales, which I find adds a nice touch to the holiday spices
Verdict: I found this to be a really interesting and enjoyable beer to drink. Definitely put me in the mood for the holidays, mostly the delicious deserts that the holidays provide. I’ll be interested to see how this beer fares after a year in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2011 04:02:37 | More by kevanb
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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
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 517 ratings.