4 Calling Birds - The Bruery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 527 | Reviews: 188 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kzoobrew:
4/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to James for the bottle. Cheers!
Deep ruby tinged mahogany colored body. The body is not opaque, but it is close. Pour is fairly clean, no sediment noted. Two finger brown sugar colored head. The head works its way back slowly, ultimately leaving a modest ring around the top. Minimal lacing left clinging to the glass.
The aroma is very warm, appropriate for a holiday beer. Ginger bread and molasses are dominant. Bits of molasses and brown bread are set just behind. A fair amount of spice (clove, allspice and cinnamon) is noted but melds into the more assertive scents. Very cohesive nose.
The flavor really expands and enhances what was picked up in the nose. The gingerbread, molasses and spice are very noticeable and prominent. Bits of chocolate develop on the palate before a tremendous sweetness is revealed. Caramel and macerated raisins as well as a bit of plumb. The yeast characteristics are a bit stronger on the back end than I expected. Very little alcohol flavor.
Medium to full bodied beer. Carbonation is on the higher end of moderate, keeping the beer rather light on the tongue. Finish is long and enjoyable.
4 Calling Birds really nailed the Christmas theme. The flavors are tremendously appropriate, and the higher abv helps one deal with the cold weather or potentially the family. Not my favorite Christmas beer or even beer of the style, an enjoyable one none the less.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2011 22:31:28 | More by kzoobrew
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.