4 Calling Birds - The Bruery
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Reviews by philbe311:
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - Just shy of three fingers worth of audibly fizzy effervescent medium brown colored head... Modest retention gives way to a thin veil of lacing and a slightly thicker collar... A couple of slow paced carbonation streaks can be seen towards the top of the glass... The color is a mix of medium-to-dark brown and ruby red...
S - Dark fruit notes... A brisk spiciness... Faint gingerbread notes... A slight Belgian yeast component as well... Wonderful balance... Everything you expect from a seasonal Belgian Strong Dark Ale...
T - Grape juice... Gingerbread... Holiday spices - mainly cinnamon and clove... A faint Belgian yeast presence...
M - Full bodied... Uber dense... Uber sticky... Very lightly carbonated... The finish is a bit chalky... I can't place my finger on it, but there is something about the finish that is slightly off putting...
D - A definite holiday sipper... A bit cloying with a slightly unusual finish in terms of mouthfeel... Putting those two minor complaints aside, this is an exceptional Belgian Strong Dark Ale... A couple of small tweaks would due wonders for this Bruery offering... Additionally, the 11% ABV packs quite a bit of a punch...
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2011 02:14:44 | More by philbe311
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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 518 ratings.