1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

Not Rated.
4 Calling Birds4 Calling Birds

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 528
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 47
Gots: 373 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 528 | Reviews: 188 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-02-2014 03:15:34 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
Photo of WanderingFool
WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-26-2013 00:05:01 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of rawfish
rawfish

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-21-2013 10:38:47 | More by rawfish
Photo of Varkias41
Varkias41

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-20-2013 16:27:42 | More by Varkias41
Photo of BillRoth
BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-15-2013 17:31:24 | More by BillRoth
Photo of jwg782
jwg782

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-06-2013 21:55:38 | More by jwg782
Photo of BeerHunter76
BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-24-2013 21:31:54 | More by BeerHunter76
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-23-2013 22:43:48 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-23-2013 20:10:49 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of superspak
superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

11-21-2013 05:17:33 | More by superspak
Photo of Cyclone8
Cyclone8

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-16-2013 15:39:05 | More by Cyclone8
Photo of Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer
Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

11-12-2013 08:12:31 | More by Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer
Photo of topdown
topdown

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-11-2013 00:39:56 | More by topdown
Photo of cestlavie
cestlavie

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-03-2013 05:17:29 | More by cestlavie
Photo of gtermi
gtermi

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-30-2013 06:16:24 | More by gtermi
Photo of cosmonick
cosmonick

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-27-2013 22:27:22 | More by cosmonick
Photo of deniserat
deniserat

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-27-2013 21:35:52 | More by deniserat
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-24-2013 07:54:26 | More by zestar
Photo of polishkaz
polishkaz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-23-2013 01:04:40 | More by polishkaz
Photo of mpayne5
mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-10-2013 03:02:40 | More by mpayne5
Photo of iL0VEbeer
iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-25-2013 15:59:23 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of n2185
n2185

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

09-17-2013 01:02:30 | More by n2185
Photo of CityofBals
CityofBals

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

09-12-2013 18:31:46 | More by CityofBals
Photo of JosephThompson
JosephThompson

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-05-2013 23:27:53 | More by JosephThompson
Photo of PlinyBeMiney
PlinyBeMiney

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-03-2013 06:35:59 | More by PlinyBeMiney
4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.