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4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

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very good

533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 47
Gots: 375 | FT: 29
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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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

cosmicevan, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Kelp, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bauermj, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

leftstagebrew, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jan 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

WanderingFool, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

rawfish, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Varkias41, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jwg782, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

BeerHunter76, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

kjkinsey, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Texasfan549, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

superspak, Nov 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Cyclone8, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

topdown, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

cestlavie, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

gtermi, Oct 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

cosmonick, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

deniserat, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

polishkaz, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

mpayne5, Oct 10, 2013
4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.