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4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

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very good

546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 48
Gots: 377 | FT: 31
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:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 10-25-2011

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!
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Huge spice and dark fruit sloshed with alcohol. Sounds better than it is. Very sweet, lots of plune flavor. You can pretty well go through the spice cabinet on this. Cinnamon bark is dominant with charred raisins and a woody taste. Big malt but the barley is lost in the fruitcake. Red brown in the tulip glass as Local Habit in San Diego. Decent carbonation. Nose is spice and wine barrels.

I taste just a little plastic in this but maybe it's an overdose of some spice. Not exactly drinkable but certainly interesting for the ridiculous stew of flavors.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours black with a dark ruby hue. 2 fingers of light frothy tan head that settles quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Alot of gingerbread spices in the nose. Very pleasant and smells like the holidays.

T: Gingerbread spices come through as the dominant flavor here. Sweet with lingering spiciness in the finish. Also finishes slight sticky and dry. Some warming alcohol presence as well.

M: Heavy body with light carbonation. Chewy and sticky. Long lasting finish.

Overall this a solid offering from the Bruery. Really smells and tastes like the holidays. A little on the sweet side but still very enjoyable for me. This will be nice with some age on it.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer at a local brew shop. 750ml bottle...

A: A super deep, almost black, ruby red with a nice 1+ inch mocah colored head that fades quickly. Good.

S: I get some nutmeg and mild bourbon upfront. Some clove and hints of dark fruit hit the middle and some sweet malt scents on the back. Good.

T: I get some medium nutmeg and clove flavors upfront. Hints of sweet malt and some figs. I get some mild creamy vanilla on the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A creamy spiced finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good brew. I find that the beers from this series always end up being good, but never great. Actually, this entire brewery seems to do that for me. They produce solid beers, but always seem to fall just shy of amazing beers. Here's another to toss into that category. Good, but not great.

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The latest in the Twelve Days of Christmas series, served from a bottle into a Bruery tulip.

Beer is black with a thin tan head, small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with hints of allspice and ginger.

Beer is medium in body and sweet throughout. Very spice forward, very flavorful. An enjoyable beer. Although this is a rather simple tasting one, it will be interesting to see what it is like in 8 years.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My Gosh, the aroma is so thick and spicy. Screams gingerbread and also some burning rubber. The rubber aroma continues to come forward as it warms. Some thick sweetness as well with brown sugar taking the lead. Some cherry and/or stone fruit aroma as well.

Chocolate, black cherry for a moment, then spicy gingerbread smacks you. Just beyond that you get the flavor version of the burnt rubber I described above. In this form it’s slightly medicinal. Tons of spice here. I get some additional herbal flavors that didn’t present themselves to me in the aroma. At this point, I can’t decide if I like this or not. Leaning towards a negative as I continue to work through my glass.

A touch powdery on my tongue. Smoothens out after this initial feeling. Fairly bold body here, but not quite sticky. Close though.

In the end, I am not a fan here. While there is a lot of complexity, I would rather call it confusing at this point. Not sure the elements work together. Given that this was made to age for 8 years, there is hope it will come together. We’ll see. For now, not a great beer.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More and more Bruery Beers are showing here in town, very happy to see them here.

Pours a deep brown color with a very nice off white head.

Aromas are of ginger bread, belgian yeast, hard candies, cloves and other mixed spices.

Taste is very ginger forward, dark ginger bread, really creamy, with some brown sugary sweetness. Background has some spicy notes and Belgian yeast flavors. Finish is warm, but the alcohol is fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with good full body.

All in all, an interesting beer that has elements of a winter warmer (think Anchor Steam) and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It certainy is interesting and flavorful, but I think I'd rather pass on this considering that this tastes more like a souped up winter warmer, but with a pretty steep price tag. With that said, I'd recommend giving it a try.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - strong pour results in jet black body, and two finger, slightly tan head decent retention and lacing
S - all the different spices, but I cannot distinguish them
T - delicious, again i cannot distinguish the different spices, but they are amazing
M - very smooth and creamy, very easy to drink
O - amazing beer, i love everything about it

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured a dark brown in color with a very thin head and left almost no lacing sticking to the head.

S: herbs were definitely noticeable on the nose immediately with some spices, seemed like it had dark fruits present, a hint of mint, and some malty sweetness. A bit of booze was there as well.

T: the herbs and spices were just as dominate on the palate but had a good silky chocolatey flavor to it. A hint of mint was coming through alogside slight pine notes.

M; the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a herbal, spice, mild chocolatey, and minty finish.

D: It had too much hernal character for my cup of tea but if that floats your boat then you'll like this one. it drank all right but I definitely took my time with it.

4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.