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4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

526 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 47
Gots: 370 | FT: 27
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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lcmir23

California

4/5  rDev +5%

11-22-2011 03:30:36 | More by lcmir23
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +22%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:58:33 | More by vicsju1991
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UnknownKoger

California

4/5  rDev +5%

11-21-2011 21:18:32 | More by UnknownKoger
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SageO

California

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-21-2011 03:18:22 | More by SageO
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Gobzilla

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:20:24 | More by Gobzilla
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womencantsail

California

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Bruery

Almost black with a dense khaki head. Smells roasty and mildly acidic. A little bit of fruit, mostly prunes and some raisins. Roast, char, and burnt sugar. Maybe a bit of licorice flavor. Heavy on the prunes and raisins. Medium bodied and high carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 21:13:55 | More by womencantsail
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jmadrigal2

California

4/5  rDev +5%

11-20-2011 15:13:20 | More by jmadrigal2
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +5%

11-20-2011 07:42:46 | More by drewone
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jeff1973

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-20-2011 01:48:09 | More by jeff1973
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impending

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. A deep opaque chestnut, an encouraging pour produces only a minor milk chocolate colored head which faded quickly to a ring, better lacing.

Aroma of a belgian stout. Roasty bittersweet belgian chocolate. All low notes, tiny musty.

Surprising spiciness accompanies the stout yet without much depth. The dark fruits haven't ripened. Aftertaste with a strong tobacco side evaporates ever so slow, doesn't evolve, not really a strength. Alcohol would be welcomed if more forward. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 06:24:18 | More by impending
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a tulip

Pours a dark mahogany, nearly brown, with a good sized mocha colored cap. Little to no lacing. Head falls rather quickly to form a thin layer of foam.

The aroma is of ginger bread cookies and alcohol soaked plums. Molasses, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg all in equal doses. Sweet, but not off-putting.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Sweet molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar through the middle before some alcohol and dark plums come through in the finish.

Syrupy, full mouthfeel with a good dose of booze. The finish is sweet with a touch of warming.

This is a nice beer, and I get the holiday theme, but I wasn't enamored with it. I bought two, so I'll see if I can sit on the other one for the 8 years it advises. I'll report back.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:12:04 | More by ColForbinBC
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dpnyby

California

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2011 23:39:36 | More by dpnyby
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MikeyMikee

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2011 23:17:16 | More by MikeyMikee
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Cavery

California

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2011 17:03:28 | More by Cavery
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2011 12:58:13 | More by jwelsh
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2011 06:04:09 | More by ej285701
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benbking

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, very minimal lacing.
The smell, as others have noted, is the quite exceptional.
It smells like the Belgian Strong Dark ale of my dreams.
The taste is a slight let down after the smell. Ginger and Plum and getting the right toy but the wrong color on Christmas morning as a 5 year old might experience.
Fairly smooth but not quite where I'd like it to be. I'm hoping aging will improve.
Overall a satisfactory beer and the best smelling beer ever. Give it a shot! I look forward to editing this after a year when I crack a bottle with age on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 22:30:38 | More by benbking
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thedindaniel

California

4/5  rDev +5%

11-17-2011 19:20:02 | More by thedindaniel
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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5%

11-17-2011 05:10:53 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5%

11-16-2011 20:32:31 | More by bpfrush
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tylermains

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-16-2011 16:36:18 | More by tylermains
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jerz

California

4/5  rDev +5%

11-16-2011 06:06:09 | More by jerz
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

11-16-2011 03:06:05 | More by TurdFurgison
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +5%

11-16-2011 01:14:51 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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Retsinis

California

4/5  rDev +5%

11-16-2011 01:00:43 | More by Retsinis
4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.