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4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

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86
very good

542 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 49
Gots: 377 | FT: 32
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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Pours a dark mahogany with a touch of ruby around the edges along with thin lacing that lasts well throughout. Aroma is full of rich sweet dark fruits with raisin and prune, with some Belgian yeast, spices, gingerbread, caramelized malts, and a touch of booze. The flavor starts off with rich sweet dark fruits, raisin, prune, and caramelized malts. There is also a bit of spice and Belgian yeast flavor supporting the style. Through the middle, some more gingerbread spices come through with a touch of cherry. The finish is a mix of sweet dark fruits and caramel malts, with some Belgian candi syrup, spice, and hints of booze. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Finishes off smooth and syrupy with a sweet, warming, and lightly spicy finish. Overall, a solid and amazing beer. I will take the opportunity to drink this and they have a bourbon aged version of which I’m always on the look out for.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thin layer of tan head that quickly fizzes away and is fed by a massive set of streamers. Liquid is very very dark brown and the edgings are clear, but not brilliant. Smells nutmeg, allspice, chocolate, candi-sugar, wheat, scorch. Sweet nut bread (lacking the banana). Clean alcohol sting. The aroma gives me some concern about clovey phenols, which I hate.

Tastes allspice over malt sweet. The beer dries in the finish in a woody holiday-spice astringent way. Aftertaste is allspice powder on the back of the tongue that won't go away. I gotta tell you, I'm not impressed with the special-release beers from the Bruery. With searching, I get medium-dark caramel, mild chocolate, rummy holiday bread. Pear esters, amber candi-sugar, and cheap cinnamon. I'm not able to pick out any hops. Cream thick mouthfeel that coats the mouth in the after-taste, but is surprisingly not sticky. So dry from the spice and clean alcohol that the mouthfeel comes off quite well. Too bad the spice kills the flavor. Md-light carbonation is a surprise considering the streamers that have been running this whole time. Overall, meh. Not bad, but not good.

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4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.