4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

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542 Ratings
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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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Photo of impending
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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