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4 Calling Birds - The Bruery

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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 47
Gots: 374 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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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 ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Dark brown with ruby edges and a thin khaki colored head--lines and dots of lacing left down the glass.

The best part of this beer is its aroma, and it's superb! This is one of the most successful "specialty" aromas I've experienced: fresh gingerbread cookies, cinnamon, brown bread, and all-spice. This reminds me, literally, of my grandmother's Persimmon cookies she bakes every Christmas.

The flavor is disappointing after such a wonderful aroma. The ginger/bread is quite muted, and while still tasty, the flavors seem hollow and lacking: brown bread, a touch of spice, and a moderate level of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation, and zero alcohol presence. This beer does not drink like an 11% ABV beer.

A lovely Christmas ale. I can't wait to open a bottle of this on a cold night.

ehammond1, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of CenCalMario
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap and Provisions and had it via bottle a few days later.

Nice strong Belgian dark ale. Enjoyed it. Poured from bottle with a good head, nice carbonation in the bottle and in solution. No gushing or explosion.

Lots of flavors and tastes in this one. Ginger is prevalent in the noise and taste. Love all the candi sugar (residual sugar). Can see this one doing some great things in the barrel aged version.

At $11 a bottle it's a good price and I'm looking forward to getting some more.

CenCalMario, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ provisions

Look: Very dark brown with traces of red throughout. 1/4 inch tan head and good retention

Smell: Notes of gingerbread cinnamon and other baking spices. The nose is by far the best thing about this beer. Definitely reminds you of baked cookies and cakes around the holidays.

Taste: Based on the nose I was totally let down by the flavor. Subtle notes of apple pie and gingerbread are there but not much else

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Its an ok beer like the other 12 days of christmas beers I have had by the bruery. I personally think this beer is prime and ready to drink now and will not benefit much with age if at all.

DarthKostrizer, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of NWer
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Elliott Bay Pizza & Pub in Mill Creek in a Duvel tulip.
Appearance is dark brown smallish head.
Take a basic Belgian Strong Dark Ale and spice it up for the holidays and you have 4 Calling Birds. Ginger on the nose and ginger in the taste. Sweet. Very sweet in the aftertaste that makes you aware of the upcoming holidays whether you're ready or not.
A fantastic job in my opinion. A great seasonal that blows your typical winter warmer away.
Buy this.
By the way, the 11% ABV is well hidden so be careful with this one.

NWer, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

897th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Snifter
750 ML

2011 Vintage

Thanks to Gurudel for sharing.

App- A dark crimson pour with some dark brown highlights. A one finger fast receding head with some great cling and lace.

Smell- A good spicy yeast note with more ginger vs. spice. A little bit more of a liquid cookie.

Taste- Same as the nose with more spice on the taste than the nose. A good bit of a thin booze flavor but the 11% is well hidden. Not "hot" or too overdone.

Mouth- A bit medium bodied with a good medium/high carbonation level. Residual ginger and spice.

Drink- I think this one is probably my favorite. A bit more out of the box holiday witht some spice and nutmeg.

FosterJM, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into raster glass.

Appearance: pours deep mahogany, minimal tan head that quickly fades. Almost no lacing.

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, Ginger, gingerbread, sweet, malty.

Taste: Ginger, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, oak, malty.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, light carbonation, crisp, zesty, a bit boozy, warming.

Overall: a very complex drinkable big beer. The gingerbread aroma/taste is very prevalent. A great Christmas/winter warmer.

phichifiji00, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the October Rare Beer Club shipment. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a very, very dark brown that is bordering on black. Initially foamy light mocha head rises high but falls fairly quickly, leaving a nice collar behind. The nose brings forward a bit of molasses and toasty gingerbread. Light sweetness and a touch of clove.

The flavor fits the holidays quite well. Lots of gingerbread spices with clove and a faint bit of cinnamon, allspice, or something like that. A bit of dark molasses is there along with mild sweetness. I doesn't quite come together all the way, though it is promising. Medium body with low-to-medium carbonation. No indication that this one is 11%. Quite tasty, but didn't quite meld. There are some slight plastic notes to the nose and finish that take away from what is otherwise a nice spiced beer.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2011
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4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
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