6 Geese-A-Laying
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
3.79 | pDev: 10.29%
May 02, 2022
Oct 13, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: 6 Geese-A-Laying is the 6th beer in our "12 Days of Christmas" series and is a return to the more classic dark and toasty winter ale, following the appropriately blonde 5 Golden Rings. Brewed with cape gooseberries, this malty ale displays notes of plums, dark cherry and bright, citrus-like flavors from the namesake berries. Delicious right now, but suitable for aging up to 6 years, upon the release of 12 Drummers Drumming.
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy dark burgundy pour. A 1/2 finger of white head leaves decent lacing.

S: Malts and candy sugars mixed with dark fruit.

T.F: Semi-sweet... boozy. Loads of caramel and malts. Belgian candy sugar, fig, cherry, and plum. Dark fruits and spice. Some yeast... more booze and raisin. Medium bodied. Sticky and smooth. A little heat. Lingering dark fruit at the finish.

O: A well done Belgian Strong Dark. Lots of fruit character and candy malts. Very enjoyable brew that held up super in the cellar.

May 02, 2022
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4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by illtexzona from Illinois

750ml Bottle dated 10/15/2013, drank 12/30/2021, the Sixth Day of Christmas
Into Brasserie D’Achouffe tulip after 2 hours in the fridge from cellar temp

A - Deep, rich amber. Thin head dissipates quickly
S - Dark malt, Belgian candi sugar, fruit striped gum
T - Slightly tart hard Christmas candy, dark chocolate covered black cherries
M - Fairly light with a touch of oiliness and a slight alcohol burn on the finish
O - I really enjoyed it. Much better than I expected after resting for 8 years, and great for a cold winter night.

Dec 31, 2021
3.98 by jak from North Carolina on Dec 26, 2021
3.65 by RMW66 from Australia on Oct 11, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by draheim from Washington

750mL (vintage 2013) into a chalice. Pours a clear mahogany with a minimal loose head, narrow ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is rich with dark sweet stone fruits, caramel, vanilla. Bready malt blends with dates and figs.

Taste is likewise sweet and clean. Brown sugar, vanilla, dark stone fruit, and a subtle hint of red wine. Complex but straightforward.

Mouthfeel is about right for a big Belgian style beer. Coats the palate but finishes clean and semi-dry.

Overall a solid if unspectacular Belgian strong ale. Quite enjoyable.

Jun 05, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a foamy and eggshell white that dissipates somewhat quickly but enough is still left on the surface. The beer itself is a clear amber with a slight brown hue to it. It looks pretty nice.

The smell is good. It has a dark malt note that resembles a decent plum note towards the end. The smell has a brighter and more citrus note upfront that mixes well with the plum note.

The taste is pretty good. It has a dark fruit note mixed with brighter and sweeter berry notes like a dark cherry and ripte plum notes.

The feel is decent. It has a medium body but very little carbonation to it that is slightly tingling but phases out. It has a slightly syrupy note to it.

Overall, a fruity beer and delicious. The bright berry notes are a nice touch to a Belgian style beer.

Jan 03, 2021
3.74 by michiganmatt from California on Dec 31, 2020
3.75 by SFC21 from Florida on Jun 14, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by pathman from Ohio

05/07/20 bottle @ home

May 08, 2020
4.1 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Mar 20, 2020
4 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Dec 12, 2019
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Feb 10, 2019
3.75 by heysuz from Indiana on Feb 10, 2019
4.44 by Vylo from New Jersey on Jan 09, 2019
3.85 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Jan 14, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by WickedBeer from Alabama

Wades Wines 12 Days of Christmas Tasting. 12/22/17. Agoura Hills, CA. This bottle was a 2013 release.

This beers pours a nice crimson amber, with no lace and no head.

The nose is full of dark fruits.. plums, cherries, raisins... definitely getting a distinct tartness to it as well.

The flavors again revolve around lots of dark fruit, but also include caramel and molasses as balancing flavors. Also getting a slight bitterness to it as well.

Smooth and very easy to drink for a beer with such a potent ABV.. nice body volume, slight stickiness in the finish.

Of the 12 beers of Christmas I’ve had from the Bruery this one tops my list.

Dec 23, 2017
3.06 by BergBeer from Hawaii on Aug 02, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a mahogany with good carbonation. Nose is prunes, raisins, malts, sweet. Taste is really nice - lots of figs and prunes. Deep flavor. Sweet and malty. I really like it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Jul 29, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

this has aged really nicely in the years since its release. never knew it was this strong either, although the alcohol wasnt a big player in the drinking experience, it sure hit me hard by the time the bottle was gone! whew! pretty beer, nice and heady and belgian looking, medium reddish brown in color, but with a little pink or lavender color to, which is odd because i thought this fruit was orange in color, but its pretty anyway, good clarity. aroma is really interesting, an immediately impressive use of the gooseberries. tart and astringent at first but only for a second, classic gooseberry! the darker malts with raisin and brown sugar flavors come in pretty quickly to sweeten it up, and by the end, its the fruit thats needed to alleviate some of the heaviness of this grain bill, it really comes full circle. so much nuance in the taste here too, from red wine tannins to dry cocoa powder to apple cider, this beer has a real holiday vibe to me, moreso than most others i have had in the series, and the gooseberries come through all of this just beautifully. some tang in here from the fruit, some spice from the high gravity abbey type yeast, and a nice full bodied smoothness going down, warming but not boozy, and really interesting and well made. one of my favorites in the series so far, but make sure you have some friends on hand, there is a lot of beer in this bottle!

Jul 17, 2017
3.79 by paresis from Massachusetts on Apr 08, 2017
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4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dro7 from California

I had this on tap and didn't really care for it. However from the bottle, it is phenomenal!

Aroma: abbey ale, Belgian yeast, figs, hay.

Taste: strong alcohol, figs, plums, very breach, good mouth feel, and suddle berries.

The best way to describe this beer is to picture a Belgian abbey ale with a suddle sweet berries. The gooseberries are not overwhelming and that is what makes this great.

Apr 06, 2017
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

021222: BOD 111713

Feb 19, 2017
4.25 by elamb106 from New York on Jan 05, 2017
3.69 by kingmaker from Louisiana on Jan 01, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

A: Dark mahogany, no head, ruby tones
S: Sweet dates, fig, goose berries, dark fruits, raisin, Belgian yeast esters, honey
T: Fig, cocoa, goose berries, caramel, raisin, red apple, Belgian yeast spice
M: Medium
O: No oxidation, better than expected

Dec 30, 2016
4.24 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Dec 23, 2016
4.23 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Dec 15, 2016
4.04 by JMS1512 from New Jersey on Dec 02, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 9/19/13; drank 7/23/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky orange/red rust color.

Cream head; nice lacing.

Mild tart dark berry nose, with a hint of booze heat.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Tart dark berry & mild banana flavors; a fruity treat! A dry champagne finish & a hint of booze heat balance the the beer nicely. Drinkable & enjoyable.

Nov 03, 2016
4 by bgold86 from New York on Sep 04, 2016
4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
3.62 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 26, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by manfromanotherplace from New York

Sorry but this is underrated.look is a dark amber, smell is outrageous, candi sugar, dark fruits and toffee with a hint of citrus, taste is along the same lines, big sweet dark fruit up front followed by a candied syrup sweetness, slight tartness from the gooseberries fighting back and forth with that belgian candy.i love sweet belgian beers and this is one of the best.

Mar 28, 2016
3.75 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Feb 29, 2016
3.75 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Feb 21, 2016
3.71 by prototypic from Ohio on Feb 20, 2016
3.74 by redfish2942 from South Carolina on Feb 14, 2016
3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Feb 08, 2016
4 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey on Feb 01, 2016
4.39 by stompilator from Texas on Jan 06, 2016
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