6 Geese-A-Laying | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jvillefan on 10-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
71
Ratings:
548
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
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Photo of kingjohnh
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beersnake1
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of paresis
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dro7
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingmaker
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMS1512
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prototypic
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfish2942
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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