6 Geese-A-Laying | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, dirt, spice, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy grain and dirty, slightly tart fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the earthy and dirty aromas and flavors detract from the drinkability in my opinion.

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

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3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 2013 vintage. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded pry-off crown cap.

11.5% ABV.

Served cold into stemware and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a Belgian-style dark ale. Expectations are above average.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 1 inch wide. White colour. Average foaminess, frothiness, and thickness. Leaves uneven lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Glowing deep auburn. Translucent but nontransparent. Ample brown yeast particulate is plainly visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking Belgian dark ale, if a bit nontraditional.

AROMA: Candi sugar, plum, bright cherry skin, ample malty sweetness, some supple fruitskin, and maybe a bit of Belgian yeast. No prune or fig. Date juice is prominent. Lightly syrupy. Sweetness is right for the style.

Seemingly balanced and enjoyable. Aromatic intensity is above average.

No overt hops, yeast, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Prune/date juice dominates, with subsidiary notes of light plum and cherry skin. Not as supple as would be ideal. The yeast isn't as biscuity or raisin-y as would be ideal. The deep amber malts disappear beneath the sticky juice. Candi sugar is obvious throughout.

Balanced enough, but the depth of flavour is a bit lacking, and it's not as intricate as the best beers in the style. Still, complexity is adequate. Well put together for what it is.

No notes of aging are evident. I imagine this would taste the same fresh.

Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is average.

Gooseberries? Citrus? Definitely not...and what the hell is a gooseberry anyway?

TEXTURE: Not as dry or coarse as it needs to be to satisfy (traditional) style conventions. Carbonation is near perfect. Full-bodied. Not too thick, syrupy, or viscous. Sticky, definitely.

Complements the taste well enough, but it doesn't elevate the beer as a whole. Its stickiness does accentuate the dominant prune/date juice. But this is one of the stickiest beers I've ever had...

OVERALL: Shockingly drinkable for its high ABV. It's a decent enough Belgian strong dark ale, but it's a far cry from the best beers in the style. The juiciness is interesting, albeit a bit geriatric. Aging has done this no wonders (even a scant 2 years). Another underwhelming-for-the-price but still enjoyable brew from The Bruery.

High C+

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

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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/19/2013. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, red grape, orange zest, berries, cherry, toasted bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and berry spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, red grape, orange zest, berries, cherry, toasted bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice and light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, orange zest, berries, cherry, toasted bread, light chocolate, clove, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and berry spice flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and berry spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium reddish brown in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass along the edges of the glass and some amber + ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that reduces fairly quickly to a medium sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of gooseberries with slightly lighter aromas sweet dark malts with dark fruits (plum). Light amounts of tartness to the aroma and the distinctive Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of sweet dark malts with moderate amounts of dark fruits (cherry, plum, fig, and raisin) and candi sugar. Light amounts of tartness from the There are light to moderate flavors of gooseberries along with strong flavors of the traditional Belgian yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present and fade pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of prickliness on the tongue in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be quite delicious and a really nice holiday offering - I liked the addition of the gooseberries and the slight amount of tartness from the cherries. Definitely grab one of these if you see it.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Split with rudzud.

Pretty much no head, nice legs but no lacing or head, semi clear cherry maroon color.

Nose dark Belgian malts and dank candi sugar, little candy syrup, little jammy berry fruit like a boisonberry blueberry gooseberry candied blend, touch of cocoa nibs, and choc, not a ton.

Taste sweet syrupy mess, candy Sugar, syrupy candy and candy sugar, little Belgian malts dark malts, big booze, generic berry fruit, little toffee caramel, etc. Just a ton of sweet characters blending to a generic mess of sweetness, candy generic berry fruit.

Mouth is fuller bod but a syrupy mess, fair hot booze, decent but lighter carb, syrupy mess.

Overall a bit of a disappointment.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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