6 Geese-A-Laying | The Bruery

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6 Geese-A-Laying6 Geese-A-Laying
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
Ratings:
546
Reviews:
70
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
130
For Trade:
18
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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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6 Geese-A-Laying from The Bruery
3.8 out of 5 based on 546 ratings.
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