6 Geese-A-Laying | The Bruery

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6 Geese-A-Laying6 Geese-A-Laying

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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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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 543
Photo of ThickNStout
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Green's Beverage (Atlanta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 9/18/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours opaque, ruddy garnet with a half finger cream head. Decent retention and some respectable sheets of lace.

The nose seems a little shallow. Belgian yeast, dark cherries and some sugary caramel sweetness.

Intetesting flavor profile. I have to assume the nice sweet fruit up front that I can't quite place is cape gooseberry. It's pretty distinct and serves to compliment the base, which seems to resemble a Dubbel. Cherry, raisins, sugarcane, plums, burnt caramel, strong yeast character, lots of dark malts and some alcohol. Sweet, a little tart and a good bit funky.

Fairly heavy feel with smooth, light carbonation. Gooseberry, cherry and sweet dark malt finish.

An interesting riff on the BSDA. I like the unique fruit notes. Ultimately it's nothing spectacular but it has plenty of merit in it's own right.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is dark brown with touches of garnet / crimson. The aroma brings Belgian yeast strains, toffee, ripe, dark fruits. Decent flavor with a nice subtle touch of berries. Alcohol content is right up front and strong. The beer is young and will benefit from some time in the cellar.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

*25.4 Oz. bottle*
I like a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. This one pours what seems to me the perfect shade for a BSDA. Nasty iced tea shade of murky brown, with what started out with a half finger head that disappeared some what quickly. But it was nice to look at while it lasted. Taking a whiff of this nectar! It was huge malt with notes of toffee. That classic burnt sugar aroma is pleasant. Subtle hints of spice from the Belgian yeast with a hint of pitted berries. Toasted grains fill the background quite nice. Ok brace for impact! The flavor on this is of caramel, toffee with a subtle hints of spice. Candied sugar and alcohols is there to help round up the sweetness, but it is beaten into submission by the overall sweetness. Toasted grains make up the body and does a nice job at keeping it together. There is a slight tartness before the finish with a hint of soured cherries and raspberries. This finishes sweet and heat with a delicate dose of hops to keep the sweetness in check. The body on this beer is Medium-full with IMO could be a little bit more active carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. This is rugged yet dignified. I feel though it's not a top tier BSDA yet it is enjoyable and what I look for in a solid American brewed Belgian ale. This brew is fun to drink (11.5 ABV, enough said). The slight tartness adds a little depth to this beer, I like that. This brew is worthy!

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Photo of ssarah
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy, copper color with 1/4 inch white head with nice lacing. Head disappears to almost nothing within minutes but it sticks to the sides of the glass well.

S: Sweet, smells of cherries and plums. It reminds me of the German Christmas cake Stollen. Inviting aroma- definitely well done for smell!

T: Tastes as sweet as it smells. It's 11.5% alcohol content is well masked by sweet raisin and cherry flavors. Really no discernible hops.

M: Medium carbonation, light on the palate. Definite alcohol presence which is expected for its 11.5% alcohol content.

O: Strong and sweet dark ale. Dried berry flavors definitely come out. Despite being a sweet beer, it is not overpowering in it's sweetness. I would recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber brown ale, slightly hazed with a creamy white head a finger or two high; lace motes adorn the glass

S: deep toffee malts and sweet dark fruits, sweet holiday spice

T: a basic dark Belgian ale, with candi sugar, chewy dark malts, and some rich, boozy fruit flavors brightened and improved upon with Cape Gooseberries, which add a sweet and tart bright, light character - almost like a jam preserve of gooseberries, and in this particular ale, delicious

M: medium body, slightly sticky, tart tingles, smooth and coating

O: a very nice and enjoyable ale - the gooseberry tartness is really great - made the beer, and its why I'll recommend this beer - 'specially if you like tart dark berry flavors in beer, or if you like holiday-themed dark Belgian-esque ales.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a slightly turbid and hazy chestnut color. Large off tan head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is malty and sweet. Some hints of molasses and rich caramel. Not very "Belgian-y" contrary to what the label suggests. No big deal, nice aroma anyway

Flavor is muddled a bit. Nothing really stands out, and i would presume that this is a barleywine or some kind of old ale rather than anything Belgian style. Rich caramel with hints of molasses. A bit earthy. Some twang in the middle, probably from gooseberries. Flavor fades away on the end leaving a sweetness.
A solid beer, but for the price the overall goes down

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Photo of spense727
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Has a cloudy, 'dirty copper' appearance.
Smell - Sour and floral aroma. Notes similar to muscadine grapes as well.
Taste - Very slightly sour. Alcohol not present at all in the taste.
Mouthfeel - Quite heavy mouthfeel. Syrupy. Lingers quite a while. Appropriate.
Overall - Taste like hot garbage. Might be better after aging.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Okay, so they are "cape gooseberries" and not English type gooseberries. It's hard to say what flavor they add to this stuff, but it's tasty nonetheless. Deliciously sweet and fruity but with a dark tangy edge.

Malty and strong with alcohol. There's a candy-like flavor that is quite intriguing. Warm, roasted flavors with a hot blast of alcohol that is actually rather pleasant. Smooth with caramel and a touch of sugar and cream.

Thoroughly sippable dark amber brew in the small snifter. A tasty addition to the usual range of holiday ales. Maybe my favorite Bruery concoction as well. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark amber/brown with a huge off white head that tries to escape from the bottle as soon as I pop the cork. Aromas of caramel and sweet brown sugar, tart berry, cherry and plum, rounded off by a hint of ethanol, and clove and earthy yeast phenols. Sweet sugary malt offset with tart berries, alcohol and cherries. Light spicy phenols and a touch of alcohol provide hints of balance. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet syrup and bubbly mouthfeel. Wow that one is actually pretty damn good. I haven't enjoyed one of the Bruery's 12 days beers this much since 2 turtle doves. Nice balance of sweet and tart with just enough spice to remind you its Belgian inspired.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass a hazy medium brown with a tinge of amber,a sticky one finger head atop,wasn't a fan of the hazed murkiness to the color.Aromas have a lactic kick to them from the gooseberries to go along with mild spiced phenols and lemony notes.Again some lactic-like notes imparted from the gooseberries on the palate along with some clove spice with a hint of barnyard in the finish but not real strong.Not a bad beer,lightly acidic and somewhat refreshing even for its size.

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Photo of drpimento
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good stuff, tho my bottle seemed a tad under carbonated. Poured it on the cold side with a smallish tan head that soon settled and no lace. Color is a somewhat hazy brown amber. Aroma is malt, fruit, citrus, orange pith. Flavor's like nose,while not much carbonic tang, the gooseberries' acid helps mitigate the heavy sweetness. Also present are malt, caramel. Body would've been great if better co2. Finish is like flavor, of average length, with strong alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/13/13 bottling date. 750ml bottle . teku glass.

murky brown pour, big head. smell is candied sugar and yeasty...interesting...taste is extremely sweet at first...but as you drink it you start to like it more. plums and figs on the back end, medium bodied, mild carbonation...

overall didn't love it at first but it grew on me. not bad

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
11.5% ABV, Bottled 09/19/13,

Review #2000.

A - Dark, muddy amber brown in color, 6 Geese-A-Laying is crowned by a short-lived off-white head that leaves dots of lace circling the tulip.

S - Rich Belgian yeast character offers a plush aroma of dark fruits in conjunction with the Cape Gooseberries, developing around the soft dark malts and underattenuated dark sugars. Pure maple, molasses, and brown sugar open up to the lightly spicy notes drifting through the beer while soft alcohol evaporates in the nostrils as it warms.

T - Sweet dark fruitiness resembling candied plum, fig, and sticky raisins over-arches the full maltiness and sugar sweetness in the background. Brown sugar and molasses are dissolved into the smooth Belgian yeast flavor, beautifully coming together for a nice holiday flavor!

M - Big and voluptuous, 6 Geese-A-Laying is a full-bodied beer with plenty of residual sweetness to tickle the tongue with sugar, finishing dry from the remarkably transparent alcohol. Smooth across the board, this spicy beer finishes wonderfully!

O - Half way through The Bruery's "12 days of Christmas" beers, 6 Geese-A-Laying is a holiday masterpiece, smoothly incorporating dark malt and dark fruits with lingering sweetness and surprisingly transparent-yet-warming alcohol for a beer that beautifully facilitates holiday cheer!

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Photo of Zorro
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed brown colored ale with a small brown colored head. Guess the alcohol level is retarding the formation of much head. Held up to the light I can see how this could be described as a red colored ale.

Smells strongly of malt with some fruity scents of cherry and cranberry with a slight sour scent like lemon. Scent of brown sugar and date sugars. Trace of cinnamon and fainter clove scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a slight musty flavor. Flavors are not as intense as expected, faint fruity flavor most cherry and berry. Mild bitterness. Frankly this could be more flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall something of a disappointment. I expected stronger flavors from the ale.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10.99 for 750ml. I always try the bruery christmas ales, each unique.

This one pours a dark red brown color with an inch of off white head

Smell is Belgian phenols, fig, dates, banana, brown sugar, very fruity. To me this was a nice invitation to what it taste like, smells kinda like a dubbel.

Taste is quite sweet and strong. Belgian candied sugar and dark fruit. Quite complex but a little cloying. finishes semi dry

mouthfeel is medium to heavy. sort of syrupy with plenty carbonation

overall a decent belgian dark, not the best I've had from the bruery or the line of christmas ales, but pretty good taste. I wonder what this would taste like after a few years, probably better.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/10/13.

Pours hazy golden brown with 1 inch of off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film on top and leaves nice spotty lace.

Smell is yeasty must up front with dark fruit (figs, plums and dates) and some spice accents and alcohol on the finish.

Taste is mostly sweet malt and dark fruit. Alcohol presence is less evident here than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is approaching heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid effort. This has many characteristics of a Belgian quad, perhaps a bit more tart. I don't know what a gooseberries taste like, but I'm detecting something between a fig and a blueberry.

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two years have done this beer well. What a lovely appearance. Deep amber with the perfect amount of carbonation. Delightful fruit notes on the nose with belgian yeast esters, leather and alcohol in the background. Carmel malts, stone fruit and candi sugar with a subtle hop bitterness rounding things out. Sweet but with a pleasingly dry finish. A unique, quality ale improving with age.

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