6 Geese-A-Laying | The Bruery

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6 Geese-A-Laying6 Geese-A-Laying

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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Ratings: 548 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of yergermeister
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DudMan
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of scootny
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark rusty and clouded amber with a tan head that leaves some decent lace and slowly fades to a wispy covering. Moderate carbonation shows itself with each sip.

Nice fruity nose offers figs, plums, raisins. I have no idea of what gooseberries smell like but the fruitiness leads me to believe that I smell them too I guess. Some candy sugar and molasses. A light note of alcohol.

Taste is quite good and just a hair away from the next up. Quite flavorful and I would have thought this to be a Quad more than a BSDA but OK. Given that classification I find it a bit sweet but delicious. All the nose fruits are delivered with a sophisticated and refined blending of malted grains, superb Belgian yeast and the cape gooseberries. Alcohol is light and gives no clue to the strength of this brew. Light but firm hop bitterness gives a good clean finish

Feel is velvety and smooth with perfect carbonation and holiday ale weight. Light heaviness with a surprising crispness.

A great holiday brew that I wish I had at Chrtistmas.

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

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of midlifec
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears mahogany in color with a yellowish stained cap that retains decent for the strength. Nose is sweet caramel malt somewhat toasty with sugary qualities coming off like dates, raison, figs, etc with some booze warmth and slight herbal feel. The taste is strong with alcohol followed by dates, raison, prunes and plenty of caramelized sugar blending to an herbal aspect and alcohol just like the nose. Medium bodied, modest carbonation and overall not bad.

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Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer was ok. Not great

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark amber/pale brown that is a nice ruby red when held to the sunlight. In a goblet the pour produces 1.5 fingers of somewhat lasting, foamy, tan head that leaves only a few motes & streaks of lace. Aroma is fruity, sweet but also slightly acidic & sour; dark, bready malt, spice & earthy notes. Just out of the bottle there is almost no alcohol presence but it increases as the brew warms. Taste is a complex blend backed by liquid Sweet-Tarts: toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, ginger, wood, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, grape, dark cherry, melon, citrus, light chocolate, clove & pepper notes come out when the brew warms. An earthiness joins the tart finish producing an aftertaste that is reminiscent of tart mulled wine. I don't know what gooseberries taste like but I'm sure they add to the complexity. Alcohol is prominent in the mouth as warmth, spice & bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with light-medium carbonation, rich sticky & wet, puckering, dry & drawing. Balanced in terms of sweet & tart but this, for lack of a better term, seesaws as the brew warms. Very robust & complex.

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

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmryan21
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raj
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of socon67
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big disappointment. Gooseberries and sweet malt dominate

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Photo of ism
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown body typical of the style with a 1finger head, low retention, probably due to the alcohol, which is hidden well under a sweet malt base. It is tempered by a sharp tartness, thankfully, and accompanied by some dark stone fruit notes. I love this flavor combo, a great take on the otherwise typically sweet style.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/10/13: Poured into a tulip glass, it’s a dark mahogany brown color with red highlights at the edge of the glass where the light hits it; lots of particles swirling around in the brew leading up to a huge 3 finger foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded, leaving good spotty lacing and a layer on top that dissipated slowly.

Smells of caramel, grains, herbs, tobacco, wheat bread, fruity candy, brown sugar, syrup and light booze or red wine. It almost smells like French toast with a drizzle of syrup and rum, and there are hints of fruit which I assume to be the gooseberries but I have no clue what the actual gooseberry fruit smells like – nice enough smelling Belgian style ale after a year plus of aging.

Tastes of syrup, caramel, brown sugar, rum soaked toasted grains, wet wheat bread, tea leaf, allspice, pepper, fruity candy like Razzles, red wine, earthy notes like peat moss and/or twigs, and some fruity notes like a sour cherry, rotting pear or I guess the mysterious gooseberries listed on the label. For a Belgian Strong Dark Ale this comes off smooth, sweet and mellow, like the aging muted everything and blended it all together more. The booze comes out more as it warms, as does the yeast with a little more funk in the second pour of the bomber. It’s a complex beer with no flavor jumping out as the lead taste that takes control, and it has more of a general mixed malty sweetness that brings in some orange peel and bitterness towards the slightly tart and yet sweet grainy finish. The sweetness and heat from the booze pick up more towards the end, downgrading this just a little in my opinion, but not ruining it or making it “bad” per se.

Mouthfeel is on the smooth side with a little chewiness, a medium body, mild carbonation and a slightly zesty grainy bitterness as it trails off. It was good, but did not really excite me as the flavor got a little more complex as it warmed but never really went to the next level.

It was a nice beer to have on Christmas based on the name and concept, but I’m not sure I’d pick up another bottle to age until The Twelve Drummers Drumming comes out. A nice bottle to share with people and perhaps one to age, so I’m glad I tried it but overall thought it was good to above average. On the plus side, the 11.5% ABV was kept in check and not a deterrent.

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Photo of Bonis
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

6 Geese-A-Laying from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 548 ratings