7 Swans-A-Swimming
The Bruery

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Quadrupel (Quad)
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: 7 Swans-A-Swimming is the 7th beer in our "12 Days of Christmas" series. For this verse of the story, we chose the path we don’t often take – we brewed to style. No bells, no whistles, just our best take on the Belgian Quadrupel style. Brewed with nothing but water, malt, yeast, hops and a bit of Belgian dark candi sugar, this beer may not be as out-of-the-box as some of our past winter brews, but it’s just as tasty. Rich and complex, this robust dark ale juggles notes of raisin bread, dried apricots, burnt caramel and roasted pecans. The sweet flavors provide a full body and the bright yeast wafts the sweet holiday notes out of the glass, into your life. 7 Swans-A-Swimming is a perfect holiday sipper. Delicious right now, but suitable for aging up to 5 years, upon the release of 12 Drummers Drumming.
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draheim from Washington

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (vintage 2014) into a chalice. Pours a deep clear mahogany w/ a minimal head; light carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is dark bready malt, figs and dates, maybe some plums and cherries, Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. Standard Belgian dark ale fare.

Taste leads off with more bing/sour cherries, or maybe red grapes (checking the label, I see no reference to specific ingredients to corroborate this--in fact, the label carries little information at all about this beer). Brown sugar, caramel, dark malt, stone fruits, toffee. Again, other than the subtle cherry notes this is a pretty straightforward Belgian dark.

Mouthfeel is soft and gentle on the palate, thanks to the bottle conditioning and Belgian yeast. Light carbonation just right for the style.

Overall a nice addition to the 12 Beers series, though the last couple I've had haven't been especially distinctive.

Jun 10, 2021
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown head with a creamy texture to it. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown with a slight purple hue to it.

The smell is good. It has an extremely fruity and sugary dark fruit note like dates and plums with a light toffee malt note to it.

The taste is good. It has the same sugary plum notes with a light bitter ripe plum note and a hint of a toffee caramel note in the finish.

The feel is good. It has a medium body with a slightly syrupy texture to it and a very light tingling from the carbonation.

Overall, a good beer and one of the better one of the series so far even after a year of aging.

Jan 04, 2021
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer with some ruby colored highlights around the edge of the glass. The beer is topped by a finger of dense and rocky light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of mulling spices, dark fruits, caramel and toffee. Just the classic belgian quad aroma.
T: Taste is stewed dark fruits, nice mulling spices, caramel, toffee, slight toasted bread flavors but a ton of dark fruits and fruity esters with a hint of cherries. On the swallow there's more mulling spices, dark fruits, cherries, and toffee.
M: This beer is fairly full bodied with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is smooth and adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish which is expected for the style.
O: This beer is outstanding. Great flavors and complexity with all the notes you want in a belgian quad. Everything plays well and is well balanced which makes this beer a joy to drink. Although it's a little old it hasn't lost a step.

Apr 21, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark burgundy raisin color with nice clarity and a dense toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Dark fruit, raisins, figs, caramel, and plumb.

T - Follows the nose to a "T" - dark fruit, raisins, caramel, and plumb.

M - Thick, viscous, and lip smacking sticky.

O - A very nice Belgian Quad right there.

Jan 25, 2020
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brycemc from California

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Day 7:

L: Dark, almost opaque, medium brown deadhead, pronouced lacing.

S: Sugar (molasses, candi), pecans, alcohol. Pecan pie-esque. Bit of raisin.

T: Just per the nose, sweet and nutty. Burnt sugars. Kind of one dimensional, but tasty.

F: Big body, not syrupy but nearly so. Warming finish which lasts.

Overall this is a good beer but would benefit from some age to dry it out a bit

Jan 01, 2020
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mcniwinski from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It was about time to open my bottle. Very nice quad. Poured into a snifter. Looked right. Nice aroma. Pleasant initial taste with a bit of yeast. Raisin-taste on the tongue. Warming aftertaste (alcohol). Really nice mouthfeel. Well worth the wait and great on a cold January night.

Jan 12, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had so many terrific beers to sample over the Christmas season that this offering got lost in the shuffle. I made up for it by making it the first beer that I cracked open for Super Bowl Sunday.

Poured a brownish copper color with almost a finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose has notes of bread and dates. The flavor has the expected notes - sweet maltiness, dates, prunes, etc. The body is slightly less hearty than I expected but that is the only knock on this terrific offering.

I know that this beer was designed to be aged up to five years but I think that the two years that it already had on it were sufficient to allow its full character to blossom.

Feb 05, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Cloudy. No head and no lace.

Raisin and table are the smells I get like a fine brandy.

The taste is like a slightly sweet brandy. Very warming to the stomach. Extraordinarily rich with a moderate to low carbonation. Definitely a fireside beer. Easy to have one, difficult to have many.

Jan 08, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with a tan head. Candi sugar, toffee, sweeter dark fruit, with some warming booze, earth and black pepper. Taste uses the flavors from the smell and is very sweet and boozy up front, before meeting the more savory elements, add some leather, grape skin, and slight rust which holds this back a little for me. Feel is smooth, boozy, darker for style, and full. Nice to see the bruery show off their skills on a classic

Dec 03, 2016
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ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was expecting something more adventrous from this Bruery Christmas beer. That being said: One of the better non-Belgian quads I've had. The typical Quad flavours balanced really damn well and a silky, beautiful mouthfeel.

Aug 09, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Bullock's (Woodstock, GA). 10.99. Bottled 11/11/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep mahogany with a finger and a half parchment hued head. The froth recedes to a thin haze across the surface and a full halo that fails to leave any lacing.

Smells of bready malts, estery Belgian yeast, dark fruits, caramel and toast. Hints of fusel alcohol waft in and out of the other notes. Fairly straightforward but pleasant and right for the style.

Waves of dark fruit flavor burst on the palate from the first sip. Augmented by toasted raisin bread, caramel, strong Belgian yeasty character, mild cocoa, toffee, vague pralines and and almost port or sherry-like alcohol presence. Everything works well together to create a sweet, decadent American quad that may be a sipper but goes down easy.

Creamy, fullish body with fairly soft carbonation. Yeasty, bready dark fruit dominates the finish.

The Bruery has brewed a right solid quad. A little over a year in the cellar has been quite kind to 7 Swans-A-Swimming. This has developed nicely and I'm glad to have a couple more to enjoy as well as some of the bourbon barrel variant.

Mar 28, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have hung on to this one for about a year and a half!!! Pours a mahogany brown color with a small bubbly light tan head into my Chimay goblet. Light gets through the glass, leaving some nice ruby highlights. Head retention is less than average (typical for a big beer) and there is minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste hit all the marks for a good Quad. Aroma includes some dark fruit (Plums figs and raisins). The sweetness from candi sugar is noticeable too as is the alcohol. Taste is more of the same. Plenty of dark fruit flavor, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and some spices. This is the real deal for a Quad. Mouthfeel is rich with a little alcohol burn but mostly a warming alcohol effect. You know it has a little bite, but the 11% abv potency is not that observable. So few American takes on this style are very good. The Bruery nailed it on this one.

Mar 25, 2016
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Auraan from Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich translucent dark brown with one finger of thick bubbly tan head. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfect classic Quad. Scents of dark fruit, raisin, plum, dried apricot, a light vinous aroma and medium-light notes of dried and black cherries from esters upfront along with a robust malt presence lending notes of bread crust and rich raisin bread. Faint spicy phenols of pepper and spicy alcohol round out the aroma. Overall impression of aroma is of a rich, deep, complex Belgian Quad, with the style's wonderful balance of rich malty aromas and fruity esters on full display. Wonderful. Flavor begins richly sweet and malty with flavors of caramel and bread crust imparting rich flavors of raisin bread when combined with fruity esters giving flavors of raisin, prune, dried cherry and black cherry at medium-high levels and a low level of vinous sweet red wine character. Middle continues these flavors, though a light spicy alcohol is added, while flavors of caramel and brown sugar combine with esters to impart a rich feeling and toasted bread crust flavors add balance. Finish is medium sweet with notes of dark fruit, raisin and prune, dried cherry, spicy alcohol at light levels and malty flavors of burnt caramel, bread crust and bready malt, hints of molasses and light vinous flavors. Aftertaste is bread crust, dark fruit, especially raisin, caramel and light spicy alchol. Overall impression of flavor is of an excellent Belgian Quad. It is rich, malty, fruity and complex, resulting in an excellent American interpretation of venerable Belgian style. Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick, with a light stickiness and high, though not sharp, carbonation, befitting the style. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent Belgian Quad. Overall this is a fantastic beer. Like all The Bruey's Belgians it is true to tradition and the character of the style. In this case it means a lovely rich aroma and flavor with a wonderfully warming mouthfeel. The perfect winter ale, and an American-brewed Quad exceeded only by Three Philosophers and Judgement Day.

Jan 09, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The seventh installment of the "12 Days of Christmas" lands the Bruery brewers at the feet of the time-honored, stronger, darker Belgian ale. Its rich demeanor, however, crosses the bridge over into barleywine in its rich taste and dense texture.

Deep garnet and mildly hazed, the decadent elixir nestles into the snifter with a billowing khaki froth rising from its depths. Its creamy lather pushes out savory aromatics of dark, dried fruit, brown sugar, sherry and peppercorn while its savory taste hinges on molasses, brown sugar, burnt caramel and spice cake early and often.

Lavishly sweet, its cakey and robustly fruity taste remains front and center through the duration, yet its molasses, toffee and caramels reign in complementary chocolate, coffee and toast. Its complex layers of raisin, fig, date and prune weave into a leather-like earthiness and invites a balance of fresh-cracked peppercorn, vinous spice and rum to offset much of the residual sweetness.

Relegated to a slow and sipping affair, the beer's carbonation keeps the session creamy, cakey and dense. Long lingering savory sweetness drinks like fine port wine and is equipped with those fortified sherry alcohol flavors and effects. Hints of spiced rum and fruitcake chase the taste deep into finish and well into the next decadent sip.

Nov 13, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 2014 vintage. Purchased in Centennial, Colorado. Appeaing label art. Branded pry-off crown cap. 750ml.

Reviewed live as a quadrupel per the label. Expectations are average given the brewery (which tends to be overpriced and to disappoint). Served chilled into a tulip and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

11% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Off-white colour. So foamy and frothy it almost looks like it came from a nitro-dispense. Nice thick consistency. Decent complexion. Retention is excellent considering the high ABV - about 3 minutes.

BODY: Opaque brown-black. No yeast or sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking quadrupel, though it is a bit dark for the style.

AROMA: Caramel, dark fruit (fig, date), heavy malt sweetness, dark malts, phenols from the yeast, raisin, cream, faint cocoa, deep Belgian amber malts.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. I detect no hop notes, off-notes, or alcohol.

TASTE: Chewy grape, raisin, dates, prunes, caramel, Belgian dark malt sweetness, prune juice, spicy Belgian yeast, amber malts. It isn't overtly trappist in its yeast profile; maybe abbey yeast was used instead?

I find no overt hops, no off-notes, and no overt booziness.

Well-balanced and built, with adequate complexity and subtlety for the style. The grape snuck up on me; the aroma doesn't suggest it at all. This is a gestalt beer with plenty of cohesion. Very tasty, with nice depth of flavour and above average flavour intensity. Flavour duration is also above average. I quite like this.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium to full-bodied, unrefreshing, and of perfect thickness and heft on the palate. Overall presence is good. This flavour profile could be softer, but overall it accentuates the dark fruit notes from the taste well - and elevates the beer as a whole. Well-executed.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or dragging.

OVERALL: It's a sipper, sure, but it never betrays its high ABV in the taste or mouthfeel. It's a lovely quadrupel (especially for an American brewery), but for its price point you could do better (not that pricing affects my rating). Good work from The Bruery, and well worth trying, but not world-class, unique, or special. It can't hold a candle to traditional Belgian beers in the style, nor is it as good as the best domestic offerings (e.g. Deschutes' The Stoic), but it's quite respectable.

B (3.59)

04/21/20 vintage bottle:

Not as rich, seemingly, as a proper Belgian quadrupel - nor as an expression of the admittedly nebulous Belgian strong dark ale category - but decent in its own right, with semirich malt sweetness pairing to decent effect with vague dark fruit.


Oct 25, 2015
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manfromanotherplace from New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Do these guys make any bad beers?im yet to try one.this is excellent, truly a christmas quad with the taste of dark fruits, slight sweetness and christmas spices followed by a slight boozy finish, for $12 a bottle this was a bargain.great beer.

Oct 18, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a very slightly hazy medium ruby brown with a light brown head. Somewhat sweet to the taste, alcohol slightly noticeable to me on the second to third taste. Dangerously drinkable.

Aug 30, 2015
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one had a bit of age on it, allowing the booze to mellow very nicely. IMO the flavour profile ranks up there with some of the best quads with dark fruit and hints of banana and clove, sweet yeast esters and classic Belgian candy sugar sweetness. Stoked to have gotten a chance to share this brew and well worth seeking out.

Aug 22, 2015
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Radome from Florida

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

L - A beautiful beer. Medium brown and ruby color and crystal clear. Head is light tan, initially 3/4" tall in the glass and then remains as a thin sheet of active bubbles. Swirling the glass gives little lacing, but does show "legs" like a wine.

S - Warm, complex malt aromas. Graham crackers, Special B malt, plums, figs, almonds. Maybe a hint of grassy malt at the edge of detectability. A whiff of sherry-like alcohol in the finish.

T - Flavors are overwhelmingly malt-based, as expected for a Quad. Sweet, bready, nutty malt. Plums, raisins, figs. Sweet sherry in the off-dry finish. Some depth of flavor, but not as much as the best examples of the style.

F - Medium body and low carbonation leave a perception that the beer is thin compared to all the malt flavors. Enough hops bitterness to balance the sweetness. Surprisingly low alcohol presence, given the 11% ABV.

O - This is a complex, tasty Quad. My only complaints are that it's a bit thin on body and low on carbonation. Aromas and flavors are as wide-ranging as you would hope for the style, but I can't help having the impression that they are all based on a lot of Special B malt and not much else.

Aug 16, 2015
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superspak from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/6/2014. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass; with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, red grape, pear, light banana, light pepper/clove, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, red grape, pear, light banana, light pepper/clove, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, light pepper/clove, caramel, brown sugar, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome quadrupel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. This had a more pronounced yeast flavor profile over the malt character, which I prefer in this style. A highly enjoyable offering.

Aug 15, 2015
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stortore from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a beautiful deep garnet/brown with a huge, creamy head. Very inviting. aroma is a big malty, somewhat bready blast, matched by the grapes, plums, figs and caramel. Taste is even more malt forward, but still well balanced. More plums, raisins and caramel, and some figs and toffee. This is really good. Great body, smooth and creamy- creamy not being how I usually describe a Quad. Lots of carbonation, but not fizzy feeling.

This is definitely a top notch Quad. As advertised, it's a straight up rendition, and it's done quite well. If you can still find it, go get one. Very enjoyable.

Apr 27, 2015
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scootny from New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. A dark brown fluid with garret highlights and a light brown or dark khaki head. Some decent bit of lacing here and there. Sticky, syrupy coating on the glass from the brew on the glass as well.

Nose presents a bouquet that you might ask to marry. Sweet dark brown bread. Plenty of dark fruits like raisins, figs, plums, but as the header states there is a lovely dry apricot and roasted pecan component that really sets this one up for love. A peppery note that hints at alcohol is the only indication of the abv and to is mild enough to miss completley. It does show more of itself as it warms but starting at cellar temp with this one it is well masked.

Taste is grand slam out of the park. Smooth, rich, lush, complex and delicious. This beer has it all in spades. Dark malt yields caramel sweetness up front and toffee a body wrapped around brown sweet bread. Dark fruits collide and create a Christmas holiday punch bowl of Belgian delight. A hint of banana rides the undercurrent cementing the aforementioned bits from the nose together. Exceptionally balanced finish combines low bitterness with a roasty dryness that leaves only faint notes of malt, burnt sugars and a bit of melon like juiciness. No trace of the alcohol unless you breath in through the mouth, then the cooling sensation gives a hint.

Feel is exception, occupying a rare space. Pure cream and velvet. Delightfully weighted and yet supple over the tongue.

This is a top tier Quad. Period. It drinks like something this strong has no right to. It's delicious. It's complex and satisfying. It shows that the brewer knows how to d the fundamentals. This is the Green Bay Packer Sweep. It just works and it's delicious. Get several.

Mar 19, 2015
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 750ml bottle in late November from TW Arrowhead for $11.99. Bottle #179 packaged on 10/2/14.

Beer poured brown with a good off white head that is hanging around.

Nose is dark fruits and appropriately sweet.

Taste is sweet, figs, raisons, and candi sugar.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. The yeast strain is not quite up to what the old world uses for their strain.

Overall not a bad beer but with my buddy and I coming off a Belgian beer fest the other night enjoying the likes of Westvletern Yellow Cap and St. "Weekend at Bernie's" ABT 12 this definitely is not in the same league. But it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Mar 14, 2015
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Vixie from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very deep brown, almost black. Reminds me of a glass of cola. Has a decent tan head The head does linger a bit, leaves some lacing across the top as it diddipates.

Smell is on the sweet side, there's caramel and dried fruit, mainly raisin, with hints of toffee.

Bit sweet up front, hints of raisin and plum, also caramel. The Belgian candy sugar is present, and finishes with a hint of bitterness and a bit of alcohol warming.

Decent feel to it, but a bit harsh for the style due to the high carbonation level, a smoother feel would be better.

While not a world class quad, this is one of the better US made ones. There is plenty of flavor, and it is true to the style. Only thing keeping it from being top rated is it could use a bit more complexity, but that is a minor point. Well worth trying if you want to see how well a US brewery can make a quad.

Mar 11, 2015
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RickS95 from Indiana

4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely dark brown pour with a slow forming head. The dark brown isn't so much murky as it is rich. A bit of burgundy around the edges. The head is never more than a finger thick of off tan bubbles, however it retains well and never fully goes away. Very creamy head with the look of root beer as a slight tan film sits atop the beer. Slow, lazy lace.

Smells like a Belgian quad with notes of dark fruit, caramel, a splash of spice, and candi sugar. Kind of a ginger scent evolves as the beer warms.

Very impressive taste. Lots of dark caramel malt and an appropriately spiced yeast. The alcohol is certainly there but never trumps all other flavors. The candi sugar is very noticeable, but in a good way. It is very good.

Despite the high ABV (11%) there's only a bit of heat and it's never off putting. There's a great balance of sweet and spicy with just enough bitter that it's not one dimensional. Each of the handful of ingredients plays it's part very well. Full bodied but smooth and creamy.

Right up there with the best Belgians in the world, albeit a bit on the sweet side. The Bruery always produces extremely expensive brews, but this one is really worth it.

Feb 08, 2015
7 Swans-A-Swimming from The Bruery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 446 ratings