7 Swans-A-Swimming | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jhartley on 08-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
50
Ratings:
431
pDev:
9.36%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
164
Trade:
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4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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2.11/5  rDev -48%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 431 ratings