7 Swans-A-Swimming - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | The Bruery

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7 Swans-A-Swimming - Bourbon Barrel-Aged7 Swans-A-Swimming - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

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 barrel-aged edition layers on complexities of oak, plums, toffee, tobacco and liquefied dates, with the Belgian yeast esters mimicking winter-like spicing on a warm bourbon backdrop.

Added by floridadrift on 06-20-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of edthehead
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud
Big fluffy head fades semi quickly, a touch of lacing, decent retention, nice legs as well, dark mahogany molasses brown color

Nose plenty of toffee, caramel, a bit biscuity, quite toasted biscuity toffee like, a little candy, mild vanilla barrel, just a bit of bourbon, actually more bourbon coming through as it warms

Taste sweet candy, plenty more toffee and caramel, a bit more biscuity toffee and a little nutty but not much, caramel sweetness with mild alcohol warmth, mild vanilla barrel and a little alcohol, touch of fruit almost apple brandy and touch of fig like, nuts and figs, a little bitterness, mild sticky finish

Mouth is med bod, a bit syrupy heavier bod, decent fizzy carbonation, a bit of alcohol

Overall not too bad, so far worlds better than the other barrel aged christmas beers, not incredible and not a ton of barrel but not bad

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Photo of rudzud
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown with a thin off white head that fades to leave light halo.

S - Aromas of sticky sweetness, little bourbon and barrel. No discernable alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with lots of sticky dark fruits, little bit of malts. Nice bourbon barrel notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden but a bit sticky.

O - Overall this was a solid enough quad. Good dark fruits as well.

Serving Type: barrel

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Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, ruddy brown with a thin, fizzy tan head that almost immediately dissipates into a crown.

Sherry, vanilla-tinted bourbon, a little cherry, fig, chocolate malt and oak are in the nose.

These continue to the taste where a fairly bitter and grassy hop background also introduces a bit of cardboard staleness that, IMO, is not that complementary. The chocolate malt does pair well with the bourbon and there is a nice fig-and-raisin aftertaste. There's a flash of alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel is very silky. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

There are a lot of great qualities to this one, but the bitterness is somewhat off-putting to me. Might have worked fresher, but the bottle does say cellaring of up to five years is appropriate. Still pretty tasty overall. 11/30/15 bottling date.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger of dense light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of intense dark fruits with some mulling spices along with some very nice bourbon barrel notes of caramel and vanilla
T: Taste is huge dark fruits, some spices, toffee, candi sugar sweetness, chocolate covered cherries, caramel, vanilla and oak. Swallow is more spices and alcohol soaked cherries with a little oak, caramel, vanilla, and lingering dark fruits.
M: This beer has a body which is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is just below prickly and adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this beer rocks the house. Great flavors and complexity. It is everything that I want in a BBA quad and definitely worth a try if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of invapid
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kingjohnh
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fusebuddy
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ri0
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 750ml bottle into snifter. Mahogany in color with a 1.5 finger tan head that quickly fades and only leaves spotty lacing on my glass. Aroma is very sweet with loads of toffee and caramel. Notes of vanilla an bourbon are accentuated by a little Belgian yeast and banana. Flavor is scrumptious with plenty of sweet toffee, caramel, with some softer vanilla and bourbon. A bit of spice, banana, and dark fruit flavor that I enjoy in a Quad. Feel is lighter with minimal carbonation and a slight syrup finish. It is without a doubt delicious and the bourbon barrel compliments it nicely.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp into a Bruery tulip. Pours a murky brown with very little carbonation. The nose blows up when the cap comes off. Huge notes of bourbon - sticky caramel and sweetness. Other notes include vanilla and burnt sugar. Wonderful smell. Taste follows the nose, but not quite as much bourbon. Some dark fruit comes through on the taste as well. Overall, this is a phenomenal beer with creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a snifter appears dark brown in color with a khaki head.

It smells of molasses, fig and all things sugary sweet like caramel too before the boozy warmth of bourbon and oak come into play.

The taste had plenty of molasess, caramel and fig-like dark fruitiness indicadive of a typical quad but with accenting bourbon warmth.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. Its like booze candy which is typical bruery execution but in the Christmas lineup from the Bruery this is easily the most simplistic feeling.

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

Photo of siege06nd
3.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml foiled and capped bottle into a Surly teku.

Muddy beer. Muddy, cloudy, terrible-looking beer. Nose is caramel, molasses, brown sugar, green grapes and plum. Mellow but sweet and luscious. Deep and boozy. I like it! Flavor opens caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Nutty with a huge bourbon presence in the middle. More brown sugar and layers of tobacco, oak and vanilla towards the end. Some prune and plum sweetness too. The Bruery does know its big beers. Feel is boozy and rich with little carbonation. Silky smooth finish. Excellent.

Impressive. One of the better Quads I've had to date.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IKR
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky medium brown with a medium sized beige head that slowly faded.

Smell: Upfront Bourbon, brown sugar, modest grape/wine notes, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Bourbon, modest grape/fruity notes, brown sugar, and some mild oak notes. Definitely bal-aged but lacking the sweetness typical of some bal-aged Bruery beers. This beer has a subdued ethanol presence for it's listed ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied. No real alcohol heat to speak of.

Overall: Tasty beer. It's basic quad makeup comes through and the bal-aging adds a nice element to the beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Watery, thin, not much of a quad flavor and the bourbon is overpowering. Poor balance.

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7 Swans-A-Swimming - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 76 ratings