Partridge In A Pear Tree | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Partridge in a Pear Tree is the first in the 12 Days/Years of Christmas Series. Brewed in the style of a Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale, brewed with our brewery-made dark candi sugar, Munich and Vienna malts. Dark brown in color, fruity and complex with a rich malt backbone. This is a simple yet immensely complex beer meant to be savored and shared with friends and family.

Added by DoubleJ on 12-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
13.89%
 
 
Wants:
438
Gots:
83
For Trade:
5
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, pecan, fruit, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, spice, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely showing some oxidation at this point, but it's still quite solid all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

not often i get to drink beer this old, a cool treat, this one has been cellared well, with minor and not unflattering oxidation happening. its bronze in color, with medium brown sugar color as the sediment in the bottle clouds it, and the head is relatively short, khaki pant color. the nose is lots of caramel malts and candy sugar, the belgian yeast fruitiness has died off a bit, but there is still plenty of yeast character without that side of it. the flavor is very much grain driven, as any quad should be, but notes of raisin, toffee, and even plum present themselves to me as i sip this slowly. booze is totally invisible, this must have mellowed significantly over time. it would have been fun to have had this fresh for comparison, but the beer i am drinking here is very good. the oxidation helps me taste the yeast, which is getting a little stale, but has been largely assimilated by the malt richness, which hasnt backed off much. not my favorite beer in the series, but certainly the rarest at this time, given its age. in some ways i liked this years quad more, but without having had this fresh, its impossible to ever know for sure. a special treat to taste!

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color with a rather modest head that also is modest when it comes to lacing; retention, in light of that, is a positive element

Smell: Cidery aroma with caramel coated apples, pears (why not?), earthy tea elements and rum-soaked dates

Taste: Spice cake, caramel coated apples and earthy tea up front, with an increasing tart lemon and pear fruit aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the candi sugar and fruity character balances out the tartness to produce a lenghty and complex finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with prickly, though moderate, carbonation

Drinkability: Though it is a smidge too sweet, this is a complex and well-brewed stab at a Belgian style that few American brewers do well

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some light dry fruits notes. Taste is dominated by sweet malt and is almost overly sweet with very subtle notes of dry fruits and a unrefined grain finish. Body is quite full with average carbonation and no noticeable alcohol. A bit deceiving overall with lacking complexity and some overly dominant sweetness.

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Photo of largadeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at City Beer.

Caramel brown body with some chill haze, clears up as it warms. Lower-moderate carbonation, little in the way of head or lacing.

The nose is surprisingly nice. Toffee and strong fruity esters that are very pear-like. Pleasantly oxidized, nutty, some cocoa powder and molasses.

Palate is very similar, pear comes to mind again along with toffee and molasses. Oxidation lends a nutty note along with a touch of cocoa. Full body with low carbonation. To my surprise, this is aging very well and tastes much better than it did fresh.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Reserve Society Initiation.

Poured into my wine shaped tasting glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige tan head. Color is an orange hued copper. Big and malty. I am enjoying the aroma.

Aroma: Big malt profile. Plums, raisins, cherries, and some grassy hops.

Taste: Same as the aroma, but very sweet with caramel and toffee. A very nice quad. Lots of malts and grassy hops. The plums raisins, and cherries are all present as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, almost full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very clean.

Overall, a nice quad and I can't wait for the 12 year vertical. Very drinkable and I really want more of this one. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Amyliz4 for sharing this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a moderately-dark brown with a good light tan head. Nice spotty lacing and a thin collar. The nose carries some strong dark fruits and a bit of sweet malt. Quite a bit of stuff going on there. I'm impressed, as I hadn't heard the best things about this. Malt provides a really nice backing presence. No discernible alcohol presence. Flavor is quite rich with a medley of dark fruits. Some very mild earth. Medium body and pretty chewy. Super smooth. Really excited to finally try this one and glad it lived up to the hype.

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Photo of jlindros
2.16/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Andy for sharing this at my 30th birthday whale tasting.

Pours no head, dark mahogany murky ruby brown colored.

Nose has plenty of oxidation, cardboard city, then brown malts, molasses, raisin, candi sugar, BBQ sauce for some reason with ketchup and vinegar, weird, fruity apple, etc.

Taste brings plenty more oxidation and wet cardboard, raisin and fruit, molasses, light candi sugar and syrup, again a weird tomato based BBQ sauce taste which is not pleasant, chewy, light booze, soy sauce, this would make a great marinade for meat but terrible for a beer.

Mouth is thin and almost no carb.

Overall blech! I can't believe this has such a whale status to get, just to do a lousy vertical?! This beer was terrible and the only beer at the tasting we couldn't finish. Thanks for bringing it Andy so I could try it at least once, but wow was that bad!

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sunset coral red with bright tangerine highlights along the edges of the glass. The crown is equal parts orange, gold and beige. It's also too small for a Belgian-style ale, although with an ABV of 11.0%, that isn't a surprise. There's just enough lace to keep the score from falling a notch.

The aroma isn't a humdinger for a quad, but it has enough facets to be interesting. Too much sour fruitiness may be more of a negative on the palate. Each sniff delivers steely caramel, musky fruit skins and an earthy spiciness. This should be good beer, but I'm not expecting fireworks.

Partridge In A Pear Tree Belgian-Style Abbey Ale is not as delicious as expected. There's a serious shortage of malt, which leads to a dearth of depth and a curtailment of complexity. Positives include decent balance (that favors sweet) and alcohol masking par excellence.

Specifics of the flavor profile include caramel, candied cherries, orange peel, apricots, leather and a light, woodsy, herbal spiciness. Too much tart fruitiness keeps the taste score from the next highest number. Patrick may have set out to brew a quad, but he missed the mark this time.

The mouthfeel takes both barrels: not enough malt and too few bubbles. Full and nougat chewy would have been good. Medium and expansively creamy would have been even better. Thinnish (for the style and the ABV) and flattish doesn't get it done.

Despite impressive bottles, impressive labels, impressive beer names and what appears to be a 'nice guy' owner-brewer, The Bruery has yet to impress me. Partridge In A Pear Tree doesn't change that. Here's hoping that the next eleven days of Christmas give craft beer lovers more to celebrate.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer, simply said this was the best thing I have had come out the bruery. Served chilled and poured into several wine glasses, this one was consumed with dinner at Grandma's tonight on 01/01/2009.

The pour was very, very nice. A deep dark brown color with a nice amount of cloudiness and haze to it. Rich light tan colored head rose up to a height of around three inches before settling down with much side glass lacing and leaving still a nice inch high heado f foam.

The aroma was loaded down with light fruits, grains, touches of spice and a wonderful mixture of nutmeg and cinnamon. Deep, very deep profile here that got thicker with every single sip. Smooth, was an understatement here as the alcohol was a mere afterthought. Rich dark fruit notes, raisins, pears, lots of light spices just whirling around in a deep caramel base. Lots of nice grain notes here and a wonderful earthy hop finish to it. Really the most drinkable quad I have ever come across.

To say this is the best I have had from the bruery does not do it justice. This is a fantastic beer. One of the best I have had this holiday season.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Amyliz4 for sharing this one! Was not expecting to ever have this one.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with moderate carbonation evident and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, bready malts, and light toffee and caramel malts. Very fruity and sweet, but I like it.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, caramel malts, toffee, Belgian eyast, light spice, figs, raisins, and lightly toasted malts. More caramel here and not as quite as the nose, which makes it a lot better for me. A step up from the nose and really nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink....great mouthfeel. No alcohol at all here.

o - Overall a very nice beer. I drank 2TD, 3FH, and 4CB's on Christmas day, so only a week earlier, and much preferred this one to those, as the taste and mouthfeel were great. Was actually surprised with how good this one was after all those on Christmas. Very glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found my notes for this in my old notebook. No date on the page, but sometime in the summer of 2009.

A: The beer pours a very dark amber color, some brownish qualities to it, with a finger and a half of off-white head.

S: Smells intensely sweet. Lots of raisins and plums, maybe a bit of fig. Some caramel and molasses notes to it. Also some prominent spice notes, maybe nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: More of the same on the palate. Sweet dark fruits and sugar overwhelm you. It's almost syrupy, in fact. Booze, spice, caramel, molasses, plums, and raisins sum up the different flavors well.

M: Quite full in body with a low carbonation which doesn't help.

O: Sort of a mess. Funny that at the time I didn't think much of this beer and as a result got rid of this beer for almost nothing in return.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. A little transparent. Small head.

Smell - Dark fruits. Oxidation, kinda cardboardy. Caramel.

Taste - Just like the smell. Dark fruitiness. Sweet caramel malts. Cardboard oxidation.

Mouthfeel - It's big and boozy. Medium carbonation. Oxidized.

Overall - Yeah, it's old. Interesting to try, though.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Amyliz4. Muchas gracias.

The beer appears dark brown with a quarter inch of tan head. The aroma is fabulous, with prominent yeast and malt, brown sugar, caramels, toffee. Smells Belgian and wonderful. Fabulous taste. Easily one of the best American examples of a quad I have tasted. Brown sugar and molasses are tempered by a bready yeast presence. Medium bodied and silky smooth on the palate. Overall, a very good beer that I am ecstatic to try.

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Photo of imperialking
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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