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Partridge In A Pear TreePartridge In A Pear Tree

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear light cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells expressively of sweet, rip dark fruit (even noticeable as I pour this); notes of rum soaked raisins, dark concentrated plum, fig compote spiced with Chinese five spice, a touch of tart tamarind, some date notes. The malt character in this beer is big as well with notes of brown sugar and light molasses, a touch of graham cracker and a rich, dense, moist holiday bread like note. Overall the spices are fairly subtle in the nose, but play a supporting role to the concentrated malt and fruit notes that dominate the aroma. Despite being quite fruity, this beer does not come off as overly sweet, nothing near cloying, but it does have a rich concentrated fruit aroma to it.

Thick and viscous as this first hits my tongue, there is an ample carbonation here as well, that still is not able to scrub the palate of this heavy beast of a beer. Rich, fruit laden notes of figs, raisins and prunes up front turn into a concentrated, almost brandy like note in the finish where some warm alcohol flavors come into play. A touch of tartness in the finish rounds out the fruit character and there is a definite spiciness to the finish that contributes notes of clove, perhaps a hint of anise, and an earthy, perhaps coriander, slight nutmeg note as well. The finish sees some toasted grain character in it that helps to dry out up front notes of caramelized malt sugars that provide a rich brown sugar note and some date like flavors. This is definitely a sweet rich beer, it manages to not be quite cloying, but it could certainly be a touch drier, which would make it a touch more quaffable and perhaps even a bit more complex.

A second pour of this has this being quite carbonated again, much of the sweetness is tempered by the carbonic acid in the beer, this really helps the balance of the beer quite a bit. This is definitely a problem for this beer, it is just too big of a beer to be drunk quickly before the carbonation levels drop off, which then leaves the beer a bit unbalanced. This is a nice beer, it should actually improve a bit with age, at least for a couple years, as some additional oxidation should dry this out and add some additional complexity. If The Bruery is planning on a 12 year "vertical" tasting this beer actually has the oomph to go the distance in reasonable shape (unlike that Witbier from down south) and I can't wait to try the other 11 beers.

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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 Schmaltzy
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Reserve Society initiation.

A- Pours a nice hazy light/medium brown color with a nice pillowy 1 finger off white head which left clumps of lacing.

S- Very sweet. Candi sugar, sweet malt, toffee/caramel, pear/apple, nice bready yeast scents, and a little alcohol burn.

T- Definate caramel apple/pear, candi sugar, baking spices, bready yeast, and some roasted pecans/almonds.

M- Thick and heavy beer, alcohol that is still apparent, nice ample fluffy carbonation. It is very sweet but I believe that this beer after a year of aging is showing signs of promise.

D- Not so easy to drink this, very heavy beer that is quite rich and syrupy. Give it more time and open up on the 12th day of Christmas...

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Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery many times. Figured I'd finally review this after all the crazy hype around it.

Pours a cloudy brown color with an off-white head.

Aroma of sweet malt, candi sugar, pears, yeast, and alcohol.

Flavor is dominated by sweet fruitiness, spices, and nuts. Very sweet and somewhat complex.

Fairly full and syrupy mouthfeel. Maybe a little too rich if anything, which slightly detracts from the drinkability, but it is a pretty enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with ruby tones. A light tan finger and 1/2 of head formed with tight bubbles. This head faded quickly

Smells a touch metallic, of cherries and a hint of sour. Musty

Well, good news the flavor does not follow suit from the aroma. I was quite worried. Tons and tons of deep dark fruits. Black Cherry, fig, prune, date. Comes back to the cherry again and again. A touch of maple at times. With the sediment later there is a ton of caramel and some cocoa notes.

Full bodied and almost syrup like. The slightest amount of carbonation. A warming quality to it.

This beer grew on me. My initial reaction from the aroma was negative, but this really grew on me.
Nice beer. I hope I enjoy the other in 12 years as I complete the vertical on the series.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into wine glass...

A: Pours a dark amber brown with a one finger head that falls to a thin foam with a nice ring around the glass...pretty good lacing.

S: Big bready caramel malt, borderline maple syrup, plums, figs and an almost ciderlike aroma. Also very earthy with some spice on the finish. Good but not great...

T: Sweet caramel covered green apples with a hint of cinnamon spice...candy malt is heavy in this one with a bright green apple/fig fruitiness that has an underlying toffee element and the finish is long with an earthy depth that is much needed and desired. Overall an excellent flavor.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation...very fine bubbles and a long smooth finish that is sweet but not quite cloying.

D: The 11% is never noticed. Sweetness draws back somewhat but because it isn't cloying it is more drinkable than it would be. Overall this beer is delicious, not fantastic but a pretty good offering yet again from the Bruery...well done.

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Photo of scootny
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a Jekyll and Hyde beer. One personality with food one without. The scores are in the interest of fairness without.

Appearance is a burnt orangey brown with moderate carbonation. A ring is left after a somewhat quick fade. A touch of lace here or there. Decent clinging as you drink.

Smell is better, with a multifaceted structure of malt, a forward yeasty fruitiness, and mild floral hops. Orange is a feature and it recalls the scent of holiday fruit bowls for me as I sniff. Multilayered and complex sweetness in the makeup of this one. Caramel, toffee, Belgian candi sugar.

Taste is the J&H. The roasted and bready malt characters take a back seat to the almost cloying sweetness. The traditional quad malt bomb has a syrup like stowaway. The orange from the nose is a firm presence here becoming more like a liqueur. The alcohol while not hidden is very well integrated. The sweetness of it accentuates the sugary facet of this flavor profile. There are Port wine like aspects that I noted in the Papier. This one as well. Mild hops to dry the mouth and cut the sweetness. I was beginning to wonder what kind of holiday beer this is when it hit me. It IS a holiday beer. Holidays have food and friends. This is not a quad for one man to tackle. You need friends. This is not a taste meant to stand alone. It was constructed for food. Holiday foods. I opened the fridge and pulled out a few things to test my theory. Taste goes up to 4, maybe more. With a decade of age on it this could mellow wonderfully. Right now it's a bit... brash and touch too much like sweet wine for me. Feel is gently effervescent in carbonation and a touch syrupy. Light syrup but syrup nonetheless. Somehow in spite of this a touch thin for a quad. This is probably the biggest letdown. I was looking for a beer I could sink my teeth in. A rich and somewhat chewy experience. It's falling short of that

This is not a quaffer by any stretch. This is a beer built for sips with the family and friends around the dinner table. Drinkability goes up then. By itself I would need three others to finish the bottle.

My Bruery experiences to date display well crafted beers but so far none have really been refreshing or what I would open on a night buy myself when I want a nice Belgian or such. They seem to take too much work to enjoy. It's like a there's a disconnect from the more simple aspects of a good beer. I dunno just one man's musings and opinion. Still I think this one seems to be brewed to be interesting and tasty now with it fully maturing and showing it's stuff at the end of the series. Sort of a different approach from say a VE 020202 brewed to be enjoyed fresh and appreciated for what it becomes in 121212. Time will tell and I of course have my Bruery series cellaring as I write.

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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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Photo of BlackHoleBrew42
2.54/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Procured from Belmont Station in Portland, poured into a wine glass, half inch head dissipates quickly, deep ruby color, no transparency. Deep golden and amber hues in the light. Its got legs, thats for sure.

On the nose, its a bit strange. Can't quite put my finger on it. Figs? Molasses? Raisin? Date? Definitely anticipating some sweetness, perhaps some caramel, maybe the toe jam of a yeast monster.

Mouthfeel is thick and nice, nice carbonation. sweetness is there. Very sweet, indeed. Im getting oak, alcohol on the exhale is definitely a bit burning. Honestly, theres a bit of pear in there. The sweetness is kinda killing me now.

Wow. Definitely a sipper, and one i should have shared at that, this bottle is looking like quite the challenge right now. More age may mellow it, but the sweetness is just a bit too much. Glad i've tried it, but ive had better from the Bruery.

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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 azagthoth
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will continue on in this forseeable practice as of late that has been getting the better part of me - 750 ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip glass courtesy of Stan at Lone Hill Liquor.

Appearance - After a sprightly pour, I was left with an aphotic red brew with a 1/4 inch head. It was very serene in appearance as the head dispersed but the intensity of this brew could easily be discerned from the outside as it was one of the more appealing quads from my angle.

Smell - A vast array of candied complexity! Burly notes of syrup first come to mind, as dried fruit sits tacitly in the aura. Butterscoth and caramel are plentiful in the nose, too! I could ascertain from the smell alone that the Partridge In A Pear Tree would be something along the lines of fermented candy in a thick & fruity syrup like form. I was indeed right!

Taste - Sugar and figures of candy nicely compliment the sweetened dark fruity elements of this elaborate ale. Toffee reveals itself from beneath, as syrup is dispensed to remit an excessively sweet finale.

Mouthfeel - Absolutey massive! You can chew this stuff, comparable to gluey candy that sticks to every crevice around your teeth. The mouth is left coated with a syrupy texture that weighs down the full body of this beer as it charmingly hangs around the palate for a while.

Drinkability - For a beer that probably equates to 5 days worth of food in a 750 ml bottle - astonishing! The 11% is arguably inaudible, and overall this quadrupel is one of the more intricate ones representing the style. This stuff is really on par with some of the absolute best coming from the Belgian mainland.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Dark amber with a modest head. The aroma has a lot of fruity, spicy yeast character. There's some apple--or is that pear? Ah the power of suggestion. Some molasses and caramel malt sweetness with a great fruity yeast character. Full and creamy body. Maybe it's just that this was the only belgian strong of the night that actually had the right yeast character, but this was a really nice one.

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Photo of bargerking
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice copper color. No head, no lace, no carbonation. Smell is boozy with a background of dark fruits. Taste is sweet fruit dominated by pears and apple. Finish is really crip. Smell was more boozy than taste. Overall a great quad that was sweet but not overwelming. This was my first Bruery beer and I look forward to trying the whole line....

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Photo of younger35
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from my favorite west coast trader 0110x011. I really enjoyed the first brew I tried from The Bruery and am expecting this to be tasty as well. Drank from my brand spanking new Lost Abbey goblet.

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish brown with a fairly thick one fingered head that is sturdy and thick. A nice cap and collar is left along with a bit of spotty lacing
Smell- I can tell this is going to be fairly sweet from my initial whiff. Dark caramelized sugars and light corn syrup give the beer a crazy sweet smell that does lean toward fruity. Freshly cut pears are evident as is a bit of ripe green apple and even a hint of cherry. Maybe a bit grainy as a cereal like toastiness is almost Raisin Bran like. The more I smell this brew the more it smells like peaches (as it warms). Very interesting nose.
Taste- Definitely sweet but I think I sort of prepared myself because it doesn't bother me that much. First sip brings a deep dark fruitiness that is mostly raisin and prune. The alcohol is fairly strong but definitely not the focal point of the beer. A bit of yeast is definitely present adding some of that Belgium goodness. I maybe get a bit of pear as well but mostly it's just dark Belgium candied sugar and dark fruits. A lingering grainy maltiness that is slightly nutty lingers.
Mouthfeel- Nice robust feel that's fairly thick and creamy with a light tingly carbonation.
Drinkability- Damned tasty brew! It's pretty funny how much this actually smells like candied pears and has that sort of fruity taste as well (although it leans more towards the darker fruit side). I really like what the Bruery has going on and I hope to get to the opportunity to try more. Thanks Matt!

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Photo of gford217
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky brownish amber with a decent tan head that shows good retention and a little lacing.

The aroma is massively sweet. It's got lots of candi sugar and a caramel sweetness with plenty of dark fruits. This is slightly balanced by a hint of peppery spiciness.

The taste is thick with caramel and sugary sweetness. Lots of boozy dark fruits which leave a lingering sweetness in the finish along with a slight alcohol burn and a bit of spices.

The mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation and a sugary sweetness that lingers on the palate.

This is a solid quad though it's definitely heavy on the sweetness and it definitely limits the drinkability with such an overwhelming sugar and sweet fruit presence.

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Photo of bort11
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some more beatings from mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

750 ml bottle split with my wife. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series goblet. Rich looking egg cream colored head, only a few spots of lace. Color is like the dark red skin of an apple.

Smell is sweet with pear and apple fruit. Maybe a little it of cinnamon, makes it cider-ish. Taste is also very juicy.

Mouthfeel has a dense character and finishes with a slight tickle of carbonation. I don't feel the 11% at all. Dangerously drinkable.

Blipped "I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls" by Andy Partridge

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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 JohnQVegas
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into chalice, big thanks to Damian (Solomon420) for letting me get my hands on another beer from what's quickly becoming one of my favorite brewery. Onto the beer.

Pours cloudy brown, almost the color of black tea, with a thin big bubbled off-white head that fades into some soapy bubbles. Nice stickage.

Nose is sweet, vinous, caramel and toffee mixing it up with sweet plums and dates. At one point, I got bready maple and cinnamon, almost french-toasty. It's like not much that I can think of, honestly. A bit boozey. Pretty unique, alluring.

Taste is very vinous. Dates, plums, white grapes, raisins, all thrown into a blender and pureed, with a malt note that hints at brown sugar, and then fermented with a wine yeast? Don't quite know what to make of this one. It's interesting enough to keep you coming back for another sip, but more out of curiosity than delight. Certainly not a bad quad, but very unorthodox for me.

Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, could use a bit of a boost in that area, syrupy, with a body that gets just a bit watery at times. Not bad, but not quite on the mark for me either.

Drinkability suffers from the lack of carbonation. This is a VERY interesting beer for me, almost like a cross between a quad and an English barleywine, with the vinousness thrown in for good measure. Nice, adventurous, but not quite a home run for me.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, lot of suspended yeast. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet and sour nose. Flavor is caramel, ginger and spice . High ABV is hidden. Pricey at $12.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome offering from my Bruery pusher Mauerhan (thanks Topher). 750 ml bottle served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured a purplish-brown with hazy clarity. Half inch off-white head quickly dissipates into a soapy skim that coalesces into a tight band around the perimeter of the glass. Some spotty lacing, but virtually no adhesion. Nose is a little boozy with suggestions of plum and grapes; slight vinous. Taste follows nose. Great balance and flavor with a subtle spicy character. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a kiss of carbonation. Some residual slickness on the tongue between quaffs. Really awesome Quad; incredibly flavorful and easy drinking.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let this one sit out for about 20 minutes, fired off the cap (moderate fizz) and let it sit for a bit longer before pouring into Ommegang chalice. Git er dun...

Pours a turbid cloudy bourbon color reminiscent of raisins soaking in dark rum for rum raisin ice cream. Head is light powdered ginger color but goes quickly on the first pour, yielding merely yeast wisps.

There are sweet raisin notes for starters - there's little carbonation so the scent doesn't distribute as quickly as expected. There are significant rum and pear notes. This is calm but very complex. Spices really aren't prominent but more in background and that lends to the subtlety.

Well, there's some nice calm booze in this one for starters. Mostly rum but a little bit of bourbon. Excellent dark fruits - in this case mostly raisins, some cinnamon-baked and caramelized pears and apples. Carbonation emerges a bit to lend more diffusion across the taste buds, but intermittently. This needs time but it's quite flavor-packed. Off the beaten path a fair amount for a quad but quite enjoyable.

This is pure warmth. There's a nice booziness that's prominent but doesn't burn - it complements the raisins and plums and subtle brown sugar and cinnamon spice along with the pectin from the pear and apple fibers to create a velvety touch. Some more synergy would be ideal as the apple and pear feel gets a little hollow after a while. Overall it's still quite robust. Be sure to let this warm.

Good for an after-dinner, contemplative sipper. It coates, soothes and relieves. Not sure how many more of these I have (probably two) but I want to save 1 for quite a while if possible. It may be tough! Once again Patrick, the Rue family and the Bruery hit paydirt. Y'all do some awesome stuff.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Christmas already? Pours a mostly cloudy golden amber color with a light orange hue to it. A soft white head that, like most Bruery beers, has a big carbonation pour. A fluffy white head that does take a while to come down but once settled has limited retention. But good sticky lace when it was there.

The nose is subtle in the pear but some very nice Belgian qualities come out. To start the malt is a little muddled but some bready and light caramel notes. Some noticeable sugar that blends with a subtle pear flavor. The pear is not distinct but does have that stone fruit flavor. Some spicy notes, a little bit of cloves and cinnamon, giving it a more bready aroma, but some Belgian notes, pepper and a light citrus thing.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out a bit more with more of a bready flavor. Some minor biscuit notes but with noticeable cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg there is more of a pie like flavor coming out. The pears are limited as well with a light cherry and lemon taste coming out more. The yeast does not blend well, with some yeasty and rose peddle notes. Some minor butyric notes as well, but comes out when its warm. Doesn't really taste like a quad.

The body is between light and moderate. Would have liked a bit more body. The carbonation is light, odd with the carbonation from the beginning. Overall I don't think this is a quad. It just has too much going on with fruit and spice. But as a beer it is very interesting, but if you are going to call it a "pear" then would like more of the fruit notes.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, dark brown with an off white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, raisins, poached pears, and a touch of spices and cracked, black pepper.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a sugary, caramel flavor coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is chewy, spritzy, sweet, and somewhat smooth considering the dangerous level of abv.

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Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice Belgian style ale from the Bruery. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. The nose had sweet fruity malts, peppery yeasts and spicy alcohol. Taste is also on the sweet side but well balanced by the herbal yeast variety. Medium to full body drinks easy for the abv.

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Photo of ccrida
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Partridge In A Pear Tree
is a murky, rusty amber with a creamy tan head of below average last that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweet, fruity and spicy, perhaps coriander.

Taste is stronger but right in line with the nose, with a nice rounded smoothness to it that I wasn't expecting, but some elbows as well, fruity and nutty sugars. Some light phenols and pretty clean booze in spite of it's strength.

Mouthfeel is unusually creamy and finely carbonated, very nice, it gives a bit of a frothy thickness to it that seems heavier bodied then it actually is. Still, there's a sugary stickiness that builds rather heavily.

Drinkability is ok, tasty but very rich and sugary, thicker then is usual for the style, that hurts the drinkability a bit, and it tastes darker then it looks. Still, well executed, with a solid general design for something intended to last 12 years, although I'm sure it will peak well before that.

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Partridge In A Pear Tree from The Bruery
3.96 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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