Partridge In A Pear Tree | The Bruery

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Partridge In A Pear TreePartridge In A Pear Tree

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian 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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 141
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 10 Jan 2009.

Poured in a 0.4 mL tulip. Large peachy white tight head. Well carbonated. Cloudy ruby red color. Smells of yeast, sour cherries, tart nectarines, kind of dry and dusty. Tastes strongly of spice cake, cinnamon, nutmeg. Lots of sweet and sour fruits and dark sugar. Quite sweet throughout. Mellow bitter finish. Ethanol warming in finish, almost bourbony. Medium body.

Would be interesting to age this 11 years for the vertical.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured into a chalice a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which leaves some tiny islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, dark fruits, spice. The taste is very nice, malty, with nice notes of figs, plums, and raisins, also some nice spiceyness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well for a 11% brew. Very drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, and it will not be my last.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/13/09- Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 2008 release, poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Copper-golden color with fine clouded yeast swirling about. 3/4 inch quickly fading head which leaves a slight rim. Small pacthes and lines of lace left over.

Smell- Very sweet nose of suagr and a mixture of fruit scents. Some caramel candy smell as well. Only drawback is the extreme sweetness.

Taste- Pretty much dead on the the nose. Again the only negative being a bit too sweet. Sugary fruits play havoc on the tongue with some very light cinnimon and clove flavors. Cherry is the most abundant flavor...jolly rancher-esque. Almost like a amped up Three Philosophers.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation level, sticky sweetness and a bit cloying in the mouth. Otherwise, damn perfect.

Drinkability- So close to a perfect beer. Sweetness needs to be turned down a notch or two and we would have liquid gold.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown-mahogany with a thick, creamy off-white head. Aroma of sugar, brown sugar, pears, apples, nutmeg, yeast, and boozy malt. Sour-sweet taste, very bretty at first. Soon, turns into a sweet, spiced wine concoction. Lots of fruit, mostly pears and apricots, but an underlying grapey/vinuous tanginess. Alcohol is decently masked, but there is a warming and a bit of ethyl at times. Flat mouthfeel, but full. Easy drinker, though definitely a sipper with its ABV. Dare I say, and knowing this is a quad, but it is one of the better holiday beers out there.

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Photo of craytonic
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a deep burgundy-mahogany-brown with blood red edges, some head and lacing

Smell: Sugar, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, pears. The aroma is very nice.

Taste: Sickly sweet. Too sweet. Beyond southern sweet tea sweet. Undrinkably sweet. And alcohol. There are other tastes that resemble the aroma, but I just can't get past the syrup-factor

Mouthfeel: Too much sugar, like cough syrup or cheap pancake syrup.

Drinkability: The aroma is very promising, but the sweetness destroys it, this went right down the drain - and I had wanted to enjoy it as it was a pain to get. Seems like other people like it fine. Perhaps it is meant for aging, but the should have made that a little more clear if so.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on a Saturday (2/7/09). Consumed as a dessert beer after two others & a Seared Ahi Tuna entree.

A: Served in a 10oz brandy snifter. Pours a dirty, light brown color w/very little head that breaks apart to a thick ring that laces.

S: After the unfortunate sanitizer smell of the glass, you get a Belgian yeast & candied sugar, sweet fruits and caramelized dark fruits. A bit of alcohol lingers, but not nearly the 12% abv as advertised.

T: Malt, sweetnees at the beginning. Spices and a bit of alcohol. A slight bitterness with syrupy goodness of a finish.

M: Thick & syrupy. Not as sweet as most have noticed.

D: One of THE most drinkable 11-12% abv's I've had in a while.

Very good Belgian-style Quadruppel.

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Photo of Floydster
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from the brewery for eleven dollars if I remember correctly, split with my dad on 1/3/09, reviewed from notes, poured into a Duvel tulip glass, color is murkiy brown color, 3/4 inch creamy off white head that leaves a ring around the glass, nice retention, smell is made up of dates, caramel, brown sugar, dried apricots, yeast, sweet malt, and a hint of booze, flavor is much the same with a sweet middle and a slightly bitter finish mixed with a sharp fruit taste, gets more spicy as it warms, mouthfeel is both sweet and spicy, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers quite a bit, drinkability is quite good for the amount of sugar in this beer, candy-like once it warms but still goes down easily, alcohol is hidden well for its strength too, great quad and hope to see Patrick to do a barrel aged version in this future, will be drinking more of this in the near future, as I have four bottles left, recommended

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML into a tulip/ no freshness date needed

P: Honey brown from the bottle, sits dark burgundy tinted amber. One and a half inch light tan head is semi-thick & frothy, with good retention.

A: Big fruity presence like raisins, grapes, and apples. Also some toasted malts, clove & pepper, and alcohol.

T: Toasted caramel malts, sour grapes, raisins, cloves, and port-like alcohol. Also some candied sugar, apples, cinnnamon, and yeast. Overall, its sweet, with some bitterness that barely takes the edge off.

M & D: Medium-full bodied, silky smooth, and gently carbonated. It is a bit cloying, though. Drinkability is good, but the 11% kicks your ass quickly!

Notes: In my opinion, this is a bit too sweet. But, it's still quite enjoyable. Good flavor profile that's deep, complex, and pleasant. Definitely a sipper. It's good but not great.

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Photo of roblowther
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on a trip to San Diego. A malty oasis in a sea of hops.

a - Cloudy dark copper brown w/ minimal tan head.
s - caramel, spice, vanilla. But very subtle.
t - sweet. sweet, sweet, sweet. Tastes of sugar (big shock), pears, and grapes
m - flat. Not surprising for the strength but almost more like an old ale or a barleywine than a quadrupel
d - definite alcohol warmth on the finish. This is just two sweet to drink a lot.

All in all a decent beer but not my favorite quadrupel.

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Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer, but it suffers in rating it strictly as a quad. It's very sweet, but it's a good sweet. It just tastes like a barley wine with a Belgian yeast and some interesting spicing. Now, that's really not a bad thing, but this just does not quite have the depth and complexity of the top quads, which also happen to be some of the best beers in the world. The sweetness is great, but I prefer more earthiness and bitterness in my quads. There is a lot going on in the beer. Sweet caramel, figs, honey, barley, orangey hops, wood. It's a very easy quad to like. The mouthfeel is slightly cloying, but it does a great job of warming up the mouth, so I can't call it a negative. There are some Belgian flavors in there, but they aren't as deep as with some beers. It's a very good beer. Bruery seems like a great brewery.

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Photo of corey0212
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Overlord for this one!!

Pours a rich mahogany color, minimal tan head and lacing, nice swirlies floating on top of the beer. Massive brown sugary aromas wafting from the glass, raisins, dark fruit. Tastes follow right along, and somehow, that 11% is buried pretty deep in the mix. Pretty sticky/syrupy, nice warming & spicy flavors. Definitely a nice choice for the season, and something I'd love to have again.

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Photo of joecast
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

deep hazy amber color. low carbonation with a thin tan head that leaves good lacing on the glass.

after having a few beers from the Bruery now, they seem to have a similar belgian aromatic character. i guess thats to be expected as they probably use the same standard belgian yeast for most of their beers, if not all. this one has that same character which i find very appealing. dark fruits and some alcohol heat with a hin of barnyard thrown in.

smooth sweet dark fruits in the taste as well. light spice and yeast with a slight bitter finish. a really big beer but very well balanced.

seriously drinkable for 11%. the alcohol only just makes itself noticeable but its such a full and complex beer that you end up sipping it slowly anyway. very nice.

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Photo of kasper
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a foggy mahogany with red hues, thin but creamy tan head that leaves speckled lacing on the glass.

S: Aromas of caramelized bananas, creamy malts, maybe a bit of spice/coriander.

T: Flash of flavors; sweet carmel malts, raison bread, brown sugar, touch of ripe pear. Sweet alcohol finish.

M: Full bodied, tingly carbonation, syrupy.

D: This is a strong one and a sweet one. Interesting beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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 abfraser
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark nut brown. This one has some carbonation, which is a good sign after the Autumn Maple.

S: Smells like a classic Belgian quad. Candi sugar, dark fruits, pears. Good stuff.

T/M: Just like the smell. Caramel, candi sugar, dark fruits. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, but that's pretty much par for the course with the style.

D: Nice sipping beer. Definitely needed to split this one. It'd be too much to drink an entire 750ml of this by yourself.

Overall, nice stuff. The best Bruery beer I've had.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a 2.5 finger head. The creamy beige head has good retention and lacing.

Aroma is very sweet, dark fruits. Sweet plum, figs, raisins, and alcohol. The taste continues the theme of sweetness. Very sugury! Little hop profile, earthy if anything. The level of alcohol is nice and considering the strong 11% it's well hidden. Finish is sugury sweet and moderately alcoholic.

Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Body is on the high end of medium. Good beer but the sweetness limits the drinkability.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a dark and clouidy brown with red edges and an averaged sized off whtie head. Aromas of raisins, pears, plums, caramel, and light spices. Tastes of the same fruits, spices, caramel, and nutty. Overall the alcohol was well hidden.. I look forward to this series continuing through the years.

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Photo of beresnaub
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was sold at Holiday Liqueur in Escondido. 11% alcohol brewed in Orange County. Kevin and Brandon and friends shared this beer on Christmas, 2008.

Kevin drank from a unique, modified weizen glass.
Kevin said "a very good quadrupel. 750 mL is good for a partay. The yeast is clean and delicious. "

Brandon drank from a snifter.
Brandon said "the beer is medium dark brown in color with a small, quickly dissipating head. It smells like it has 11% alcohol content, but you can't taste it. The taste has citrus undertones."

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a murky light brown color with minimal head that breaks apart to a thick ring that lines the inside of the glass, leaving only a few streaks of lacing behind.

S- Belgian yeast and Belgian candi sugar along with over-ripe fruits and caramelized dark fruits. A strong alcohol presence lingers in the background with some indiscernible spices.

T- Malty and sweet at first, but spices and alcohol take over before a dry and boozy finish that leaves lasting flavors of bready malts and maple syrup accompanied by a mild tobacco bitterness.

M- Slightly under-carbonated, but the mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied despite the overly syrupy texture. It seems like The Bruery has some issues with their beers being either way too carbonated or not enough.

D- Despite the 11% ABV being very up-front in this beer, I found it to be highly drinkable and enjoyable. I didn't try to finish the entire bottle, but I felt like I could have over the course of a few hours. Good stuff.

A really good Belgian-style Abbey Ale Quad, as the bottle describes. It's really boozy, but that can only work in favor of this beer's ability to be aged for many years, which is apparently what they are going for.

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Photo of waltonc
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty amber color, a little hazy, with nice white head. Carbonation in this is well done. A great improvement over the Autumn Maple I had on Thanksgiving. Smell is classic quad - sweet malts and dark fruit. Taste includes that as well as candi sugar, yeast. I don't taste any pear, not that I expected it. But I find it interesting that many other reviewers claim to taste pear. When the turtle dove edition comes out, will reviewers taste that too?

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable, I can live with the decision to bottle this in 750 ml. Picked up an extra bottle to try with the subsequent verses.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hamilton's the other day. The beer pours an amber brown color with red hilights. Head retention and lacing both look pretty good on this one. On the nose this beer is very impressive. Tasted blind, there is no way I would guess I was drinking something domestic. Surely I'm drinking this beer somewhere in Belgium. I get a huge aroma of rootbeer, chocolate and spice, which is very enticing. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except I get more of a cola and tomatoe sauce flavor on this medium sweet beer. There is also plenty of chocolate and spice. I know the combination sounds a bit odd, but this beer is absolutely delicious. The beer is medium bodied and pretty long on the finish. Alcohol is fairly well disguised, considering the abv., but you can tell it's up there.

Another excellent beer from Bruery. I'm starting to expect it from them.

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Photo of SShelly
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a bottle from the stuffed sandwich.

Pours a Dark Brown with a low white head, moderate retention, fairly cloudy brew.

Moderatly malty aroma with a fringe of dark fruit.

Huge malt upfront taste with a moderate amount of residual sweetness, nice dry finish, kinda unbalanced beer, I think the flavor will only get better on this one. Moderate alcohol warming and a nice pale chocolate background that leaves a bit of sweetness in the mouth.

Definetly a beer I will grab 2-3 bottles of and let them age out a little, look forward to updating this review in the future.

Update!- poured a bottle 3-6-09, poured a dark ruby red, crystal clear, residual sweetness had disappeared slightly and the alcohol had taken on a little bit of a different life, score slightly raised for the looks and nose, very very happy with this.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The day I received the Bruery's email announcement of this release, I excitedly went to my local (LaBodega in Riverside, CA.) and was very pleasantly surprised to find 750 ml bottles listed at $10.99. This was a surprise because this place usually is a week or two behind in stocking a given release, and also this is a fair price for a Quad out here in the boonies. So I picked up a few bottles to try; will get more to age if I like it.

Pours a semi-cloudy amber-brown without a lick of carbonation; not unusual for the style, but I would have liked a hint. This is at the other end of the scale from the Saison, which was crazy foamy.

Aroma is sweet dark fruits- plums and raisins and dark cherries and essence of Brandy. Flavor is also mostly sweet fruits, with a moderate alcohol kick that reminds one of the 11% ABV. Nice and tasty; would have liked a bit more complexity, but still pretty good. Pretty sugary too. Heavy rich mouthfeel. More drinkable than it should be for the alcohol content.

I usually don't mention other beers in a review, but for me the standards of this style are Rochefort 10 and Pannepot (admittedly in different ways). When I drink those, my mouth does the happy dance of flavor and all is well with the world. This beer is very good, but does not hit my mouth the same way. Very good, but not quite at their level.

I hope the suggested aging (can you say a 12 Days of Christmas "Vertical Epic"???) will reduce the sugars, build the complexity and tone down the alcohol burn a bit, and this one might be fantastic. I definitely will be buying more.

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Photo of kbm
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the Bruery specifically to try this out. I'm glad I did.

A: Dark drown with a red tinge. Virtually no head on my glass, but that had more to do with the bartender than the beer.

S: My God, it smells like candy. Strong fruitiness.

T: Slightly less sweet than the smell. Nice upfront yeast with all kinds of fruity sweetness.

M: Low carbonation - which suits the beer. Like everyone else has already stated, the alcohol is hidden.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It went down well. A very good quadruple and an excellent winter beer. Probably my favorite Bruery brew to date.

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Photo of Overlord
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown ... maybe a slight ruddy color when held to light. Robust light tan head, which is surprising with a beer of this ABV.

Smell is ... good lord, this is going to be sugary, isn't it? Raisin, figs, prunes, dates ... and a gigantic brown sugar smell to it. The taste really delivers the promise made by the aroma. You've heard of hop bombs? This is a sugar bomb. Diabetics, check your glucose. This blows Pannepot out of the water in terms of sweet quads.

The flavor is, again, dark fruits of the raisin/fig variety predominating. Just straight ... sugar ... and a nice yeastiness to it. Mouthfeel is just okay for the style.

Don't know what to make of this beer. It's certainly a good quad, but man, it's sweet.

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Partridge In A Pear Tree from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 141 ratings