Partridge In A Pear Tree - Barrel-Aged
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Quadrupel (Quad)
4.25 | pDev: 11.53%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Partridge In A Pear Tree - Barrel-AgedPartridge In A Pear Tree - Barrel-Aged
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting bottle. I brought this to our recent Dave tasting. Murky dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Lots of sludge sticking to the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of dark fruits and cardboard. In the taste, figs, pomegranate, cardboard, toasted nutshells. Barrel presence was very subtle, and there was very little booze detectable, other than maybe some neutral alcohol. Slight oxidation, but not nearly as much as I would have expected. Mouthfeel was medium, and there was a dry, leafy finish. Cool beer to try for sure, but really just a tick for me.

Aug 12, 2017
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Doodler from Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber cracked open at Sir Chris' house. Wanted to post as I have seen lots of trade forums on this beer and while PIAPT is known to be below average as a beer, the barrel treatment made this version underwhelming X 2....

All the hype ended quickly on first taste. As mentioned, I have and have had the regular Partridge a few times, so I kind of knew what to expect. Didn't think it could get worse...

Sorry....but bleh...

Murky brown pour with little head. Raisiny aroma, with some apple notes. Strange fruits and caramel flavor. Weirdly off somewhere. Not tart or sour, but has some bite. Woody finish with some heat. Glad I didn't purchase or trade for this one...

Jan 22, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nerd for sharing this at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours brings a pretty dark brown beer with a thin layer of a tan head that settles into a pretty decent cap. The nose is really nice with quite a bit of smooth bourbon with a good amount of oak. Dark fruits abound and there is a slight touch of roast there as well. The taste isn't quite as good or complex, but it's nice with a bit of sweetness and boozy bourbon. Also some mild oak presence in the background. The feel is really nice and the barrel character has really integrated well. Really tasty and drinkable. I really hope regular Partridge is near to this. Thanks again, Mike.

Jan 05, 2011
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at a post-Christmas tasting in Chicago, courtesy of nerd (thanks Mike!). I've not yet had the original Partridge, having traded my bottle away when the offers became too good to ignore, but this BA version was nice.

It poured a dark murky brown with barely any foam. The bubbles were tan colored. Lots of bourbon in the aroma, sort of fruit caky in a way. Dark fruits like plums and figs, swimming in bourbon, also some vanilla notes, maybe from the barrel.

The bourbon is the strongest component of the taste, not seeming overbearing but definitely leading the charge. Molasses and caramel, bourbon and dark fruits. Very nice.

Full bodied with the carbonation on the light side. I could have returned to this happily if there weren't so many other high ABV things to try on this one night. If you like bourbon I recommend it.

Jan 01, 2011
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BearsOnAcid from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Turbid brown/mahogany body with a khaki head that forms a collar around the beer. Huge nose of dates, glazed raisins and some bourbon. Stong dark fruits and apple juice/cider aroma is the most noticeable. Smooth vanilla, rich dark fruits, intense dark caramel, and chocolate up front on the taste. Not much bourbon but I pick up a little oak. Chocolate, spiced plums and raisins on the finish. Not too sweet for me but this is like a dessert beer. I definitely prefer this to the regular Partridge.

Dec 16, 2010
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waltonc from California

3.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy apple cider brown with tan head. Lacing is retained several minutes after pouring. I noticed some rust around the mouth of the bottle. Not an inviting way to start the drink.

S: Sweet, boozy candied fruit and bourbon.

T: Very sweet dark fruit, raisins, apple pie, brown sugar, caramel, and bourbon.

M: Fairly thick, sticky, and medium carbonation.

D: Not the most drinkable of beers, but enjoyable to have one 8 ounce glass. An appropriate beer for the Christmas season. I realize it is heresy, but I enjoyed the non-barrel-aged version more than this one. This is just a bit over the top sweet for my taste. So cloying and sweet that this shouldn't be sold in 750 format. Just 12 ounces or less.

Dec 12, 2010
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mikeyv35 from New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 09/22/2010
Glassware: Lucifer Snifter
Type: 750ml. Bottle

Thanks to goryshkewych for the opportunity to taste this gem. Unfortunately, we had a mishap w/ Fedex in transit, they must have tossed and kicked this box quite a bit! A great bit of carbonation was lost as a result, so I am going to be generous w/ my scores, as this beer was pretty good even for the lack of carbonation.

This beer poured a red mahoghany in color w/ only a skim off-white head that left little to no lacing on the glass. The nose was of deep dark fruits, tobacco, and a slight booziness. The taste replicated the nose, but w/ a finish of booze, tobacco, and a touch of charred malts. The mouthfeel was thin, a bit too thin for a quad, but the lack of carbonation from bad handling affected this. The drinkability was dangerous as the 11% ABV was about as well hidden as possible. I drank what was left of the bottle by Fedex w/ ease, but I was also feeling no pain at that point.

Overall, this brew was a disappointment due to Fedex's handling, but still a pretty good brew. Will seek this out again, as a bottle w/ proper carbonation should be tremendous! If stored properly this brew will last until the end of the 12 year vertical.

Sep 23, 2010
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illidurit from California

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of Sam. Pours a rusty brown color with a tan head. Aroma of raisins and apple juice with a pruney note. Some crazy dark fruit stuff emanating here. Prune juice, caramel, chocolate, basically lots of complex residuals and esters in the flavor. There's a sort of odd tartness to it as well. Barrel isn't overt but you know it's there. Pretty cool beer, though it doesn't all mesh quite right.

Sep 19, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada

4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pantanap for sharing this rarity. Served in a snifter glass.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to some haze, a thick ring, and a few splotches of lace. Murky dark brown body. Much better looking than Barrel-Aged Autumn Maple.

S - Huge smell of bourbon barrels imparts tons of vanilla, coconut, and wood. There's a dark fruit and cherry malt backbone as well. It's pretty sweet, which I'm guessing is largely from the base quad, but that's about all I can get from the base beer. In any case, it's quite delicious.

T - The taste is more barrel-aged barleywine than quadrupel to me. Tons of burnt sugars, dark fruits, and sweet barrel influence. There's a bit of maple as well. This reminds me of 3 Floyds barrel-aged selections where you have no idea what the base beer was. Probably a 4.25, but I'll be generous.

M - Slight spritz but otherwise lower carbonation. Medium-heavy body that is very smooth. A touch of heat at the back end, which is unsurprising.

D - This was quite delicious. It's a shame so little of this beer was made, as it's quite successful. I had low expectations but this was a winner. Not quite as good as Rurik, but pretty close.

Jul 12, 2010
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared by my homie, Kan, into a CCB snifter. States "100% Barrel Aged" on the back, so I guess that confirms it. Yeah.

A - Dark browish/black, off-white/tan head, a fingers-worth of head which vanishes quickly. There's a thin cap that remains on top, some lacing.

S - Coconuts, burnt sugars, caramel, bourbon, oak.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose. I get the barrel-aged notes, but it works wonderfully with the base beer. Coconut, Quad, dark fruits. All meld together wonderful, this beer is wonderful.

M - Medium to full bodied, creamy, rich, smooth.

D - Better then I expected, excellent. Hopefully, I can find someone who has another bottle to try this one again in a year or so. I know it's super limited, but hey, I guess I can hope for the best? Damn good, a must-try.

Jul 11, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown with a hint of red to it. The head is a very light tan, only rises about half a finger and is gone right away. It leaves a light ring around the glass and light lacing.

The aroma is strong, complex, and awesome. It starts off very sweet with tons of vanilla and cherries.

The taste starts off really sweet with tons of vanilla and wood. It tastes good, but this is not a quad. Its more of an old ale to me.

The feel is good and easy to drink.

Overall, I enjoyed this, its sweet and balanced. Not a quad, nice to drink.

Apr 04, 2010
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to jrallen34 for sharing this.

A - Dark brown, just like you would expect a quad to look, yellows toward the top and the edges. Not much head on it, but a nice circle of white foam around the edge.

S - Chcolate and vanilla, impressive strength on those two smells yet the differentiate nicely. Nice dark fruit, raisny, smell just liek you would get from a quad. Reminds me a bit of Westy 12. Nice oaky backbone that is subtle but present on it.

T - Oaky, caroby, and some nice vanilla. Very sweet and deep, with great dark fruit notes. Slight maple taste, very sweet beer. Very nice, surprised at how much I like this one.

M - Full bodied, more carbonation than I was expecting from this. Very smooth.

D - Way too drinkable for an 11%. Although it's sweet, it doesn't become offensive. Very very nice for the style and ABV.

Apr 04, 2010
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largadeer from California

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with alfrantzell and Sandstone.

The beer is a ruddy and nearly opaque brown color in my glass, topped by a small white cap that recedes to a dense ring. The aroma is a beautiful mix of bourbon, caramel and oak. Beneath the strong barrel character I get figs, spice, subtle tart berry and vanilla. The bourbon barrel covers up a lot of that signature quad yeastiness. On the palate it opens with caramel and vanilla, sweet and blatantly bourbon barrel aged. The mid-palate brings out more complexity, revealing flavors of tart dark fruit, dates, figs and red wine. The sweetness and heavy body are balanced by light tannins and a hint of alcohol. The finish is toasty and fruity with lingering spice. Having heard mixed things about this beer, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Feb 27, 2010
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mothman from Minnesota

4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with some friends at the bottle share after the reserve society initiation.

Poured into my LA tulip. I have no idea why I didn't use my bruery snifter (I think that was filled with FW 13).

Pours 1/2 finger of off tan head. Fades to a ring and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a deep caramel brown.

Aroma: A lot like regular partridge, but the -bal aging is amazing. I like the oak and vanilla with the bourbon on top of all the other flavors that this beer already brings. It is sweet and malty with some nice dark fruits to it.

Taste: I seem to really enjoy this beer. The oak, bourbon, and vanilla really add a level of complexity to this beer and it is good with out the barrels. Cherries, plums, raisins, lots of malts, but balanced. One of the best quads I have had.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, creamy, with a touch of heat. Medium to full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Very fine drinkablitly. Ends malty but pretty clean.

Overall, I want more of this beer. One of the best quads I have had. I seem to be in the minority on my score, but this beer is great. I can't wait for the vertical of the -bal aged series.

Jan 31, 2010
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nickd717 from California

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating #500! Bottle shared at the post-Bruery Reserve Society Initiation bottle share. This beer has a lot of things going for it that usually result in high ratings: a ridiculous amount of hype, extreme rarity, bourbon barrel aging, high ABV, being from Southern California, etc. But sometimes you have to strip all that away and look at the actual beer in your glass. This is a good beer, but it's not a life-changer.

Pours cloudy brown with a medium-sized and well-retained off-white head.

Aroma is sweet malt, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, and oak. The bourbon is balanced in fairly well and does not overwhelm the aromas you expect from standard Partridge.

Flavor is sweet and fruity, much like the regular version, with nice bourbon, vanilla, and oak notes contributed by the -bal aging this allegedly underwent. Raisin, fig, and date comprise most of the fruity character, as is typical in quads. Also some spices, nuts, and maple syrup. Make no mistake, this is still a very sweet beer.

Medium-full and smooth on the palate, creamy and not at all boozy despite the high ABV.

Drinkability is actually somewhat higher than regular PiaPT in my opinion. This is rather enjoyable. Overall this beer is good, but is not as amazing as the hype might lead you to believe.

Jan 20, 2010
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azagthoth from California

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I underwent the delight of sampling yet another upstanding brew on the home turf in Placentia, on Halloween 2009.

Appearance - Was somewhere in the fathomless realms of tawny red boundaries. The pour accrued a rather extensive head in comparison to its correlative non-BA version. The appearance was more or less interchangeable to the original (which I have already reviewed), despite the excelling head retention.

Smell - A reinforced inspiration of bourbon! Wow! The hints of syrup, butterscotch, toffee, and dark fruit that I noted in my previous review sit enduringly inferior to the presence of bourbon.

Taste - Matches the smell! The bourbon is ever so forthcoming as the fruit and syrupy counterparts ambush the palate only as the bourbon begins to etiolate. The butterscotch and toffee sanction the back end of the sip while leaving you absolutely enthralled.

Mouthfeel - The bourbon aging seemed to have de-escalated the density of syrup, resulting in an insanley harmonized body. Considering the carbonation and body to this brew at 11%, I have to give the mouthfeel a 5 here without hesitation.

Drinkability - Yet another voluminous beer in the Bruery's archive that is so easy to drink it is stupefying! They are consistent with enshrouding the alcohol in their high-end ABV brews that the drinkability is warranted on every occasion prior to the first sip. This is one of the many characteristics that have made The Bruery very innovative, yet again!

Nov 13, 2009
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to OlieIPA.

Pours a very dark brown color with a large, foamy white head. A very nice looking beer, but the head is a bit short lived.

Scent of prunes, sugars, molasses, maple syrup, anise, earth, dust, wood, caramel, and more dark fruit. A bit of a strange scent for a quad, but very good. The dry wood adds a nice depth to the sweet sugars and dark fruit.

Taste of molasses, maple syrup, dry oak, dark fruit, earth, and sugars. Not quite as complex as the scent, but I am loving the dry oak flavor. Balanced very well for the strength, and the alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and slick with decent carbonation.

Nov 07, 2009
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HopHead84 from California

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 10/27/2009 before Black Tuesday and poured into a snifter. Thanks Overlord. The beer is tawny with a big beige head and good retention. A little lacing is left behind.

The nose is of vanilla, bourbon, and toffee. The alcohol is light in the aroma. I detect dates and brown sugar as well.

The flavor is rich malt with notes of dried dates and figs. The barrels have added vanilla and bourbon. Alcohol is noticeable, as is brown sugar. The malty finish has notes of dates and lingering bourbon booze.

I prefer this to the regular version. It's nice to try it carbonated, even if it's in a different form.

Oct 30, 2009
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womencantsail from California

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gil for letting me know they were serving this one last night. I would have missed out otherwise.

A: Poured from an unlabeled bottle to reveal a dark brown color with a rather limited tan colored head.

S: I must start off by saying that the initial sniffs of this beer smells almost exactly like the Barrel Aged Autumn Maple. Great caramel, bourbon, and vanilla notes from the barrels. Not too much of the base beer left in the aroma.

T: The bourbon component is quite dominant, with flavors of brown sugar and vanilla coming through. There is also some alcohol heat.

M: A moderate level of carbonation and a full body.

D: Overall, this beer needs some time to mellow out and come together, but it's still pretty good as it stands right now. The barrel and bourbon components are a bit domineering, so some extra time in the bottle will help to even things out.

Oct 28, 2009
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Overlord from California

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PMR for his generosity!

Pours a woody brown. Brown, brown, brown. There's some lighter brown on the edges, and when held to the light, it glows brown.

I wasn't the hugest fan in the world of the original beer. A bit sweet for me, and needed carbonation. Well, the bourbon barrel aging has corrected all the problems (I've said it before, and I'll say it again, these guys have the best f*** bourbon barrels.

Smells like there's some brown sugar mixed with heavenly bourbon, and a bit of an interesting spicy/nutty aroma. What is that?

Taste is primarily bourbon with brown sugar, a bit of caramel but mostly toffee, and some dark fruits ... tastes like dates. Mmmm... the overly sweet base beer has really blended nicely with the bourbon.

Nice mouthfeel.

Oct 28, 2009
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vacax from California

4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured at The Bruery Tasting Room.

Pours thick brown in color with caramel edges, head is tan, relatively small, but thick and coats the circumference of the glass well. Smells of caramel, bourbon, marzipan, and red licorice. Tastes like caramel, bourbon, waxy dark fruits, vanilla, flora, and some spiciness on the finish. The barrel has added much to this one, turning the high level of sweetness into a caramel and oak deliciousness. A bit much on the caramel, but the fruit combines well with it. Feels full, a touch thinner than expected though, silky on the palate with a matching medium carbonation.

I really enjoyed the transformation of this beer in the barrels and would easily put it on my list of favorite quads to drink.

Oct 27, 2009
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Patridge in a Pear Tree is one of the many favorites I have had from The Bruery (same with its spiced sibling), so bourbon barrel aged PiaPT? This must be the beer made for me! On to the beer:

Dark ruby brown color in appearance with a a short lived head. Lots of sweet bourbon, vanilla, and a thin layer of bourbon soaked fruits in the aroma and the same applies with the taste, with the addition of bourbon. Lots of bourbon flavor. The alcohol is nowhere to be found, but the bourbon flavor is very excessive.

Barrel Aged PiaPT sounds like a good idea to an already great beer, so I was suprised to see the bourbon dominate so much. It's not a bad beer at all, just one that turned out much differently than I expected. After this sample, I'm thinking Barrel Aged PiaST (Patridge in a Spice Tree) would have worked better =)

Oct 27, 2009
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Halcyondays from California

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle at The Bruery,

A: Pours a dark amber/brown with a soft smattering of bubbles, light head, some lace.

S: Full bourbon whiskey smell as I find out of all The Bruery's barrel aged stuff. Nice vanilla as well.

T: Still has the strong residual sweetness and phenolic qualities of the original. Some rough sugar components as well. The barrels come in and add some nice wood tannin and herbal vanilla character. Still not completely integrated for my palate, probably needs another year of aging, but still a good flavour.

M: Full body, but feels thin at times from the lower carbonation, creamy.

D: A nice beer at this stage, but has yet to reach its full potential. Unfortunately I probably never be able to taste an older version.

Oct 26, 2009
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