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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Halcyondays on 10-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by 2beerdogs:
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of vacax
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of waltonc
3.22/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of erjaq
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Acropora
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
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 =)

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Sean9689
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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