4 Calling Birds | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spiced Strong Dark Ale. The Twelve Days of Christmas series continues! We took inspiration from the traditional winter warmer for our fourth verse, integrating gingerbread spices into a robust dark ale. Notes of licorice & banana bread mingle with dark fruit, molasses and bitter chocolate for a perfect cold weather sipper!

Added by Thorpe429 on 10-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
192
Ratings:
580
pDev:
13.12%
 
 
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Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Russian River snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, and stops just short of being opaque. Forms about a finger of tan head that fades quickly over a low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Dark sweet malts, sweet fruit - raisins and some tart cherries. A bit acetic, and some minerally dryness.

T: Dark sweet malts, dark fruit (raisins, plums), and still a touch of acetic acid, cherries, and vinegar. Allspice, ginger, and cinnamon on the exhale. The spices and sweet malts last in the hang.

M: A thick sticky body with low (but fitting) carbonation sensation. The alcohol is apparent but not obnoxious.

O: Well...spiced = not my favorite. Acetic = slightly infected (?? ). Either way, this was weird. It doesn't seem intentional, but it's not horrendously strong or anything. Though the weird flavors do increase as the beer warms. I'm not sure this bottle is quite right. If the second bottle I have is any better, I'll update this review.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wades Wines 12 Days of Christmas Tasting. 12/22/17. Agoura Hills, CA. This bottle was a 2011.

Pours a deep raisin brown. Nearly free of lace, no head.

Aromas are full of dark fruit.. raisins, plum, sherry... a lot going on but really good.

Again tons ignore dark fruit.. caramel, molasses, slight booze, prominent sherry flavors. Complex and really nice.

Super smooth, sticky, and a nice burn on the way down.

I think time did this beer wonders.. with a profile similar to a braggot, the overwhelming sweetness I’m sure it had back in 2011 has been mellowed out and well balanced with prominent booze, molasses, and caramel.

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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Cellared and served at 50 F.
A: Pours a thick, dark brown with 1/2 inch dark mocha head. Decent retention (which is surprising given the age of this beer). Settles down to a thin skim. Faint lacing.
S: Whoa...loads of spice! Cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, all spice, and a hint of clove. Smells festive! Dark dried fruit (more prune than raisin), sweet caramel malt, dark honey, molasses, and alcohol soaked vanilla beans.
T: Follows aroma fairly closely. Loads of spice (see above) and a note of cola too. Prunes, thickly sweet caramel malt, molasses, honey, bourbon, and oaky vanilla.
M: Medium-heavy body. Drinks a tad lighter than ABV (but not much!). Darkly sweet and spicy. Thick feel and a bit of creaminess. Lingers fairly well on the palate, but you can tell it has weakened a bit here over time.
D: For a festive dark ale, this really hits the spot! And it has held up much better than I had anticipated (although it really should if it is supposed to last another 4 more years when the series concludes). A nice winter sipper.

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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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