4 Calling Birds | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 578 |  Reviews: 191
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - strong pour results in jet black body, and two finger, slightly tan head decent retention and lacing
S - all the different spices, but I cannot distinguish them
T - delicious, again i cannot distinguish the different spices, but they are amazing
M - very smooth and creamy, very easy to drink
O - amazing beer, i love everything about it

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured a dark brown in color with a very thin head and left almost no lacing sticking to the head.

S: herbs were definitely noticeable on the nose immediately with some spices, seemed like it had dark fruits present, a hint of mint, and some malty sweetness. A bit of booze was there as well.

T: the herbs and spices were just as dominate on the palate but had a good silky chocolatey flavor to it. A hint of mint was coming through alogside slight pine notes.

M; the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a herbal, spice, mild chocolatey, and minty finish.

D: It had too much hernal character for my cup of tea but if that floats your boat then you'll like this one. it drank all right but I definitely took my time with it.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Bruery

Almost black with a dense khaki head. Smells roasty and mildly acidic. A little bit of fruit, mostly prunes and some raisins. Roast, char, and burnt sugar. Maybe a bit of licorice flavor. Heavy on the prunes and raisins. Medium bodied and high carbonation.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. A deep opaque chestnut, an encouraging pour produces only a minor milk chocolate colored head which faded quickly to a ring, better lacing.

Aroma of a belgian stout. Roasty bittersweet belgian chocolate. All low notes, tiny musty.

Surprising spiciness accompanies the stout yet without much depth. The dark fruits haven't ripened. Aftertaste with a strong tobacco side evaporates ever so slow, doesn't evolve, not really a strength. Alcohol would be welcomed if more forward. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a tulip

Pours a dark mahogany, nearly brown, with a good sized mocha colored cap. Little to no lacing. Head falls rather quickly to form a thin layer of foam.

The aroma is of ginger bread cookies and alcohol soaked plums. Molasses, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg all in equal doses. Sweet, but not off-putting.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Sweet molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar through the middle before some alcohol and dark plums come through in the finish.

Syrupy, full mouthfeel with a good dose of booze. The finish is sweet with a touch of warming.

This is a nice beer, and I get the holiday theme, but I wasn't enamored with it. I bought two, so I'll see if I can sit on the other one for the 8 years it advises. I'll report back.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, very minimal lacing.
The smell, as others have noted, is the quite exceptional.
It smells like the Belgian Strong Dark ale of my dreams.
The taste is a slight let down after the smell. Ginger and Plum and getting the right toy but the wrong color on Christmas morning as a 5 year old might experience.
Fairly smooth but not quite where I'd like it to be. I'm hoping aging will improve.
Overall a satisfactory beer and the best smelling beer ever. Give it a shot! I look forward to editing this after a year when I crack a bottle with age on it.

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4 Calling Birds from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 578 ratings
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