Beer Review: THE BRUERY 4 CALLING BIRDS

Beer Review: THE BRUERY 4 CALLING BIRDS

The Bruery’s 4 Calling Birds, the fourth installment in their Twelve Beers of Christmas series, brings a gingerbread-like spice infusion to a dark ale that’s rich and robust. Happy Holidays indeed.

Appearance:

Pouring into the glass, it presents itself as an amber-brown elixir crowned with a creamy tan cap.

Aroma:

The olfactory experience unfolds with notes of cola, accompanied by the spiciness of Belgian yeast and a hint of Euro hop herbalness.

Taste:

Upon sipping, the flavor profile reveals layers of dark chocolate and burnt toast, intermingled with the assertive kick of spicy yeast, culminating in a bitter finish. The high alcohol content is evident, though the anticipated gingerbread essence eludes detection, contrary to some others’ experiences.

Mouthfeel:

The beer boasts a full-bodied texture, complemented by a lively carbonation that engages the palate.

Overall:

Tasting this brew shortly after its public release in late October/early November, I found the profile consistent with The Bruery’s 12 Days beer series. However, the 4 Calling Birds stood out for its perceptible heat during my sampling. Despite this, I anticipate its aging potential, foreseeing it holding up well over the next eight years.