Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Bruery 7 Swans-A-Swimming Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is The Bruery 7 Swans-A-Swimming Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale.

From the The Bruery website: ” 7 Swans-A-Swimming is the 7th beer in our “12 Days of Christmas” series. For this verse of the story, we chose the path we don’t often take – we brewed to style. No bells, no whistles, just our best take on the Belgian Quadrupel style. Brewed with nothing but water, malt, yeast, hops and a bit of Belgian dark candi sugar, this beer may not be as out-of-the-box as some of our past winter brews, but it’s just as tasty. Rich and complex, this robust dark ale juggles notes of raisin bread, dried apricots, burnt caramel and roasted pecans. The sweet flavors provide a full body and the bright yeast wafts the sweet holiday notes out of the glass, into your life. 7 Swans-A-Swimming is a perfect holiday sipper. Delicious right now, but suitable for aging up to 5 years, upon the release of 12 Drummers Drumming.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a huge tan head and lots of lacing.
Aroma: Caramel, dark fruits, toffee, Belgian candi sugar, some dark roasted malts and roasted nuts.
Taste: Sweet caramel, dark fruits – plums, raisins, figs, Belgian candi sugar, toffee, sweet bready notes and a touch of banana.
Overall: Delicious and complex, The Bruery 7 Swans-A-Swimming Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale is an excellent Quad.  This 11% ABV offering is very enjoyable and worth picking up if you can find it.


Mark Harvey

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