Name: 4 Calling Birds
Brewery: The Bruery
Style: Belgian strong dark ale
Place purchased/consumed: Arrowine
Bottle or tap: Bottle
Drink again? It’s hard to say, but since it was only brewed once, it doesn’t really matter.
The Bruery definitely brews some interesting and elegant beers that also have a sense of fun. They’re a commitment — they’re generally on the pricier side and all come in the standard wine-bottle size (they are sometimes available on draft, though). While none of The Bruery’s beers are my favorite, I am happy to try all of them.
Ambitiously, they are brewing a beer every year to correspond to each of the verses of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This is, obviously, the fourth one.
Yes, I know it’s no longer the holidays but it’s still winter (even if the weather outside seems to disagree) and so the idea of a dark, spicy beer sounded like what I wanted.
It’s definitely all those things — it’s fairly high in alcohol but that compliments the the warm spices (the blurb mentions “gingerbread” and there’s definitely hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger here). It’s a sipping beer and actually tastes better as it warms up a bit.
Still, though, I’m not in love with it. It’s a beautifully crafted beer and I don’t regret buying it. Still, it’s not doing as much for me as I would’ve liked.
But I will still continue to drink every Bruery beer I come across.