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6 Geese-A-Laying is the 6th beer in our "12 Days of Christmas" series and is a return to the more classic dark and toasty winter ale, following the appropriately blonde 5 Golden Rings. Brewed with cape gooseberries, this malty ale displays notes of plums, dark cherry and bright, citrus-like flavors from the namesake berries. Delicious right now, but suitable for aging up to 6 years, upon the release of 12 Drummers Drumming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7122) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2013
750mL bottle. Poured murky brown with a short-ish lived, dense toffee head. The aroma picked up warm brown sugar, nutty notes, cherry, and figs paired with rich berry notes and a kiss of herbal hops. The flavor found a heavier berry component, joined by brown sugar, rye bread, and licorice notes.. rye and black pepper spicage were amplified by alcohol on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with low-moderate carbonation.. a bit on the hot side right now, but it may mellow out with time. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3093) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2013
Une robe belge plutôt embrouillée et ambrée.  Un confortable anneau de mousse qui flotte éternellement.  Mon nez est rapidement assailli par des fruits.  Je respire des cerises, des bananes et d’autres sortes de petits fruits.  La base maltée rousse est complétée par des effluves de sucre brun.  L’alcool joue un beau rôle : mes narines trouvent que sa volatilité transporte des arômes de menthe poivrée.  Mes papilles ne détestent pas y trouver des saveurs douces de sucre belge et de fruits.  Des notes surettes établissent une stratégie durable sur ma langue.  La levure y est sans doute pour quelque chose.  En bouche, je constate que le liquide a un corps de bonne densité avec une effervescence européenne et une texture crémeuse.  En finale, je ne m’étonne pas d’y retrouver des notes acidulées et une amertume construite à la fois par l’alcool et à la fois par la levure.  Qu’il est agréable de boire une bière de Noël quand le mercure avoisine les 30 degrés Celsius !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10908) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Capped 750 from the Arden BevMo. Pours a hazy, very dark ruddy orange with a foamy/creamy light tan head. Lots of dark fruit in the aroma. Full bodied, or nearly. Flavor is slightly sweet dark malt with cherry/prune and something that seems to have a citrus bite. Not getting much yeast per se, but guessing it’s donating fruity esters. It’s not really dry, but not all that sweet. Does seem to dry out with time, and the cherry aspect is clearer. Good stuff. With thought, leather/tobacco could be in it. Not a simple flavor profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2013
750 ml bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, tobacco, yeast, earthiness and light gooseberry. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, earthiness, yeast and light fruttiness with a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (732) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
On tap at Whole Foods. Pours a cloudy coppery color without much head. Yeasty aroma. Gooseberry flavor and medium sweetness. Noticeable alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thisis12ptfont (832) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Strong, funky overtones on the nose with a hint of tropical fruits. Really murky off-brown appearance - not very pleasing aesthetically. Very curious flavors of brown sugar, tropical fruits, pineapple, apple, belgian candi sugar, melted caramel and very sweet sugary yeast overtones. Overall, this is a pretty weird tasting beer. The flavors are all over the place, it seems very sloppy and unbalanced. Pretty disappointed on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 30, 2013
750mL. Low haze orange. Low foam. Nose is hefty esters, mega sticky sugar, huge fumey alcohol (almost like straight amaretto), sweet red cherry. Taste is papery, lemon acid, sugar, yellow apple. Papery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Azand222 (170) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle pours a hazy brown orange with a light tan orange head. The aroma is malty with some berry notes. The taste is malty and hoppy, you can definitely taste the Belgian yeast. A little spice and a finish of berry. Overall a great Xmas dark ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neepsntatties (1204) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2013
On tap at Roscoe’s. Colour...semi-cloudy amber with a thin head. Nose...tangy fruit with berry preserves and blueberry compote. Palate...dry, yet sweet with an underlay of berry and boiled sweets. There’s Brooks plums here and tokay grapes that meld nicely with moderately sweet berry liqueur like flavours, all of which cascade nicely to the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1318) - Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2013
On draught at 2013 Holiday Beer Summit at Roscoe’s. Hazy effervescent amber color. Aroma of sticky sweet plum syrup, pitted fruit, and toffee. Taste is very sweet, with plum, berry, maple syrup, and caramel. Sticky mouthfeel. Almost a little too sweet for me, and that’s saying a lot.

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