We'd be remiss to skip the obligatory holiday ale feature this week, so we're laying it on ya (see what we did there?). The Bruery's winter seasonal collection has always been based on the 12 Days of Christmas song. Now in it's 6th year, the series is an experiment in cellaring -- all 12 beers are meant to age until the final installment of the project, 12 Drummers Drumming (which will be released in 2019). The idea is that you should buy at least a couple bottles, one to savor now and one to examine down the road.
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This year's iteration is a particularly festive brew. This spicy, dark, malt-forward beer is reminiscent of a traditional winter warmer (albeit a touch warmer than most at 11.5 percent ABV). Notes of cherry, plum, and fig bring fruitcake to the mind. Flavors of toffee and raisin follow suit, augmented by a deep, fruity Belgian yeast strain.
The dark fruit flavors described above are juxtaposed against the unique addition of cape gooseberries, which impart a citrusy flavor that lightens up the palate. The tartness from the fruit has a cranberry-esque character that opens up the possibilities for holiday food pairing. This beer would be right at home at the holiday dinner table next to a rich roast, a mincemeat pie, or a cranberry tart. Or, dare we say, paired with a goose.
Look for The Bruery's 6 Geese-A-Laying on shelves at your favorite craft beer shop now.