7 Swans-A-Swimming 11% ABV
Belgian Quad (Quadruple)
The beer has a moderate sweet front with some nice spice notes peaking in the body. It is a very dark quad as you can see from the picture. This is a beer that does NOT best epitomize the type of beer The Bruery usually produces. They are generally known for their wacky concoctions and amazing barrel aged beers; from your typical bourbon barrel aged brew, to tequila barrel aged brews, and also phenomenal sour brews. “No bells, no whistles, just our best take on the Belgian Quadrupel style.”, is how The Bruery describes this beer. It is an incredibly well made Belgian Quad if not “out-of-the-box” as they normally roll.
I had the privilege of being part of the Beer Blogger Conference 2014 Pre-Conference excursion. The excursion was a tour of 5 different breweries in the Los Angeles area, including The Bruery. I’ve been a fan of The Bruery ever since that visit and have been talking them up constantly. Unfortunately for me, in order to get any of their beers I’d have to travel 3 ½ hours to Chicago. Just this past Wednesday that all changed, as The Bruery started distributing to Southern Illinois. Now I can not only rave about their brews, I can buy them and show my friends how good they are.
7 Swans-A-Swimming is part of their “12 Days of Christmas” series. Each beer has been made with the intent that you can age it until the release of their 12 Drummers Drumming beer in 2019, at which point you could have the best holiday party of all time by serving each of the 12 beers.
Here is a list of the “12 Days of Christmas” beers they have released thus far:
Partridge in a Pear Tree – Belgian style Dark Strong Ale – 2008 release
2 Turtle Doves – Belgian style Dark Strong ale/Imperial Porter, brewed with cocoa nibs – 2009 release
3 French Hens – Belgian Dark Strong Ale, 25% aged in French Oak Barrels – 2010 release
4 Calling Birds – Dark Ale integrated with Gingerbread spices (Winter Warmer) – 2011 release
5 Golden Rings – Golden Ale with cinnamon, allspice, ginger and pineapple – 2012 release
6 Geese-A-Laying – Winter Ale brewed with cape Gooseberries – 2013 release
This is a great beer to bring to a Holiday party to share with friends and family. I’d recommend buying 2 bottles; one to open and enjoy this holiday season and the other to age until 2019. My favorite part of this Holiday season so far has been the wonderful surprise that I can now go to my local beer emporium and procure several different brews made by The Bruery. Here’s to hoping they distribute to your specific area, if not ask a friend or family member visiting you this season to bring a bottle from their home area. It’ll make for the perfect gift.