7 Swans a Swimming – The Bruery – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 16

Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 16

7 Swans a Swimming – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA) 11% ABV – Belgian Quad

Dark brown color with a creamy tan yellowish head and constant lacing. The scent is of dried fruit and malt. Creamy fruit and malt flavor. I get hints of burnt sugar or Carmel, dried fruits and even an almost raisin taste. The high ABV gives a bit of burn in the after taste.

This Christmas series by the Bruery has been great. I found out about it in year 5 so I was a little late to the game. I went out yesterday and got two bottles of 7 Swans a Swimming, one to drink (Which I did last night with two of my neighbors) and one to age for 5 more years. I now have a bottle of 4 Calling Birds, 5 Golden Rings, 6 Geese a Laying, 6 Geese a Laying Barrel Aged and 7 Swans a swimming aging until 12 Drummers Drumming comes out and then do the vertical of 4 – 12.



Atomic Kangarue – The Bruery – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode # 15

Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode # 15

Atomic Kangarue – The Bruery (Placentia, Orange County, CA) Produced in Collaboration with Smog City (Torrance, CA) ABV 9.5% 4 out of 5 Dry – Hopped Sour Ale with Grapes

They brewed this with 2 grape varieties and Dry Hopped with Amarillo Hops

Bright orange color with a thick white head and well carbonated. The scent is light and fruity. You can really smell the hops and grapes. This Ale has a bright sour flavor. I get the sweetness of grapes first then it turns sour and I get the dry hop in the back end.

It is a great sour and very different from what I’ve seen. I love new and unusual beers! My Neighbor said its the best sour he has ever had.

The Bruery Tap take over December 20th 2012

December 20th 2012 Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, CA The Bruery tap take over pint night. Autumn Maple, 12 days of Christmas – 5 Golden Rings, Smoking Wood Rye barrel-aged, Rugbrod brown, and Mischief on draft

12 days of Christmas – 5 Golden Rings
winter seasonal brewed with cinnamon, allspice and ginger along with the delicious sweet and tangy flavor of pineapple ABV 11.5%

A cloudy unfiltered look with a orange, light amber color. A orange peel aftertaste with complex hoppy flavor. I like it for sure


Autumn Maple
Brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel and with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and fermented their traditional Belgian yeast strain ABV 10.00%

A very dark red color. Strong flavor with a hard bite. The smell if red apples and my friend says a almost Belgian white, you can tell it will fizz and slit carrot sent.


Smoking Wood
Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in rye whiskey barrels ABV 10%

Very dark black color like a porter. The smell perked me up made me really happy because it had that oak cask aged beer smell. I tasted it and was punched in the mouth with intense Smokey “oak cask aged” flavor. It is so complex the flavors change in you mouth and the after taste a a light smokey almost rye whisky flavor


This was a bottle not tap but was VERY good. My friend Jesse got the last bottle and I got about half the bottle. I smelled it and could tell its a oak cask aged ale so I grabbed the bottle to look and yup it’s aged it bourbon casks. YES! It was darker color. Creamer the the smoking wood. This is right up My alley this was my favorite that the Bruery made. Old Ale ABV 15.50%




Tart of Darkness
Sour stout aged in oak barrels sour black ale ABV 5.60%

First off the beers so far we have been drinking are good craft high ABV content so forgive my intoxication from this point on. The smell I get a light hint of oak barrel aged ale but the tartness come through on the smell. The taste is strong with tart and this black ale has a kick, it is not very thick but full bodied. The after taste I get a Smokey flavor.




Black Albert Royal Stout
This bottle was given to my beer partner Jesse by the head beer guy at Harry’s. Holy crap this is a amazing strong ale this is a $22 12 oz bottle ABV 13.00%


Firestone Sucaba
This bottle was also given to my beer partner Jesse by the head beer guy. High ABV, strong flavor, very limited, this oak aged ale is super strong and high quality. This is a $25 bottle. ABV 12.50%



Summary is The Bruery beer is good high quality brewery but the beer guy here said the lower quality beers like the mischief and rugbrod are not worth drinking so we didn’t. It was a good night for Oak Cask aged ale which is my favorite brews.

Audrey, Christine an Jeremy are super knowledgeable about the beer they serve at Harry’s Hofbrau talk to one of them if you go there

Day After info: I had a great time last night had good company my beer drinking partner Jesse, a coworker of ours and his BF, the servers at Harry’s, we met a good group of guys that were drinking high quality beers and were knowledgeable about beer. I dont drink beer to get drunk but these brews had such high ABVs I did get drunk.