Two Front Teeth Holiday Ale - Spring House Brewing Company

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Two Front Teeth Holiday AleTwo Front Teeth Holiday Ale

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: guzzle211 on 11-27-2008

Two Front Teeth Ale is made just for the holiday season. This ale is a Belgian style Saison with a complex palate derived from the addition of sweet cherries in the brewing process. Light mahogany in color, it hits the tongue with a full-bodied malty taste that is balanced with a light hop aroma, then finishes with a fruity cherry blast that lingers pleasantly. Stop by the Taproom and ask Matt how this festive ale got its name.
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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Limited supply Holiday Saison(oxymoron, lol) from Spring House. Poured from a 750ml dark bottle corked and caged...silver skull on the label with the words Two Front Teeth hand written on it. Pours orange-gold. Medium size white head that doesn't last long; ends in a ring with little lacing. Aroma is very sweet with fruits, citrus, earthy...
Taste reminds me of Hennepin. Very crisp. Orange, grapefruit, oak, little booze. Great saison from a small brewery!

Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hophead101 for sending this via growling at the moon.

A:Fairly hazy orange color with very little head. Not much lacing to speak of. The beer almost has a two tone color when held up to the light. The bottom of the glass is quite dark while the top is fairly translucent.

S:You get bret and cherries. The cherries are quite pronounced. Quite a bit of funk. It always works well with cherries.

T: Follows the nose. Cherries a touch of tartness and a little bit of spice. This beer really does need to warm up to shine. It is a totally different take on a saison. The finish is bone dry so I think there might be a touch of bret in here but who knows with a saison.

M: Very dry. Also very light which is great for the style and ABV.

D: I spent the evening ripping down a drop ceiling in our new home and was drinking this. Was it wise to drink such a big beer while on a ladder? I don't know. I was doing small glasses and I am alive so I think I made the right call. Thanks again to hophead101 for a great beer. Worth checking out.

Photo of ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via growler on 12/19/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing!

A - Clear medium amber body with one-finger bubbly white head and modest carbonation. Head retained well and flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Chalky, funky aroma with some cinnamon and spicy notes. Cherry? Not yet, although there are subtle hints of sweet and tart.

T - Initial flavor is a blend of spicy, funky and tart. The cherry character is very subdued. There is also a mild boozy aspect. The funky sourness of this ale isn't overbearing at all and works in concert with the spiciness of the yeast.

M - Medium body with vigorous carbonation resulting in a spicy, tingly sensation on the palate. Whle there is virtually no bitterness, there is a touch of funk in the finish.

D - My first brew from Spring House, and I found it to be a solid saison. While I didn't get a lot of cherry from this, this is quite a tasty saison with equal parts tart and spicy.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"It smells like burnt wood."

Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a growler filled at the brewing. Poured into a goblet.

Pours a clear (but quite effervescent) copper color with about a 1/2 finger of fizzy brite-white head. This peters down pretty quickly into just the thinnest wisps in the center and slightest outer ring cling that leaves a small smattering of lacing behind. The aroma is sharp cherry tartness that hits the nose first, followed by a strong smelling mix of Belgian yeast and candied sugars with an underpinning of warmth that gives the nose an almost medicinal quality at times but does not become unpleasant.

The taste is one again tart cherry that blasts the palette first but then blends into some more sweeter cherry character, as well as saccharine candied sweetness underneath, and a nice dry yeasty feel in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that gets a bit more syrupy as it warms. There is also some definite alcohol beef that just borderlines on stinging at times but then pulls back before it gets too distracting.

I really liked what was going on here from a Saison perspective and the addition of the cherries gave it a welcome festive punch. I'm still not quite sure what to the make of the higher ABV. On one hand, this packed just a bit too much beef to make this absolutely enjoyable but on the other hand, it still handles what it has very well, keeping this a pleasant holiday sipper. It's just maybe a growler was a bit too much for this sitting.

Photo of sailbretthd
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deaune for picking up this growler, it is exceptional

A--clear golden color with a faint reddish hue, decent head for a 10% abv from a growler

S--sour yeast with lots of fruity esters and spices

T--extremely well balanced between a sour cherry start and a sweet finish. A very pure taste with no yeasty film character to weigh it down.

M--clean and crisp with plenty of carbonation and a bit of dryness from the cherries

D--very high, easy to forget the high ABV and let a few pints of this sneak up on you.

this is my first beer from Spring House but based on the excellence of this example, from start to finish I cannot fault it, I anxiously await trying some of their future products.

Photo of DIM
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly hazy golden color that showed just a hint of cherry red. It poured with a short lived white head.

s: Lots of cherries here of course, but the neat thing is their dual nature. Fresh tart cherries leap out of glass, but there is also a funky, peppery, yeasty cherry underneath.

t: As with the smell, the cherries are both fresh and tart while at the same time they have a dry, yeasty quality. The finish is quite dry and leaves spicy, peppery notes in it's wake.

m: The carboantion is lush and creamy while the body is big, bordering on syrupy. Perfect.

d: This beer is dangerously drinkable. There isn't a trace of the 9.75% abv to be found in this until you stand up. I really hope the Spring House keeps stellar seasonals like this coming.

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewery on 29-Nov-08.

A: The saison is a hazy amber color, tinged with bright golden highlights and a pale reddish hue (thank you, cherries). Little head at this point in the ale's life.

S: The nose is fragrant with slightly tart cherries, anise and coriander. I was surprised to learn the the breadth of aroma (outside of the cherries) are driven by the yeast strain only, no spices were added to the ale.

T: The tart cherry flavors are the first to cross my palate, sweetly sharp with a nice finish. Behind the cherry, the yeast throws out more pepper and licorice. Candi sugars add a sweet balance that sits nicely atop the pale malts. There is some booziness but, for a beer this big, it is well hidden amongst the cherry and yeast flavors. Tart flavors abound, cementing this as a good farmhouse ale.

M: Cherries and the Belgian yeast are potent together. The roughness of the flavors makes this work as a farmhouse ale (otherwise I'd call it a BSPA). A nice 'winter warmer' by Spring House.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a big beer. The taste is impressive, flavorful and deep. A perfect compliment to the Christmas season.

Photo of guzzle211
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler filled at the brewery (just released today) poured into a Sam Adams-designed glass.

Appearance is a cloudy unfiltered copper orange. A very thin white head forms but disappears quickly. No lacing, which is understandable for an almost-10% Belgian.

Belgian yeast is the first thing to hit the nose. Beyond that a subtle sweetness blends with a nice malt profile. No noticable traces of alcohol present.

The taste follows the nose, the first thing that hits is the belgian yeast. There is a great balance of sweetness from the belgian candy sugar and over 200 pounds of cherries, with a perfect malt profile that stands on its own. There are no spices in this brew, which is a true testament to how good this beer is. A winter Belgian that tastes this good with no spicing is truly a great brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. The belgian yeast is non-offensive and carbonation is near-perfect.

Drinkability is incredible for a Belgian winter seasonal that is almost 10%. The alcohol is perfectly balanced and actually even hidden. Make a list and check it twice though, because once the abv catches up to you, get ready for a long winter's nap.

This is yet another great brew from a very small brewery. I wish them great success, but with brews like this they won't need my blessings.

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Two Front Teeth Holiday Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
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