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Lovely Saint Winefride - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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88
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ManVersusBeer on 02-10-2012

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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 54
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Its a brown ale that tastes like a light brown ale.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deep Ellum in Boston, MA.

This one pours a dark, tawny brown, almost black, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like brown bread, a bit of chocolate, warm campfire smoke, slight vanilla, and some nutty aromas as well.

This is really delicious and really well-crafted. All of the flavors meld together really well. The malts contribute such a nice warm nutty, toasty, and slightly smoky flavor. There's also some chocolate, and a slight bit of roasty nutty coffee. This has a lot of brown bread/pumpernickel characteristics that I really dig.

This is medium bodied, with a bready and full mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

A really nice, just really pleasant beer from Pretty Things. I wish this style got more attention from breweries, it's awesome.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very drinkable toasty lager, the Lovely Saint Winefrede is a fairly dry, light-viscosity dark beer that's nonetheless bursting with burnt-caramel sweetness, warmed oak and maple seasoning, well-toasted brown bread textures, and a lot of medium-roast Colombian coffee qualities sprinkled around the flavor-complex. It has a dry, espresso, biscuit, and booze nose; decent head that deflates over ten minutes or so; and a lurking buoyancy in the weight along the tongue that keeps this beer both afloat and tethered to its lager-heart. Nonetheless, its clarion brown color, its not-fully-burnt, brown-malty-sweet backbone—which underlies the more burnt, coffee-tasting top-layers (which I assume result from the "decoction")—and its richly warm quaffability hem Lovely Saint Winefride firmly in a "brown" frame of reference, despite its lager-premised creative process.

Photo of badgustav
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - quintessential dark lager look. Clear, deep brown. Great light brown rocky head that lasts for quite a bit

Aroma - Started a little heavy on the malt, but settled down. More malt forward than I expect from the style. Hops are subdued with light floral notes. Hints of toffee

Flavour - gentle maltiness and sweetness, offset by the hop bitterness. Robust and slightly complex. Slightly more bitter than expected. Coffee notes hit up front then fade slowly. Slight papery taste as if the hops are going over

Feel - a lingering bitterness settling into the back of the tongue, light on the tongue.

Generally enjoyable beer. I'd drink it again but may not seek it out.

Photo of BigOldOaf
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is more than the sum of its parts. An excellent and fully enjoyable brew the whole way through.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The pour builds a frothy ecru head that piles on top of the coffee colored liquid; nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Toasted raisin bread, malted chocolate, peanuts and fig

Taste: Crusty toasted brown bread with Nutella spread, up front, with developing fig and raisin tones, in the mid-palate; earthy bitterness develops, after the swallow, but the finish is quite malty

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have never never had a bad beer from Pretty Things but I have to admit I came to this bottle with low expectations but this beer has taught me a lesson not to judge a beer by its BA category; I am compelled by the complexity here - top notch

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany/brown color with 2 fingers of head that fade down to a nice cap that leaves lots of sticky lacing

S: Lots of malt and dark fruit up front, along with some yeast character and a touch of nuttiness. Some earthy and lightly spicy hops in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a big malt presence and some yeastiness. Dark fruit rides behind, along with a touch of the nuttiness and earthy hops. Quite bold and definitely Euro-style

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy

O: A very nice Euro-style lager with lots of maltiness and yeast character to go along with it. Great to sip on and enjoy, as it opens up and unfolds nicely as it warms. Definitely worth trying

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Nice aroma of toasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is toasted malt, charred coffee and chocolate, light grassy hops. Medium bodied. A nice ale on the border between porter and brown ale, but with more char and chocolate than usually encountered in those two styles. I'm not sure that Euro dark lager is really very accurate for this more complex dark ale.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an DFH signature glass. Bottled February 2013.

A: Fluffy, pitted off-white head with incredible lacing. Opaque dark-brown body.

S: Smoky, meaty, roasted malt. Light and pleasant!

T/O: Really more porter-ish than anything. Meaty-thick, smoky-lingering-pleasant. The aftertaste is bitter, edging on metallic. The lagering yeast is nearly undetectable beneath such an intense, characteristic flavor. Incredibly interesting.

M: Substantial! Thick. Nourishing.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer pours a vigorous light tan head. The beer itself a nice dark obscure black with a purplish tinge to it.

Smell:
A strong nut and toffee smell with bits of roasted malt and dark chocolate. However, the toffee smell dominates the others.

Taste:
The toffee is less dominate than it is in the smell. I get little bits of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation with a really smooth feel to it. The beer feels like its slipping down my tongue.

Overall:
The beer style reminds of a porter with its chocolate and toffee tastes and smells. Overall, St. Winny is an okay beer but I'll probably lose her number.

Photo of jdhilt
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Dark brown color, mahogany highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light coffee and chocolate, flavor is malty chocolate, light bakers chocolate at finish. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in February of this year.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a big fluffy, very very light brown head. Head is almost tan by the time it fully recedes. Head fades very very slowly with great retention. Lots of fluffy lines of lacing left behind.

S: Very porter-ish. Chocolate and a little smoke. Some toasted malt. Has some aspect that I can't quite describe properly - floral maybe?

T: A little chocolate with some nice toasted malt. Hint of smoke. Gives it an almost-burnt bread flavor. Nutty in the middle. Has some grassy, maybe piney hops in the finish. Not IPA-level, just a hint.

M: Medium bodied, super smooth drinking.

O: Surprisingly good brew. It's basically an english brown lager. Toasted malt, nuttiness, a little smoke. Lagering it seems to have made it super smooth though, thus extremely drinkable. Great variety and balance of flavors. I enjoy brown ales in general so I'm a little biased. Another nice beer from Pretty Things.

Photo of Maxwell
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown, and sits in the glass as almost black with a deep maroon tint to it and a rocky finger width sandy head made of medium sized bubbles that smooth out on top to create a creamy texture. The body is lager clean and full of racing bubbles that refill the head. The beer’s lacing is dry and sticky on the sides of the glass, leaving thick sheet on the glass. On the nose, the beer smells warmly roasty with hints of coffee, bakers chocolate, and nice nutty scents. Theirs a slight metallic tinge to the smell, presumably coming from the lager yeast. It is a pleasing yet clean smell. On the tongue, the beer tastes roasted sweet and bitter with a faint hint of an acidic tingle. The balance between hoppy bitter and a roasted bitter seems to be well played out in this beer. The flavor begins with roasted nut flavors and a touch of char. The finish is oddly dampered and mellow compared to the rest of the taste, bringing light sweet bread flavors to mind with a hint of raisin and date dark fruit flavors. The aftertaste returns to the roast of the malts, which touch slightly charred flavors. As the beer warms, the dark fruit flavors rise in the mouth and linger in the aftertaste. On the mouth, the beer feels clean and crisp on the mouth. It feels on the high end of light in body, and leaves the mouth with a nice light dry roast in the mouth. Overall, this is a lovely dark lager with some really nice roasty malt qualities. I think its timing in release is perfect, as Pretty Things releases it just as winter begins to loosen its grip on the land. The beer is light and drinkable, but with some lovely dark beer roast flavors and nuances. The touch of dark fruit on the finish adds a lovely layer of complexity to this beer, and reminds me slightly of Triple Bag by Long Trail, on lighter. This beer is delicious and quite drinkable. Try it.

Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut with a 1" dense tan/beige cap that produced solid sheets of very sticky lace. Good head retention too. Enjoyable aroma with a rich maltiness, dry roast and floral notes, a bit of yeasty sharpness, a bit nutty with a hint of toffee. Roasty flavour with medium/low bitterness. Light floral hoppiness with bread and malt character nicely balanced to keep it from being overly sweet. Mild toffee and cocoa. Grassy bitterness in the finish. Medium to full body with creamy carbonation, slight astringency. Nice texture overall. This was an enjoyable beer and I would purchase it again. The only thing that seemed slightly out of balance was the pronounced bitterness in the finish.

Photo of fdig23
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: deep dark brown, nice tan head.

Nose: big mess of sweet dried fruits, chocolate, and a bit of lemon. It just smells like its going to be an over the top sweet-fruit bomb from the nose.

Taste: chocolate-covered raisins, dried fruit, and big, bold, endless maltiness. There's a hint of floral pine over everything. Really nice. Simple, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Could be a bit bigger, but its close to perfect.

Overall: An example of the kind of lagers more brewers should be trying to create. Big, powerful, and packed full of flavor, Pretty Things shows that these often overlooked styles can deliver when done right.

Photo of match1112
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: coffee colored body with some amber hues around the edges. when held to the light i notice bubbles rising up thru the clear brown body. three fingers of light brown head settle to a frothy cap leaving some spotty lacing behind.

s: hints of roasted coffee, nuts and grains with the slightest yeast aroma.

t: nuts are leading the way, followed up by the coffee and then the grains and yeast to give it a bready taste on the finish.

m: great carbonation. a little chewy but clean on the finish.

o: this is a very nice lager that i recommend to everyone. it says it's brewed to mark the end of winter but this would be just as nice in the fall around a fire.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Reddish-brown on the pour. Great clarity. The large tan head is creamy in texture and retains extremely well. Large clumps of lacing cling to the glass at random intervals.

S: Deep malty nose. Roasted coffee beans, very nutty, hazelnut, cocoa, brown bread, toast, faint caramel and molasses. Faint berry. Spicy and grassy hops far in the background. Very clean.

T: The taste echoes the deep malt character found on the nose. Cola, molasses, cocoa. Lots of toast. Touch of milk chocolate. Charred crust. Nutty. Hops butt in on the mid-palate with a somewhat aggressive spiciness and dry grassy flavors. Ghost-like hint of spicy alcohol. Sweet throughout. Lingering crusty, toasty, and chocolatey finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full but not weighty. Slightly chewy, very creamy. Dextrin-y. Low carbonation.

O: A bigger, bock-like beer with a deep and complex malt character owing to the decoction mashing. It has shades of a big English Brown ale to it as well, though it is very clean. This beer begs to be paired with a game stew.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark brownish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high light tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of brown bread and nutty malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has additional flavors of roasted malts, earthy hops and a light amount of bitterness, each of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels on the lighter side of being medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted malts lend a little dryness to the mouthfeel.
O: The flavors of earthy hops—particularly those that persist through the finish—don't make this one of the easiest beers to drink, but it a rather interesting beer to sip.

Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

A - Pours a clear hazelnut brown with a thin, white head that leaves some spotty clouding.

S - Smokey malts and chocolate. Not too shabby.

T - More as the nose with a nice light smoke and some nutty, roasty malts.

M - Nice carbonation, sharp, but a bit bitter.

O - Overall this is a good beer but not my favourite from Pretty Things.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Ledgers Liquor's in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a deep brown hue, that takes on a tone of ruby when held to the light. Head is a fine off-white, that persists rather well. Body is solid, but promotes almost no lacing in the head, despite the fact that the head retains so well. Fine carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is nutty and mild, with slight roast overtones and an oddly pleasing sweetness. Slight mineral overtones come through, lending a touch of iodine or chlorine, but it's not unpleasant—in fact in the true culinary sense, the salty twang brings out, complements and accentuates the roast, the sweetness and the other characters in the aroma. It's very pleasant indeed.

Taste is also very good. Smooth, clear, but juicily toned entry leads to some rich malty sweetness marked by an overtone of roast. Slight charring characters on the back suggest gunpowder and match heads. The really smooth feel helps sensualise everything else: leaving it captivating and clear.

All up: really lovely stuff. In no way comparable to the generic Euro Darks which share its classification. In fact, this has the complexity and style of the better doppelbocks (if perhaps losing something of the booze and sweetness). Don't let the classification put you off: this is very good indeed.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Pretty Things brew for me; still reeling from the shock of seeing them on the shelves in Indiana. Cheers to unexpected beers!

A: An exquisite, slow-forming head of chunky foam plants itself at a high three fingers above the body. Looks rich and silky, almost stout-like – perfect for a beer like this – and it sticks around with an inch of pillowy silk. A ruby-hued, brownish body pours out with a dark shine, with incredible lacing in sheets all around.

S: Absolutely smooth and porter-like in the nose: smooth and chalky cocoa, semi-toasted malt, biscuit dough, and touches of light coffee. There’s a definite yeast presence to it, palpably bready, and with decadent baked undertones. Decadent chocolate syrup notes on the end.

T: Rich chocolate and decadent malt tastes take the palate by storm; each sip is all about those killer, smoothly sugary flavors. It hits over and over again with silky vanilla and fudge, on top of trace amounts of crusty, toasted grains. It’s bittersweet with its coffee with cream, crisp Noble hops, smoky caramel, and earthy date tones – mostly sweet, to be honest. It ends on a metallic tone, like what you would get from lactose sugar, with a momentary touch of cashew and peanut tastes. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M: Hits a sweet spot with the palate, and the texture does nothing but accentuate that extreme. It solidifies this as a thick, porter-like lager.

O: Beautifully-crafted, but sweet to a fault, Lovely Saint Winefride hits an interesting high in the dark lager style. I wouldn’t buy it again, but it was a nice drink.

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex!

A - Pours a brown/caramel color, cream-colored head, spotty lace.

S - Toasted malts, nutty, caramel, touch of funky yeast, bread, light dark chocolate. Really nice Brown/Dark Lager notes and the sweetness and malts are spot-on.

T - Similar to the nose, lots of malty sweetness, light chocolate, light yeast, bready, and some toffee/caramel notes. Alcohol is well-hidden for a 7% lager. Finish is slightly sweet caramel and toasted malts.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - An excellent Brown/Dark Lager. I am a fan of this style and this one really hits the mark. The malty sweetness and body really are excellent. Would love to have this one again...good stuff.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black-brown with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted and lightly burnt chocolate malts, with a bit of coffee and black licorice. There is also some nuttiness, some dark fruit esters, and a bit of bread.

T - Starts off with a mix of some roasted chocolate malts with some black licorice and a bit of sweet dark fruity esters. Through the middle, some coffee comes through alongside some lightly burnt malts and some nutty flavors. The finish is a mix of bready and chocolate malts, with some dark chocolate, a bit of fruity esters, and some nuttiness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice Dark Lager. The flavors are really nicely balanced and complex. I like the bit of nuttiness and dark fruit.

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Greg (Reagan1984). Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and wispy partial cap, leaving a few spots of lace. Dark brown body with translucent orange at the fringes.

S - Flavor profile is evocative of a brown ale, with nuttiness, toasted grains, some fruity notes, yeasty bread, and dark berries as it warms up.

T - The taste is also quite nice, with toasty and lightly charred malts, nuts, light jam, bread. No alcohol presence whatsoever

M - Medium body, crisp moderate carbonation, roasty, dry, with a lightly sticky finish.

D - This was surprisingly enjoyable. I had low expectations, but this was a very nice brown lager and was a nice palate cleanser among the sours and stouts we had. Would gladly drink this again.

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark, brown, but still fairly translucent. Forms a decent sized light tan head that slowly reduces to a thin, but stable, surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Roasted malts, nuts, molasses, and brown bread.

T: Much of the same with lots of dark caramel and molasses, but not a whole lot of sweetness. Some light herbal and earthy hops complement the dark malts nicely.

M: On the lighter side of medium with lower carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: Pretty good. A lot like the standard brown ale, but with a lot lighter body. For a style I don't drink very often, I certainly enjoyed this one.

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Lovely Saint Winefride from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.