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Lovely Saint Winefride - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

Lovely Saint WinefrideLovely Saint Winefride

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very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ManVersusBeer on 02-10-2012)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:00:25 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of AgentMunky


4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 05:22:53 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of HattedClassic


3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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.

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 02:12:01 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 22:30:18 | More by jdhilt
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:08:26 | More by Dope
Photo of Maxwell


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 17:05:21 | More by Maxwell
Photo of DrJay


4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:37:45 | More by DrJay
Photo of fdig23


4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 20:00:23 | More by fdig23
Photo of match1112


3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:21:16 | More by match1112
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:06:38 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:51:53 | More by metter98
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:11:37 | More by rudzud
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.48/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:18:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 04:17:48 | More by BarryMFBurton
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 14:47:39 | More by Sean9689
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 05:56:15 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of MasterSki


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 21:54:09 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Florida9


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 22:40:24 | More by Florida9
Photo of Durge


4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A somewhat transluscent but dark brown color with a healthy light brown head and very decent lacing. The aroma is deep, near charcoal swampy brown bread malt. A nice sour mash edge, nice. The flavor excites with unheard of earthy molasses, brown bread and bitter charcoal. There’s a nice grassy hop here that finishes a bit dry like a nice brown ale but delivers a certain bock-like quality and it is very drinkable from a chilled glass. Tart, malty, medium-light bodied with a dry edge and modest but entirely adequate carbonation. A great lager brew. Unique!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:44:31 | More by Durge
Photo of natemort13


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours extremely dark with a webby rocky large head that slowly slinks down the edge of the glass.

Nose is excellent roasted malts, nice even blend of chocolate and coffee. Some caramel and espresso beans, has an excellent earthy quality. Nice bready sweetness.

Taste starts off with a roasted bready malt characteristic, that fades across the palate into chocolate and finishes with a clean slight coffee bitterness. More sweet caramel just before the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium but it stands up to the bold roasty flavors.

Overall this is quite a treat, best dark lager I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 05:21:14 | More by natemort13
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Bodys is hazy chestnut brown with a small khaki head.

S: First impression is how roasty it is. As it warms I get a little nuttiness as well.

T: Follows the nose, with a big roasted barley and coffee-like roastiness. Good amount of sweet malt underneath, however - think toffee and caramel malt. Slightly earthy or herbal hops provide some balance, but the general roastiness steals the show here.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, with fairly modest carbonation.

O: Interesting. Too roasty for my liking for this style, but at least this beer was different and unique.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 14:19:24 | More by Kendo
Photo of bum732


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Toasty notes with some hop bitterness, some pecan/praline, some cinnamon.

L: Fairly clear dark brown, light tan creamy head with good retention.

T: Dark fruits with toasted nuts. Herbal medium low bitterness leading to very bold toasted cracker and nutty. Sweetness in the form of dark fruits complement. Very malty and smooth.

M: Medium full body, medium-low carbonation, creamy.

Delicious, no real category for this, very unique.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:57:33 | More by bum732
Photo of mactrail


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clear brown with golden hints in the Stella chalice. Nicely capped with foam and lacing down the glass. First tastes are surprisingly bitter. However, the malt and complexities emerge into a robust, pleasing flavor. Medium body with some substance and a sprightly carbonation in the mouth.

A different sort of bitterness than the usual IPAs, a more herbal taste. Roasted malt in the nose, but not much aroma. Some dark caramel, and a little sweetness in the background. Long bitter aftertaste with some aromatic flavors along for the ride. Tastes like a hint of Belgian yeastiness. Burnt raisins for the finish.

22 oz bottle from Best Damn in San Diego. As always, an interesting offering from Pretty Things.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 06:26:19 | More by mactrail
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright deep reddish brown with a light tan head. Fair retention and a nice string of lines of lacing.

Enticing aroma of brown bread and plums. A bit vinous. The flavor is malt-forward, bready and nutty with a herbal hop character that leads to a long astringent bitterness at the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Other than the husky astringent qualities of the bitterness, I quite like this beer. I think it is going to be a seasonal release. I would definitely look for it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 16:00:02 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of ppoitras


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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" light brown head over the slightly cloudy orangey brown brew. Head recedes ever-so gradually, with sticky lacing. Aroma is rich and roasty.

Taste starts malty, with a burnt chewy texture to the middle, and closes with some warmth and a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Nice brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 23:43:40 | More by ppoitras
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Lovely Saint Winefride from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.