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Lovely Saint Winefride - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

Lovely Saint WinefrideLovely Saint Winefride

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BA SCORE
88
very good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Reviews by DrinkingDrake:
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Extremely dark mahogany. From a distance it looks black. A small amount of foam is is left around the rim. Rich chocolate and coffee aroma. Slightly smokey. Flavor is heavy on roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee just like the aroma. Faint amounts of an earthy hop character but it is covered by the large amount of malts. Thin body and a big carbonation tingle but it has a subtle creamy mouthfeel. Soon after the big malt flavor a overwhelming bitterness sets in. Extremely earthy and dry. A bitterness that will not leave the back of my palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:07:40 | More by DrinkingDrake
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lesdemonsamaporte

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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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
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AgentMunky

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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
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-13-2013 15:42:38 | More by leftstagebrew
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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:
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05-02-2013 02:12:01 | More by HattedClassic
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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
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

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Maxwell

Massachusetts

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

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DrJay

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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
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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.

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Serving type: bottle

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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.

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Serving type: bottle

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

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.

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Lovely Saint Winefride from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.