Lovely Saint Winefride - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ManVersusBeer on 02-10-2012

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Reviews by DrinkingDrake:
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dan claims to have brewed this beer with old men in mind. Bring it, whippersnapper.

Clear, dark brown with a bawdy eggshell tan head. Looks like a mean glass of root beer. Great retention for a lager it decorates my glass with a quaint set of lacey curtains.

Smells like a fresh Vermont mud puddle - earthy and blackish brown. I like earthy.

Mocha with more bitter, earthy carob in back. A little roast malt peeks it's head just before the finish.

I'm looking forward to the day I'm a crazy old man who sits on the porch and yells at the world passing by. I could do it with this beer in hand.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt and some nut

Taste: nuts, some wood, English malt, light hops and leather

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle and less bitter end

Overall: A cross between Saint Botolphs and and English Brown. Not a bad beer as it has moments of real depth and complexity. I have been blown away by several Pretty Things brews, however this one just struck me as just above average. Not likely to get this one again.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsener (perhaps a mug would be a better alternative)- poured a dark brown color with moderate transparency around the edges and at the bottom of the glass. Less than one finger head, decent retention, no lacing.

Big roasted malt smell- almost like I'm brewing myself. Maybe comes on a little strong.

Roasted malt dominates the palate as well- there is some coffee and maybe a little nuttiness as well. Has a similar taste as dry stout. A little bit of hops at the end but not pronounced.

Mouthfeel is decent- full bodied, chewy, with medium light carbonation. Good beer- wouldn't get it again if I'm looking for a lager but maybe if I'm looking for a good dark brew.

Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass a rich, dark caramel. Thick, low head that leaves rungs of lace.

Smells is rich dark roasty malts, a sip is bright and creamy with heavy malt hitting immediately after - deep roasty caramel dances with lightly burnt coffee knocked by some pseudocitrus bitterness at the end.

Huzzah, Dann! Dann used a decoction! See Dann decoct!
Decoct, Dann, decoct!

This is a mighty fine dark lager -- exactly the hearty, smooth, deliciousness other examples from the style seem to lack. I have to try it on draft, because this bottle was quick finished.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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 LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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 metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 HattedClassic
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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 natemort13
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that is an off white color and fades at a med pace, with some lacing, over semi clear cola brown reddish colored beer. As I swirl it for some aromas the head gets fluffier and bigger, like foam.

Nose starts with dark toasty brown malts, a light earthy nutty like malt and almost root like, light sweet malts, hint of cocoa and caramel, toasty malts, nice lager fruity and crisp aromas. Just a hint of an earthy hop as well.

Taste starts with a chocolatey cocoa like taste, caramel toasty brown malts, light biscuity and toasty brown malts with a mild sweetness and nutty root like earthy brown malty flavor, and hints of earthy nutty spices. A nice earthy almost spicy hop comes through with a decent bitterness, that gets slightly herbal and even a bit fruity and floral. That blends with a nice fruity lager flavor, good soft decoction malt flavor, and nice light lager crispness and juicy malt flavor profile. The bitterness gets slightly more earthy and spicy as it finishes, with a slight sticky malt quality. More caramel and toasty brown malts, and hint of cocoa, and a fairly dry but not so clean finish.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall a pretty nice beer, nice lager flavors and crispness, with nice brown toasty malts, nice hop kick, fairly bitter and tasty but a decent hop profile although maybe slightly too bitter and earthy, but otherwise pretty nice.

Photo of BigOldOaf
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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 jdhilt
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Davepoolesque
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
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 smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Below is my original review. In my second tasting, the smell improved dramatically. It is now is more like dark chocolate. I don't detect the smells I did previously. The taste is also improved because of the smell.

Solidly brown, where the light shines through easily. The beige head leaves plenty of coating lace on the glass even if it settles to a single layer of fine bubbles.

Earthy aroma with almost a meatloaf/beef stew smell. I personally don't like this aroma.

The flavor is an improvement: Darker malts predominate the smell. There's a good hop counterpoint. The unpleasant smell comes back in the swallow, but the aftertaste has an enjoyable bitterness. The body is as would be expected; the carbonation is similarly neutral.

Photo of Maxwell
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 ManVersusBeer
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Winefride lost her head, but this beer is delivered to me as dark chestnut brown and ruby orange hued body with a lush off-white head that stays on and leaves a clingy ring of lacing around the Pretty Things over sized wine glass it was served in.
It smells of mole, chocolate covered orange juice, and licorice. An interesting nose.
The taste rounds out similar, but all the more complex. Dark, pumpernickel rye at first melds into spicy citrus orange peel hops then moves toward earthy wood, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and cherry bitters.
There is a good mouthfeel with hop spice warming into a bigger, maltier chocolate while the medium carbonation, excellent for this brew, dries out slightly on the palate.
This Saint, even as a solid lager at 7%, could make you drink a few, perhaps causing you to do something stupid, or dare I say, lose your head.

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of jaluria
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA.

Poured a dark, opaque brown with amber hues. Plenty of lacing left behind in my tulip glass.
Scent is filled with bread and whole grains; quite earthy for a briwn ale. Just a flicker of spicey notes (cinnamon and sesame seed oil) at the tail end.
Taste is robust with malty sweetness dominating the flavors. Smooth with a subtle spicy finish. Earthy and slightly sweet/tardy with a fair amount of carbonation.
Dry finish with a chewy texture left behind in my mouth.

Tastey beer with character and punch but a bit outside of what might be expected for this style.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely Saint Winefride whatever that means pours out very brown and not thin like many browns, this one has some girth. The bubbles were big and brown coffee looking, leaving some splotches.

The smell was a delight and it was quite tight. Nutty appeal is up there, english malt galore, toffee, with some earthy scent, possibly from the hopping. Some slight pine aromatics.

This one is big tasting without a imperial stamp at 7%. The nuts is nuts, english malt, toffee, some bitter chocolate hiding underneath. The faintest of earthy hops. Big and small, if that makes sense.

Feel is at a pretty much medium. There is some life in the carb and the aftertaste is lingering. I have never had an off bottle of pretty things, they know how to tweak the carb per style, which is English dominated from what I've seen. I love these guys.

Photo of Durge
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

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Lovely Saint Winefride from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.