Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010 - Terrapin Beer Company
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4.88/5 rDev +35.2%
Comes out of the tap a dark, rich, warm, barely transparent mahogany with a decent pale tan head - very appetizing. Lively, spicy aroma has hints of caramel and wood. Strong flavor is spicy, malty and nutty with tones of cloves and caramel and a woody hint. Smooth, fizzy texture leaves behind a nice tingle, while spicy and nutty flavors linger.
08-02-2010 02:44:43 | More by Cyberkedi
4.75/5 rDev +31.6%
Belgian Style Scotch Ale, really? Wouldn't that put the brewing country in the North Sea somewhere? Anyway, on with the show.
The pour was similar to a quad, with deep reddish brown color, and not much carbonation. The smell was different than most beers, with a high concentration of ripe fruits and vanilla, a brett like wild streak, and then whiff of hops. The taste was exceptional. The richness of the malt shine through but avoided any sort of cloying tendencies. The ripe fruits were present throughout the sip, and finish was actually quite dry. There was a significant warmth in the finish. The body was soft and creamy and not very thick. This dis not exhibit much in terms of the Scotch influences, but the Belgian Yeast strain made you forget all that. One of the finest American interpretations of Belgian style brewing.
07-23-2010 03:22:04 | More by rajendra82
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
Ah, I remember years ago first having Belgian style Scotch Ales in Atlanta, usually in bottles, and usually at the very first Taco Macs. This beer, to me, captures the essence of those days. Pours a very dark, slightly murky brown with a fairly slight head- not the most attractive beer in the world. Quite a few Belgian yeast notes in the nose, with an especially pronounced bubblegum aroma, some spice notes, and the firm malt characteristic of Scotch Ales. The taste is a beautiful balance between the caramel and spice notes of a Scotch Ale and the bubblegum and clove of the Belgian yeast, with some fruity components from both the malt and the yeast. Very smooth, with a bit of spice on the finish. I think they did a very good job capturing a pretty unique style.
08-14-2010 22:56:30 | More by Georgiabeer
4.3/5 rDev +19.1%
On tap at Trappeze, poured into a snifter. Smell of molasses, brown sugary caramel, toffee, Candi sugar and yumminess. Taste includes raisin and dates with some Interesting yeast characteristics. Actually can't taste any alcohol whatsoever. Pretty tasty brew and easy to drink.
08-30-2010 02:58:36 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
I got this in a trade quite a while ago. Can't remember who from, but thanks whomever. Review is from notes taken on 12/3/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Pour is the standard dark coppery color and has a really solid ruby hue to it; starts with a very scant and short light tan head that fades to nothing other than a faint wisp in the center and a thin ring around the surface; body is dark, but has solid clarity; can't see much carbonation in this one;
Smell: Smell is solid -- a bit sweeter than a lot of other Scotch Ales, despite their tendency to be sweeter anyway, and there is definitely a banana-like scent to it as well; bit of a chewy and yeasty breadiness underneath it all; for being close to 9%, the alcohol is invisible in the nose.
Taste: I think this beer is quite solid, and I'm a little disappointed to see that it's only averaged a B at the time of this review; a lot of caramel and a slight touch of bittersweet chocolate to it as well; maltiness to it, and there's that underlying peaty/smokey aspect that comes with the style; the Belgian style yeast adds a nice new dimension though and brings a nice smooth, mellow banana aspect to it and I feel that there is also just a touch of Candi to it as well.
Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and it's a bit chewy and sticky; carbonation is still present, and I'm pleasantly surprised by that as I really can't see any, but it makes its appearance and keeps it lively - I was a little worried it may come across flat and watery because of it, but nope, came through just fine; a thick coating is left all over the roof of the mouth; belly is left a little warm -- the only place where the alcohol has made an appearance.
Overall: I wish this was something that was available as at least a seasonal offering, it would make a great late fall/early winter beer as it has a nice sweetness, depth and warmth.
12-04-2011 03:07:08 | More by bamadog
4.15/5 rDev +15%
another one i am finally getting around to typing up.
Poured a hazel brown with a nice 1 inch head that slowly faded lacing up the sides. Much visible carbonation and a noticeable hissing sound. Smell was very nutty, and I mean that literally. Smell was of nuts and caramel with a hint of hops and just a touch of alcohol, smells like its gonna warm you up. The taste was very very sweet, syrupy and lots of dark fruit flavors. Very sugary sweet, no real taste of alcohol, which at 8%abv is a nice touch.
05-29-2011 05:46:52 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
Pours a deep copper to brown color with a small off white head. In the aroma, small fruit hints and somewhat woody. In the taste, dry, dark cherry and a small alcohol hint. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry cherry aftertaste. Nice dark cherry hint and nice wood without being oaky.
09-23-2010 16:03:22 | More by OWSLEY069
4.08/5 rDev +13%
Pours a dark reddish, copper color with a small non-descript head. Leaves some nice oily legs on the glass. The smell is straight up sweet malts. This is the perfect example of what a Wee Heavy should smell like. Sweet malts, a little smokey peat and a little booze. The taste is much of the same. There is a slight booze taste but the sweetness mixes well with it. It is a little watery as well. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth but could be a little heavier given the style. I want my Scotch ales to have a lot of body. Overall this is a very drinkable beer for being as sweet as it is and also being 8.5%.
02-14-2011 03:23:38 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring of lace around the glass.
S- The aroma is enticingly malty. A lot of sweet malts and caramel with hints of dark fruits and yeast.
T- The taste like the aroma has a delicious dose of sweet malts up front with caramel and a hint of sweet chocolate. Very nice.
M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It is a very solid scotch ale that I wouldn't mind purchasing a couple more bottles. Recommended!
10-13-2010 01:59:56 | More by cjgator3
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Consumed at a special release party held at Barley's in Greenville, SC. Served from tap into a tulip. Pours a dark dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of spices, citrus, and a nice sour note. The flavor was of spices, alcohol, fruit, and sweet malt. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew that was very smooth with a spicy kick. It was very light on the palate but still maintained bold flavoring that were quite nice. Looking forward to the actual release of this one so I can snag up a few bottles.
07-01-2010 12:17:34 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Thanks to craytonic for this one
Pours a deep brown with a finger of head that dies down to a bubbly collar.
The aroma is lightly toasted malt, Belgian yeast and spices, sweet caramel, and floral hoppiness. A bit of alcohol burn.
The flavor doesn't really remind me of a wee heavy at all. I realize that this is a "Belgian Style" wee heavy....but it is more reminiscent of just a straight up dubbel. Pretty nice though. Some caramel and raisin sweetness and bready malts. Lots of spices...nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper.
The body is a bit too light for a wee heavy but damn near perfect for a dubbel. Tough to score here.
Overall this beer is very tasty and this 8.5% ABV bomber is disappearing quickly. Judged on its own merits rather than the Beer Advocate style listing, it is a winner
08-29-2010 04:17:34 | More by alcstradamus
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance: pours a dark bronze color with a 1/2" head. No lace develops.
Smell: caramel and belgian yeast are easily detectable.
Taste: caramel, dark fruti sweetness, molasses, belgian yeast, brown sugar, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long aftertaste.
Drinkability: this beer is definitely a slow sipping beer. Worth a try as it has a nice flavor profile.
09-03-2010 23:29:34 | More by Gavage
4/5 rDev +10.8%
I found this on the shelf of a Boudry's liquor store in Mandarin, FL. It's very similar to a rochefort trappistes 10 in every respect. I'm not sure if this was the effect they were looking for in an Abbey Strong Dark, but terrapin has achieved it.
A: Pours a deep molasses based soda color without a lot of head due to the alcohol content. Lacing is slight and not very clingy.
S: Smells of alcohol and wood chips.
T: Tastes biscuity with roasted caramel notes up front, alcohol and dry oak with a edam cheese flavor finish. No hops bitterness, well balanced.
M: Chewy and rich, full bodied. Some alcohol is noticeable although not overpowering. Plenty of soda sized carbonation but drinkable.
D: A nice solid traditional style Abby/Trappist strong dark style. A very good achievement for Terrapin.
03-11-2011 00:08:38 | More by Aiptasia
4/5 rDev +10.8%
appearance: deep dark brown not much ead rentention.
smell: dark malts,lots of belgian yeast
taste: hugge heping of belgian yeast flavors. lots of fruity flavors.
mouthfeel: medium bodied, nit as heavy as i thought
drinkability: a decent beer. not my fapvote but solid.
11-23-2010 01:31:59 | More by CampusCrew
4/5 rDev +10.8%
This one pours a quite dark roasted malty reddish brown with a small but fairly persistent head... very warm looking..
Very sweet almost fruity aromas along with the Belgian yeast as implied from the name... Lots of dark fruitiness here, almosy like a Christmas fruitcake or something.. Interesting...
Warm malty sweet flavors with the aforementioned fruity aspects... A touch boozy on the finish though... This one also has a nice spicy Belgian aspect to it that seems to work well with the deep maltiness...
This was an unusual take on this style.... Very unique flavors... The booziness makes this one a sipper for sure...
10-01-2010 16:42:42 | More by Tilley4
Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010 from Terrapin Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.