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Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010 - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mondegreen on 06-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

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!

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of BogleHill
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Glid02 for this bottle. Pours out a deep amber color with a lacy tan head. Good carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Aroma is lightly sweey and roasty. Flavors are deep roasty malts with earthy and chocolate-coffee notes. A bit of bubblegum. This is one of the better balanced Scotch ales I've had recently. Nice bittering finish with a little more coffee.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing and tasty take on a Belgian Scoth Ale.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle with a foiled top. Label with quite the tacky illustration of a bright red bird picking up hops over a saturated blue sky and a rural landscape. Side narrative explains the charity memorial effort celebrated by the brew, and offers a brief description. Notes vintage as Reunion '10. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Brown pour with a fair head, moderate retention, fair surface memory with minimal touches of lacing.

S - Malty nose, caramel with a fruity hint in the backbone.

T - Taste flows expanding the nose with a long malt ride, plenty of caramel, and a sense of dark fruits in the back with a faint hint of hops as they are woven with a soft Belgian yeasty sense.

M - Medium/ body and carbonation, with a rounded boozy touch in the finish that is well integrated.

D - Rather well rounded and direct. Nice drink.

Notes: Not sure how it compares to any standards for the style, but next to other Belgian Scoth Ales I've tried this sits comfortably at the top tier. Not that it is a favorite style of mine but this is rather pleasing. Nice charity collaboration from Terrapin, and while I'd love to have some of their brews nearby on a regular basis, this was a welcome sighting in my region.

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Photo of JayQue
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unusual blend of styles..worked out pretty well though. Poured a dense reddish brown color with a small off white head (required a good hard pour to achieve). Lacing is scattered.

Smell is very good...Belgian all the way...Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruit...like a strong dark ale.

Tastes good too. More Belgian while cold..some Scotch Ale characteristics as it warmed. Strong taste of Belgian yeast and dark fruit. The maltiness only became apparent as I held the glass in my hand for a while. The combination is very good though...some very pronounced and agreeable flavors.

Mouthfeel included some alcohol, little carbonation and was a little thin like a Scotch Ale more than a rich Belgian. If we are calling this a Wee Heavy..I guess this is ok.

Drinkability is average to better. I split the bottle...could have had more. This may be a hybrid style but it works

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burgundy in color, with a thin, off-white head that fades immediately, leaving a few patches.
Smell is roasted, caramelly malts, with some subtle, grassy hops. Fig and raisin notes, as well as some brown sugar notes.
Taste is bready, caramelly notes with some toasted notes. Buttery notes come in as well, with some fig and raisin, as well as some toffee. Just a little bit of Belgian yeast coming in and lingering to the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a clean finish. Low level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good. Good beer for this interesting style.

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Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown tinted dark red with thin, fast fading head and a couple small blobs of lace. Smell: it's all Belgian dark upfront with some Scotch ale characteristics coming through in the back. big caramel, raisin, woodsy, bready. Taste: caramel, a little banana, raisin bread, a little wood smoke. The Belgian dark and the Scotch ale elements are both here but the Belgian wins out by a large margin. Pretty enjoyable though, not as sweet or heavy as a lot of scotch ales.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm... Belgian Style Scotch Ale... kind of like Scotch Silly? Belgian brewers were influenced by foreign soldiers during the war, and later on the "Scotch" style just stuck. Curiously enough, it's not that common anymore. Good choice Terrapin!

Poured into an Imperial pint Nonick glass it forms an inch and a half thick head of pillowy tan foam atop a hazy russet and copper colored body. The head retention is quite good, and although it slowly dwindles down to a thin cap - and then creamy collar and whispy surface covering - it leaves solid rings of lacing about the glass.

I could smell the sugary sweet malt as it rose in the glass, and it's certainly there. It's more than just the malt though, it's the Belgian yeast as well. It's caramelish with a burnt sugar edge, and candy sweet as well with notes of strong clove and vanilla. But there's also the sweet and gently tart note of sugary, dried dark fruit (plum/prune, raisin, cherry) that comes from the yeast to kind of balance it.

In the mouth it's full bodied and creamy smooth with a moderate carbonation. It certainly seems as if it could have been bottle-conditioned, but I don't know, at least I can say it's that nice. I can't recall, however, whether or not this would be appropriate for a Belgian Scotch ale... it certainly fits the bill for a standard Wee Heavy.

The flavor is everything that the nose suggests and a little more. There's a mild spiciness from the yeast, and some nice leafy hop notes. As it warms some of the alcohol makes itself known. The bitterness is restrained, but still present, and when combined with the alcohol and the spiciness of the yeast and its dark-fruit component, it's enough to tame the sweetness and leave it seemingly dry in the finish. There is a lot of residual sugar left there, but this is not a beer you race through. You want to savor that rich, semi-sweet finish. You enjoy it sip by sip, slowly, and it works.

As to drinkability, it is perhaps a touch over the top. The fermentation temperature might have been held in check better, reigning in some of the yeast character (or perhaps another yeast could have been chosen), but it is what it is. A single serving is more than pleasant enough, and the complexity will surely maintain your interest. A second serving, on the other hand, simply becomes more of the first. So, hedonistically, I have to look at the first glass as my measure - and I really enjoyed it! Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A dark cloudy cola color. Small head.

S - Sweet and alcohol. Mahogany and honey. Anyways, I want to taste it.

T - Sweet malts up front, then smooth, and then bitter and dry at the end. Very tasty.

M - A little bit of carbonation, but very smooth.

D -A good beer, but not a multiple drink in a night.

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Photo of FattyJLE
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650.6 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

S - Malty caramel sweetness and fruitiness of pears,raisins and dark cherries.

A - Deep, clear brown with a half inch off white head and lacing that doesn't persist long. Streams of effervescence.

T - Sweet, sugary malts upfront. Dark fruits (predominantly raisins) and a slightly roasty, burnt caramel flavor in the middle. Lingering boozy, sweet finish. Favorable presence of alcohol but well hidden.

M - Moderate bodied but surprisingly light, given the style and the ABV. A little too light for my taste, but interesting.

O - A very interesting brew. The strong dark fruit character, presumably the result of the Trappist Belgian yeast strain provides a unique complexity to the Scotch Ale style. While I wouldn't enjoy much of this beer at a session, it is certainly a well-crafted product. Another quality brew from Terrapin.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber with a nice label explaining the cause and beer within. Served in a DFH glass.

A - Deep ruby body, great clarity, active carbonation with small head that fades quickly. The dark ruby color is awesome on this one.

S - Big malt presence of fresh bread, with a comparable yeast ester profile. There are light roasty notes mixing with green apple, some raisin and black fig as well. Some sweet alcohol solvency as it warms.

T - Bread crust, red grapes, apricot, and toast flavors are a blend of malt and yeast complexity... There is a LOT going on in this beer. Big malty body with a distinctly Belgian yeast character. Dark malts and big ester fruitiness are balancing each other and masking the ABV well.

M - Big bodied, but still dry. Active scrubbing carbonation and a fairly crisp finish for a big brew.

D - Moderate to low. A malt bomb with enough warmth to satiate the biggest of thirsts. Great finisher or nightcap.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Reddish brown color with a nonexistent head.
Caramel malt aroma, sweet fruit, floral hops.
Caramel taste, raisins, herbal hop finish.
A bit on the thin side.
Decent beer. Would drink it again if someone bought it for me.

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Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010 from Terrapin Beer Company
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