Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010 - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
22 oz. bottle. Pours a coca-cola reddish brown color with a quickly diminishing, light-brown fizzy head. Aroma is dark malts, caramel, a hint of peat, a bit of banana, chocolate, and wood. Flavor is caramel, roasted malts, banana, raisins, and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, active, dry, sweet finished balanced with a hop bitterness. Good beer.
01-12-2011 03:26:35 | More by mtstatebeer
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
The aroma is quite boozy with caramel malt, oak, and plenty of pine hops. The appearance is dark amber to the point of being almost black. The taste is like the aroma with a sweet caramel finish. The palate is smooth. Overall this fits the style well, it's good but a bit short of outstanding.
01-12-2011 01:01:13 | More by nick76
3.08/5 rDev -14.7%
22 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, medium-to-dark brown body with a modestly-sized, ivory-hued head.
Smell: This year's Reunion release smells predominately of tooth-rotting sugar and spice and a melange of alcohol-infused fruits, with any deeper maltiness barely coming to the surface.
Taste: Toasty, lightly nutty malts with sweet tastes of caramelized sugars as well as a dose of firmly-packed brown sugar. Maybe even a teensy pinch of chocolate powder in there as well. Exceedingly fruity, you've got plenty of plums, figs, bananas, and alcohol-spritzed, tart-ish black cherries. Also, some fruit-flavored bubble gum. Then, a bit of clove and coriander spiciness. Minimal hop character and bitterness. Even some cutting alcohol joins the fray, but it still remains a bit sugary, leaving it a very slow sipper for me. Smooth, sweetish, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: Reunion '10 schlepps between the characteristics of the scotch ale and Belgian yeast strain, all while handing out a good dose of booziness. It's a good cause and an attractive-looking label, though!
12-29-2010 20:25:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
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
11-18-2010 00:45:18 | More by JayQue
3/5 rDev -16.9%
I only have one synthetic cork topper and I was in the middle of my Ommegang Belgian Scotch Ale review when I realized I wanted to break my mid-week beer quantity rules and taste another beer. So I poured the rest of the Ommegang to be able to use the cork on this one. Not much of a leap if you read that review. Still a risk.
Read my Scotty Karate review if you want to know about my ongoing Scotch Ale replacement journey.
Here we go.
First - a nod to Terrapin for their annual Myeloma homage. I read that on the bottle and on here. I salute them. Not just for the great act of commemoration of their fallen friend and others, like myself who have similar bone/blood diseases, but for doing it in an understated classy way.
Can't help but compare this to the Ommegang I just finished 10 minutes ago. Man these beers make me want to go back in time and try the actual Scotch Ales that they were allegedly brewing in Belgian for the Scotsmen in WWI! I'd love to try a Rochefort or Westy Scotch Ale!
Head is almost non-existant with any kind of pour. But a nice subdued lacing and coffee ring there.
Wow. Carbonation. Going to let this sit for a few minutes. Too cold for sure.
This seems like way less of a true study of either the Belgian or the Scotch Ale styles, and more of a "Let's try this and see..." There's a drawing of hops on the front label (Ah yes, the Americans worship them as if they were the only thing that ever gave beer flavor) which seems to be, once again, where the focus lies.
The flavor itself is a little tricky. You can taste a tiny bit of malt and caramel, and the Belgian yeast comes through for sure - but its all overpowered by the hoppiness. Happily, in this case the mouthfeel and creaminess as it warms offsets anything overly bitter.
I really think some of these American breweries have to stop it already with the hops when they're not making a hop-heavy style. Otherwise, you're just making something that could have been achieved by a mixing blend. This is another hoppy, overly Belgian that doesn't have enough of the Scotch to call it a Scotch Ale. This again is a Scotch Ale flavored American Belgian.
Drinkability-wise - the alcohol level is hardly noticed at all. The mouthfeel would bring you back for a 2nd glass, but I'm not going back for a third.
Not a drainpour but not a love connection.
11-05-2010 12:16:16 | More by radioscooter
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
"Terrapin Brewing returns for a second year as a production partner for Reunion'10. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in this venture- Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise funds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.
This year's beer is a Belgian style Scotch ale- a nod to Virginia's Scottish heritage. The beer boasts a deep amber color with a rich malt palate and subdued hop notes in the finish. We used an authentic Trappist Belgian yeast strain for complexity and it is brewed to an original gravity of 1078 and has 30 units of bitterness."
Pours from the 22oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. The beer is more of a chocolate color than amber. Really dark. Topped with a fizzy tan head. This one sure has a lot of carbonation. Hopefully that will be okay. Mixing two style like this may do crazy things to a beer.
Aroma is yeasty and clovelike with no undertones of a scottish ale. I get no maltiness, no creaminess, no smokiness, nothing. This one is all Belgian yeast.
Certainly Belgian flavors as well. Bubble gum, banana, cloves, good dose of fruitiness.
This one has no "Scottish" ale in it at all; this one is 100% Belgian. As the beer warms, more of the scottish characteristics such as maltiness and breadiness with caramel come to life, but too little too late for me.
A good beer overall. Drinks like a Belgian.
Edit: Okay, so after the beer warms even more, this one certainly starts to take on more Scottish characteristics. The malitness, breadiness, and yes, even some smokiness start to shine. My original review was based on a beer of around 45F. Now, at around 55 60F, the scotty shines. The beer gets weird as both Belgian and Scottish cultures mix, however.
11-04-2010 20:05:10 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin white ring clinging to the edges of the glass.
The aroma shows a lot of caramel malts to it with a candied fruit like sweetness coming through. It has a little bit of a banana bread and spice flavor to it as well.
The taste has a big caramel profile to it as well. Some dark fruit like flavors are present in the finish along with more of that candied like sweetness. Just a hint of the banana bread flavor that was in the nose came through.
The mouthfeel is slightly above medium bodied with carbonation being below average. Drinkability wasn't bad, it had some decent malty flavors to it. It wasn't anything outstanding but it was enjoyable for me this evening.
10-20-2010 00:55:19 | More by billab914
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours dark amber in body with off-white head. Hops, earth, caramel, and sugars in the nose. Flavors of caramelized sugars, earth, and some dryness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A beer worth a try but I'm not sure I'd go back for a second pint.
10-18-2010 03:26:50 | More by JRed
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
10-15-2010 00:26:59 | More by ectomorph
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
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
10-10-2010 12:25:34 | More by NeroFiddled
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
"Belgian Style Scotch Ale"? No idea what to expect here, but I'm always up for mutant/freak beer, so let's go...
Head is immediately a bubbly, crackly, active thing, bubbles popping left and right, which means it dies off fairly, but it's cool while it lasts, and I love when a beer makes noise. The color is an entrancing thing of mahogany made even more hypnotic with its opaque haziness.
The aroma falls a bit flat, though. I get nothing Belgian out of it, no tell-tale signs of Scotch Ale either. There's a healthy bit of black cherry pushing through, a hint of cola and vanilla as well, and some alcohol. It basically smells like Vanilla Cherry Coke.
Flavor is a little better, although I'm finding it hard to believe it was brewed with an "authentic Trappist Belgian yeast strain," as the label states. Really? I can't find it. It's covered up, perhaps, by milk chocolate notes, a little more cherry, other dark fruits, a little more vanilla, a little more cola, and even some white chocolate characteristics. It's juicy, fruity, not too sweet, even shows a little smoke/peat personality way back...but it's all a bit muddled. At least it feels a bit more "Scotch Ale" than the nose would suggest. Definitely interesting, I'll give it that, and no problem to finish.
Good buoyant, slippery, slick feel, a good balance of carbonation sizzle, syrupy stickiness and velvety body. Very much a compelling and different texture.
Terrapin sometimes has trouble with the fusion/mutant beers. Some, like this one, lack direction and are a bit messy. This one was brewed for a good cause (to benefit myeloma and bone cancer research), and you gotta respect that, but you also can't automatically award it high scores as a result. It's good, and I enjoyed picking apart its various flavors, but it's very much a corrupted Scotch Ale. I'm not even close to a style purist, but the Scotch Ale base wasn't firm enough, and the Belgian character? Nowhere to be found...still, worth a try if you're into interesting experimental hybrids...
10-07-2010 21:45:39 | More by Metalmonk
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
Had this one recently at Flying Saucer and reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass a deep copper with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is burnt caramel, dried fruits, molasses and dark malts. The taste is a nice blend of dark malts, caramel, molasses and mild bitter cocoa. The beer is a bit on the heavy side, but is a smooth sipper. This is a certainly a beer worth trying, but not much more than that.
10-07-2010 01:52:12 | More by atsprings
3.1/5 rDev -14.1%
A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves virtually no lace.
S - A very strong yeast aroma with notes of clove and bubble gum. Some molasses and dark caramel malt characteristics in the background.
T - Lots of spicy yeast flavor up front with notes of clove and bubble gum as well as some fruity caramel malt. Notes of molasses and plum clash in the middle with a bit of spicy hop flavor. The beer finishes with increasingly phenolic yeast character and molasses and cola malt notes that are not quite balanced by the light bitterness.
M - Thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sticky sweet finish.
D - Wow, what a mess. The malt is overbearing and one dimensional with a sweet caramel/molasses character that turns to a cloying cola flavor in the finish. The malt is unpleasant enough by itself, but it is completely overshadowed by the yeast. There is a huge note of bubble gum in the nose and it expresses as a very spicy, phenolic flavor. Though it is never quite medicinal, the spicy yeast notes really clash with the dark malt and are lacking in the dark fruit characteristics that one might have hoped for from a Belgian yeast in this sort of beer. The final nail in the coffin is the lack of carbonation. The beer is nearly flat, which I can see from the perspective of a scotch ale, but it leaves the beer seeming overly sweet and flabby in the finish when a more Belgian level of carbonation might have been able to lift some of the flavors and made the beer more drinkable. Terrapin has brewed some really nice beers lately (particularly Hopzilla) but this is certainly not one of them. Not something that I would drink again.
10-06-2010 06:15:53 | More by nickfl
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
Aromas are dominated by the Belgian half of this beer equation. Scotch ale half adds the caramels and burnt sugars and maltiness.
The tastes start of Scotch with the caramelized sugars and hints of vanilla. The traditional malty caramel and roasted malt flavors is undoubtedly present here. The Belgian yeast allows it to finish much drier than any Scotch ale I have every had. Interesting, I enjoyed this different characteristic.
Drinkability is quite high for the Abv. Its is mighty tasty, a great exploration of typical malt style vs yeast. A good combo though making for an interesting and tasty brew. Shares some qualities of a Quad, but not at the same time, interesting and good though to say the least. Appreciate the effort.
10-04-2010 02:33:47 | More by claspada
2.98/5 rDev -17.5%
Got this on a trip to GA. 22oz bottle...
A: Super dark brown that has a murky look through it. Small off white head that quickly fades to a lace on top the brew. Good.
S: Bananas blended with bubble gum and strong scents of candy sugars. Very belgian in the scent. Some booziness and fruit in the middle. Good.
T: Watery banana upfront with some bitter sugared malts. Kind of a strange metallic taste blended in. Kind of weird. Eh.
M: Very light bodied with a light carbonation. Nope, not good here.
D: Strange flavors to get through here. Decent.
All in all, this brew is not worth your time. The flavors do not blend well. There are many better brews in the style.
10-03-2010 03:28:00 | More by steve8robin
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
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
A: This poured a nearly clear dark mahogany with some quickly dissipating tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy caramel and wild yeast, with some raisin and bready malt.
T: It tasted like raisin and prune and caramel, with bready malt and wild yeast and some copper hops in the finish. It had a bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol noticeable.
M: It was watery with a good amount of carbonation - lighter and fizzier than expected.
D: This was a nice blend of styles, but neither half was super rich or tasty. The result was surprisingly not complex, but it was still enjoyable. The body wasn't great, and the finish was somewhat harsh, so it wasn't super easy to drink either. Good beer, but certainly not great, with some real missed potential.
09-29-2010 15:13:49 | More by Pencible
4/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
09-26-2010 22:18:42 | More by BogleHill
3.33/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint lgass. Beer is brown and hazy with a pathetic head and almost no lacing.
Beer smells like malt and mild caramel with some oddness.
Beer is really light in body and mildly sweet with a hint of caramel. Mild roast at the back, its really thin though. Its too thin for the style and I'm not really feeling this one. Too bad this is the last beer of the night for me.
09-24-2010 03:43:02 | More by drabmuh
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
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
You get a little more than a finger's worth of very loose, bigger bubbles for a head, poor retention, just about nada for lacing too. Deep amber to brown color, dark enough that it pushes transparency to the edge, clean though with no haze, more coppery orange at the rims. Heavy duty esters in the nose, banana, bubblegum, vanilla fudge, barely makes room to accommodate the molasses, brown sugar, butterscotch notes, not to forget the fig, date, golden raisin, dried apricot fruit scents, makes you think it's a one trick pony until the bitter hoppy burst before it finally evaporates. Full-bodied, real heavy, doesn't anchor itself on the palate as much as sink to the bottom of the sea. More banana, fruitcake, maple syrup, molasses, caramelized brown sugar, milk chocolate, you name it. Were it not so heavy you might consider the texture to be creamy, certainly the weak carbonation would not stand in the way of such a judgment. Offers a dose of floral dew and orange juice, the hops have less maneuvering room here than in the nose. It's truly an enjoyable beer but no easy quaff and arguably best understood as a "dessert beer" to give it the best chance to shine.
09-22-2010 03:25:31 | More by farrago
3.45/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a dark brown with minimal head on top of an aroma that is a mix of roasted malts along with some bready sweet malts as well asa a yeasty, sour fruit hop aroma. A decent scotch ale taste as the malts have a noticeable presence of roasted and some caramel and dark chocolate. Unfortunately, doesn't mix too well with belgian yeast strain and some fruity hops like orange and grape - sweet fruits. Slightly smooth and creamy beer but the beer is not well mixed so the finish is funky. Not a bad beer to try but just can't decide which way to go and suffers for it.
09-20-2010 10:38:31 | More by clayrock81
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
Appearance: poured into a Duvel tulip, Hazy brown, not much visible carbonation, one finger head with decent retention and good lacing.
Smell: Dark fruits, raisin especially, some sweet earthier malts like caramel.
Taste: Raisin, deep sweet Belgian malts up front bright sweet malts on the back end with a smooth transition from one to the other, an Earthy dry after taste with a hint of slightly smoked malts.
Mouthfeel: Subtle carbonation up front but the swallow is smooth.
Drinkability: Good for the style. Cant imagine being able to have more than 35oz just because of the sweetness. But its a delightful treat that I can see my self having two glasses of with a steak at a good steak place.
Something I would definitely have again. Id really like to try it with some good ol red meat. Nice beer but not something I could drink all night.
09-18-2010 00:08:14 | More by terrapinfan88
Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010 from Terrapin Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.