Terrapin TomFoolery - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by airheadmtrcycle:
4.5/5 rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
As a newbie I look to BA for a lot of guidance. BA says saisons or farmhouse ales are supposed to be sturdy summer fare. Terrapin's Side project #14, TomFoolery, is dark as a porter or stout, but without quite the mouth feel one would expect from either. The head is thick, creamy and velvety smooth. So TomFoolery passes that test easily.
BA also claims farmhouse ales are supposed to be complex, maybe even fruity in aroma and taste. It passes that test, as well. I really like the yeast aroma and flavor; it's got that bubble gum thing going on, but it's tarter than I've experienced from a Belgian yeast prior to now, not that far from a Granny Smith apple. It finishes clean, but with a nice little bit of bitterness. It might be a bit sweeter than a true saison might be, but it plays off the tartness perfectly.
I think Terrapin nailed this one, not only in producing a decent farmhouse ale (according to BA's standards), but making one that I personally like quite a bit. I'll bet if I scour the Atlanta/Athens area I'll still find a bottle or two lying around. I'm gonna grab a few and see what some age might do to this excellent beer. Highly recommended!
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2011 01:38:41 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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3.33/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) to let me try another unique Terrapin goody.
Pours a darker mocha colored 1 finger fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, with a bit of sticky lacing, over super dark colored beer with just hints of molasses brown light sneaking through the corners.
Nose is a bit of a mess, some earthy root like aromas, syrupy aromas that give a slight Dr. Pib like soda aroma, light green apple and fruity aromas, hint of wheat like malt, light dark caramel and molasses malt aromas, hint of saison spices maybe, more like fruit juice.
Taste starts with more estery fruit flavors, light apple and pear, hint of yeast flavors and just a touch of saison spices. Malts are creamy but not dark or very tasty, light syrupy with a bit of molasses and wheat, and just a hint of mocha. Again a bit earthy rootbeer like flavor. Booze comes on stronger than expected for 7.3% and seems more like 9-10%. Finish is drier but sticky, light lingering bitterness and more of the earthy root taste, little sticky and syrupy, just a touch of malts lingering.
Mouth is med bodied, boozy, decent carb.
Overall bah, not what I expected. Nothing like a black saison, not many dark malts and barely any saison characters, lots of esters and green apple, not very good.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2012 00:12:06 | More by jlindros
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit and Belgian yeast notes, as well as some pepper and some light cocoa. The flavor is similar. The dark fruit and cherries come through up front, with some yeast, lemons, orange and caramel malt also being present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2012 21:41:43 | More by Mora2000
3.95/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: two finger thick off white head on a jet black body. Some lacing.
S: saison fruitiness but more on the plum and raisin side. Some Belgian yeast aromas as well.
T: very interesting brew. Starts off with the sharp fruitiness and corriander of a saison and rapidly tapers to a dark fruit, light toasted malt, licorice and chocolate finish which verges on a Belgian dark strong style. Very dynamic and complex.
M: lighter bodied than expected and lighter side f moderate carbonation.
Overall: only my second 'black' saison but this one is certainly a dynamic and interesting beer. A must try for sure.
Serving type: on-tap
05-06-2012 23:16:44 | More by kylehay2004
Terrapin TomFoolery from Terrapin Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.