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Tulach Leis - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Tulach Leis
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Flemish Style Vermont Sour Red Ale fermented with brettanomyces yeast providing slight tartness with barnyard aromas and flavors. This recipe was the result of the collaborative efforts of VPB brewers both past and present in honor of their mentor and Master Brewer, Greg Noonan. The name (Toolah - Leez) comes from county Cork in Ireland where the Noonan clan originated. 6.1% ABV. Hits the style.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 04-20-2010)
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

joeland, Mar 25, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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2.3/5  rDev -35.8%


Dark gold color with a thin and quick to vanish head. I like my Flemish Reds more red. Smells more like strawberries rather than cherries. There's a nice wet straw rustic tone that carries from the aroma into the flavor. Flavor is a again more strawberries than cherry. Not nearly tart enough.

donkeyrunner, May 30, 2014
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2.83/5  rDev -20.9%

On tap @ the Vermont Pub & Brewery (Burlington, VT) on 2/19/11. Served in a snifter.

Pours a deep clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white colored frothy head. This retains a nice creamy richness throughout, coating the sides with a robust cascade of lace that slowly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a bright fruity tartness to it, along with some musty earthy notes. Sweet grains sit underneath. I mean the brett is putting off some fruity accents of maybe lemon or green apple but overall, the nose here just isn't that exciting.

The taste has a tart bite to it and mostly stays that way except for a touch of sourness on the backend. The tartness is coming across more along the cherry variety I guess but there could be some other biting fruit flavors coming across here as well. A not too strong sugary sweetness hangs on the edges of the profile and helps balance things out a tad. There is a definitely a bit of a funky earthy thing going on here to, which pretty much runs through the entire profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and relatively sharp on the palate with a lively feel that makes those tart flavors dance. I'm not sure of the ABV on this one but I didn't pick up any discernable alcohol flavors at all.

While I honestly hate to rip on any beer made in tribute to Greg Noonan (and especially one made at the VPB) but I thought that this beer was really boring. I mean I liked the look and feel here and it seemed like a Flemish Red to me and I could pick up the brett flavors but this overall just didn't pull together like I would have hoped for. Even my wife, who is a BIG fan of tart/sour beers repeatedly, remarked me to how bland this seemed considering the description. It was unfortunately a chore to get through the glass. Ah well.

Kegatron, Feb 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

warnerry, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

mrskunk, Feb 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

spycow, Aug 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

DoctorB2B, Mar 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

DrewLikesBeer, Jun 11, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

On-tap at the brewpub in a snifter.

Color is cloudy orange/amber, No real head and no lacing.

Smells heavily of Brett. Lots of barnyard, hints of green apple and maybe some other fruits.

Taste is heavy on the funk but rather light. Unlike most Flanders-style beers, this one has a lot less of the cherry-like fruit flavors and lacks lactic sourness. Good showcase of Brett flavors, though. Flavor is kind of tart and finishes quickly and rather watery.

Mouthfeel is watery and could really use more carbonation. I think more lively carbonation would change the character of this one for the better and make it more refreshing.

Overall, this is an interesting Brett beer but not much of a Flanders. A good experiment, though, and I'm glad I tried it. It's always nice to go into a brewpub and see they're trying something different.

musicforairports, May 02, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Ewhite2121, Mar 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
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3.32/5  rDev -7.3%

Shawn_Money, Sunday at 03:46 AM
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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

Drinking this beer out of a snifter at VT pub.
appearance - a little dark in the room but there's a solid redder amber.
smell - a very nice strong scent.
taste - after smelling, I thought the taste would be more vibrant.
mouthfeel - good.
overall - pretty good. Nice to drink when I'm out.

pluppykatie, Dec 23, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -5%

Pours a hazed copper color with little spots of off-white bubbles. Scent is quite light and made up of equal parts damp grain, wet earth and medicinal bandaid. Taste comes across as light when served cold, needs to warm before the funk comes across as rounded enough to be more than just musty and damp grain and earthy, light medicinal off notes blend with a touch of tart dark fruit. Light in body with ample carbonation, dry. This beer took a really long time to grow on me and was best opened up after time exposed to air and warmth, most of the time i spent wondering how bland this was.

rfgetz, Oct 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

wattershed, Oct 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

claytong, Mar 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Baab200, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

cool but inconsistent beer, different every time i try it, and this latest batch may have been the least impressive of the lot. its murky amber in color, almost flat from the tap, with a foot smelling funk that shows weird sour mashing, a little off, and an overall weirdness to it. definitely a wild ale, but just so much funk, gym socky and sweaty and unsettling a little in the stomach. i remember it differently though, as an excellent flanders red, vinegary and fuller bodied with a lot of rich caramel grain character. it has always been like that, but the funk seems way higher than the lacto part now, and like some of those spontaneous overpriced italian wilds, this one is unfamiliar in a way im not sure i like. backyard bucket type beer, maybe batch variance is intentional, but i liked previous editions far more than this latest brew.

StonedTrippin, Aug 22, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev 0%

A cloudy, dark orange colored beer with a small head that’s quickly gone. Like most of the VPB beers I’ve tried the lacing is very nice on this one.

Aroma is led by the Brett, with a general yeasty tang about it, sour fruits, and a vague barnyard note.

Taste is tart and sour, clearly defined, with lots of Brett. The funk is far from overpowering, though. A bit of sour cherries. Less depth of flavor than I’d like ultimately.

Carbonation seemed low for the style and detracted from what probably should have been a crisper, cleaner experience. Decent but certainly not outstanding.

tobelerone, Oct 25, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

On tap at the source.
Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber color with a wisp of a head that was gone before I knew it. Smell is tart and sour with a hint of funk. Lemons and tart cherries with a barn yard earthy edge to it. Taste is tart fruit and lactic up front with an earthy funky flavor that comes in mid to finish. Slight plastic phenol pops up but quickly goes away thankfully. Medium body with a crisp level of carbonation and a tart acidic mouthfeel. Decent sour, but not world class.

johnnnniee, Feb 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

mletten, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Socialiste, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

PA-Michigander, Jun 07, 2014
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Tulach Leis from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.