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Tulach Leis - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mondiale 2011. Medium red colour, a little head. A good mouthfeel for the style, as they added significant malt. This also served to take down the sourness from what I would have expected. A nice beer,no poems to be written about it, I enjoyed it and found it good drinkability and would gladly have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 20:36:52 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

10-19-2012 01:35:03 | More by djrn2
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 20:33:43 | More by Kegatron
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

A tribute to the renowned Greg Noonan. Poured into a snifter, a hazy rusty amber color with a fizzly, short-lived, white head. Aroma of grass, white wine, tart berries, with a touch of Brett funk. Taste followed the aroma; this beer wasn't overly fruity, but there was a definite berry tartness to it, lightly sour, a bit of grassy barnyard funk. Nothing too extreme or too hard on the senses / palate. Slight metallic twinge in the finish. Medium body, nicely drinkable, quite good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 20:08:59 | More by Rifugium
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Brad007

Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Named after Greg Noonan's ancestral homeland. This is described as a flemish sour red ale, fermented with brett.

Pours a lovely amber color with a one finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of grape and strawberry with just a slight hint of funk in the nose.

Taste is much like horse leather with a slight funkiness that stands out. Not too funky though.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grape and strawberry in the mouth. Very nice balance of funk and other flavors.

A fitting tribute to the man. Greg Noonan. You must have one in his honor!

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 01:09:36 | More by Brad007
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 03:59:38 | More by tobelerone
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 23:05:30 | More by johnnnniee
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 01:21:53 | More by rfgetz
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vermont Pub & Brewery on 6/12/11.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange liquid with tiny bubbles of carbonation and a slim white head that reduced to a thin web of lace.

S - Sour fruit akin to cherries, wet hay and barnyard funk and a hint of band-aid all combine to give the aroma a well-rounded tartness as well as some fruitiness.

T - Like the aroma, there is plenty of sour fruit and barnyard character in the flavor, as well as a hint of band-aid. Flavor blends wet hay with a sour cherry tartness. The Brett character is noticeable but subtle overall. I definitely get more of a fruity tartness than full-on mouth-puckering Brett sourness.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly sticky, syrupy texture. Finishes quite tart on the palate with a hint of residual sweetness.

D - Tulach Leis is an approachable sour beer with a pleasant fruity tartness and adequate funk that never loses control.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 15:35:52 | More by ffejherb
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-26-2014 19:22:31 | More by ShemRahBoo
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warnerry

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-25-2013 23:43:43 | More by warnerry
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petermethot

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

06-26-2013 00:02:52 | More by petermethot
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-06-2014 14:27:39 | More by PittBeerGirl
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

@ VTP&B

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2014 18:24:25 | More by donkeyrunner
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-11-2012 03:45:26 | More by DoctorB2B
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a snifter.

Pours a very clear red/ruby with a small white head. Nose is tart and earthy with a mellow sour note.

Taste is very good, sharp and tart and lots of acidic and funky flavors throughout. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a sharp finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 23:46:13 | More by kingcrowing
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-21-2014 20:39:44 | More by mklisz
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claytong

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-31-2012 23:19:05 | More by claytong
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-07-2014 22:33:26 | More by PA-Michigander
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-15-2012 19:17:03 | More by TheRuss9585
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patrick802

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

05-04-2014 19:35:37 | More by patrick802
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-29-2011 19:48:24 | More by jh1982
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-26-2013 15:34:55 | More by prdstmnky
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-01-2014 02:24:07 | More by Socialiste
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DrewLikesBeer

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.4%

06-11-2014 14:26:53 | More by DrewLikesBeer
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Tulach Leis from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.