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Tulach Leis - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
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:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 04-20-2010

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.
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 14
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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.

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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.

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3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Tulach Leis from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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