Two Front Teeth Holiday Ale | Spring House Brewing Company

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Two Front Teeth Holiday AleTwo Front Teeth Holiday Ale

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two Front Teeth Ale is made just for the holiday season. This ale is a Belgian style Saison with a complex palate derived from the addition of sweet cherries in the brewing process. Light mahogany in color, it hits the tongue with a full-bodied malty taste that is balanced with a light hop aroma, then finishes with a fruity cherry blast that lingers pleasantly. Stop by the Taproom and ask Matt how this festive ale got its name.

Added by guzzle211 on 11-27-2008

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of mickeyartery
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of DIM
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly hazy golden color that showed just a hint of cherry red. It poured with a short lived white head.

s: Lots of cherries here of course, but the neat thing is their dual nature. Fresh tart cherries leap out of glass, but there is also a funky, peppery, yeasty cherry underneath.

t: As with the smell, the cherries are both fresh and tart while at the same time they have a dry, yeasty quality. The finish is quite dry and leaves spicy, peppery notes in it's wake.

m: The carboantion is lush and creamy while the body is big, bordering on syrupy. Perfect.

d: This beer is dangerously drinkable. There isn't a trace of the 9.75% abv to be found in this until you stand up. I really hope the Spring House keeps stellar seasonals like this coming.

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Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewery on 29-Nov-08.

A: The saison is a hazy amber color, tinged with bright golden highlights and a pale reddish hue (thank you, cherries). Little head at this point in the ale's life.

S: The nose is fragrant with slightly tart cherries, anise and coriander. I was surprised to learn the the breadth of aroma (outside of the cherries) are driven by the yeast strain only, no spices were added to the ale.

T: The tart cherry flavors are the first to cross my palate, sweetly sharp with a nice finish. Behind the cherry, the yeast throws out more pepper and licorice. Candi sugars add a sweet balance that sits nicely atop the pale malts. There is some booziness but, for a beer this big, it is well hidden amongst the cherry and yeast flavors. Tart flavors abound, cementing this as a good farmhouse ale.

M: Cherries and the Belgian yeast are potent together. The roughness of the flavors makes this work as a farmhouse ale (otherwise I'd call it a BSPA). A nice 'winter warmer' by Spring House.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a big beer. The taste is impressive, flavorful and deep. A perfect compliment to the Christmas season.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

The pour created a finger of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity despite Keasey not having filtered it. Clarity through floculation! Nose had a slight mustiness under an intense odor of cherries. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite sour cherry bite on the tongue accompanied by a yeasty dryness. Finish was very dry, almost white wine-like.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Limited supply Holiday Saison(oxymoron, lol) from Spring House. Poured from a 750ml dark bottle corked and caged...silver skull on the label with the words Two Front Teeth hand written on it. Pours orange-gold. Medium size white head that doesn't last long; ends in a ring with little lacing. Aroma is very sweet with fruits, citrus, earthy...
Taste reminds me of Hennepin. Very crisp. Orange, grapefruit, oak, little booze. Great saison from a small brewery!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hophead101 for sending this via growling at the moon.

A:Fairly hazy orange color with very little head. Not much lacing to speak of. The beer almost has a two tone color when held up to the light. The bottom of the glass is quite dark while the top is fairly translucent.

S:You get bret and cherries. The cherries are quite pronounced. Quite a bit of funk. It always works well with cherries.

T: Follows the nose. Cherries a touch of tartness and a little bit of spice. This beer really does need to warm up to shine. It is a totally different take on a saison. The finish is bone dry so I think there might be a touch of bret in here but who knows with a saison.

M: Very dry. Also very light which is great for the style and ABV.

D: I spent the evening ripping down a drop ceiling in our new home and was drinking this. Was it wise to drink such a big beer while on a ladder? I don't know. I was doing small glasses and I am alive so I think I made the right call. Thanks again to hophead101 for a great beer. Worth checking out.

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Photo of sailbretthd
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deaune for picking up this growler, it is exceptional

A--clear golden color with a faint reddish hue, decent head for a 10% abv from a growler

S--sour yeast with lots of fruity esters and spices

T--extremely well balanced between a sour cherry start and a sweet finish. A very pure taste with no yeasty film character to weigh it down.

M--clean and crisp with plenty of carbonation and a bit of dryness from the cherries

D--very high, easy to forget the high ABV and let a few pints of this sneak up on you.

this is my first beer from Spring House but based on the excellence of this example, from start to finish I cannot fault it, I anxiously await trying some of their future products.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of guzzle211
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler filled at the brewery (just released today) poured into a Sam Adams-designed glass.

Appearance is a cloudy unfiltered copper orange. A very thin white head forms but disappears quickly. No lacing, which is understandable for an almost-10% Belgian.

Belgian yeast is the first thing to hit the nose. Beyond that a subtle sweetness blends with a nice malt profile. No noticable traces of alcohol present.

The taste follows the nose, the first thing that hits is the belgian yeast. There is a great balance of sweetness from the belgian candy sugar and over 200 pounds of cherries, with a perfect malt profile that stands on its own. There are no spices in this brew, which is a true testament to how good this beer is. A winter Belgian that tastes this good with no spicing is truly a great brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. The belgian yeast is non-offensive and carbonation is near-perfect.

Drinkability is incredible for a Belgian winter seasonal that is almost 10%. The alcohol is perfectly balanced and actually even hidden. Make a list and check it twice though, because once the abv catches up to you, get ready for a long winter's nap.

This is yet another great brew from a very small brewery. I wish them great success, but with brews like this they won't need my blessings.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of nhindian
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at a Pittsburgh tasting a bit ago.

750ml bottle split and poured into a Stone taster.

A - Pours a dark orange, much darker than a typical saison. It is fairly clear as well. 1.5-fingers of of khaki-colored head with good retention builds before fading to a sticky lace.

S - The biggest note I'm getting in the aroma is apples and spiced cider. Speaking of the spice, it has a good amount of it in the form of cinnamon and maybe nutmeg? There is some pears as well along with the apple. The end of the nose has some soapiness to it.

T - The taste is reminiscent of a holiday candle or a kitchen cooking Christmas desserts in a condensed form. Green apple, pear, and a variety of spices come across the most, like a freshly baked apple pie.

M - The mouthfeel is medium- to light-bodied with high carbonation. It has an active, bubbly feel on the palate with a nice zest to it. The finish is semi-dry with a ripeness that lends some juicy fruit.

D/O - Drinkability is high. I thought this was a tasty saison that brought a different flavor profile than the typical lemon and citrus, and definitely had me imagining drinking this over Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I will be looking to get another bottle of this especially for that purpose.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billzee
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the barn and growler at home 1/2/09. Lighter amber with white head with decent retention. Spice, bready yeast, nutmeg and cherry notes. Tart cherries, holiday spice and alcohol. Medium body and heavy carbonation. I have loved everything I have had from Spring House and this was no different. I picked up a bottle back on 12/26 that I am thinking of cellaring until next Christmas.

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Photo of colts9016
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. This bottle is 2009 vintage.

Appearance: A two finger head that is frothy and foamy with poor retention. The head left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is amber with copper orange color. The clarity in the beer is hazy by the yeast.

Nose: The aroma on the beer is a very strong fruity aromas, orange, lemon and a touch of grapefruit. The malt is toasty and caramelized with peppery phenols.

Taste: The malt is feathery and toasted malt with a nice strong fruity ester that are orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Other flavors are yeast, peppery phenols, caramel, honey, and floral esters.

The mouth feel is carbonated, crisp, and clean.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. This Saison is very flavorful crisp and very easy to drink a very good session beer I would not mind a couple more beer. I am glad that I let this beer is age, it gave the beer some refinement. I was disappointed with head other than that a solid beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a growler filled at the brewing. Poured into a goblet.

Pours a clear (but quite effervescent) copper color with about a 1/2 finger of fizzy brite-white head. This peters down pretty quickly into just the thinnest wisps in the center and slightest outer ring cling that leaves a small smattering of lacing behind. The aroma is sharp cherry tartness that hits the nose first, followed by a strong smelling mix of Belgian yeast and candied sugars with an underpinning of warmth that gives the nose an almost medicinal quality at times but does not become unpleasant.

The taste is one again tart cherry that blasts the palette first but then blends into some more sweeter cherry character, as well as saccharine candied sweetness underneath, and a nice dry yeasty feel in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that gets a bit more syrupy as it warms. There is also some definite alcohol beef that just borderlines on stinging at times but then pulls back before it gets too distracting.

I really liked what was going on here from a Saison perspective and the addition of the cherries gave it a welcome festive punch. I'm still not quite sure what to the make of the higher ABV. On one hand, this packed just a bit too much beef to make this absolutely enjoyable but on the other hand, it still handles what it has very well, keeping this a pleasant holiday sipper. It's just maybe a growler was a bit too much for this sitting.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery.
My last holiday ale for the season... maybe. Deep gold in color with a small white head. Smells nice and inviting. A little must and plenty of spicy goodness, compliments of the yeast. Palate is well rounded and quite delicious. Malt forward with a little funk and some spice. Also, some sweet and sour fruity flavors in the finish. Medium body with a fluid and silky mouthfeel. Drinkbility is high, especially at nearly 10%. And after killing this growler (I shared some), I can vouch for the abv billing. Happy holidays!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber brown color with an off white head that creates some pretty good lacing. Nose brings spice, cherries, pears, and green apples. Some pale malt and light grain. Taste is quite nice and fits the holiday bill well. Nice spicy mouthfeel with good carbonation and body. A good seasonal treat.

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Photo of cps98
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a growler of this and Goofy Foot at the local six-pack shop. Brought it right home and poured into a fresh pint glass.

A – Yellow / Orange hues…1 finger off-white head fades quickly to a perfect ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S – A lot of citrus and pine notes possibly some granny smith apple in there too.

T – Spice and citrus notes, a good amount of sweetness on the palate. I also got hints of cherry but they very muted.

M – Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O – My girlfriend and I really enjoyed this and I will most likely buy more.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Two Front Teeth Holiday Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
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