Saint Botolph's Town
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

Saint Botolph's TownSaint Botolph's Town
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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
English Brown Ale
4.09 | pDev: 10.02%
Dec 27, 2018
Feb 12, 2009
SBT is fermented with two yeast strains for a unique rustic finish. But it’s in the yeast strains where this beer really departs from the typical: one is a German ale strain, the other is a common English strain. Why? Because it’s about the flavour, not just ticking the “style” boxes.

In the end we have an ale of 5.9% abv with a big malty, almost smokey Black Malt character, a bitter attack from Fuggle hops, a rich barleymalt finish, some dried coconut hints and an old ale acidity around the edges. We’ve even timed its tan head, standing proud for ten minutes!

The name “Saint Botolph’s Town” is in tribute to our great home in America: Boston. The original Boston in Lincolnshire, England is an abbreviation of “Botolph’s Town” or “Botolph’s Stone”. When we were back in Yorkshire recently, we found a churchyard where St. Botolph spoke in the year 675; a ‘stump’ (broken old cross) marks the spot. Saint Botolph is a 7th century saint from England whose feast day is June 17th. Perhaps a great day to save a bottle or two for!

38 IBU
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear dark brown color with creamy tan head. Aroma has caramelised dark fruits, brown sugar and sweet, dark malts. Taste starts sweet and sugary but not cloying. It balances out towards the finish with some roasted malt notes. Light to medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Overall it’s a really tasty, well balanced brown ale.
Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by thumperskibum from Indiana

Jan 30, 2016
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Reviewed by tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A- A dark brown ruby with minimal off white head
S- Sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts.
T- Almost tastes like eating a fresh baked brownie.
M- Medium carbonation and pleasant mouthfeel.
D- A very nice almost flawless brown ale. Sad that they are closing their doors...
Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by Vylo from New Jersey

Dec 28, 2015
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Reviewed by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not a fan of brown ales until this beer. Outstanding. Whereas most beers garner praise for masking a high ABV, Saint B's gets a lot of kudos for tasting like a bigger beer and integrating a little heat to up the taste profile. Maroon, dark brown pour with a nice nutty, earthy aroma. Taste of nuts, wheat, earth, hops, wood and heavy malt. Thick, almost warm, mouthfeel that leaves a nice bittersweet coating on your palette. Shit, Pretty Things - won't you stay a while longer and let this gem hang out in a barrel for a few months and then take over the world with it?
Dec 05, 2015
Rated: 4.01 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Nov 25, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by LoudRed from Massachusetts

Nov 25, 2015
Rated: 4.29 by maz from Illinois

Nov 21, 2015
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Reviewed by rand from California

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From 22 oz bomber to Weihenstephan stein

A: Stained wood color; a small wispy head quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing.

S: Subtle, malty nose. Notes of honeyed squaw bread, mixed dried grains.

T: Malt-forward on the palate, with a rich caramelly note that turns molasses-like midsip. Maple tones as well. Crackery but not yeasty, while a touch of bittering hops yields eminent drinkability. With a medium-to-light complexion and moderate carbonation, the brew finishes fairly quickly, leaving the palate dry and refreshed between sips.

What a great beer. I kept this at the back of my fridge for awhile, mostly because I've never clamoured over the style (I always think Newcastle).
Nov 19, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by Maznoc from Massachusetts

Nov 19, 2015
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Nov 14, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by Thomas_Picton from Florida

Nov 06, 2015
Rated: 4.59 by BIN29 from Michigan

Oct 30, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by Jakl15 from North Carolina

Oct 30, 2015
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Reviewed by maputnam25 from California

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Solid beer. Aroma contains hints of fall leaves, oak bark, and burnt sugar. Think syrupy mouthfeel withs notes of chocolate, molasses, winter squash, oak. Slight astringency at the end. Currently on tap at Clover in Harvard Sq - will be returning for more!
Sep 30, 2015
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This most excellent brown pours a muddy mahogany color with a mixed sized bubbled head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, pooling thin layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of brown sugars, nutty roasted malt aromas, and a touch of chocolate and coffee. Flavors far exceed the nose with rich nutty malts the front and sides lightly glazed with brown sugars. The middle to back has light coffee and chocolate flavors that fade to lightly creamy moderately roasted malt character that is pleasant for the style. An interpretation to be emulated with a great mouth feel and medium high carbonation finishing with slightly bitter malts and a touch of hops. Excellent.

Becoming more and more a fan of this brewery.

Sep 22, 2015
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Reviewed by Benish from Utah

3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark brown in color and translucent while pouring. An inch tannish head built which dissipated quickly. Aromas of malt and milk chocolate; very sweet, maybe a bit of honey. Taste wise - sweet with roasted malt character and a touch of vanilla. The flavors go away pretty quickly so you'll be ready for another sip before you put the glass down. The beer is medium-bodied and almost like drinking sweet nectar. It's tasty for a brown ale. I find it very sweet with roasted character. I have not tried many brown ales so there is not many to compare it to. But if it's ever distributed your way, pick it up.
Aug 23, 2015
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Reviewed by stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Magnificent light tan froth that loses its vigor in good time. Wide swaths of lacing are left behind.

Malty with deep roast to the nose.

Creamy with a hefty dose of caramel up front. A hint of roasted nuts, a bit of grain, persimmon and taffy to end.

Slightly sweeter than I prefer, but a flavorful brown that is definitely hitting the spot.
Aug 08, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by darcange from Massachusetts

Aug 02, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Mattymystique from Massachusetts

Jul 23, 2015
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