Saint Botolph's Town | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
632 Ratings
Saint Botolph's TownSaint Botolph's Town
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
prettythingsbeertoday.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by morebeergood on 02-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
632
Reviews:
301
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
84
For Trade:
0
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Photo of thumperskibum
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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...

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Photo of Vylo
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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?

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LoudRed
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maz
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rand
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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).

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Photo of Maznoc
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BIN29
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jakl15
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of maputnam25
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of Benish
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of darcange
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattymystique
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight roasted malt, slight yeast, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of burnt toast, slight roasted malt, strong caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, but almost acrid body and unpleasant blend.

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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