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

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Saint Botolph's TownSaint Botolph's Town

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

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.

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

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2.61/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After being so happy with the Jack D'or, I was eager to try this second offering from Pretty Things. Man, was I disappointed.

Off white head forms, then settles very quickly to a thin ring around the glass. The beer is the color of brown shoe polish. No lacing at all.

Aroma is real earthy with some molasses and deep malt. Not the most pleasant.

Um, didn't really like this at all. I enjoyed this with a couple of friends and all of us looked at each other with that look.... Grain, grain, grain. Sweet malt and a strange just shy of sour flavor. Very earthy and frankly a little dirt like.

Mouth feel was a bit grainy and chalky.

Not very drinkable in my book.

Sorry, I hope chapter 3 of the Pretty Things book is a ore enjoyable one.

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2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received in a trade

22 oz Bomber poured into my Pint glass.

Pours a murky dark brown color with a tan two inch creamy slightly tan head. Good head retention that last for a while and leaves very minimal lacing as the head subsides.

Smell is pretty simple actually with the likes of roasted malts, caramel, bread and biscuit like malts, and a musty earthy smell.

The taste was that not really to my liking and thought it was, in lay mans terms, BLAH!!!. Taste was slightly sweet up front with some caramel and slight toffee flavor, leads to a kind of nutty taste and finished with a pretty interesting yeast and sour like taste.

Mouthfeel was actually pretty thin with medium carbonation.

Overall I was not impressed with this beer and would not recommend to try. By the way, I do like Brown Ales and have nothing against them, I just thought this was not a good representation of how good this style of beer can taste like.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Due to the rather outstanding reviews of this beer and brewery, was really looking forward to this one.

Poured brown with nice head. Decent carbonation. Smelled more malty than hoppy. Tasted OK, like a very average brown ale. Mouthfeel also eh. Was OK. I do like brown ales, but wasn't impressed by this one. At all.

The high price point ($9.99 in bombers only)and the dashed expectations were disapointing.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/04/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. This beer pours a cloudy brown. It has an aroma of indistinct sweet malt. The flavor is of super sweet caramel malt. I found it to be pretty bland, overall and much too sweet for me (like many poorly made brown ales...).

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3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Deep cloudy amber color, some yeast settles out. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Earthy nose. Flavor is a strange grainy coffee, some sweetness. Burnt coffee finish. $6.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
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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3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dense, yet a fluffy tan head rests on the surface for a good long time. Rather hoppy aroma with some citrus and flowers, with malt in the background. The taste was overall rather unbalanced-- rather, perhaps it was *too* balanced. There was no differentiating between the malt and the hops for me, so there was no real flavor one way or the other. It was just beer. I expected something malty and instead got something... not so malty, but not so hoppy, either. Worth a try, especially if you live in MA and want to support your local brewery. I preferred the PT saison over this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bartender was very enthusiatic about this so I hated to let him down when I didn't find it to be so fantastic. Poured with a thick foamy frothy tan head and plenty of lace. Color was an opaque brown black. Aroma was very malty a bit roasty and a bit of sour. Flavor was the same. Tartness seemed inappropriate unless it woulda been a Flemmish brown. Body was good and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and I was noticing the tart more. Not a session.

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3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty Things St.Botolphs Town Rustic Brown
5.9% ABV
1Pt6oz bomber $6 at State St Northampton MA
Appearance: dark brown, gigantic foamy billowy light tan head stays strong long
Smell: dark fruit
Flavor: mild grain, bit of hop bitterness, not fruity or tart at all
Overall: 3.5/5 I could drink it, but it's pretty boring. The hops, even as small as they are is still too much for me.
Bland is the overall impression.

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3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours brown with a hearty tan head. Decent lacing, and settles quickly

S - Slight scnet of almonds and chocolate. Reminded me of an Almond Joy candy bar, but not particularly pronounced.

T - Flavors of chocolate malt and nuts. There is also a slight taste of toffee. Would have liked the flavors to linger a bit more. Seemed muted.

M - Pleasant feel, medium bodied, and well balanced. The best property of this beer is that it is a pleasant drinker that is enjoyable to have a few.

O - A decent english brown, but nothing that stands out. If you like the style it is worth trying. Otherwise it is average.

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3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight sourness. Some tarry flavors like over-toasted bagels. A touch of burnt raisins. Very dry. Fairly rich body but not a trace of malty sweetness. Seems chalky. A woody flavor like walnuts, and bitter with the skins. Hops are not overwhelming but provide some bitterness rather aromatics. Some nutty flavors.

The complexity may be appealing, but it is a very intellectual pleasure. I find no sensuality here.

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3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from awesome girlfriend from boston area.
batch 5 april 2010.

pours a deep rich brown, almost black color with about an inch of head, nice.
Carmel malt and some brown sugar on the nose, but not much, very faint to be honest...
a lot of caramel malt, hmm, just noticed some mold or something under the cap, great. doesnt seem to have any affect on it though. has a bitter finish... this is very dark for a brown ale, not bad though. not great, as there really isnt much here, roasty etc... but all seem a bit subdued. Not bad for a session.

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3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cold 22 oz bottle, batch 4, bottled Dec 2009, poured into pint glass. Ale is a dark brown with a red tinge and a massive lighter brown head. Faint estery/banana aroma, not expected for this style IMO.

First sip is thick, with a foamy mouthfeel, and an aftertaste that's surprisingly chalky and bitter for an "English" style. Typical notes of brown ale are slower to develop, and they're more the roasty flavors of an under-roasted stout than the nutty flavors (Newcastle, Sam Smith). Not particularly sweet or otherwise betraying a large malt bill. More hops than expected, leaving a thick set of lacing, but this doesn't have a well defined bitterness profile.

Pretty Things has impressed me so far, but this beer is merely average. Not sure why it's so highly rated -- maybe it needs to be fresher?

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