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

Saint Botolph's TownSaint Botolph's Town
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful caramel brown like a light roast coffee with a light creamy head that sits at a sticky half of a finger’s width and leaves a thin sticky wall of spatterwork lacing. The beers body is dark but seems clean, and there are lots of bubbles coming up the sides from carbonation. The beer smells richly malty with a nice lactic souring to the back of the smell. The nose is reminiscent of brown sugar and dark fruits or craizens (cranberry raisins). There are faint roasty notes, but the lactic sour overpowers them swiftly and is a little off-putting. The beer tastes wonderfully roasty and nutty with notes of brown sugar and biscuity malts. The tastes begins with faint lactic sours and then opens up into big roasted nut flavors before closing back to roasted burn with hints of lactic sugars, like in a milk stout. I am, of course, aware that these aren’t really lactic sugars or sours that I taste, but that is the best I can do to describe them, so bare with me. The sour gives hints towards slight pear, raisin, and apple flavoring before it is burnt away. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, kissing the tongue with barely any hint of prickly carbonation, and only a smooth blanket of chewy beer. The tongue is left quite dry and slightly burnt as the beer leaves, which definitely encourages more liquid to calm it down. There is also a slight tea astringency/tightness to the tongue reminiscent of hops bitters, but different and slightly earthy. Overall this is a tremendously odd ale that perfectly defies definition in true Pretty Things style. It is a delightful sipper, weighing in just above a session ale, but goes down nicely. Another great beer from Pretty Things, and worthy of a sip, though I liked Collaboration #3 with Boulevard Brewing more in terms of similar beers.

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint of Pretty Things' Brown Ale, Saint Botolph's Town, at Cambridge-area beer bar Lord Hobo (great place to have drinks!). St. Botolph's Town came in a Pretty Things goblet (generous pour). Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): Saint Botolph's Town is–surprise, surprise–a dark brown colored ale. It is topped by a one-finger head of creamy beige foam. It features some nice ruby highlights when held up to the light and lots of sticky, soapy lacing shows on the sides of the glass as you drink.

Smell (4.5/5): SBT's nose is characterized by great brown ale notes: quite nutty, a little roasty, and malty, you'd know instantly in a blind taste test that this baby's a brown. It has an earthy edge to it that I find quite nice. Some dark bread notes can be detected as well. A little musty–and not in a bad way. This is one fine smelling brown. Lots of character!

Taste (4/5): SBT's flavor follows the nose. This beer is pretty much a malt fest from the get-go, though herbal noble hops do an admirable job of balancing and drying this one out in the finish. It is quite an earthy beer and it displays a relatively complex flavor profile (relative to many browns) in which nutty, roasty, grainy, and bready notes come out. Rich, rustic, deep–three words that describe SBT's taste very well. I would have liked this brown to be a tad bit sweeter, but can't say that this is a major sticking point.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Saint Botolph's Town features a full, creamy body, medium carbonation, and an exceptionally dry, bitter finish. This last quality is what, in my mind, makes SBT stand out among the crowd. Drinkability is high– the dry, bitter finish brings a quenching quality to the beer that one might think strange in a beer this dark, roasty, and full-bodied.

Overall (4/5): Pretty Things' Saint Botolph's Town is a solid brown ale, one that I think is pretty unique in its hoppy dryness and rustic earthy tones. While I favor Dogfish Head's Indian Brown, this is also a very good American interpretation of a traditional English style. Perhaps not the best Pretty Things beer, but a good choice as the seasons change and the cool fall air settles in.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bottle poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a dark, nutty brown with a little less then a finger of slightly browned head.... Some spots of lacing. Looks yummy.

S: bready brown sugar, hints of dark fruit, raisins, toasty grains, smells kinda like dark toasted raisin bread with a touch of briwn sugar sweetness.

T: much like the nose, bready toasted brown sugar, a bit if raisin, everything is beautifully well balanced and loads of flavor for 5 percent alcohol. As the beer warm a bit of chocolate starts Tom one out and some earthy bittering hops.

M; lush and creamy medium body with medium carbonation.... Dry finish with a touch of bitterness.

O: this was really yumy, nothing over the top, just very well balanced and all around delicious. I will deffinatly be drinking this one again and again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown, dark mahogany, touch of ruby when held to the light. Pouring as the bottle directs leaves a massive light brown head, thick, creamy, foamy, and ragged from the settling and pouring alternation.

The aroma is malty, sweet, creamy, chocolate, mocha, sugar, coffee liqueur, hazelnut.

The taste is smooth, creamy, sweet, dark roasted, chocolaty, coffee, a hint of liqueur. There is enough hop bitterness on the finish to keep this from ending too sweet, it holds all the sweet flavors in check.

In fact, the finish is quite bitter and even becomes dry. This drinks, really, like a coffee-chocolate liqueur with a hint of the creaminess of Bailey's. As much like a liqueur as a beer, but not as thick.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in: FEB 2012

A: Beautiful deep brown that's ruby red when held up to light. A big, fluffy, light brown head that builds and dies quickly leaving behind a little lace and retention.

S: Big, slightly roasted, sweet malt with hints of molasses, brown sugar, booze, and yeast.

T: A unique malt flavor that has a great roasted character and backed by some good yeastiness. There's some booze in the middle of each sip but the finish is all tasty, roasted malt.

M: Super smooth, flavorful, and highly drinkable. Good nutty flavor throughout.

O: Delicious and unique beer. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire bomber. The differences between English and American ales are such a gift to beer drinkers. I love the contrasts of the styles on each side of the pond.

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Saint Botolph's Town from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 89.4% out of 100 with 631 ratings
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