Terrapin TomFoolery | Terrapin Beer Company

BA SCORE
80
good
140 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay
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Terrapin TomFooleryTerrapin TomFoolery
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is Terrapin's 14th side project.

Added by Anthony1 on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
For Trade:
1
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a newbie I look to BA for a lot of guidance. BA says saisons or farmhouse ales are supposed to be sturdy summer fare. Terrapin's Side project #14, TomFoolery, is dark as a porter or stout, but without quite the mouth feel one would expect from either. The head is thick, creamy and velvety smooth. So TomFoolery passes that test easily.

BA also claims farmhouse ales are supposed to be complex, maybe even fruity in aroma and taste. It passes that test, as well. I really like the yeast aroma and flavor; it's got that bubble gum thing going on, but it's tarter than I've experienced from a Belgian yeast prior to now, not that far from a Granny Smith apple. It finishes clean, but with a nice little bit of bitterness. It might be a bit sweeter than a true saison might be, but it plays off the tartness perfectly.

I think Terrapin nailed this one, not only in producing a decent farmhouse ale (according to BA's standards), but making one that I personally like quite a bit. I'll bet if I scour the Atlanta/Athens area I'll still find a bottle or two lying around. I'm gonna grab a few and see what some age might do to this excellent beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, a small roast, small earthiness and a hint of tartness. In the taste, caramel like roast, dry earth, and a small tartness. A sour bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, mellow tartness, with hints of caramel and coffee in the aftertaste. Like a lightly tart porter. Nice earth and roast, quite different but good.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of of my few bottles I brought back from NC

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of caramel colored head. Crazy head retention & lacing

S: Dirty & funky with pear notes, plus green apple skins up front

T: Some chcoclate notes mingle with pears & green apple & spicy notes & dryness up front. Some carob notes mingle with a touch of green peppercorn with lemons & green apple, plus hay notes once warm. Finishes with some earthy notes, peppery & boozey pear notes & green apple skins

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & crisp

This really wowed me, Terrapin I wish you distributed near-by...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber I picked up at World Market, the beer is jet black, and pours with a huge, light brown, foamy, thick head that shoots up to fill the glass at first, and then does a cascade settle into about a two inch head. I poured this one in a weisse vase, and that did a lot to retain a good portion of the head once it became more manageable. Nose is effervescent at first, with slight hints of dark malt, roasty/toasty notes, and some spicing. The beer is light and slick in mouth, with a somewhat oily consistency. Flavors are muddled, and it's hard to discern the individual characteristics. Very well balanced. There is a dark, sharp flavor, with some light spicing of clove and coriander, and a low-grade sweetness that sets the table for everything. Very interesting flavors, and balanced very well, as said before. The aftertaste is minimal, and almost has a fig/date sweetness to it. The finish is slightly dry, but leaves the mouth in a neutral state. Very easy to drink. This is almost on the border of being confusing when trying to describe. I thoroughly enjoy it, but that's about the only thing I can say with any degree of certainty. I would recommend trying this brew if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of sociallooter
4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so, this beer hits it straight home. Its almost like a fucking stupid trick...black=malt bitterness (stupid people strong) because it is so dark you expect it to leave that bitterness on the palette...well...ITS A BLACK HEFEWIZEN!!! not really...its a farmhouse terd...delicious, farty, earthy, hefewizen'ry, fucking good.

This beer reminds me of having this beer....its one of a kind. Terrapin is one of my favorite breweries of all time (not bias). Stone sublimely self righteous {same category of awesomeness}

I recommend this beer....to people who like beer!!!

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dense tan head and has a very wine-like nose, briefly Chardonnay-like with ripe tropical fruit, cinnamon, peach and vanilla flavors, turning quickly towards banana and bready aromas. The palate is full-bodied and malty, with vanilla and apricot notes, tons of spice, and a rich chocolate flavor ushering in the long, estery banana and caramel finish.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: basically looks pitch black. good looking head and good retention. lacing not so much, but otherwise a good looking brew.

S: a very maple syrup smell starts off the bat. banana too. chocolate and darker aromas work their way in with the fruit.

T: flavor is very unique. lots of fruit. figs mixes with grapes. a roasted finish that is also very dry. crisp.

M: moderate, yet delicate fizz on a medium bdoy.

D: certainly a refeshing take on the saison style. an easy drinking brew that is super crisp but also flavorfull.

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Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very near black with hints of cherry red. 1-finger brown head leaves behind a very nice ring of foam. Strings of lace follow down all sides of the glass.

Hints of unripe bananas and lightly roasted malt come out as the beer warms. Not much up front, but does build gradually.

Stronger roasted malt comes out in the flavor. More green bananas and cloves come out in the finish. Slight toffee quality there, too. Very earthy. Could stand to be a bit stronger in the flavor, but that might move it out of style.

Feel is decently creamy with a light fizz.

Overall, a pretty decent drinker. I'd get this one again. One definitely worth trying if dark beer is your style, but need something a bit lighter for a warmer day.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours an absolutely opaque black color with a 1/2 inch head that soon diminishes to a 1/8 inch ring around the snifter's edge and has a large spot of surface foam in the center. Sticky slivers and spots of lacing as the level drops.

S- Wow. I didn't know what to expect from a "black saison" but it sure smells like a saison, with a glassy malt aroma in the back being the only difference. Also a bit of caramel.

T- Tomfoolery indeed. Tart, semi-funky taste in the front that's offset by a metallic bitter from the malts, once again, in the back. I don't know how to feel about this yet. I must say, the alcohol is concealed extremely well, so that's a plus. Not spicy as the label says, but the fact that rye and wheat malts were used in this makes the flavor very agreeable for me.

M- Snappy and full due to the medium carbonation.

O- What a hybrid of flavors! Very unexpected and unique but also very tasty.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing. Looked more like a stout or a porter than a saison, but I guess that's the point.

S: A nice bouquet of Belgian yeast, malt, and some spices.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, cloves, Belgian yeast, and a bit of rye. The maltiness was more pronounced than in most saisons. A vibrant, if slightly unusual flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This beer won't be for everyone, especially fans of the classic saison style, but I think it's pretty drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up earlier this spring while on a trip to Boone, NC. Review is from notes taken on 6/19/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Like the name suggests, it's black (duh); starts with a 3 finger, dark brown head with solid retention; body is dark and opaque, but as far as the sides of the glass go, you can see small trails of quick, brown carbonation bubbling up quickly; head has great retention; head eventually fades to a full, but uneven cap and it leaves big patches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Interesting, there's definitely the light floral, perfumey and spicy sensibility to it like a standard Saison should; sweet Belgian candi sugar malt backing, and just a touch of alcohol lingering in the back as well; smell is fairly robust -- I'm enjoying it.

Taste: Taste is pretty solid, and matches the nose pretty well with the perfumey and spicy sentiment, as well as the candi sugars as well; however, it does veer from the norm after that -- there's definitely a dark, roasty presence with a touch of a bittersweet chocolate; toasty graininess, touch of rye; warming alcohol makes an appearance at the end. I'm surprised this beer has only gotten a B- average, I feel like it should be higher.

Mouthfeel: Body is nearly medium in weight; carbonation is strong, but not sharp, more like an aggressive foaminess bubbling around in the mouth; a thick, sticky coating is left all over the roof of the mouth; gums are left tingly from the carbonation and moderately higher ABV.

Overall: I like it, and think it is a refreshing beer and nice for a warm summer night; sweet flavors with a nice grainy balance and earthy presence, it brings a lot to the table. I'm pleased to have gotten to try this one, and hope that my review does it justice. Cheers to Terrapin for another great beer.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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Terrapin TomFoolery from Terrapin Beer Company
3.47 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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