Terrapin TomFoolery | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin TomFooleryTerrapin TomFoolery

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

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.

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black coloured body with only a little head.Above average mouthfeel and satisfying. A good malting,light roasting, a blackbier with some spices,rye,some bananna, pepper, anise. Unoffensive and unexception, still a pleasant drinking beer. Thanks Doug.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger thick off white head on a jet black body. Some lacing.

S: saison fruitiness but more on the plum and raisin side. Some Belgian yeast aromas as well.

T: very interesting brew. Starts off with the sharp fruitiness and corriander of a saison and rapidly tapers to a dark fruit, light toasted malt, licorice and chocolate finish which verges on a Belgian dark strong style. Very dynamic and complex.

M: lighter bodied than expected and lighter side f moderate carbonation.

Overall: only my second 'black' saison but this one is certainly a dynamic and interesting beer. A must try for sure.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to give this one a try as soon as I had read about it. I enjoy most Black IPA's so the idea of a Black Saison was really intriguing to me. I got some on tap after work one night it's poured out as a rich looking black color not a whole lot of light got through it. The head was thin and tan. The aroma wasn't bad, it was lively like most Saison's but yet roasted and nutty like a stout. The flavors to me didn't jive all that well. It was quite a floral tasting brew upfront then it switched over to the roasted malts. Somewhere in between it got a little strange to me. I just wasn't digging it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a half finger-high off white head that died down, leaving a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of wheat in the nose along with notes of chocolate and hints of smoke and spices.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of wheat and chocolate and hints of spiciness from the rye.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This black saison is an interesting take on the style and the spiciness of the rye adds a little complexity.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a medium size dirty white foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some rustic notes and light peppery yeast. Taste is not as complex as anticipated with a weird mix between some dry roasted malt and some light rustic notes and light funky yeast notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Lacking subtlety that makes Saison such a nice style – roasted malt idea is interesting but really not necessary.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color, bordering on black. Off-white head forms and doesn't last terribly long and does not present much lacing. The nose brings forward quite a bit of yeast with some spice and earthiness dominating along with a bit of light citrus and some darker malts. The taste falls along the same lines. Nothing too overpowering, though it lacks complexity. Mouthfeel is nice--good body and nice carbonation. Drinks fairly well and went down quite smoothly. I'd have this again but wouldn't specifically seek it out.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium tan head on top of a black body with some dark brown highlights showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Yeasty notes of bubblegum and light clove with some darker spice note of cinnamon and allspice in the background. A little bit of bready malt supports the yeast with lots of brown sugar and a hint of molasses.

T - Brown, malty bread flavor up front with sweet brown sugar. Spicy yeast comes out in the middle, notes of clove and allspice as well as light bubblegum. The beer finishes with moderately dry, toasty malt and some smoky molasses flavors as well as a renewed bubblegum character. Light bitterness balances and there may even be some spicy hop flavors in there somewhere, but the molasses character is so strong that I can't really tell.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, though I can't say I am in love with the yeast character. This is a strange style and it is really hard to even know what to expect. The dark sugar character really dominates the flavor and while the yeast is also prominent, it interacts with the dark malt is weird ways. Bubblegum and molasses is a very odd combination and it doesn't work as well as fruitier yeast character probably would. The clove also clashes with the dark malt a bit and it is pretty far away from the bright, tropical fruit character that is usually present in a normal saison. Still, it is an interesting beer and worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few samples of this last night at a gathering of beer geeks.Poured a deep ruddy brown with a fairly large blooming off white head that left broken chunks of lace behind as it settles slowly.Phenols mainly in the nose along with a sour tinge,phenols were a bit more in check on the palate with that lactic sherry vinegar flavor coming into play but not overpowering.There is a decent shot of dark bread and bitter chocolate to round out a pretty complex flavor profile.Its not bad,I had low expectations but I actually kinda liked the beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) to let me try another unique Terrapin goody.

Pours a darker mocha colored 1 finger fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, with a bit of sticky lacing, over super dark colored beer with just hints of molasses brown light sneaking through the corners.

Nose is a bit of a mess, some earthy root like aromas, syrupy aromas that give a slight Dr. Pib like soda aroma, light green apple and fruity aromas, hint of wheat like malt, light dark caramel and molasses malt aromas, hint of saison spices maybe, more like fruit juice.

Taste starts with more estery fruit flavors, light apple and pear, hint of yeast flavors and just a touch of saison spices. Malts are creamy but not dark or very tasty, light syrupy with a bit of molasses and wheat, and just a hint of mocha. Again a bit earthy rootbeer like flavor. Booze comes on stronger than expected for 7.3% and seems more like 9-10%. Finish is drier but sticky, light lingering bitterness and more of the earthy root taste, little sticky and syrupy, just a touch of malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, boozy, decent carb.

Overall bah, not what I expected. Nothing like a black saison, not many dark malts and barely any saison characters, lots of esters and green apple, not very good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of billab914
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. It poured pretty close to black in color with a large, foamy head filling the top two inches of the glass.

The aroma has a crisp, fruit like flavor to it as well as a good dose of Belgian yeast spice. I get a pretty big banana flavor to it as well. Interesting aroma overall.

The taste starts off with some sweeter, malty and fruity flavors. It starts to really turn tart and crisp pretty quickly though. I get just a hint of some roasty, burnt flavors towards the finish. The tart, crisp flavors are pretty nice but even the slight roasty, bitter flavor seems odd in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style but pretty average overall. carbonation is also pretty moderate for the style. Overall it was an interesting beer, but not great version of the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with an initially tall, airy beige head, that it soon settles and condenses into a fine wisp of suds.

Smell: Tomfoolery smells winey and spicy with incorporated, restricted roasty, chocolate notes. Vaguely tart, vaguely lactic throughout. A bit more banana and clove-flavored coffee as this one warms.

Taste: Mildly sweet pale, toasty, bready malts with faint infusions of chocolate and coffee (very, very light on those two). The flavor takes on a splash of chilled mulled wine dosed with a bit more anise powder, cloves, and some ripe banana slices and small squirt of lemon juice. One iota of lactic acid. Low bitterness. More of that mulled wine on the back half joining what roastiness is present for the drying, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. There's some softness to the mouthfeel, though it is not quite creamy.

Overall: The best of the saisons are supremely quenching and refreshing. This one is not, though I'm sure that was never Terrapin's aim. Thankfully though, the malts are not overburdening, the booze isn't overly noticeable, and the body is light enough to at least keep it from being unrefreshing. So, overall, not too bad.

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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 duceswild
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Big foamer, dark chestnut

SMELL: Dried plums, vegtal, rye spice, yeast, toffee, estery, faint citrus

TASTE: Plumy, spicy, broth, faint charcoal, moderate hop bitterness, yeast, vegtal, dried grass, spicy rye, semi-dry finish

Sort of a mish-mush of flavors that don't seem to meld well together. Not really dry and crisp enough for the Saison tag and the dark character is sort of the odd flavor out. Decent but sort of a weird brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

what a strange beer. i finally got around to trying this one, and really still nto sure what i tried,

the pour was black which threw me off from the start with a deep yeast note and hints of clove and chocolate coming though as it warmed, but it seemed that it was not mixed well and kind of all over the place for me. spicey with touches of rye and hints of vanilla and fruity esthers. finishes dry with a bit of a kick in the end.

overall still not sure about this one, thinking it was more of a miss.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a finger or two of tan head.

S: Definitely heavy on the roasted malt with a strong peppery quality. There's a bit of chocolate and a strong banana note. Some mild toffee, and a rather mild nose overall.

T: Very, very roast heavy. A touch of char, but a decent enough sweetness to it, mostly in the form of toffee, but there is some good banana sweetness and a slight creaminess. A pronounced pepper flavor which gives the beer a slight bite.

M: Medium in body with a creamy and smooth carbonation.

O: A nice try at the new fad of black saisons, but not terribly noteworthy.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Terrapin TomFoolery from Terrapin Beer Company
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