Terrapin TomFoolery | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin TomFooleryTerrapin TomFoolery
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Terrapin TomFooleryTerrapin TomFoolery

Brewed by:
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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit and Belgian yeast notes, as well as some pepper and some light cocoa. The flavor is similar. The dark fruit and cherries come through up front, with some yeast, lemons, orange and caramel malt also being present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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 BeerzMcKenzie
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of billn3
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of onewetpaw
2.49/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Roast notes and minimal malt.

A- Black and nicely clear. The head is full and light biege.

F- Roasty, roasty and roasty. Not really any fruit or spicy yeast notes commonly associated with saison yeasts. Harsh and astrigent. If I made this I would think about oversparging or a too alkaline mash allowing too many tannins into the brew.

M- High carbonation, which fits well with a saison. The body is rather full and there's still too much sweetness and body to really fit well.

O- Not a fan. The harshness of the roast malts clash with the yeast character and make this hard to drink. Tastes like a harsh and astringent attempt to make a stout. Saison is a very broad category, and it's hard to fault a beer for being "out of style." This beer does seem to fit that moniker though. It's too sweet and the yeast character is mild and subdued. If you told me this was fermented with an English yeast at a warmish temp and you were trying to make a stout I wouldn't be surprised.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter

Pours pitch black and foams up instantly. Glass is 2/3 foam before I have to stop pouring. Foam lingers at the top of the glass like it is an ice cream float. Aroma is very spicy, phenols, and a little boozy. Yeast dominates the nose.

First sip is quite boozy, bit of a metallic twang, finishing very very dry. There is actually not a whole lot going on here. Almost no residual sweetness, fizzy, foamy mouthfeel, but you do pick up a little hint of the roasted malt.

This has to be overcarbed, right? It just has so much foam and carbonation, that I feel it detracts from the mouthfeel. Overall, I'm pretty disappointed - I'm not getting much flavor wise other than a dry, boozy beer.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Huge pillowy khaki to mocha head. Tight small to medium bubbles. Carbonation evident and up the sides of the glass. Lacing all around. Opaque black color with slight red around edges of glass where light travels through.

S: Big cream, saison/belgian yeast phenols. Slight clove. Little bit of dark malts, particularly roasted barley. Would like a touch more of the roastiness to come through though.

T: Super drinkable. I get more of a belgian yeast, very slight banana up front followed by a subtle roast, caramel sweetness and dry finish. Not as much coffe/roastiness as I would expect from the color. De-bittered?

M: Dry finish. Some subtle sweetness in the middle.

O: I love the experiment. Very fun to try darker (srm) versions of pale colored beers. I think American Dark Ales are a great addition. Dark Saison...I'm still not sure about. Not enough of them to really clearly define the style. Good. Not stellar. Would like a touch more roast coming through.

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Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Dark black pour, large and lasting off white head. Just barely stuck to the glass.

Aroma, yeast and pumpernickel bread. Some earth, very faint fruitcake, pepper.

Taste, toasted malt, yeasty clove and light red fruit, bannana up front. Roast, anise, pepper stings the finish. Faintest hops.

Lively carbonation keeps this going down easy. I just wish there was a little less clove.

Quite interesting but not quite as nice as the Stillwater dark Saisons I've tried. Nicer price than those however.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of lackenhauser pours a black color that does not let any highlighting show on the sides. Head is rich and thick, lots of tan lace.

Medium fruits like strawberries and raspberries with the requisite bready yeast and some sweet honey. Not much in the way of dark malts, which is surprising given the color.

Wow, prickly carbonation is strong and the roasted malts finally come out to play on the flavor. Not as much yeast flavor as I expected after the nose, but this is somewhere in between a Belgian stout and a BSPA, I think saison is a bit of a stretch, although the mouthfeel and carbonation are there. I do really like how a bit of licorice stings the palate right before the finish. Interesting little beer here, A blind taste test would be totally useless, as many style boundaries are crossed here. Fun beer to drink, though I dont really think I would want to seek out another.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
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 jtmcgraw
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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 dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this into a tulip glass, and whoa! the foam easily goes over the lip. I get a full hand of foam from a conservative pour. Even on re-pours I get a bunch of foam.

I smell the sour of the saison from the top. It basically smells like a stock saison, but I don't get any of the "black" smell.

It tastes like a more sour saison with a decent amount of bitterness. I really don't taste what makes this a black beer. The bottle mentions a lot of malts, but I don't really taste any maltiness.

I was expecting something really different, but all I had was a slightly "off" saison.

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Terrapin TomFoolery from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 33.6% out of 100 with 140 ratings
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