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Terrapin TomFoolery | Terrapin Beer Company

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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
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of mentor
2.59/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a finger of brown head over a dark liquid with brown ruby edgings. Smells very mild. Wheat, chocolate, muted clove, wet paper, and mild spicy zip.

Tastes wet with clove, smoke, chocolate, and allspice. Mild anise mixes with an acidic edge. Strong carbonation helps pull some of the sweet from the tongue, but the beer is chewy nonetheless. Basically, a dark wheat...how is this beer a saison?

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of corby112
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey malt aroma with a strong anise/licorice presence along with dark roasted malts, peppery spice and earthy funk. Just a really odd combination for the style, resulting in a nose that fails for the style but is still somewhat interesting.

Medium bodied with a strong spice character up front that lingers over the sweet malty backbone and saison yeast into a slightly dry finish. Lots of peppery spices along with some anise/licorice flavor dominate the flavor but are countered mid-palate by a silky chocolate malt backbone. The malt profile is also very strong and along with the spices take away almost any trace of this beer tasting like a saison. This sounded like an interesting experiment in theory but in execution it falls flat.

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3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2 fingers of tan head top off a black ale. The head stays around for quite a while but leaves very little lacing.

S: Big aroma coming off this beer from the moment it's poured. Darkly roasted malts are up front but underneath that there is a spicy, yeasty, metallic, and almost medicinal smell that is pretty off-putting. It's just a lot of competing smells.

T: Taste is much better than the smell would indicate. The flavor upfront is spicy and yeasty, and the bitterness of chocolate malts follows. There is a slight hint of the metallic taste at the finish.

M: Heavy bodied but an awful lot of carbonation that makes it seem lighter than it is.

O: Not a great beer, and not the best black saison I've had. It's interesting, and decent, but not really worth seeking out.

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3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark, black beer with a moderately sized beer. It's aroma is interesting...smokey, a touch of roasted malt, a wheat-chaff twang, and some funky yeast. No notable hop aroma. The taste is moderately sweet with a bit of sour-ish flavor. Just enough for balance. Not much bitterness. Musty and earthy. Smoke character comes out more throughout the experience. Moderately light body. All in all, this is an interesting concept, but a mediocre beer.

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2.52/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees and noticed the disturbing fact the beer had no head to speak of. What it did have was gone real fast. The beer was black as night and the tiny head was chocolate colored. The had a burnt smell and the taste was slightly sour. I will not buy again.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
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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2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a short wispy head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: roasted tones and some citrus are light on the nose.

Taste: light roasted malt tone with burnt chocolate, tart grapefruit, lemon, a decent bitterness, and a definite earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long lasting. medium bodied.

Overall: definite disappointment with this beer as the flavors were way too earthy and burnt for my liking.

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2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 8/21/11

Thanks to PDXHops

Pours a muddy brown color. Very dark in the glass with faint traces of ruby and grape juice highlights. Big old three finger head rises in a fluffy fashion (similar to nitro) but becomes porous and drops to just shy of one finger. Thin retention; not much lace.

There are some interesting things going on in the aroma. The bottle mentions rye and wheat; a silly amount of each, to be exact. I'll certainly agree about the rye, in all of its abundant dry and spicy glory. Wheat seems less apparent, aside from a toasted graininess as the beer opens up. The spiciness doesn't end with the rye; herbal notions abound. Grass, prairie, pollen and floral notes, too. Maybe a dash of clove. For a few minutes after the head thinned an unpleasant alcohol note was detectable but it has since vanished. I don't know what the black malts were meant to accomplish but there isn't much in the way of roastiness to be had. Smells pretty good, regardless.

Huh. This is a strange-flavored critter. The aforementioned black malts are appreciable right from the start and make an uncomfortable roasted cocoa base from which to launch sharper notes typically associated with saisons: grass, clove, spices and some grains. Along those lines, wheat is all but buried though the rye does hold its own. Fruity notions seem unsettled as well. On the whole, most of the flavor components have an artificial bent. Some yeast in the back.

Medium-thin body with effervescent carbonation upfront that tapers off toward the back. On the whole it makes for a bit of a weak attack. Finishes quickly, though there is a dirt-like ghost note that lingers briefly.

Overall, I can't say that Tomfoolery is a bad beer, as it were, but it's a ridiculous "take" on the style (I think calling it a misuse of the style is far more appropriate a term). Despite some unpleasant aspects, it's drinkable enough that I'll finish the bottle; well, at least most of it.

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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This was about the only nice part of the beer...the body was black with some ruby highlights showing...a tan head formed but was not all that tall...it was light brown in color and settled into a wispy cap...some lacing was left behind

S - Earthy aromas coming out as a part of the Saison...some roasted notes as well...nothing spectacular and everything you would expect from a dark Saison

T - The earthy flavors take over the roasted aspect of the beer...there is a funk presence that's dry yet zesty...citrus tries to come through but this is where the roasted notes stand up...some light chocolate flavors come through...nothing really connects these flavors together

M - Medium bodied...the roast adds some body while the funk keeps it from being full...slight carbonation...a funky-roast finish

O - I'm not sure about the idea of a dark Saison but leave it to Terrapin to experiment with a Side Project...the look was the only good thing about this...there's something missing that connects the two parts of the beer

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3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a growler's worth at my local Beer emporium.Strong chocolate smell with a little bitterness when opened.

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with a chocolate -milk style head on it that settles nicely in the glass.The taste is overall strong and full with a bitter chocolate taste that leaves plenty of aftertaste but goes down very smooth.There is a slight alcohol taste but it mixes well with the sweet flavors in the beer and doesn't take away from the experience.Malty,earthy and sweet it's subtle variety of flavors come out after it has warmed up to room temp a bit.

Terrapin brews are hit or miss for me personally but I enjoyed this one.Also one of the first ventures I took in the Siason style of beer and seems to be a pretty good take on it if not a bit darker and sweeter than what I was expecting.

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Photo of mntlover
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a black with a small tan head that falls to a ring some sparse lace.

Aroma is some chocolate sprinkled on ripe fruits and spice. Not really saison smelling per say unless just being little fruity and spicy makes it so.

Taste is well more saison like fruits are tart with light funk maybe but definite spice bite. Finish is lingering roasted malt notes and lingering spice and tartness. Little strange not sure what a dark saison should be like but this is pretty non exciting.

Mouthfeel is medium with good level of carbonation.

Overall blah not impressed with this one, maybe Terrapin can't make a saison or maybe throwing dark malts in a good saison just makes it blahh who knows.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber split 2 ways

A: Pours 1"-3" very light colored tan head, lighter colored than I was expecting. Some lacing staggers behind, but keeps on the move. Looks like a pint of guinness. Way darker than I was expecting, very opaque.

S: mild overall, hard to discern anything aside from classic saison aroma. Faintly sweet.

T: tingly, crisp, slightly sweet. If I was blindfolded I probably wouldn't guess that this would be black, the dark malts don't make many waves. I suppose the dark malts do add some body not seen in many saisons, I guess there's some ?roastiness? in the shadows.

M: This would be where you could detect the dark side- considerably drying from the onset. Carbonation is mild, true to style.

O: Glad to try, wouldn't fuss to taste again. However, I did appreciate the fuller mouthfeel in this though, but I'm biased toward dark beer.

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Terrapin TomFoolery from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 140 ratings
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