Thyme After Thyme | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting, time after time." - Yes, I have to be honest, this 80's hit by Cyndi Lauper was part of the inspiration in making this beer.

Thyme after Thyme is our version of a Strong Belgian Winter Ale. Initial tasting leads to a zesty orange rind and herbal aroma. Mouthfeel has weight and comes across with a white grape and subtle, herbal character that coats the tongue and lingers with a glimpse of Thyme. Mild warmth on the tail end of the finish gives a small view into its lofty 9% abv.

Both Orange peel and Thyme were added during the primary fermentation so as the beer developed the spices were slowly stripped away leading to a well balanced spiced ale that is a great companion for a comfy couch and a roaring fire.

Added by WMEugene on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by jayhawk73:
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rukasu
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler direct from the brewery on day of release

A - Unfiltered hazy, syrupy, opaque dark brown. Thin tan head which dissipates very quickly.

S - Very little smell, really have to swirl and agitate to get much of any. Faint hints of orange peel, yeast, and brown sugar.

T - Orange peel and brown sugar with light malt and Belgian yeasts. Very little thyme, really have to search for it, it's there, but very faint. Several glasses in, takes on a savory, umami flavor which I attribute to the thyme and high alcohol.

M - With 9% ABV, warming alcohol throughout. Very soft, with no astringent qualities. Mild carbonation, not very filling despite the abundance of ingredients.

O - Interesting offering, was pleasantly happy that the herbs were not at all overpowering. Another quality beer from DC Brau.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Brandon! Looks like we have a bit of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, spiced like crazy based on the description?! From the growler into a tulip glass we go, no time a wasting!

A real big whipped up creamy head, vanilla creme white to yellow looking, sits on a real dark garnet red/brown body with some rising carbonation. Scattered lacing from rings to little spotted drops. Love this head and its staying power and color, great looking here so far.

Real interesting nose, some light pepper, but also dried orange peel, some lip balm like smelling sense (It's just what came up into my head) , lingering aromatics. I don't smell thyme so much, there is a sort of "grassy" stinging pine needles quality but it's still nice.

Great creamy texture with a little bit of wet on this, real good. Palate is light citrus sugared orange and vanilla, LOTS of vanilla action on this. Body comes out with some good dense malt backbone. Some milk chocolate like tastes too. Mild light brown sugars on the finish, with that great Belgian sweetness that isn't to cloying. After many sips the thyme does come out, and actually creates a little bit of dryness, and that almost tannic stickiness associated with the herb on the roof of my mouth.

I hate to say this but it sounds like every time I have one of these guys beers I keep thinking I am over-reacting. It can't be this good. Fortunately... it is. I don't taste thyme so much, but I like what it is doing here, or whatever DC Brau is doing.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one at the time of the first release, reviewed from notes

a: thyme after thyme is a murky, unfiltered brown in color, sporting a thin layer of carbonation and light lace as it drops

s: the nose opens with a base of dark malts and dark candi sugars, carrying some grassy and herbal qualities but nothing that stands out as a blatant thyme aroma, orange peel, belgian yeasts underneath, nice aroma

m: carbonated to a moderate level, smooth and creamy, with a medium-full mouthfeel

t: fairly consistent with what was found on the nose, caramelized and toasted malts combine with dark sugars to give a full, rich, slightly sweet body, rumblings of herbs and an orange peel nuance - neither strong but well applied, good belgian yeast contribution, with a nicely lingering finish

o: a very nice, flavorful winter ale with a good balance of flavorings, my preferred dc brau effort to date, keep the belgian ales coming

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown color, though it's not completely darkened. Tan head and a moderate amount of lacing. The nose carries some dried thyme along with some moderate Belgian yeast character. Flavor hits on the thyme as well, with the rest of the beer in the background. Body is medium with a dry finish, courtesy of the thyme. Not my favorite.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a sampler glass. Pours dark brown with quick disappearing head but the lace lasts nicely throughout. Definitely picked up thyme character in the aroma along with some Belgian yeast. Lots of thyme in the taste and some smooth malt, but nothing much more. Medium bodied with decent carbonation thorughout. Will not seek this again.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/27/12 notes. Had on tap at the Bier Baron in DC, 10 oz. pour.

a - Pours a very murky, medium brown color with no real head and light carbonation evident. Not sure if it is the lack of head and carbonation or what, but not a pretty looking beer. Looks a bit like dirty toilet water.

s - Smells of piney hops, oranges, light pepper and spices, yeast, lemon, and some fruity malts. An interesting nose, but I like it.

t - Tastes of citrus, lemon, oranges, pepper, spices, fruity malts, Belgian yeast, light caramel malts. I like the taste even better than the nose, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, very surprised this one was 9% ABV...definitely doesn't feel like it.

o - Overall I thought this was a very interesting, and good beer. Didn't think it looked good, but it taste and smelled much better than it looked. Would have it again, worth checking out.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at Churchkey, beer is brownish and has this off white / tan head that breaks quickly pulling to the edges of the glass.

Aroma is a little grassy and herbal, I can get some thyme I guess but that might be power of suggestion.

Beer is medium in body and a little herbal, not bitter on the end, not hoppy, sweet up front, eh. I love this brewery but this is my least favorite thing they've done.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of DapperGrowler
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the ability to try this beer at the brewery on tap. Overall this was a great beer. Sad that this beer was only brewed once. I loved the spice taste. Great mouthfeel. Cloudy Apperance; Semi Sweet Taste; slight herbal taste on the back of the mouth.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of WMEugene
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler fresh from the DC Brau brewery. Their advertising describes this as a "Belgian-style winter ale brewed thyme."

A - Pours a murky brown color with a thick cream head and great lacing.

S - The thyme really comes through. Backed with a nice blend of roasted malts - some caramel...but the thyme is the star here.

T - A nice blend of thyme, yeast, roasted malts, and dark fruit. For a beer focused on the thyme, this is really well balanced, but it retains the unique characteristic of the thyme. I cannot imagine a thyme-focused beer tasting better.

M - Medium bodied, fairly nice carbonation. Very smooth and creamy...almost syrupy. Slightly herbal aftertaste.

O - Thyme After Thyme is one of the best herbal beers I've ever had. It does a great job of being distinct with the thyme but still very drinkable. Top notch and highly recommended.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An enticing take at a dark Belgian Ale with thyme.

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dry board with general growler offering notes. Lauper sounds loudly in the tasting room as the brewery closes. Later at home served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown pour with a nice frothy head, medium retention with fair surface memory and nice lacing.

S - Nose is there, a tad subdued but it finally emerges with a nice touch of thyme over malty and fruity undertones.

T - Light malt touches with notes of dark fruit and sugar, Belgian character is softly there, maybe more so in the finish, which is where the herbal touch really shines over it, and leaves a sweet grassy-thyme lingering note, which grows as one progresses with the serving.

M - Medium to medium/full body, soft muted carbonation with a minimal tingle. Nice long lingering herbal finish after a tiny bite. Alcohol very well integrated… If this thing is 9% like I was told this is quite a dangerous beast…

O - Very easy flow and nicely stimulating. Quite a notable offering...

Notes: Nice addition to the offering from DC Brau. Maybe I´m too much of a groupie at this point. But these people know how to brew… Well worth the visit and quite recommendable. Maybe not that Belgian at first, but is there, and sure, while herbed, for a moment I thought this could be labelled as a BSDA all things considered...

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Thyme After Thyme from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 19 ratings