Saint Toddy
Funky Buddha Brewery

Saint ToddySaint Toddy
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
ABV:
11%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 9.46%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
44
From:
Funky Buddha Brewery
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  4
Gots
  8
SCORE
89
Very Good
Saint ToddySaint Toddy
Notes: Pull up your favorite high-back chair and get cozy with Saint Toddy: our take on the classic cold weather warmer. This Belgian-style tripel is barrel-aged in both Bourbon and apple brandy barrels, then combined with orange peel, cinnamon, and mulling spices. Warm and serve for a luxurious experience, or drink cold and savor the season.
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Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery and poured into a snifter. A hazy amber color with a small white head. Impressive aroma with apple brandy, vanilla, bourbon, and cinnamon. The taste was even more complex. All of the above flavors were there and the barrels closed it out leaving a beautiful finish. Not a lot of classic Belgian character it who cares? The cinnamon is well done and not heavy handed. Outstanding.

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Photo of stortore
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Had 3/16/18, somewhere around 13 months old. Also, had it cold. FB would have to have a 2 for 1 sale before I’m trying it hot.

Pours a hazy burnt orange, with a one inch foamy head and some foamy lacing. Aromas of apple brandy, apples, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, some Belgian yeast, faint orange, a hint of bourbon. Wow, smells great. The taste is similar, if not quite as intense as the nose- apple brandy, apples, cinnamon, raisins, some vanilla, malt, Belgian yeast, light bourbon, a little orange and oak. Smooth, a solid lighter to medium body, well carbonated.

This is a terrific beer. Incredible apple aroma and flavor, the brandy barrels are great. All the add- ins are prominent too, with the cinnamon taking center stage. The bourbon only shows a little in the flavor and the Belgian aspect gets a little buried, but there’s no negatives here.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So sweet and quite artificial tasting. It's boozy candy. Despite all the different flavors and supposedly dual barrel treatment, it comes across as lacking complexity and without any depth. A fun beer for 2 ounces though which I guess is how we judge these days.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Clear Golden-amber pour. Bone-white head settles after a short time. Wispy and spotty lacing.

S: Apple brandy is dominant. Cinnamon and mulling spices are forward too. Whiffs of oaky vanilla and bourbon undertones. Orange peel. Doughy cinnamon roll sort of aroma too.

T: Apple brandy, cinnamon, orange peel, mulling spices. Raisins. Warm vanilla. Oaky bourbon in the background. More of the base tripel comes through, with some clovey yeast and a doughy malt base with a hint of confectioners sugar. Alcohol becomes apparent as it warms and brings its own bitterness. Lingering brandy and spice finish.

M: Big and thick in body with a heft that presses its weight gently into the tongue. Carbonation prickles at the tip of the tongue, but isn't as expressive as your average tripel.

O: An interesting beer, conceptually. It works too. It ends up coming across as more of a mulled cider in feel, though the base tripel comes through enough to keep it in beer territory. It probably won't be for everyone, as it colors pretty far outside the lines. I enjoyed it though. They suggest trying it warmed too, and that seems like it would work well if you're a fan of mulled ciders/wines. A good brew to try this autumn if you're looking for something different.

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Photo of earljones199
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This tasted like homemade cinnamon apple sauce. The color wasn't anything special. A light amber color with nothing exciting going on. I really enjoyed this beer and want more

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Photo of Phineasco
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Orange/brown, murky, with two inch head that recedes quickly.
Smell: Orange, nutmeg, raisins, apples, with brandy to top it off.
Taste: Orange, raisins, toffee, figs, apples, and a touch of brandy.
Mouthfeel: Complex, and not boozy at all. The barrel; especially the Bourbon gets over powered by the spices.
Overall: An interesting non-traditional triple, but I probably don't need another bottle.

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Photo of CHickman
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/26/17, it pours cloudy brown color that looks like apple cider with a 1 finger foamy beige colored head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly leaving decent spotty lacing. About what I expected it to look like, as it's a cross between tripel and winter warmer (yet I'm drinking it in May...).

The bottle states Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Tripel ale aged in bourbon and apple brandy barrels with oranges, raisins, cinnamon and vanilla added. That about perfectly sums up the aroma, which I'd say also includes red apples, spices like allspice, cardamon and brown sugar, some citrus zest and apple pie. Incredibly complex with a tremendous spice presence that makes it pleasing and confusing at the same time. I generally don't like winter warmer style beers, but this was like a fruit cake or pie with some booze and syrup drizzled on it. Like Muy Bonita, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Last Snow and Wide Awake It's Morning, this is another amazing smelling nose from Funky Buddha.

Tastes like it smells but with some more citrus notes, graham cracker, coriander, more apple like a sour green apple or fresh warm apple cider with cinnamon and spices, mild booze which seems like tame brandy or bourbon, and then a fresh slice of apple pie or more like a Drake's Apple Pie with the sugar coating the bready crust.

The bottle states 11% ABV, but I don't detect that at all as this goes down smooth even with the spices so evident. This brew has a nice feel, a ton of dynamic complexities, and like most of the other Funky Buddha beers I've tried, it represents craft beer experimentation at the highest level. These people are not just making great beer with hops, they toss in everything including the kitchen sink and make it taste delicious. Buy Funky Buddha beers people, live a little!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottled on 01/26/17

Pours hazy reddish-orange amber with a creamy white foam head. Smells like baked apples, cinnamon, vanilla, orange, raisins, caramel, fruitcake, sweet bourbon, apple brandy, toffee, mulling spices, oak, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich liquid fruitcake, baked apples, cinnamon, vanilla, orange, raisins, caramel, sweet bourbon, apple brandy, toffee, mulling spices, oak, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice and unique beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the last cool nights of the spring, and a beer to keep me warm as I start my final exam.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly head fades semi quickly with some lacing, surprising for the abv, very strawberry-blond-tan slight copper colored.

Nose erupts with everything I expected it to, basically a horchata/holiday nog/spice cake, etc. big burst of cinnamon comes out front, followed by a big apple aroma, baked apples with spices, apple pie for sure, some raisin, brandy soaked raisins and straight up apple brandy, a little sweet orange peel and a cointreau like aroma, flashes of a bourbon old-fashioned in the background, a bit of vanilla, some eggy french toast, with a little sweet candy malt, toffee, fig, maybe biscuity but hard to tell, faint alcohol, great aromas but unlike most of their other great beers this one really lacks the tripel.

Taste starts fairly sweet, but brings everything I expected again, eggy French toast, Belgian waffles with cinnamon and baked apples on top, a-la mode from the vanilla creamy ice cream notes, lots of cinnamon but not overpowering, tons of apple, baked apples with the skin on, apple brandy, a bit of booze soaked raisins, added to the mild orange candy, the cinnamon and the apples it reminds me a lot of the tzimmes my grandmother used to make (minus the carrots of sweet potatoes), again orange liquor cointreau, a slash of a bourbon old-fashioned again, candied fruits, with a touch of phenol spices, and booze warmth, very little belgian malt and candi sugar. Again delicious but where is the Belgian tripel?

Mouth is bigger bodied, a bit syrupy, decent carb, a little warming booze.

overall a delicious enjoyable beer, but hard for me to judge as the Belgian tripel is barely there, it's like they just needed to call it something to throw all the flavors into, fun flavors at least, but many of their other beers in the same boat at least the beer shows through and I don't feel like I'm drinking some fruit blend barrel aged and spiced mulled wine.

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Photo of Boccu
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a lighthead that's fades quickly. No lacing. Aroma cinnamon apple pie. Taste vanilla, mom's homemade fresh apple pie, cinnamon, pie crust, sweet icing, orange peels, raisansvwith a sharp leman zest boooze finish. Interesting one from funky Buddha. Flavors are a bit too strong for me.

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Photo of cbutova
3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled version.

A- Cloudy almost murky copper gold pour from the bomber to a becher. The cap is white with a foamy consistency and it peaks at half a finger high. A wide ring delivers massive sheets of lace to the glass.

S- Uhhh apple cinnamon desserts. I suppose I could see the Toddy aspect but the sweet apple cinnamon rolls prevails. Honestly not much else. Apple pie vanilla crustiness, so much dessert to the aroma. Cinnamon donut in short.

T- Again, the sweetness is not syrupy or heavy chain caramel but it pretty much drives the experience and removes a bit of the Toddy spirit. Apple pie with the vanilla, cinnamon, pie crusty butter and sweetness in full effect. Too much cinnamon and apple flavors. Seems like some lemon zest eventually cuts in when it warms up.

MF- Medium overall thickness with a slick and foamy texture. The carbonation is at a medium level. Ends slightly warm.

Just not my style. The apple, lemon and intense cinnamon are just too intense for each other especially when the big sweetness is taken into account.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

if you are looking for one beer to get a snapshot of who funky buddha is as a brewery, this is probably a perfect example of it. its an outlandish flavored beer, double barrel aged, and suggested to be served warm, it is also absolutely incredible beer! these guys do a lot of weird stuff, but this is the upper limit of that, and i had no clue what i was in store for, so glad i grabbed the bottle! this is a barrel aged tripel in both bourbon and apple brandy barrels, with things like raisins, cinnamon, and orange all in here, its pretty absurd, and we did not even drink it warm (although now i would really like to). hazy pale light brown color i would say, heady and fizzy like a tripel (which is an amazing feature in such a robust and enormous beer), but the color is obviously darkened some by the barrels and the additives. i get the bourbon first on the nose, a strong baked cinnamon roll complexion, sweet cooked apples, like before a pie is made, subtle citrus bitterness and oil, belgian yeast thats very fruity and delicate, and also some sweet boozy weight. the flavor is just amazing too, both barrels are on display here, lots of vanilla, baked apple, and alcohol presence. the cinnamon is a very warming quality, wintery and cozy, not subtle. the raisins add a cool dried fruitiness to this, almost like an amarone wine or something, sweet and stick like bread pudding. the yeast somehow still is very flavorful, more apple notes, pear, dates, winter spices, anise. amazed that this is so lively and well carbonated, the finish lingers long with the oak and the cinnamon, and some brown sugar and toffee sweetness, but its all so hearty and pleasing that i really was befarkled by its complexity and deliciousness. no other beer like this exists, and i doubt if any other brewery could pull it off quite the same. blown away!

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Photo of Nedry
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I drank my first one cold around 50F, the brewery told me to try it hot as well. Pours a hazy brown dark caramel with a little white head. Huge aroma of cinnamon dominate, hints of orange and tart apple and spice. Taste follows with huge cinnamon flavor, a bit of orange, apple, prune and spice. Coats your mouth aggressively with flavor. It starts sweet and kicks in with a bit of acidity and the orange lingers with the cinnamon and spice at the end. Aftertaste lingers for a bit but fades nicely. Stupidly drinkable for 11%. I could see it being an amazing beverage heated up on a cold night.

With a lot of FB beers it isn't really about the beer flavor, or even the style (Belgian Triple). It's the way they use other flavors within the beer. This ones base may have been a Triple (which they do well), but you won't be your first, 2nd, or even 5th taste with this brew.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Off white head. Burnt hazy gold.

Tastes like Christmas. Mulled apple cider and spice. Brandy and bourbon notes. Mainly apple pie and cinnamon spice.

A very fun triple to try. Lots of flavor.

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Saint Toddy from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 44 ratings