Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Thomas Jefferson's Tavern AleThomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This powerful and complex golden ale pays homage to Founding Father and fellow brewer, Thomas Jefferson. Yards Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe, worked closely with Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern to recreate this recipe, employing honey, rye, and wheat, just like the beer Jefferson made at Monticello.

Added by NeroFiddled on 08-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
861
Reviews:
296
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
226
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 861 |  Reviews: 296
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a reddish brown color with a little head on it. The aroma was basically all malts and some other farmhouse grains in there too. The taste wasn't very impressive to me. The taste had an odd Sourness to it. Not sour like a Lambic but something different. It was an interesting difference but didn't really help the beer at all in my opinion. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad. I would try this one again because I'd like to see if it still has the weird flavor to it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense and creamy beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving a large pillow of bubbles in the center, a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose; as the beer warms up notes of brown sugar also become apparent.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has flavors of caramel malts, toasted malts and toffee along with notes of spices and hints of brown sugar and fruity yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This strong ale wasn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. I enjoyed the complex taste of this beer but it seemed that it could have used a stronger smell.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive and somewhat young Strong Ale that will some day make an awsome Old Ale.

The pour brings a deep golden or medium amber color with a short and sturdy head of stark-white foam. Light in carbonation, the beer quickly takes on a rather still life, leaving a stubborn head behind but no lacing.

Malty rich aromas take the shape of maple syrups, brown sugars, and heavy charred molassas. Any hop character takes a delicate herbal scent and avoids making any major impact. Cherry and plumb esters can be detected in scent.

Flavors behave much the same as aromas: strong molassas and brown sugar malts weave into a rum-like alcoholic sweetness and fruitcake like esters. Sweetbreads and teal-like herbs give a pruney variety to the beer. Strong and malty lead the way.

Moderately full in body, the beer isn't nearly as syrupy or sweet feeling as the taste and aroma suggested. After the initial weight of the beer suppresses a bit, the beer's rough edges possess a medium cough syrup-like fusal feel that hurts just a touch and causes abrasion.

In the end, this is a very good strong ale but the textures could be smoother and a fuller, rounder flavor and feel could help complete the session.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber capped by an inch of foam that leaves some crossing strands of lace

Smell: Treacle sweet with tones of dried fruit

Taste: Sweet treacle, up front, with a developing herbal and dried fruit character; modest bitterness in the mid-palate but the finish reinforces the sweeter tones

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: My second ancient beer of the evening; interesting but in both cases they lack the bitter balance I prefer; hope to return to the 21st century tomorrow

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate amber color with a thin white head. The nose brings a good deal of sweetness with caramel, candied fruits, light citrus, and some brown sugar. The taste is definitely sweet with a bit of booze. Light fruits, bread, and cake. Feel is medium with lowish carbonation. Drinks well overall.

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Photo of mothman
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beige head with a lot of lace. Color is a clear dark gold.

Flavors of alcohol and bready malts. Hints of biscuit and some spice flavors. Some earthy spice flavors as well.

Medium bodied with a dry feel. Good carbonation.

Overall, a rather boring beer. Not something I'd drink more of.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poures a deep burnt orange with a huge billowing head that really takes its time settling leaving big globs of lace behind,really pick up some lemon rind in the aroma along with some Belgina like spiciness?Not sure what kinda yeast is used here but man I get like a spicey,yeastiness in the aromas very unexpected.Wow nice mingling of flavors very citrusy and lemony upfront with that underlying spiciness but finishes with a dry toastiness with just a tad bit of alcohol burn as it warms.Very interesting and unique ale here is this what one of our greatest forfathers was brewing at Monticello?The bottle says so, damn I wish I could have shook his hand,just great.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is only available at The City Tavern in Philadelphia. It was originally brewed by Dock Street to a recipe based on records of what was purchased for the brewing at Monticello. The appearance is crystal clear (unusual for a Yard's product, and I'd guess The City Tavern may be insisting its being filtered as there is no sediment in the bottle) with a very nice, deep orange-copper color showing orange and ruby highlights. The head is off-white, and needs to be coaxed a litttle, but builds a fairly dense 1/4" head. Once thinned, the whispy head lasts fairly well and leaves some Belgian-lace. The nose is mainly fruity with some caramel malt in the background, and some earthy/mineral notes although there are few hops to speak of. The flavor is far more malty than the aroma suggests, but not very complex. However, once coupled with the rich fruity flavors, it's fairly interesting. There's also a fair amount of alcohol involved, but it's well hidden. The taste ends with a gently spicy dryness and hop bitterness that eases away like the setting sun. Similar in many ways to their IPA. Well worth trying. A beer that becons you to keep tasting.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The brewery says this has some rye and honey, which would explain the the more rustic flavor. It's plenty strong and nothing elegant about it. The aroma is beery and biscuity with some herbal hoppiness.

Amber in the glass with some copper and golden, very attractive, but not too much head. Fairly well carbonated on the tongue. A bready yet bitter taste dominates. This whole series is quite interesting for the big flavors that are definitely not in the APA-IPA-Belgian groove. I like the scratchy and grainy flavor, with an underlying touch of sweetness. Bitter enough to give it an edge but the hops are neither the earthy nor piney brand that blot out the malt.

Bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia, appropriately enough, in the 12 oz bottle. I still like the Spruce best but this is very drinkable.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Served on tap in a stem glass. Poured a dark amber color, hazy, with a short, study, white head that leaves little to no lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and dark sugars, fruit esters, and a bit of herbal hops. Taste is bready, with notes of caramel, molasses, maple, with a bit of fruitness, and a mild, drying hoppiness. Thick and a bit syrupy, heavier-than-medium mouthfeel, bold and drinkable.

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Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. it poured a hazy amber color with a dense and frothy head filling the top inch of the glass.

The aroma feels very balanced with equal amounts of bready, yeasty flavors, malty sweet flavors and citrusy, hoppy flavors. It has just a bit of a spice flavor coming through as well. It's not a strong aroma but everything comes through and integrates very well. It left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it too.

The taste has a bit more of the toffee, slight caramely, malty flavor to it. The bready, yeasty flavor comes through with just a bit of a spice to it. The citrus hoppiness is a bit more reserved in the flavor compared to the nose, but it's there. The alcohol shows through in the finish as well with a moderate warming feel to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation. The lower carbonation worked pretty well for it. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice flavors to it and felt pretty well balanced. I really like the concept and the history behind it. Jefferson had a pretty good beer here.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep orange/amber color with a 1/2 finger white head on top. Decent retention, with a short foamy head lasting for a while. Nice, thick sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Lots of bready malt up front, some brown sugar, a little bit of an herbal aroma, and some spice. Hints of fruit on the finish.

T: Grainy malt, a little bit of honey, with some herbal/grassy hops. Some caramel and a green grapes come out as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with active carbonation. Not the smoothest.

O: Its an ok strong ale. Nothing really stood out for me, but I didn't have a problem with it. Probably would not pick it up again though. Still like the Ales of Revolution Series though, cool idea.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

red tinted amber color..Great clarity hear as it was sparkling clear. Very nice. Lots of carbonation apparent trickling up toward the surface. A very nice three finger high head of foam capped off the top and hung around for a good few minutes before settling back to a half inch layer which stayed with it throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was rather weak for me. Typical English ale with a huge malt bill attached to it. Lotso of bready notes here coing through now with that deep musty like smell, like wet hey it would seem at times. The flavor followed it up almost perfectl with a solid offering of english malts, and a nice little bit of hop bitterness, albeit not much, but just enough to give it some depth. Lots of musky wet earthy flavors here as well coming through, with the finish being very nice and drawn out which suprised me

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this a couple times lately this time at Wegman's chilled in a tumber from the 12oz.

The color is medium brown with translucent clarity and thin white cap with fine bead thick lace collects in a film. The smell is strong with malt which also brings a light herbal and woody odor perhaps from the hops with mild alcohol in the background. The feel has thick body w/ moderate carbonation and spiced middle with subtle alcohol in the feel and a nice balance between malt with moderate lingering bitterness.

The flavor has a brown malt toasted quality with spiced yeast element that enhances the moderately bitter hop profile and there is a gentle English yeast with mineral quality that comes in near the finish with a slight alcohol warming. Overall a pretty decent strong ale - you get the English influence and it is pretty drinkable for the strength.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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