Tynt Meadow
Mount Saint Bernard Abbey

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From:
Mount Saint Bernard Abbey
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
Strong Ale - English
Ranked #4
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
91
Ranked #8,042
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 7.84%
Ratings:
69
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 21, 2022
Added:
Jun 26, 2018
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  6
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Tynt MeadowTynt Meadow
Notes: Trappist beers tend to be named after the place in which the monastery is situated. We’ve called ours ‘Tynt Meadow’, to honor the link with the plot of land on which monastic life was re-founded here in the Midlands almost two centuries ago. Being part of the great Trappist tradition, we’ve chosen to produce a strong dark ale, but one with a clearly English character.

Tynt Meadow is mahogany-colored, with a subtle, warm red hue, and a lasting beige head. Its aroma carries hints of dark chocolate, liquorice, and rich fruit flavors. The beer is full-bodied, gently balancing the taste of dark chocolate, pepper, and fig. It leaves a warm and dry finish on the palate.
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4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

Pours a very deep, dark mahogany colour that is fairly cloudy. Two and a half fingers of dense foam slowly compile into a finger thick head that lasts a decent while.

A strong, dark English ale that is also Trappist, I’m looking forward to this unique blend! Which you can smell on the nose which gives me a decent whiff of chocolate, dark fruit like cherries, figs. Caramel malts add more sweetness, with a wooden and slightly floral character in the background.

Taste is, wow, I’ve never had a beer like this before! I’m going to do my best to break this down into different flavour profiles of the beer. Starting with fruit — prunes, dark cherries, and figs. Some dried and sugared qualities here. Delicious. Spices — licorice absolutely is present, aniseed, caramelized sugar. Cinnamon, maybe? Could just be the sugar. Malty flavours present, caramelized and roasted malts. Dark chocolate here compared to the lighter chocolate of the nose. Likely due to the mix of flavours, the wooden notes I get come with a whiff of smokiness. Not quite like a Rauchbier, but a smoky flavour is absolutely present. Even moderately savoury in character. Earthy here, molasses, and a slightly yeasty, slightly breadiness is left on the palate when all is said and done.

Medium bodied with average carbonation that lightly prickles the tongue, fairly smooth going down. Bittersweet finish leaving the ghost of the spices and chocolates, a roasted, wooden bitter character balancing the sweet malts and bready yeastiness left over.

Beer is very powerful in aroma and taste. Complex, but more than that, it’s unique. You’ve never had a Trappist, or even just regular beer in general, like this before. Blending spiced beers, English ales, and strong Belgian ales and dubbels, it’s a product that is uniquely its own and inimitable. Check the website for the cool way they source and make their beer. Love this, and glad I bought the last one as an extra for the cellar a week ago!

Apr 21, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Mar 3 2023 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep copper-chestnut brown hue with reddish highlights, producing one finger of soapy, foamy, khaki-coloured head that dissipates within two minutes or so. A bubbly collar of suds remains in place, but with little in the way of lace initially - though that collar really clings to the glass, depositing lace as the level drops with each sip. Woodsy and herbal on the nose, with discernible booze and a malt-forward profile - fig, prune and grape, with caramelized malts, treacle and toasted bread, as well as hints of spice and licorice.

This is a bold-tasting beer: utterly unique in my experience, combining some of my favourite aspects of strong English and Belgian ales. I'm getting dark fruit flavours such as black fig, date and prune at the forefront, with sweeter flavours of treacle, toffee and toasted, bready malts developing soon after. Mild suggestions of dark chocolate towards the finish, with woodsy, herbal hops and peppery spice yeastiness tying up the back end; hints of licorice, burnt sugar and earthy bitterness persist into the aftertaste, which is a little warming. Medium-full in body, with relatively soft carbonation that meekly agitates the surface of the palate; feels smooth and satisfying to sip. I could drink another glass of this, but to be honest 330 mL seems about right.

Final Grade: 4.44, an outstanding A grade. Tynt Meadow is one of the finest strong English ales I've encountered to date, and I'd highly encourage beer geeks everywhere to seek this beer out and try it as soon as possible. There are definitely some Belgian dark ale influences going on here, so it's more of a hybrid than a pure English strong - but I feel that these two styles are fairly complementary, working very well with each other, indeed. Fantastic stuff, should've grabbed more, etc. - more importantly, I couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate my 2750th review. Cheers BA!

Mar 29, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry figs and raisins with some candi sugar notes and caramelized malt notes. Taste is also a mix of dry raisins and figs notes with some caramelized malt notes and light toffee notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation and lights arming alcohol notes. Well brewed with a nice complexity level.

Mar 21, 2022
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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a crystal clear dark ruddy brown color. Two to three fingers velvety off-white head forms on the beer. It starts to dissipate, but ultimately settles in with a nice layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma is slightly oxidized - there are lovely notes of raisins, dark fruit, dark bread, brown sugar and fig.

Taste follows the nose with notes of dark fruits, dark bread, brown sugar, figs, molasses with some estery yeast notes. It has definitely got some oxidized notes, but they actually work well within the overall profile.

Feel is thinner bodied, but somehow hefty with a noticeable alcohol heat to it even all these years later. Prickly but mild carbonation.

Overall it is a really unique and quite enjoyable Trappist ale.

Feb 04, 2022
 
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 28, 2022
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

Pours and smells like a trappist. But is it one?
The nose is of plum and figs, perhaps apple, and of course malt. The taste is as a trappist ought to be, with a British twist - bitterness. Slightly thin, with a warm, boozy finish.

Jan 26, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

330 m bottle served cold into a tulip. LCBO purchase for around $4-5 CDN. Best before 02/02/2023.

Appearance - Dark honey brown that appears a dark brown in glass. A finger of light tan head with yellowy brown highlights rests on top. Average staying powering and no lacing to speak of.

Smell - Boozy, treacle and molasses with a healthy dose of ripe fermented dark fruits (plums, raisins and figs). Some apples maybe in there too. Smells like a serious heavy hitter of a beer. Trace amounts of woodiness. More malty and adding caramel as it warms.

Taste - Wood and earthiness, some mustiness, grape must and apple skins. There's an element of treacle and molasses in the background but comes in much later. Some suggestions of smoke. Leather is very prominent. Complex and quite strikingly different that the nose. Complicated.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied in the way it behaves in your mouth, but not a lot of carbonation also gives a lighter feeling. Bone dry. Booze is present but feels the way it should for a 7.4% brew (maybe feels a bit higher).

Overall - Complex and hard to nail down, tasty but your nose and mouth may not always be in agreement on what the flavors and aromas are. Quite delicious and ever evolving, in that sense reminds me of some of the finer Belgian brews (dubbels, tripels, quads and high ABV saisons) in that they are ever evolving and the flavors will change significantly even from the beginning to the end of the beer as it warms. Excellent brew.

Jan 11, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by scott451 from Canada (ON)

Poured a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. A one finger bubbly tan head on a hazy reddish brown. The head soon diminishes to a thin layer that sticks around. Some patchy lacing.
Candied fruit smells. Some esters.
Taste of dried fruit. Leather. Lots in there. Can't place it all. Very mild hop finish.
Moderate body and carbonation.
Very nice. Worth a try.

Jan 10, 2022
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a bottle at he LCBO in Ontario 330ml at 7.4%.
Poured a 1 finger head into glass leaving a lace as you drink it.
Taste is dark chocolates malty and roasted coffee.
Very smooth and full of flavor
Overall it's very good beer with a warm dry finish yes .

Enjoyable.
Cheers.

Dec 20, 2021
 
3.5 by BdM from Netherlands on Jun 18, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by plutonash from Latvia

L: Muddy brown in colour, but reddish against light. 1 finger head, big bubbles rising from the side of the glass
S: Big whiff of dark malts - black bread, chocolate, caramel. Getting notes of overripe fruits like dates and plums. Hint of smoked pork, oak. Smells porterish
T: Dark malts, woody/okay, roast, raisins, smoke, burnt sugar, malty/sour/sweet finish.
F: Med/high body and carb, low bitterness, abv is hidden.
O: Very good dark ale.

May 09, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 7.4%. Deep ruby colour, moderate and creamy beige head, nice lacing. Aroma of malts, dark dried fruits and brown sugar, some herbal and earthy hops too. Medium sweet flavour with the same elements, more hops than in most Belgian trappist ales. Very good beer.

Apr 23, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by OlaB from Norway

Pours a murky brown color with a medium top off beige head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of caramel, dried dark fruits, toffee, licorice, coffee, candied sugar and spices.
The taste is sweet and bready with notes of caramel and coffee allong with dried fruits like figs and raisins. The finish has some bitter hop notes that are nicely ballanced with the toasted background. The aftertaste is long and strong. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy wimedium carbonation and a medium body.
A really pleasant and nice trappist ale. Is more english in the style than belgian, but is tasty and enjoyable.

Feb 26, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mynie from Maryland

Red-brown pour, medium opacity, wonderful fizz and a lively head.

The aroma is bright for the style. Ripe fruit combined with bready yeast. Inviting, sugary alcohol hangs over everything.

Flavor is in line with the aroma. Apples up front, figs and yeast in the middle, candi sugar and prunes in the back end giving way to a finish that's bready and pleasantly boozy.

Feb 17, 2021
 
4.14 by robotic_being from Florida on Feb 15, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Robinshutedrums from England

Nice dark brow/ruby beer, smells sweet and malty. Flavours are strong ruby like with dried fruits and caramel. Lovely beer!

Feb 08, 2021
 
4.16 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Feb 07, 2021
 
4 by aztraz from Sweden on Feb 05, 2021
 
4.29 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Jan 03, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by xander10 from England

Okay to be honest, this beer is great and I can tell that, its full of flavour, it's a beautiful dark ale and was a surprise to me when I found it, seeing as it's a Trappist beer from the UK, but for me personally, its a bit too much dark fruit and fig flavour for me, but I wouldn't advise the monks to change it as what they have here is a great beer, which you should try for yourself to see if it's your kind of thing. I for one hope that Mount Saint Bernard Abbey continue to produce more beers and maybe even some tripels and quads (or perhaps some English styles) as if this is their entrance into Trappist beer, then what they make next surely will be exceptional.

Oct 29, 2020
 
4.15 by arzt from Russian Federation on Sep 02, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a dark reddish brown with low, wispy head.

Smell is sweet and intense, with notes of dried fruit, figs, brown sugar and raisins.

Taste is soft and fruity with notes of dried apricot, raisins, brown sugar and a hint of leather. Moderate bitterness with a hint of yeast on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice ale, modern yet traditional.

Aug 29, 2020
 
4.09 by BelgianHops from Belgium on Aug 13, 2020
 
4.08 by insouciantx from New York on Jun 25, 2020
 
3.99 by Miyeoni from Korea (South) on Jun 25, 2020
 
4 by paulish from New York on Apr 26, 2020
Photo of stcules
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by stcules from Italy

Brown color, cappuccno colored foam, not too eleant, some big bubbles.
In the smell raisins, candu sugar, liquorice, a bit of wood, plums.
Round ad armonic taste, warming, without being cloyng.
Malt, candy sugar, liquorice, roots, plums.
Very smooth, round, complex. Almond notes.
Bitter aftertaste, with roots/liquorice.
Malty.

Apr 25, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by josanguapo from Spain

De Bieronomy. En copa Teku. Viendo Joker. Con caña de lomo y matecado. Perfil tipico de strong ale, correcta pero sin mucho que destacar, salvo si acaso una presencia de alcohol superior a lo esperado por el anv

Jan 09, 2020
 
4 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Dec 31, 2019
 
4.25 by lhwjanssen from Netherlands on Dec 14, 2019
 
4.53 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Dec 08, 2019
Photo of stevoj
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle from Colin. Ruddy mahogany pour, small bubbles fade. Sweet aroma, plums. Taste is more pit fruit, raisins, light yeast. Really nice. This finishes off all of the abbeys for me (for now)

Nov 24, 2019
Photo of Jwale73
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

Served in my Spiegelau tulip. Best before 07/05/21 printed on the label. Pours a gorgeous translucent mahogany with a tight, 1.5 inch, off-white head that slowly breaks down, revealing tiny pinpricks and craters as it disperses into a consistent slick. Nose is fairly subdued - some notes of dark fruit (think figs and dates) as well as yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's quite a bit of oxidation happening, so there's a wet cardboard presence in the flavor profile. There's also a hint of chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a carbonation falling just shy of assertive. Overall, not something that is going to cellar particularly well. Drink it sooner than later.

Nov 24, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Very hazy, murky brown-ish color, one finger beige head, excellent thin lacing, light carbonation.

S: Sweet, hops, malts, alcohol.

T: Sweet, hops, malts, alcohol.

F: Medium to full bodied, plenty of flavor.

O: Interesting ale but not for every day, that's for sure.

Nov 22, 2019
 
3.5 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on Oct 19, 2019
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3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Bruno74200 from France

Hazy dark brown body with a beige fluffy head
Some ok notes of nuts, toffee and cereals but a lot of off notes with metallic notes and phenolic notes. Very yeasty but never estery

Sep 23, 2019
 
5 by igl from Russian Federation on Sep 06, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by janubio from Spain

Bottle at The Beer Castle, served in a Westmalle glass. Pours a small beige head with short retention. Poor lacing.
Aroma of dried fruits, toffee, caramel, vanilla, spices.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, normal carbonation. Spicy finish.
Taste of licorice, toffee caramel, vanilla, spices.
A really good new trappist.

Aug 06, 2019
 
3.75 by YvesB from Belgium on Jun 24, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Bottle at Gouden Vis, Mechelen.

Jun 11, 2019
Tynt Meadow from Mount Saint Bernard Abbey
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 69 ratings