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Tulach Leis | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Flemish Style Vermont Sour Red Ale fermented with brettanomyces yeast providing slight tartness with barnyard aromas and flavors. This recipe was the result of the collaborative efforts of VPB brewers both past and present in honor of their mentor and Master Brewer, Greg Noonan. The name (Toolah - Leez) comes from county Cork in Ireland where the Noonan clan originated. 6.1% ABV. Hits the style.

Added by Brad007 on 04-20-2010

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4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Named after Greg Noonan's ancestral homeland. This is described as a flemish sour red ale, fermented with brett.

Pours a lovely amber color with a one finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of grape and strawberry with just a slight hint of funk in the nose.

Taste is much like horse leather with a slight funkiness that stands out. Not too funky though.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grape and strawberry in the mouth. Very nice balance of funk and other flavors.

A fitting tribute to the man. Greg Noonan. You must have one in his honor!

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a snifter.

Pours a very clear red/ruby with a small white head. Nose is tart and earthy with a mellow sour note.

Taste is very good, sharp and tart and lots of acidic and funky flavors throughout. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a sharp finish.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vermont Pub & Brewery on 6/12/11.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange liquid with tiny bubbles of carbonation and a slim white head that reduced to a thin web of lace.

S - Sour fruit akin to cherries, wet hay and barnyard funk and a hint of band-aid all combine to give the aroma a well-rounded tartness as well as some fruitiness.

T - Like the aroma, there is plenty of sour fruit and barnyard character in the flavor, as well as a hint of band-aid. Flavor blends wet hay with a sour cherry tartness. The Brett character is noticeable but subtle overall. I definitely get more of a fruity tartness than full-on mouth-puckering Brett sourness.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly sticky, syrupy texture. Finishes quite tart on the palate with a hint of residual sweetness.

D - Tulach Leis is an approachable sour beer with a pleasant fruity tartness and adequate funk that never loses control.

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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mondiale 2011. Medium red colour, a little head. A good mouthfeel for the style, as they added significant malt. This also served to take down the sourness from what I would have expected. A nice beer,no poems to be written about it, I enjoyed it and found it good drinkability and would gladly have it again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in an 8 ounce handled glass stein. Served medium red, almost no head.
Smells a bit funky, not much if any brett in the nose.
Tastes almost of saison yeast as opposed to brett. Decent flavor but not what I was expecting. Not a lot of fruit present here either.
Mouthfeel was good, slightly tart as desired.
Overall, wish there was a lot more brett in this beer, but still enjoyable.

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3.84/5  rDev +7%

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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

A tribute to the renowned Greg Noonan. Poured into a snifter, a hazy rusty amber color with a fizzly, short-lived, white head. Aroma of grass, white wine, tart berries, with a touch of Brett funk. Taste followed the aroma; this beer wasn't overly fruity, but there was a definite berry tartness to it, lightly sour, a bit of grassy barnyard funk. Nothing too extreme or too hard on the senses / palate. Slight metallic twinge in the finish. Medium body, nicely drinkable, quite good overall.

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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Vermont Pub & Brewery, poured into a snifter. Clear dark amber colored body with a thin white fizzy head that fades pretty fast.

Sour aroma, earthy, funky, some barnyard notes circle around, too like hay and horse blanket. Taste starts with a pretty pronounced sweetness, but is blasted away by a big tart note, some caramel and fruit notes linger around and the finish has a definite Brett. funkiness to it.

Overall I really enjoyed this one, and was one of my favorites from them. Just enough funk and tart to keep it interesting.

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Tulach Leis from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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