Tulach Leis | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States
vermontbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.34/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

@ VTP&B

Dark gold color with a thin and quick to vanish head. I like my Flemish Reds more red. Smells more like strawberries rather than cherries. There's a nice wet straw rustic tone that carries from the aroma into the flavor. Flavor is a again more strawberries than cherry. Not nearly tart enough.

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2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Vermont Pub & Brewery (Burlington, VT) on 2/19/11. Served in a snifter.

Pours a deep clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white colored frothy head. This retains a nice creamy richness throughout, coating the sides with a robust cascade of lace that slowly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a bright fruity tartness to it, along with some musty earthy notes. Sweet grains sit underneath. I mean the brett is putting off some fruity accents of maybe lemon or green apple but overall, the nose here just isn't that exciting.

The taste has a tart bite to it and mostly stays that way except for a touch of sourness on the backend. The tartness is coming across more along the cherry variety I guess but there could be some other biting fruit flavors coming across here as well. A not too strong sugary sweetness hangs on the edges of the profile and helps balance things out a tad. There is a definitely a bit of a funky earthy thing going on here to, which pretty much runs through the entire profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and relatively sharp on the palate with a lively feel that makes those tart flavors dance. I'm not sure of the ABV on this one but I didn't pick up any discernable alcohol flavors at all.

While I honestly hate to rip on any beer made in tribute to Greg Noonan (and especially one made at the VPB) but I thought that this beer was really boring. I mean I liked the look and feel here and it seemed like a Flemish Red to me and I could pick up the brett flavors but this overall just didn't pull together like I would have hoped for. Even my wife, who is a BIG fan of tart/sour beers repeatedly, remarked me to how bland this seemed considering the description. It was unfortunately a chore to get through the glass. Ah well.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of musicforairports
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub in a snifter.

Color is cloudy orange/amber, No real head and no lacing.

Smells heavily of Brett. Lots of barnyard, hints of green apple and maybe some other fruits.

Taste is heavy on the funk but rather light. Unlike most Flanders-style beers, this one has a lot less of the cherry-like fruit flavors and lacks lactic sourness. Good showcase of Brett flavors, though. Flavor is kind of tart and finishes quickly and rather watery.

Mouthfeel is watery and could really use more carbonation. I think more lively carbonation would change the character of this one for the better and make it more refreshing.

Overall, this is an interesting Brett beer but not much of a Flanders. A good experiment, though, and I'm glad I tried it. It's always nice to go into a brewpub and see they're trying something different.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.32/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed copper color with little spots of off-white bubbles. Scent is quite light and made up of equal parts damp grain, wet earth and medicinal bandaid. Taste comes across as light when served cold, needs to warm before the funk comes across as rounded enough to be more than just musty and damp grain and earthy, light medicinal off notes blend with a touch of tart dark fruit. Light in body with ample carbonation, dry. This beer took a really long time to grow on me and was best opened up after time exposed to air and warmth, most of the time i spent wondering how bland this was.

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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this beer out of a snifter at VT pub.
appearance - a little dark in the room but there's a solid redder amber.
smell - a very nice strong scent.
taste - after smelling, I thought the taste would be more vibrant.
mouthfeel - good.
overall - pretty good. Nice to drink when I'm out.

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3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VTR
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This has always been a usual when I go to VP&B. Beer comes served in a 8oz (I believe) glass. Not much going on in the nose except a little of the usual saison. Taste is usually good. Not too much going on but a nice tartness with some fruits usually is present. My only complaint is that I think the make small changes batch to batch. I'm not sure but the first time I had it I was hooked and a few weeks ago when I ordered the beer it seemed to have a different flavor. I will order this on my next trip and would recommend this.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Tulach Leis from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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