Friday, January 3, 2014

Saint Botolph's Town

  • SRM Color : 24
  • Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
  • Brewer's Description: 
  • SBT is fermented with two yeast strains for a unique rustic finish.  But it’s in the yeast strains where this beer really departs from the typical: one is a German ale strain, the other is a common English strain.  Why?  Because it’s about the flavour, not just ticking the “style” boxes. In the end we have an ale of 5.9% abv with a big malty, almost smokey Black Malt character, a bitter attack from Fuggle hops, a rich barleymalt finish, some dried coconut hints and an old ale acidity around the edges.  We’ve even timed its tan head, standing proud for ten minutes! The name “Saint Botolph’s Town” is in tribute to our great home in America: Boston.  The original Boston in Lincolnshire, England is an abbreviation of “Botolph’s Town” or “Botolph’s Stone”. When we were back in Yorkshire recently, we found a churchyard where St. Botolph spoke in the year 675; a ‘stump’ (broken old cross) marks the spot.  Saint Botolph is a 7th century saint from England whose feast day is June 17th.  Perhaps a great day to save a bottle or two for!
  • Recommended Glassware: A Pokal 
  • Russ' rating: 9 / 10
  • With the brew: Chocolates from a Secret Santa
  • Comments: Saint Botolph's pours darker than a Brown Ales I am used to. It has a sweet malty nose, and pours to a head of average ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) bubbles. The head settles quickly but leaves a nice crown at the lid of the beer. It has an aged astringent flavor that pairs nicely with the slightly smokey malt flavor. All of this combines to make a very nice rustic tasting beer. A hint of "Old World" in a glass. Special thanks to a great bunch of people in Ten Forward, and my Secret Santa for taking the time to send me something so close to home.