Friday, January 6, 2012
Pretty Things Saint Botolph's Town
Brewery: Pretty Things from Westport, MA
Style: Rustic Brown Ale
Bottle Notes: "This beer is inspired by Northern English dark ales and by St. Botolph, an Anglo-Saxon saint who gave Boston its name." "Saint Botolph's Town is a malty brown ale made with barley from Yorkshire and a blend of two yeast strains."
Aroma: Figs, malt, & dried fruit notes
Taste: Malt forward with caramel tones intertwined. Similarly, like the aroma, I detect a harmonious union of figs & dried fruit notes. Very little, if any bitterness in the finish. Quite a pleasant sipper, particularly on a cold night!
Color: Roasted deep brown chestnuts
Thickness: Beautiful lacing along the edges of the glass, coupled with a lingering top layer of a small yet creamy head ,which doesn't dissipate. Overall, it has a balanced carbonation with a medium to full, silky, smooth body.
Mom Factoid: Picked this bottle up over New Year's weekend while staying with family in Sudbury. I had heard wonderful things regarding another offering from them, Jack D'or, a Farmhouse Saison beer, which I also brought back with me to Maine. I tremendously enjoyed the Jack but didn't take notes & the bottle was finished before I thought to do it. So, last night, I was prepared for my tasting of the Saint Botolph's. I look forward to grabbing more offerings, these two included, the next time I'm in Massachusetts. Not only are their bottles "pretty," their beer is delicious! Cheers to discovering new craft beer in 2012!