Pretty Things Lovely Saint Winefride

Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project
Formerly brewed at Buzzards Bay Brewing
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
7% Dunkler Bock | 83 Ratings | Spring Seasonal |
A Brown Lager. The lager, yes lager, started out as an idea to create a very rustic beer with a roasted character and a brown disposition. We imagined a pre-Great War sort of beer that might have been on its last legs of popularity. The kind of beer young folks of the time would laugh about as being “an old man’s laberbier”. Well Pretty Things is the old man’s dream beer brewer, so we thought we’d give it a whirl! We started with malted barley and hops from the German tradition and employed a single decoction mash. Decoction is a slightly complicated, time intensive and little used technique (on this continent anyway) that insured temperature certainty in the age before real temperature control. Got it? Okay, that was a boring explanation. How is this: we took a portion of the mash and boiled it at 212 for 15 minutes. Trust us, boiling a mash is rare. Dann has only done this once in his twenty year career (on purpose anyway). Ahem. Watching a mash boil is a bit like watching a house burn down – it’s goes against you instinct and it appears that all is a loss. Thankfully that’s not the case. Fermentation lasted quite a long time at temperatures as low as 52 degrees Fahrenheit and then a continued lagering was applied afterwards. Total time in the tanks? How about 55 days? That’s a pretty respectable lager, with the yeast continuing to do their thing well into the new year.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
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Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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