Yards Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale

Posted: July 8, 2012 in English Strong Ale, Reviews, Yards Brewing Company

One of my most favorite subjects is history. That was actually one of the reasons that I started this blog. Specifically, I really enjoyed the history of beer and learning about. So, this line of Yards brews was really in my wheelhouse. This brew specifically took a recipe from Thomas Jefferson and tried to recreate it. So, let’s see how this goes.

ABV: 8%

Style: English Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While Jefferson vehemently opposed a strong central federal government, he apparently had nothing against strong ales like this one. Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale is a golden ale with dried fruits and toffee aromas inspired by Jefferson’s original recipe that called for wheat, honey, and rye from his Virginia estate.”

Random: I can’t wait until the new season of Criminal Minds. It could be my favorite show on tv.

This brew poured with a thick two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany color with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose was really fragrant. I got some toffee and honey and a herbal quality to it as well. It was definitely unique, if nothing else. The taste had more herbal qualities to it than the nose. The toffee and honey were present, but took backseat to the herbal notes. Some burnt malt also came out at the end. The body was medium thickness with very low carbonation. The booze was apparent on the long finish that had a mineral quality to it as well. Although I found the concept of this brew very interesting and enjoyed the one that I had, I don’t think I could have more than one or two, especially considering the alcohol content of it. It was definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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