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Brewed by Adnams
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Southwold, England

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Created in celebration of 350 years of brewing on the site of our present brewery, Solebay is brewed in the style of a sparkling Belgian beer. It is presented in a 750ml bottle within a presentation tin, making it ideal for sharing at celebrations, or as a gift. The tin features an illustration of the Adnams brewery and Southwold by East Anglian artist and printmaker James Dodds. Solebay is brewed with East Anglian Pilsner malted barley, and a combination of demerara and muscovado sugar, lightly hopped with Nelson Sauvign. Unusually for this style of beer, which often uses Champagne yeasts for fermentation, we’ve used our own brewery yeast. Fergus, Head Brewer, added a few springs of locally-grown lavender at the end of fermentation to imbue a subtle floral note to the beer. It has been matured for six months on fine yeast lees to pick up some of the bready character often associated with sparkling wine and Champagne


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2010
20th August 2010.
Bottle at home. Clear deep gold beer, little white head. Light palate - semi soft and semi dry. Sweet soft banana cream with a trace of bubblegum. That complex hop Nelson is presenting here as sweet grape. More sweet bubblegum follows and then some subtle floral bitterness and a pinch of black pepper. Finishes soft and dry with more Nelson grapey blackcurrant goodness. Complex sweet beer and certainly something a bit different from this brewery. Nice one Adnams!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3979) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle. Easily the strongest beer i have tried from this brewery.Orange and poured with virtually no head. Powerful and full bodied it just screams out to be drunk, yet treated with caution. A very good example of this style and a pleasant surprise that it is so well put together.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3767) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2012
Lovely packaged 0.75 Litre bottle; poured into four tumblers just before a wedding in Sep 2012. Amber/orange body; with an off-white head on each glass. Malty molasses in the nose, with yeast and summer fruit esters in the mix. The taste was also leaning towards maltiness with a yeast and fruity feel. You’d never guess it was from Adnam’s because of the ‘Belgian’ feel it has and of course the alcohol level. Really liked it, pity it was shared with my Dad and two brothers!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle at home... Copper... Thin white lacing.... Soft fruits... Sift floral nose .. Lught mint nose... Soft sweet yeast... Soft fruits... Rich sweet floral fruits... Lught tocfee... Light sweet rich fruits

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (1332) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle from Adnams Cellar and Kitchen, Holkham, Norfolk. Hazy, orangey amber. Thin, filmy, sticky, white head. Thick, sweet, grainy malt. Marzipan. Almonds. Gingerbread. Light, yeasty, breadiness. Taste is spicy dry. Some chewy, fruity sweetness. Palate is chewy and thick. Ton of stuff going on in this. Bready, yeasty, dry, chewy finish. Very easy drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (920) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2013
(Bottle) Chose a celebratory beer from one of my favourite breweries for my 800th rating - thanks Mandy and Duncan. Pours slightly hazy golden amber with little head. Fine, light and balanced aroma of light malt with grassy hops. The palate is full bodied, rich, almost sticky, with very fine, moderate carbonation. The taste is well balanced; rich but not overly so. There is a rich backbone of sweet light malt. The foretaste has some balancing citrus / green apple tang. The mid palate is all sticky sweetness, and then some pleasant bitterness, with a hint of alcohol burn, develops to bring back balance. This bitterness persists giving a long finish which is a mix of sweet malt and hop bitterness, with the hops winning out in the end for a crisp close. A very unusual beer; really a sparkling barley wine, I guess. Clever, different, impressive, and dangerously quaffable - at over 10% in a 0.75 litre bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7410) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Helen & Geraint, Oxford, consumed Saturday 31st May 2014 had this at Carol & Haydns Summer party. Pours orangey gold with white/off white head. Sweet and malty with some alcohol soaked orange peel. A big beer but actually one that drinks considerably easier than 10%. Quite thick and substantial in mouth, but as mentioned orangey, its very good, thanks to Geraint and Helen for letting me try this. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov15 3.7

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Appearance: Hazy amber with thin beige head. Aroma: Toffee, liquorice, spiritous, syrup, subtle malt notes. Taste: Medium sweetness, low bitterness and sourness. Palate: Thick fairly smooth texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering sweet, burnt toffee/syrup, liquorice, fruity finish with alcohol notes and warmth. Comments: Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3347) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bit of weird one to have after all the imperial stouts, pours golden with a white head, high sparkle. Aromas of orange and mint, some green apple. Taste has more herbal notes and a toffee sweetness. Clean finish, good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle, pours golden with a white head, spicy nose. Blackberry/blackcurrant fruits, spicy also floral hints which just took it away for me.


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