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Bartrams Xmas Holly Daze

Bartrams Xmas Holly Daze
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Brewed by Bartrams
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Bury St Edmunds, England


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 2.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottle conditioned. Previously brewed at 5.5% and 5.2%.
To welcome the old boy in the red suit we have this light powerful ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 30, 2013

Cask (gravity) @ 29th Pigs Ear Beer and Cider Festival 2012, at The Round Chapel in Hackney, London, England.

Clear medium amber orange color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy and open, good lacing, mostly diminishing to lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, light hoppy, light to moderate yeasty, UK yeast, moldy - fusty notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, riped fruit, sharp hops - yeast. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20121205]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Martin243 (1022) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
1/2 at the Maltings, York. Bit of cereal aroma, white head, golden body. Thin bodied, hard to get any flavour past the astringent bitterness. Needed some sweetness to balance it. Nothing to roll around the mouth. Disappointing, and not at all festive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (14127) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 16, 2012
Cask (CWAF2012, Friday)
Nice hops. Lightish and refreshing. A touch dull compared to the other golden ales at the festival, but this is still better than the typical bland goldens from a few years back. Just a pale bitter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
monsieurlupe (10) - sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2009
On cask at Sheaf View, Sheffield. No hop aroma and reeked of diacetyl. Slight haze. Couldn’t taste anything past the diacetyl.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2008
Cask, Newcastle Arms. Golden with a thin white head and decent lace. Slightly soapy with a bit of grassy hop in the flavour. Nothing leaps out. Dryish finish. Ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrat (1334) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle.gold with a medium head,some hops in the aroma,dry with malt and some grass,bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9531) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2006
Fully clear pale amber; good yellowish tinted firm head. Rather adstringent initial nose, ammonia, then mix of ambrée malt, grain and British hops. Something vegetal as well, mouldy. Sharp ambrée malts taste, again some adstringency, very flat & neutral main taste, going over in a bitter finish that does not really speak of very noble hops. Warming up, however, some grassy/malty flavours appear, not unlike some German sessionbeers. Some body, not really thin. All in all, a bit Orval-like, but in a very crude travesty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2005
Cask at Royal Oak, Ockbrook. Deep gold body, thick yet receeding head, riven bitterness all the way through, fairly average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (23725) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
Bottled Cloudy golden, rich head. Dryish and medium bodied, grassy and somewhat metallic. Inky, bitter finish.

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