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Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Ripon, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 1233   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Bottled - pasteurised.
Another fine addition to the Black Sheep Brewery range of premium bottled ales, our Holy Grail Bitter was specially commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Monty Python. It has a distinctive taste with plenty of fruity hops, and is full flavoured with a dry and refreshing bitterness.


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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmazonMatt (285) - - MAR 8, 2009
There must be a holy ton of these bitters floating around England. It seems like every ale from there I drink is one of these. I enjoyed this, but it wasn’t accessable. Not a huge amount of aroma, a eggshell head that leaves some nice lacing. Flavors of iced tea, carmel and a watery, slightly dry finish. Well balanced. A decent and perhaps an every day beer. I think this these British ESBs/Premium Bitters are what our definition of average (good) beer should be.


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kwik-lime (1259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Cask at The Albany in London. Orangey colour with almost no head. Flat and liveless beer, not a good bitter at all.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
rikstar (685) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2014
0,5l fles uit Dijon gedeeld met jeroen. Bier is op zich goed drinken allen erg onuitgesproken jammer, zou het niet weer kopen.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NallePalle (74) - - JUL 23, 2014
Draught at British Beer Company, Franklin, MA. Very nice in company with steak & ale pie.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
jingo27 (3) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 19, 2014 does not count
The Holy Grail a great ale when served chilled! It is a little yeasty at first but it soons grows on you and has a great finish!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
labattslover74 (19) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Golden copper with a thick head. Smells like corn and wheat. Crisp taste of hops, grain, and slight earthy taste. Goes down smooth with not a touch of bitterness. A great brew!!

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
houstoce (2) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 19, 2014 does not count
Interesting craft beer with the label’s commentary derived from some humour derived from Month Python skits

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JorgeLee (1154) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
On tap in the Windsor Castle W8. Light golden colour. To be honest not sure this pint was in the greatest nick. Some house dryness, bitterness, but an idea that some Frenchman had farted in this beer’s general direction. I had this in a bottle ages ago and remember it being better than this; a disappointment.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2757) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Cask by hand-pump at Drum & Monkey, Glasgow - clear golden, thin white head, oaty, pale malty aroma, excellent film of thin lacing, earthy, malty, good carbonation, easy to drink

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
aleksander9 (377) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2014
Dark copper with white head. Aroma is fruity English yeast, caramel and noble hops. Slick palate. Aftertaste is very dry noble hops with some alcohol. Overall: Dry like a very dry joke. Some alcohol from the use of sugar.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
lillmuffin (57) - Haugesund, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2014
Bought this for the Monty Python title. Bottle. 500ml. A little darker but still light golden colour with thick white head. Smell remind me of a farm. Not a directly good farm smell. Taste: a little bit diffrent, but something is missing. ending dissapears quickly, Grass, toffee, barnyard aroma. Ok palate medium body. fizzy.


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