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

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RATINGS: 1254   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ugachad (2) - - AUG 12, 2013 does not count
Favorite beer of all time. Mellow Mushroom had it on tap. Easy to drink and goes well with pizza.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 9, 2006
I found this at World Market just outside of Green Bay. This was a great tasting ale. It had a nice hoppy nose to it and a nice bitter taste. I would buy this again anyday of the week, not to mention it’s named after a great movie.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (816) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2002
Holy grail! This is a nice beer, a great ale and something to sit and enjoy with good company.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2002
I am not sure why, but novelty beers tend to be some of the best creations ever made by brewing companies. This is no exception. The Aroma is slightly fruity, with a mellowness in the flavor and a crisp hoppy finish. A very good example of an English Bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2003
All these funny labels from Black Sheep Brewery. I don´t want to buy these "Mickey Mouse" labels but now and then you find these top ales behind the stupid marketing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swiseman (433) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
very nice head with lots of lacings; perfect amber color. slightly sweet finish that turns into tastes of bitter. I was never a big fan of Monty Python, but the beer is certainly worth trying.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnurda (1153) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
Who can resist the name and the label, and the beer lives up to its expectations. Great colour. Nice aroma, and tastes sooooo good on a hot day.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4653) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 First rating was 10, 4, 8,4,17. Smells like caramel, very nice. Interesting beer. Malty for sure but not bad. A little hops at the end. A nice beer, but one at a time. Second rating is 5,2,3,1,7. Either my first bottle was amazingliy good or this was really bad. Too much malts and a funky flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
Lemony, fruity aroma. Flavour complex and balanced ranging from overripe apricots and a wide swathe of malt notes to a heartily bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2008 This is a very nice, smooth, bitter with a light but nice hoppy bitterness. It is coppery gold, with some bubbles, a thick, lasting off-white head and fairly good lacing. The aroma is of pine, lemon, and bread. The taste has great balance of sweet and bitter, malts and hops, is very smooth and well blended, and has a nice, smooth biscuit-pine finish. While it does not knock you over with flavour, it has subtle complexities and is light, crisp, and very clean. It is almost tart in the end.


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