Brewed by Blue Monkey
Style: Bitter
Nottingham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask; Regular.

COLOUR: Copper
PRODUCTION STATUS: Brewed year round, always available.
DESCRIPTION: A traditional light copper coloured ale, but with a hoppy twist. Sanctuary is a great choice as a regular session beer as it has a moderate ABV and traditional colour, but is spiced up with a generous and unusual combination of German and American hops.
FACT: This beer is designed to have very broad appeal, satisfying drinkers who like traditional, copper coloured session beers whilst also having a punchy hop presence to put a smile on the face of hop-lovers everywhere!

leaparsons' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9109) - Leicester, Leicestershire, - JUL 19, 2012
Cask, Slug & Lettuce, Leicester. Amber with an off white foam. Aromas are toffee, strawberry and lemon with light autumn pear. Hints of chocolate milkshake with black tea. Flavours are weetabix malts with earthy, leafy hops and hints of sweet chocolate milkshake. Dry on the finish with some herbal notes. Pretty decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
charlotte (4953) - rÝdovre, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2015
Tap at Nottingham beerfestival 2015.Clear amber colour with medium creamy head.Aroma of hops and mild green apples and caramel,light body and short bit thin finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (17708) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Cask at Organ Grinder. Clear deep amber color. Light caramel aroma. Taste is malty, light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2454) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2015
Tried at the Nottingham beer festival 2015. Amber colour with an off white head. Aroma is malty caramel and fruit. Taste light bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Cask-conditioned on gravity at the Pelican, Gloucester, 5/6/2015. Copper with a slight, off-white, head. Sweetish, caramel and orange fruits, crisp malts and a decent, bitter, finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SilverfoX (840) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015
has a mild whiskey aroma, copper coloured with some white froth, has a mild whisky and salty butter flavour. not my cup of tea. or beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
niquillis (2136) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
On cask at Red Lion, Thornby. Pours dark copper with off white head. Quite a hoppy start then settles into a traditional bitter. Rather mixed up but pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gegwilson (2379) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Cask in the Organ Grinder, Loughborough. Pours amber with a cream head. Fruity with citrus notes. Over sweet. Some orange notes. Not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2567) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle from Beers of Europe [210115]
Light copper, clear, thin film, no head
Aroma of soft caramel, some toasted malt, bit earthy, slight toffee
Taste of soft caramel, soft fruits, slight lemon citrus, dab of brown bread crust, soft toffee, soft citrus hops, mainly malts. 6.5 round up to 7.
Palate - soft carb. light body, soft sweet and bitter. Finish as main flavour., more toasted malts in finish
Overall - Easy going, simple, malty bitter, quite a decent flavour. Obviously designed to broad appeal as the brewer mentions here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (3580) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is a bright dark amber coloured beer that pours without any head. It has blackcurrant and earthy flavours, toffee notes and a fruity and bitter-sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2014
From cask (handpump) at the Doric Arch on 9 September 2014. Reddish colour. Blue Monkey does make some quite adventurous beers. This isnít one of them. Nonetheless, itís a very solid, traditional style UK best bitter. Distinctly fruity malts. Iíll add some more extensive, earlier notes when I find them.

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