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Brakspear Bee Sting

Formerly brewed at Brakspear (Marstonís)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask; Seasonal - May to June. Has also been available in pasteurised bottle.
A pale thirst quenching beer with a floral aroma and citrus flavours. The crispness of wheat and succulence of honey combine to deliver a refreshing and lively flavour perfectly matched to the approach of summer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9596) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Cask at Banbury Beer Festival Fri 21-04-06. Golden beer with a small head, good level of bitterness but honey flavours can be detected. Cask at The Swan Bicester 29-09-07 Nice crisper tasting than I remembered, honey still everpresent but less than I recall, quite fruity and bitter. 3.4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13234) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2003
Cask Conditioned, The Rock of Gibralter, Enslow, Oxon. Golden bitter with smooth head. Bitter sweet in character, packed with aromatic hops but also a lemony twangy sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2003
[Cask at Charlie's Bar] A beutiful orange beer with a small head. The aroma is fruity with notes of oranges. The flavor is cask flat with powerful notes of fruit, oranges, cloves, and a little honey. It prickles the tongue and ends on a slight bitterness. A very fresh beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse (7850) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2006
(Cask at Priory Arms, Stockwell, London 21 Apr 2006) Colour is pale amber. Nose is fruity and malty with hints of sweet honey. Taste is malty, fruity (mandarin) with sweet honey notes and some hops in the finish. A refreshing and enjoyable ale, but exciting? Not really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Bhurtpore Inn, Aston 18/07/2001 Golden coloured with a slightly pale aroma. Bitter yeasty flavoured hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
Cask (gravity dispense), Reading Beer Festival, April 2006. Pale/mid gold colour. Noticeable honey aroma. Slightly sharp, fruity flavour. Refreshing enough but not a lot to it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2003
Gravity Cask, Frog & Toad Beer Festival, Gillingham. I was eventually informed that this was brewed in the Burtonwood brewery, obviously under contract by Refresh UK. A beautiful hop bitter - fragrant and with a good range of hop flavours. Malt is restrained - almost watery. Sweetness beneath the hopbite adds interest & balance. Slightly dark amber colour. Sticky malt aroma with a touch of yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2006
Gravity cask @ Reading Beer Festival 2006. Honey aromas. Not quite sweet with polleny roughness which doesnt complement the initial aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2006
Cask at Reading Beer Festival 2006. Amber. Eggy/sulfuric aroma that burned off after a few minutes to leave a sort of sugary aroma. To taste this is sweet and malty with unpleasent dark sugar flavours and some odd honey character. Unbalanced.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2006
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Reading BF. A bright orange gold coloured beer. The honey in the aroma is a bit sweet and sickly. The taste is less astringent but the honey flavours come through after a slightly sweet start. Not a fan of honey in beer and I find the final taste a bit too much.

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