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Brewed by Cairngorm
Style: Bitter
Aviemore, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask & Bottled (Filtered), Seasonal, Autumn; BLESSED THISTLE – 4.5% ABV "Thistle Beer" from Cairngorm Brewery. A reddish brown ale, bittered with thistle and late Goldings hops. Hints of roast malt and fruit finish this most complex of beers. Alias with M&S Scottish Ale confirmed at the brewery (Oakes).


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorm (1457) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2013
Gyllen rødbrun farve med lys beige skum. Lukt av malt og karamell. Smak av malt og karamell. Supermarked.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
McTapps (4568) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2013
Pours out of the bottle in a clear dark amber colour with steady head and flat body. Nose of hops and nuts. Taste of medium bitter hops, caramel, toffee, nuts, leaves and woods. Light hints of roast. Easy and nice to drink, yet not very quaffable or delicious. Solid Bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (4566) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle shared with McTapps. Well, this one has a slight smokey finish and is still drinkable despite this fact. Nuts, roasted malt, hints of coffee. Quite low in abv with a bit stronger taste. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1200) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2013
Clear, quite dark amber body with an off-white head that sticks around for some time and laces the glass well. The aroma is strong, fruity and sweet with caramel, but more prominent are citrus and a distinct floral feel, thistle I presume. The flavours are dominated by the flowers, that also create a moderate, biting but nevertheless a clean bitterness, not the unpleasant plant-sap like bitterness that I often find in herbal beers. There is also a substantial initial sweetness that goes well with the bitter finish. The mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and citric. It’s a light and dry beer with a moderate carbonation. A very unusual, highly interesting and pleasantly demanding brew.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months before BB date, from Meny Alna, Oslo]

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (11192) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2013
Botttle. Pale amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit. Flavour is malt, caramel, hop, bread. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (11372) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted and nut. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, medium sweet and a little bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (11873) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding. Clear dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit, herbal and light spicy. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 190713

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2920) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2013
50cl bottle from the Tollhouse, Dalwhinnie. Pours dark amber with a decent head. The nose has some roastiness as well as a fresh note - perhaps the hops or the thistle but very hard to nail. More of the same on the taste. The palate is medium bodied and creamy with a decent finish. Overall, another solid ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (8248) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, bread and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle.Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, butterscotch and some herbal notes. Flavor is sweet and malty with some herbal notes and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.


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