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

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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).


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (4862) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle from Scotland, thanks Graeme. Pours dark ruby, with a big creamy beige head. Malty aroma, taste is moderate sweet, under a firm malty base. Creamy mouthfeel, nice dark caramel aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (1529) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2011
At a tasting, thanks Shachar, a touch hazy dark orange to lightish red colour, aroma of spearmint, herbs, ginger and some light spiciness, light malty flavour, floweriness and a touch of fruit, quite dry. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (1592) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Deep, clear, browny amber. Some ginger on the nose in amongst the sweet maltyness. Flavour is LARGE malt. Fruity sweetness with a definite hoppiness. Well rounded. I like it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (941) - 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]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4597) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle, brought home from Meny Oslo City. A dense tanned cream head, upon a crystal clear brownish-red body. Caramel/toffee and dark, slight acidic fruits to the nose. Really seducing. Good body for 4,5 percenter. Nice sparkling carbonation. Clean and dry malt base. Toast and light caramel. Some bittering hops underneath. Very good for a bottled bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reid (1803) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
500ml bottle. Nice looking bronze/reddish amber beer with a thick creamy light tan head. Lightly floral aromas but mostly malty. Very malty flavour but somehow it comes across my palate as creamy . toffeeish hints. Pretty heavy floral ( thistle) aspects,semi-dry with some fruitiness also. Good mouthfeel , pretty smooth and tasty. I liked this, it is indeed an unusual ale, i would certainlly have it again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20003) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2007
Bottled (thanks cgarvieuk). Rubyish orange colour, not much head. Aroma is sweetish flowery and grassy with a weird "stinging dryness" (from the thistle?). Quite sharp thing. Flavour is very much the same with a very big grassyness and some salty notes. Quite pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3051) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2010
Pours a clear light brown with a diminishing off-white head. Bitter with some aromas of caramel malts and hops. Tiny earthy peppery hints. Also aromas of ginger. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Bitter finish with hints of ginger. A bit like a cold tea.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (9622) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2010
Bottled, 500ml form M&S, Summertown, Oxon. Copper to red with white head. Heavyish beer, dark roasted malts giving a vague chocolate flavour with a slight boiled cabbage note. However; the spice & hops show through lightening the palate, some sweetness. Some interesting notes, it’s ok.
Earlier Rating: 11/18/2008 Total Score: 2.9
Bottled, filtered, 500ml. From Beers of Europe, Norfolk. Ruby to brown with white head. Herby gingery flavours with drying spices. Quite bitter and heavy. A bit of a struggle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1288) - (originally London), ROCHESTER, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2011 (bottle) The term "Scottish Ale" infuriates some members of this site , with the "there’s no such thing" argument, but that doesnt bother me . A pretty decent ale with ovbious use of thisles, ginger and other oddities. Rich enough , with chocolaty notes . Interesting.


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