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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Cask Ale. Regular.
Originally brewed in Courage's Anchor brewery on the south bank of the Thames. It was moved to the Berkshire brewery at Reading in the 1970s, then to the Courage Brewery in Bristol. When Bristol closed in 1999 it moved to Tadcaster. Following ScotCo's reshuffle in 2004 it was contract brewed by Youngs, returning it to a site on the south bank of the Thames. In Jan 2007 the Courage brand was purchased by Wells & Young and production moved to Bedford.
Courage Best has long been one of the best selling cask beers in the South of England.


Theydon_Bois' rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - FEB 2, 2013
Cask at the Tin Goose, LHR T1, 25/01/13. Clear copper golden with a thin bubbly white head. Nose carries pale malts, light summer fruit, background caramel notes. Taste comprises summer fruits, light malts, some hop presence, grain. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, some bitterness in the dry finish. First time I’ve had this in 10+ years and you know what - it’s a well balanced simple bitter and perfectly drinkable. I think this beer (in my mind) has picked up a stigma of being a dud because it is a default choice in the Shit Hole Arms (TM) and therefore I’ve had a number of bad pints over the years. Better than some of the latter day twig offerings by some distance when well kept, which it was here !


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (478) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 1, 2014
Cask at the Black Lion, Plaistow on 30 August 2014 after a 3-1 win at West Ham. Pours mid brown with a white head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Sweet finish. Thin.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
lukin (495) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
cask. Amber colour with frothy head. Caramel malts, light, creamy. Sessionable but boring.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1495) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 2, 2014
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Holmen1 (2763) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 18, 2014
Fra håndpumpe på The Coach and Horses ved Covent Garden rett før Lion King-forestilling: lite aroma, lite smak og kort ettersmak. Her har de virkelig spart på det meste. Bra det bare var en halvpint.

2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dogbomb (966) - ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
Cask. Dark amber ale with a spotty off white head. Nose is toasty malt and damp underpants. Taste is oaky, earthy and a little "off". Dampness. Still, ale is ale and this is to be drunk. Finish is bland and woody. Not sure this is the best kept ale.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hohops (353) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2014
Appearance- dark brown with a small foamy white head. Aroma- not much at all- a bit of malt, slight hints of raisin. Taste- bitterness, vague hint of raisin and biscuit, thin mouthfeel. You have to search quite hard for any flavour, but there’s nothing offensive about it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaguarxj6 (36) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Cask @ Blue Stoops Chesterfield. Light Brown with quite a caramel,nutty taste which lingers. Had a bit of a surprise with this,as i wasn,t expecting to like it. However,it,s not a bad beer at all and makes a pleasant session ale. There may be better beers out there but by the same token,there are many that are far worse.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Osprey87 (2022) - WALES - DEC 10, 2013
Cask at Ye Olde London. Pointlessly short review due to a social event. Light orange/yellow. Light body, low carb. Taste - watery, bland, slightly bitter, inoffensive, astringent without having the flavour to back it up. Not great, though this didn’t seem like the type of pub where you’d expect the beer to be in great condition.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sockamania (43) - - OCT 6, 2013
Average malty and caramel beer. Nice on a winter’s evening but not much interesting.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Camons (6305) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2013
Cask @ The Ancient Foresters, London. Pours brown with a small white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts. Flavor is malt, caramel, nutty , light citrus. Medium body, soft carbonation. 210913


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