JonMoore (1581) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 On draught at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Extremely aromatic, hoppy aroma. Lots of different fruit flavours. Great looking pale golden beer. Great mouthfeel. This is a fantastic beer.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask Conditioned at the Bedford Beer Festival 2004 (Wednesday Session). Wonderfully fruity & bitter beer. Superbly hoppy.
imdownthepub (8470) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Cask Conditioned at The Cuckooís Nest Gawcott, Bucks.
Beer tasting can be so subjective, many factors can supplement the way you Ďfeelí about a beer, mood, company, place, time and even the weather. So on a fine sunny Saturday afternoon we approached a highly recommended pub by a slightly eccentric friend with great hopes. As we opened the door and the light flooded into the dark interior, instinct told us that this could be a rare moment of perfection, that and the pump clip pronouncing that Crouch Vale had produced an extra version of one of the Beers of Banbury Festival. This was June and the beer is a seasonal for dark and rainy February, we didnít ask! As I ordered (I held the kitty, a British thing I think) the radio from a far room started playing the seventies smoocheroo Barry White.
[we got it together didínt we
nobody but you and me
we got it together baby]
Four Pints of the Crouch Vale please Landlord, I pronounced.
[my first, my last, my everything
and the answer to all my dreams
youíre my sun, my moon, my guiding star
my kind of wonderful, thatís what you are]
With a touch of anticipation the first of the light brown beers filled the straight pint glass. The head cleared to a pale white smoothie, this looked good anyway.
[i know thereís only, only one like you
theres no way they could have made two
youíre youíre all iím living for
your love iíll keep for evermore,
youíre the first my last my everything]
The cool liquid was raised to my lips and a burst of fragrant hops splashed across my tongue, a crisp grapefruit tangy dry flavour filling the mouth.
[in you iíve found so many things
a love so new only you could bring
canít you see if you,
youíll make me feel this way
youíre like a first morning dew on a brand new day]
In charges the balancing malt sweetness, but still the vital crispness holds on allowing the alcohol to add nose to the beer. This is Elysium and Paradise together and we are sharing it with Bazza.
[i see so many ways that i can love you
till the day i die........
youíre my reality yet iím lost in a dream
youíre the first my last my everything]
Back to reality, beer tasting is subjective, I will hold off giving perfect marks but by heck it got close.
TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Ah! Now weíre talking. Had this cask conditioned as we say, in the Fat Cat. Wow! Hops galore! All the colours of the rainbow, and then some. Fruit upon fruit upon delicious fruit that makes your mouth water and dribble run down your beard (if you had one). Blows your socks off its so wonderful.
WhiteStar (37) - Swindon, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask Conditioned to Perfection. Modern bitter with that influence from our comrades across the pond. Sparks and apples and juice all over the place like a good orgy.
DanielBrown (3167) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand pulled at the Bartons Arms, Aston, Birmingham. Boom! A blisteringly good beer! I don't know too much about Barry White, but I can say that after a hard hour of cricket practice, with an injured shoulder, this was a pint to lift the spirits, and no mistake. Deliciously crisp, refreshing, bitter and hoppy, with plenty of shimmering fruit flavours: banana, lemon, orange. Superbly balanced, slowly revealing it finery, like a theatre curtain. Soapy head, dark blond colour, and an aroma of springtime - or maybe that was the scent of leather on willow...
SilkTork (4898) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, WALES - FEB 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
White Cliffs Winter Ales Fest. Gravity. O yes! O by the hairs on my scalp, my toes and every part in between, this is a fine ale! A damned fine ale. Even before the liquid touches your lips you know you are about to encounter top quality - those hoppy, fresh, fragrant fumes envelope and seduce and excite. And then the golden nectar hits the mouth and you lose all control of your senses and you just say the most basic and babyish of things - "Oo!" "Ah!" "Mmmmm!" and you nod and smile at those around you. Putting such a beer experience into words on your notepad seems so mundane and nothing can really capture the heady rush and deep pleasure of this gift from the gods. "A pale malt beer with gentle yet freshly invigorating hops like a summer garden," doesn't quite do it. To borrow a few words from Bazza White quoted in imdownthepub's comments: "You are my first, my last, my everything and the answer to all my dreams. You're my sun, my moon, my guiding star my kind of wonderful, that's what you are."
BrainDead (30) - Derby, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hand pulled from the cask. Stronger than the regular brewers gold this goes a notch higher in every respect and is very exciting.
StueyD (812) - Heacham, Kingís Lynn, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
When i knew this was on the rack for the beer fest we are having this weekend i knew that it was going to be the first rate, wanting to see what all the hype was about. Although i had a pretty busy night on the old barbeque i did manage to squeeze this one in, it had to be done! Worth the wait as well!
A golden coloured beer with a slightly green tint, hazy with a weak white head. A strong citrusy hop nose of grapefruits and lemons, then a sweetish malty aroma. A dry, hoppy taste of citrusy grapefruits and lemons, then there is a biscuity malt flavour to balance in the finish. (Cask - @ The Fox & Hounds Summer Beer Festival 2006, Heacham, Norfolk).
Sigmund (4165) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2007 Cask conditioned at The Three Judges, Glasgow. Golden colour, low head. Very nice floral and citrussy aroma. Distinctly hoppy flavour with notes of tropical fruits / citrus, but not too bitter. An excellent beer!