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Crouch Vale Sonnet


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Brewed by Crouch Vale
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
South Woodham Ferrers, England

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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Cask; Special - June 2010.
Another new hop variety to the fore. Pale gold beer with ’Sonnet’ aroma hops, from the farm in Oregon that provides the Amarillo variety. Sonnet is a Saaz variant with Goldings characteristics, so expect high floral aroma and soft bitterness.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2010
A Mes rate. Gravity at Merton Beer Festival.
Clean gold with a very short lived white head. Superb Crouch Vale single hop stuff. Just the right levels of bitter and chalky cask character. Good grass and citrus, faint floral notes and a really good dry bitter finish. Straight forward but very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2010
A hoppy; sessionable, golden ale. Grapefruit body; low carbantion, good lacing, great balance, very good bitterness and also incredibly oily. Ace spring beer from Crouch Vale. Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival 2010. Well spotted by Chris O.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (9668) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
Cask conditioned at Merton Summer Beer Fest ’10. Clear pale gold with white head. Light, slightly sweetish, lemony lagery hop character, easy drinking, golden. Lovely name for a hop and a beer, makes me feel all Shakspearian.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8404) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2010
Cask conditioned gravity dispense Merton Summer BF 2010. A yellow gold coloured beer with whitish bubbles for a head. This is a soft delicate floral beer which is pleasant and easy drinking. I think the hop is really nice. There’s a hint of lime too. Good length and really enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (7040) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2010
Cask, gravity at Merton Summer Beer Festival 16-07-10 I also had this a couple of weeks ago at The Hop Pole, Aylesbury, Bucks. When I had this at the Hop Pole I was distinctly underwhelmed by it but in fairness it was during a very hot spell and this was served a little warm. Poured pale gold with nice white head. Nicely bitter with some streaky citrus, quite simple and whilst not the best from Crouch Vale perfectly enjoyable and tasty enough. A8 A3 T7 P3 Ov15 3.3


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