Brewed by Durham
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Durham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Permanent. Also available bottle conditioned.
Evensong is a rich ruby coloured 20C English bitter. Based on an original recipe from 1937 this beer captures the flavour of its time. Goldings and Fuggles hops combine with darker malts to give a traditional English character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40864) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Århus2008. 50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber with a fully diminished white head. Aroma is mild breadish. Flavour is mild breadish and dry hoppy with a mild spice note. Breadish dry finish.6-3-6-3-13=3.1

From cask at Three Judges. Pours golden deep amber to to brown with a small light tan head. Mild breadish and roasted malt aroma. Smooth and slight chocolate like. Vibrant caramelish dark flavoured with a light chocolate note and bit of liqourice. Light sweetness slowly appearing to an otherwise solid biter and roasted brew. Smooth roasted malty finish. Lovely.7-4-8-4-16=3.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle at Thorups Cellar in Århus. Clear dark nutbrown - offwhit head. Nyutty, red berries, caramel, high malty, sweetness, nice hoppy, chocolate, grassy. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 21, 2008
0,5 l bottle, shared with neighbour Kjetil, who bougth it in Cardiff. Brown color, nice beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, with hints of smoke. Flavor is roasted and sweet malt, with some hops and fruit. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
Cask handpull at Market Porter. Ruby with thin tan head. Decent toasty malts, some fruit. Pretty decent, lovely juicy malts, good finish. Good mouthfeel, nice ginger. Good ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish-brown with a tight off-white head. Aroma is strong fruit, earthy cellar, and light hops. Taste is roasty, toasty malts that fade to an astringent, herbal dry finish. Some cinnamon/cloves as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle from open all hours. Aroma is slightly tart fruit, grassy, smelly old cellar. Taste is bitter, pale malts, slightly iodine. Alright, but a million miles from an old ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14127) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2007
500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2006) Rich red, healthy head. Rich aroma, fruity, malty and hoppy. Good roasty body, tangy, and very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from the Bottle Stop.
Black red, totally opaque and topped with an impressive beige head. Rich and malty with an old dusty character. Pistachio notes along with chocolate and plum. Slightly soapy in the flavour with an almost floral and herbal character in the finish. Close to really good but falls just short of the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe19612 (2618) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle conditioned. A real dark amber beer with a thick white head. Plenty of roasty malt and hops. A very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2007
Cranmer’s 1549 Evensong service is one of the jewels of the Anglican ritual. The eponymous beer is pretty good too. Dark red brown with a huge, gushing off white head. Malty aroma, earthy and basic. Taste is roasted malt and ashy with a sourness in the background and some bitterness to follow. I enjoyed it after All Souls’ Evensong in a medieval parish church deep in the English Midlands, which seemed the right place and time.

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