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Gales Trafalgar 200

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Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned: Special - 2005.
Brewed at Gales Brewery near Portsmouth, the home of Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.

The method of producing this commemorative beer has remained largely unchanged since the days of Nelson's great victory at Trafalgar on the 21st October, 1805.



3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34741) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2014

Bottle 275ml. @ [ Fastelavn Smagning - Carnival Tasting, Ulfborg ].

[ As Gales Trafalgar 200 ].
Clear medium amber color with a small, open and fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide, plum, prune, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, plum. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140301]

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holmen2 (788) - NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Amber. No head. Very fruity and sweet aroma. Aroma of sour plums. Sweet and slightly astringent aftertaste of more plums.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sigmund (5024) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting. Cognac coloured beer, no head nor carbonation. Malty and oaky aroma and flavour, like a barleywine, but not overly sweet. Would profit from a little carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (5225) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours clear weak amber with no head at all. Aroma is malty, weak acidic. Taste is heavy sweet, plums with an addition of something yeasty sourness, not pleasant at all.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
abemorsten (2682) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Small bottle kindly shared by Holmen2. Clear orange body with no head. Malty and light floral nose. Sour, fruity malts flavor. Flat and full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8276) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle at Fastelavn Smagning 2014 @ J&C’s beer palace, Jutland Saturday Session 2 - 01/03/14. Murky dark amber orange with little in the way of a head. Nose is bitter fruits, tobacco, earthy tones, toffee, light must, dark stoned fruit, dates, prunes. Taste comprises dark fruit mash, tobacco, leather, subtle booze notes, spice, sugars, ripened fruits, prunes, dates, cake mix. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi dry close. Tasty stuff, holding up well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7386) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle 275ml @ fonefan
Pours hazy brown with a few off-white bubbles. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and oxidization. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long caramel and oxidized finish. Body is medium to full, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (10871) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy dark amber without head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, oxidized and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 010314

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
7th January 2011
Hazy dark red amber beer, no head. Dark toffee and wet wood nose, sour cherry too! Zero carbonation. Oxidised malt - chocolate and caramel. A little sour cherry and a trace of balsamic vinegar. Finishes sour cherry. Pretty intense and clearly aged. It works - just!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Holmen1 (2376) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 5, 2014 From bottle at Copehagen Beer Festival: aroma and taste of garden berries, vinous and delicious. A beer to savour in company with your best friends. My best experience at the festival, truly unforgettable. Ny rating, ombord på Fridtjofen april-14: korken trekkes opp og duften brer seg på dekket. Ingen karbonering. Litt sur. Aromaen var det beste med denne. Ikke en god avslutning på kvelden. Ned fra 4.6 til 2.7. How very disappointing.


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