A still medium perry available in 750ml bottles and occasionally on draught.
NB: Gwatkin sometimes produces draught versions that differ significantly from the bottled. If you rate a draught version please specify that and include details of the ABV and designated sweetness level (if provided).
The Oldfield pear is the queen of all the perry pear varieties, dating back many centuries, and was widely grown in the Three Counties area, where a few trees may still be found.
The small elegant trees fruit bi-annually. Green in colour, the pears press out to a clear sparkling juice. Listed as a "vintage pear", it was always kept as a single variety and in the past was said to have rivalled the best wines of France. Made today in the same traditional way, it is just as pleasing.
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4   Pale(1)->Dark(5) : 2   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 1
Intensity : 5
Yeast : 4   Bread : XX   Hay: 3   Brett : 2   Floral: 3   Wood: 4   Leather: 3   Barnyard : 2   Medicine : XX   Phenols: XX   Cheese : 2   Vinous: 3
Caramel : XX   Honey : 2   Applesauce: XX   Appleskin : XX Pear : 4   Tropical FruitsXX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 Juicy: 3   Sourness : 4   Bitterness: XX   Farmy : 4   Complex: 2   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2 Chewy: XX   Sharp: 3   Chalk : XX   Astringence : 2   Tea tannins : 2   Alcohol : XX
Comments: Gwatkin’s absolute masterpiece in my mind and probably my favourite perry. Extremely fresh, very aromatic and well balanced.
Fin (7409) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 Bottle from garden centre, near Wellington, Herefordshire Poured light golden, nice peary nose but also a bit wine like in character. Wonderfully juicy and given a little time in the mouth this really had quite a good depth of flavour. Not as good as the Rathays which was a stunner but very nice all the same. Polypin at Banbury Beer Festival 09-05-08 Cloudy lemon colour looks like Robinsons barley water. Very slightly sour nose but with some overipe pears. The taste is just superb, this i sweet admiitedly but those pears just feel like that oozing ripeness and oh bugger it this is one you just have to drink and forget about words, I loved it, little tangy bite back at the end, my beer/cider/perry of the fetival and this has now been updated to a 4.1
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