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Formerly brewed at Greene King
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 2.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
Cask; Special - January 2006.
After the traditional excesses of the festive season, surely every real ale lover’s New Year’s resolution should be to start the year with a pint of Abstinence.
Although it cannot be claimed that Abstinence will necessarily make the heart grow fonder, true connoisseurs of the brewer’s art will undoubtedly love this refreshingly light, pale golden cask conditioned ale with its delicate fruity flavour and distinctive hoppy aroma.
Made from only the finest pale ale malt brewed to perfection with best quality English hops, at only 3.6% ABV, Abstinence truly is the most remarkably good post festive season ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Friar Penketh, Warrington (JDW) 05/01/2006 Golden coloured with a malt aroma. Slightly fruity and rich on the palate. Some bitterness in a dry malt flavoured finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
Cask handpull at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford. Golden colour with slightly hoppy session bitter. Some creaminess with some juicy malt. Really quite drinkable, some citrus. Good session, drinking beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2006
Cask (handpump) at The Willow Walk (JDW), Victoria, London. Billed as a "post festive season" ale this is, as one might expect, a fairly lightweight offering. Its pale gold in colour (although my pint was a little hazy too) and I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt by describing it as a golden ale. Although it has some lemony touches, it could hardly be described as aromatic. More citrus and a gentle bitterness on the palate, tending more towards a light bitter than a golden ale. Fresh and clean but not much depth of flavour and rather thin of body. Probably does what it sets out to reasonably effectively, but I prefer a bit more character in my beer - even in January. Just a bit too delicate.

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