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Brewed by Golden Lion / Lion d Or
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Lennoxville, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This copper coloured gem is sure to please those in search of the ’Bitter side’ of life. Forget the description... it’s an explosion of hoppy bitterness. Don’t get angry... get Bitter. Bishop’s Best Bitter.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Fiery bronze. Dirty white head throws sticky lace all over the glass. Pungent nose with herbal, woody hops and mango rind aromas. Hint of figs and jelly candy. Loosely carbonated, but firm in body. Lightly airy. Balanced display of lemongrass and soft resin. Mellow tropical fruitiness lends a stroke of slickness, but the unyielding dryness continues to strengthen the tongue chafing salted herb notes. Elegant drop of lemon acidity cuts the toffee glazed nutty malt base which climaxes at the center, but steadily holds its ground with an everlasting chewiness, despite the airiness. Finishes dryly and aniseed tinged with lingering hops and dough flavored yeast stabilizing the palate clasping nuttiness and shortbread sweetness of the malt. Could use more aromatic malt (but the yeast character is nice), less acidity, and more of this already-delicious malt to withstand the brash hops. Very respectable, otherwise.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
On tap at the brewpub

Bright bronze colour. Very toasty, fresh malty character. Earthy yeast, woody hops. Complex, flavourful English ale. Takes on a bitter, ashy character over the course of the pint.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
500 ml bottle. Pours an enormous, fluffy lasting head with pretty lace atop a faintly cloudy copper body...light woody nose, sour apples and cherries pass through the scene quickly with some light herbal coatings....fairly dry, moderately bitter body offers a bit of Granny Smith tartness at midpalate, doughy-sour yeastiness towards the finish...quite nice, probably amazing if you could get it on cask.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 26, 2005
Soft velvety aroma, of toasted malts, slightly woody in character Medium carbonated ale with small but dense head. Green raw vegetable like bitters up front than followed by carbonation and finally sweet malt. Finish was rather weak leaving light touch of hops around and mineral metallic middle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2005
2005 bottle provided by and shared with clarkvv 4/29/2005: light brown body, visable sediment, with an off-white large, thick head. Aroma has some fruity/floral hops, caramel, and a hint of yeast. Flavor is fairly bitter up front, showing off some hops (though nothing like an ipa), sweet caramel, toffee, malty, light yeast, and some diacetyl. Mild carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2005
2005 bottle shared with bucknaked, 4/29/2005. Light brown color, with hints of auburn, sediment present. Head is yellow-flecked white, large and creamy, with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light Belgian? yeast, some fruitiness, floral hops and a sticky caramel malt. Flavor is lightly bitter at first with plenty of sweet caramel and toffee, great body on it. Hops get a bit earthy on the end, moderately bitter, but staying quite flavorful. Yeastiness present, with a very even mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very enjoyable if somewhat off-style, like the Vache Folle ESB.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2005
Growler provenant du Grand Duc, Longueuil. BBD : 14/07/2005. Robe claire cuivrée surmontée d’une mousse blanche jaunâtre qui semble éternelle. Arômes de malts caramélisés et de houblon floral. Saveurs de malts caramélisés, de houblon floral et amérisant, de cassonade, d’épices et de poivre. J’aime bien cette bière, mais elle est encore plus divine jeune et en fût!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
The color of medium/heavy maple syrup, the once thick head bowed out early and the undersutdy, a firm ring of lace, took over for the rest of the show. The hops are floral, even flowery I would say, with a citrus finish. It’s quite bitter and gripping on the tongue, the malt is maple sweet as well, but with a little biscuit crunch. Mouthfeel is decently long, and carbonation is in the mid to low range. I liked it, and will definately try it out on tap if I ever go visit the pub.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 What a disapointment. Tasted at the "International Resturant and Bar suply Show" montreal stop. The Rep said it was the best bitter in quebec. Reality? Bad example of a bitter. Full of hops, but not bitter hops. sickley sweetness sitting on a tinny malt with a overabundance of belgian style hop and yeast. What a waste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9789) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
Golden copper ale with a thick off-white head. Light caramel and pungeant light hops. Good malt base with nutty notes, flagrant hops and citrus" medium bodied, with a great fragrant bitterness. My dad was flabbergastered!


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