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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: 67   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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2005
Tap at the brewpub. An amber beer with a small beige head. The aroma is sweet nutty, but quite faint. The flavor is dry nutty and bisquety, and with a grassy bitter end. OK bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12789) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10472) - 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!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Caramelized cereals delve into diacetyl realms in the aroma...Leafy hops succeeded in balancing out the svelte maltiness...The tap version at the brewery is way too fizzy for my tastes in the style, but remained a decent, drinkable pint...This tap version was thus not more interesting than the bottled version, as I had hoped...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear amber with an average size diminishing fluffy white head. Very nice UK hop aroma along with some fruit and caramel malt, it smells great. Tasty flavour of floral and citrus hops with some caramel malt and a long spicy bitter finish. Body’s a touch thin. A great ESB, we were all shocked that such a nice version of the style was from Quebec and not the UK -- very well done.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 I paid 10.99 for that same 1.9 L bottle (GRRRR!) Brown coloured, cereals and hops nose, more cereals and hops in mouth accompanied by a remarkable bitterness. A good surprise for me, I got much more taste than expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, tupalev’s bottle. Beautiful clear refractive amber with a large, lasting fluffy beige head, pillowy lacing left behind - almost a 5. Funky, rich UK hop aroma, dry, bitter, spicy, citrus rind - not much malt but who cares; pungent - excellent. My first thought on tasting was "weed!" - tastes very hempy- all of the above hop character, some fresh grain, slight grassiness in the finish, but this is an amazing ESB - tons of hops, very fresh and dry, almost sour alphas in the finish. Thick, dry mouthfeel, incredibly astringent - this tastes like a fresh cask bitter, I have a hard time believing this is bottled - excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 In short: A highly drinkable brew with bready malts (bread crust) and red grapefruits hopping. Good.
How: Bottle 500ml. Always consumed very fresh (this beer needs to be drank very fresh)
The look: Clear dark golden topped by a short-lived beige head
In long: A pleasant grapefruity nose with a fruity cake in the background. The toasted malt is grainy doesn’t show much caramel and sweetness, tastes like a bread crust. Nice body, feels rather nourishing for below 5% brew. Then comes a good amount of red grapefruit. Strong astringency, mild-medium bitterness. Not too sure about the ESB style here, really doesn’t taste like any ESB I had in ESB City (London England). Simple but solid and effective. This is one beer I like very cold. Unlike my women, I like my beer cold and bitter.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (6031) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
Bouteille de 500 ml. Arôme: Je ne perçois pas grand arôme à l’exception d’agrumes. Apparence: Couleur ambrée. Bière pétillante. Petit col blanc crèmeux qui perdure. Dentelle moyenne sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de citron avec une explosion d’houblon. Long arrière goût. Palette: Corps moyen. Texture crèmeuse. Forte amertume en arrière goût. (Ratin #70)


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