Brewed by John Martin
Style: English Strong Ale
Genval, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Who can ignore John Martinís ale that our ancestors called "the noblest of English Pale Ales". This unique beer of 6% ABV is the fruit of truly exceptional craftsmanship, a unique technique whereby authentic Kent hop-bells are added after brewing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2012
Cask at Blue Boar, Billericay. Brewed exclusively for J D Wetherspoon. Pours a pale amber with a tight creamy off-white head. Hints of malt, white grape, mango and pineapple in the aroma. Medium bodied but smooth and a little creamy over the tongue, a dry bitterness is countered by a subtle floral fruitiness with white grapejuice and mango flavours. The bitterness re-emerges in the aftertaste with those dry fruity flavours playing in the background. Overall quite a satisying beer, the floral fruitiness is delightful in itís delicate nature and a nice counter to the creamy bitterness. No one flavour dominates making a pleasant balance to a beer more usually found in bottled form.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
(33cl bottle dated 4-14-11 thanks to bu11zeye) clear gold/amber with lasting creamy fine head. Nose of grape, very fruity, citrus, caramel, and cardboard. Taste is toasty, caramel, caraway, orange, wet paper. Well carbonated, stale grain linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (10653) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2012
330 ml bottle. From finestshop.be.
Clear golden colour with small to average size white head. Floral hoppy aroma - English style - with some caramel sweetness and fruit tea notes. Flavour is mildly bitter floral hops, nougat and malt. Some fruit tea and mild bitterness in aftertaste. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrW (532) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle 33cl. Fruity orange/citrus aroma, caramel. Ambergold beer with large white head. Light taste with again some orange, light bitterness and a bit sparkling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18711) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, vibrant gold with a fluffy, white head. Some sugary, bready malts in the nose. Medium to big sweet flavor, bready, with some sweet fruits, white sugar, fine straw. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet, clean, sugary finish, with basic bready pale malts, mild bitterness, some sweet hay, toasted sugar, maple, floral hops and lightly toasted grass. An OK beer, though not particularly impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4030) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 11, 2012
earthy, spruce, cooked vegetables, amber, brown, sparkling, brown foam, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, full body, creamy, bitter, lively,

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2012
33cl bottle Thanks to Bu11zeye...Pour is clear brown with small white head...Nose is caramel, white grape, banana..Taste is caramel, white grape, apple...Palate is warm and soft, finish with bitterness

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2012
(33cl bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, grass, mustiness, pear, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, pear, and earth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suorama (34) - Kangasala, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2012
Woody hoppy and bit of caramel i flavor. Lots of foam but not feel cobonated. A bit watery and thin palate. Taste is neutral but alco found easily...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgaBart (51) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2011
I had this on tap in Antwerp, in the pub the Duke of Antwerp. Really nice Pale Ale. Malts, caramel with a nice bitter aftertaste, yummie !

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