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

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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7633) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle. Bright clear bronze, lacy white delicate head. Aroma and flavours of cooked peaches and biscuity malt, slightly toasty. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2737) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2010
Clear amber with a small cream head that laces well. Aroma of caramel, red berries, flowers, citrus. Taste has quite rich caramel sweetness and fruity hop bitterness. Tastes weirdly like sweet black tea. The slight yeast taste and texture is I guess what youíd expect of an English-style beer made in Belgium. Finish is a little too fruit sweet for me, although the hints of sourness are quite nice. May not have travelled terribly well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2010
on draft

head: normal
colour: amber , clear
smell: iron,red berries, malts, barley
taste: sweet, bitter, grains ,malty/hopy./iron finish
not bad but not so good also .. great for thirsth and better than a lager from belgium

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (4492) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAY 26, 2010
Bottle 33cl. A yellow amber ale with a huge head that remains properly. Smell is very nice on hops and malt. Aroma is very nice too, wonderful hop flavor and bitterness, nice malt and sweetness, finish is caramel like and with a long harmonious bitterness and floral notes. Nice experience.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (12250) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle. Amber body with off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel and plenty of hops.

2.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Countbeer (5151) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2010
Long time ago had this one, wrote the following down: Bottle: Pours a tiny head. No smell, strange enough since the taste is full, hoppy, light bitter, hint of spices and nuts,

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (15204) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle in Leuven. Darker than your average pale ale. Good balance. Nice enough, but not outstanding.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14459) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are hops, malt, flowers and caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Draco (6) - Flemish Brabant, Belgium, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2010 does not count
Good beer, not exceptional, but rich taste, longlasting foam and a nice colour. (In Belgium) not 6%, but 5,8% alcohol.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1751) - Nunavut, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
Someone tell me how this very English-looking beer ended up being brewed in Belgium? Nonetheless in spite of the red white and blue motif it pours reasonably attractive, head is there but not dense enough and dies down quick. On the nose is some rotten cabbage, grain and dough, scent of a non-alcohol seems to linger around it actually. The taste is something different, like a vegetable beer, slight grassiness but also some malts in there and all with a dry finish. Donít think it all comes together extremely well, though.


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