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


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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Who can ignore John Martin’s 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielyabu (1539) - Uniăo da Vitória, BRAZIL - OCT 16, 2011
small frothy white head. fl. fd. thin dark yellow clear body. aroma: light malty, moderate hoppy, grass, light metal. if: moderate bitter. ff: light sweet moderate bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, dry texture, medium carbonation, chalky finish. amargor e dulçor de casca de laranja, 60s

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mile (3811) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle. Dark golden - orange, cloudy, very small and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and caramel sweet aroma, fruitiness and some hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and sweet flavor, lots of fruitiness, caramel and some hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, very fruity with some hoppyness, caramel. Caramel sweetish strong ale- sweetness subdues totally the bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle - Copper with off white head. Medium to high carbonation. Medium body. Sweet. Caramel malts. Fairly hoppy. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8069) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2012
33 cl bottle @ some restaurant in Brussels. Rated on 13.4.2009
Aroma has sweetish malt with caramel. Flavour has caramel with hints of salt. I was hoping a good pale ale to get a pause from all of those Belgian ales – but this appeared to be rather far from a pale ale. And had even some elements from a Belgian Ale...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
birrabona (221) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2011
ruby red color. full body. english strong ale with a touchof belgian caramel. final little bitter . good aroma of toasted malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (14108) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2011
Clear red / dark amber color white head. Smell a little spicy, not very nice to me. Average taste with a low body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Grima (2230) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2011
Bright ruby-red color, with a fine, flat white head. Aroma is very hoppy spicy, slightly bitter with a sweet touch. The finish is changing very quickly in an extremely bitter taste. Unfortunately, the bitter tone to the middle part is a little pushy. Finish is overhopped, very bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (17308) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 12, 2011
Bei diesem Bier ist ein blumiger Geruch wahrzunehmen. Ein recht würziges Bier, im Mittelteil noch malzig süß, im Nachgeschmack dann eher etwas erdig. Also irgendwie ist das Bier schon ok, wobei mir der etwas eigene Nachgeschmack nicht wirklich bekommt. Test vom 17.11.2005, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,8,10,7,9,9 - 8,70

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4498) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2011
Clear copper colour, white head. Aroma rather restrained, but very nice. Floral and citrus hops on a malt base. Quite sweet, quite pronounced honey and some caramel. Flavour is malty, nice bitter hops tones, citrus fruits, honey. Very balanced. Finish bit bitter with citrus tones.
(Draught @ Café Jos, Nijmegen)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (8104) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2011
bottle@highlander: clear orange with white head, sweet with but still restrained caramel, spice & touch of toffee/butter with a medium amount of citric hops in the aftertaste, something fruity, apricots incl. , middling to good ale

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