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

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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2007
0.33 l bottle (5.8 %). Copper to amber color. Sweet, worty, toffeish, caramelly and candyish aroma with notes of orange and english hops. The malty sweetness and light hoppiness continues in the flavor along with bisquity notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4013) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 25, 2007
Clear yellow colour, small white head. Aroma is of pine hops with some fruits. Flavour is fruity, of pine. Lacks complexity, but at least its not too dry and bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - AUG 17, 2007
Tasted 2007-07-22. Fresh bottle, 33cl. Pours clear, yellow with light head. Notes of yest and hops. Not overwhelming, but nice and fresh. It comes off as a mix between pilsner and pale ale - a bit weak!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (2694) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Clear amber color, with medium white head. Aroma much malts, hops, little fruity touch. Medium bodied. Tatse nice, easy drinking Pale Ale, dry hops, good bitterness, and a bit sweet dry end. A commercial but not bad brew beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2007
lots of hops with some fruit in there, good tan appearance with a decent head and quite refreshing

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5829) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle. This version is 5.8% ABV. Nice hoppy aroma, a bit fruity. Malt and lots of hops in the flavor as well as some caramel. Slightly hoppy bitter, with some more of the bitterness towards the finish. Medium-bodied. Very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2007
Spontanious Fermentation weekend, but in the resturant before it opened. Notes say: Nose, grassy, hints of spice. Citrusy, spicey, really drinkable, really hoppy esb basicly.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 33 cl bottle - 5,8%. Brown color, nice and big off-white head. Aroma is hops and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet malt and caramel, nice bitter aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeinDahlem (1328) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2007
Nice amber color with white head that sticks to the glass. Sweetish aroma of wet straw and grainy bread. Flavor starts with a bit of honey before the mildly bitter tang of hops kicks in, but that turns the corner into a drop of caramel-sugar on the back end. Lively mouthfeel, nice for a pale ale but typical for a Belgian. Somewhat wet. A refreshing beer thatís a step too far on the sweet side to be good for session drinking. But that nice kick of hops saves it from being boring. I deem it a good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20861) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber coloured with a white ehad. Aroma of caramel, malts and fruits. Sweet flavour of caramel, malts and fruits.


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