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

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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
Amber-gold with a white head. The whole experience of drinking this beer is gentle, comforting and soothing. The aroma reflects fresh summer fruits: plums and peaches. The taste is sweet, orange, and malty, while the alcohol is caressing and unthreatening. The merest hint of bitterness at the end. No English beer is so anodyne as this Belgian ’English Pale Ale’.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2006
Bottle. 25/05/06. Sunburnt orange body with a frothy white head. Hops (grapefruit bitterness) on a sweet medium body, good lacing, cross between a English, Belgian and American Pale Ale. A refreshing ale after some nice and big Belgians beers.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle. Aroma is good, appearance is nice with a durable head. it has a fruity taste, possibly too sweet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7309) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2006
Exceptionally clear dark amber body. Fruity malt aroma. Sweet and syrupy, with some toffee-apple-like fruitiness. Mildly hoppy at the end. Attractive but a little dull and cloying. Way too sweet for the style and for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2006
darker amber, light brown coloured with a creamy white head and some light carbonation. Sweet fruity and malty aroma. Full body. Finish is sweet bitter with some herby touches. Good one.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Furseth (1969) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle: Thansk to Hans Olav Flatemo. Light amber colour, with a nice creamy white head-Aroma of citrus,malt and barrell.Sweet maltynes, and a citric mouth feeling. Medium body, short to medium finish. Nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3613) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Light brown in color with a light brown creamy head. Sweet grassy pungent smell. Sour initial flavor gave way to a sweet malt.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (3794) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle in Gent. Light brown with a beige head, mostly lasting, fine lacings. Aroma moderate malty and hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and bitter, long duration. Light/medium body, soft carbonated.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2904) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottled dated 20/05/06 expiration. This one poured a nice amber color with a decent head and some good lacing. The aroma was definitely hoppy, but enjoyable after a run of Belgian beers. A mildly grapefruit malty base (may be my first English pale ale with that aspect) was accompanied by a nice (not too strong) hoppy finish of pine trees and flowers. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (4894) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber with a big white head. Malty aroma. Flavours are rather more bitter though well-balanced by sweet maltiness with hints of pepper. Not bad.


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