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


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RATINGS: 359   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2007
A welcome change of pace but is an unexceptional beer overall. Caramel, metal and candy sugar in the nose. Has English pale ale flavor qualities and is balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 I must say that, when fresh on tap, this is quite an amazing industrial beer. Dry-hopping gives a very good "golding" aroma, well balanced with nice sweet malts. Alcohol is well hidden in mouth, just a bit warming. The flavour is balanced of good malts and a crisp dry hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mazfln (116) - Florianópolis, BRAZIL - OCT 4, 2007
Amber color with normal head. Nice traditional pale ale aroma, balanced between malt sweetness and hops. Nice malty flavours, not very hopy but they’re there. Some spicy finish. A nice beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Amber colored brew. Hoppy aroma, a bit spicy. Sweet malty flavor with some hops in the end. Overall a nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle. Nose is sweet with some hop aroma. Nice amber color with a white head. Balanced flavor, sweet darker malt with a hint of bitterness. Full bodied with some bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11878) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle @ Kelly’s Pub, Antwerp. Pours a nice bubbly copper with a small creamy, staying and a little dirty white head. Aroma has caramel and a spicy hoppy edge to it. Flavour begins of very caramelly sweet before turning quite dry and flowery hoppy. Good brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Chi l’avrebbe mai detto che John Martin facesse una birra più che dignitosa? Questa pale ale manca decisamente di luppolo e meriterebbe più corpo, ma è comunque un’esperienza piacevolissima: la sua dolcezza non è stucchevole, evoca miele, amarene, frutti di bosco, e si restringe leggermente nel finale soprattutto con una nota di agrumato (l’amaro è poco poco). Curiosamente soddisfacente._________ENGLISH TEXT HERE________Would you swear that John Martin made a pretty decent brew? This pale ale lacks of hops and would deserve more body, but anyway is a very pleasant experience: its sweetness is not synthetic, it evokes honey, cherries, red fruits and goes a little adstringent in the finale with a citrus note (the sourness is very low, instead). Curiously satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2007
In short, a beer that lives up to the commercial description. The look and smell are both very appealing, with a very sweet overtone. The flavor is fantasic, with a nice mix of honey and hops. The finish was somewhat bitter, but not unusal for this style. In the end this was enjoyable beer and no doubt fantastic off the tap. Cheers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5039) - Jyväskylä, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4353) - 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.

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