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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (632) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2005
Brown-amber coloured with a white head. The aroma is hoppy and a bit malty. The taste is a malty, sweet and a bit hoppy. There is also caramel noticeable. (Bottle 33cl, 5.8 alcohol % in my version)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Great looking ale, a clear, light copper color with a fizzy, frizzy white head. The aroma is orange and rose petals atop a sweet, fruity caramel malt. Light but volatile in the mouth, the flavor is malt with tart tangerine and perhaps some sweet cherries. The finish is nicely bitter with herbal tones. This is indeed a tasty, well balanced ale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 (Bottle 33 cl) Neat, clear amber colour with a small off-white head. Sweetish, perfumy malty nose. Sweet, almost sirupy flavour with some caramel malt. A solid bitter finish saves this from being cloying. 090805 and 080800

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2005
Lots of carbonation and an unusually large, creamy head. Some hops in the flavor but mostly malts. This is actually so sweet itís like drinking syrup.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2005
(Bottled) Clear, deep amber color with a small, tight and lacy head. Almost no aroma, only a hint of aromatic, grassy hops. Malty, acidic and somewhat harshy bitter flavor with an aromatic-hoppy, soft finish. Some sugariness in the background. Medium-bodied, carbonated palate. Iím not sure who this beer is meant to please. Not me, at least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (1861) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2005
Clear amber colour with a large white head. Aroma has fruit, malts and caramel. Sweet and malty to begin in the taste, nicely bitter in the finish. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6218) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2005
Dark orange, initially large creamy head, which quickly subsides. Nose like many pale ales, but fruitier. Taste full of malts, but with a fruity body, followed by a deliciously sharp, bitter aftertaste with hints of spice. Overall, very nice for an English pale ale; more taste than what is usual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - MAY 25, 2005
Fruits, caramel and matl in taste and aroma. Full body. Bitter finish. Good surprise !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8493) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2005
(bottle from a Belgian supermarket) Pale amber colour with firm white froth. Malty and orange peel (English marmalade) aroma. Dry flavour, medium bodied. The taste is initially slightly sweet, malty and full of liquorice and bitterhops in the finish. Very aromatic !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2005
From A Bottle.Amber in colour with a small head,aroma is of malt and oranges, taste is sweet with fruit and caramel and a bitter finish.

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