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


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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pilsnerrogge (2489) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2003
Amber coloured, medium head. Cascade-sweet aroma. Medium bodied. Quite sweet, almost cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (7887) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2003
Very pale amber, nearly ochre. Thick white head, tad irregular, going down lacey. Herbal nose, very grassy, very pilsy for an ale - 'Feinherb' in German wording. Later follows caramel-malt. Again, an ale in Pilsener disguise in the taste. This has NOTHING to do with the Courage Bulldog Strong ale anymore, it's positively German in character. As if a German brewer tried to brew an English ale with bottom-fermentation. It becomes sweeter warming up. Very clear palate, maybe a tad metallic,as a... you know. Not bad. But if you realise the ORIGINAL J.M. pale-ale was a very sweet 'strong' English bottle-conditioned brew, this beggars belief.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2003
Golden amber with the faintest caramel in the head. Sour woody hop aroma - peaches, metallic overtones, overbaked bread (not burnt but rock hard)...sweet and sour plums, apricots and pears. Caramel ever in the back ground.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
Plastic aroma, copper colour, slim cream coloured head. Sweet, tangy orange flavour. Bitter, with a mineral texture. Not bad, but it feels stronger than 5.8%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 9, 2003
Dark amber colour, big head, soon disappearing. The aroma is quite fruity with floral traces. The taste is clean, pleasant, fruity (strawberry and plum), spicy, a bit sour. Good hoppy finish that gives to this beer the right bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2005 Bottle Clear amber body. Rocky off-white head. Spare lace. Aroma of weak hops. Lightly bitter flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5216) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2002
This is the original Courage brewery’s Bulldog Pale Ale which was imported into Belgium by John Martin. The hop bells add a delicate darjeeling tea flavour. Fairly restrained yet bursting with sweet flavours this is a very special pale ale. Now brewed only in Belgium exclusively by the John Martin family it has been re-named as John Martin’s Original Ale. It’s ironic that it’s only in Belgium that some of Britain’s finest ales can be experienced!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3339) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
amber with large head.Highly carbonated. Tinny taste and nose

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2002
Dark blond with a medium dissappearing head. Malty aroma. Bitter malty taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2002
Clear amber colour with generous light tan head - good lacing. Delicate floral nectar, hops, celery, spices and doughy yeasts. Medium body. A smooth soft but generous hoppy bitter spicey start and less bitter together with malty sweetness middle. After the initial hops burst the remainder of the palate and flavour is a bit like a lowly carbonated Brit draught ale. The more I had the more I liked it.

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