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


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RATINGS: 365   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiammanghilla (958) - Genova, ITALY - FEB 1, 2015
Spina in un bar ad arenzano. Ambrata con schiuma così così. Si beve abbastanza bene. Un po' di luppolo ma metallico. C'è di peggio comunque. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7849) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2015
(Bottle, Poechenellekelder, Brussels, 25 Oct 2014) Pale amber colour with dense, off-white head. Malty, slightly fruity nose with apricots, toast and citrus peel. Slightly metallic. Malty, fruity taste with notes of toast, apricots, dried fruit, crystal malt and a gentle spicy bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. Well balanced and tasty. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2015
Old school "Belgian pale ale", a remnant of the time when Belgian breweries were heavily inspired by the then-prevalent English beer styles. This is in that sense a classic, which many aged beer drinkers in Belgium are familiar with. I will re-taste it soon (I see the ABV has been increased a little bit since the last time I had this) but for now, this rating is based on old notes; a deep golden blonde beer with calm sparkling and creamy, off-white, medium head. Sweet main character: malt sweetness, caramelly, even sugary, a bit honeyish, somewhat metallic with rather thin body, fruity accents, light floral and herbal bitterish finish but the sweetness continues - in other words, this could have been a lot hoppier and would benefit from it. I did not like this too much, or any beer from this company, for that matter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thibair (8) - Metz Tessy, FRANCE - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
Sensation piquante et asséchante, un arôme aqueux et une finale au gout de miel. Une bière de qualité!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cerbier (686) - - JAN 1, 2015
0,3l Flasche. Orangebraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Brotige Aromen steigen in die Nase, schmeckt auch so; nicht ganz rund.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Japalo (1832) - DENMARK - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle@home. Mahogany clear. Small head. Nutty earthy. Licorice dry. Fruity estery phenols. Very strange complex. I think I like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shark_Pants (609) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2014
Clear amber with frothy one finger beige head. Nose is fruit, malt and grass. Malt, grains, toast, light honey, grass and pepper in the taste. Good as everyday drinking but nothing mind blowing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nathanvc (220) - Brugge, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2016 It appears golden amber with a lasting foamy head. The aroma has hops, grass, fruits and citrus. It tastes medium bitter with a lasting bittersweet, dry finish. Medium carbonation and slight metallic aftertaste. Refreshing and preferred to an average pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Amber with a thick off white head. malty and fruity tones. malt, caramel, fruit and hops. Medium body with a nice balanced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (1621) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 11, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Bière très maltée, agréable au palais. Arômes de grains, de sucre candi et c’est tout. Pas mal.

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