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


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RATINGS: 361   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 12/20
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
(with added sugar and antioxidant E300 - ! - bottle expires in june) pours clear bright light golden with a small white cap showing some retention and lacing. lightly sweet and toasted cereals, honeyed maltiness, grass, lightly oxidized leafy-herbal-grassy notes, fruitiness - apricots, fuzzy peaches *TM, sweet bitter herbs. moderate to low carbonation - looses it rather quickly, semi-sweet and bland herbal-grassy finish. sweet cereals. aged and oxidized hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tayeth (528) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2014
Das sind ist sehr kräuterig, mit Anlagen von Zitrus und Heu. Der Geschmack ist malzig mit einem starken Hopfengeschmack. Die Bittere ist aber sehr ausgewogen.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gueuze (790) - - MAY 4, 2014
Extremer Geruch nach Kräuter Hopfen mit einer Note Citrus. Im Geschmack karamellig, gute Restsüße. Ende angenehm bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mmahut (1841) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 29, 2014
Clear pale body with no head at all. Aroma is high on malty, hay. Taste has sugary sweetness upfront with higher very grassy, almost like hop cones, bitterness. Body is full, oily, high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mathieuc (3254) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Pours a clear golden with a weak white head that falls back into a small rim that doesn’t leave much lacing. Nose is quite English indeed with some earthy and floral hops over a light caramel base. Taste is indeed a little sweet and surprisingly not belgian at all in character, pretty straightforward English pale ale. Bitterness is low and maybe even lacking so it feels a little unbalanced. Caramel and bread notes mostly. Body is medium, carbonation downright aggressive. Not bad but definitely not overly interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (3264) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle 330ml. [5,8%] Pours dark golden with medium-high creamy light beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of sugar, malt, flowers, honey. Taste is of malt, sugar (really sugar, like candi?), honey, caramel, citrus, bitterness, flowers. Palate: Medium body. Slight sticky mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Overall: Why put sugar in there? Too sweet. Not really refreshing. Subpar balance. No other major flaw.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jarastlad (52) - Arlon, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Mousse à bonne tenue, fine bulles. Bullage très important. Couleur orange/cuivre. Nez caramélisé et fruité, légèrement floral. C’est le sucre qui marque l’attaque, suivi de caramel et une légère note florale. Ce n’est pas une mauvaise bière, mais pas ma préférée pour autant. Bien trop sucrée à mon goût.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
KombatAle (129) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
from draft Clear copper colour, white foam. Filtered??? nose is caramel, hops, herbs, grains. Palate is light and not so soft, grains, herbs, flowers, caramel, a strange note of red fruits or maybe juniper berries.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Iznogud (2386) - CROATIA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle 330 ml from supermarket in Paris. Pours amber with white head. Malty aroma. Malty flavor with bitter finish. Didn’t liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moebbels (705) - FINLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Clear orange body and scarce head. Nose is sweet with floral and fruity notes. Taste is sweet with some bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is soft and the palate medium. A little overly sweet and perfumey.

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