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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Share this beer with friends!
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.

avw1982's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
avw1982 (93) - Giessenburg, - MAY 13, 2013
33cl bottle @ home. Amber coloured beer. Not a very special taste. Taste hints of malt and bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6496) - 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 (2618) - 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 (7) - 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 (312) - - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MatthijsE (907) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours copper in color with a creamy white head. Sweet malty aroma, some light floral notes and hints of butterscotch in aroma. Malty, some sweetness and light fruity notes in taste. Dry with a bready malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Japalo (1294) - 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 (303) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nathanvc (66) - Brugge, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2014
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 finish. Medium carbonation and metallic aftertaste. Refreshing, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (2200) - 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 (1001) - 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.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 32

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50