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

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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1954) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2011
33cl bottle. Pours a brown wood, clear with eggshell small head. Nose : cherry, plums, caramelized malts. Smoked and whisky notes. Sip : Oily with a small carbonation. Little sweet followed by coffee bitterness which I find amusing since itís a pale beer. Caramel and dried fruits are still present. Honestly itís a surprising beer. From taste I would say itís more of a typical brown brown.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kingstoni (1872) - FINLAND - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle. Clear deep golden color with a medium thick foamy white head. Mild malty aroma with caramel. Sweet taste with medium bitter finish from English hops.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fugitive (1835) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle. Color clear orange with small white head. Aroma some malt, yeast. Taste sweet, yeast, some fruits.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Abio (1831) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2010
Pours out darker then expected. Even yellow-amberish coloured. Very big white head that holds very good. Donít looks bad at all. Sour fruits, citrus and also some spices and hops. Not bad, but smells a bit like some soda... Hoppy, bitter but also some soureness of the fruits at the taste. Drinks pretty easy, but more soda-like then I can handle for a beer... A bit sad, cause the taste on his own, and also the smell arenít bad.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RW80 (1826) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2016
330ml bottle. Appearance:Clear golden orange color with a nice big whit head. Aroma: SweetMalts, bread light fruity, light spicy yeast Taste: Sweet Oranges some malts and caramel with a metallic Orange finish and aftertaste Luckilly the metal goes further down the back a long the bottle. Light thin body with soft carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle at a random bar in Antwerp. Last beer of the night. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits and light grass hops. Flavor follows with some malt and honey sweetness, a bit of light fruits, and not much else. Finishes a little dirty. Body is light but the maltiness of this comes off as too sweet. Medium carbonation. Meh. No thanks.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mmahut (1784) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1777) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2015 Backlog: sweet aroma of caramel and apple syrup, plums, grassy hops, citrus, clear copper, frothy off-white head, stays awhile, nice lacing, bittersweet taste with some caramel and dry, grassy hops, medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, smooth dry to medium bitter finish with sweet undertones

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Chi líavrebbe mai detto che John Martin facesse una birra piý che dignitosa? Questa pale ale manca decisamente di luppolo e meriterebbe piý corpo, ma Ť comunque uníesperienza piacevolissima: la sua dolcezza non Ť stucchevole, evoca miele, amarene, frutti di bosco, e si restringe leggermente nel finale soprattutto con una nota di agrumato (líamaro Ť poco poco). Curiosamente soddisfacente._________ENGLISH TEXT HERE________Would you swear that John Martin made a pretty decent brew? This pale ale lacks of hops and would deserve more body, but anyway is a very pleasant experience: its sweetness is not synthetic, it evokes honey, cherries, red fruits and goes a little adstringent in the finale with a citrus note (the sourness is very low, instead). Curiously satisfying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
liinis (1763) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2009
very good ale. Delicious hops. good color and a good white foamy head. Smoky bar Oldenburg in Madrid: no idea of the aroma.


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