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

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RATINGS: 295   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (8111) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2011
Clear red / dark amber color white head. Smell a little spicy, not very nice to me. Average taste with a low body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8033) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2004
Clear amber with a small head of foam. Aromas are sweet spicy hops. Flavours are caramel and toffee with a decent level of hopping. Lacks body and real bitterness. Shame.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (7963) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2006
330ml bottle (bb.04.04.2006). Amber colour. Small white head. Very light fruity aroma. Medium mouthful with taste of sweet honey. A touch of bitterness in a short ending.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (7880) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevnic2008 (7786) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2014
Bottle. Dark coloured with some fruit aroma. Lasting fully roasted malt finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (7351) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle at Zuideterras, Antwerp, Belgium. I had this and Loz had Rodenbach unfortunately I hadn’t had an awful lot of this before Loz decided that her beer wasn’t for her and nicked my one. Poured a light brown colour with a decent head fruit, hops and malts dominate the aroma, taste is a little more of the same with some bitter sweetness thrown in for good measure.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2006
Exceptionally clear dark amber body. Fruity malt aroma. Sweet and syrupy, with some toffee-apple-like fruitiness. Mildly hoppy at the end. Attractive but a little dull and cloying. Way too sweet for the style and for me.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (7111) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, nussig, würzig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, würzig, Karamell, nussig, alkoholisch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (6936) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2006
Bottle. Small white but lasting head. Clear amber body, what a beauty ! Lovely barlay aroma. Proper bitterness. Rather high alcohol percentage for a pale ale but it suits it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (6665) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2012
330 ml bottle. From finestshop.be.
Clear golden colour with small to average size white head. Floral hoppy aroma - English style - with some caramel sweetness and fruit tea notes. Flavour is mildly bitter floral hops, nougat and malt. Some fruit tea and mild bitterness in aftertaste. OK.


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