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

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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9159) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle: Light amber coloured, visible carbonation, stable small creamy layer; sweetish fruity-malty nose with a nutty tinge and a faint touch of spicy hops; light to moderate sweet-bitter flavour, light to medium bodied; slightly lingering sweetish-bitter finish. Not bad, but a bit too sweet..........

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevnic2008 (9011) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2014
Bottle. Dark coloured with some fruit aroma. Lasting fully roasted malt finish.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8831) - TromsÝ, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2007
Bottled. A copper coloured beer with a whitish head. and a touch of lace. The aroma is fruity and malty. The taste has sweet berry fruits but also a decent earthy hop feel. Quite suprisingly contrasted at times. Like an English Strong in many ways and certainly not typically Belgian.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8676) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2005
(bottle from a Belgian supermarket) Pale amber colour with firm white froth. Malty and orange peel (English marmalade) aroma. Dry flavour, medium bodied. The taste is initially slightly sweet, malty and full of liquorice and bitterhops in the finish. Very aromatic !

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8606) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8202) - Ursel, 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
Fin (8011) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle at Zuideterras, Antwerp, Belgium. I had this and Loz had Rodenbach unfortunately I hadnít had an awful lot of this before Loz decided that her beer wasnít 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (7787) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (7491) - 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.


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