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

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RATINGS: 329   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7622) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle. Bright clear bronze, lacy white delicate head. Aroma and flavours of cooked peaches and biscuity malt, slightly toasty. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (7595) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sebletitje (7473) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
bouteille, brun/ambre, mousse beige/rousse Arome de maïs, malt cara et qcq fruits, orge et sucre, maïs donne ce côté trop doux, un peu de malt torréfié. Pas mauvais mais vraiment mon idée d’une pale ale que je pensais être un peu plus amer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7424) - NUNEATON, CONF N, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7351) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2010
Dark yellow and clear. Has a white head, medium duration. Aroma is heavy sweet, fruity, yeasty notes. Faint spicy hops. Flavor is heavy sweet, light bitter finish. Creamy texture.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7336) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 1, 2009
Dark Amber color. Medium head. Good hoppy aroma with lots of fruit and decent malt as well. Rather sweet flavor, more than usual for the type. Good fruit and hops as well, though. A touch of honey and a bit nutty too. Not as dry as the good English types. Some citrus as well. Good hop finish, quite bitter. Really good, though a touch below the top stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7175) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 8, 2001
adventurous blend of styles. very aromatic

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (7135) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2014
33 cl. bottle. Clear amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, fruit, malt and caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6844) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (6826) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2012
33 cl bottle @ some restaurant in Brussels. Rated on 13.4.2009
Aroma has sweetish malt with caramel. Flavour has caramel with hints of salt. I was hoping a good pale ale to get a pause from all of those Belgian ales – but this appeared to be rather far from a pale ale. And had even some elements from a Belgian Ale...


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