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

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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9380) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9359) - Ottobrunn, 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 !

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9123) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sebletitje (9073) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (8645) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (8626) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle at cafe de la gare, the hague. Ok white head. Clear blond pour. Nice subtle bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (8387) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2010
*** bottle was 2 years past expiration date *** Pours a clear amber beer, beige creamy head. Smells like caramel, pear and banana, most likely due to it’s age. A pleasant mouth feeling, still enough carbon. Tastes fresh and little sour at first, continues to a sweet malty taste with caramel. Aftertaste is a little sweet, roasted malts and some acidity, again: maybe due to it’s age.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8031) - 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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