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


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RATINGS: 294   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (2782) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2011
Clear copper colour, white head. Aroma rather restrained, but very nice. Floral and citrus hops on a malt base. Quite sweet, quite pronounced honey and some caramel. Flavour is malty, nice bitter hops tones, citrus fruits, honey. Very balanced. Finish bit bitter with citrus tones.
(Draught @ Café Jos, Nijmegen)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (346) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle @ home. Amber color white head sparkling. Sweetish smell, and slightly sweet taste with some fruit and honey, light bitter. Medium carbon, moderated bitter aftertaste. Interesting, tasty and refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gueuze (346) - - MAY 4, 2014
Extremer Geruch nach Kräuter Hopfen mit einer Note Citrus. Im Geschmack karamellig, gute Restsüße. Ende angenehm bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2003
Very good. Spicey and malty. A real titbit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29207) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2004
[I believe this is the beer I've had even though the label only called it Martin's Pale Ale, the label was different than the one depicted, and the alcohol content was only 5.8% ABV. But as far as I remember it was made by John Martin.] The aroma is sweet with powerful notes of hops. The color is amber and it has a beutiful though collapsing head. The flavor is fantastic; sweet, malty with notes of caramel and ending on a good bitter note. A really lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Bottle brought back from Belgium. Aroma is malt, hops. Flavour is malty and sweet with lots of caramel and is very hoppy.Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chalmers (8)
- Bordeaux, FRANCE - MAR 15, 2006 does not count
A nice, easy drinking Pale Ale, that is brewed in Belgium. Not as much bite as some Pale’s, but very refreshing and enjoyable on this nice spring-like day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2883) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottled dated 20/05/06 expiration. This one poured a nice amber color with a decent head and some good lacing. The aroma was definitely hoppy, but enjoyable after a run of Belgian beers. A mildly grapefruit malty base (may be my first English pale ale with that aspect) was accompanied by a nice (not too strong) hoppy finish of pine trees and flowers. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cagou007 (319) - FRANCE - NOV 1, 2010
Nice colour, for this clear amber beer. Pleasant aromas of caramel, hops and spices. Alcohol taste is present. Oily texture, soft carbonation and long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackisle (646) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2013
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

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