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


on tap

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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 16/20
eaglefan538 (2960) - 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 (591) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2012
December 2006: from BA. Very impressed with this beer, bought in Brussels at a GB supermarket. I poured it into a ’Hoegaarrden Grand Cru’ glass and it suited. Lovely full amber, copper/bronze colour with an off-white head which stays through the drink. A sweet aroma of caramel and toffee apples, the taste is more hoppy, but there is a sweetness to it also, very ’more-ish’ and extremely drinkable. I ate a good quality Lincolnshire Pork Pie (with green pepper mustard) with this bottle, they complimented each other perfectly. I shall be getting a shed load of this on my next visit to Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackisle (1295) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Pours a nice and foamy off-white head on a clear orange golden body. Aroma is hoppy and nutty. Mostly sweet with a bitter undertone. Flavor has lots of sweet fruit and bitter hops with a slight citrus sourness. Soft and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (7941) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
Amber-gold with a white head. The whole experience of drinking this beer is gentle, comforting and soothing. The aroma reflects fresh summer fruits: plums and peaches. The taste is sweet, orange, and malty, while the alcohol is caressing and unthreatening. The merest hint of bitterness at the end. No English beer is so anodyne as this Belgian ’English Pale Ale’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OllieBBommel (1286) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle@home (0,33l) White shrinking head, stays. Color red copper. Aroma hops. Taste bitter, hops, sweets. Palate bitter, full, fat. Overall IMHO better than Palm Speciale (too sweet)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (727) - Airvault, FRANCE - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle, 33cL. Home. Light mahogany clear beer with a medium white head. Medium lasting. Aroma of fruits (red berries), smoked, herbs, notes of caramel and alcohol. Nice balance between bitterness (medium), sweetness (medium), and sourness (light). Medium body, thin and oily texture, average carbonation, warming bitter-sour finish. Overall, a nice discovery ! Pleasant aroma and taste !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mackeon (159) - - MAY 6, 2015
A very good offering from John Martin. Good hops, well-balanced alcohol and bitterness, some citrus, altogether a very good classic pale ale, much better than many from Britain or the US.

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