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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 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (2182) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2012
Pours amber with a low head. Aroma is fruits and malts. Flavor is malts, fruits and hops. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9424) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 19, 2000
honey colour, nice foam, bitter aroma

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 9, 2003
Dark amber colour, big head, soon disappearing. The aroma is quite fruity with floral traces. The taste is clean, pleasant, fruity (strawberry and plum), spicy, a bit sour. Good hoppy finish that gives to this beer the right bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4799) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2007
Bottle 330 ml (5,8% ABV). Nice pour; big fluffy tan head over sparkling golden brown body. Intial aroma is raisins, caramel and herbal hops. Nose ends dry and dusty with metallic scents. Quite sweet malt flavors. Well hopped, with pleasant acidic notes in the background. Medium body. Good balance. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (3735) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
Bottle at home. Skunky and sweet smell. Really pleasant and drinkable ale. Nice bite to it. Quite carbonated. Skunky finish. Foam lasts quite a long time. Name is classic. Quite liked this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (2613) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Clear amber color, with medium white head. Aroma much malts, hops, little fruity touch. Medium bodied. Tatse nice, easy drinking Pale Ale, dry hops, good bitterness, and a bit sweet dry end. A commercial but not bad brew beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eManu (448) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2010 Pours a clear deap copper color with a thick cream color head. Aroma are hoppy and flowery. Nice flavors of hops and fruits, some sweetness and a dry finish. Very nice, refreshing and pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (10870) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle. Amber body with off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel and plenty of hops.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, vibrant gold with a fluffy, white head. Some sugary, bready malts in the nose. Medium to big sweet flavor, bready, with some sweet fruits, white sugar, fine straw. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet, clean, sugary finish, with basic bready pale malts, mild bitterness, some sweet hay, toasted sugar, maple, floral hops and lightly toasted grass. An OK beer, though not particularly impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2012
On cask at the Alexander Graham Bell for the Wetherspoons beer festival. Pours a golden colour with a decent white head. Aroma of yeast, caramel and grassy hops. Similar flavours with lingering grassy hops again. Moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Not bad.


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