Brewed by Oakham
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Peterborough, England


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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Cask: Regular.
Originally a one off special for the Peterborough Beer Festival, Bishops Farewell has become a permanent fixture in the Oakham family.
A strong premium beer of structured quality dominated by elaborate fruity hop notes, with a grainy background and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7052) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
(Cask at Bree Louise, Euston, London, 1 Dec 2007) Golden yellow colour with big, frothy, white head. Fruity, floral nose with lemon and fresh, grassy hops . Fruity taste with notes of citrus (lemon) and decent amounts of grassy, citrussy hops in the finish. Fairly light body, but with a nice citrussy, hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11899) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2007
Yellow with a small but lasting white head. Lemon and peach aroma with a hint of pine. Semi-sweet and fruity flavour with a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Clear, dull golden coloured ale with a small, but lasting white film. Quite grassy, sharp and pointy hoppy nose with a sandy, almost earthy and hugely leafy aromatic profile. Those same hops gives a clashing bitterness on the tongue and the palate is very dry. Long astringent finish. Malts are quite overtaken, simply felt through their soft breadiness and touch of biscuitiness. Perhaps a bit too rough, but the English themselves dig it and I’m a North American, so I might as well join the boat and savour the difference that this ale offers in a wave of a few hundred similar bitters and golden ales over a month. Still, I think I prefer their JHB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11544) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Rating is maximum of the two, one was tired, the other was as the brewer intended it.
Cask (Charters, Peterborough) Slightly watery. Pleasant bitterness and malt, but nothing special. (5:2:6:3:12=2.8)
Rerate: (Kuikka, Helsinki) (7:3-:7-:4:13=3.4--)
Very pale yellow, healthy tight head. Served cold. Beautifully sweet fruity aromatic hops on the nose, and a touch of ginger too. Aroma mirrored in the taste - a simple malty base with a decent crisp and fruity bitter zing. Finish continues with the bitterness - quite a tingly finish. Good golden ale, but still just a golden ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Cask, Far From The Madding Crowd, Oxford. Pale gold, smallish white head. Overripe grapefruit aroma, cinnamon, peach, a nice touch of sour. Clean spicy apricot bitterness, toast. Refreshing, well made beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39783) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2007
Cask @ GBBF 2007, London. Clear golden color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate hoppy, flowers, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (23262) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2007
Cask@GBBF2007. Pale golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is nectar, wood and some sweet malts. Flavour is malts, hops and grass. Also slightly creamy notes. Nicely balanced brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vintagefergie (21) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2007
Again a very drinkable and fruity summery ale from Oakham. Citrus striking hopsand great bitter finish. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 14, 2007
Cask, GBBF 2007. Clear straw, thin white head. Zesty hop, lots of citrus. Sweet malty mouth and some summer berry. Finishes bittersweet. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2007
A magnificent pale ale. I have no idea what the last reviewer was drinking but it certainly wasn’t Bishops Farewell. This ale is wonderfully aromatic using a huge dose of Mount Hood and Challenger for bittering. The taste is citrus and the finish is sharp and very refreshing.

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