SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, - DEC 12, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can. Eastenders is a supermarket store in Calais which sells cheap beer and fags to boatloads of Brits. Only 1% of the customers are French. The ESP name - which stands for either Eastenders Strong Pils or Extra Sex Please (Dave West, the supermarket owner has claimed both!) - was the cause of a court case with Fuller's who felt that ESP was a little too close to ESB. I doubt if many people would become confused between an ale in a bottle and a cheap lager in a can, but the court thought they might and agreed with Fuller's, so preventing Dave West from selling the beer on British soil. Anyway, it's a typical lager product from the Saint Omer brewery. Nothing nasty about it - clean and palatable, though lacking any character or real flavour. I was given a couple of cans by a customer - Eastenders is really not my type of shop!
DavidWest (2) - - SEP 28, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just out of information this beer has never been made by St Omer
especially the one in the can up untill end of 2010
first brewed in bottles under a different coloured label andwas made in Belgium by Wieze near Gent
then was brewed by a small brewery owner great guy called oliver and forget the name but it was something like evan malmaison the brewery is no longer there but it was in the north of france
then due to production problems GBM in roubaix france brewed it in bottles this is whent the white boxes came with the same as the can
the first cans was actually made by Karlsbrew in france in saverne who also did the bottles ( cans actually done in thier german brewery)
this is also when the ESP 9.2 was born and was made both in cans and bottles and the cases was a darker yellow
Just so you know who i am i am the son of Dave West the man who started this beer and had alot to do with the concept of the beer marketing and also delt with the breweries
not the company went bankcrup in 2010 so not sure if st omer bought out the rights of this beer but im sure if they did they would have taken out the word Eastenders on it as that was our trading name in calais where we was the only ones who sold this beer
Gary (1664) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(25cl stubbie) There are some excellent French beers, like 3Monts & Jenlaine. this is soulless lager. Ok , but annoying when it obscures real stuff.
rw4244 (132) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 25cl, presumably from Calais. E.S.P seems like your standard cheap French stubby - gold, clear colour with a hoppy, freshly cut grass aroma. Clean, crisp and refreshing taste, with a slight hoppiness, though generally shortlived flavour. Slight bitterness catches you in the finish, though again not for long. Not the best, but definitely preferable to a standard Macrobrew....