Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle conditioned.
"Kentish Strong Ale".
First brewed in 1998 as a special @ 10.5% abv to celebrate Shepherd Neame’s tricentenary. A cask version at 4.5% was also released. Was made a pasteurised bottle regular at 6.5% under the name Celebration Ale. Relaunched in March 2005 as a bottle conditioned strong ale @ 6.5% simply as 1698.
Only local hops and malted barley and water drawn from our artesian well are used to brew 1698 Bottle Conditioned Kentish Strong Ale. Hops are added three times, hence it is "thrice hopped".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - OCT 2, 2008
Aroma is overall sweet with traces of cereal, banana and grain.. The beer looks nice with a clear amber body, with small bubbles and medium particles. The flavor is flowery, slightly bitter, sweet but too thin. The palate is watery and sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 11, 2008
middle copper color and slightly offwithe head smells of malt caramel and hops tasts of malt ,toffee ,hops and fruit aftertaste bittersweet ,caramel,fruit and has even a bit of a chocolate-like hint

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10607) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 29, 2008
clear and bright amber colour, big white foamy head; aroma of berries and caramel; good malt body, some sweetness and a moderate bitterness in a lively palate; flowery and long caramelish aftertaste - very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - AUG 14, 2008
On tap (25 cl) @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad. Very good Shepherd Neame-brew, I was surprised. Aroma of dried fruits + sweet malt & caramel. Taste is moastly of malt, dried fruit, caramel and almond with a slight note of warming alcohol. Good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUL 30, 2008
No 431
Rated: 10.06.2008
Bottle transparent (white), 500 ml
Appearance: Pours orangy - amber body colour with many sediments of yeasty origin floating in the body texture, carbonation of body is medium, head is initially medium, slowly decreasing to small, off - white, cappuccino like in colour, lacing is visible on tha wall of the glass. Sediments are falling down to the glass - bottom.
Aroma: Fruity sweet malty aroma dominating over the earthy hoppyness, slightly herbal hoppy nose, very gentle notes of red fruits but slightly too weak to specify what kind of fruits it contains.
Flavour: Tangy sweet maltyness at front, alcohol is moderate and is quite well felt, red fruits become present in the retronasal aroma, caramel, touch of white bread, milk chockolate, gentle notes of mead, noble hops earth hidden under sweetness, carbonation is felt quite strongly on palate. Finish feel is average to long.
Palate: Body is medium, texture is wattery and slightly seems smooth, carbonation on palate is medium, finish feel is moderate alcoholic and neutral in other aspects for slight spicyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3641) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2008
Good head on an amber well carbonated ale, aroma clove malt.Flavourclove bitter hop,malt taste,nutmeg,cinnamon.Finish is sweet good bitterness,okay ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2008
Bottled. A rich brown headless beer. You can see the yeast in the bottle, but it has cardboardy pasteurized flavours. Toffee, fruit caramel and a bit of wood. Boiled sweets and really chewy malt. You’d think after 310 years they could do better than this wouldn’t you?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2008
Bottle (500ml). Poured a chestnut brown (deep copper?) with a small, dense, rocky off-white head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was of roasted caramel malts with sweet toffee, cooked nuts, blackberries, some earth/wood notes and suggestions of ripe bananas. Flavor was a good (dirty) hop bitterness with dates (as well as other dried mixed fruits), roasted toffee malts, chewy caramel, tart black berries, some sappy/woody notes, faint notes of marmalade and an dry earthy finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, a very dry (almost resin-like) mouthfeel, mildy syrupy texture (more chewy) and a great lasting finish. My favorite from Shepherd Neame.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1677) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2008
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 Appearance: Brown, not much head. Aroma: Malt and hops, slight sweetness. Taste: Quite bitter, also sweet. Some malt. Standard, nothing exciting. Info: 500ml bottle, 12/4-2008, 19/300M

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tlind2 (1336) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2008
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear coppery color with a low off-white head. Plenty of hops in the aroma, with undertones of sweet malts. The taste is reasonably sweet, but balanced by substantial bitterness. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Not bad at all.

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