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


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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (3142) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear amber with airy off-white head. Clear but subtle aroma of hops, with notes of fruit. Bitter, hoppy flavour, with regulary fruity and malty notes. High carbonation. Bitter finish. Decent but not fascinating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeebon (181) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2013
This is the best strong bitter I have had in a while. Nothing too special to look at but nice enough.The smell is a bit of sweet toasted malts and the taste is wonderful and more complex than I was expecting. Initially it’s the toasted malt that is in the smell before caramel and fruity hops come through. The finish has enough bitterness to give a lasting finish and leaves you wanting more. I’m definitely going to buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neur0 (909) - GERMANY - DEC 17, 2013
(Flasche) Es hat eine bernsteinerne Farbe, ist klar filtriert mit einer weißen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma ist fruchtig, süß, etwas vergoren, mit Pfirsich und Apfel. Der Geschmack ist schlank, bitter, kurzweilig, etwas fruchtig und retronasal etwas holzig. Der Abgang und der Nachgeschmack sind bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
serban_ionescu (7) - - NOV 17, 2013 does not count
Pretty good beer, actually surprisingly good. Sourness low, bitterness low, a bit sweet, and you can feel some fruity & caramel tastes. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (3806) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle @ the brewery. Aroma is quite hoppy, mostly flowery and herbal, slight caramel. Flavour is full of hops with a light bitterness and some malt. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Appearance: Clear amber with finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Orchard fruit, raisin, slightly vinous, caramel/toffee notes, toast and grassy. Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, low carbonation, lingering dry fruity, tart and bitter finish with a slight warmth of alcohol. Comments: Lovely and nice glass lace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1178) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle from Rhythm & Booze, Ripon. Amber with a thin head.Quite sweet with plenty of caramel and some pear drop flavours. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciaranc (881) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 27, 2013
500ml bottle. Pale, watery looking amber tinted gold, decent frothy white head. Fruity aroma, raisins, plum, notes of Belgian yeast and sugars. Flavour is sweet, sugary and more fruity notes. Decent body, quite highly carbonated. Fruity finish. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (5876) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Clear dark amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, nuts, caramel, fruit and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyt (45) - USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark amber with strong head. Toasty smell with full warm, malty flavour. Finishes with smooth bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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