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Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale (Bottle)

Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Bottle; unpasteurised.
Note: The cask version is 4.0% & has a seperate listing.

A pale, golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale, brewed with 100% pale malt and the choicest East Kent Golding hops. This was a hugely popular ale in its day and has now risen Phoenix-like for the modern drinker to enjoy.
There is a legend at Shepherd Neame that Brilliant Ale was inspired by the vision of the bright early morning sun sending its golden shafts of light through the brewhouse window and onto the oak mash tun, inspiring the brewing team to brew a beer that echoed these hues. Historically this recipe was formulated with 100% pale malt and was bittered by the brewery’s signature East Kent Goldings hops, resulting in a golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale which has risen Phoenix-like from the ashes of time for the modern drinker to enjoy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (8759) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle split at JF’s, from Tesco Camberley, 11/09/14. Clear golden amber with a good sized off white covering that dissipates then retains. Nose is citric sherbets, hay, lemon rind, caramel, grain. Taste comprises caramel malt, straw, light fruit notes. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, astringent bitterness in the close. So very so !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
September 13, 2014 - 500ml bottle from Waitrose. Clear bubbly gold, average off-white head. Some alcohol in that aroma, which seemed to waver between light Belgian golden ale and grainy/grassy UK golden - spicy yeast, a little sweet, not unpleasant, but uncertain - floral. Same in the taste, but the schizoid character detracted more - average body, good carbonation (more would have been better) - fruity and yeasty and weirdly more UK grain up front, and more yeast and spice in the finish. Ehh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
Cockney Pub, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 0714. Golden with White head. Aroma of malt and citrus. Flavor with some ligth fruit and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
matstrange (67) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
As the name suggests this is rather brilliant! It may look life a lager but it’s busting with hoppy goodness. Possibly a touch too much carbonation but it’s throughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lobs_ols (98) - LATVIA - AUG 29, 2014
Pure gold, strong white head. Almost no aroma. Malt and some caramel, finishes on hoppy notes. Not bad - but I could easily mistake this for a Pale Lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (775) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Pint bottle cold at home in an English pint. Brilliant gold with a white head. Whiff of own brand orange squash and malted milk biscuit. Slightly soapy, bitter lime flavour, again with the biscuit. Over assertive bitterness, like an off-balance pilsner. Lively carbonation. With a bit more malt to balance the hops, this could be an acceptable IPA, but for a blond ale, the bitterness is just attention seeking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (11201) - DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle, 5.6%. Clear amber with small white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, little toasted, little biscuit and hop. Flavour is malt, caramel, grass, little biscuit, little sweet, little straw and medium bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MichaelAwesome (4142) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle shared with McTapps. Highly drinkable with some corn, nuts, hops and slightly malt in the aroma. Quite quaffy after gertting some temperature. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
McTapps (4143) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle bought at Waitrose in East Cowes. Pours out in a deep golden colour, low head and medium body. Mild aroma of hops and straw. Taste of medium bitter hops, light flowers, bread, mild citrus fruits and straw. Mild and unexciting finish but a nice beer for summer time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (11277) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2014
DØE. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and light hoppy - grass. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Sweet and light bitter finish. 230514

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