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


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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.

c0fein's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
c0fein (248) - Helsinki, - OCT 25, 2013
500ml bottle @ home. Bought from Tallinn. Nice foam but disappears fast, golden and light appearance, malty and fuggy aroma. Despite the nice text above this is overall pretty boring beer and not my thing..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Golden brown with an off white foam. Aromas are sudsy with earthy apple and grain. Dusty lemon with light black tea. Flavours are sweet grain with lemon and soap. Light honeyed sweetness with a cardboard finish. Not brilliant. Another throwback.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
AtronSeige (723) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 21, 2014
Aroma: Medium hops, floral. Light metallic. Medium-light malty, caramel. Appearance: MASSIVE white, rocky head with good retention. Clear copper body. Flavour: Medium metallic. Medium-light bready, Medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Medium hops, floral. Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Overall: The metallic is overpowering. Otherwise a good beer. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Tanja! 6B. Blonde Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
niquillis (1218) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco. Golden carbonated pour with white head. Meh, golden ale, tough work it’s so uninteresting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1260) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 1, 2014
small frothy white head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. clear thick light brownish-yellow body. aroma: grass, moderate hoppy, metal, tea. if: light sweet moderate bitter. ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation, metallic finish. Sabor, a exemplo do aroma, também lembra cha de pêssego. Amargor lupulado. Dulçor frutado, a la pale ale. Inclusive, lembra bem mais pale ale q blond\golden ale do ratebeer. Apesar da predominância do lúpulo, percebe-se leve toque de malte na backbone.60 s

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
martjoobolut (959) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2014
0,5L bottle. Pours clear golden-amber with white head. The head stays. Aroma is fruits, malt, sweetness, hay, and caramel. Flavor is sweet, fruits, citrus, malt, nuts. Finish is fruity-nutty-dry bitter. Carbonation is rather high. Overall: ok-ish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2014

Bottle 500ml.

[ As Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale ].
Clear medium amber yellow color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, hay, pale malt, light hoppy, toffee notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration, pale malt, old hops (UK hops), fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20140523]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5279) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
500ml dark brown bottle from Tesco. Filtered. Retro label, and apparently based on an old recipe, but updated with modern ingredients such as Cascade hops. The result is a rather watery beer for 5.6% abv. Very soft biscuit malt with faint barley sugar flavours and a mild honey sweetness. Gentle hop bitterness with some citric and fruit awareness. A rather thin and lifeless British bottled beer. Unremarkable and rather dull. Characterless, but inoffensive and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
christhoel (197) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
pale, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kronebryg (1082) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2014
Light nose With caramel. Medium length. Caramel, urin and sweet hops. Vertikal drinkable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
liinis (1600) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2014
Huge disappointment frim Shepherd that usually makes beer just right for my taste buds. Pale, simple and uninteresting.

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