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


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   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.

c0fein's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
c0fein (191) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (10872) - 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 (3880) - 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 (3879) - 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 (10841) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (6662) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2014
500 ml bottle. From Estonia. Thanks MPEH!
Clear deep golden colour with a mid-size foamy white head. Floral hops, moderate bitterness, woody dryness and sweet maltiness in the aroma. Quite nice. The flavour is dry floral hops, moderate bitterness, nutty dryness, mild woody notes and some mildly sweet maltiness. Bitterness in the aftertaste too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty weak grassy hoppy aroma. Fruity malty weak hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tedvard (22) - - JUN 24, 2014
See Golden straw. 1/4 finger white head. Smell Hoppy aroma. Hint of fresh citrus fruit. Taste Hop up front then mellows into a malty end. Tangy, hoppy after taste. Pallet Light carbonation. Slightly thicker mouthfeel compared to normal. Pronounced bitter aftertaste as session continues. Crisp but not overly dry. Very nice and refreshing. Definite emphasis on the bitterness but a nice balance between hops and malt. Definitely worth a visit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rok1024 (1077) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JUN 18, 2014
Clear deep yellow golden appearance with medium head. Mild typical Golding citrus and grassy notes, balanced hops, not overly bitter, low sweetness. Overall satisfying Golden Ale style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mauritsio (410) - FINLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle from drink shop Tallinn. Beautiful golden/Amber with medium head. Fresh hops with caramel. Some bitter. Crispy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20640) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle at Ølfestival 2014. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops and flowers. Fruity flavour of hops and grass with notes of flowers. Dry hoppy finish.

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