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

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   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.


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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
c0fein (356) - 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..


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kavu (2832) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2015
0,5l bottle from Alko, Jumbo. Pours clear golden with a high head. Aroma is slightly sweet and fruity malts. Flavor is full sweet and fruity malts with some alcohol and a hoppy finish. Nice palate. Decent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dermi (754) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2015
50 cl, bottled. Pours clear orange with a nice white head. Aroma: Hops, fruits, banana. Floral and grassy tones. Taste: Medium+ fruity sweet, some bitterness. Malty flavours, floral tones. Fruits. Slight tones of acidity. Palate: Medium-light body, noticeable carbonation. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rami_pl (438) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Pod Mosteczkiem, butelka. jasne, klarowne piwo z przyzwoita biala piana. w aromacie slody, jakies roslinne lekkie nalecialosci pewnie z chmielu, w tle miodowosc, na granicy percepcji przyprawy. w smaku lekkie, slodkawe z niska ale wyczuwalna, mila goryczka, nuty z aromatu nadal wyczuwalne, pojawia sie tez lekka kwaskowosc a la cytryna. Bardzo orzezwiajace. Niestety - w sumie dosc wodniste. Na pewno nie do deliberowania nad piwem, a raczej do picia kilku takich pod rzad ;)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (7650) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2015
50 cl. bottle. Clear yellow colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, caramel, malt, fruit and a weak bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reesamania (7) - Bicester, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
Brilliant white head, straw like colour, very carbonated. Bitter smell and taste, hint of citrus. It's very nice, nothing more though. Doesn't taste like a 5.6%. Drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11437) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle. Frothy White good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter nice flavor. Average mdoerate bitter finish. oily palate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vipinvelp (2775) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2015
Clear bright yellow, small white foam ring remaining. Some apricot in aroma, not very English in taste. Light bitter, some sweetness. (Arnhem 201504)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treibergs (11) - - APR 3, 2015
Very refreshing and easy-going. Light golden palate, but after the sip there appears lack of character and signature. The sweetness rescues the situation, though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1644) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
500ml bottle - Was quite sceptical about this one having just had another Shep Neame minutes earlier, but this came out okay. Clear gold, foamy white head. Solid hoppy aroma, taste bitter-sweet with a decent syrupy palate. Quite enjoyable in the end. Not "Brilliant", but okay.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (658) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 24, 2015
Bottle from SuperAlko in Tallinn (€ 2.55). BB Apr 2015 - almost broke my neck searching for it. Clear golden colour with a big light creamy hat and good lacing. Aroma is nice crisp caramel malt, but not overly sweet, gets grassy and dank as the initial caramel draws back. Taste is considerably malty and caramelly sweet… herbal hops… and slightly skunky to be honest… It’s clearly not fresh. Faint notes of autumn fruits. Finishes papery and kinda metallic. Crisp carbonation, body light to medium. Rating it higher than I should right now because I’ve had way fresher bottles that I’ve enjoyed much more.


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