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


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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Bottle: Filtered.
Ingredients: Malt, Cascade hops
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.
Says head brewer Richard Frost, “According to brewery records, Brilliant Ale was first brewed sometime between 1825 and 1855, making it our oldest Classic Collection beer to date. Although we’ve rejuvenated it by using the modern hop variety Cascade, we’re staying true to the spirit of this great pale ale, which was hugely popular in its day.

c0fein's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
c0fein (555) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DraftDodger (1114) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2016
Copenhagen 27/9 2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. According to the label a circa 200 year old recipe brewed by "Britain’s oldest brewer". Can it get more authentic than that? And with a very modest name to top it off. Pours clear golden yellow with small white head. Settles as thin layer of foam. Aroma is pleasntly fruity. Sweet peach, gooseberries and a little sour grape fruit. Medoum carbonation and slightly thick palate. Flavor is medium sweet followed by distinct dry bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Semi dry finish. A quite fresh and nicely bitter ale. Actually quite close to be brilliant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (3835) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2016
Aroma; malts on hops, fruity malts, meadow spices. Look; pale straw clear golden body with an off white head. Taste; hops, roasted malts, malts, fruit peel, bitter grainy bread - clean balanced finish. Feel; good body, fine carbonation, drinks well. Overall; a good brew. [50cl.btl 5.6% BB.??]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9530) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2016
Good, dense, lightly yellowish head over darker metallic golden beer, clear. Sweet nose with lots of caramel and butterscotch. Faraway hint at stale beer, but not really oxydation. Bit metallic, bitter-ish flavour. I’d never guessed Cascade, as it shows not the slighltest hint at citrus, nor resin. Faint sugary/caramel underbuild, no butterscotch in the mouth. Long lasting main flavours; thin body, even watery, medium carbonation. Why is it that near every new British microbrewery manages to turn out exciting bottled beers, whilst established, large familybrewers struggle to make this ilk as an optimum?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mirrol (14) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle @ 14°C. Deep clear gold with big fluffy quickly diminishing head. Caramel sweet aroma with small notes of fruitiness. Lightly sweet. Medium watery body and low carbonation. O: Did not like

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrh2254 (2) - burton-on-trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2016 does not count
On first tasting this ale was really impressed. Whilst a little sweet and not as hopped as I would have liked it was very pleasant to drink and left a very nice aftertaste. No real aroma or smell but taste was excellent. Recommended.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (3508) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2016
bottle after day of checking out the South English surroundings, 500ml, 5.6%. pours bright golden with a white head. Aroma is dull, moldy, cardboard, old, malts. Taste of malts, weak grain, pilsener malts, at least i pulled this one out of the freezer, not it’s cold. This is however one of the first Ale’s not totally dominated by caramel and biscuitmalts. not that it’s suddenly a good beer....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaroMantic (32) - - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours golden with a thin white head. Aroma features malts with some citrus and grass on the background. Tastes pretty much like a basic lager: malts, grains and hay. There’s a mild hoppiness and some pale ale like citrus, but not enough to really make a difference to an average lager. Low carbonation, medium watery body. Not bad, not special - decent and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marstonlad (768) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2016 Bottle from Alko. Pours golden with a little white head. The aroma features pale grainy maltiness, floral hoppiness and a touch of citrus fruitiness. Taste is initially lightly sweet and malty, later hoppier and more bitter, though subtly rather than assertively. Flavours of hay and grain, citrus fruits, floral and citrusy hops. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth and low to moderate in carbonation. Decent standard British ale: balanced and drinkable but lacks sharp edges and perhaps also character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madnorwegian (152) - FRANCE - APR 23, 2016
Nice color, but lousy almost non-existant head. Almost looks like cider. Nice aromas almost toffee-like. Pleasant flavors, not too bitter. Refreshing carbonation. But overall not really my style of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HerrBierkoenig (1175) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 19, 2016
0,5l bottle, from Damian Bottle Shop, Bratislava, BBD: 08-2016 Pours clear golden liquid, medium frothy white head, fell down quickly, Aroma: malty, caramel, light floral, Taste: medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light to medium sour, malty, caramel, herbal, floral, Palate: light to medium body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, abrupt malty aftertaste, Overall: nothing exciting.

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