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Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale 2002 - 2005

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Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available in pasteurised bottle only.
The finest Christmas Ale from Britain's Oldest Brewer. A beer of the highest quality, handcrafted by our Master Brewer at the Faversham Brewery. This ale is brewed using carefully selected Goldings hops, the finest malted barely and the purest water extracted from the brewery's 300 year old artesian well. Sip, savour and enjoy.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
22nd November 2009
ChrisOs Kook Tasting. 2004 Vintage. Clear amber beer, light biscuit coloured head. Moderate carbonation. Softish palate. Mild malts and fruits with a little minerals in the finish. All told has lasted well!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3257) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 24, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 Vintage 2003. bread, caramel, cereal, golden, cloudy, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter,

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle, 2005. Light red colour with a small white head. Delicious fruity aroma. good bitter and woody.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 A Mes rate. 2004 bottle at Chris O’s Kook Fest tasting.
Amber colour with a thin beige head. Amazingly fruity plus lots of caramel and slight oxidisation. A typical Sheps stamp on it and there are still some hops hanging around five years on giving a reasonable bitterness to the finish, balancing it out nicely. Decent stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle at chris_o’s "smash kook’s granny tasting". Alround rating: Pale sweeter malt, bit of cardboard, not of dry sherry, fairly thin body as you’d expect after this time but the fruity richness keeps it tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2008
Taster at DØ, Aarhus Syd. Bottled, 171208. Strong Vintage 2004. Amber with white head. Aroma and flavor of chocolate and dried fruit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (14089) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2008
Bottle. 2005 version. Medium head with medium duration. Color is clear amber. Aroma and taste are fruits, malt and hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (5482) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Sampled in January 2006. Clear amber with a medium off-white head. Fruity and caramelly aroma with subtle notes of figs and prunes, and floral tropical fruits. Medium bodied with creamy mouthfeel. Niceley balanced with a bitter edge. A personal favourite but not really a Christmas Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9405) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 31, 2007
500ml bottle (Gallow Bird, Espoo, Winter Ales 2004) 2004 vintage. Smooth and tasty, belies its 6.0%. Not particularly christmassy, but a good strong ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10169) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
I have tasted both the 2004 and the 2005. Dark amber with a niche head. The aroma is typical "Shepherd Neame" with aroma hops and fruit + notes of malt/caramel. The flavour is light considering, that this is a christmas beer. It’s tasty, but not a winter warmer og Christmas Ale and the flavour has notes of roasted malt, fruit, orange, but I cannot find the mango. Nice, but not very "Christmassy"...


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