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Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale 2006

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


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Pasteurised bottle.
This golden amber ale has a generous aroma of tropical fruit. The fruity flavour has hints of mangoes, oranges, lemons and sultanas. The pleasant floral hop balances this beer perfectly. It is a drying, warming, rounded ale to sip and savour at leisure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6691) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2006
Bottled. Copper colour. Small and firm head. Rather faint aroma from grass and toffee. Fresh citric flavour with some marcipan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with a longlasting off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with some hints of caramel, dark fruits and hops. Sweet malty bitter caramel flavor. Malty caramel finish with a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4986) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle. Yellow and clear with no carbonation.Fruity and pleasant. Call me old fashioned but should a Christmas beer really have a light appearance?

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pilsnerrogge (2817) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2006
[Bottle] Copper colour, low but dense head. Aroma is washing-up liquid and some caramel. Fizzy mouth feel. Flavour is hazel nuts and bitter almonds.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Warm copper with a small layer of white foam. The aroma of this beer does make me think Christmas in a totally unconventional sort of way: it smells like new plastic toys--opening a box of Lego® or what-have-you. Also some strawberry and mango esters, but lots of Lego®. Which isn’t really that bad--just weird. Flavor is more conventional; lively tropical fruit esters, bright clean malt that finishes with a little toast. Just a bit on the sweet side for my taste, but hey--it is a Christmas ale. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skinnyviking (8694) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle. Small white but lasting head. Beautiful clear amber body. Sweet and floral aroma. Surprisingly shart flavor at first. Later the hoppy flaovr dissolves into a pleasant fruity and long lasting aftertaste. General impression: Sweet and fruity, not exactly my idea of a Christmas beer, not bad though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
(Bottle) Fruity, malty, nutty and toffee aroma. Amber colour, clear and average size, white, more or less fully diminishing head with fair lacing. Nutty, fruity, malty and slightly bitter flavour. Lively carbonated, a bit watery and light to medium-bodied palate. 24/11/06

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grovlam (4207) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle. Appearance was golden honey like with a clear slightly sparkling look to it. Head was average slightly fizzy white. Head longevity was mostly diminishing and left fair lacing. Aroma came out very floral as described. Also the citrus and orange comes nicely into play. Initial flavor was moderated sweet with light bitterness. Light to medium bodied with a syrupy like texture. Carbonation felt soft. Sweet finish. There are some Christmas feel to be found in this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
I was looking forward to sampling this little baby for quite some time with mine friend and ratebeer colleague "Ruprecht". We saved our bottles for the lighting of ol’ Flashy’s Christmas tree and needn’t have bothered. Very disappointing for a Neame. Being a Christmas Ale, I was expecting a real rasping hotch potch of flavours - a cross between Bishop’s Finger and Christmas pudding in a bottle, if you like. There was nowhere near the taste I hoped for. A touch of toffee and citrus, but not a lot there. It reminded more of Neame’s poor 2006 organic Summer Ale, Whitstable Bay, rather than a flavoursome taste bud splitter like Finger. Must do better Neame, but Happy Christmas anyway!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13147) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Red amber colour. Week but nice complex aroma. Nice bitter flavor. Average finish. Oliy palate.

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