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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (12079) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2006
Pours orange amber with little thin white head. Aroma has plenty of fruits - mostly oranges. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin with lots of caramel flavours. Weak bitterness with orange tones.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2006
Clear orange, amber colour with a white head. Malty, light caramel sweet aroma with notes of fruit and hops. Malty, fruity flavor with a light caramel sweet note and a light hoppy finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2006
A drinkable beer of little character. Dead. Carbonated. While Sheps are improving with their cask beers, the pasteurised bottled stuff continues to be boring and lifeless. This is neither too sweet nor too dry and thin. It has subtle, toiffee notes with hints of floral hops. But on the down side it is dull, with an uncomfortable edgy carbonation. A typical British pasteurised beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2006
Aroma: hoppy, fresh, som e fruity sourishness, mineral, ryebread, orange, soap, sweet malt, rhubarb, coriander leaves, cane sugar, vaguely of elderberry, ginger, melon.
Appearance: orange á la winegum or light copper, bonetinted white head with uneven bubbles, odd-looking. Clear.
Flavour: bready, nice bitterness. A certain sweetness hides in the back with the feeling of wet grass, melon and dandelions. Hoppy afterbitterness that is pretty simple. Soapy sourishness (hops?).
Palate: nothing special. Typical English ale. Fizzy but with a flat feeling, slimy and dull, however pretty drinkable. It would probaby go well with smoked sausages and ’brown’ cabbage (no idea what it’s called in English).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2006
Bottled. Copper coloured, mediumsized "naturewhite", foamy head. Aroma is hops, grass and some malt with some metallic hints. Also some slight fruits. Flavour is flowery hops, slight caramel malts and also a bit metallic in the flavour. Weak orangejelly in finish along with the grassy hops. Not really any aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reid (2317) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Very attractive packaging. Nice Olde Worlde bottle in a nice red octagonal box. Amber colour, nice sized light tan, bubbly head. Pretty feeble aroma, grassy with a little watered down malt, unimpressed. Smooth ,weak malts, a little spice and some fruit..boring taste Thin mouthfeel but reasonable. I found this bland but ecause of its supreme blandness could probably drink a couple. This was very very dissapointing. This was very weak ,tasteless stuff compared to the Scottish Ales I had been drinking. Back to the drawing board on this one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2006
Vintage 2006, alc. 5.5%.
Clear amber color, small white head. Sugary, barnyardish (maybe mix of sweet fruits), orange note and metallic nose. Crisp, malty, sweetish. Hops and toffee in the aftertaste. (6/3/6/3/12 3.0)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thomat (3371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2006
Orange, golden color with a pale foam. Fruty and malty tones. Medium to light body with a short sweet finish. Boring !

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (9581) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle, had this on holiday 11-11-06, but picked up in Sainsbury’s Kidlington some days before. I was rather underwhelmed by this beer, it was another xmas disappointment on the seasonal beer front. there were some spicey notes and flavours in this amber coloured beer but overall it came across as just too ordinary and ok to keep me interested for long.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2006
(500 ml bottle) Some stables scent, horse blanket and horse droppings, a bit of fruitiness and old cheeze. Clear copper color, white to tan head. Thin a bit metallic estery taste and some aceton. Too ripe banana, some chewing gum. No bitterness. Sweet aftertaste.

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