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Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale

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Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England

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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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There’s a spicy signature to this incredibly complex cockle-warming winter ale. The nose is reminiscent of raisins, dates and molasses while the palate is vinous with tannin-like notes of leather, vanilla, apricots and a hint of rustic Armagnac on the finish. An awesome after-dinner drop.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martin243 (699) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
500 ml bottle from Tesco. Poured into a 1/2 pint chalice. Red brown body with a tan head. Aroma of Christmas pot-pourri. Spiciness continues in the flavour, with clove mace allspice and dried fruit flavours, but in thankfully restrained quantities. Thin bodied for ABV, quite a dry finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3220) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2014
(bottle - 500 ml) Clear amber with white head. Light sweet and spice aroma. Very mild though. Dry spice flavor at the start with very light hints of fruit and then a bitter and very dry spice finish. A bit too mild and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (299) - - FEB 22, 2014
Nose is spice, clove, slight dates, raisin, brown sugar; appealing. Taste is spice, cloves, marzipan, slight tannin. Some caramel and gentle nut in the backbone. Mouthfeel is terrible, much too thin. It’s better than I was anticipating, but pales into comparison with many of the Belgian festive beers. Would be interested in trying it on cask.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeKeller (782) - Kemi, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber beer with a small bubbly head. Aroma is malts, wood, hops. Sweet malty flavour has caramel, spices, dried fruits. Easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4509) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with candy like notes with light caramelized malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some very nice candy like ester with some refreshing fruity notes and some medium caramel malt notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Nothing extreme in this beer but well balance with nice work around the ester.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle Dec 2013 - Orangey Amber in colour. Very Fruity; dried fruits, raisins, oranges, hint of nuts. Malty; bready malts, caramel. Hoppy; grassy and spicy hops. Lightly spiced. Warming alcohol towards the finish. Slightly vinous. Sweet fruity malty throughout, leading to a dry hoppy finish. OK. Very drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
culchiem (2314) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle. Clean orange amber with a thin head. Aroma is nutty malt. Flavor is bitter hop, spicy malt on an intense dry base.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (3591) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2013
500ml bottle. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a thin frothy white head. The aroma is malt sweet hop. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a fruity slightly metallic hop palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Seffle (113) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle from Systemet. Nice body and head. Aroma with raisins and christmas fruits. Nice bitterness but the high alcohol content shines through with chemical sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ReV2 (129) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
One of the better S.N. offerings unlike their Cherry Brandy Christmas Ale of some years back. Pours with a rocky head, big aroma of fruit & berries. The alcohol is well hidden, fruit pastels, pear drops with a fruity hop balance, yep, fruit & more fruit lacking the usual heavy hopping and astringency I find in other S.N. beers. This is surprisingly decent.


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