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Vale Hadda’s Winter Solstice

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Brewed by Vale
Style: Bitter
Aylesbury, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - December to February.
This winter ale combines finest pale and crystal malted barley with Worcestershire Fuggle Hops, resulting in a warm and mellow bitterness.


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1325) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2011
Cask at the Southampton Arms on 29th March 2011. Copper with thin off-white head. Initially very sweet with fruitiness, mainly berries. Then sharp switch to grassy, herby hoppiness. This bitter hoppy theme continues to a rich finish with a cheesy note and citric touch on the tongue. The cheesy note also being picked up by fellow drinker "Anthony A" at same time as myself. Lingering hoppiness and a light smooth mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (3864) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 12, 2011
Cask @ 3 Judges. Amber colour, off-white head. Aroma is sweet fruity, malty, little toastiness. Flavour is light hoppy, sweet malty, bit of sugar, and some lemonade.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2010
Cask Handpump at the Assembly Rooms, Derby 06/02/2010 Floral aroma. Copper coloured fruity and a little hoppy with a hint of bitterness and pepper in a dry full malt finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (6952) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 Cask handpull, The Victoria, Rugby. Bronze with a good persistent off-white head. Hopcone and caramel aroma; faint umami, touches of sesame and almond, alcohol traces. Vanilla and nuts struggling out. Tastes way over 4.1. Some Ovaltine and hedgerow fruit. Drab after The Frog.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4209) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2010
Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading. Copper coloured with a dense cream head; aroma of sour autumn fruits; smooth and creamy texture; autumn fruit flavours with a touch of toffee sweetness to start, then tart grapefruit; the finish has some dry bisuity malts and lingering grapefruit. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8404) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2012 Cask conditioned handpump Coach & Horses Wellingborough (The not the Tithe Barn drive). A copper coloured beer with a loose off-white head. Good orangey citric hops throughout; better in mouth than in the aroma although the nose is no pushover. Good full fruity flavours. Nice but really not what I was expecting based on the name. Score 3.6
Subsequent rating scored 3.4. Average becomes 3.5

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2007
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Dark gold, medium off white head. Faint sweet, cheesy malt aroma. Fruity taste, slightly sour, perhaps strawberry. Mid bitter finish lasts well. Foreign hops?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StueyD (1071) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2007
the version i tried was just called "Winter Soltice" and had an abv of 4.3%. A mid amber, brown coloured beer with a thick white head. A light, biscuity malt nose, and slightly sweet. The taste is dry to start, then a sweet malt flavour comes through, but then the finish is dry! (Cask - The Ouse Amateur Sailing Club, King’s Lynn, Norfolk)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (7040) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2006
Cask at Merton Winter Beer Festival 2005 (retrospectively added from diary notes) Not really what I would call a typical winter beer as strength lacking a bit, amber coloured, small white head nice bitterness nothing special.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (9672) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2004
Cask Conditioned at the Bishops Blaize, Burdrop. Amber beer with white head. A sweet malty winter beer of lowish ABV, bitter and restrained hops. Interesting without being great.


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