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Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Masham, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 1285   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Bottled - pasteurised.
Another fine addition to the Black Sheep Brewery range of premium bottled ales, our Holy Grail Bitter was specially commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Monty Python. It has a distinctive taste with plenty of fruity hops, and is full flavoured with a dry and refreshing bitterness.

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3.3
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2004
I bought this beer purely cause of the label not really expecting much. But, I actually ended up enjoying it a lot. I nice refreshing and easy to drink beer.

2.7
Andrew196 (1978) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2004
This beer had sort of an odd aroma, somewhat hoppy but it had notes of egg....yuck. Color was hazy orange with a thick eggshell head. Flavor was decent, hops, nuts, pretty mild overall, but drinkable.

3.1
TBone (18099) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 Bottled
Dark amber color, nice big off-white foamy head, lace. Light hoppy aroma. Quit thin body, some bitter in the finish. Quite similar to Black Sheep’s Special Ale. (5/4/6/3/12 3.0)
Re-rated, draught
Copper brown, good head. Sweetish, aromatic hoppy nose. fruity, trefoil-flavor. Bitterish, lacks a good malt profile. (6/3/5/3/11 2.8)

3.2
Nuffield (4189) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2004
What's the chances that this fairly regular bitter would be sold in Texas if not for the Monty Python's label? Very slim, I think, but kudos for a great marketing strategy. Otherwise this is pretty normal--big head, somewhat retained on a golden/amber body. Caramel aroma with only minor suggestion of the fruitiness that is found in the initial flavors, giving way to a metallic bitterness that I thought was mildly unpleasant and not sufficiently deep in other bitterness dimensions. Moderately soft caramel-like palate, moderate carbonation. Decent.

3.2
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Well this was just fun to try. I had been looking for this ale and finally found it, not to bad with a nice dry finish. A must try for any Monty Python fan.

2.9
SilkTork (5806) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2004
Bottle. Sadly this is not something completely different, even if it is tempered over roasted testicles. All the usual suspects: amber, toffee, orange, well behaved, fizz, apple. I actually quite like it - but in this condition a quality ale it aint.

3.2
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Amber in color with a frothy head. Nose is malty with some banana notes. Flavour is malty evolving into a good bitter ale. Not the masterpiece that Grail deserves, but not a bad beer.

2.5
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Orangeish yellow body with sudsy white lasting head. Malty aroma, mildly fruity with a bit of pine scent. Leans heavily twoards the malts needs more hop flavor and bitter. Watery taste and mouthfeel. Easy to drink, good conversation novelty, but nothing spectacular here.

2.7
Trogdor (197) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2004
floral, lightly citrusy hop with light honey malt aroma. light amber colouration with a slighly hazy look with a small creamy head. lightly floral hop and sharp cirtus flavours. light bodied citric hops bitterness also mouth drying. very hop driven beer with citrus/lemony hop prevalent.

3.2
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Thick soapy white head and dull orange body with mild carbonation. Toasty aroma of honey, caramel malt, and apples. A very citrusy tasting bitter. Light to medium body. Less than exceptional for the style.


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