Greene King Bretwalda (Cask)

Formerly brewed at Greene King
Style: Bitter
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask: Special - Wetherspoon Autumn Festival 2010.
This beer has previously been available only in bottles and makes its cask debut exclusively at this Wetherspoon real-ale Festival (Oct/Nov 2010). It is deep red in colour, with a distinctive aroma and a flavour which is full of spicy and fruity characteristics. Hops used: Fuggles, Goldings, Stryian

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
ManVsBeer (9993) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2012
Poor attempt to transfer bottle to cask. The spicyness is not pleasant in the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tombyars (1672) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2011
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in November 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale copper in colour with a thin white head. Slight hint of berry fruit in the malty aroma. Thin mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malts give a robust digestive biscuit malt with tart redcurrant fruit present. Slight metallic tang gives a short bitter aftertaste of hop flowers and spices. Bitter sweet balance in the short finish with golden syrup evident. An ok bitter but does lack in body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2011
Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 29/10/2010 Fruity aroma. Copper coloured hoppy and malty with a hint of bitterness in a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (48024) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 4, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ The Standing Order, 62-66 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2LR.

Clear medium brown amber color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nutty, light roasted, light hoppy. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101029]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (44046) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2010
From cask at The Society Room. Pours clear and golden deep orange to amber with a small white head. Aroma is mild peachy fruity. Crisp hoppy, peachy and mild citrusy. Vague sweet impression, otherwise dry and crisp hoppy fruity. Bitter and lingering fruity into the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (18219) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2010
Cask handpull at Muggletons JDW Maidstone. Deep copper colour clear thin beige head. It has some caramel toffee up tront and then the house yeast kicks in on the finish. Some dryness on finish. Ok if unremarkable toffeeish bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markas101 (2423) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Cask, Francis Newton. Copper, spicey fruit aroma. Bitter sweet, fruity with a medium finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2010
Cask Conditioned Handpump Last Plantaganet Leicester. A dark copper coloured beer with a whitish head and lacing. Its got Greene King yeasty notes and a dishwatery signature but there is some citrus note in the nose and late on in the mouth. Pretty ordinary though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4565) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 11, 2010
JDW Fest Autumn 2010
Cask @ John Wylie, JDW. Slightly hazy golden colour, creamy off-white head. Aroma is slight caramel. Flavour is fruity, malty, slightly sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2010
Cask, The Felix Holt, Nuneaton. Copper with a dense nitro smother. First impressions; soapy, floral, positive- way more orangey hop than Im used to from GK; clean and balanced tang with vanilla and honeyed oak. Barrel-licking, if thats your thing; but at last with a tang of hop to balance the smoothness. Milky drapes, silky still. Unbelievably, even some muted, soft-focus orange and rose on the snout. Best cask GK beer Ive had- might almost consider drinking a pint of it.

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