Brewed by Gwatkin Cider
Style: Perry
Hereford, England
Serve in Flute, Stem glass


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A still medium perry available in 750ml bottles and occasionally on draught.
NB: Gwatkin sometimes produces draught versions that differ significantly from the bottled. If you rate a draught version please specify that and include details of the ABV and designated sweetness level (if provided).

The Oldfield pear is the queen of all the perry pear varieties, dating back many centuries, and was widely grown in the Three Counties area, where a few trees may still be found. The small elegant trees fruit bi-annually. Green in colour, the pears press out to a clear sparkling juice. Listed as a "vintage pear", it was always kept as a single variety and in the past was said to have rivalled the best wines of France. Made today in the same traditional way, it is just as pleasing.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2007
Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4   Pale(1)->Dark(5) : 2   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 1
Intensity : 5  
Yeast : 4   Bread : XX   Hay: 3   Brett : 2   Floral: 3   Wood: 4   Leather: 3   Barnyard : 2   Medicine : XX   Phenols: XX   Cheese : 2   Vinous: 3  
Notes: Caramel : XX   Honey : 2   Applesauce: XX   Appleskin : XX Pear : 4   Tropical FruitsXX  
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 Juicy: 3   Sourness : 4   Bitterness: XX   Farmy : 4   Complex: 2   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2 Chewy: XX   Sharp: 3   Chalk : XX   Astringence : 2   Tea tannins : 2   Alcohol : XX
Comments: Gwatkins absolute masterpiece in my mind and probably my favourite perry. Extremely fresh, very aromatic and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (19988) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2010
Cask at Jolly Butchers. Pours dull, cloudy yellow with basically no head. Aroma hold faint pears, sweat, lots of vinegar, and must. Flavor has a quick, sweet beginning, then things get real. Very sour, with lots of vinegar, some tart fruit, faint funk, and a bit of salt. Its weird, and I love it. Light to medium in body with sharp, tingly carbonation. The finish does have some fruity sweetness but it is mostly about the sourness. Absolutely lip-puckering, eye-squinting sour. Once I swallow the liquid I can get a lot more of the perry character, but while drinking this stuff my mouth and throat are all a flutter. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2010
A Mes rate. Cask at the Jolly Butchers.
Murky lemon yellow. About as perry looking as a perry can be. Strange snout. Massive pears for sure but there is something odd I can put my finger on. It smells a little like ladies stockings. Hmm, well that explains why its really inviting then. Theres a slight musky mead-like character too. Yup Im liking this so far. Crikey. Thats a real smack in the chops. Amazing tart pear flavour. Really good wood and lemony acidity with some intense but never overpowering sweet notes. This is full on stuff. Amazingly juicy. It storms around the palate bagging a wooden spoon on a saucepan and demanding to be attended to. The finish is truly epic. Amazing length. Christ on a bike. This is a big one. I dont want it to finish. Luckily it seems like its not going to. Each sip just adds to the intensity of what is already in the mouth. Bloody brilliant perry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (10077) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 Bottle from garden centre, near Wellington, Herefordshire Poured light golden, nice peary nose but also a bit wine like in character. Wonderfully juicy and given a little time in the mouth this really had quite a good depth of flavour. Not as good as the Rathays which was a stunner but very nice all the same. Polypin at Banbury Beer Festival 09-05-08 Cloudy lemon colour looks like Robinsons barley water. Very slightly sour nose but with some overipe pears. The taste is just superb, this i sweet admiitedly but those pears just feel like that oozing ripeness and oh bugger it this is one you just have to drink and forget about words, I loved it, little tangy bite back at the end, my beer/cider/perry of the fetival and this has now been updated to a 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (13608) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
From the plastic barrel at Middle Farm. It pours clear pale green - gold with no head. The nose is fresh, bitter-sweet, juicy pear, earthy, barnyard funk and some fruity tang. The taste is so juicy upfront, sweet-sour, tart pear, some acidity, earth, light funk, pear skin, dried leaves, salted lemon vibe, wood with a dry, lingering juicy pear finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Excellent balance. Good depth, yet remains very drinkable. One of the best perrys I have had to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrTipple (4035) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2016
Aroma: pear, molasses, alcohol, apple wine, light barnyard. Appearance: clear gold, no head. Taste: light to medium sweet. Palate: initially dry, then sweet pears, dry sours coming up, light tart, no carbonation. Overall: fantastic Perry, not too sweet, subtle, very pleasant. Bottle from Middle Farm, Lewes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2010
Cask, Jolly Butchers. My first Perry rate....Wow, this was certainly an assault on the senses. Hazy lemon squash like looks with no head. Aroma was big on vinegar and of course the anticiapted pear, with something weird lurking, maybe that glue in a pot you used to get when you were a kid ?! The flavour shattered any preconceptions about what its possible to create from a pear, and was an eye watering mixture of sweet and sour with some woody notes. Huge sourness in the finish. Quite an experience, and it seems like Ive embarked on my Perry rating with a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10852) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Tap at Cider Tap with Sarah. Pours a hazy pale gold with no head whatsoever. Aroma has a nice tart pear note with a nice underlying leaves and light funk note. Flavor starts with sweet pears with light spice that is joined by a nice light acid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (8294) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2009
At the cider festival, the Royal Oak, Bath 13/06/09. Cloudy, pale green/yellow in colour. Aroma of sweet pears and lemon dryness. Very refreshing to drink, with plenty more fruit and a decent dry finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2010 1. From a Container at the Labour Club, Glossop 30/08/2003 (Take out from Peterborough Beer Festival) 2. Cask Handpump at the Southampton Arms, Kentish Town 01/08/2010 Big fruit aroma. Clear golden coloured and fruity with lots of tannin. A little dryness in a creamy finish. 3. Cask Stillage at the GBBF, Earls Court 06/08/2010 Tannin. Light golden coloured and fruity with a dry lasting finish.

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