Brewed by John Martin
Style: English Strong Ale
Genval, Belgium


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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Who can ignore John Martin’s ale that our ancestors called "the noblest of English Pale Ales". This unique beer of 6% ABV is the fruit of truly exceptional craftsmanship, a unique technique whereby authentic Kent hop-bells are added after brewing.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3959) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 20/09/07, purchased on January 20 2007; eye: copper, good white head that falls rapidly but leaves a tiny cover of foam on the beer as well as a ring around the glass, lacing; nose: lightly caramelized malt, grapefruit, lime; mouth: in that order, fizzy, hops (grain), malt, a small presence of alcohol, a bit of pepper, all underlied by a tiny layer of caramel, finale in malt with a good presence of grapefruit (hops), lightly sweet, mildly bitter, medium body, creamy and somewhat grainy texture, good carbonation, light astringence; overall: good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 20/09/07, acheté le 20 janvier 2007; oeil : cuivrée, bonne mousse blanche qui disparaît assez rapidement mais laisse une mince couverture sur la bière ainsi qu’un anneau autour du verre, dentelle; nez : malt légèrement caramélisé, pamplemousse, lime; bouche : pétillante, houblon (grain), malt, petite présence d’alcool, un peu de poivre, le tout soutenu par une petite couche de caramel, finale en malt avec une bonne présence de pamplemousse (houblon), légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère, corps moyen, texture crémeuse et légèrement granuleuse, bonne carbonatation, légère astringence; en résumé : bonne

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MPA (997) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle. Golden amber with a good, fairly dense and longlasting off white head. Medium hoppy aroma with some fruit and grain. Flavour is grassy with malt undertones and a good lasting bitter finish. Enjoyable and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (7656) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 26, 2006
Draught at John Martin’s Pub, Trieste, Italy. Golden/amber coloured, medium pale brown head, slight acidic nose. Very hoppy and fruity aroma with slight herbal notes. Pleasant moderate bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (10315) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle at Zuideterras, Antwerp, Belgium. I had this and Loz had Rodenbach unfortunately I hadn’t had an awful lot of this before Loz decided that her beer wasn’t for her and nicked my one. Poured a light brown colour with a decent head fruit, hops and malts dominate the aroma, taste is a little more of the same with some bitter sweetness thrown in for good measure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
Amber-gold with a white head. The whole experience of drinking this beer is gentle, comforting and soothing. The aroma reflects fresh summer fruits: plums and peaches. The taste is sweet, orange, and malty, while the alcohol is caressing and unthreatening. The merest hint of bitterness at the end. No English beer is so anodyne as this Belgian ’English Pale Ale’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2006
Bottle. 25/05/06. Sunburnt orange body with a frothy white head. Hops (grapefruit bitterness) on a sweet medium body, good lacing, cross between a English, Belgian and American Pale Ale. A refreshing ale after some nice and big Belgians beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle. Aroma is good, appearance is nice with a durable head. it has a fruity taste, possibly too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2006
Exceptionally clear dark amber body. Fruity malt aroma. Sweet and syrupy, with some toffee-apple-like fruitiness. Mildly hoppy at the end. Attractive but a little dull and cloying. Way too sweet for the style and for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2006
darker amber, light brown coloured with a creamy white head and some light carbonation. Sweet fruity and malty aroma. Full body. Finish is sweet bitter with some herby touches. Good one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Furseth (2158) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle: Thansk to Hans Olav Flatemo. Light amber colour, with a nice creamy white head-Aroma of citrus,malt and barrell.Sweet maltynes, and a citric mouth feeling. Medium body, short to medium finish. Nice beer.

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