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

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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
KyotoLefty (10268) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 1, 2009
Dark Amber color. Medium head. Good hoppy aroma with lots of fruit and decent malt as well. Rather sweet flavor, more than usual for the type. Good fruit and hops as well, though. A touch of honey and a bit nutty too. Not as dry as the good English types. Some citrus as well. Good hop finish, quite bitter. Really good, though a touch below the top stuff.

3.3
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
Warm amber with a nice and lasting head. The flavour is very complex with notes of malts, hops and fruit. The bitterness is moderate, but it grows and develops further in the finish.

3.1
deanso (10141) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle at cafe de la gare, the hague. Ok white head. Clear blond pour. Nice subtle bitterness.

2.9
sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
bouteille, brun/ambre, mousse beige/rousse Arome de maïs, malt cara et qcq fruits, orge et sucre, maïs donne ce côté trop doux, un peu de malt torréfié. Pas mauvais mais vraiment mon idée d’une pale ale que je pensais être un peu plus amer.

3.2
JorisPPattyn (10005) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2003
Very pale amber, nearly ochre. Thick white head, tad irregular, going down lacey. Herbal nose, very grassy, very pilsy for an ale - 'Feinherb' in German wording. Later follows caramel-malt. Again, an ale in Pilsener disguise in the taste. This has NOTHING to do with the Courage Bulldog Strong ale anymore, it's positively German in character. As if a German brewer tried to brew an English ale with bottom-fermentation. It becomes sweeter warming up. Very clear palate, maybe a tad metallic,as a... you know. Not bad. But if you realise the ORIGINAL J.M. pale-ale was a very sweet 'strong' English bottle-conditioned brew, this beggars belief.

3.3
MoritzF (9901) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2005
(bottle from a Belgian supermarket) Pale amber colour with firm white froth. Malty and orange peel (English marmalade) aroma. Dry flavour, medium bodied. The taste is initially slightly sweet, malty and full of liquorice and bitterhops in the finish. Very aromatic !

3.3
77ships (9834) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2011
[email protected]: clear orange with white head, sweet with but still restrained caramel, spice & touch of toffee/butter with a medium amount of citric hops in the aftertaste, something fruity, apricots incl. , middling to good ale

4
tderoeck (9744) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2010
*** bottle was 2 years past expiration date *** Pours a clear amber beer, beige creamy head. Smells like caramel, pear and banana, most likely due to it’s age. A pleasant mouth feeling, still enough carbon. Tastes fresh and little sour at first, continues to a sweet malty taste with caramel. Aftertaste is a little sweet, roasted malts and some acidity, again: maybe due to it’s age.

3.8
Skinnyviking (9570) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2006
Bottle. Small white but lasting head. Clear amber body, what a beauty ! Lovely barlay aroma. Proper bitterness. Rather high alcohol percentage for a pale ale but it suits it.

3.4
jmgreenuk (9459) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 27, 2014
Tap at the Duke of Antwerp. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with frothy white head. The aroma is fruity citrus malt. The flavour is medium to light bitter with a floral hop citrus bitter palate and a lingering bitter sweet finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Medium bodied with average carbonation.


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