Brewed by Old Dairy
Style: Old Ale
Tenterden, England


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Bottle unfiltered and unpasteurised; Special

Inspired by Benskin’s Colne Spring Ale. Refermented with Brettanomyces for at least 100 days.
For our 500th gyle we wanted to do something really special. With the addition of Brettanomyces yeast and one hundred days cask conditioning, this vintage ale is reminiscent of stock ales brewed over a century ago. It has a rich earthy fruitiness that is deftly balanced by a smooth bitterness and a delicious warming from the alcohol. These complex flavours will continue to develop for years to come.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4967) - Leiden, - JUL 10, 2013
Poured a murky medium brown with a slight froth. Aroma of zesty caramel malt underlying the Brett. Medium body, flavour of biscuit, sweet berry and some funk. Bitter sweet end.

fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2016

Bottle 330ml.

[ As Old Dairy Vintage Ale 2012 ].
Clear medium orange amber color with a small, fizzy and open, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, old malt, earthy, oxidide malt, vintage, wood. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, alcohol, oxidide, vintage, old malt, wood, vinegar. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20151005]

The_Osprey (9126) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2015
330ml bottle as ’ Old Dairy Vintage Ale 2012 Gyle 500’, 11%, shared at Travlr tasting at Chriso’s house of pizza. Dark orange, clear, small foamy tan head. Aroma is sour notes, twiggy, pungent fusel alcohols, solvent and alcohol. Not very inviting to say the least. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is dry, twiggy, sour. All the 11% showing up. Dry and boozy. Drinks more like a vodka than a beer. Probably not what was intended! OK if you intend to take a couple of hours sipping on something.

Travlr (26070) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber color. Aroma of vinous caramel. Taste is burnt caramel and butterscotch. Nice.

mR_fr0g (13492) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2015
Bottle shared at Chriso’s Travlr last minute tasting. Reddy orange coloured pour with a small white head. Aroma is solvent apple, tangy, light grainy. Flavour is composed of sherry, caramel, tangy apple pie, light caramel. Some solvent. Palate is viscous, semi sweet, solvent, moderate carbonation.

mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6476-20140708] Bottle. Grainy fruit booze aroma. Slightly hazy, amber brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet caramel boozy malt flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others)

madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
4th November 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Paul. Hazy deep gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and semi dry. Good fine carbonation. A decent dose of caramel - toffee malt. Bitter floralness and some acetone and brett. Light dry finish. Clunky but passable.

Theydon_Bois (20612) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s Pad, thanks to Bropey, 04/11/14. Lightly hazed amber/golden with moderate beige spotting and edgework. Nose is light nail polish, butterscotch, light spice, toffee, vanilla. Taste comprises vanilla, very fraint brett, spice, caramel. Medium bodied, fine carbonatin, semi drying close. So so, a little harsh and doesn’t carry much depth.

Leighton (22303) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Paul. Pours clear, dull copper with a wimpy, bubbly white head. The aroma holds aged, ripe fruits, figs, some caramel. Medium sweet flavor with a bit of earthy bitterness, some alcohol heat, slight metallic notes, lots of toffee, dates, wood, earth. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate warmth to finish with toasted leaves, figs, bread, toffee, earth, some fusel alcohol. So so.

Scopey (15687) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle shared at Bruces. It pours slightly hazy deep amber - brown with minimal head. The is rich, sweet, oily, earthy, toffee, cake, butterscotch ice cream and hot cross buns. The taste is bitter, wood, boozy, earthy brett, toffee, leather and nail polish remover with a harsh bitter alcoholic finish. Medium body and low carbonation. A bit rough if truth be told.... Hard alcohol and nail polish remover.

visionthing (5532) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 25, 2014
33cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks a lot! Pours slightly hazy deep amber with an off-white head. Fairly malty aroma with hints of basement, sour milk, sweet fruits, caramel and bitter berries. Rather sweet with strange and complex flavours and a slightly sour and just lightly bitter finish. Certainly different and quit tasty, but a strange one.

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