West Berkshire Aucherius

Formerly brewed at West Berkshire Brewery
Thatcham, England
4.3% Bitter | 1 Rating | Special Release |
The town of Reading once had a large abbey, about the size of Westminster Abbey, which stretched down to the Thames. It was founded by Henry 1 in 868 but now only ruins remain. A hospital, dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, was built here in 1134 by Aucherius, second abbot of Reading, for twelve leprous persons and a chaplain. The Abbey buildings were annexed by Henry V111 in the reformation and used throughout the reign of Elizabeth1 as well after which they fell into disuse and the stones were used as far away as Wallingford. There are names in existence in Reading today that are traceable back to the abbey such as Friar Street. You can still walk in the ruins today on the edge of the river Kennet and in Forbury Gardens. A red-hued beer perhaps not unlike those that may have been brewed at the abbey (many abbeys had their own brewhouses). Full malt flavours combined with berry fruit flavours from local hops.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
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The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

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Texture
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Carbonation
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Finish
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