Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle conditioned.
"Kentish Strong Ale".
First brewed in 1998 as a special @ 10.5% abv to celebrate Shepherd Neame’s tricentenary. A cask version at 4.5% was also released. Was made a pasteurised bottle regular at 6.5% under the name Celebration Ale. Relaunched in March 2005 as a bottle conditioned strong ale @ 6.5% simply as 1698.
Only local hops and malted barley and water drawn from our artesian well are used to brew 1698 Bottle Conditioned Kentish Strong Ale. Hops are added three times, hence it is "thrice hopped".

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hens (741) - Tallinn, Estonia, - MAR 25, 2013
0,5L bottle. The scents might be stronger. Taste are light. Stronger beer like this might be more strongert flavors and aromas. Because flavors are light comes alco taste up. Little watery and very soft bitterness. I think beer is worth 3 and kind a drinkable.

Wendigo (495) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2017
0.5l bottle. Malty aroma, caramel, light coffee notes, light alcohol notes. Clear amber color, white head. Malty taste, coffee, caramel, alcohol notes, light to medium bitter. Full body, slick texture, soft to average carbonation and malty finish with caramel, coffee and light warming alcohol notes. Ok.

Cthulhu (1035) - MARSHALL ISLANDS - JUL 5, 2017
50 cl at Lidl, Lisbon. Amber colour. Biscuits, malt, caramel, Tried a week ago so the notes are simple

MatusBeer (677) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 11, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber colour, aroma of caramel, honey, taste of biscuits, malty, caramel, alcohol, light metalic. Not Bad

kamanova_boy (271) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 10, 2017
Bottle from Lidl. Very soft aroma of hops and honey, clear amber colour without white head. Full body, honey, hops, roasted malt or coffee, dry, quite bitter at the end and bitterness continues on palate. Great beer.

MikeBossO (12) - Trencin, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 7, 2017
Bright bronze color. Honey and citrus aroma. Nice combination of strong and soft taste, soft start and hard bitter and dry aftertaste.

vinivini (2426) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUN 3, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber pour with nice frothy white head, that stays for quite a while. Aroma: clean biscuity malts and floral hops which are detectable from a foot distance. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Medium dry to medium sweet taste. Moderately malty. Biscuit cake. Minor caramel. A little hollow in the mid taste. Malts and hops try to play together on ending. The attempt is hardly a success as the lacking bitterness lets unwelcome metallic hints appear.

spyros (57) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 2, 2017
0.5L flaska z Lidlu. Pekna farba a pena. CO2 tak akurat a chut horkasta a prijemna.

Rugamu (174) - SPAIN - JUN 1, 2017
Buena cerveza de oferta en el lidl, buen aroma a frutas con buena espuma. Luego en boca dulce aunque sin llegar a dar una explosión de sabor. Podría repetir sin problemas

Ales-and-Stouts (1) - ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES - MAY 31, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2017 Botella comprada en Lidl y cata realizada el 31/05/17 en vaso tipo ale. Espuma que se desvanece råpidamente, pero que no desparece del todo. Aromas a melocotón, ciruela, uva, ...Color ambar trasparente y baja carbonatación. Gusto maltoso y altamente caramelizado, pero muy bien balanceado con su alta graduación. Deja poso en el vaso ya que se trata de una ale autėntica (etiqueta con el simbolo de CAMRA). Una Ale mas que decente y estupenda con salchichas aumadas.

anfractuosity (419) - - MAY 28, 2017
Refreshing ale, not very fruity, nice bitterness though. Very enjoyable. Amber in colour.

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