Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale (Bottle)

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Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Faversham, England

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
Ingredients: Malt, Cascade hops
Historically this recipe was formulated with 100% pale malt and was bittered by the brewerys signature East Kent Goldings hops, resulting in a golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale which has risen Phoenix-like from the ashes of time for the modern drinker to enjoy.
Says head brewer Richard Frost, According to brewery records, Brilliant Ale was first brewed sometime between 1825 and 1855, making it our oldest Classic Collection beer to date. Although weve rejuvenated it by using the modern hop variety Cascade, were staying true to the spirit of this great pale ale, which was hugely popular in its day.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (1419) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle. Pale Yellowy Gold in colour. Foamy white head. Malty; biscuity malts, caramel, honey notes. Fruity; citrus lemon. Faintly Spicy. Hoppy; Cascade hops. Starts sweet malty fruity; ends medium bitter. Easy drinking. (2016-01-06)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4401) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
Now labelled as Blonde Ale, golden amber with a fine head and a malty-dry nose with hints of golden fruit, prickly mouthfeel has dry-sweet malts matched with drying hops and distant notes of peach, mint and pepper. Rather tasty, like English bitter crossed with American Pale Ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (35688) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2017
Bottled. A dark golden beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, over ripe fruits, and elderflowers. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, elderflowes, and fruits, leading to a dry finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (9740) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2017
50cl bottle from Kellys Expat Shopping. Thin white head. Clear light amber pour. Light malty bitter aftertaste.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CloakedDagger (2168) - - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle 50 cl. Clear, golden with a small, white head. Typical British yeast aroma. Mediumbody, fairly neutral, malty body, with some late bittering hops. Decent if uninspired. 271216

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
panzerwolf (329) - FINLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Dull malts, a slight taste of caramel and much hops, with a short bitterness. The amount of bitter is very nice, but overall it ends up a little bit on the watery side. Very bright taste, though, so certainly not unpleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erling1000 (634) - - OCT 30, 2016
An english, amber ale with white head. Aroma is caramel, light prune, malt. Taste is bitter and light sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DraftDodger (1222) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2017 Copenhagen 27/9 2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. According to the label a circa 200 year old recipe brewed by "Britains oldest brewer". Can it get more authentic than that? And with a very modest name to top it off. Pours clear golden yellow with small white head. Settles as thin layer of foam. Aroma is pleasantly fruity. Sweet peach, gooseberries and a little sour grape fruit. Medium carbonation and slightly thick palate. Flavor is medium sweet followed by distinct dry bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Semi dry finish. A quite fresh and nicely bitter ale. Actually quite close to be brilliant.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (4130) - Troms, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2016
Aroma; malts on hops, fruity malts, meadow spices. Look; pale straw clear golden body with an off white head. Taste; hops, roasted malts, malts, fruit peel, bitter grainy bread - clean balanced finish. Feel; good body, fine carbonation, drinks well. Overall; a good brew. [50cl.btl 5.6% BB.??]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9670) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2016
Good, dense, lightly yellowish head over darker metallic golden beer, clear. Sweet nose with lots of caramel and butterscotch. Faraway hint at stale beer, but not really oxydation. Bit metallic, bitter-ish flavour. Id never guessed Cascade, as it shows not the slighltest hint at citrus, nor resin. Faint sugary/caramel underbuild, no butterscotch in the mouth. Long lasting main flavours; thin body, even watery, medium carbonation. Why is it that near every new British microbrewery manages to turn out exciting bottled beers, whilst established, large familybrewers struggle to make this ilk as an optimum?


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