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


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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Bottle: Filtered.
Ingredients: Malt, Cascade hops
Historically this recipe was formulated with 100% pale malt and was bittered by the brewery’s 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 we’ve rejuvenated it by using the modern hop variety Cascade, we’re staying true to the spirit of this great pale ale, which was hugely popular in its day.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
c0fein (660) - Helsinki, - OCT 25, 2013
500ml bottle @ home. Bought from Tallinn. Nice foam but disappears fast, golden and light appearance, malty and fuggy aroma. Despite the nice text above this is overall pretty boring beer and not my thing..

ozzatoadisback (201) - ITALY - OCT 4, 2017
Pours light golden/dark amber and transparent with a big frothy white head that shows quite good retention and nice lacing. Softly herbal and citric aroma with a slight soapy feel. Not too bright. Taste has mild crackery and caramel malts base, herbal/grassy notes, slight citrus and a flowery hops finish. Medium sweet and medium bitter with a finish that is slightly on the bitter side. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation and an overall quite easy mouthfeel. Not impressive, but very much ok.

mkel07 (6269) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2017
Date: 24 September 2017 Purchased From: Thirsty Camel Stones Corner Container Type: Bottle - 500ml Appearance: Uneven white head above a clear honey coloured beer Aroma: Nice and malty, strong and sweet Flavour: Mildly bitter but also sweet, refreshing and crisp Palate: Smooth in the mouth Comments: Good English beer - its been a while since I have had a beer from Shepherd Neame

Stultus (173) - ESTONIA - AUG 7, 2017
Pours clear golden with a thick white head. Aroma is sweet malty grainy fruity. Taste is sweet malty, fruity, lightly bitter and spicy.

Skinnyviking (9674) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2017
50 cl. bottle at home. Low but lasting white creamy head. Clear amber golden body. Mild and sweet flowery aroma. Highly carbonated and astonishingly bitter fruity straw flavor. Long bitter sweet finish.

TEJA (3202) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2017
Bottle from my daughter as a gift from her trip to Canterbury. Lasting off white head. Clear solid yellow color. Big piny hop aroma and taste. Dry and a bit artificial sweetner taste.

omhper (25568) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2017
Bottled at TEJA tasting. Hazy golden, small head. Saccharine, elderflowers and hay up front. Mid sweet with light body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Bread and saccharine, some hay. Mid bitter finish.

dutchbeerpages (2439) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2017
After a while all these SN beers sort of start to become the same. Always drinkable and somewhat sweet, but never amazing. Bottle at The Miller’s Arms in Canterbury

olsvammel (7274) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2017
Bottle at Örebro Ölcafé. Malty and hoppy smell, floral and fruity. Similar taste. Clean. Light body.

rodsquad (312) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2017
Bottle as gift. Pours clear copper-orange with minimal off-white head. Aromas of sweet oranges and barley sugar. Flavours have a sweet caramel malt with gentle citrus hop. It’s light and soft on the lips but has a sharp, moderate carbonation. It’s a surprisingly light citrus-fresh ale. One for a summer’s day.

rand (1770) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle 50 cl / Bier-Bienne (CH). Brilliant golden beer as its name suggests, average and low persistent foam but many laces to the glass. Fruity aromas, lemon, apricot, malt and caramel, grassy and floral hop. The taste is bitter-sweet, with malt, slight roasted, honey-toffy, very floral notes, fruity lemon and its zest and herbs. Moderate dry finish.

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