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

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   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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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
c0fein (645) - 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..


2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TEJA (2972) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (24776) - Tyres, 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages (2438) - 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 Millers Arms in Canterbury

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (7120) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2017
Bottle at rebro lcaf. Malty and hoppy smell, floral and fruity. Similar taste. Clean. Light body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodsquad (201) - 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. Its light and soft on the lips but has a sharp, moderate carbonation. Its a surprisingly light citrus-fresh ale. One for a summers day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rand (1670) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10726) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
Botella. Claer deep golden. Malty aroma with some herb/spice to it and flowery hoppiness. Flavour is toasty malty like with spice and hops.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tombacity (3) - - FEB 11, 2017 does not count
Refreshing and yet full of flavor. Copper and light ruby appearance. Bitter and hoppy taste with generous experiences.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (3034) - 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 (4604) - 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.


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