Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale 2006

Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Pasteurised bottle.
This golden amber ale has a generous aroma of tropical fruit. The fruity flavour has hints of mangoes, oranges, lemons and sultanas. The pleasant floral hop balances this beer perfectly. It is a drying, warming, rounded ale to sip and savour at leisure.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2007
Rd l. Duften er begrnset. Smagen er maltet og bitter og let karamel. Er som en lidt sdere classic, og er derfor meget drikkevenlig. Nsten ikke krydret, hvilket man normalt forventer af en julel. Tynd i fylden.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam shrouds the clear amber.
-A timid nose of minty hops and fruity vagrance disappoints.
-Tame caramel and spicy hops walk to close to the horizon.
-The fragile body is made for sessions, but is too thin to keep me interested.

What if you dig deeper?
-A wooden alcohol semblance surprises.
-Hop phantoms wisp by in the clean finish.
-A mineral twang bothers.
-As boring as those ridiculous gift exchange knick-knacks, this strong ale is neither strong, flavorful, nor festive.

Bottle; best before Sept. 07.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
500 ml bottle. Light and clear copper colour with a tall white fluffy head. Nutty and slightly sweet malty aroma. Crisp, but subdued hop aroma. Rounded malty aroma with a nutty and toffee-like character. Quite light mouthfeel, but still very drinkable. Refreshing finish with a light residual sweetness and a grassy hoppy finish. Not particularly interesting as it borders with bland. Theres nothing wrong with the wrapping, but could have used a lot more character inside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2007
Bottled. Amber color with small long lasting head. Parfumy english hops, malt and honey in the aroma. Honey, malt, english hops and minerals in the flavor. Tart, fruity and caramelly finish with light bitterness and light toastiness. Clean and delicate mixture of flavors where single flavors does not stand out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1994) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
Red amber colour. Week but nice complex aroma. Flavor was moderated sweet with light bitterness. Light to medium bodied with a syrupy like texture. Carbonation felt soft. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (6895) - Troms, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle 0,5l. Bright golden coloured. A large creamy head that fades quickly. Faint metallic aroma. Caramellish flavour. A bit disappointing: Watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber colour with a medium creamy head. Rich aroma of malts with hoppy and fruits notes. Nice beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (6279) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle: pours a light copper colour with a rapidly disappearing head; aroma has hints of fruit and hops; taste is very sweet and metallic, the mango is present, but its hard to pick out anything else in the sticky sweetness. Disappointing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (11718) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2006
500ml bottle bought at Systembolaget and consumed during Die Stadezeit with Catweazle and Finn. Nice bottle design, but with a so-so content. Dark amber in colour. Fading white foam. Fresh malty aroma with hints of fruit (apples). Light caramel flavoured turning into a kind of woody sweetness. Watery and thin palate. Not much for a British xmas ale (28.12.2006).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2006
Pours light copper with a large head, disspating quickly. Metallic hoppy aroma with a medium hopped metallic body. Watery, somewhat of a letdown.

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