Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Bottle: Filtered.
Abv reduced from 5.7 to 5.6 in 2010.

"The Legend". Brewed using a generous blend of finest pale, crystal and roasted barley malts, along with the majestic Fuggle hop, to create a wonderful, full-bodied flavour with subtle banana, cherry and rich fruit overtones.

A peculier tale:
Theakston’s most famous ale takes its name from the seal of the Peculier Court of Masham, which was granted back in the 12th century. It was the custom at the time for the church to administer the law, but this proved too arduous a task for the then Archbishop, who was based in York. So, with due archiepiscopal aplomb, he set up the independent Peculier Court, headed up by the Peculier of Masham.

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beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2004
This beer is so good. Even in a bottle shipped from over the Atlantic, it is still good. It has a taste that makes you want to chew it. Nice black-amber color as it pours, very very peculiar and unrecognizable flavors and notes in the beer. I would love to sit down and have a few of these at a good burrowed pub, meeting people. Love the old recipie, love the "seal" of the Peculier on the cap, would love to have it on tap, love this beer.

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle. Aroma is sweet and malty. Rich, full bodied, nutty and sweet taste with some coffee as well. Class beer.

zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Dark brown with a slightly tan head. Toasted toffee and sweet malts in the nose along with a hint of either cherries or grapes that reminds me of wine. Flavor is rather light. Mainly toffee and sweet malts with a fruity hint at the end and a bitter aftertaste.

kwik-lime (2160) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2004
Very dark, strong ale. Very smooth however, with an array of flavours. Certainly peculier.

TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2004
This is another one of those beers I thought I’ve rated before, but apparently I have not. Good beer, a hint of a fruit taste to it. Enjoyed at Landmark lanes tonight.

vanvenlo (1938) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2014 8 May 2004 - Fruity and roasted/caramel malt aroma. Clear dark brown colour. Roast toffee flavours, with long slightly sweet malt. Light body.The flavour put me off this beer, but I wonder whether this is a beer that needs to grow on you.

AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Dark brown beer with a light brown head. Aroma is malty and alcoholic. The ale is surpisingly smooth and slick across the the tongue. Medium bodied. The flavor is dry malt and sweet alcohol. Very nice. Goes great with anything garlic!

jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Dark brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is mostly malt. Flavor of sweet roasted malt on first sip with a light hop bitterness on the finish. Bottled.

caesar (7455) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2004
Clear dark brown color, medium creamy lasting brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, coffee, paint and some spice or vegetable. nice complex taste of several types of malts. Lingering malty palate.

jerohen (2380) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2004
Very dark coloured, thick lasting head. Very creamy complex malty flavour, some coffee-milk. Lasting bitter finish. Peculiar indeed, extra points for originality.

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