Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1453   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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Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2000
A favourite amongst old ales. It's been a while since I've had it, but I remember how much I liked it.

britab99 (65) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2000
Coffee aroma, coffee taste...mmmm, good. Very smooth and easy to drink. ..

wade (59) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2000
Overall, pretty tasty. Strong aroma, almost porterish. Good carbonation, lighter in body than the flavor would indicate.

billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2000
Again, I'll agree to the interesting color. I didn't get near the head (retention) as in the picture (then again, it came from the bottle). Description says 'banana notes', while there is a bit of subtly in the fruit, I wouldn't describe it as banana. Could use a bit more body and the aroma, while interesting, isn't all that appealing. A beer worth trying nonetheless.

PhillyBeer2112 (2924) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2000
I agree with Aubrey - the color of this beer is amazing. A very deep red that is almost opaque unless you hold it to the light. A soft fruity flavor is clearly apparent, but it remains dry with a good hop presence. Unfortunately, I found this beer to have little body - was surprisingly thin for a relatively high alcohol beer.

Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2000
This beer has an amazing 'fruity' flavor that's indescribable. Its color appears black, but if you hold it up to the light, it's a beautiful DEEP red. The beer's flavor seems to spiral down your throat, spiking nerves as it goes. Curious (er, peculiar) indeed. Breath in deep as you're taking a sip. It's an amazing experience. Finally, I've found a beer that gives credit where credit is due, England.

Frog King99 (51) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 6, 2000
One fine beer..............................................

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