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Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England

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RATINGS: 1438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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mattcolo99 (27) - USA - JAN 11, 2002
This is one of the best beers on tap I've ever had. Good luck finding it on tap though. Bottled is amazing too.

5
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2002
Roasted, not burnt, aroma & flavour. Dark sweetness without being too thick. appropriate abv. Can't fault it.

5
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2016 I have a soft spot in the head for Old Peculier. It has such an unusual flavor. not like any other old ale. A little sweet a little burnt a little something else that is hard to describe but it just appeals to me greatly. Serving: Bottle

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Flerg (1) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2011 does not count
Shockingly, amazingly, fantastic beer. Best one I have ever had. Wish that I could get it where I live. Full, rich flavor -- almost like a perfect filet mignon in liquid form. Smooth, not bitter, pleasant aftertaste. Oh, to have a steady supply of Old Peculier!

4.9
craigbeerlover (11) - ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2005
Bottled from Tesco, and probably my favourite ale at the moment. Had a very deep flavour of Citrus, oats and fruits some of which I can’t pin point. Has a very nice bitter kick to the end of the bottle.

4.9
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 This is a wonderful, rich beer. It is very dark red-brown, almost black, with a thin but lasting lt.tan head and some slightly weak lacing. The aroma is rich, earthy, like a freshly cut, wet tree. The taste is full, complex, exceedingly smooth, sweet with just enough bitterness to balance it and round out the taste, and it has a long,fruity and woody finish. The palate is full but lively.

4.8
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2002
Looks great, tastes even better. An ale with a spectacular coffee flavor, and I don't even like coffee very much. The taste lingers in the mouth, but in a good way, the way a beer should. Not sure about the so-called 'banana notes,' but the roasted flavor stands out. I daresay that having this with food can only cause the food to get in the way of the beer's taste. It's perfect to drink all by itself. Like ice skating judges, I have to leave room for a potential perfect score, but so far, beer hasn't been better than this.

4.8
Beast99 (10) - ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2002
This is the perfect pint. Its dark ruby red belies the fullness and beauty of flavour. Very distinctive. The best place to get it is in Masham its home, or in the local area where it is still transported in oak casks and drawn by hand.

4.8
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2002
This is a fantastic beer; I can't think of anything negative to say about it. It's a lovely dark brown English ale with a nice (but not excessive) tan head that lasts. Its aroma and flavor are roasty, nutty, mildly bitter, and strong, with hints of black coffee and perhaps even dark chocolate. (The commercial description's reference to 'strong fruitiness' is somewhat puzzling, however, as 'fruity' is not a word that comes to mind to describe this ale.) This is one of my favorite beers, right up there with <a href='http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?Bee London Porter and <a href='http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?Bee Smith's Nut Brown Ale.


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