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Formerly brewed at King Beer
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Horsham, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask; Status uncertain.

Originally brewed to celebrate the 1951 Festival of Britain – Festive is now back revived from the ashes. This is a traditional English Premium Bitter. Kings Festive at 4.7% ABV, is a full bodied real ale with distinct vinous fruit flavours, reminiscent of plump raisins and dried currants. The initial hops is subtle with notes of spice and leafy bitterness. There is a full malt palate. A deep red copper colour with a fine creamy head and a delicious rich smooth mouthfeel giving great lacing on the glass. A complex caramel finish with a dry-lingering mild-tempered bitterness gives a well rounded balanced beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1567) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2016
Bottle bought from the King brewery. Clear copper with little head. Light chocolate aroma, and tastes of fruit cake and spice. Reasonable but a little lacking in class.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scopey (14014) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Cask at Claret as Kings Heritage Kings Festive, 4.8%. It pours clear rich brown with a medium off-white head. The nose is earthy, brown bread, cereal, toasted grain, touch of dried fruits and caramel. The taste is bitter, earthy, toasted brown bread, tart berry skin, mild acidity, coffee grounds, chewy malt, varnish, dried fruits, slight burnt note, toasted nuts and a touch of spice. Finish is dry and chewy. Medium body and soft carbonation. A touch chewy and unbalanced. Not terribly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (3118) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2015
Cask tried in two different pubs in Eltham (Eltham GPO and Bankers Draft) and the first pub poured dark brown and the next a dark amber colour....odd. Aroma wise, raisins, dates, walnuts, Christmas cake and licorice. Flavours of chocolate, ash, sultanas, dates and figs. Spicy warmth on the palate. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (5352) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2013
Cask by handpump at Bon Accord, Glasgow - clear orange amber, thin creamy head, sour malty aroma, fragile lacing, berry fruit and malty flavour, well balanced, bittersweet finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kwik-lime (1861) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
Cask at JDW in Surbiton. Very smooth and malty, not much hop, the fruit comes through strongly but makes it a bit tart and doesn’t really work too well. Not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Sidewinder Brighton 20/05/13. A brown beer with a white head and lace. A fruity beer with lots of berry sweetness. A decent body bit over sweet for me and wirh a perfumed edge.

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