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Red ale, 4.1%

A hoppy red ale, with well controlled malt characteristics, and a fresh floral finish. The appearance of this beer is what you’d expect, a tan to red with fine white head (but little retention). The immediate flavours are from the malts, which give a rich sweetness without dominating the palate. This then yields to a spicy hop finish, with the American hops (Yakima valley apparently, hence the name), giving only a touch of bitterness. Aftertaste is a little peppery, with the malt sweetness remaining in the undertones. The net effect of all of this is a clean beer, which packs plenty of flavour without feeling sticky of overwhelming. An excellent ale.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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Site: http://www.penpontbrewery.co.uk/penpont-brewery-shop/monks-brew-1127-copy/

Abbey style ale, 6.4%

A sweet and fruity beer, with a light mouthfeel and little head. To increase the fruityness, this beer is apparently flavoured with juniper and various spices. The effect is quite clear – the bitterness is very restrained (due to the low level of hopping), and the malty sweetness comes out clearly. Given this is marketing itself as an ‘abbey style ale’ and uses a Belgian yeast, I would have expected quite a lot more sourness; as it is, the balance between sweet and sour flavours is swung definitely in the direction of the malt. Later flavour is a little more tart than the beginning, but I can’t shake the feeling that this is barley water, even though it’s over 6% alcohol. I quite like the flavour of this, but it would be better with a fuller feel, as at the moment it just seems a bit too delicate.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.duchyoriginals.com/old_ruby_ale_1905.php

Ruby Ale, 5.0%

Comments: A fairly classic english bitter, brewed by Marston’s at the Wychwood brewery, then sold under the Waitrose ‘Duchy Originals’ label. Light tan colour, with coarse white head and little retention. Initial impression is of a very sweet beer, with some malt characters to back it up. Hopping is limited, with a touch of aroma detectable, and bittering only to balance out the sweetness. The overall effect is moderately fruity and sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. This is a perfectly reasonable beer, but I doubt Waitrose will become known for their brewing.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://www.chimay.com/en/chimay-rouge.html?IDD=129&IDC=287

Trappist Red Ale, 7%

Comments: A classic Belgian Trappist beer, with sour characters coming from the lambic fermentation, definite malt flavours, and a fruity finish. This is one of my favourite beers. Initial flavour is not particularly sweet, but is very fruity, with the malt and sweetness coming in soon after. Higher alcohol is noticeable in the mouth feel, and highlights the fermentation flavours, which trail into the aftertaste. The use of sugar is noticeable, giving a touch of caramel to the colour and flavour. Bitterness is higher than in many Belgian beers, but still is not dominant. A brilliant beer.

Overall score: 8.0/10

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Site: http://www.rebellionbeer.co.uk/bottles.htm

Red Ale, 4.5%

Comments: A malt-rich red ale, with some bittering hop in the finish, and a clean mouth-feel. Tan in colour, fine off-white head and good retention. Initial flavours come mainly from the malt, with a hint of the bittering hop form the beginning. Fermentation aromas abound, which emphasise the crystal malt aspect of the flavour, and linger into what would otherwise be a very clean aftertaste. A full bodied beer, but not particularly notable.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://moorbeer.co.uk/our-beer

Red Ale, 4.6%

Comments: A hoppy red ale, slightly cloudy (due the the fact that they didn’t use finings, hence the name). Not much head, what there is is coarse and doesn’t hang around for long. Slight malty sweetness, but most of the flavour is from the ample use of aroma hopping. The finish is similar, hoppy, bitter, slightly overpowering. Honestly I found this beer a bit unbalanced, the hops dominate the flavour too much, even though the beer isn’t bad overall. I’d be happy to have this again, but I won’t be looking out for it.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://www.brasserie-lancelot.com/bieres-brasserie-lancelot.php

Red ale with Elderberry, 5.5%

Comments: This is a dark red ale, with an initially stellar head, but little retention. The aroma is a little odd, I don’t really get too much elderberry, but more something which reminds me of jelly crystals. The flavour is quite fruity (as you might expect), without much bitterness, and with a hint of caramel. I suppose it’s pleasant enough, but I doubt I’ll be looking out for it again.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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