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Christmas Ale - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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BA SCORE
77
okay

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2003)
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Photo of Cycle69
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of srsev
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of CRObighit2
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wajohnst
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours clear copper with a small foam ring for a head. Fruity, estery, malty christmas cake with an edge of lemon rind, woody hops. Too much booze present for the gravity.

Worth a try if you like the style, but drinkability takes a hit because of the medicinal alcohol flavor.

Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Jah_Json
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with candy like notes with light caramelized malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some very nice candy like ester with some refreshing fruity notes and some medium caramel malt notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Nothing extreme in this beer but well balance with nice work around the ester.

Photo of curewhatalesu
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tbeckett
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Poured dark gold and bright with a two finger fluffy off white head. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Big toffee, bread, fruity esters, pudding, leather, hops. Good depth and malty complexity.

T - Much of the same pleasantness. Crystal malt, earthy hops, more toffee. Tasty.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, and a sweet finish.

O/D - I don't get the harsh reviews on this. It's a nice and strong complex English ale. Enjoyed it.

Photo of windypete
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of GarthT
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A reddish brown clear body with a tidal wave of foamy white head that stops you pouring a 500ml bottle into a full pint glass that soon goes

Muted aromas of mince pies and gunpowder

Some crystallised fruit and some warmth but it feels more like boozy heartburn than Christmas spice and just then lies flat no depth, no

Just so thin for such a strength ale and too fizzy

not a good winter warmer

almost enough to convince Clarence it isn't a wonderful life

Photo of Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of jmkoscie
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DaveBar
1.74/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Thought this one would be interesting... wasn't really.

A- Pretty good! Nice dark amber colour. Ok head

S- Not much there at all. Was hoping for a lot more

T- Not so good. Cross between a scotch ale and a chocolate malt. Horrible aftertaste. Thin, thin, thin. No aging at all it seems. Alcohol is right forward but the whole beer is unbalanced. Just a hodge podge of characters strewn together and branded a Christmas Ale

M- Silky smooth

O- Not so good. Would not buy again.

Wow this thing just gets worse as time goes by. Pouring it down the drain it's that bad.

Thx for reading

Photo of TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of beerluvr
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012/13 edition

A - Off white head, clear light amber

S - Sweet malt, brown sugar, fruit

T - Biscuity malt, slighty tannic, mild spicy hop bitterness & yeast fruitiness

M - Smooth gentle carbonation, medium bodied with a spectacularly balanced finish

O - An excellent example of an English Xmas ale, very flavorful and balanced, with both hop and malt in check without either overpowering. Very well made.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased for $3.50 CDN from the LCBO. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - 1 finger of frothy white head rests on top of a bubbly copper red beer that is transparent. Head subsides a bit then lingers for the remainder of the beer. Very festive looking.

Smell - Beer and bready smell with a few spices thrown in and a butterscotch note that is a reminder of Christmas. I'm also picking of something that reminds me a bit of a rum soaked fruitcake. Very pleasant smells, but they are not terribly strong. Smells do come out a bit more as beer warms.

Taste - Boozy and sweet which transitions into a bit of a bitter flavor with slightly metallic elements. Also a bit of the aforementioned fruitcake flavor doused in alcohol. I enjoyed this this but I can see that the very upfront alcohol (especially given that its 7% we're not talking a 12% Christmas Ale here) could be a distraction to some.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and fairly smooth, but even a bit thin despite high ABV. Also a bit on the gassy side.

Overall - Nice winter warmer that i enjoyed more than the Wychwood offering, but still not super enamored with the style. However a beer that will certainly warm you up especially after a short walk on a cold November's night in Canada.

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Christmas Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.