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Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration Ale - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration AleShepherd Neame 1698 Celebration Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

52 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002)
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper-amber pour with a two finger head with minimal retention and decent lacing. Love the nose on this one. RIch and malty with lots of caramel and toffee along with hints of vanilla, sweet biscuit, tea, and some subtle hoppiness. The taste is bold and flavorful with a sweet malty backbone along with hints of caramel, butterscotch, toffee, tea, tobacco, brown bread, vanilla, and hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy with a sweet, bitter finish. Overall, this is a bit on the sweet side, but just enough balance to keep it honest and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 21:06:58 | More by beerdrifter
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sebastian577

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

07-25-2014 15:47:28 | More by sebastian577
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev 0%

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1/5  rDev -71.4%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-05-2014 21:42:26 | More by MikeKSmith
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

06-14-2014 15:50:18 | More by Driver
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Czech Republic

3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-11-2014 15:30:34 | More by rulisekmartin
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Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

05-26-2014 14:04:10 | More by Gottesverachter
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Spain

3/5  rDev -14.3%

05-15-2014 17:15:12 | More by Arriskuwonder
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Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

03-21-2014 15:38:06 | More by shardin
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Jadan

Italy

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-22-2014 23:37:21 | More by Jadan
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Romania

3.5/5  rDev 0%

11-08-2013 15:40:27 | More by dcmchew
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.3%

10-05-2013 20:20:06 | More by WillAndSarah
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tzunoi

Romania

3.5/5  rDev 0%

09-18-2013 16:13:31 | More by tzunoi
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

09-16-2013 19:56:20 | More by hansavijaticar
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Geert

Netherlands

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brown bottle (not clear as in the picture). No reference to "celebration". Shepherd Neame 1698 Bottle Conditioned Kentish Strong Ale.
No hiss when opening, no carbonation, no foam. None. I like low carbonation, but it appears something went wrong with this one. Especially when reading other reviews (with notes on carbonation).
Clear light amber colour.

S: Well, with no carbonation aroma intensity is low. Mostly toffee malt, appears to have some age (best before may 2014).

T: Caramelly maltiness, firm bitterness. Nice balance.

M: Full bodied, light alcohol warming.

Overall: Good beer, but just not where it could / should be.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 20:39:26 | More by Geert
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-16-2013 21:01:36 | More by Ciocanelu
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +14.3%

06-16-2013 15:35:08 | More by vinicole
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BogBoyJD

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-23-2013 22:56:15 | More by BogBoyJD
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -14.3%

05-21-2013 17:13:54 | More by pin
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Ireland

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

05-10-2013 16:51:00 | More by innominat
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coltsr2

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

03-21-2013 18:28:08 | More by coltsr2
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napetry

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a Shepherd Neame fan since my first bucket list London pub crawl in 2008. On my return to London for my second pub crawl in 2010, I happened upon the Rugby Tavern during a late morning walk. I noticed a Shepherd Neame delivery was being made so I went in to see what was on draft. The 1698 Ale was not available but I samples the available live ales. In preparation for a return to London in 2012, I noted that Shepherd Neame was promoting the 1698 Celebration Ale, so I thought I would look for it when in London. I was in London for 10 days and it wasn't until the last night there that I was finally successful in hunting down the 1698.

So was the 1698 Celebration Ale worth the effort? Absolutely! I would definitely have a few more to fully characterize this truly fine English Ale. Unfortunately, having totally enjoyed the hunt, I don't recall many characterizing details to report, except that it is a very likeable beer. Next crawl!! Fall 2013?!

I have a great photo of the 1698 which is much better than the Beer Advocate photo, however, I have not figured out how to upload a photo.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 01:12:27 | More by napetry
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear light copper color forming a medium bubbled yellow to beige head. Medium retention but with a thin layer that remains for long time forming and leaving many lacings in the glass

S: Very British in the nose. Strong toffee, caramel malts and nuts upfront. Roasted malts, British yeasts. Quite biscuity with strong notes of British grassy and flowery hops

T: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet caramel malts upfront followed by roasted malts, brown bread, British yeasts and an intense grassy hops bitterness in the end

M: Light body. good carbonation. Grassy and flowery hops aftertaste

O: Easy drinking beer. Strong British ESB character. Great beer. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 20:45:19 | More by eduardolinhalis
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

12-04-2012 13:56:36 | More by mdagnew
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Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
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