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Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration Ale - Shepherd Neame Ltd

Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration AleShepherd Neame 1698 Celebration Ale

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.82%

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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3.79/5  rDev +8%
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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Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

03-21-2014 15:38:06 | More by shardin
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

11-08-2013 15:40:27 | More by dcmchew
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4/5  rDev +14%

10-05-2013 20:20:06 | More by WillAndSarah
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

09-18-2013 16:13:31 | More by tzunoi
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

09-16-2013 19:56:20 | More by hansavijaticar
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3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-16-2013 21:01:36 | More by Ciocanelu
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +14%

06-16-2013 15:35:08 | More by vinicole
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-23-2013 22:56:15 | More by BogBoyJD
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

05-21-2013 17:13:54 | More by pin
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

05-10-2013 16:51:00 | More by innominat
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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

3.86/5  rDev +10%
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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3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

12-04-2012 13:56:36 | More by mdagnew
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4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper colour with a decent White head that retains well.

S - Very pronounced Nutmeg and Spice with Toffee.

T - Up front some nice caramel flavoured malt, followed by some spice and a little tobacco. The finish is spicey and bitter.

M - Medium body with minimal carbonation

O - Really liked this one. Aromas are very pronounced and plenty on offer with the taste

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 14:43:09 | More by eric5bellies
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

09-23-2012 13:01:35 | More by Heminoolo
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan coloured beer poured with a significant head. There's a creamy nose with a hint of kendal mint cake like sweetness about it.

This is smooth on the tongue, a little understated, much less bold than I had anticipated, yet still very pleasant and rather warming. There's a nice interplay of brown sugary malt and rather laid back herbal hops. A very pleasant sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 21:48:19 | More by charlatan
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-08-2012 01:29:44 | More by BrazilianAussie
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4/5  rDev +14%

12-23-2011 21:34:44 | More by Harkrank
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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer a few months ago from my very dear Beerbuddy Zimbo. Thanks for this one Craig, i loved it!

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks very nice. Teacolour with a two finger head and a nice carbonation.

Roasted malts and a light bitterness. When you drink this beer you get some of carbonation in your mouth. Lacing is nice.

When you look at the beer when it is in the bottle it does not look very inviting but when you drink it you will love it. Goood beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:49:42 | More by Brabander
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United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL clear bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: ruby/rust coloured ale with moderate head

S: rich, sweet, caramelly

T: rich, sweet, syrupy

M: sticky, thick, rich on the tongue

O: very good ESB, this might be the best beer I've had from Shepherd Neame.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 16:11:26 | More by fullsweep
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United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy floral but with a punch,
an unusual thing is it? An English warrior poet?

That lusty slightly sweet strong ale that can be life affirming.
Lacking in the head dept but such is the case with a second bottle fermentation.

Enough carbonation to dance on the tongue and be a beer not a soda pop

A reminder of why English bottle conditioned beer is so great


Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 01:31:51 | More by EmperorBevis
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Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
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