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Bishop's Farewell - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

Bishop's FarewellBishop's Farewell

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39 Ratings

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%

Brewed by:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottum on 05-02-2003)
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Reviews by danieelol:
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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Dan Murphy's. Best before 13/06/14.

Pours a clear, filtered golden. Nice white head, good lacing. Excellent all round.

Nose is English (smelling) hops, Honeysuckle, some cereal. Strong grain smell with some honeycomb. Apricot, some sulfur. Nice.

Taste is creamy honeysuckle, lots more grain, bit of banana.

Mouthfeel is an interesting combination of immediately noticeable sweetness and then a very potent and drying bitterness I associate with English bittering hops. Interesting stuff.

Very nice English-style beer, I really enjoyed it and would buy again. Quite distinctive and unique flavours in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 06:08:57 | More by danieelol
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3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the fantastic citrus flavours of Citra I'm expecting a decent Bishop's Farewell from this Bishop's Farewell, whatever that entails. I also imagine this beer was brewed with Bishop-like ingredients such as holy water (of course), those white cracker things that are the body of Christ and felt from the Pope's fancy hat, mmmm fancy hat felt.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: These Oakham brewers really seem to like their brews yellow, looks like a yellow Berocca in a glass of water. There is a touch of haze but overall it's clearer than the Citra, with some white lacing for a head.

S: English ale fruity hops, no doubt Fuggles, marries a toasted malt base with fresh bread yeast notes. Whereas the Citra was more upfront with the hops and innovative with its aroma Bishop's Farewell is classic English bitter, no surprises then.

T: Flavour matches the above; fruity hops, toasted malt base, and fresh bread yeast notes. This also adds a bold bitter grapefruit citrus middle and there's a faint raisin sweetness floating around as well. It's a bit more interesting than the aroma would suggest... which is of course a good thing.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

D: The grapefruit bitter start/middle/finish detracts a bit as the glass empties. I like grapefruit, but like all GRAPE things [that's my pun for the evening] it should be taken in moderation, like my puns - an occasional one is funny but too many and people start getting annoyed by them (weirdly enough). Still a good session pint, though Citra is better... much better.

Food match: A full English breakfast: bacon, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, toast with butter, sausages and baked beans.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 14:08:15 | More by doktorhops
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3.04/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From Jim's. BB Nov 13.

A - pale straw. Over large bubbles in head look like soap.

S - Citrus hops, lemons.

T - more hope and lemons/citrus/grapefruit. More of a slightly earthy APA than an ESB. Moderate malts at best.

M - lightly carbonated.

O - not what I expected from the bottle, as seriously not to style. Undecided, and I would have served cooler had I known style before opening bottle.

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09-27-2013 09:25:42 | More by heygeebee
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3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, just out of date when opened on 26 July 2012.

This is very, very simular to the cask version (which is always a good thing).

Pours a pale yellow with next to no white head.

The smell is all citrusy hops with grapefruit coming through, no malt hints at all.

The taste is a crisp grapefruit induced hoppy flavour, again with very little maltiness to be found, some yeasty hints around in the aftertaste.

I’m a malt man, but this has class and deserves the high scores I’ve given it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 21:22:49 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good suprisingly complex flavor of beer. Strong and intoxicating aromas similar to a belgian style ale. Quick hit of bitterness and then finishes clean and smooth. Definitly will not ruin your palet if doing a tasting session. You are only able to taste a light hint of alcohol. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 17:11:52 | More by elginirishpunk
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4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ruds for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, best before 11/01/13. ABV listed on bottle is 5%.

Appearance: A pale golden body with a thick 2 finger head that disappears a little to fast. A smattering of lacing.

Smell: Heaven in a glass! Ripe fruit, clementines, good does of hops with some sweet fruit. Constant and never lets up ob the fresh fruit.

Taste: A mesh of fruity hops with a good earthy base and the malt that restrains from being excessive. Fleshy grapefruit as well as the peel. Packed with flavor and so good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, bitter but balanced and dry. Very robust for its 5%.

Overall: Excellent bitter and one of the best i've had the pleasure of trying. Get this if you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 11:13:48 | More by papat444
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a nice pale golden yellow colour. Slightly off white head poured big thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping. Sparse carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Spicy and slightly tropical fruits (grapefruits, ripe mangoes, kiwi fruit, pear), quite rubbery, some vegetal traces, pine, sea salt, some soapiness, grassy hops, light herbal notes, white pepper...

Taste - Spicy, citrus and grassy hop bitterness, light biscuit malts, light floral notes, good fruitiness (gooseberries, grapefruit, light pineapple,), light honey sweetness, herbal notes, quite perfumed, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - An excellent and very sessionable brew... definitely recommended..

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 13:49:52 | More by mdagnew
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United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012. ABV stated as 5%. Label mentions that it contains barley and wheat.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy pale straw hue with very low carbonation and exceptionally fine sediment. Yields a minute head of frothy white foam that disappears within seconds. Aroma of light malt with plenty of fruity grapefruit and citrus notes, underpinned by subtle hints of yeast.

Tastes of pale malt with tons of hop aroma and a mild bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus and tropical fruits, along with a whiff of pine. Dry, earthy yeast in the background and a crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, but a little flat. Quite astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of aromatic hops - delicious!

An excellent ale - packed with aromatic hop goodness. Are all Oakham's beers this good? Fantastic flavour; this would become a favourite if it were regularly available. Love those citrus notes. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 23:59:51 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Bishop's Farewell from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
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