Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew - George Gale & Company Ltd

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Gale's Conquest Ale Master BrewGale's Conquest Ale Master Brew

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BA SCORE
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 25.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002)
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Reviews by OhYesILoveBeer:
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2001 George Gale & Co. Ltd Masterbrew Pale Ale 275ml/9.3oz corked bottle into snifter. Pours dark mahogany, with no head whatsoever, absolutely lifeless. Smells like wine, like a bitter white wine. Taste like wine, no beer aspect at all here. I picked this "wine" up @ Michaels in Marietta GA for $3.09. When I saw the 2001 vintage I had to shell out the change to grab a few. The cork was intact and not disintegrated like some others reviews, and this beer did not reek of vinegar. Honestly the "wine" was pleasant, paired with my 1lb 3oz ribeye. I'm not much of a wine person but honestly this wasn't a bad experience, but just not what I was expecting. Ive had beers as old as 17 years properly cellared, such as Chimay grande reserve 1994 vint, Westvleteren abt12 1993 vint. Anchor Xmas 1997 and so on. This beer just wasnt up to par with other older vintages Ive had. I gave lower scores due to this brew not being anything like "beer". I wish that I could have found this beer back in early 2k, or maybe even one cellared properly. Overall If you see it grab one, its cool for the collection. I wouldn't open it unless enjoying with someone who's into wines. Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a ruddy deep copper with no head and I mean no head to speak of almost like flat pop,interesting if not great aromas apple cider infused with cocoa powder makes for an interesting mix.Flat mouthfeel to be expected wich is unpleasant,astrigent flavors very sour apple and unsweetened chocolate maybe a little prune thrown in but Iam dumping this bad boy out.Now a few years ago this was likely alot better but there is absolutley no carbonation at all the and the flavors are way off.A shame Iam sure this was once a decent beer.

Photo of MadScientist
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle says "Brewed in 2001"

A: A medium copper with good clarity. The faint head is quick to dissipate

S: Licorice and soy with an almost salty aroma in the tail end. There is a moderate alcohol aroma and a light malt richness.

T: Fairly oxidized with a medium strength orange fruity ester and tobacco. There is a light vanilla flavor blending with a medium-light soy sauce ummai and saltiness. The oak is apparent. The hops bitterness is low but teaming up with a light tartness against a medium malt sweetness the balance is somewhat towards the malt sweetness. The finish is medium sweet.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with almost no carbonation.

O: It takes several sips for the flavors to resolve and become enjoyable but man are those first first few sips a challenge. It a bit of mess flavor-wise a is on the decline of its aging life. IT would be interesting to see what a young bottle of this is like but I may have missed the boat on that one.

Photo of Todd
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another intersting brew from Gale's. They say it's a "Pale Ale" but at 9%, I don't think so ... perhaps in colour, but that's it. It's a Strong Ale.

Comes in a stubby, long neck with cork and seal. Cork smells cidery. Beer is near flat with a rich golden colour. A bottled-conditioned, so I pour slowly. Smell is cidery and musty. Flavour is quite tart at first with distinct apple flavours, including apple skin tannins and musty flavours. Hint of ginger/spice. There's some medicinal flavours, too. The 9% alcohol is not detectable in flavour, but you can feel it warm the body. Sweetness is low. Bitterness is not from an discernable hop variety, but probably from long aging and funky bacterias.

Hey, if I wanted a cider!! ... just kidding. I'm always amazed at the depth of character with beers. This Strong Pale Ale is very much like an aged wine, or a cider.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Vintage style 9.3 oz brown bottle with a red plastic tapered top with cork inset.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange copper with a thin bubbly bone coloured lace.

Smell: Grapefruit and pineapple in the nose from the alcoholic esters. Mild earth aroma from the hops.

Taste: Crisp mouthfeel with a light snappy carbonation, medium to full in body and a touch of slickness in the mouth feel. Juicy fruit all around of citrius and apples that leaves a faint tart twang throughout. Biscuit like malt flavours are an even match for the earthy hops that still have a small kick of bitterness. Warming sensation from the alcohol becomes more evident towards the middle of the glass. A pretty clean finish with few remains of grain and hop.

Notes: Could use additional months of maturation to meld flavours together. Still a brew to reckon with and a brew to respect, boasts a 9.0% abv. Well built and just enough hops to malt for a good balance.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.58/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Kind of a brown and purple pour with no head, no bubbles, just ugly flat pond water. Aroma was of expired liquid, wet wood, sour dull notes.

Taste, pretty vile. Raisins, plums, like they're fermented next to a jail cell radiator. Really wouldn't, couldn't see anyone being into this, something that can't just be passsed its prime, but never had a prime. Sherry like alcohol notes and lack of carbonation.

I dunno about some of these beers. They're just tons of sherry like alcohol, no carbonation, disturbing yeast phenols and they're expensive to boot. Avoid. Major.

Photo of ElGordo
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Color like grapfruit juice. Little to no carbonation. Nice yeast floating in the glass. Citrus nose followed by very citrusy taste, I'm picking up a lot of tangerine. Very pleasant, although I might have a hard time finishing even a full bottle of this (and it comes in a 9.3 oz). Overall, though, one of the better beers I've had lately.

Photo of Alieniloquium
1.93/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No date information on the bottle, but I bought from the same case as GallowsThief, so I think it's a 2001. 275 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Mostly clear ruby amber body with no head at all. I'm not surprised, considering how old it is. Lifeless.

Smell - Sherry and caramel. Boozy with some oxidation smells. Uh oh.

Taste - Dear god. Starts off ok with some caramel malts and immediately into a rusty metallic flavor. From then on it's just tangy sourness. So old and so gross. Ugh.

Mouthfeel - Flat, astringent, metallic, horrid. Undrinkable.

Overall - A shadow of what it once was. No, a decomposing cesspool of what it once was. I drainpoured it after finishing this review.

Photo of dgallina
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

275ml wrapped and corked brown bottle. No date evident.

Pours a very full and luxurious golden copper color. No lace or head at this strength and age. The rich aroma is loaded with pears, tannic wine notes, and musty earth undertones. Flavors are unique but not entirely satisfying. Begins sweet and fruity with musty pears dominant. Quickly becomes strongly tannic with puckering red wine fullness. The finish is not as extreme, revealing a dry sherry aftertaste and slow alcohol warming. Body is nearly still from the aging; mouth-coating but clean. An odd duck altogether; unusual but not especially winning.

Photo of Gmann
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 9.3oz bottle with the cork in wine style, vintage 2001. Pours a dead musty brown color, no attempt at a head. The smell is of raisin bread and wine grapes. The taste is that of a weak red wine, has a honey wine flavor much like mead. Has some raisin notes, overall sweet. The feel is just awful. Somehow less carbonated then tap water, starts off slick and finishes astringent, very watery feel. Good aroma and decent taste but age killed this brew. Though bottle conditioned, this beer is probably only good for a couple of years, not six.

Photo of GimmeAles
1.8/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a peachy, amber hue and forms a one-finger creamy head that subsides to a ring. Clumps of suspended yeast make this look like a Belgian. No freshness date to be seen on the label, but the cork has a gooey, syrupy residue on it – curious how fresh this one is.

Nose is tart, and fruity – almost Sav-Blanc-like. Haven’t yet ventured in gueze-lambic territory, but this has a ‘sourness’ to it. A little bready yeast in the background.

Taste is of pear-grape vinegar upfront with a little malt sweetness in the back. There are wine-like qualities but still ‘not quite right’. Again with a faint, bready-yeast character in the back, but it’s fleeting and not very satisfying. Mouthfeel is thin and the finish is dry but with vaporous, vinegar-like presence that I'm not sure is normal.

Not at all enjoyable and nearly poured this one out. As my rule goes, I will try again from a source known to be fresh, but it would have to improve in many ways to make me a believer.

Photo of emerge077
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this oddity in central Illinois, never saw it before. 2001 bottle, freebie from Friar Tuck as it wasn't in their system anymore.

Pulled the dry cork with a pop and the liquid appeared still inside. Pouring from a good height, a ring of larger bubbles formed and stuck around for five+ minutes. Dark orange copper color.

Aroma of honey and wood, very much like my favorite Polish mead Jadwiga. Clover honey and wildflowers.

Flavor is very sweet, earthy with topsoil and odd candlewax oxidation/slickness. Dirty tannic oak. Clearly on a downward spiral. Flat and slippery, alcohol bite. Slow going with this, if you even have the endurance to finish it. '96 Prize Old Ale is holding up better than this did.

Photo of Jredner
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very barleywine smelling...also includes ample fruit notes especially apple and pear. Still orange/brown..no head at all. Slightly oxidized fore with lots of smooth sweet malt..a touch of honey and lots of apple, pear, some prune as well and even a smattering of raisin notes. A bit syrupy as well and the alcohol is still somewhat hot even after 5 years. Not something I’d buy again.

Photo of Darkale
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Strange beer. I saw this single in the case of one of my favorite stores and thought I would brave its $4 price and give it a shot. Not sure that it was worth it.

No head. I think you could put this thing in a blender and you would get no head. That's not necessarily a negative, I know.

Deep, sweet, peaty aroma -- profoundly malty. The most enjoyable aspect of the beer.

No carbonation, almost flat. Taste is malt, some fruit, very slick in the mouth. Aftertaste is syrupy and smoky.

I did not have much patience for this beer, perhaps because to me it did not quite taste like beer. I am sorry to say that to me, this was pushing the beer envelope a bit too far.

NOTE: reading the other reviews I find that the fault may be in the method by which Gale seals their bottles... my sample had no carbonation at all. Frankly, I am not willing to pay Russian Roulette with a $4 bottle of beer. Caveat emptor.

Photo of edbeered
4.4/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, this pours an opaque orange brown, with no head to speak of. It's odor is of brandy-like alcohol. The taste has elements of plum brandy, sweet cherry, and a tart green apple presence as well. The mouthfeel is very full, with the various flavors warring for supremacy. This is 9 percent alcohol and tastes it. Drinkability(in quantity) is somewhat diminished by the intense flavors and high alcoholic content. This beer demands to be savored slowly. A fascinating and flavorful brew.

Photo of rallison
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber color with a 1/2 finger white head that, basically, completely dies.

S: Butterscotch, toffee and liquor. Not too much else here.

T: Actually, enjoyable. Toffee. Butterscotch. Liquor. Maybe a touch of dates. This is still very boozy even after the aging, but I do enjoy it. Touch of oxidation.

M: Low carbonation and rich.

D: Mehhh. I enjoyed the bottle, but don't see drinking much of this at a sitting.

Overall, interesting. I really don't know how long to age the second bottle I bought. Anyway, glad to have had the opportunity.

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy amber in color. It poured into a snifter glass without any head or visible signs of carbonation in the form of rising bubbles.
S: The smell resembles that of a port wine and has moderate aromas of caramel, dark fruits and toffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sourness along with some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate without any perceptible carbonation. There are some warming sensations from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is a slow sipper given its strength but the lack of body and carbonation didn't make it very interesting.

Note: 2001 vintage

Photo of fx20736
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from a corked bottle slightly chilled, into a nonic.

Turbid,blilious yellow brown no head or lacing.

Aroma of dates, honey and brandied apricots

mouthfeel; unremarkable

taste: like the aroma with some old sourness mixed in.

notes: I bought 2 bottles of this 'retired' beer after loving Gale's Prize Old Ale so much. The 1st bottle was corked and reeked of vinegar so I drainpoured. This 2nd bottle was also corked but I did not extract all the cork from the bottle. I emptied the beer into a glass and then strained it through a cotton cloth to remove the sediment. I mainly thought about what could have been, had the bottle been in better shape. I won't risk buying another of these.

Photo of frank4sail
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9.3 fl. oz bottle corked quite a funky lookin' little bottle. Not much head at all on the pour. Lots of floaties (yeast clumps). Peach colored with lots of bubbles. it looks alot like hard cider in the glass. Sweetish cider/white wine smell. This is without question a look and smell i have not experienced with a beer before. Big round fruit (apples and pears) taste with a dry ABV finish. The brew leaves the front of the tongue sweet and wet and the back of the tongue and throat dry and sour (apple). Medium mouth. Very unique brew. This stands up well to its strength. not much hops at all just fruity and dry.
Cheers to the BA Victory Beer Exchange for this unique sample!

Photo of mattmaples
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I'm not that into Gale beer mostly because I do not like the vinous character most of them have. This one on the other hand didn't (at least not the one I had) and over all a very enjoyable beer. It is was it bills itself as and that is a 9% pale ale. This was nice beer but until Gale moves to a flared cork or cork and cap I am always going to be rather skittish about buying thier beers.

Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville while on vacation last month. Opened it tonight to celebrate almost finishing another week of work but it hasn't started well. First off, I had trouble with the cork, most of which is still in the bottle, although the cheap corkscrew I used did do enough damage to get most of the beer out.

Next problem is the utter lack of head or lace or even a soliitary bubble. The color is a cloudy dark brown with hints of red (and tiny specks of cork). Nose features smoke and winey dark fruit flavors. Alcohol drips over everything but here that's a plus.

The first sip reveals a densely alcoholic fruit and malt melange with a slight but noxious sour flavor. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and has a pleasant, durable warming quality in the aftertaste as well that saves the drinkability somewhat.

This Gale ale seems to have almost as many wine characteristics (especially port) as beer ones. I had always wanted to try this one and am glad I did but as far as quality old ales go, Conquest falls a good bit short of the mark.

Photo of jwc215
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2001 vintage

Pours bright copper with no head. (No head expected - taken into consideration in the score.

The smell is of super-sweet caramel with a touch of maple.

The taste is of caramel. Some maple. There is an undertone of earthiness. Astringent alcohol seems even higher than the already high abv.

The feel is astringent. Prickly despite years of aging. Rather thin, especially for the style. Sweetness lingers, almost annoyingly so.

A rough one to drink. It has something to it, including a decent aroma, but it's too unpleasant, overall, for me. Don't know that this one aged gracefully. Wonder how it tasted fresh...

Photo of connecticutpoet
1.7/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased in March 2009. Based on the vintage, I was hoping that it had been stored well, but I couldn't pass up the chance to try it.

Orange-red beer, clear, with a few tiny floaters. The yeast never came out of the bottle. No head to speak of, no visible carbonation, although there was the sound of a little fizz on the pour.

Aroma is... unique. Old must, teriyaki sauce, whisky, brandy, hard cider starting to turn to vinegar. Hard to believe it from the description, but I actually like the smell.

Taste... here goes. Eeesh. Tannins and hints of teriyaki sauce, as if some had been stored in an oak barrel.

Mouthfeel is flat and lifeless. Damn.

Drinkability is just not there. This is a drain pour. I can't even bring myself to take a third sip.

Photo of aranton
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew from George Gale & Company Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.