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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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94 Ratings

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 24.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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 ccrida:
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4.47/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2000 (according to a sharpie on the red wrapper, the label is not dated, although the gold wrappered on I bought says 2001 on the label). Poured into my Delirium snifter, Conquest Ale is a murky burnt gold with only a hint of an off-white collar, basically still, like apple cider. There was no pop of the cork, although it was still a tight fit and in good shape once removed. Looks a lot like any other aged English strong ale.

Smell is sweet and a little funky, like the 'pleasant', floral aroma of feces, indole. Slightly acidic vinegar as well, first whiff reminded me of Petrus Aged Pale. I like perfume nature.

Taste is surprisingly good (based on recent reviews of similar vintages that were apparently just released for sale by the importer). The flavor is not to strong, definitely has that faded flavor of aged beer, but I really impressed with how well it held up. Apparently, I got lucky! Not as acidic as the Petrus, but there's a slight tang for sure, and it's honestly very similar. Since I love that beer, I'm having similar feelings with this one.

Mouthfeel a bit tannic, but light bodied. Again, like a Belgian, it's digestible and beguiles it's high ABV.

Drinkability is high, really nice beer! Of course it's pretty rare (well, I suppose they may have a bunch more stuff away somewhere for release) as it's no longer made, so you're not gonna drink a ton of it. But a fantastic aged beer experience, 9 years old, which is about as old as I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:21:43 | More by ccrida
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Bottle said brewed in 2001, consumed 2013. Review is from notes.

Pours out a deep saturated amber, with no head or bubbles whatsoever. Also, there were the strangest floaties I've ever seen: looked like chewed up dog toys. Smell is hard water, tobacco. Taste was putrid beyond belief: vinegar, stale wine, rotted black cherries. All along with a mouthfeel similar to the watery part of curdled milk.

An awful experience capped off with a drain pour. Avoid like the plague. Even after reading the reviews from 2002, its hard to believe this was ever drinkable.

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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.

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4.28/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Unknown vintage, most likely 2000 or 2001. Pours a murky golden amber with no head whatsoever. A large amount of yeast sediment is clearly visible, both suspended in the liquid and gathered at the bottom of the glass.

S: Strong aromas of sherry, madeira, salted nuts, caramel, oak, unripened pineapple, unripened grapes, cider vinegar, yeast, and must fill the nose. This is definitely an old-fashioned, oak-aged English old ale.

T: The entry presents complex and somewhat contradictory flavors of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, leather, must, unripened grapes, unripened pineapple, oak, moist earth, mild tobacco, salted nuts, cider vinegar, bready yeast, must, pear, plum, sherry, and madeira. The finish is tart, lactic, and woody with robust cider vinegar, must, sherry, unripened fruit, leather, and yeast flavors.

M: Medium in body, slick, oily, and smooth. Carbonation is pretty much nonexistent, so this beer is very still in the mouth. Alcohol presence is just barely detectable.

O: From reading some of the earlier reviews, I get the distinct impression that real English old ales are not all that familiar to American audiences. After all, the style is very nearly extinct, because what passes for old ale these days in both the United Kingdom and United States is not all that comparable to the style of old. Real English old ales were generally moderate in alcohol content (though some, like this one, were stronger), they were malty, and they were stored for extended periods of time in new, uncharred oak casks. This storage in wood contributed to the beer's distinctly lactic, sour flavor and lack of carbonation. As a matter of fact, it is my understanding that when served, old ales were frequently referred to as "still beers" because they lacked easily discernible carbonation, sitting in the mouth much like a wine or spirit. So, for those who feel that this beer is past its prime, all I can say is perhaps only slightly. It's probably just past its peak right now, but should be good for at least a couple more years. Taken as an example of a real English old ale, this is a near excellent example of the style.

As a side note, this makes me really miss George Gale & Co. I'll definitely be picking up a few more of these for consumption on special occasions.

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2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: Unknown, but most likely early 2000's based on the condition of the bottle. No date whatsoever.

Serving Type: Poured from a corked bottle sealed with red plastic, into a Belgian beer tulip. The cork was dried out and broke as I was trying to uncork.

Appearance: Murky orange, with a pile of dead yeast and sediment in the bottom. Also zero head. Minimal carbonation, but enough to know that it's a beer and not a liquor.

Smell: The smell was right up there with a number of the vintage Thomas Hardy ales I've had. Very malt-forward with a ton of raisin and dark fruit

Taste: They say that smell is a large part of taste, but this is one of the times I'd seriously have to disagree. The taste didn't come through nearly as strong as the smell, which is unfortunate. I feel like I was about two or three years too late for this beer's peak. Heavily oxidized and "old" tasting.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, but completely let down by the lack of carbonation.

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Kind of worried about this one. It's listed as the 2000 version of this beer, aged in whiskey and pinot noir barrels.

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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.

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