Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew - George Gale & Company Ltd
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3.33/5 rDev +2.8%
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
03-28-2011 02:21:48 | More by metter98
3.5/5 rDev +8%
Murky butterscotch that contains a fair amount of fine yeast, as well as larger, darker chunks of what I presume are also yeast. The off-white, rapidly diminishing head is a barely covering film within minutes. No lace.
The nose is musty, golden fruity, spicy and slightly alcoholic. Conquest Ale smells like spiced orchard fruit compote, but isn't as compelling as that description makes it sound. Although it isn't bad, it's lacking in... personality, for want of a better word.
The beer tastes like it smells, roughly speaking. Roughly is actually a good choice of words since it tastes rough with regard to the alcohol. Rather than being an integral part of the flavor profile, as it is in the best high-ABV brews, the ethanol in this case is a thing apart and detracts rather than complements.
The flavor is more vinous than expected, with a peach wine (or even a peach brandy) vibe. Sweet, bitter and sour are present in equal proportions. As I concentrate on the finish, it's clear that sour fruit holds out the longest. Damn that unmasked alcohol. Without it, this would be a pretty good beer.
The mouthfeel is lightened somewhat by an overzealous amount of carbonation. Having said that, it's still medium-full and ever so slightly syrupy. Toning down the bubbliciousness would help a great deal.
Conquest Ale Master Brew tastes nothing like an old ale, although given the state of the yeast, it's most likely old. The rear label claims that it's a pale ale. If so, I don't believe that I've ever tasted such a high-octane version of that style. Whatever it is, it isn't really my thing.
06-27-2005 14:29:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.8/5 rDev -13.6%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; no head was expected nor did one materialize
Smell: Caramel, oak and dates
Taste: Up front, it tasted like it smelled, but by mid-palate, it was clear the beer was corked (I mean this in the sense of a wine descriptor but you can take it as a pun, too) and, after the swallow, it disintegrated into a sour mess
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; flat
Mouthfeel: Oh well..sometimes you win and sometimes you lose; like others have reported, this beer has almost uniformly not stood the test of time
09-15-2010 23:25:26 | More by brentk56
2.55/5 rDev -21.3%
This beer sounded like it was going to be awesome. I ordered a bottle of this at the Bethlehem Speakeasy and waited patiently for the waiter to bring it over. The beer was uncorked and poured into a wine glass. Flat looking brew, no bubbles at all in this thing. The color was hard to tell because the place was dark but it almost looked red. The smell was a lot like wine. The taste was pungent and tart also much like a red wine. This beer's mouthfeel was watery and flat. Not much complexity or anything going on in this. Not really impressive. Bummer.
04-07-2011 02:20:09 | More by Knapp85
2.83/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
11-03-2005 02:48:41 | More by oberon
2.85/5 rDev -12%
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.
11-03-2009 01:12:13 | More by emerge077
3.33/5 rDev +2.8%
From notes 2-7-2007. Pours a clouded orange brown with no head. Nose is strong with alcohol and a very slight touch of fruit. Flavor is tangy with a woody presence. Feel is thin with little carbonation to speak of. Very drinkable, though the extreme tang of it might not be appreciated by some. I am glad to have gotten the last bottle where I did, but even if it were available, I wouldnt go for it again.
12-30-2007 22:02:38 | More by RblWthACoz
3.98/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
04-13-2002 03:56:58 | More by Jason
3.6/5 rDev +11.1%
Appearance: deep, rich, ripe orange tone, looking more maroonish in the shad, with a head that begins lemony-creamy, then quits for good.
Aroma: potent, spicy, huge citrus, deep lemon, sour, yeasty, peppery.
Taste: Sourness is king, with large fruit factor in the flavor, little bits of spiciness on the palate, lingering in the finish. Medium bodied, fully-flavored, but not particularly pleasing to this tongue. Too much pucker, not enough pleasure. A vinous feel interjects through the citrus, and the taste is more interesting, but not quite more worthy. Finish is sour, then dry.
One more in the list of far-too-expensive, far-too-small, far-little-enjoyment bottles that I've conquered in the George Gale line. Won't be returning to this one.
01-10-2004 10:57:11 | More by feloniousmonk
3.35/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks to Francois for cracking this.
No head, clear honey orange color.
Nose aged malt, hint of booze, hint if a funk like aged yeast, soft aged malts.
Taste starts with soft sweet malts, hint if tart fruit, light booze, syrupy, long sweet honey finish.
Mouth is syrupy med bodied, no carb.
overall not bad, bit sour from age, nice aged malt though, still sweet, syrupy, etc.
05-28-2012 02:54:54 | More by jlindros
2.8/5 rDev -13.6%
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...
04-09-2007 02:43:17 | More by jwc215
2.63/5 rDev -18.8%
2001 Vintage, Sampled June 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, ruby amber color. It is quite still and as such has nothing but three bubbles sitting on top of it initially. The aroma smells quite aged with notes of sherry, port, raspberry cordial, maraschino cherry and concentrated raisin. This really reminds me of Port for some reason, it seems really appropriate as an after dinner sipper. Mind you this is all based on the aroma, as I have yet to taste this brew.
Quite light bodied, and it is really quite dry. It is perhaps a touch tart, but is ultimately quite water-like. Notes of oxidized malt round out the finish, perhaps evocative of a dry sherry. It even seems a bit chalky at times. The aroma was actually quite nice on this beer, despite the 9% alcohol though, the flavor just did not hold up. It really could have used a touch of residual malt sweetness.
06-13-2007 21:57:56 | More by Gueuzedude
3.48/5 rDev +7.4%
9.3 oz. bottle, 2001 Vintage, picked up at Hi-Times for a Lincoln, love the label with a medieval castle,
A: Pours a clear red-brown with no head. Real nice colour, from afar could be mistaken for brandy.
S: Honey and aged malt jumped out of the bottle, but once in the glass, the bouquet isn't huge. Mentioned the brandy-like look in the appearance, seems to move over to the nose, there's a hint of armagnac vanilla in there.
T: Dry, tannic oak with a light acidity. Some caramel notes, but there's no residual sugar in this. Some attic must in the finish. Flavours are good, but don't have a great intensity.
M: Very dry, mild acidity, seems on the thin side from a lack of carbonation and alcohol body.
D: A fair example of an aged brew, and while it's not taken a turn for the worse, I believe it is well past its peak. I don't see how it can get better. If you're going to get a vintage ale from these guys, pick up the Prize Old Ale, it ages beautifully.
01-19-2010 05:17:45 | More by Halcyondays
2.9/5 rDev -10.5%
01/16/09- Purchased at Holiday Wine and Spirits, in Escondido, CA.
Presentation- 9.3oz bottle, brewed in 2001. Poured into a small snifter-like glass.
Appearance- Rather lifeless, no sign of any kind of head or carbonation. Leaves some light watery spotting behind. Usually what to expect when you pour an older old ale...just seems like this one is wayyy past it's prime.
Smell- Smell is nice at times. Has that rich carmely old ale nose with boozed soaked dark fruits. Alos, has a very musty nose to it. Kinda of like mothballs.
Taste- Yes....past it's prime for sure. Very musty in the taste as well. Has the caramel notes, but it's so flat it becomes severely watery. Light alcohol taste. The dark fruits are virtually indetectable.
Mouthfeel- Flater than flat...more watery than water. Has a slighty sweet caramel note in the aftertaste.
Drinkability- May have been an excellent beer about 4 years ago, but it's been dead for a while I am assuming. Don't waste your $5.
01-19-2009 15:50:20 | More by GClarkage
4/5 rDev +23.5%
Pours without any head so the glass is squeaky clean. Cloudy amber color with chunky bits left in bottle. No carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is raisins and prunes. Starts on the sweet side, malts are there and the hops are hidden some alcohol overtones. Nice Old ale, the 275ml bottle is not enough, $5.49 from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.
03-02-2005 01:08:19 | More by jdhilt
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.48/5 rDev -23.5%
Thanks to Tewaris for bringing this over.
Pours very still. No head. Color is a clear copper amber.
Aroma: A lot of malts. Caramel and toffee stick out the most. Just a ton of malts. Smells sticky.
Taste: Much like the nose, but I taste cardboard flavors out of it. I think it has reached its prime. Very malty. Interesting.
Mouthfeel: Flat and bland. No carbonation. Medium bodied. Ends clean.
Overall, this beer was probably past its prime. It had a few good flavors, but I could still taste the old.
08-27-2011 03:41:50 | More by mothman
District of Columbia
2.53/5 rDev -21.9%
Bottle shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam.
Alas, the decrepit cork did not survive the meeting with the corkscrew. After the cork debacle, the beer appeared a rusty orange hue, bordering on copper. No head, no lacing.
The aroma was of malt, alcohol, and light citrus.
The flavor still had a healthy alcohol presence, despite the age of the bottle. Also present was a dank cardboard flavor. Malt and subtle notes of citrus comprise the rest of the flavor. All in all, pretty bland.
The feel was more akin to a liquor than a beer. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, with virtually no carbonation.
I have had several beers by George Gale over the years. Various vintages and brews, random settings. I have yet to have one that has aged well, or that I would like to have again. Overall, a disappointment.
09-25-2011 01:01:15 | More by Huhzubendah
3.05/5 rDev -5.9%
The beer was a lovely, blistering golden until I carelessly introduced the yeast, much of which spewed out in large chunks. As it sits now the beer is a murky, relatively listless, clementine colour and is peppered in a slurry of sediment. There is absolutely no sign of carbonation - no bubbles, no head, not even the faintest of trims.
The aroma is replete with a terribly musty, awfully vinegar-like element. It isn't entirely unappealing; in fact, it almost brings to mind a well-aged gueuze because it shares the same hints of dried apples, musty oak and what is popularly (and vaguely) described as 'funk'. It might smell good or terrible depending on the nose (mine is still undecided). If this is sample is indeed over the hill, what was there in the first place that has faded?
One in two - those are the odds that I finish this bottle feeling disappointed. As its pale colour would suggest, the flavour is plain and unsubstantial. For a moment I was again reminded of a Belgian gueuze, mostly because the two share similar flavours of sugar rocks, dry cork and tart green apple. There is also a watered down hint of cognac.
It's certainly hard to know what exactly the brewery was going for. An ingredients list of Maris Otter & Lager malts, Goldings, Fuggles & Challenger hops is indeed an odd puzzle to solve. Styles specifics aside, the result was none too successful. Flavours are hard to come by. This drinks much like a citrus-infused vodka or an odd cider-gin combo.
And the mouthfeel is a complete mess. As alluded to earlier, it has an acidic tang and vividly vinegar-like pucker. The malts are non-existent as is the bitterness. It drinks like a cooking cider or perhaps a spoiled vinegar. The texture is like mildewy cork despite the fact that the cork was in excellent shape and none of it was introduced into the beer.
Despite having been stored in ideal cellar conditions, I have to imagine this has only gotten worse in the eight years since it was brewed. Is this really how they drew it up? Because nothing about it suggests it was ever good, nor that the brewery ever should have recommended extended cellaring. Conquest Ale Masterbrew may be the most misappropriate named beer I've ever come across. Let's hope this one stays retired.
12-16-2009 03:54:56 | More by biegaman
3.7/5 rDev +14.2%
Kind of worried about this one. It's listed as the 2000 version of this beer, aged in whiskey and pinot noir barrels.
The beer pours a slight tannish, golden amber color, with minimal head retention and light lacing. The nose is hard to describe. I get some wine in the aroma profile, along with some light sherry, caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. As the beer warms, the nose improves considerably. On the palate... wow. This isn't the sort of flavor profile one picks up every day. The wine and whiskey both come out to play, dominating the sherry, caramel and light brown sugar. There's a light sour component to this beer as well, and the complexity is truly impressive. The finish is tart and slightly boozy, which to my great surprise, is kind of attractive. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, though the beer is also just a bit thin on the finish, with the flavors dropping off just a bit near the end. Alcohol is very well disguised... the 9% abv. really is not very noticeable.
My guess is that this beer is near the end of its life, but for all that, it was a treat to try it.
04-28-2012 18:40:59 | More by John_M
1.58/5 rDev -51.2%
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.
01-02-2012 01:02:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew from George Gale & Company Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.