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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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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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Photo of Drew966
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gale's Conquest Master Brew pours a ruddy dark orange with a minimal head from a brown, corked, 275 ml bottle. The bottle says to decant this beer, but upon opening it the bottle fell to the floor (and did not break), resulting in yeast in suspension. Caramel malt, fruit and alcohol are noticeable in the aroma. This bottle is almost flat, but I'm not sure quite how old it is, but it's been in my fridge for at least a year. Sweet and sour fruits are most prominent in the flavor and caramel malt is also fairly strong. The alcohol is quite noticeable too. An odd little brew, it's definitely not what I would consider a pale ale (as the label proclaims). Definitely interesting, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Drew966, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 wouldn’t go for it again.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
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.

rallison, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of atsprings
1.93/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Clear copper color with no head whatsoever. Aroma was quite strong and sweet, caramel and dried fruits. The taste was very stale and bland. This one did not stand up to aging at all. The beer was medium to heavy bodied with a decent amount of abrasive alcohol. I was only able to take a few sips then it was a drain pour.

atsprings, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of kkipple
1.95/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up on Mike Brawley's non-recommendation in Charlotte for $1.99. I figured for a six year old beer and two bucks, I'd take my chances.

The short version: Mike was right, this is way past its prime; if it ever had one.

A. Flat, deep copper, no head.

S. Soy sauce (Shades of Triple Bock, ugh) heavy malt, sherry-like alcohol. Sour fruit.

T. Sherry. Sour grapes, massive higher alcohol content, caramel aftertaste. Mostly sour and unpleasant though. Oh yeah, quite oxidized, too. Possibly the most sherry-like beer I've ever had... just not reminding me of a good sherry. :(

M. Thin, wine-like. No carbonation.

Yeah, I didn't care for this one. At all. It's old and comes in a cool little 275ml corked bottle... that's about it. I give it greater than a 2 mostly because I'm not entirely sure if I didn't get an off bottle -- but I suspect at 6 years out they're all like this. Won't be buying it again, but someone has to deplete Mike's stock, after all.

kkipple, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2001 vintage.

A- Perfectly clear, amber color with no head. I take that back- a hard pour gives it a head like a sweet tea. :-)

S- Nose is wonderful. If you've had Sam Adams' triple bock, it smells JUST like that. Just got out my old triple bock bottle... and this smells like a fresh one with a little less soy sauce.

T- What a disappointment. If it had been like the nose, I would be a happy man. It's like it a bit, with soy sauce, dark malt, boiling molasses, cork, etc... but the finish is very sour. Sour and alcoholic finish... like really sour port.

M- Body is more like a wine than a beer. It's 6 years old, what do you expect? A bit dry, warming, and very alcoholic in the finish.

khiasmus, Aug 23, 2007
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.

Gmann, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 13, 2007
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.

daliandragon, May 18, 2007
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...

jwc215, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky orange in color. Very slight trace of carbonation. Extremely vinuous and earthy aroma. Somewhat sherry/oak like. Slight solvent burn to it. Quite sour flavor. Again with the oak. Very tart apple taste to it. Mild alcohol burn. Body is rather thin. Really quite average overall. I would have been curious to try it a few years ago.

lackenhauser, Feb 14, 2007
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.

dgallina, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The pour is reminiscent of seeing brandy on ice. When the ice melts, you can see the water and impurities in the ice sort of move like a light oil. This stuff looks a little viscous. The color is a depp, hazey rust at teh bottom and thick cognac at the top. You can see some liquid suspension near the bottom as well. The aroma is a vinegary, barndy and yeasty brown malt. Has that good "old" smell. The taste is a little harder to handle. Like a barley wine gone bad. Some carmelized fruits with a little vinegar and soy sauce. Then some alcoholic cabbage. Plus the thick, odd viscous palate wasn't too pleasing either. Glad I didn't let this one sit around any longer.

scruffwhor, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.47/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage.

The beer poured into the sniffer crystal clear deep golden amber with a frothy and tall yellowish head which lasted very well to lace the glass taking into consideration the alcohol content of the beer.

The aroma was spicy with notes of earthy hops and a strong malt backbone to boot. The malt contained raisins and sherry and an appropriate nose of alcohol. The aroma was unique and interesting being both hoppy and fruity.

The flavor was crisp and nice with a strong malt presence and a substantial level of bittering. The flavor was spicy with hops, but without a distict hop flavor. A bit earthy, perhaps a bit grassy, but nothing concrete. The malt contained a lightly nutty presence and a biscuit flavor that was well achieved and uniquely interesting. Some alcohol was present in the flavor, but only added to the complexity of the brew.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of caramel, sherry, and alcohol into the aftertaste with a lightly spicy character in the finality of the aftertaste. The body was medium or just above and the carbonation level was just almost too high for an old ale, almost reaching the point of being fizzy. A truly great and interesting ale, even with 5 years of age staring it in the face.

9.3 ounce corked bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 20, 2006
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.

GimmeAles, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
1/5  rDev -69%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another Gale's brew, Another complete debacle.

No head whatsoever even with a super agressive pour. Ruddy bown to copper with little carbonation even though I got a good pop when I released the cork. No sun struck character either.

Lots of cider like qualities to this. apple pie mixed with a shot of burboun. I've never poured one down the drain and I wont start today but this is as close as I can get. Cinnamon, Burboun and some oaked or woody type backer may sound like a treat but the combination is rough and acidic.

Notes: Simply awful and this was not a bad sample as I got none of the symptoms of a beer gone bad this is just a bad beer. You taste every bit of the 9% and then some. If you like hard apple ciders with some spices and no carbonation this is for you...

DogFood11, Jul 27, 2006
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.

Jredner, Apr 25, 2006
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.

oberon, Nov 03, 2005
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.

edbeered, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy golden orange color with lots of particles floating around the beer. Absolutely no head. I mean no head whatsoever, this is weird. Smell is very pungent and sour, musty, with lots of citrus involved. Taste is a strong one. Booziness, apples, oranges, toffee, and carmel. A very odd beer, matured several years. Tart and very unique, this will stick with me for a while. Could use carbonation (at all). What an interesting beer, never had anything like it, nor anticipate to ever again.

TastyTaste, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 275ml / 9.3 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, the shape is so familiar to those that have sampled George Gale’s bottled libational offerings. Sealed with a sliver-like thin unmarked cork and wrapped in a gold colored plastic. The main label lists this brew as “Conquest Ale Masterbrew – Brewed in 2001”. Stated as 9% alc./vol.

Appearance: Dark red brown body, in the Duvel glass it exhibits a ruddy hue that has rustic tones. Minimal head retention which formed on the pour soon disappears completely to reveal a sad looking flat lipid fluid. Zero carbonation.

Nose: Hmmm, deeply inhaled it has a lovely rich dark fruity aplomb.

Taste: Low on carbonation but high on viscosity. Figs and sultanas ride the toffee caramel middle. Woody tones with a light run on the alcohol. Bare knuckle Boxer with some refinement. Thick Devon toffee and smooth malts start the proceedings. Centre-piece represents rich dark skinned plums, cheap sherry, dried sultanas, prunes and figs. Finish warms with a Christmas Pudding texture.

Drinkability: Oh yeah…..pedigree chum, nicely put together and a great sipping finish to the night.

Overall: Saved for a special occasion….

George Gale & Company is located in Horndean, I’ve been there, it’s a lovely picturesque village situated in the English County of Sussex, but 65 years ago it would most certainly not have been a quiet time or place to be.

London has a remarkable mixture of old and new monuments, and today it has another new addition, a £1.65m sculpture commissioned by the Battle of Britain Historical Society and funded by public subscription. A plaque inscribed with the names of the 2,936 pilots and crew from Britain and 15 other countries who fought in the Battle of Britain and engraved with Sir Winston Churchill's famous phrase: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

The RAF and the German Luftwaffe fought for air supremacy over the skies of Britain between 10 July and 31 October 1940, but it was on 15 September 1940, that RAF Fighter Command eventually dared to claim victory over the Luftwaffe after a day of bombing raids ended in extremely heavy losses for Germany.

“When shall their glory fade?” Winston Churchill

Dedicated to the Few.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

9.3oz, brewed in 2001. Corked with the top wrapped in gold plastic. Poured into a pint glass.

Dark amber, slight haze, with no carbonation or head. Almost looks like a glass of oolong tea.

Alcohol, butterscotch and cider make up the nose. Slightly doughy and a little winey.

The lack of carbonation and and slightly acidic nature of this brew give it a merlot character. Some earthy notes from the malt. The finish borders on astringent. No alcohol registers, but at the same time, not much else does either.

I found the mouthfeel to be weak, possibly from the lack of carbonation. Too strong and boring to make me want another.

ypsifly, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jdhilt, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2001 this beer pours a light honeyish color with barely a head. Lots of bubbles in the liquid that aren't rising to the top but slowly making their way up. Fairly clear bronze color in the end.

Aroma is great. There's a citric grapefruit/orange flavor in there. Some vinous notes, a bit of smoke, and then finally a strong apple cider scent comes in the end. Really nice.

Taste did not quite live up to the aroma. It was like a big globule of liquid hit me in the front with cidery notes but there really wasn't much residual sugars, just a glob of sweetness. Towards the end it gets a bit tart and then acidic in the finish. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

This beer is thick and heavy in body. Decent carbonation but its lacking some life to it, which I guess I would expect.

This was a good beer but I was content after the 9.3 oz. Still probably not worth the price imo.

granger10, Feb 26, 2005
Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew from George Gale & Company Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.