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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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95 Ratings

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 24.69%
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 ViveLaChouffe
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly hazy copper with no head at all. Semms to have no carbonation as it is very still. Smells very fruity and richly malty. Hints of sherry, vanilla and plum.

Lots going on here for flavors. Plum and raisin, sherry and port, caramel. Slight alcohol burn. Alot going on here but the end result is not very tasty. A full bodied beer and absolutely flat. Not sure if it is supposed to be that way but regardless it really doesn't work for me. Not very drinkable, really had to work through this one. If flat is not your thing, steer clear.

ViveLaChouffe, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unknown dusty vintage. It could be as new as 2002, or as old as 1992? No one knows. Dark muddy peach with a nice fine layer of bubbles. Aromas of cherries, nutmeg, cinnamon, sour apples, and more. This is a very complex cidery, quelque chose like concoction. I''m not sure what this particular old ale tastes like fresh, but I have to assume that the years of aging that this brew has gone through has made a bit of magic happen in there. The taste is big, bolshy, and wonderful. Figs, dried fruits, port, brandy, sherry, christmas pudding, and more blend together wonderfully to make an intoxicating liquid. The mouthfeel is hindered by a lack of carbonation, but the drinkability remains magical. How can a brewery be so good, and yet so bad!?

francisweizen, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of Guinness4me
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amazing how a high-ABV beer can be so refreshing and lacking the normal "high ABV shiver" I seem to get. I would never have guessed the taste by the appearance and smell.

It poured a what seemed to be a thick, chunky, cloudy beer. It was a light caramel color with a nearly non-existant head.

The smell was a boquet of citrus, caramel and spices with an acidic edge. As it warmed, the alcohol smell intensified.

The taste was a low carbonation surprise that tasted more like a spiced cider than an ale. This was my first "Old Ale" so I'm anxious to try more of this style.

Guinness4me, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of putnam
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2001. A deeply malty mass of aromas emerge from this solera brandy-colored liquid. Though I've not tasted one in over a year, memories of Old Crustacean pop into my head. No bubbling at all. Absolutely still. The odors rising upward imply a thickly alcoholic drink with nuances of toffee, walnut brittle and roasted grass.
On the palate it is perfectly flat, and now this fact seems like an error. Too long in the bottle without a perfect seal (this was closed with only a short cork and capsule.)
It is a shame, because there is some real merit to the recipe. Tons of glycerin survived the trip and offer baked apple, nutmeg and pepper spice flavors. Really a terrific base. I will use this in my next pot au feu

putnam, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
4.7/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/honey yellow with a thin head that drops to a ring. Wow, look at the yeasy floating around in there! Definitely bottle conditioned.
Smell was sweetly sour, malty and fruity almost like a champagne nose.
Taste was magnificent! I must honestly reset my personal scale and possibly re-review every other Pale Ale I've done so far. Fruity, malty, with some alcohol later (not as much as 9% ABV might suggest) hops at the finish. Very complex and extremely well-balanced. A pale ale that drinks a lot like a champagne.
Smooth, very smooth, with a medium/full body.
Drinkability? OMG! Extraordinarily drinkable. Thank you, sir, may I have another? Please?

PorterLambic, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of cbl2
2.3/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


A short snub nosed bottle with cork. Pours completely still, without even the slightest hint of carbonation. Body is slightly opaque brownish orange.


A roasted caramel aroma is present along with some diacetyl fruit like quality, that doesn't mask the abundance of hops present.


The lack of carbonation was not a good sign, and I fear that this is somewhat skunked. Has an unpleasant woody flavor and a sourness to it, that I'm sure was not intended. Alas, this one is going down the drain.

cbl2, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

9.3oz extra thick wide-bodied, narrow-necked corked bottle. Brew in 2001.
It pours a cloudy, orange-tinged, dark amber with just a few passing bubbles.
The malt flavor is a bit of a disappointment. The taste of caramel and toffee, while in the aroma, is lacking in the flavor. Instead, tastes of tart apples, karo syrup, lemon juice, and vinegar and salt come through.
The rich sweet caramel aroma gives promise of a good malty, aged stock ale. A damp earthy smell carries the odor of fermented apple cider and more distantly, citrusy hops
A citrusy tartness and slight sour taste sort of counter the sweetness, but in an unbalanced, pointless way.
Don't let the fancy packaging fool you. This brew lacks character and a beginning foundation.

BeerResearcher, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of ark57
4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is golden in color and has a big head that dissipates fast. The aroma smels of cheddar and some lemon. It is earthy and musty as well as vinous and slightly tart. IT finishes with a bitter bite, but it almost reminds me of a lambic. Not quite, but it was the closest style I thought it resembled, though I do not believe it neatly fits into any style's guidelines.

ark57, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I always appreciate the effort in a corked beer but this brew left something to be desired. Pours a pulpy amber-gold color with a medium beige head. Aroma of fruit and a little bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a highly vinous aspect to it. The bottle calls this a Pale Ale but I just don't see it. A sour-ish fruit flavor dominates, both apple and apricot. There may be other flavors lurking in the background but the tart fruit overpowers them. The finish is tart and a little oily. Not a terrible beer but I was somewhat disappointed.

Dogbrick, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a peach tinted honey color...no head...motuhfeel is low on the carbonation...nose is very berry like....sweet strawberrys, blackberrys and raspberrys...flavor is fruity (big berry notes)...some cidery apple notes too...also some leathery/musty/woody flavors, some spicy alcohol on the finish...overall leans on the sweet side...really no hop flavors detected...finishes a bit on the tart side from the fruit...

Overall, a decent enough ale....doesn't quite strike me as special and certainly not worth the $4 for the bottle...

ZAP, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of ElGordo
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

ElGordo, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of Darkale
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Darkale, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
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!

frank4sail, May 14, 2003
Photo of Wildman
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a medium golden amber color and formed a small bubbly white head that left trace lace as it quickly disappeared. A small amount of carbonation and sediment was present. It had an aroma of malt, caramel and raisins with a hint of the alcohol. The flavor was of malt and caramel. The finish was wine like, almost sour/vinegar with a slight astrigent aspect. I like others, seem to wonder whether their corking method is impacting this beer. I have yet to be overly impressed with this brewer.

Wildman, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.3 oz brown glass bottle, corked, Marked as 2001 vintage on the label.

This ale poured a cloudy, reddish-amber color with no foam despite a bit of carbonation. The smell was very pleasant: figs, raisins, fruit, caramel, oak. As with other Gale ales, the smell was one of the stronger points. The taste was malty with some tartness, but with lightly sweet fruitiness (figs) coming through, and with some hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated, smooth and relatively clean, with a bit of astringency. The body was medium, and there was some warming in the mouthfeel. The drinkability was good for this bottle conditioned ale.

UncleJimbo, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of Viking
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, I'm re-reviewing this beer. I bought two bottles - the first was bad, but the second was excellent! The numbers above represent the good bottle. (Original numbers: 3, 4, 3.5, 3.5, 3 for average of 3.4.)

Golden-peach beer, a bit hazy. Big bubbly head, faded quickly but the head remained along the side of the glass. (bad bottle had no carbonation at all.)

Tart grape aroma, with perhaps a bit of a honey-like floral scent. Flavor is fairly complex - sour fruity flavor, blended with 'creamy' malt. (Taste and smell of the 'bad' bottle were weaker, and less complex.) Body is a bit thin, but not bad. Carbonation in the 'good' bottle gave it more life than the 'bad' bottle. I notice a hint of the 9% alcohol in the finish, very faint.

I must agree with other reviews of Gale's beers - Need a better corking system!! The second bottle showed what this beer can truly be, but the first provides a warning to potential buyers - buying bottled Gale's beers is a risky endeavor.

Viking, May 08, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Jason, Apr 13, 2002
Photo of mattmaples
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

mattmaples, Feb 04, 2002
Photo of Todd
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Todd, Jan 20, 2002
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Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew from George Gale & Company Ltd
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