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Bede's Chalice - Durham Brewery Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Durham Brewery Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 02-19-2008)
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psm90

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-07-2014 23:53:41 | More by psm90
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-06-2014 01:40:37 | More by arlingtonjoe
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saeh

France

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

09-16-2013 18:31:08 | More by saeh
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Belgian Ale. With yeast so dominant, in no way is this an English strong. A foamer. Quality fruity yeast, cloudy orange fruit coloured body with lace dots and Caesar retained head. Boozy in finish and in the aroma, still nicely drinkable nightcap.Above average mouthfeel. Thanks Presario.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 03:16:41 | More by Sammy
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Pshkwa

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-28-2012 08:25:59 | More by Pshkwa
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andrewfjohnson

Northwest Territories (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-12-2012 02:45:49 | More by andrewfjohnson
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. While not exactly drained into a chalice worthy of Bede the Venerable, I think this particular wise man would appreciate the simplicity of the simple American pint glass...if not, well, that's his loss...

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of thin foamy bone-white head, which leaves a low-lying coastal scape of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of bready malt, some mild indeterminate spice, and a nice leafy, citrusy hoppiness. The taste is bready, underwhelming caramel malt, zingy muddled citrus and tangy leafy hops, with an undercurrent of uprising, mildly threatening booze warming. The carbonation is just on the inside of actually noticeable, the body medium weight, and smooth in the fruity sense. It finishes still rather sweet - caramel, bread, and wheaty breakfast cereal the usual suspects, hardly offset by the heretofore prominent, sassy hops.

One uncompromising, colonies promoting, weird-ass offering. Few beers are usually this strong in the mother-island, outside of barleywines. Since this is nothing of the sort, I defer to the label: Oi! This is apparently a Belgian Tripel? Boozy, in a well-obfuscated sense, sure. Any other Belgian attributes? Well, no, so I'm off to do some more pontificatin'...

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 03:09:25 | More by biboergosum
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dgilks

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a medium, off-white head. Medium head retention.

Bright citrus and spice aroma with some light malt. Some darker fruits. Interesting.

Lots of sweet malt which dries out nicely with some Belgian yeast esters and light phenols adding depth. A bright and delightful beer.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Smooth.

A wonderful beer packed full of esters and sweet malt. Really quite easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 10:33:02 | More by dgilks
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apricot-y colour with a porous, lacy head. Smooth malt scent, very light spice. Banana and light citrus hop notes. Very light metallic note to it.

Dry malts, noticeable wheat taste. Hops and a hidden, lingering alcohol taste. Bread, mild spiciness and citrus. Notes of Belgian yeast. An interesting mix of an English strong ale and a Belgian tripel.

A bit heavy-handed on the carbonation, but not horrible. It lingers and doesn't ease off as the beer sits.

A good beer - not quite what I expected, but I'm not put off by it. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 05:31:22 | More by BDTyre
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ADZA

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a light apricot hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a half finger head and no lacing,the smell is raisins,citrus and alcohol,it has a light to medium bodied averagely carbonated mouthfeel and exudes tastes of sticky date pudding,boiled candy,orange zest,melon,light toffee and ends with a tropical bittersweet finish and overall its alright without being standoutish and ive noticed more and more from sampling this brewery's brews that they dont really nail the style they are attempting and probably wouldnt revisit anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 15:01:08 | More by ADZA
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DerBayer

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An all around very decent beer showing everything i would expect of an old style ale - noticeable raisiny alcohol presence slight hop bitterness and some dried fruit.

The drinkability is high considering the abv but more than a pint is challenging...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 00:57:38 | More by DerBayer
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vancurly

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB October 2009
a) Bronze orange, slight haze. Crackly offwhite head
s) Powdery, floral perfume. Faint lemon sherbet note. Crystal malts lift on warming.
f) Rich, molasses/licorice flavour, slight ethanol hint. Fruitcake
m) Filling and rich. Lightly syrupy. But light tingle on tongue. Enjoyable.
d) Not a quaffer. Slow, winter sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 03:16:29 | More by vancurly
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brendan13

Australia

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy deep orange colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - The aroma is quite fruity, almost like marmalade. Some floral notes are also present. A touch of biscuity malt and some spicy esters as well.
T - A lot of fruit on the taste as well, citrus mainly but also some peach & pear hints. Quite a sweet biscuit maltiness. Some warming alcohol touches.
M - Medium bodied, quite a low carbonation. A sticky, slightly cloying finish.
D - A nice beer indeed and worth a try. Not quite what I was expecting but I'd probably drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 11:45:26 | More by brendan13
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle-conditioned, 500ml brown glass bottle. BB Oct. 2009, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: reddish amber with slight haze due to yeast-sediments; hissing and semi-lively carbonation full of tiny bubbles carries a well-lasting fluffy off-white sponge on top.
S: sweet and fragrant malts, citrus fruits, fresh and ripe longan fruits, caramel, a light hint of mineral and lemon-rind like mustiness (as in Duvel)... all blended together, resulting in a lively, aromatic smell. Not much alc. is felt but a tad too sweet, although this is anticipated given the high alc. content.
T: chewy biscuity, syrupy, as well as jammy berry malts with a layer of alc. prevails upfront, followed by lots of aromatic fruit esters, sweet citrusness, and a moderately(herbal & slightly metallic) bitter flow of hops... A slightly stinky (like leather plus dirty kitchen cloth) and spicy (peppery and clove-ish) note of magical yeastiness lingers quietly but well until the end.
M&D: besides a superbly-controlled, soft yet lively carbonation, it's chewy and slightly powdery on palate, while the alc. makes itself felt more like a lubricating and warming kickback of a fruit liquor down the throat. As it warms, the fizziness softens greatly as does the warming feel, making it tasting even smoother... This well-hopped, moderately bitter, strong ale is very well bottle-conditioned IMO, and 9%abv. is nowhere to be felt on the palate - a dangerous but brilliant sign of a successful strong ale! This proves to be my new favourite ale from the Durham Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 03:01:09 | More by wl0307
Bede's Chalice from Durham Brewery Ltd
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