Chalky's Bite | Sharp's Brewery

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Sharp's Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by wl0307 on 07-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of HopBelT
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a large white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, hazy

S: yeast and slight grain, coriander

T: yeasty, orange, coriander, slight peppery flavor, green banana

M: thinner with medium carbonation

O: not bad, flavors are subtle but reminiscent of a traditional heffewizen

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Rick Stein’s, Falmouth, Cornwall, amber with white head mellow bitter taste with a hint of apple, and a nice mellow bitter aftertaste, nice.

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Photo of steverx8
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of KarlMcGowan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of joemarshall94
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Sigmund
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rerate, 330 ml bottle, from Selfridge’s food store, London. ABV is 6.8%. Golden colour, large white head. Fairly nice aroma of grassy, herbal and fruity hops, hints of candy. The flavour is fairly sweet, the alcohol is not very well hidden. Fruity and slightly spicy flavour Original rating: Bottle, at RBESG 2007 in Glasgow, Grand Tasting. Golden colour. Nice but moderate fruity aroma. Fruity and somewhat acidic flavour. Not too impressive.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my St Bernardus chalice.

A - Pours a beautiful cloudy golden colour with hint of Ruby. The head is white and reduces to a lingering film.

S - Quite a zesty aroma from the bottle. Once poured becomes more pungent.

T - Very nice flavours of spice and citrus as well as some malt. Very well disguised ABV.

M - Medium body and carbonation

D - I'm staggered at the way the smoothness in this beer disguises the ABV. It's such an enjoyable beer and very much recommended.

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Photo of eat
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A gift from my parents, possibly because there's a picture of a dog on the bottle? Chalky's Bite pours light-amber in colour, opaque with a light cover of white head and ring around the glass. There are some little unidentified black specs sitting at the bottom. Can't say I've encountered this before; could this be remnants of Chalky's Bite?

Not too much smell here but what I can pick out is a bit weird. Light caramel, mandarin orange, honey, lightly soapy hops, a hint of something a bit off (like burnt rubber or something) and subtle spices; though I wouldn't have identified fennel without already knowing it was there.

This is a bit of a strange brew. It was intended as an English attempt at Belgian complexity but comes off as an English ale with added confusion. Without the description on the back of the bottle I would be totally baffled as to what this was even supposed to be, though the overall character does remain English somehow. It's hard to identify any one thing here, the flavours are all basic and without character; you've got some bitter, sour, astringent and a little sweet. The sweetness shows a little caramel and the sourness a touch of lemon juice. The astringency is where the bite lies, I suppose, but it doesn't come along with a specific flavour. I'm not picking up on any fennel or much of anything else, period. I will give it one thing: it's pretty smooth for 6.8%ABV. Not really any alcohol shows.

The feel is way off, though it does certainly have "bite". Way too foamy; it feels like the carbonation is attacking your tongue like an ill-tempered terrier, making it difficult to really taste much of anything. The finish is overly drying, leaving your mouth feeling dehydrated.

I can't say I'm too into this one. For what reason is this English failure available at liquor stores in Manitoba when you can't get the majority of the top Canadian beers there? Good old government liquor clue. "Looka this''s gotst a dawg!"

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Photo of IllNate
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy pale straw, with some fizzy head that doesn't stick around.

S - Herbal and spicy. Some citrus with malt undertones.

T - Taste follows the nose with herbal spicy and citrus. Didn't notice the licorice in the nose, but you can taste the licorice hint of the fennel.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Smooth with a bit of a bite with the citrus and fennel.

D - Quite drinkable. I don't think I'd have too many in one sitting though.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: light brown/tawny ale similar in colour to a rich pale ale or English bitter.

S: picking up the fennel in the scent, makes it slightly more interesting than your average English ale.

T: conceptually, they were trying to create an alternative to a Belgian ale by adding fennel to the brew. While there are some similarities, this doesn't quite live up to the aim. However, if that hadn't been stated, I'd say this was an interesting spiced ale. Not spectacular, but interesting nonetheless.

M: falls a little flat in the mouthfeel department.

D: 6.6 is a bit high, but in the smaller bottle, it's not so bad. I won't rush to try this again, but it was moderately drinkable.

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Photo of dgilks
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly tart with a few light citrus notes. A little bit musty with just a hint of bitterness in the aroma.

Fairly cloudy gold colour with a small, shortlasting white head.

Soft malts dominate the start with a few notes of light lactic tartness. The hops are subdued and the wild Cornish fennel is lacking any punch although it is present. It's okay.

Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation. Acceptable but hardly great.

This beer is unfortunately infected, a poor reflection on the technique of the brewery. The idea of fennel in a beer is interesting and I could see this (even in its infected state) going well with seafood. An interesting beer but poorly executed this time.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting beer with quite a big flavour profile that is very dry on the finish and full of almost a Belgian flavour in the midbody. Not a typical english old ale but rather a strong pale ale spiced with Fennel. worth the purchase as it is quite orginal in style

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden amber color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium sweet malt with nice floral undertones and some wild dry hops are also noticeable. Taste is a very delicate and refined mix between some lightly sweet floral malt with some grassy wild dry hops. Very well balance with great mix between malt backbone and hop profile with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very drinkable and well done though even more hop profile would have benefited this beer.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 330ml bottle at room temperature.

A - Golden straw, pilsner-like in colour, but slightly cloudy with small sedimentation. Good frothy head.

S - Grassy hops and chocolate.

T - Dry and sharp. Clear malts, and floral flavours. The flavours are very delicate and subtle.

M - Very fizzy and lively. Dry finish.

D - This is a great thirst quencher with a sharp dry taste. I will try this again but chilled next time, as I don't think the flavours are big enough to carry off the beer at room temperature.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Robbeer for bringing this beer all the way from England to Japan.

Hazy dark yellow body (not unlike urine) with pure white head. Lacing doesnt stay around for long.

Very floral aroma. Soft peachiness.
Lots of fennel and peach and tropical fruit ice tea flavors. Not a whole lot of malt or hoppiness. Honey notes on the finish.

Something about the tropical fruit undertones of this beer just didnt do it for me.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me, along with a load of other interesting beers for doing a Christian Fellowship quiz night. I'll offer again if they pay this sort of wage!

Brown 330ml bottle, best before 29th June 2009, drank 6th March 2008.

Poured into a Corsendonk stemmed Tulip glass.

Because it is bottle conditioned I poured it very slowly and carefully. I was rewarded with a lovely looking, clear, Old Gold coloured beer with a large, snow white head. Plenty of bubbles rising upwards to the head indicated a lot of carbonisation. I think this is the first time I have given a 5 for appearance (in almost 400 beers reviewed).

The bottle claims Wild Fennel has been used to flavour the beer, I couldn't detect any in the aroma, only yeast esters and some barley and wheat notes.

Tangy and sharp taste, again no hint of fennel for me, more of a ginger style heat bite to it. There is a warmth to the beer that's for sure. 3 Months of maturing has added something to the beer, it has Duvel type feel to it.

The warmth stays and so does the tartness of the intial taste. The 6.8% rests easy within the beer too, making it a very pleasant drink in deed.

I liked this a lot, a very good beer and very un-English in its style.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden, thinnish layer of white froth that quickly dissipates

Aroma: blossom honey, coriander, hint of fennel, bubblegum esters

Flavor: dryish light malt profile with a slight graininess; hints of fennel tops, herbally hops, peppery alcohol, and attenuated honey; finishes dryish with a vegetal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, lively carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: A pretty good beer, but in a little 330ml bottle unfortunately. Goes great with almost any meal.

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Photo of wl0307
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Trafalgar Wines, a nice little offie in Brighton. Coming in a 330ml brown bottle, this one is bottle-conditioned and "sort-of" commissioned by the British celebrity chef Rick Stein (hence the name of the beer, as Chalky is the name of Stein's lovely Jack Russell!). According to the beer label, the brewer is challenged by Stein to produce a Fennel-added pale ale able to stand up to the standard of a complex Belgian pale ale. Sounds interesting, yet a bit commercial-orientated... BB 30/05/2008, served lightly-chilled in a large bulb wine glass.

A: it pours into the big bulb wine glass a slightly murky, light amber hue; the thick fluffy white head gradually settles down to a rimmed blanket, on top of mild fizziness.
S: a deep sniff tells a ve...ry fragrantly fruity story with abundant fruitiness and flowery hoppyness - peach-blossom, lychees, green melons, elderflower, honey-drink... all's well, but it somehow lacks a deeper or healthy malty base. A touch of fresh fennels (yeah!) appears somewhere in the mixture, while the body smells quite syrupy and, as far as the thicknesss is concerned, is slightly reminiscent of a Belgian Pale Ale .
T: the initial flowery+spicy palate of exotic fruits and yeasts gets mixed with a nice spritzy bite of melon-sorbet... Slowly, the bitterness of English hops reveals itself, underlined by a bitter-sweet biscuity maltiness that creeps down deeper and deeper... on top of which, the finish is filled with bitter-sweetness and a honey-ish undernote.
M&D: medium-bodied and softly-fizzy, the texture is almost creamy throughout - a sign of successful bottle-conditioning. This beer, maybe due to yeastiness, is packed of tropical fruits, yet the structure attains a triangle between hops, malts and fruit/flowery esters, just the right balance a good Belgian pale ale should have. As I'm not quite familiar with fresh fennels, I can't say how the addition of the herbs has influenced the beer; but, all in all, this is a really interesting, fragrant, and delicious ale not to be eschewed as a simply commercialised promotion for Rick Stein's TV series!

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Chalky's Bite from Sharp's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 20 ratings