Christmas Ale | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom
shepherd-neame.co.uk

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2003

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#40,728
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
69
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - let the festive season commence, as it is at least post-Hallowe'en, amirite?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar blotchy lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, some muddled pome fruitiness, a hint of earthy spice, and some plain leafy, herbal, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, baked apples, faint generic citrus notes, and more earthy, spicy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the malt keepin' on keepin' on.

Overall - this is an approachable enough version of the style, simple in its bearing. Something to sip on while sitting in front of a fireplace, listening to distant relatives' stories, or the like. And the well-hidden extra 2 points of ABV may surely help one get through the latter.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Recoilx
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper orange and filtered with lots of champagne carbonation, and topped with 4 fingers of light beige head.

Smells of treacle, toffee and caramel. Very malt forward.

The taste follows the nose, and is very sweet with hints of orange and treacle, malt beverage and a hint of hard water. Bitterness is only in the afterthought.

Medium, buoyant body, with little carbonation.

Got this at LCBO, and I'm drinking at the cottage tonight, Dec 14th, 2017. Better than expected based on other people's ratings. Enjoyable on a cold winters evening.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aidan11
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an easy, drinkable beer that still had slot of flavor. It's sweet, bready, and toffeeish, while also being spicy. One can taste the alcohol a bit, but that just compliments the spiciness.

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Photo of windowside
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mousel
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
4.52/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Cerveceria Internacional. In Ikea's pint glass. Reading JHTP11 Ch 21. Deliciously sweet, with some zesty notes that Im not sure if they come from spices or hops, and really, really moreish.

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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ikidunot
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tee76
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of franklioni
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Could have done with a bit more mellowness as it was just too much of everything to be a classic.

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Photo of psm90
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced with spicy notes throughout. Warming alcohol notes.

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Photo of Molson2000
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cycle69
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of srsev
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of CRObighit2
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wajohnst
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours clear copper with a small foam ring for a head. Fruity, estery, malty christmas cake with an edge of lemon rind, woody hops. Too much booze present for the gravity.

Worth a try if you like the style, but drinkability takes a hit because of the medicinal alcohol flavor.

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Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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Christmas Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 69 ratings