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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
63
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
15.27%
 
 
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Photo of helloloser12345
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500ml, Presented in a very nice silver box.

Pour: Nice tan head foams up but quickly subsides.

Appearance: Beautiful dark amber colour with warm red hues.

Smell: Biscuit, dried fruit. Aromas are unusually subtle for this kind of beer and are very hard to pick out.

Flavour: Dark fruity malts, raisins and slightly nutty.

Overall: Not bad at all, very drinkable. I agree with my fried bob that it isn’t just a typical winter warmer.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, boxed

Pours with a dark amber body, slight whispy head with fair retention, fizzy body

Smell, slightly musky, some hint of diactal, some hint of christmasy spice

Taste, quite refreshing and along the lines of a standard pale ale, bicuity, some clean hops on the finish, some slight clove

Not a bad ale, crisp and drinkable, not very wintery warmer

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Photo of stjarnflikka
2.22/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, red beer with a thick white foam that directly brings your mind to CHRISTMAS :D

The first dissapointment though comes quite quick with the first sniff. There is some malt, a citric fruity trace and a dry alcoholic smell. Weak smell however.

The second dissapointment comes when tasting the beer. Once again there is malt and some bitterness that quickly dissappears. The beer has some undefinable flavour that doesnt belong there that together with the generally weak taste really makes this a winter warmer.

Really not a winter warmer, and even so not a good beer. Ill try it again though, to see if its better next year.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber hue, a chincy layer of off-white suds that quickly fades to almost nothing

Aroma: pineapple, cotton candy, faint almonds, touch of malt

Flavor: mild malt sweetness, some guava-like fruitiness, mild floral hop flavor, a pleasant drying hop bitterness, slight roast in the aftertaste, dryish finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, minerally, somewhat astringent

Overall Impression: If it weren't for the festive packaging denoting Christmas, this beer would be not much different from most pale ales. Still, it has a nice nose and a "more-ish" afertaste.

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Christmas Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
3.34 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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