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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

Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to pick up two, 9.3 oz (275 ml) bottles of Conquest Ale. Uncorked and decanted one into a conical pint glass; no production information evident.
A: Almost identical to cloudy, dark brown apple cider. Settles to a hazy copper color with brown sediment clearly filling the bottom of the glass. No head, lacing or legs.
S: Aromas of chardonnay, apple, pear, and maybe soil, with the suggestion of a spicy note.
T: Acidity notable up front. Really more reminiscent of a full bodied white wine, e.g chardonnay, than beer. In a blind tasting, I could have believed that this was one (which was possibly beginning to turn).
F: Medium bodied, no discernible effervescence.
O: I have tried a couple of aged old ales before. Not really my "cup of tea," but interesting as a change and to understand the breadth of what constitutes "beer." Certainly seems to be a reasonable version of the style, based on my limited experience.

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3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Campbell's tulip. No date marking. Murky earth color, no head whatsoever. Mild nose, sweet, smells lightly of tangy fruit. Tastes light and smooth, like prunes, with a zing. Refreshing round and complex.

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1.24/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is really a big turn off appearance wise, looks like fetid swamp water, no head, no bubbles, no lace, no nothing, just nasty stuff. Aroma was more swamp water, oxidized damp wood, fusel alcohol.

Taste and smell is a little like pruno from a correctional center. Someone took their fruit cup, added raisins, left it on a radiator, and made this 'beer'. Alcohol and bitter dark overripe fruit are dominant. Nothing in terms of carbonation makes every negative flavor and amplify it in the mouthfeel.

God I hate this beer. Budweiser is vastly superior to this nonsense.

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2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BranfordBound
3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open a vintage bottle of this one. Guy at the beer store said late '90s for this one. Poured amber, murky, some floaties around, not much head. Nice sweet aroma, nothing off-putting but nothing crazy, either. Nice gentle flavor here, too. Some earthiness and sweet malts. A touch of dark fruit, a touch of tobacco. Finishes a little bit of vinegar. All in all pretty tasty, for 15 years though I think we would need something more robust.

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1.75/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

2001, popped 2015. Cork was rotting with some funk growing on the top, drank anyway with a few people, not good.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.21/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

2nd go. The first bottle was a big fail.

It pours a hazy orange w with no foam and, duh, no lacing.

Age has taken an obvious toll on the beer's smell and I'm sure taste. Smell is of vinegar, which isn't so bad, but there's a chemical like aroma that is very off putting.

Taste IS better. Loaded with the vinegar sourness, gots some soy, and way way deep in the background, the slightest hint of what this may have tasted like. ..an Old Ale?

Light bodied with "some" carbonation.

I fully blame the crumbly cork for not protecting the contents. :^(

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a 2001 vintage that I picked up in 2011 and recently drank. .
A: It pours dark reddish brown with a slight sparkle and a thin tan line of fizz arouind the edge.
S: It has an estery, winey smell.
T: Suggests a fruit wine but the type is hard to pin down.
F: Full bodied, wine-like, almost oily, with very little carbonation.
O: This drinks as close to a wine as a beer can get. .

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2/5  rDev -37.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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2/5  rDev -37.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +25%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of jimmah120
1.52/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Bottle said brewed in 2001, consumed 2013. Review is from notes.

Pours out a deep saturated amber, with no head or bubbles whatsoever. Also, there were the strangest floaties I've ever seen: looked like chewed up dog toys. Smell is hard water, tobacco. Taste was putrid beyond belief: vinegar, stale wine, rotted black cherries. All along with a mouthfeel similar to the watery part of curdled milk.

An awful experience capped off with a drain pour. Avoid like the plague. Even after reading the reviews from 2002, its hard to believe this was ever drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +25%

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Photo of MadScientist
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle says "Brewed in 2001"

A: A medium copper with good clarity. The faint head is quick to dissipate

S: Licorice and soy with an almost salty aroma in the tail end. There is a moderate alcohol aroma and a light malt richness.

T: Fairly oxidized with a medium strength orange fruity ester and tobacco. There is a light vanilla flavor blending with a medium-light soy sauce ummai and saltiness. The oak is apparent. The hops bitterness is low but teaming up with a light tartness against a medium malt sweetness the balance is somewhat towards the malt sweetness. The finish is medium sweet.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with almost no carbonation.

O: It takes several sips for the flavors to resolve and become enjoyable but man are those first first few sips a challenge. It a bit of mess flavor-wise a is on the decline of its aging life. IT would be interesting to see what a young bottle of this is like but I may have missed the boat on that one.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.26/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Unknown vintage, most likely 2000 or 2001. Pours a murky golden amber with no head whatsoever. A large amount of yeast sediment is clearly visible, both suspended in the liquid and gathered at the bottom of the glass.

S: Strong aromas of sherry, madeira, salted nuts, caramel, oak, unripened pineapple, unripened grapes, cider vinegar, yeast, and must fill the nose. This is definitely an old-fashioned, oak-aged English old ale.

T: The entry presents complex and somewhat contradictory flavors of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, leather, must, unripened grapes, unripened pineapple, oak, moist earth, mild tobacco, salted nuts, cider vinegar, bready yeast, must, pear, plum, sherry, and madeira. The finish is tart, lactic, and woody with robust cider vinegar, must, sherry, unripened fruit, leather, and yeast flavors.

M: Medium in body, slick, oily, and smooth. Carbonation is pretty much nonexistent, so this beer is very still in the mouth. Alcohol presence is just barely detectable.

O: From reading some of the earlier reviews, I get the distinct impression that real English old ales are not all that familiar to American audiences. After all, the style is very nearly extinct, because what passes for old ale these days in both the United Kingdom and United States is not all that comparable to the style of old. Real English old ales were generally moderate in alcohol content (though some, like this one, were stronger), they were malty, and they were stored for extended periods of time in new, uncharred oak casks. This storage in wood contributed to the beer's distinctly lactic, sour flavor and lack of carbonation. As a matter of fact, it is my understanding that when served, old ales were frequently referred to as "still beers" because they lacked easily discernible carbonation, sitting in the mouth much like a wine or spirit. So, for those who feel that this beer is past its prime, all I can say is perhaps only slightly. It's probably just past its peak right now, but should be good for at least a couple more years. Taken as an example of a real English old ale, this is a near excellent example of the style.

As a side note, this makes me really miss George Gale & Co. I'll definitely be picking up a few more of these for consumption on special occasions.

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4/5  rDev +25%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew from George Gale & Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 104 ratings
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