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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.47/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage.

The beer poured into the sniffer crystal clear deep golden amber with a frothy and tall yellowish head which lasted very well to lace the glass taking into consideration the alcohol content of the beer.

The aroma was spicy with notes of earthy hops and a strong malt backbone to boot. The malt contained raisins and sherry and an appropriate nose of alcohol. The aroma was unique and interesting being both hoppy and fruity.

The flavor was crisp and nice with a strong malt presence and a substantial level of bittering. The flavor was spicy with hops, but without a distict hop flavor. A bit earthy, perhaps a bit grassy, but nothing concrete. The malt contained a lightly nutty presence and a biscuit flavor that was well achieved and uniquely interesting. Some alcohol was present in the flavor, but only added to the complexity of the brew.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of caramel, sherry, and alcohol into the aftertaste with a lightly spicy character in the finality of the aftertaste. The body was medium or just above and the carbonation level was just almost too high for an old ale, almost reaching the point of being fizzy. A truly great and interesting ale, even with 5 years of age staring it in the face.

9.3 ounce corked bottle.

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Photo of GimmeAles
1.83/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a peachy, amber hue and forms a one-finger creamy head that subsides to a ring. Clumps of suspended yeast make this look like a Belgian. No freshness date to be seen on the label, but the cork has a gooey, syrupy residue on it – curious how fresh this one is.

Nose is tart, and fruity – almost Sav-Blanc-like. Haven’t yet ventured in gueze-lambic territory, but this has a ‘sourness’ to it. A little bready yeast in the background.

Taste is of pear-grape vinegar upfront with a little malt sweetness in the back. There are wine-like qualities but still ‘not quite right’. Again with a faint, bready-yeast character in the back, but it’s fleeting and not very satisfying. Mouthfeel is thin and the finish is dry but with vaporous, vinegar-like presence that I'm not sure is normal.

Not at all enjoyable and nearly poured this one out. As my rule goes, I will try again from a source known to be fresh, but it would have to improve in many ways to make me a believer.

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Photo of DogFood11
1/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another Gale's brew, Another complete debacle.

No head whatsoever even with a super agressive pour. Ruddy bown to copper with little carbonation even though I got a good pop when I released the cork. No sun struck character either.

Lots of cider like qualities to this. apple pie mixed with a shot of burboun. I've never poured one down the drain and I wont start today but this is as close as I can get. Cinnamon, Burboun and some oaked or woody type backer may sound like a treat but the combination is rough and acidic.

Notes: Simply awful and this was not a bad sample as I got none of the symptoms of a beer gone bad this is just a bad beer. You taste every bit of the 9% and then some. If you like hard apple ciders with some spices and no carbonation this is for you...

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Photo of Jredner
2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very barleywine smelling...also includes ample fruit notes especially apple and pear. Still orange/ head at all. Slightly oxidized fore with lots of smooth sweet malt..a touch of honey and lots of apple, pear, some prune as well and even a smattering of raisin notes. A bit syrupy as well and the alcohol is still somewhat hot even after 5 years. Not something I’d buy again.

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Photo of oberon
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a ruddy deep copper with no head and I mean no head to speak of almost like flat pop,interesting if not great aromas apple cider infused with cocoa powder makes for an interesting mix.Flat mouthfeel to be expected wich is unpleasant,astrigent flavors very sour apple and unsweetened chocolate maybe a little prune thrown in but Iam dumping this bad boy out.Now a few years ago this was likely alot better but there is absolutley no carbonation at all the and the flavors are way off.A shame Iam sure this was once a decent beer.

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Photo of edbeered
4.4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, this pours an opaque orange brown, with no head to speak of. It's odor is of brandy-like alcohol. The taste has elements of plum brandy, sweet cherry, and a tart green apple presence as well. The mouthfeel is very full, with the various flavors warring for supremacy. This is 9 percent alcohol and tastes it. Drinkability(in quantity) is somewhat diminished by the intense flavors and high alcoholic content. This beer demands to be savored slowly. A fascinating and flavorful brew.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy golden orange color with lots of particles floating around the beer. Absolutely no head. I mean no head whatsoever, this is weird. Smell is very pungent and sour, musty, with lots of citrus involved. Taste is a strong one. Booziness, apples, oranges, toffee, and carmel. A very odd beer, matured several years. Tart and very unique, this will stick with me for a while. Could use carbonation (at all). What an interesting beer, never had anything like it, nor anticipate to ever again.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 275ml / 9.3 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, the shape is so familiar to those that have sampled George Gale’s bottled libational offerings. Sealed with a sliver-like thin unmarked cork and wrapped in a gold colored plastic. The main label lists this brew as “Conquest Ale Masterbrew – Brewed in 2001”. Stated as 9% alc./vol.

Appearance: Dark red brown body, in the Duvel glass it exhibits a ruddy hue that has rustic tones. Minimal head retention which formed on the pour soon disappears completely to reveal a sad looking flat lipid fluid. Zero carbonation.

Nose: Hmmm, deeply inhaled it has a lovely rich dark fruity aplomb.

Taste: Low on carbonation but high on viscosity. Figs and sultanas ride the toffee caramel middle. Woody tones with a light run on the alcohol. Bare knuckle Boxer with some refinement. Thick Devon toffee and smooth malts start the proceedings. Centre-piece represents rich dark skinned plums, cheap sherry, dried sultanas, prunes and figs. Finish warms with a Christmas Pudding texture.

Drinkability: Oh yeah…..pedigree chum, nicely put together and a great sipping finish to the night.

Overall: Saved for a special occasion….

George Gale & Company is located in Horndean, I’ve been there, it’s a lovely picturesque village situated in the English County of Sussex, but 65 years ago it would most certainly not have been a quiet time or place to be.

London has a remarkable mixture of old and new monuments, and today it has another new addition, a £1.65m sculpture commissioned by the Battle of Britain Historical Society and funded by public subscription. A plaque inscribed with the names of the 2,936 pilots and crew from Britain and 15 other countries who fought in the Battle of Britain and engraved with Sir Winston Churchill's famous phrase: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

The RAF and the German Luftwaffe fought for air supremacy over the skies of Britain between 10 July and 31 October 1940, but it was on 15 September 1940, that RAF Fighter Command eventually dared to claim victory over the Luftwaffe after a day of bombing raids ended in extremely heavy losses for Germany.

“When shall their glory fade?” Winston Churchill

Dedicated to the Few.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

9.3oz, brewed in 2001. Corked with the top wrapped in gold plastic. Poured into a pint glass.

Dark amber, slight haze, with no carbonation or head. Almost looks like a glass of oolong tea.

Alcohol, butterscotch and cider make up the nose. Slightly doughy and a little winey.

The lack of carbonation and and slightly acidic nature of this brew give it a merlot character. Some earthy notes from the malt. The finish borders on astringent. No alcohol registers, but at the same time, not much else does either.

I found the mouthfeel to be weak, possibly from the lack of carbonation. Too strong and boring to make me want another.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky butterscotch that contains a fair amount of fine yeast, as well as larger, darker chunks of what I presume are also yeast. The off-white, rapidly diminishing head is a barely covering film within minutes. No lace.

The nose is musty, golden fruity, spicy and slightly alcoholic. Conquest Ale smells like spiced orchard fruit compote, but isn't as compelling as that description makes it sound. Although it isn't bad, it's lacking in... personality, for want of a better word.

The beer tastes like it smells, roughly speaking. Roughly is actually a good choice of words since it tastes rough with regard to the alcohol. Rather than being an integral part of the flavor profile, as it is in the best high-ABV brews, the ethanol in this case is a thing apart and detracts rather than complements.

The flavor is more vinous than expected, with a peach wine (or even a peach brandy) vibe. Sweet, bitter and sour are present in equal proportions. As I concentrate on the finish, it's clear that sour fruit holds out the longest. Damn that unmasked alcohol. Without it, this would be a pretty good beer.

The mouthfeel is lightened somewhat by an overzealous amount of carbonation. Having said that, it's still medium-full and ever so slightly syrupy. Toning down the bubbliciousness would help a great deal.

Conquest Ale Master Brew tastes nothing like an old ale, although given the state of the yeast, it's most likely old. The rear label claims that it's a pale ale. If so, I don't believe that I've ever tasted such a high-octane version of that style. Whatever it is, it isn't really my thing.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.99/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours without any head so the glass is squeaky clean. Cloudy amber color with chunky bits left in bottle. No carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is raisins and prunes. Starts on the sweet side, malts are there and the hops are hidden some alcohol overtones. Nice Old ale, the 275ml bottle is not enough, $5.49 from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

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Photo of granger10
3.74/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2001 this beer pours a light honeyish color with barely a head. Lots of bubbles in the liquid that aren't rising to the top but slowly making their way up. Fairly clear bronze color in the end.

Aroma is great. There's a citric grapefruit/orange flavor in there. Some vinous notes, a bit of smoke, and then finally a strong apple cider scent comes in the end. Really nice.

Taste did not quite live up to the aroma. It was like a big globule of liquid hit me in the front with cidery notes but there really wasn't much residual sugars, just a glob of sweetness. Towards the end it gets a bit tart and then acidic in the finish. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

This beer is thick and heavy in body. Decent carbonation but its lacking some life to it, which I guess I would expect.

This was a good beer but I was content after the 9.3 oz. Still probably not worth the price imo.

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Photo of EPseja
1.89/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Happy Friday! Cracked open this corked 275ml bottle after dinner to unwind for the evening. This beer was vintage 2001, and was served at slightly cooler than cellar temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance: Transparent copper / carmelized apricot in color. A trace of haze from the bottle conditioning. Not even the slightest trace of carbonation even after letting the last 1/3 of the bottle *glug* into the glass. Looks flat. Very heavy sediment left at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Maple syrup with a winey overtone. Traces of smoked peat. Raisins. Currants. Prunes. Slight vanilla. Reminds me of a "light" version of a Sam Adams Triple bock.

Taste: Maple syrup right up front. Medium bodied malts. Metallic yeasty / alcohol punch right in the middle, paired with the taste of an unmatured sherry. Some hop bitterness in the finish, but can't discern what type. Smoky and tart (but unpleasant) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Completely flat except for a whisper of effervescence (perhaps the 2001 vintage is a little bit too old to retain it's carbonation). Not a good thing for a non cask-conditioned ale. Watery on the tongue like a cheap wine. Drying in the finish. Not pleasant.

Drinkability: Nothing about this beer (save the smell) would make me want to continue sipping if it weren't for me rating it right now.

Conclusion: Drank about 1/3 of this beer before pouring it down the drain. Nasty taste aside, this beer is too strong to be a "regular drinking" beer, and too weak to make it as a "dessert" beer. Looks like I'll be making another beer selection for this evening's wind-down.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.72/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly hazy copper with no head at all. Semms to have no carbonation as it is very still. Smells very fruity and richly malty. Hints of sherry, vanilla and plum.

Lots going on here for flavors. Plum and raisin, sherry and port, caramel. Slight alcohol burn. Alot going on here but the end result is not very tasty. A full bodied beer and absolutely flat. Not sure if it is supposed to be that way but regardless it really doesn't work for me. Not very drinkable, really had to work through this one. If flat is not your thing, steer clear.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.1/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unknown dusty vintage. It could be as new as 2002, or as old as 1992? No one knows. Dark muddy peach with a nice fine layer of bubbles. Aromas of cherries, nutmeg, cinnamon, sour apples, and more. This is a very complex cidery, quelque chose like concoction. I''m not sure what this particular old ale tastes like fresh, but I have to assume that the years of aging that this brew has gone through has made a bit of magic happen in there. The taste is big, bolshy, and wonderful. Figs, dried fruits, port, brandy, sherry, christmas pudding, and more blend together wonderfully to make an intoxicating liquid. The mouthfeel is hindered by a lack of carbonation, but the drinkability remains magical. How can a brewery be so good, and yet so bad!?

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.87/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amazing how a high-ABV beer can be so refreshing and lacking the normal "high ABV shiver" I seem to get. I would never have guessed the taste by the appearance and smell.

It poured a what seemed to be a thick, chunky, cloudy beer. It was a light caramel color with a nearly non-existant head.

The smell was a boquet of citrus, caramel and spices with an acidic edge. As it warmed, the alcohol smell intensified.

The taste was a low carbonation surprise that tasted more like a spiced cider than an ale. This was my first "Old Ale" so I'm anxious to try more of this style.

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Photo of putnam
3.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2001. A deeply malty mass of aromas emerge from this solera brandy-colored liquid. Though I've not tasted one in over a year, memories of Old Crustacean pop into my head. No bubbling at all. Absolutely still. The odors rising upward imply a thickly alcoholic drink with nuances of toffee, walnut brittle and roasted grass.
On the palate it is perfectly flat, and now this fact seems like an error. Too long in the bottle without a perfect seal (this was closed with only a short cork and capsule.)
It is a shame, because there is some real merit to the recipe. Tons of glycerin survived the trip and offer baked apple, nutmeg and pepper spice flavors. Really a terrific base. I will use this in my next pot au feu

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.67/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/honey yellow with a thin head that drops to a ring. Wow, look at the yeasy floating around in there! Definitely bottle conditioned.
Smell was sweetly sour, malty and fruity almost like a champagne nose.
Taste was magnificent! I must honestly reset my personal scale and possibly re-review every other Pale Ale I've done so far. Fruity, malty, with some alcohol later (not as much as 9% ABV might suggest) hops at the finish. Very complex and extremely well-balanced. A pale ale that drinks a lot like a champagne.
Smooth, very smooth, with a medium/full body.
Drinkability? OMG! Extraordinarily drinkable. Thank you, sir, may I have another? Please?

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Photo of cbl2
2.35/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


A short snub nosed bottle with cork. Pours completely still, without even the slightest hint of carbonation. Body is slightly opaque brownish orange.


A roasted caramel aroma is present along with some diacetyl fruit like quality, that doesn't mask the abundance of hops present.


The lack of carbonation was not a good sign, and I fear that this is somewhat skunked. Has an unpleasant woody flavor and a sourness to it, that I'm sure was not intended. Alas, this one is going down the drain.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

9.3oz extra thick wide-bodied, narrow-necked corked bottle. Brew in 2001.
It pours a cloudy, orange-tinged, dark amber with just a few passing bubbles.
The malt flavor is a bit of a disappointment. The taste of caramel and toffee, while in the aroma, is lacking in the flavor. Instead, tastes of tart apples, karo syrup, lemon juice, and vinegar and salt come through.
The rich sweet caramel aroma gives promise of a good malty, aged stock ale. A damp earthy smell carries the odor of fermented apple cider and more distantly, citrusy hops
A citrusy tartness and slight sour taste sort of counter the sweetness, but in an unbalanced, pointless way.
Don't let the fancy packaging fool you. This brew lacks character and a beginning foundation.

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Photo of ark57
4.07/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is golden in color and has a big head that dissipates fast. The aroma smels of cheddar and some lemon. It is earthy and musty as well as vinous and slightly tart. IT finishes with a bitter bite, but it almost reminds me of a lambic. Not quite, but it was the closest style I thought it resembled, though I do not believe it neatly fits into any style's guidelines.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep, rich, ripe orange tone, looking more maroonish in the shad, with a head that begins lemony-creamy, then quits for good.
Aroma: potent, spicy, huge citrus, deep lemon, sour, yeasty, peppery.
Taste: Sourness is king, with large fruit factor in the flavor, little bits of spiciness on the palate, lingering in the finish. Medium bodied, fully-flavored, but not particularly pleasing to this tongue. Too much pucker, not enough pleasure. A vinous feel interjects through the citrus, and the taste is more interesting, but not quite more worthy. Finish is sour, then dry.
One more in the list of far-too-expensive, far-too-small, far-little-enjoyment bottles that I've conquered in the George Gale line. Won't be returning to this one.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I always appreciate the effort in a corked beer but this brew left something to be desired. Pours a pulpy amber-gold color with a medium beige head. Aroma of fruit and a little bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a highly vinous aspect to it. The bottle calls this a Pale Ale but I just don't see it. A sour-ish fruit flavor dominates, both apple and apricot. There may be other flavors lurking in the background but the tart fruit overpowers them. The finish is tart and a little oily. Not a terrible beer but I was somewhat disappointed.

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Photo of ZAP
3.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a peach tinted honey head...motuhfeel is low on the carbonation...nose is very berry like....sweet strawberrys, blackberrys and raspberrys...flavor is fruity (big berry notes)...some cidery apple notes too...also some leathery/musty/woody flavors, some spicy alcohol on the finish...overall leans on the sweet side...really no hop flavors detected...finishes a bit on the tart side from the fruit...

Overall, a decent enough ale....doesn't quite strike me as special and certainly not worth the $4 for the bottle...

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Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Color like grapfruit juice. Little to no carbonation. Nice yeast floating in the glass. Citrus nose followed by very citrusy taste, I'm picking up a lot of tangerine. Very pleasant, although I might have a hard time finishing even a full bottle of this (and it comes in a 9.3 oz). Overall, though, one of the better beers I've had lately.

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Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew from George Gale & Company Ltd
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