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Jezebel (Wicked Women Series) | Brewster's Brewing Co Ltd

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Jezebel (Wicked Women Series)Jezebel (Wicked Women Series)

Brewed by:
Brewster's Brewing Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerBeing on 07-23-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of jdhilt
1.59/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Apple cider nose. Flavor is sour apple cider without the expected hops from a bitter, one has to question if this bottle has gone bad but after reading other reviews apparently it hasn't, even though it hasn't been brewed since 2006. $4.49 for a 500ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.77/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA for $5.49 in early August, 2006. 500 ml bottle.

Pours a medium golden with minimal head that goes south in a hurry.

The aroma is very subtle- gentle bready malts, and a light hop kiss. In the flavor, the hops are much more pronounced, English hops. But this is overall a subtle beer (in the finest English tradition). Good, nicely drinkable. Even though the hops are pronounced here (in a good way), it is much more subtle than most of the beers that bombard us with over the top flavors here in California- it sometimes takes an adjustment to recall how nice a beer like this can be.

My first from this brewery- I enjoyed it and would love to meet some other wicked women (but I'm not sure my wyfe would approve)!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Who let the dogs out (woof, woof, woof, woof)
Who let the dogs out (woof, woof, woof, woof)"

--Baha Men

Bright, glimmering apricot-gold with a static storm of fine yeast. Sitting atop the beer is a great looking head of French vanilla white that has a rumpled, rough-hewn surface and that leaves small, sticky chunks of lace all over the glass. A good start.

The label describes this beer as a 'beautifully-hopped golden ale'. I'll go along with that, especially the beautifully-hopped part. I suspect that very few of the English ales that make it to my glass are truly fresh. I also suspect that this is one of the fresher ones that I've had in a while. The hops are floral and fruity, like pears mixed with pear blossoms. Jezebel and I are getting along just fine.

Why did I trust her? Given the appearance and the nose, I was expecting good things on the palate. Unfortunately, the beer is too sour, too bitter, too light and too fizzy. That combination sounds terrible, I'll admit, but this is still a drinkable offering that will be a little more slow going than expected. I don't get ESB at all. Even though there isn't a great deal of difference between the two styles, I'd have called her an English Pale.

A lack of malt is the first and most obvious fault and accounts for the lack of sweetness, the exuberant bitterness and the lightness of body. I wouldn't mind so much that the hops have free reign if they provided a bit more flavor and a lower alpha acid load. What smelled like lush, ripe pears now tastes like unripe green apples and pears.

Jezebel's finish, according to the label, was in the jaws of wild dogs, who tore her apart for being... well, a Jezebel. The finish on the ale named in her 'honor' isn't quite that rough, but it is a somewhat harsh, bitter affair that has a bit of a crushed aspirin character. A generous amount of big-bubbled carbonation fails to smooth things out and actually contributes to the unfinished feel of the beer.

Like the Jezebel of legend, Jezebel the ale looks like a dream and smells inviting. When you get her into your mouth however.... (wait, let me try again). When it comes right down to it though, she's too wild and untamed and ultimately isn't worth the trouble. I hope that the rest of the Wicked Women series has more to offer.

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Jezebel (Wicked Women Series) from Brewster's Brewing Co Ltd
Beer rating: 2.89 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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