I found this one in the shop at the Eden Project whilst on holiday a few weeks back and as I’m a bit of a St. Austell fan I’ve been looking forward to this since I got home! I’m glad to report that it doesn’t disappoint!
Aroma – Sweet sweet strawberries dominate the smell of this one – that’s all I noticed. To be honest it does smell a little artificial (due to the strength of the strawberry aroma), but it is a very nice smell.
Appearance – Light golden in colour and slightly hazy. There was a small head on first pour, but that soon disappeared.
Flavour – A light maltyness and strawberries, lots and lots of strawberries. The sweetness is quite odd (i’m not normally a fruit beer drinker) but I like it.
Mouthfeel – Fairly light bodied and with a low carbonation.
Overall – I like it! It’s a sweet, fruity, thirst quenching lager. I’ll keep my eyes open for this one next summer!
Would I buy more? – Oh yes.
Aroma – Malty and sweet caramel, with a slight fruity hint.
Appearance – Dark brown, but brilliantly clear. A thick creamy head persists throughout.
Flavour – Sweet, malty caramel and fruity notes that match the aroma. Good bitterness too. As it warmed up it gained more of a sherry type of flavour and warmth.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with an alchohol warmth as it hits your throat.
Overall – A nice old ale, would be great on a winters evening.
Would I buy more? – Yup, but not too many. This one’s for sipping.
Aroma – Slight maltiness, and an apricot character.
Appearance – Amber in colour and very clear. Started off with an off-white head that quickly disappeared.
Flavour – Dry with some biscuity malt, toffee, and citrus fruit in there.
Mouthfeel – Quite a thin body, with low carbonation.
Overall – All in all this is an easy-drinking session bitter.
Would I buy more? – If I was grabbing some of the other beers from St. Austell, I’d probably pick some of these up at the same time.
Catherine (the long-suffering other half) and I went on the brewery tour at St. Austell earlier in the summer, it was a good day – very informative, interesting and most importantly, ended with a sampling of the current range of beers. It was during this trip I got my first taste of this beer, and it led to me buying a case for the Christmas break.
Taste – Malty, with a strong caramel character. That said though, this is most definitely a lager and has a clean and crisp taste.
Aroma – Malty, fresh, sweet.
Appearance – Dark amber with a good frothy head, almost looks like a bitter, not a lager.
Would I buy more? – I bought a case, what do you think?!?
Taste – Malt, citrus, a slight hint of vanilla and a great mouthfeel with a dry finish. Deliciously moreish!
Aroma – Toffee, citrus and slightly sweet.
Appearance – Pale amber with good carbonation.
Would I buy more? – This is one of my all-time favourite beers, so 100% yes!