St Austell – Strawberry Blonde

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.

St. Austell – Smugglers Vintage Ale

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.

St. Austell – Trelawny

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.

St. Austell – Cornish Bock

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?!?