Friday, January 26, 2018

Burton Bridge Olde Expensive Ale

No freshness date.

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 17B Old Ale

AROMA: Brettanomyces is very strong and creates for a white grape and pome fruit character. The base brew just barely comes through with a toffee and caramel note obscured in the background. Surprisingly no oxidation or alcohol character. 5/12

APPEARANCE: Rusty orange-brown hue (13-27 SRM). Very large, off-white, foamy head never completely dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: A Brett bomb from beginning to end. Wild character creates for a barnyard and pome fruit flavor, but these are inappropriate for the style. Brett should be a subtlety, but here is front and center. British Strong Ale base emerges briefly on the finish with a diluted toffee/caramel flavor but whatever sweetness it had is gone. There is an authentic woody character from the barrel, but no vanilla. No hops, oxidation or alcohol. 8/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; very high carbonation. Drinkability is a bit difficult because of the champagne-like effervescence. Feels much lighter than 6.5% ABV. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: If this were a wild ale it'd be great, but this [particular bottle] is a poor example of an Old Ale. 3/10


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