Found at the LCBO southern Bank Street shop in Ottawa, this is truly a lovely ale from Shepherd Neame in Kent. The pale malt fruitiness you taste in crystal malt form in a beer like Bombardier is just as lushly at the forefront - but instead of a prune or raisin, it is a plum or grape...or better: apple pie of russets with a fine lard pastry. Hops play a intermeddling supporting role, almost overwhelming here and there but never getting their way. The yeast leaves a hint of cream beneath it all. This is the sort of ale that is so well made and balanced that you find yourself trying to speculate with yourself on whether you can dissect the flavour of the water out from the rest of the tapestry.
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