1-3 December, 2017 - Winter Beer, Cider & Pie Festival
Tasting Notes for Three Crowns Winter Festival 1st - 3rd December 2017
BEERS. 12 available at one time. Why not try our NEW MUFFIN TIN OF PLEASURE. 3 or 6 thirds taster trays.
Ashley Down, Bristol. Late November (B) - 4.4%. A welcome return for Vince, literally from the ashes of his garage brewery. His first beer following the fire. Currently brewing thanks to Twisted Oak. This bitter (should have been a smokey one) was going to be named December, but was brewed early, hence it's name. - 1st.
Branscombe Vale, Devon. Yo Ho Ho (B) - 6.0%. A strong English Ale, small amounts of spice, with a deep caramel flavour and a hint of raisins. Strong & quaffable. - 1st.
Brotherhood, Westbury Wiltshire. Winter Ale. (B) - 4.6%. No tasting notes. A new brewery & all beers from them have been good. Enjoy.
Castle Combe, Hullavington Wiltshire. Dark Lane (D) - 5.5%. The only surviving beer from the Castle Combe brewery, now part of Flying Monk. I'm advised that the recipe has been changed for the better. It was a favourite at The Crowns - can it be better ?
Cross Bay, Lancaster. Halo (L) - 3.6%. A classic English Pale Ale. Spicy marmalade & orange aromas. Hoppy.
Dark Star, W.Sussex. Bock. (D) - 5.0%. A rich dark brown beer with a malty aroma, toasty caramel flavour and a well balanced bitterness. - 1st.
Dunham Massey, Manchester. Chocolate Cherry Mild. (D) - 3.8%. A multi-award winning speciality mild, with a dry hint of cherry that cuts through the malt flavours. - 1st.
Electric Bear, Bath. Werrrd. (L) - 4.2%. An American Pale Ale, with aromas of grapefruit, mango & orange. Vegan.
Good Chemistry, Bristol. Advent Horizon. (B) - 5.6%. A rich old ale styled beer, at a reasonable strength.
Great Heck, N.Yorks. Mount Hood. (L) - 4.5%. A golden beer with a moderate bitterness. Clean & spicy aromas.
Grey Trees, Aberdare Wales. Chinookian (L) - 4.2%. A very pale ale, using a single hop variety, Chinook. Spice & pine aromas with subtle grapefruit notes.
Kettlesmith. Bradfod on Avon Wiltshire. White Label (L) - 5.8%. A strong Belgian winter ale. Expected to be hazy. - 1st.
Kingstone, Tintern Wales. 1503 Tudor (B) - 4.8%. A deep ruby ale. Lightly hopped with strong complex malty overtones. - 1st.
Lymm, Manchester. Bitter. (B) - 3.8%. Part of the Dunham Massey stable. An amber session ale.
Mad Dog, Pontypool Wales. Stouty Mc Stoutface. (D) - 4.5%. Great name - wonder where they got that from ?? Classic stout with smooth chocolate and roast flavours. 6 malts used. Vegan. - 1st.
Moor, Bristol. Old Freddy Walker. (D) - 7.3%. A classic strong dark beer. 2017 CAMRA Champion Winter Beer of Britain. The judges said "a strong ale, with a rich flavour perfectly balanced between chocolate, honey, dark roasts and a hint of liquorice. It is a beer to sip and enjoy..." It's certainly enjoyed at The Crowns. - 1st.
New Bristol Brewery, Bristol. Mini Mo. (L) - 2.8% A real driver’s beer this. Low in alcohol, but strong in taste. Single hopped with Mosaic hops. - 1st.
Purple Moose, Porthmadog Wales. Snowdonia. (L) - 3.6%. Another CAMRA winner, Gold in the national bitter category 2012. A refreshing pale ale with aromatic hops. - 1st.
Silver Street, Bury Lancashire. Ruby Ruby Ruby (B) 4.7%. A red premium bitter. Malty with biscuit flavours.
Three Daggers, Edington Wiltshire. Christmas Ale (D) 4.5%. Smooth dark & festive - What more can you say.
Tiny Rebel, Newport, Wales. Cwtch. (L) - 4.6%. CAMRA National Beer of the Year 2015. A champion red Welsh ale, using a blend of 6 malts & 3 hops. Cwtch (rhymes with butch) is Welsh for cuddle. - 1st.
Totally Brewed, Nottingham. Crazy like a Fox. (B) - 4.5%. A copper coloured hoppy ale with Belgian malts.
Untapped, Raglan Wales. Whoosh. (L) - 4.2%. A seasonal hoppy ale. Refreshing with tropical flavours. - 1st.
Weird Beard, London. Night of the Ryeclops. (D) - 6.9%. A complex strong stout. Dark chocolate with crisp bitterness.
1st = one of the first batch of twelve beers.
AND ON THE SUBS BENCH, WE HAVE ..........................
Branscombe Vale. Festive Frolics (B) - 4.5%
Electric Bear. Raisin the Dead (D) - 6.0%
Electric Bear. Drop (B) - 4.3%
Kettlesmith. Plotline (D) - 4.4%
Moor. Confidence (B) - 4.6%
New Bristol Brewery. Citrus Hill (L) - 5.1%
Three Daggers. Ale (B) - 4.1%
CIDER/PERRY - 6 available at one time.
Broome Farm, Herefordshire. Alpaca Perry - 6.5%
Hecks, Somerset. Kingston Black - 6.5%
Lilleys, Somerset. Mango - 4.0%
Mates, Wiltshire. Linnet Rhubarb - 5.2%
Mates, Wiltshire. Red Leg Perry - 5.4%
Olivers, Herefordshire. Medium - 6.7%
Press Head, Wiltshire. Firestarter - 6.0%
Sheppys, Somerset. Raspberry - 4.0%
Wilkins, Somerset. Dry & Medium - both 6.0%
Watkins, Herefordshire. Lazy Days Perry - 5.4%