Monday, 3 June 2013

The Saints Beer with Whisky

The Saints Beer with Whisky is an ale brewed with, you guessed it, a dollop of whisky. Specifically, according to the label, it's brewed "with a measure of English whisky from St. George's distillery in Norfolk". The Saints is brewed by St. Peter's Brewery Co. in Bungay, Suffolk, UK. It contains 4.8% alcohol and is sold in St. Peter's beautiful and distinctive 500mL bottles.

The Saints has an almost clear, brass colour. It shows little carbonation and comes topped with a white cap of head. It has an extremely peaty aroma that is heavy on the smokiness. It tastes far bigger than its 4.8%. Decently hoppy and well balanced, this ale features some extra whisky warmth which contributes to a very interesting taste profile.

This is a really nice beer to consume on a crisp, cool day. While the whisky features prominently in the aroma, its more of a subtle bonus in the flavour, really only taking the stage near the conclusion, with a smokey panache. I've had beer/whisky (whiskey) blends that have fallen flat, but this one was clearly carefully crafted--a great beer for lovers of the Water of Life.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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