KENTISH STRONG ALE
Review by Rob
Shepherd Neame says…
Originally brewed to celebrate the tercentenary of Britain’s oldest brewer, 1698 is a characteristically hoppy Kentish ale, and has Protected Geographical Indication, the same unique regional protection afforded to Champagne and Parma Ham.
The ale matures naturally in the bottle and can be enjoyed fresh or allowed to settle for a few months to mellow. The natural effervescence produced by bottle-conditioning – the interaction of yeast and brewing sugars – gives 1698 fine, Champagne-like bubbles that further enhance the fragrance, flavour and overall drinking experience.
A silver medal winner in the Taste of Britain Awards, 1698 has been included in the International Beer Challenge’s World’s Top 50 Beers and has won a Gold Award from the British Bottlers’ Institute.
Only local hops and malted barley and water drawn from our artesian* well are used to brew 1698 bottle conditioned Kentish strong ale. Hops are added three times, hence it is ‘thrice hopped’.
Adjective: Relating to or denoting a well bored perpendicularly into water-bearing strata lying at an angle, so that natural pressure produces a constant supply of water with little or no pumping.
Also means pompous pretentiousness of hip and trendy bespoke things to make you think that you’re getting something unique. Or words to this effect.
Now the second meaning I Googled but to no avail did I find this definition, I know it’s there, and I know its meaning and I’m sure they mean the second meaning in this instance. Surely?
Not a world class ale but a good solid slightly stronger than usual session Ale. A great example of an English Ale done well.
This is not quite like finding Gary Lineker in your Mexico ’86 sticker album collection, but worthy of swapping with any other nationality just to get hold of him… except the silver Paraguay badge as 30 years on you won’t forget it (not that I’m bitter) !