Review by Rob
Old Peculier is possibly one of the country’s most well-known and loved ales. This unique, beautiful brew is often imitated but never matched and is sold literally all over the world. With countless awards to its credit, it is something of which every Briton can be very proud and is the epitome of the greatest of British brewing tradition. In the early years of the modern brewing era, about two hundred years ago, many brewers produced a dark, strong ‘stock’ beer in the winter months, to provide a base amount of fermented beer to add to beers brewed in the rather more volatile months of the summer.
Old Peculier probably owes its origins to this. The name pays tribute to the unique ecclesiastical status of Masham as a ‘Court of the Peculier’ and is also reference to the strong characteristic of the beer! For many years it was affectionately referred to as Yorkshire’s ‘Lunatic’s Broth’.
Old Peculier is a beautiful, yet very simple beer, brewed using a very generous blend of finest pale, crystal and roasted barley with two bitter hops combined with the majestic and noble ‘Fuggle’ hop to produce a beer of awesome full-bodied flavour with subtle cherry and rich fruit overtones. It tastes superb when accompanied by rich stews, strong cheeses and sweet puddings.
“The Legend” is written on the bottle which is often overused, however in this instance, this really is a great beer, it steers away from the usual chocolate flavour as you’d expect from a dark beer, promises of banana and cherry in the smell and taste but these are subtly refined to a hint, oops I’ve finished the beer.
From experience this beer really lends itself well to add it to your slow cook lamb shank as a gravy, it unbelievably adds its flavour and depth to make your food something magical, I’ve often tried different beers as flavours for cooking but none have come close to a perfect cooking beer. If you want a drink to add to your dark meats, this is perfect.
On this note alone I can say the statement “The Legend” on the bottle is not overused, but apt.
This beer I can recommend, this is widely available almost everywhere in the UK and if you haven’t already tried it – why not?