Brilliant Ale – Phoenix from the ashes

Today, the historic beer from Shepherd Neame – Brilliant Ale. Its recipe dating back to the nineteenth century.


For the first time beer was brewed between 1825 and 1855.
As legend has it, the inspiration for its creation was golden rays of morning sun, shining through the window of the brewery directly onto the oak mash tun.
This view so impressed brewers team that they decided to recreate that colour and create a beer that reminds mood of that morning.

Historically this recipe was formulated with 100% pale malt and was bittered by the brewery’s signature East Kent Goldings hops, resulting in a golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale which has risen Phoenix-like from the ashes of time for the modern drinker to enjoy.
Today, slightly modified this old recipe by using Cascade hops.

As regards alcohol content, Brilliant Ale in bottle version contains 5.6% abv, and as the cask-ale – 4% abv.
It belongs to the so-called Classic Collection of Shepherd Neame Brewery.

Let me show short advertising video from the brewery, where its Head Brewer Richard Frost presents his product.



Yummy … Mr. Richard made me such an appetite that without delay any longer I begin my own tasting.


Name: BRILLIANT ALE (Golden Ale / Blond Ale, 5,6% ABV)
Brewery: Shepherd Neame Ltd. (Faversham, Kent, England)

Expiration date: 07/2016

Brilliant Ale from Shepherd Neame
Brilliant Ale from Shepherd Neame - labels & cap


test-look-small Beer colour – gold.
Foam: cream-coloured small bubbles, quite high, falling build-up glass.
Visible strings of floating bubbles.
test-sniff-small Aroma: caramel, malt, hops, grassy notes.
test-drink-small In flavour perceptible mainly malt and caramel, further fruit, light notes of honey.
Bitterness medium intensive, but already clearly bitter aftertaste.
Slightly metallic taste.
Medium carbonation.


Brilliant Ale is very tasty beer with a pleasant caramel aroma. In flavour is clearly malty with notes of fruits. The finish is clearly bitterness – bitterness remains on the tongue, but it is pleasant, not tart, it goes well with malt-caramel sweetness.
The beer is tasty, relatively bodied and in my opinion, in terms of taste sensations, not inferior to recently described Bishops Finger.



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