Shepherd Neame in Lidl, Part 1

Today the triple tasting. Three beers from the brewery Shepherd Neame, which I bought in the supermarket Lidl.


On the occasion of visits to Lidl I gathered a collection of six beers from the UK’s oldest brewery – Shepherd Neame.

I got interested in them with a couple of reasons.
Firstly – the producer, that is known, reputable British brewery.
Secondly – beers rather mysterious, because there is no any information about them on the website of the brewery.
Thirdly – an intriguing level of alcohol. All, without exception, they have 3.8% ABV.

It’s finally time for tasting them.
I decided to deal with them fairly quickly, and the result of that described in two parts.

Today tastings of the following ales: Tapping the Admiral, Burns Ale and Autumn Blaze.


Shepherd Neame in Lidl - 1


Tapping the Admiral is an ale with an unusual, not to say – macabre, history described on the back label of beer, and about its name.

In a recent post about Admiral’s Ale from the St. Austell Brewery I quoted the story of the Battle of Trafalgar, where was killed commander of British fleet, Admiral Nelson.
In the case of Tapping the Admiral, we have a reference to the events directly after the battle.

So, in order to body of a dead Admiral reached safely to England conserved it through immersion in a barrel of brandy.
Legend says that thirsty sailors drank contents of the barrel through a straw, in which rested Admiral Nelson.
Since that time, the practice of drilling small holes in the barrel and drinking alcohol through a straw called: ‘tapping the admiral’.


Name: TAPPING THE ADMIRAL (Bitter, alc. 3,8% ABV)
Brewery: Shepherd Neame Ltd. (Faversham, Kent, England)

Expiration date: 08/2016 (bottle 500ml)

Tapping the Admiral from Shepherd Neame - beer
Tapping the Admiral from Shepherd Neame - labels
test-look-small Light amber colour.
Foam white, low – quickly disappears almost completely.
test-sniff-small The aroma of burned caramel, toffee, hops note.
test-drink-small The flavour is weak.
A little caramel sweetness. Slight acidity.
Bitterness low, herbal, pronounced at the finish, which is dry, herbal, slightly drying.
Very watery beer. Carbonation low.

Beer with very faint taste.
The aroma of burned toffee. Taste very little expressive and poor – there are notes of caramel, malty, light acidity.
Bitterness feeble, finish bitterish and herbal, but low intense. Beer very watery.




As the second to taste I chose Burns Ale.Burns Ale

The name refers to the Scottish national poet Robert Burns, and the beer was created to celebrate his next birthday anniversary.

Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759, he died at the age of 37.
The memory of Burns is revered around the world by the clubs of his fans.
Date of his birth is an unofficial national day for Scots and persons with Scottish roots, celebrated by the so-called Burns suppers.
Burns is the author of, among others, the words of the popular song Auld Lang Syne, traditionally sung at New Year’s Eve (called by the Scots Hogmanay).

Beer from Shepherd Neame is brewed with caramel malt Crystal and roasted malt, to fully taste with the addition of oats (‘Scottish Oats’).
Photo next to presents an alternative label for Burns Ale.



Name: BURNS ALE (Bitter, alc. 3,8% ABV)
Brewery: Shepherd Neame Ltd. (Faversham, Kent, England)

Expiration date: 05/2016 (bottle 500ml)

Burns Ale from Shepherd Neame - beer
Burns Ale from Shepherd Neame - labels
test-look-small Amber colour with a tinge of copper.
Foam light beige, very high, quite durable (thanks to used oats).
test-sniff-small Caramel aroma, notes of hops and dark fruits.
test-drink-small The beer is dry in its character.
Is present a note of caramel sweetness, but suppresses it the dryness of spices, herbs, hops.
They are fruity notes, but covered with herbal bitterness.
Finish is clearly dry, herbal-hoppy, a bit drying.
Bodied rather low, the beer is watery.
Saturation average.

Impressions from tasting slightly better than the ‘Admiral’.
Even pleasant aroma and promising interesting taste, but it turns out that it is low intense and unbalanced.
Expressive bitterness covers other components with low intensity (caramel sweetness, fruity notes). Beer is low-bodied, watery.




As a third I present a beer Autumn Blaze – advertised as warming ale on an autumn days.

Of course, as in most beers from Shepherd Neame, dominate East Kent Golding hops. In the grist – caramel malt.


Name: AUTUMN BLAZE (Bitter, alc. 3,8% ABV)
Brewery: Shepherd Neame Ltd. (Faversham, Kent, England)

Expiration date: 10/2016 (bottle 500ml)

Autumn Blaze from Shepherd Neame - beer
Autumn Blaze from Shepherd Neame - labels
test-look-small Dark amber in colour, chestnut.
Foam white, low, quickly disappears.
test-sniff-small Sweet aroma – caramel, toffee, plus accent of hops.
test-drink-small The taste is light caramel sweetness, typically malty – but soon moves into the second plan.
Dominates dry flavour of roasted malt, hops, herbs (though the term “dominates” is strongly exaggerated).
The flavour is very low intensity – the beer is watery.
Beer is slightly acidic.
Bitterness has a profile typical for beers of Shepherd Neame and used by them variety of hops East Kent Golding
– but not too expressive, like finish, only slightly pointing out its presence.

Autumn Blaze ale with caramel aroma has an interesting flavour: a blend of roasted malt, caramel, hops, herbs. Unfortunately, in taste lacks life, intensity – everything here is diluted.



And in the next post three more ales from Shepherd Neame brewery.
I invite you.


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