Gale’s Conquest Ale
MASTERBREW

A bizarro ‘beer’ .At least it used to be beer! Corked, 275 mL bottle.

Corked breaks on opening and therefore requires a delicate operation to get it out of the bottle.

Pour is a still as a millpond, and a mid-orange, tea-like, copper color. Zero head, zero lace – obviously. Zero carbonation.

Nose has a large, fruity, liquor type element but surprisingily little alcohol. This is also true of the tastes which also have a slightly sweet and sour note. The is a strong fruity element about and around the musty, oxidation. The beer tastes slightly watery, and at the beginning the beer is not at all appetizing. After 20 minutes of warming, and some gentle sipping the alcohol builds a little and some peppery aggression begins to peek through. With that comes a little light vinegar and some cider notes as well.

As the 275 mL is drained (and it’s not any easy task, but someone has to do it), the dry becomes increasingly dry. At the end of the bottle it really takes on an odd combo of drying tannins and sherry character. It’s a real juxtaposition since the sherry element is normally one that comes with rich, rounder, sweeter layers. Strange, but in keeping with the whole experience if I’m honest. The whole thing finishes with a light burn from the slighly acidic, cider oxidation.

This was brewed in 2001 and to be honest, it feels every day of that age! It starts out as threatening to be undrinkable but ends as being an interesting if somewhat ‘failed’ aging experiment. Delighted to have had the opportunity, but at the same time which I had drunk this both at the time it was released, and maybe within a couple of years. This has basically died over the course of just over a decade, and that’s OK, I just would have liked to have been in on it at the beginning.

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12/31/2012
Style:
Old Ale
Format:
bottle
ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 3.0
Taste: 2.0
Mouthfeel: 2.5
Smell: 3.0
Overall: 2.5
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