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Spire 80 Shilling Ale

Featured in BEER August 2009 as a selection from the latest Good Bottled Beer Guide. For more selections see previous post.

ABV: 4.3%
Origin: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Website: www.spirebrewery.co.uk

80 Shilling Ale

Founded in 2006 by former Scots Guards musician David McLaren, and named for Chesterfield’s landmark twisted spire, this brewery has developed an interesting range of real ales in a bottle. Most of the beers are musically named — the Sergeant Pepper peppered stout is a great example — and no doubt David’s old career also has something to do with the surprising presence, among an already unusual range of ales,  of an extremely rare beast: a bottle conditioned Scottish . Originally brewed for St Andrew’s Day, it’s now become a regular, its label proudly adorned with the McLaren tartan.

This is a slightly reddish mid-brown beer with a little off-white head and a very toasty crystal malt tinged aroma with twig and cherry notes.  A very traditional Scottish toasty malt palate has tart, sappy and chewy flavours with hops (Styrian Goldings and Fuggles) around the edges. There’s more fruit and hops over toasty malt on a generous finish that ultimately turns dry with a touch of salt.

For more selections from the 2009 Good Bottled Beer Guide see next post.

Read more about this beer at ratebeer.com: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/spire-80-/94051/

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