St. Peter’s Organic English AleSeptember 1, 2010 Suffolk, England
St. Peter's Brewery Suffolk, England Imported by: Eurobrew Ashland, MA Available: ID, IL, IA, NJ, WI, FL, MD, MI, SC, GA, CT, NC, PA, OH, VA, NE, TN, NY, MA, MO, KS, IN, AL, NH, ME Water for brewing is extracted from the brewery’s 300 foot deep borehole. The beer is brewed with U.K. Soil Association-accredited light malted barley from Norfolk and organic Hallertau hops from New Zealand. The yeast used is St. Peter’s own single strand variety. ABV: 4.56 ABW: 3.54 Color: 14 Bitterness: 32 Original gravity: 1045
St Peter’s Brewery has a magnificent setting behind a moated Tudor house in Suffolk, eastern England, with a Great Hall that has a raftered ceiling, fifteenth-century tapestries and a portrait of St. Peter before the Basilica in Rome. The beers come in a flagon-shaped bottle based on an eighteenth-century one that owner John Murphy found in a shop in Gibbstown near Philadelphia. History all round. Nice beer, too. It’s extremely pale, with a ripe peaches aroma balanced by rich malt and spicy hops. Hop bitterness builds in the mouth with tart citrus fruit and nutty malt. The finish is dry, bitter and hoppy with a teasing hint of fruit.
- Roger Protz
The beer that pours from St. Peter’s signature bottle raises a white-ish foam over a lightly hazy honey-colored liquid. The aroma is of hay-like and minty hops with a distant note of cheese. The palate opens with moderate bitterness, somewhat rough, giving way to a spare malt center. The finish is mildly astringent. I cannot find a “best before” date here, and I wonder whether this bottle had seen better days – I certainly enjoyed this beer when I had it at the brewery.
- Garrett Oliver
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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