Kingstone 1503 Tudor Ale – A Bottle-Conditioned Beauty

Bottle-conditioning. Almost always leaves me cold. I pop the cap expecting either a) my kitchen/living room walls will get a decent shower of beer, or b)flat, lifeless, vinegary beer. I just seem to have mixed luck when it comes to bottle conditioning. Until now.

I didn’t know much about Kingstone prior to trying this beer, but 1503 Tudor Ale (4.8%abv) is a really, really decent beer. More importantly, it was quite possibly the closest I’ve had to a ‘pub-pulled’ pint at home; smooth, with just a slight prickle of bubbles, lifting the beers’ flavour off your palate. Wonderful. Obviously it helped that the beer itself was luscious, too. Deep Ruby-hued, with slight phenols on the nose, undercutting strong coffee notes and an ever-so-slight whiff of Oak.

The taste, however, is much more refined than the nose suggests – smooth, rounded, red fruit (cherry skin, in particular) battles with milk chocolate and Almond. Moreish, and well-balanced, 1503 does so well to corral all those strong flavours with a deft hand, creating a supremely drinkable beer. I really, really enjoyed it, and would love to drink this in front of a roaring fire in the Welsh hills. In the meantime, I’ll make do with this.


About leighgoodstuff

Blog: I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 15/08/2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Wonderful!! I just added you to my blogroll!!

  2. Bottle-conditioning done badly is a recipe for disaster. The big breweries seem to be best at it. I had a Fuller’s Bengal Lancer last night which could not have been more like a cask ale: just perfect.

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