Tonight’s review session consists of six different beers from St Peter’s Brewery located in Suffolk, England.
St Peter’s Organic Best Bitter
This beer is brewed with organic malted barley and organically grown Golding hops. The ABV is 4.1%.
Dark amber color with off-white head that quickly disappears. The color of this beer is stunning!
The beer has a malty backbone with some hints of caramel and toffee. There are hints of toast and biscuits as well. Some faint hints of hops.
As with the aroma there is a well balanced malty body. I’m getting some clear hints of caramel and some grassy hoppy hints.
The body is full and the carbonation is smooth and pleasant.
Medium long finish with some bitter notes blending nicely with the sweet malty flavors.
All in all an OK beer. Well balanced malt-heavy profile, but perhaps a bit too bland. One of the better organic ales I have had. Score: 2.9/5.
St Peter’s Best Bitter
This is a classic Bitter with an ABV of 3.7%.
Clear dark golden color with a white fizzy head that disappears quickly.
I’m getting mostly malts with some faint roasted notes. As the beer gets warmer some bitter notes appear. I’m reminded of toast.
There are hints of toast in the flavor as well. There are also a good amount of bitterness present.
Well balanced, with an impressive body with regards to the low ABV. The carbonation is soft and fits the beer well.
Medium long finish with hints of caramel and grass.
Another solid and well balanced beer from St Peter’s. Score: 3.1/5.
St Peter’s Dark G-Free
The first gluten free beer reviewed on BeerNorway. This beer has an ABV of 3.9% and uses locally grown hops for aroma and bittering.
Crystal clear dark amber color with a fizzy head. Again a beer which looks incredibly good.
By smelling the beer it seems that the looks is all there is to talk about. There is very little going on in the aroma of this beer. I’m picking up some earthy notes and something that reminds me of cat piss, which I don’t really appreciate. Sadly I don’t have anything good to say about the aroma.
And it seems I won’t have anything positive to say about the flavor either. I’m getting hints of caramel and some fruity notes. The mouth feel is watery and the carbonation is sharp.
The finish is quite short and has hints of caramel and green apples.
I have not had many gluten free beers so I can’t really compare it to others, but on its own this is a really sad story. Score: 1.1/5.
St Peter’s Suffolk Gold
This beer uses First Gold hops and malt from Suffolk, and sports an ABV of 4.9%.
Clear dark yellow / light orange color with an off-white head. The head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.
I’m picking up some fruity hints and some grassy hops. There is also a malty sweetness lurking in the back.
Grassy bitterness and a nice malty sweetness. A well balanced beer.
Long and slightly bitter finish. I’m also picking up some slight acidic notes that I did not get in the flavor of the beer.
A well balanced and tasty beer. As with the others this beer is also slightly anonymous. Score: 3.2/5.
St Peter’s Fruit Beer (grapefruit)
This is a beer based on the St Peter’s Wheat Beer. The beer has an ABV of 4.7%.
Clear orange color with a white fizzy head. The head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.
Distinct grapefruit aroma. I’m also picking up wheat and some yeasty notes.
I’m picking up some clear hints of grapefruit in the flavor as well, but not as much as in the aroma. There are also some other nice hints of citrus fruits and some caramel sweetness.
The body is rich for a beer with this low ABV, and the carbonation is soft.
Long and bitter finish with grapefruit up front and some nice sweet malty notes after some seconds.
I’m not sure how to rate this beer. The hints of grapefruit is very forthcoming and makes this an interesting and “different” beer. Sadly not really my thing, but it’s worth a try if you want something different. Score: 2.6/5.
St Peter’s Winter Ale
Last up is a “Winter Warmer” with an ABV of 6.5%.
Very dark color with a beige head. The head has good retention.
I’m getting roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate and dark fruits. By far the most complex aroma of the beers I have tried tonight.
The flavor of the beer is quite complex. I’m picking up roasted malts, dark fruits, some spicy notes, chocolate and caramel. I would have guessed this to be a porter if I hadn’t known the style.
Medium long finish with hints of chocolate and caramel. Really enjoyable.
The last beer in this session happened to be the best beer of the lot, by far. This beer feels well balanced, and the hints of roasted malts really play well with the rest of the flavors. Score: 4/5.
All in all this has been a very varied session. Of the beers I have tried, the last one, the Winter Ale, was by far the most tasty and enjoyable. Cheers!
Disclaimer: The beers in this review was given to me by Interbev.