Is it just me, or do the British Ales come in the coolest bottles?
I had always noticed the beers from the St. Peter’s brewery on the shelves with their short necks and simple elliptical labels. Still, it wasn’t until I recently decided to buy the St. Peter’s Winter Ale that I actually got to take a closer look at the bottle, and more importantly, try the beer!
Just a little on the bottle. The glass, as I’ve noticed with many British beer bottles, is quite thick. I’m thinking you could throw it against a brick wall and it wouldn’t break! That’s an exaggeration of course, but the bottle is noticeably heftier than bottles from America, Germany or anyplace else I think. I wonder why?
The short neck is kind of cool too I think, and the glass itself is a yellowish-green color that isn’t that common. I know. You’re hoping I’m as impressed with the beer inside the bottle as I am with the beer bottle itself!
Well, here’s the beer review spoiler. I am!
According to the label on the very cool bottle, the beer is “A deep Ruby Red Ale with a superb balance of malt sweetness, and hop bitterness. A classic English winter ale, rich in flavor.” For the most part, they aren’t kidding!
The beer pours a dark color, and creates a dense foamy head. Held to a bright light, one can see that the beer is perfectly clear, and is indeed a deep ruby color. Its quite nice actually.
The aroma is mostly malt, and while its hard for me to put a finger on, it has an unmistakable British character to it. Maybe its the type of malt that is used, but I can tell even before tasting it that this is my type of beer!
Getting on to the taste. Sweet malts dominate this 6.3% ABV beauty and as the label suggests there is just the right amount of hops to give it good balance and a very enjoyable bitterness.
Its got a great mouthfeel, just the right body and overall, this Winter Ale goes down very well. At this stage, I think this St Peter’s Winter Ale is my favorite Winter beer of this season, and I’ll be looking to pick up a few more of them before they’re gone and I’d suggest you do the same!
This was my first beer from St Peter’s, and while I’m going to try grabbing a few more of their Winter Ales for the stockpile, I’m also going to consider trying some of their other offerings. I’d be silly not to!
I was so impressed with this beer that I’m giving it a super-rare 4.5 stars! It was really a pleasure to review this beer for The Brew Club. That’s a good pint!
What about you? Ever try the St. Peter’s Winter Ale or perhaps another beer for St Peter’s brewery? What did you think?