Duchy Originals was set up in 1990 by Charles, Prince of Wales and is a brand of organic foods sold mainly in the UK. Fortunately for me they do export some products and a kind friend picked my up the fine bottle of Organic Ruby Ale.
Appearance: Pours clear copper/ruby red. Light carbonation, in tradition with British ales, only gives a slight, off white head.
Aroma: The aroma is slight with notes of malt and caramel and hints of fruit and orange.
Taste: The flavor is rather mild and clean with a good balance of malt and bitterness. Some fruity esters and slight yeast tang. Notes of pear and cherries and an earthy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium to med-light. Light British style carbonation creates a silkiness on the palette.
Overall: The is a quality ale. Well made and clean ale with balance of flavors and esters making it very drinkable. This is a good introductory ale for those North Americans looking to experience British ale.
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Brewed by Wells and Young in the UK, this is definitely a unique beer. The brewery describes it as a “unique brew combines all the traditional qualities and style of a Charles Wells beer with the subtle flavour of banana … Tempting banoffee aromas tempered by a grassy, lemony nose all leading to a finely balanced, fresh, delicate flavour of peppery hops with a lingering dry finish.”
Ok. To be honest I was given this beer and was a bit afraid. It sat in the fridge longer than most beer and I kept looking and wondering. Well, I manage up the courage (which wasn’t actually much and I was looking for something different) and poured it – very surprised, and in a good way.
Appearance: Copper/amber, with a nice bit of off-white head. Clear.
Aroma: Dominated by banana with spicy notes. Some sweetness and maltiness.
Flavour: Malty, with the banana becoming subdued. It has a firm bitterness and is fairly balanced with some hops and spice. The finish is crisp and dry.
Mouthfeel: A fairly thin body but with the dryness it is still refreshing.
Overall: I was impressed. Maybe it was the fact it wasn’t terrible, but more likely it was because it actually was well made. Granted, this is not the type of beer for everyone, but those who are looking for something different, give it a try.
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