Cerne Abbas Brewery – Legless Jester Golden Ale
Hi, my name is David and I am a beer writer living in England. We have a great range of beer in England and I will be posting regularly to tell you about some of our different styles of beer. We have over 1500 craft breweries in the UK , almost all of which brew real cask conditioned ales which can be found in most pubs. Many small breweries also bottle their beers and these can be found in local shops and supermarkets. I love trying new beers especially when I go on holiday when I usually buy up a selection of bottled beers from small local breweries to try when I get home.
One of my favourite styles of beer are golden ales. This is a popular style of English beer which was introduced about 30 years ago to appeal to lager drinkers. It is served cool and is a very refreshing summer ale without the bitterness of English Best Bitter. It is not as strong or as full flavoured as a pale ale or IPA. In England we tend to drink large quantities of lower alcohol beers which are known as session beers.
When I was in Dorset, in the South of England recently I bought this very striking bottle of Golden Ale which is called Leggless Jester, made by Cerne Abbas Brewery.
Leggless pours an orange colour with a grassy, biscuit, fruity aroma. It is hopped with Jester hops which are a new English variety, with grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours. It is a British version of US West coast hops. The overall effect is a much more rounded beer than one made in the style of an American Pale Ale. The citrus flavours do not overwhelm and there is a good balance of malt coming through. This is an easy drinking beer for quaffing on a summer’s day. It would go well with most types of food especially Thai and Chinese meals which are now very popular in England.
Cerne Abbas is also the home to the Giant of Cerne Abbas, a huge priapic figure cut in chalk on a hillside of this picturesque village. Cerne Abbas brewery which was established in 2014. They have a 5 barrel brewery and use the local chalk filtered water in their brews. Cerne Abbas have adopted the Giant as their logo so their beers are easy to spot in bottle shops. Leggless Jester is one of five beers they brew which are available either on tap from local pubs or in bottles. Cerne Abbas beers are not yet available in the US but are widely available in Dorset, England.
David Harris is a freelance writer who lives in England. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and has written for various British and US beer publications. He also writes about radio, music and local news and is a music presenter for a community radio station.
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