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2 Cathedrals Honey Beer

Rating: 3.05

Quite an interesting beer this one, I was given it by family members returning from Liverpool at the end of last year after they picked a bottle up in one of Liverpool’s two cathedrals. The beer is a honey beer offering that is brewed by the two cathedrals in the city, the only in the UK to do so and although I’m not normally a fan of the style, this is definitely a beer I was looking forward to trying prior to opening it up. I actually sampled this one over the Christmas holidays and am only getting to finish the review now but sadly it wasn’t the best of beers. It’s one that is brewed by representatives of the brewery (or possible just under contract from them) at the Mad Hatter brewery in Liverpool but turned out to be a bit too sweet for my liking; a common theme with this type of beer. Anyway, here’s what I thought of it when I tried it towards the end of last year.

2-cathedrals-honey-beer

Appearance (3/5): Pouring a golden amber with a fairly clear body, this one is topped with a half centimetre head that is white and quite foamy looking. Retention is fairly poor for the style though, turning quite patchy after about fifteen seconds but leaving a little more build up at one end of the surface. There is a few fine bubbles rising up through the beer as well but it’s not a particularly impressive looking beer sadly.
Aroma (6/10): Semi-sweet on the nose initially, something I’ve come to expect from honey beers but thankfully it wasn’t overpowering straight away. There was some sweet malts and a little sugar backing the sweetness up, the promised honey starts to come through quite strong soon after though. There was some earthy hops and a faint touch of citrus coming through as well but as expected it was the honey that dominated on the nose.
Taste (6/10): Following on well from the nose, there is again an early sweetness and the honey comes through a little quicker this time around but it’s not overpowering in the early going. I got some earthy malts, a few grassy touches and the usual background citrus too but again the honey was the main flavour with this beer. There was some sticky flavours towards the end of proceedings and a light bitterness off the back of this before some sugars and a subtle helping of earthy hops rounded things off nicely.
Palate (3/5): Medium to light-medium bodied but a very sweet beer thanks to the abundance of honey coming through in the taste and the smell; despite this there was a nice balance to the beer for the most part through. There was some earthy bitterness showing at times and I got a slight tang from the citrus that started to come through nearer the end; it wasn’t a particularly hard beer to drink though but it could have done with being just a touch less sweet.

Overall (13/20): I’m never overly excited to try honey beer in truth and this one is a perfect example of why, it definitely wasn’t a bad offering but it was just that bit too sweet for my liking; that being said, it didn’t overpower or come through as sickening at any point either. The balance wasn’t too bad with this one, all things considered anyway, although there could have been more variety nearer the end and it would have been a better beer as a result.

Brewed In: Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Brewery: 2 Cathedrals (Brewed at Mad Hatter)
First Brewed: circa. 2016
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Liverpool (England)
Price: Gift

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