Shepherd Neame 1698 6.5% strong ale

7 11 2010

 1698 is a strong ale from the Kent based Sheperd Neame Brewery; Sheperd Neame are the UK’s oldest brewery dating back to 1698, although there is some evidence to suggest that it could be far older, possibly dating back to 1525.

My first memories of 1698 are as a 10.5% special released to mark the tri-centenary of Sheperd Neame, it was then re-released as 1698 celebration ale before eventually ending up as regular 1698 about 5 years back.

There is a fairly strong aroma to 1698 in particular I can pick up flowers, wood and alcohol as being the main notes with a biscuity, citrus undertone. It is a really nicely balanced aroma that serves as a nice invitation to dive right in.

The beer pours to a rich clear honey colour with barely a fingers width of off white head that stays reasonably well for the duration of the pint leaving a nice amount of lacing  on the way.

The flavour of 1698 is also nicely balanced, there is a long sweet start that ends in a crisp bitter finish. You can pick up hints of some summer fruits and citrus but mostly you get a nice biscuity maltiness with a touch of caramel and some crisp hops coming through.

If I have one criticism of 1698 it is that I personally feel that it could do with a bit more punch in terms of body particularly as the a.b.v  is quite high.


kent based, uk’s oldest continual brewer, hop fields in kent strong ale, thrice hopped, its generally ok, remember it as a special at 10.5% for the 400 years anniversary



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16 01 2011
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