Greene King Festive Pudding Ale

Reviewed by on December 15, 2017 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Greene King

  • Origin: Suffolk, England

  • Rated On: December 15, 2017

  • Best Before: 2019

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

What we have here is a 500ml, clear bottle – apparently that’s what you do with your ‘rare oak-aged brew’.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves a bit of layered streaky lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of bready and grainy caramel malt, buttery crackers, some muddled black stone fruit, brown sugar syrup, a wee earthy yeastiness, and some understated leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and gently soured caramel malt, underripe cherries, some mixed dark Mediterranean fruitiness, subtle bittersweet cocoa powder, a thin vanilla-forward oakiness, those candied bits you find in fruitcake, and more tame earthy, musty, and herbal noble hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing really getting in the way of a good time at this juncture. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding fast, as a lingering herbal bitterness sniffs around, after dark.

Overall – having never had English-style festive (or ‘Christmas’) pudding, I can only say that this offering does well enough to emulate it, from what I can read. However, if they keep the current packaging format, I don’t believe that it will have the shelf life of said foodstuffs.

Brady White



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