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White Cliffs Beer Festival 2011 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutExceptional1
Elland - 1872 PorterExceptional1
Brunswick - Father Mike's Dark Rich RubyExcellent1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExcellent1
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyExcellent1
Amber Ales - Imperial IPAExcellent1
Spectrum - OctogramExcellent3
Westerham - Double StoutExcellent1
Beowulf - IPAGood2
Black Country - English WinterGood1
Beeston - Norfolk BlackGood1
Larkins - PorterGood1
Leatherbritches - Winter WarmerGood1
Wolf - Timber Wolf (superseded by 5.2% version)Good2
Adur - Merry AndrewGood2
Green Jack - Gone Fishing E.S.B.Good1
Shardlow - 5 BellsGood1
Pitfield's - 1792 Imperial StoutGood1
Derventio - LucretiusGood2
Goacher's - Old ImperialGood3
Ashover - Rattle Imperial RedGood1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfAcceptable3
Coastal - ErosionAcceptable1
Dorking - DB Winter RubyAcceptable1
Milton - CyclopsAcceptable1
Three B's - Shuttle AleAcceptable1
Darwin - Rolling HitchAcceptable2
Broughton - Old JockPoor1
Picture 1. White Cliffs Beer Festival 2011, Dover, Kent
Picture 2. White Cliffs Beer Festival 2011, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

04 Feb 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brunswick - Father Mike's Dark Rich Ruby5.80ExcellentA classic strong mild with low hop rate, full bodied sweet maltiness and a fruity, vineous finish. My score 16/20.
Spectrum - Octogram8.00ExcellentA proper old ale, black in colour full bodied with a sweetish malty initial flavour, becoming more tart towards the finish. My score 16/20.
Adur - Merry Andrew6.20ExcellentStriong dark mild style ale with good malt character, full body and a slightly hoppy finish. my score 16/20.
Derventio - Lucretius5.50ExcellentA cherry stout with a good strong cherry fruit flavour that doesn't overpower the roast malt flavours of the stout. Score 16/20.
Shardlow - 5 Bells5.00GoodDark brown strong mild style ale with good malt character and some fruitiness in the finish. My score 15/20.
Wolf - Timber Wolf (superseded by 5.2% version)5.80GoodNow shown as 5.2%, this is a red/brown bitter with a malty bitterness and some hoppiness in the finish. My score 15/20.
Leatherbritches - Winter Warmer5.50GoodA good solid dark brown sweetish winter ale with good balance of malt and hop. My score 15/20.
Three B's - Shuttle Ale5.20AcceptableAmber strong bitter with dryish hop bitterness and not much malt character. My score 14/20.
Coastal - Erosion7.50AcceptableDark brown in colour, quite bitter with a dryish appley taste. Something lacking for a beer of this strength. My score 14/20.
Darwin - Rolling Hitch5.20AcceptableQuite bitter, but without any strong hop or malt flavours. Slight hint of mustiness. My score 14/20.
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90AcceptableA hoppy strong bitter with the characteristic piney hop flavour that is not to my taste. My score 13/20.
04 Feb 2011 (Ian)
Got here just after opening and it was already busy. The afternoon seems the most popular time these days. Great to see so many familiar faces. Good banter and some good beers. Brilliant venue too. Lots of seating whilst the old hall is really atmospheric
BeerABVScoreNotes
Spectrum - Octogram8.00ExcellentMy beer of the festival. Slight sourness good dark fruits.
Beowulf - IPA7.20GoodGood English style IPA with good strong hops
Ashover - Rattle Imperial Red7.50GoodA little cheesy on the intense American hops. Good strong amber ale though.
Beeston - Norfolk Black6.00GoodSome liquorice and some fish oil, but great condition and I liked it.
Wolf - Timber Wolf (superseded by 5.2% version)5.80GoodDeep ruby colour. With lasting bubbly beige head. Some roast. Some juicy malt even a touch of smoke. Decent strong beer with some jammy fruit some ripe strawberry jam. Yes the fruit is good.
Milton - Cyclops5.30AcceptableI like Milton, but this didn't start well but then got better and the dark fruits of black cherry, plum and blackberry came through.
Goacher's - Old Imperial5.60AcceptableDidnt quite work out. Some odd wood flavour and a bit not quite in the right condition
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90AcceptableEarthy English strong beer
Adur - Merry Andrew6.20AcceptableSyrupy strong ale with a bit of liquorice. I quite liked it.
Dorking - DB Winter Ruby5.20AcceptableDecent drinking strong ale with some biscuit. Decent if a little syrupy. Quite bitter on the finish. Ilked it. Biscuit
Derventio - Lucretius5.50PoorNo brewing or serving faults and the cherry aroma is ok, but I found it hard to take even a second mouth full.
04 Feb 2011 (Andrew)
Got here with Martin at opening. Nice to see Ian, Brian and Pete as well as Chris and Blair. Having not been drinking for about 2 weeks the few halves I had took their toll. I left at 4pm and it was already 1 in 1 out on the door!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentSmooth, alcoholic, hint of sourness, hint of smoke. A "Box of Delights" beer.
Spectrum - Octogram8.00ExcellentBlack, vinous, slightly sour, mild, milky.
Larkins - Porter5.20GoodLight, sweet, tart
Green Jack - Gone Fishing E.S.B.5.50GoodDark copper brown. Light metallic mandarin. Elizabethan. Slightly syrupy. No real condition though.
Goacher's - Old Imperial5.60GoodA brewery blend of Goacher's Old and Crown Imperial Stout. Black roasted, acrid, powdery.
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90AcceptableLight, sweet, acrid, tart bite.
Darwin - Rolling Hitch5.20PoorRecommended by the "team" at my table but terrible beer. Buttery mess.
04 Feb 2011 (Blair)
Another fantastic day at the Dover beer festival. Managed to pace myself pretty well this year, which is definitely a first. The atmosphere was fantastic and I ended up chatting to countless random people as the night wore on. It did feel quieter than in previous years, especially towards the end of the night.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20ExceptionalTurned out to be my beer of the festival. Much improved from previous years, incredibly rich and full of flavour. In stunning condition as well, pretty much perfect.
Elland - 1872 Porter6.50ExceptionalI think this is the same beer as what used to be made by Eastwood & Sanders. Tasted just as good, thick and rich with lots of chocolate, roasted malt and fruit. Brilliant.
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00ExcellentShame I had this towards the end of the night so I don't remember too much about it. Do remember thoroughly enjoying it though.
Westerham - Double Stout5.50ExcellentThick and slightly tart stout. Lovely.
Amber Ales - Imperial IPA6.50ExcellentGreat strong, hoppy IPA. Recommended by a bloke at my table.
Pitfield's - 1792 Imperial Stout9.30GoodTo be honest, at 9.3% I would have expected a lot stronger flavours. Pretty subtle and quite tasty, certainly didn't taste it's strength.
Black Country - English Winter5.50GoodRecommended by the fella serving, slightly watery but still had decent flavours of chocolate and fruit.
Goacher's - Old Imperial5.60GoodI was expecting a little more from this but it was still nice enough. Flavour seemed dominated by the barrel it had come out of but there was a bit of roasted malt and fruit in there.
Beowulf - IPA7.20GoodTo start with this was fantastic, a powerful, hoppy IPA. However, it was a little sweet and it became almost too much by the end.
Broughton - Old Jock6.70PoorOne of the beers I most looked forward to. Big disappointment. Very sour with little flavour I could detect, I had to donate it to the slops bucket in the end.

About the White Cliffs Beer Festival 2011

The pub sign. White Cliffs Beer Festival 2011, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent10
Good14
Acceptable10
Poor3

The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1DL.

The Dover Beer Festival of Winter Ales in the superb venue of the Maison Dieu Town Hall.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 28 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1DL