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Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2007 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExceptional1
Oakham - White DwarfExceptional2
Batham - Mild AleExcellent1
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Edwin Taylor's Extra StoutExcellent1
Naylor's - Gonzo's PorterExcellent1
Dent - T'Owd TupExcellent1
Jarrow - McConnells Irish StoutExcellent2
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Shefford Dark MildGood1
Marble - Lagonda IPAGood2
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - IPAGood1
Frog Island - Fire Bellied ToadGood1
Pictish - MaelstromGood2
Potbelly - Pigs Do Fly!Good1
Leyden - Black Pudding MildGood1
Bath Ales - Wild HareGood1
Woodforde's - Norfolk NogGood1
Goddards - Fuggle (or Fuggle Dee-Dum)Good1
1648 - OriginalAcceptable1
Coach House - Gunpowder Strong MildAcceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Cobb's RevivalAcceptable1
Freeminer - Slaughter PorterAcceptable2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Ship of FoolsAcceptable1
Wickwar - Mr Perrett's Traditional StoutAcceptable1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Acceptable1
Westerham - William Wilberforce Freedom AleAcceptable1
Darwin - Killer BeeAcceptable1
Brewster's - HopheadAcceptable1
Inveralmond - ThrappledouserAcceptable1
Gale's - Festival MildAcceptable1
Acorn - IPAAcceptable1
Moor - Old Freddy WalkerAcceptable2
Goacher's - Fine Light AlePoor1
Ventnor - Wight SpiritPoor1
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - Balmy MildPoor1
Woodforde's - WherryPoor1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Nimbus Blonde (Atlas range)Poor1
Picture 1. Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2007, Margate, Kent

Visits Details

07 Apr 2007 (Ian)
I had such a great day on Friday that I had to go again on Saturday. Unfortunately Andrew and Martin couldn't make it, but mesandsim from Ratebeer turned up just after 1pm. The hall was less crowded than on the Friday when there must have been quite a queue to get in. The entertainment was better as well on the Friday. Beer was still in peak condition and I enjoyed a couple of the perries and ciders too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - White Dwarf4.30ExceptionalLike the previous day, I started and finished with this and was for me the beer of the festival.
Dent - T'Owd Tup6.00ExcellentVery dark ruby colour with disappearing beige head. Tarry blackcurrant is intense. Chewy in mouth, verges on tarry molasses, but the fruit keeps it in check. Great integrated alcohol, gives body without dominating. Fruit and dates and blackberry are very good. Oddly refreshing.
Batham - Mild Ale3.50ExcellentRuby colour with bubbly beige head. Odd smokey aroma. Some yeast. Has some very light caramel malt. It is extremely mild, but not poor because of that. Good example of the style. Malts are decent.
Naylor's - Gonzo's Porter5.50ExcellentBlack colour with ruby edges, no head. Reasonable porter with good intense choc finish. Smooth like very fine silk in the mouth. I think it's fantastic.
Goddards - Fuggle (or Fuggle Dee-Dum)4.80GoodHazy amber colour with no head. Plenty of English hops. Some fruity malt. Good fuggles hop throughout. Citrus and floral and aromatic. I rather like it, touch of ginger to the biscuity malt. Well made very English beer.
Frog Island - Fire Bellied Toad5.00GoodOrange/gold colour with disappearing beige head. Citrus orange/tangerine aroma, like Robinson's tangerine jelly. Little bit gingery in mouth, more tangering on end. Rather a drinkable orangey strong citrus beer.
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Shefford Dark Mild3.80GoodBrownish colour with no head. Malts are excellent. Brilliant mild. Lots of roasted flavours, grainy but not powdery. Great, great mild. Finish is just so roasty and gorgeous.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - IPA4.80GoodClear amber colour with thin off white head. Some biscuity malt, some raspberry fruit. Plenty of earthy citrus hop on finish. Good astringency. It's not at all bad. Very English, biscuity/toffee malt and good floral earthy citrus hop. EKG on aroma.
Potbelly - Pigs Do Fly!4.40GoodGolden beer with thin lasting off white head. Grassy grapefruit hop aroma. Good subtle astringency. Good drinkable golden beer. Nice grassy hop finish, easy drinking.
Woodforde's - Norfolk Nog4.60GoodVery dark black/ruby colour with thin beige head. Liquorice and dark malt aroma. Some sour brambley dark fruit. Nice liquorice molasses flavour. Satisfying warming dark beer with choc/coffee making an appearance towards the finish. Pleasant.
Marble - Lagonda IPA5.00AcceptableGold colour with bubbly off white ehad. Odd citrus fruit jumble here. Tangerine and grapefruit. Astringent, almost harsh finish. Floral and flowery and a bit of perfume, but not in a good way. Some toffee malt. Marble normally make very good beers, but this just doesn't quite work.
Wickwar - Mr Perrett's Traditional Stout5.90AcceptableBlack beer with ruby edges, bubbly beige head. Liquorice stout aroma. Very liquorice/molasses flavour in mouth. Actually pretty good as it opens up. Still a little bit oily and tarry for me.
Darwin - Killer Bee6.00AcceptableDeep orange gold colour with no head. Reasonable honeyed. Some malt, some hop. Bit like a honey sweet, but not sweet, it's dry. Honeycomby like a Cadbury's Crunchie.
Freeminer - Slaughter Porter4.80AcceptableBlack colour with ruby edges, disappearing head. Thinnish aroma. Not a lot of intense flavours. Some roasted malts, but just a very easy drinking dark beer.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Nimbus Blonde (Atlas range)5.00PoorGold colour with thin off white head. Eggy diacetyl aroma. My only really poor beer in 2 days.
06 Apr 2007 (Ian)
I thought that this was one of the best festivals that I have been to. Great venue, plenty of seating, lots of beer in very good condition, well run, well priced and overall superb. My notes from the first day are a little sparse as I wanted to come to a festival and just enjoy it without taking a huge volume of notes.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - White Dwarf4.30ExceptionalI had this as my first and last beer on both days and it was as good each time. The fruit, mouthfeel, hop finish that goes on and on were all exceptional.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExceptionalFruity grapefruit and hop were stunning.
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Edwin Taylor's Extra Stout4.50ExcellentHad this in error as the guy behind the counter poured me the wrong beer, but even so this had plenty of malt to keep it going.
Jarrow - McConnells Irish Stout4.60GoodVery deep ruby with lasting bubbly beige head. Decent stout. Got all the component parts. Plenty of tight roasted malts, bit of charcoal, touch of sourish dark fruit.
Leyden - Black Pudding Mild3.90GoodGood proper drinkable mild with almost no hops.
Bath Ales - Wild Hare5.00GoodHaving had this in bottle and thinking it superb I was expecting it to be a 4/5 or 5/5 on cask, but the hops that so dominate the bottle version were weaker on this sample.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80AcceptableDisappointing, no malt structure, just unstructured
Brewster's - Hophead3.60AcceptableAgain another beer I've had before which I was expecting to be as good, but wasn't. Nice hop though.
1648 - Original3.90AcceptableDrinkable session bitter not as memorable as when I had it at the Evening Star in Brighton.
Moor - Old Freddy Walker7.30AcceptableI finished off Andrew's half as he didn't like it. Not as cultured as the first time I had it at Maidstone BF in 2005. Maybe needed another day or so to settle down and open up. Malts were a bit in your face and slightly sour.
Pictish - Maelstrom5.00AcceptableToo sweet and a bit cloying, but still fine.
Acorn - IPA5.00AcceptableFine, was expecting better from a great brewery.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Cobb's Revival4.30AcceptableVery yeasty and not sure all the malts were properly brewed out.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Ship of Fools6.60AcceptableA lot maltier and fruitier than I expected of an IPA. Fairly easy drinking for such a strong beer.
Westerham - William Wilberforce Freedom Ale4.00AcceptableBit yeasty, malt may not be fully brewed out, decent hop aroma
06 Apr 2007 (Andrew)
What a fantasic venue and a what a brillant beer festival. Lots of seating, lots of well kept beers and a good atmosphere. Well done Thanet CAMRA. Here with Ian, Martin and Jane but due to public transport being limited on a Bank Holiday we could only stay for 3.5 hours. Shame as it was excellent.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marble - Lagonda IPA5.00ExcellentEarthy with hint of mazipan. Hint of straw and mellowed bitter grapefruit hop.
Pictish - Maelstrom5.00ExcellentRich with a fantasict cloying malt and shart mottled hops
Jarrow - McConnells Irish Stout4.60ExcellentSmooth black beer with good fruity head. Mellow roasted sweet malt with slightly tart bitter finish.
Inveralmond - Thrappledouser4.30AcceptableCopper gold in colour. Smelt of sick and tasted of sickly malt and earthy sickly hops
Gale's - Festival Mild4.80AcceptableA black beer. Tart, new and depthless.
Coach House - Gunpowder Strong Mild3.80AcceptableBlack beer. Tasted of buscuit and blackcurrent and blackberry. Too sour though
Freeminer - Slaughter Porter4.80AcceptableBlack, blackcurrent cloying bite with hint of burnt perspex. Not bad
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70PoorWhat a poor outing for a usually great beer
Ventnor - Wight Spirit5.00PoorReassuringly rubbish. Had this years ago and throught it was crap then too. Think chemical fridge cleaner.
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80PoorBit of bile and sour with it. Bit too cold too. Rubbish frankly for a beer that can be great.
Moor - Old Freddy Walker7.30PoorWhat rubbish. Black porter but with poor construction that resembled alcohol in ditch water
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - Balmy Mild4.40PoorA wretched beer. Burnt malt bite but so poorly integrated with the sickly follow that it grated. It was only surpassed in nausia by the man playing a washboard in the band.

About the Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2007

The pub sign. Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2007, Margate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent7
Good9
Acceptable17
Poor6

The pub is found in Margate, Kent, CT9 1HX.

The second Planet Thanet beer festival. This time held in the Winter Gardens, Margate. Great venue with plenty of seating.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 36 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 1HX