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White Cliffs Beer Festival 2015 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Green Jack - Baltic TraderExceptional2
Elland - 1872 PorterExceptional1
Oakham - The Kraken's InkExcellent1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExcellent3
Blue Monkey - Ape AleExcellent1
Goose Eye - Over and StoutExcellent1
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - Get Your KicksExcellent2
Kent - Beyond the PaleExcellent1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfExcellent1
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Snow TopExcellent2
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Cocoa WonderlandExcellent3
Dark Star - RevelationExcellent1
Fernandes - Black VoodooExcellent1
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHopGood1
Brewster's - Stilton PorterGood1
Ballards (now a sub-brand of Greyhound) - KipperedGood2
Windsor & Eton - ConquerorGood1
Flipside - Russian RoubleGood2
Rother Valley - Bad MedicineGood1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterGood1
Downton - Chimera IPAGood1
Hopdaemon - DominatorGood1
Vibrant Forest - MetropolisGood1
Milton - NeroGood1
Branscombe (was Branscombe Vale) - Summa ThatAcceptable1
Rudgate - York Chocolate StoutAcceptable1
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveAcceptable1
Bespoke - Over a BarrelAcceptable1
Triple fff - I Can't Remember !Not Tried0
Ashover - Butts Pale AleNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Slow, BlackNot Tried0
Church End - Fallen AngelNot Tried0
Derby - QuintessentialNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Gothic Imperial StoutNot Tried0
Goffs - Black KnightNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterNot Tried0
Quantock - Royal Stag IPANot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Saxon StrongNot Tried0
Langham - LSD (Langham Special Draught)Not Tried0
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonNot Tried0
Adur - Robbie's RedNot Tried0
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.Not Tried0
Sambrook's - Powerhouse PorterNot Tried0
Otter - HeadNot Tried0
Abbeydale - AbsolutionNot Tried0
Amber Ales - Imperial IPANot Tried0
RCH - Double HeaderNot Tried0
Hammerpot - Madgwick GoldNot Tried0
Ascot - Red IPANot Tried0
Bank Top - Port O'CallNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney BlastNot Tried0
Cheddar - Goat's LeapNot Tried0
Blue Anchor - Spingo MiddleNot Tried0
Westerham - Audit AleNot Tried0
Black Hole - Milky WayNot Tried0
Beowulf - Mercian ShineNot Tried0
Acorn - GorlovkaNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - St Magnus AleNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - AmarilloNot Tried0
Oakham - AttilaNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Hop DogNot Tried0
Abbeydale - Black MassNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - StormstayNot Tried0
Battledown - SpecialNot Tried0
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - ! BeerNot Tried0
Allendale - WolfNot Tried0
Coniston - Infinity IPANot Tried0
Green Jack - Ripper TripelNot Tried0
Westerham - Double StoutNot Tried0
Longdog - Lamplight PorterNot Tried0
Stonehenge - Danish DynamiteNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Grainstore - NipNot Tried0

Visits Details

07 Feb 2015 (oz11)
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Excellent
Oakham - The Kraken's Ink6.80Excellent
Milton - Nero5.00Good
Brewster's - Stilton Porter5.00Good
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror5.00Good
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Good
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Acceptable
Bespoke - Over a Barrel5.00Acceptable
Flipside - Russian Rouble7.30PoorGoing sour...
07 Feb 2015 (Dosser)
Huge crowd in spectacular setting. My first visit.
Green Jack - Baltic Trader10.50ExceptionalMy favourite beer
Elland - 1872 Porter6.50ExceptionalWow
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Cocoa Wonderland6.80ExceptionalAmazing chocky flavours
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale10.00Excellentlovely
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Snow Top6.00Excellent
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - Get Your Kicks6.60ExcellentNice
Flipside - Russian Rouble7.30ExcellentSweet
Ballards (now a sub-brand of Greyhound) - Kippered8.50GoodStrong and sweet
07 Feb 2015 (Ian)
Saturday lunchtime. I love this session. It's about how to survive the hangover from the night before. Sat with the University of Kent Ale Society who are here every year. Busy though.
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentConsistently brilliant
Ballards (now a sub-brand of Greyhound) - Kippered8.50GoodSurprisingly decent. A sipper or a barley wine
Rother Valley - Bad Medicine5.50GoodSome sweet malt some hop on finish. Enjoyable
Rudgate - York Chocolate Stout5.00AcceptableSome chocolate. Ok
06 Feb 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Instant decision to volunteer as bar staff so tasted quite a few ales in course of duty. Only judged below the ones I had a reasonable quantity of. A great venue and festival with all customers so polite and conversational.
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentSurprisingly slow sales during my tenure of serving
Goose Eye - Over and Stout5.20Excellent
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Excellent
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Snow Top6.00Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Otter - Head5.80Not Tried
RCH - Double Header5.30Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Dominator5.10Not Tried
Bank Top - Port O'Call5.00Not Tried
Blue Anchor - Spingo Middle5.10Not Tried
Beowulf - Mercian Shine5.00Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Amarillo5.00Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale10.00Not Tried
Branscombe (was Branscombe Vale) - Summa That5.00Not Tried
Abbeydale - Black Mass6.70Not Tried
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - ! Beer5.00Not Tried
Green Jack - Ripper Tripel8.50Not Tried
Stonehenge - Danish Dynamite5.00Not Tried
Triple fff - I Can't Remember !6.00Not Tried
Church End - Fallen Angel5.00Not Tried
Goffs - Black Knight5.30Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Saxon Strong6.50Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Brewster's - Stilton Porter5.00Not Tried
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.5.50Not Tried
Abbeydale - Absolution5.30Not Tried
Hammerpot - Madgwick Gold5.00Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney Blast6.00Not Tried
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Not Tried
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Not Tried
Acorn - Gorlovka6.00Not Tried
Oakham - Attila7.50Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Stormstay5.00Not Tried
Allendale - Wolf5.50Not Tried
Green Jack - Baltic Trader10.50Not TriedThe top headbanger here - no one ordered more than a half
Westerham - Double Stout5.50Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHop5.20Not Tried
Elland - 1872 Porter6.50Not Tried
Ashover - Butts Pale Ale5.50Not Tried
Derby - Quintessential5.80Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00Not Tried
Langham - LSD (Langham Special Draught)5.20Not Tried
Adur - Robbie's Red5.20Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror5.00Not Tried
Blue Monkey - Ape Ale5.40Not Tried
Sambrook's - Powerhouse Porter4.90Not Tried
Amber Ales - Imperial IPA6.50Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Ascot - Red IPA5.50Not Tried
Kent - Beyond the Pale5.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Cheddar - Goat's Leap5.50Not Tried
Downton - Chimera IPA6.80Not Tried
Black Hole - Milky Way6.00Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - St Magnus Ale5.20Not TriedOne chap ordered as his name was Magnus
Sunny Republic - Hop Dog5.50Not Tried
Bespoke - Over a Barrel5.00Not Tried
Battledown - Special5.20Not Tried
Rudgate - York Chocolate Stout5.00Not Tried
Coniston - Infinity IPA6.00Not Tried
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - Get Your Kicks6.60Not Tried
Flipside - Russian Rouble7.30Not Tried
Longdog - Lamplight Porter5.00Not Tried
Grainstore - Nip7.30Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Slow, Black5.10Not TriedIn the programme but not sure if this was on sale
Oakham - The Kraken's Ink6.80Not Tried
Ballards (now a sub-brand of Greyhound) - Kippered8.50Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Cocoa Wonderland6.80Not Tried
Fernandes - Black Voodoo5.10Not Tried
Vibrant Forest - Metropolis6.00Not Tried
Rother Valley - Bad Medicine5.50Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Gothic Imperial Stout7.40Not TriedIn the programme but not sure if this was on sale
Quantock - Royal Stag IPA6.00Not Tried
06 Feb 2015 (Mick)
Very busy as always, nice to see Ian serving.
Green Jack - Baltic Trader10.50Excellent
Blue Monkey - Ape Ale5.40Excellent
Kent - Beyond the Pale5.40Excellent
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Excellent
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Cocoa Wonderland6.80Excellent
Hopdaemon - Dominator5.10Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHop5.20Good
Downton - Chimera IPA6.80Good
06 Feb 2015 (Ian)
My first time working behind the bar and I enjoyed it. Beer list this year was not the most imaginative
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Cocoa Wonderland6.80ExcellentLovely intense chocolate
Fernandes - Black Voodoo5.10ExcellentChocolate orange flavour
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - Get Your Kicks6.60GoodGood American pale ale
Vibrant Forest - Metropolis6.00GoodGood black ipa
Branscombe (was Branscombe Vale) - Summa That5.00AcceptableOk slightly hoppy golden ale

About the White Cliffs Beer Festival 2015

Summary of Beer Scores


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

White Cliffs Festival of Winter Ales. 22nd anniversary of this winter festival held in the atmospheric Maison Dieu Town Hall. A 2 day (Friday and Saturday) festival with 75 beers which are all Winter and strong ales on gravity, all 5.0% abv or higher, at a flat rate £1.50 per half and £3 per pint.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 75 different beers and tried 29 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1DL