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White Cliffs Beer Festival 2017 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Elland - 1872 PorterExceptional1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExceptional1
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyExcellent1
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the MooExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Cast No Shadow Chocolate Orange PorterExcellent1
Flipside - Russian RoubleExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Slow Black StoutExcellent1
Breakwater - Paper Aeroplane FightExcellent1
Church End - Cupcake RevolutionExcellent1
Westerham - Audit AleExcellent1
Quantock - UXBGood1
Triple fff - Forbidden FruitGood1
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonGood1
Kent - Twelfth Night²Good2
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveAcceptable1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Shatkora IPANot Tried0
Derventio - LucretiusNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Portly RobinNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Street Light PorterNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Bullion BombNot Tried0
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleNot Tried0
Nene Valley - Jim Irving PaleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Dark Star The OriginalNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Snow TopNot Tried0
Ilkley - Hanging StoneNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Pale RiderNot Tried0
Nottingham - SupremeNot Tried0
Wantsum - Red RaddleNot Tried0
Bexley - Black Prince Porter RumNot Tried0
Salopian - Golden ThreadNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LordNot Tried0
Musket - Powder BurnNot Tried0
Mordue - IPANot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Black IPANot Tried0
Titanic - Plum Porter Grand ReserveNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Top Dog StoutNot Tried0
Portobello - APANot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHopNot Tried0
Nelson - Nelsons BloodNot Tried0
Rudgate - York Chocolate StoutNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. MENot Tried0
RCH - Santa FeNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Really RockinNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - White Cliffs SpecialNot Tried0
Potbelly - Captain PigwashNot Tried0
Lymestone - Cherry StoneNot Tried0
Kent - White Cliffs Pale AleNot Tried0
Loddon - Penny Pond Porter (was 5.5%)Not Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Christmas ClubNot Tried0
Brewster's - IPANot Tried0
Derby - QuintessentialNot Tried0
Fallen - Grapevine New World PaleNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Vintage Black Seven-FourNot Tried0
Slater's - HakaNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Bad MedicineNot Tried0
Panda Frog Project (sub-brand of Mordue) - Fifth PandaNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - Ape AleNot Tried0
Arundel - SmokehouseNot Tried0

Visits Details

03 Feb 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid to late evening. Did my serving duties. 15 fewer beers but more ciders than past years. All selling well, not too much left for tomorrow. Most popular ciders by far were Turners Apple Pie and Kent Cider Vim-top.
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExceptionalOne word - superb
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Excellent
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the Moo7.00Excellent
Pig & Porter - Cast No Shadow Chocolate Orange Porter5.70Excellent
Pig & Porter - Slow Black Stout5.10Excellent
Church End - Cupcake Revolution5.50Excellent
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Good
Kent - Twelfth Night²9.40GoodAn "enhanced" version of Kent's Twelfth Night ale
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00AcceptableOK but not right, massive yeast tastes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Dark Star The Original5.00Not Tried
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Not Tried
Nottingham - Supreme5.20Not Tried
Salopian - Golden Thread5.00Not Tried
Mordue - IPA5.10Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Top Dog Stout5.00Not Tried
Nelson - Nelsons Blood6.00Not Tried
RCH - Santa Fe7.30Not Tried
Potbelly - Captain Pigwash5.00Not Tried
Loddon - Penny Pond Porter (was 5.5%)5.00Not Tried
Elland - 1872 Porter6.50Not Tried
Derby - Quintessential5.80Not Tried
Slater's - Haka5.20Not Tried
Blue Monkey - Ape Ale5.40Not TriedFasting selling non-Kent brewed ale
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Not TriedOver lively
Derventio - Lucretius5.50Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Street Light Porter5.80Not Tried
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Red Raddle5.00Not TriedOver lively
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Lord5.00Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Black IPA5.80Not Tried
Portobello - APA5.00Not Tried
Rudgate - York Chocolate Stout5.00Not Tried
Rockin Robin - Really Rockin5.00Not TriedReplaced the advertised Very Cherry Christmas from Rockin Robin which had not been delivered
Lymestone - Cherry Stone5.20Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Christmas Club6.40Not TriedRan out
Flipside - Russian Rouble7.30Not Tried
Fallen - Grapevine New World Pale5.40Not Tried
Rother Valley - Bad Medicine5.50Not Tried
Arundel - Smokehouse6.00Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Shatkora IPA5.50Not Tried
Rockin Robin - Portly Robin5.00Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Bullion Bomb5.00Not Tried
Nene Valley - Jim Irving Pale5.60Not Tried
Ilkley - Hanging Stone5.00Not Tried
Bexley - Black Prince Porter Rum5.00Not TriedSoon ran out
Musket - Powder Burn5.00Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter Grand Reserve6.50Not Tried
Breakwater - Paper Aeroplane Fight6.10Not TriedSoon ran out
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHop5.20Not TriedRan out
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. ME5.20Not TriedSoon ran out
Hopdaemon - White Cliffs Special5.00Not TriedRan out
Kent - White Cliffs Pale Ale5.00Not TriedRan out
Brewster's - IPA6.00Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Vintage Black Seven-Four7.40Not Tried
Panda Frog Project (sub-brand of Mordue) - Fifth Panda5.70Not Tried
Quantock - UXB9.00Not Tried
Triple fff - Forbidden Fruit6.60Not Tried
03 Feb 2017 (Dosser)
Well packed but got seat and enjoyed watching Mr Pirip doing his annual shift. Great value festival that does my liver no good at all.
Elland - 1872 Porter6.50ExceptionalJust love this
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00ExcellentSuperb
Flipside - Russian Rouble7.30ExcellentQuality creamy porter
Breakwater - Paper Aeroplane Fight6.10ExcellentGreat hoppy beer
Kent - Twelfth Night²9.40GoodJust smell the alcohol off this...
Quantock - UXB9.00GoodPowerful but too sweet for me
Triple fff - Forbidden Fruit6.60GoodBit too fruity for me

About the White Cliffs Beer Festival 2017

Summary of Beer Scores



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

White Cliffs Festival of Winter Ales. 24th anniversary of this winter festival held in the atmospheric Maison Dieu Town Hall. A 2 day (Friday and Saturday) festival with 70 or so 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. A Dover tradition.

We have visited this pub twice, seen 60 different beers and tried 15 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1DL