158. Bleddyn 1075

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Bleddyn 1075

Company info:
The Celt Experience Brewery

 Caerphilly, WALES

[www.theceltexperience.co.uk]

Bottle size sampled: 500ml

Alcohol: 5.6%
Standard drinks: TBC

Cap type: Non-Twist

Cost: I picked this up for $5.99 AU

Label info: ‘Bleddyn ap Cynfyn was ruler of Gwynedd and Powys and probably of Cerdigion and Brycheiniog as well, and undoubtedly the most powerful Welsh king. He died in 1075.

This delicious pale strong ale has a high original gravity and mash temperature, leaving a fine full bodied texture. Generous hopping with Atlantic and New Zealand varieties provides a lovely bitter tongue, which is complemented by a crisp sweetness and a delicious citrus and grapefruit aroma’

What the label really means: Oh you little teasers, Celt Experience. You can’t just tell us one sentence about this supposedly great king and then leave it at that. We need more! Particularly about Bleddyn’s blood-thirsty rampages across the UK (ok so that may not have happened, but one can only hope). I do appreciate the fact this beer is dedicated to this powerful Welsh king.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I really love the matte-black on this label. It’s classy, it’s non-finger print marking. Glance up to the neck and there is even a a plastic label covering the cap (which proved more difficult to remove than the standard paper neck labels) which is a fun inclusion. I like the font on the main label and especially the big lettering of Celt down the bottom. What I am not convinced entirely about is the purple-pink lettering. It makes it seem a bit too feminine and I can’t help but think of the striking appeal this beer would have if the pink was replaced with a blood red. 

I give it a label rating of 7 out of 10.

AROMA:  Hoppy and citrussy….it’s good.

Taste: GLASS – Wow this is an incredibly drinkable beer. It’s crisp and clean with a slight dry and bitter aftertaste. Swirl the brew in your mouth and savour the subtle earthy tones. Take note of the over-riding citrus flavour flowing through the glass and give thanks. For this is the day that Bleddyn arises.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – I really hoped this drop would be as good from the bottle as it is from the glass. It’s nearly there, but not quite. Bleddyn 1075 becomes tame, loses the earthy tones and even the bitter after taste is softened. Still an excellent beer but not quite as good as from the glass.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: A baked chicken would really get this party started.

Best season to appreciate: Definitely more of a Summer brew. 

All-nighter beer? Definitely! Bring it on!

NEXT WEEK: It’s a special farewell to Winter brew. Stay tuned.

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Comments
  1. […] this label is almost identical to the previously reviewed Bleddyn 1075 I’ll simply copy my review here: ‘I really love the matte-black on this label. […]

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  2. Radio Snivins says:

    Bleddyn 1075’s harder to find than kosher bacon. I’ve looked everywhere, but, alas, no menorah. The whole thing reminds me of Figboot, the Upper Ferntree Gully equivalent of Bigfoot, that roams the town foraging for dim sims. Few people have heard of him. Even fewer have sighted him, and you’ll never see him and Radio Snivins in the same room.

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    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Sorry bout that Snivelly! I bought this at a random bottle shop I stumbled into. Not sure how widely it is distributed.

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  3. radiosnivins says:

    So it’s not Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale? Dang! My psychic radar must be on the fritz. It’s just as well actually. FleshLight sales did no go as well as I’d anticipated, and my stock went off..

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