There’s been a lot of love for Marble in the blogosphere recently (see here, here and here) and while I’m a bit late to the party, that’s only due to The Bacchanalia only getting a delivery of Marble beer (cask and bottle) the other week. I had a couple of halves of Summer Marble in The Cambridge Blue last week, it was the first time I’d had any Marble beer, it was superb and meant I was really, really looking forward to cracking into the bottles I’d bought.
First up was Manchester Bitter a pale golden straw coloured bitter with a twist. It poured with a fluffy, easily formed, white head that slowly dropped leaving plenty of lacing on the glass. There was a bit of malt on the nose, but it mainly smelt fresh with maybe a touch of grassy hop. There was something else lingering at the edge though, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I’d like to say it was something tropical, but I’m just not sure.
The beer had absolutely fantastic condition, I’m not sure you could get any better to be honest. The mouth feel was nice and smooth, the body full and perfectly balanced. There was a really nice bitterness that came in and lingered long into the after taste. I thought it was absolutely brilliant, I’ll definitely be buying more.
- Manchester Bitter, 4.2%, 500ml
I was going to have the Tawny No. 3, but changed my mind at the last moment and plumped for the Lagonda IPA instead. It poured a rich straw colour with a tightish white head that slowly dropped to a blotchy covering. I’m not sure what it smelt of, maybe a bit of biscuity malt. Just like the Manchester Bitter, there is something else there, tantalisingly close, that I just can’t quite but my finger on and verbalise.
It was smooth in the mouth, not as big as I was expecting, almost not full bodied enough. The taste is great though, while I couldn’t place what was going on in the Manchester Bitter, this one was all restrained and subtle bitter orange marmalade with hints of grapefruit. The after taste lingered marmalade notes for quite a while.
- Lagonda IPA, 5%, 500ml
To be honest I was so blown away by the Manchester Bitter that I’m not sure I enjoyed the Lagonda IPA as much as I should have. Given the choice, I’d buy the Manchester Bitter over the Lagonda IPA any day of the week though.
Both beers are Vegetarian Society approved and the Lagonda IPA is organic.