Durham Brewery ‘Cloister’ Premium Bitter


“A simple malt grist of maris otter pale malt and a small amount of crystal malt is bittered and aromatized by a complex addition of a unique blend of hops. English, Czech and American hops mingle throughout the boil to give a heady flowery aroma, and a tantalising peachy flavour, offset by a refreshing degree of bitterness. Despite its complexity this beer is clean and thirst quenching.”

Glassware: English Pint.

Appearance: Amber with a soft orange tint. It produced two fingers of finely beaded foam and retains nicely. Webbed lace clings to the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: So satisfyingly English. In this day and age of crazy hopped out juicy oat cream hazy IPA’s it’s very refreshing to take in such a traditional aroma profile. Super earthy, lots of orange citrus/marmalade, a touch of candied lemon, black pepper, mixed berries, mildew, basil and mild lychee or watermelon. Love it! Love a good English bitter.

Flavour: Again, the earthy-ness is the integral part. Surrounding it is the semi sweet orange citrus and berries and the subtle spicy herbs i.e basil, coriander and rocket there in the background. The classic toasty/bready malt counteracts it all beautifully. Citrus comes back in to the fold before it wraps up with a grassy/herbaceous finish which endures.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and inoffensive. Slightly dry post swallow. Medium body and Co2. Only 4.5% ABV so it’s certainly in session territory.

Overall: Just a lovely English pale. Conventional and impeccably balanced yet chock full of flavour and aroma. Our first entry for this British brewery and we’re impressed.