It's taken me a long time to learn to love Fuller's beer. The pub at the top of our road is a Fuller's pub and when we first moved in nearly two decades ago, I felt it was important to check it out. Back then, they didn't have the best landlord and I was left with the conviction that their beer was pretty ropey.
A few years ago a visit to their brewery let me know how mistaken I'd been, and I've developed something of a soft spot for them.
This is their Golden Pride, an impressive 8.5% that is described as "arguably the 'grand cru' of Fuller's bottled beers".
It's a beautiful looking beer, a crystal clear deep copper with a fine bubbled lingering head. The nose has a slightly metallic tang, and some toasted malt but doesn't reveal too much of what is to come.
The taste is far more complex; rich fruit, toffee sweetness that avoids becoming too syrupy and with a distinct and warming alcohol background. The finish is relatively dry and that alcohol warmth stays with you.
Overall, it's a seriously tasty beer, and one that doesn't come close to tasting as strong as it is.
This review was originally published 31st December, 2012. It was last updated 1st June, 2023.