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Fruit beers

Badger Golden Glory

Badger Golden Glory
73It contains peach blossom and tastes too contrived for my liking, but I know this beer does have plenty of fans. The fruitiness would make it worth mixing and match with food.

Bartrams Captain Bill Bartram's Cherry Stout

Bartrams Captain Bill Bartram's Cherry Stout
73An interesting concoction that would be good with a creamy pudding, as long as it's not too sweet. The samples tried were well over carbonated (almost explosive!), but hopefully this problem will now ...

Bartrams Captain Bill Bartram's Damson Stout

Bartrams Captain Bill Bartram's Damson Stout
65The bitterness, smoky notes and tart fruit don't really come together. Not as smooth or as successful as the Cherry Stout (above) from the same brewery.

Belhaven Fruit Beer

Belhaven Fruit Beer
73Not the subtlest of fruit beers, but it will appeal to a certain constituency.

Black Mountain  Crazy Ed's Chili Beer

Black Mountain Crazy Ed's Chili Beer
65A golden beer from Arizona, with a whole green chilli in every bottle. It's not something you'd want to drink on its own (or at all if you can't stand the heat) but sip it with a margherita pizza and ...

Bridge of Allan  Bramble

Bridge of Allan Bramble
73A pleasant but sweet drink based around fresh blackberries but with a good mix of complementary flavours.

Bridge of Allan Red Mist

Bridge of Allan Red Mist
68The key ingredient (somewhat obvious) is Scottish raspberries, but it's just too bitter.

Cains Fine Raisin Beer

Cains Fine Raisin Beer
65It doesn't work for me, I'm afraid. It's reasonably well balanced but perhaps too contrived and, ultimately, rather unexciting. Also spoiled by ‘wet paper' oxidation notes.

Hanby Cherry Bomb

Hanby Cherry Bomb
70A nicely packaged, interesting and flavoursome beer that drinks a bit lighter than its 6% ABV. Would be better if a touch sweeter, perhaps.

Meantime Raspberry Grand CRU
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Flavoured Wheat Beer - Winner Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Meantime Raspberry Grand CRU
78This is a stronger version of the pleasant Taste the Difference Raspberry Wheat Beer that Meantime brews for Sainsbury's. But it's fuller, it's sweeter and it has a better balance and a kinder finish ...

Williams Brothers Ebulum
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Williams Brothers Ebulum
78A very successful strong ruby ale that is complex but well balanced.

Williams Brothers Grozet

Williams Brothers Grozet
75A well conceived, easy-drinking ‘gooseberry and wheat ale' that also contains the herb bog myrtle.

Williams Brothers Roisin

Williams Brothers Roisin
68A rosé-coloured beer made with tayberries, a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry. Overall, just too bitter, though.

A beer lover's banquet (Ale & Pie Pubs)
A great deal of thought goes in to the Fuller's beer and food menu. Purely in the interests of research, Ben McFarland went along to a tasting session

The sweetest thing
This issue, our panel of experts look at how you can partner fruit beer with food.

Wild thing I think I love you
Love them or hate them, spontaneously fermented beers can provide some wonderful matches with food. Our panel of experts give their views.

Everything you need to know about... yeast
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role yeast plays

Everything you need to know about... fruit
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role fruit can play in the production of quality beers from around the world

Everything you need to know about cereals
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston considers grains other than barley that can be used in beer

The final course
Ben Mcfarland British beer writer and regular BOTW columnist Ben McFarland has written extensively about beer's culinary kinship with food. Six things you shouldn't do at the dinner table: 1) Pick ...

Germany - I'll have a bitter, bitte
Alright , so it might not be a German beer but we just love puns. Sally Toms gets to grips with some of the true beer styles of Germany

God's own country
It covers 6,000 square miles, but does its beer measure up? Alastair Gilmour sets off for Yorkshire.

No ordinary Smith
Zak Avery goes behind the scenes at Samuel Smith's, Britain's most clandestine brewery.