Vintage Ale 2018
Raise a toast to friendship
Brewed exclusively with home-grown ingredients, Vintage Ale 2018 tips its cap to our enduring association with the hop growers, merchants and maltsters of the UK. It’s a celebration of teamwork - an ode to long-lasting friendship - but we doubt you’ll want to share a single drop…
rich and warming
Our 22nd Vintage Ale features the kind of tempting tropical flavours you might normally associate with ‘new-world’ hops - but the beer’s passion fruit and mango notes actually come courtesy of the UK’s own Olicana® hop variety.
Alongside Olicana®, we’ve used the Kent-born Ernest hop and a classic combination of Target, Goldings, Challenger and Northdown varieties. The malts, meanwhile, continue the best-of-British theme - only natural given that all of Fuller’s malting barley is sourced in the UK.
Brewed to 8.5% ABV, Vintage Ale 2018 pours a deep amber colour and greets the nose with rich aromas of cherry, almond and warming alcohols. On the palate, familiar fruitcake flavours mingle with tropical notes from the Olicana® hop, while the Crystal malt lends the beer a distinctive biscuity sweetness. Bottle conditioned as ever, the flavours will continue to mature for as long as you can resist opening.
Raise A Glass
Alongside Crystal malt, Vintage Ale 2018 sees the triumphant return of Maris Otter malt - another brilliant British ingredient and a key feature of many of our classic vintages to date.
Take a Bolognese to New Depths
The intense complexity of Vintage Ale 2018 stands up perfectly to the rich game meat of a venison Bolognese, with the long, slow braise of the ragu an ideal match for the deep flavours produced by the beer’s hop combination.