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http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/dscf4163.jpg?w=225&h=300 (http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/dscf4163.jpg)Well, despite some brief rays of English sunshine a few days back, it would seem that there’s still time for those ‘winter warmers’ to serve a purpose, beer-wise. Which is what I found myself craving after a particularly cold commute from work last week.
Three Tuns Brewery have been brewing in Shropshire since the mid 1600′s in one way or another, according to their excellent website (http://www.threetunsbrewery.co.uk/). This is some achievement, and by their reckoning makes them the oldest brewery in the UK. It certainly looks the part; tower brewery, lots of brick and a bucolic, rural feel about the place. It looks like the ideal place to spend a long summer’s afternoon, watching the light slowly fade beyond the fields….ahem. Sorry.
Cleric’s Cure (5% abv) pours golden and with an aroma that’s deep and rich; toffee apple, cereal and a hint of pear-drops float about to give you an inkling that this is no pushover of a beer. The body is sweetly smooth and undeniably robust as it finishes with more of those interesting, Duvel-esque pear notes and a rising, assertive bitterness. The whole package comes wrapped in alcoholic warmth, which is what made it such a perfect beer for such a cold night.
A classic strong Golden Ale – if you ask me (although the site says it found inspiration in IPA’s) – it’s probably one of the best strong beers I’ve tasted. Robust, *excellently balanced and well-brewed, Cleric’s Cure is a pleasure to drink – and a cure I could really get used to.

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