Our Flagship English Special Bitter (ESB) is a golden-coloured pale ale, topped by clouds of creamy-white foam. Somewhat sweet and malty, it has the cookie/biscuit, toffee, and jammy aromas of a true pub ale.
As a British-style pale ale, or bitter, this ESB is only moderately bitter, and nothing like many North American-style hop bomb pale ales and IPAs, which are the English Bitter’s new world descendants.
Delicious and easy drinking, our Flagship perfectly compliments fish and chips or just an afternoon with friends.
A Flagship is the the first, largest, fastest, or most renowned vessel of a fleet. Until the end of the age of sail in the late 1800s, a Flagship was a first class Royal Navy ship flying the admiral’s flag.
It was also during the 19th century that English Bitters, or pale ales, were the most renowned and most widely imbibed beers in the world. Distributed throughout Britain via her new and expanding railway networks, and around the world by growing international shipping, English Bitters were the true flagships of British beers.
“Does the job in a big way in true style! Not too sweet and well roasted.”François Hallé – Untappd
“A real bitter. Right on target!”Patrick Lapierre – Untappd
“Very good ESB.”Eric Morneau – Untappd
“Really an excellent English style rousse of the extra special bitter type. A caramelized and fruity nose with a touch of preserved fruit salad. On the palate it’s the same and it’s very malty, smooth, tasty, complex and very little bitter. Super quaffable.”Nicholas Pigeon – Untappd
“Beautiful copper color. Tastes like caramel. With a nice bitterness.”Hugues Fortier – Untappd
Microbrasserie Cardinal distributes beer throughout Quebec in cans and kegs. To see a list of retailers carrying specific beers, please visit Pivohub Explore and select the 'locate' button under the product listing.
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