St Peter's Without Gold. Hopefully he lives near a bank or a cash machine so he can get some of this in the fridge. It's so cheap even a pauper can partake.
Puns aside, St Peter's Without Gold is a golden ale that's a lighter version of it's older sibling, St Peter's Without. Light gold in colour and loaded with malt and citrus flavours, it's the first beer we've tried in this alcohol-free series that promises absolute 0% alcohol.
The aroma is very ale-y in that you can get the grassy, hoppy notes as soon as the can is popped. It pours a very nice light golden colour though and creates a thin but clean, white head.
Initially the flavour is very malty, but after a couple of moments that changes into a fruitier flavour. It's not as obvious as some citrus flavours in ale, but it's definitely there as a subtle undertone the largely malty flavour.
Once the lighter fruity notes fade away you're left with a malty flavour in the aftertaste that is almost grassy, but not quite. It's quite pleasant, but it's not an amazing beer. Easy drinking and straight forward, but not very innovative.
This is possible my favourite ever bottle. It looks like a middle-ages medicine bottle with the squarer appearance and rounded edges. You can just imagine someone selling a miracle tonic in bottles like this in the 1600s.
It just feels traditional. The brewery logo is blown into the glass bottle just below the neck and it's a really sturdy feel in the hand. The label is pretty plain, the golden colour of the bottom half marking it out as different to the alternative Without version. All about the unique bottle style though this one.
We picked this up for the bargain price of £1.30 from our local Morrisons supermarket. You can but it online both at the brewery and in various other places but the price doesn't vary much.
If you're still hanging in there on Dry January it's definitely a worthy ale to add to your beer cupboard while counting down the days.