We have recently started to shop more at Aldi due to the cheap prices and good quality meats etc and during a recent visit decided to stock up on our condiments. This Bramwells brown sauce was one that we picked up on this particular visit. We don't use brown sauce a lot but for the cheap price of 89p in our local store we decided to give it a go. The packaging is pretty basic. Its a clear plastic bottle with a white lid att he bottom for easy dispensing. The label is blue and says what it is and for some reason has a picture of what looks to me the London eye on it. The bottle holds 455g of sauce and has all the nutritional information on the back should it be required. The smell of this product is pretty vinegary and is a bit off putting at first, however we decided to give it a go anyway, no harm right? It is easy to squeeze out which is always a plus but this may be due to the fact that is a lot more runny compared to other brands, it does slide around the plate a lot. The taste of the sauce is ok, its a bit strong with the taste of vinegar but not completely rancid either. Its definitely not as good as HP or other named brands, but for the price it is tolerable. It does go well on corned beef hash, which is the reason why we brought it in the first place but I am not sure if i will repurchase it, I think id rather spend a little more and get a better quality sauce. Its a shame really because the tomato ketchup is really good. Overall, i feel that if you are not fussy with brands, at least give it a go due to the price. We will still use it till it runs out as were not ones to waste it however I do feel its not for us.
New Aldi converted lover!! As our normal condiments are running low I have started buying Aldi ones and so far so good. In a squeezy plastic bottle it had its first tick. 470g for only £1.10. The bottle was a simple clear plastic with a plastic black flip top lid. There was a label on both sides of the bottle stating what it is, nutritional value, ingredients, and allergy info & storage guidelines. Happy with the price and ascetics the taste test was to come. The sauce in appearance is thin, shiny and dark brown and a little runnier than other brands I have tried. Our first taste test was on egg and chips. There was a strong smell and taste of vinegar which was quite tangy and salty. For me it was ok to accompany chips. I covered my husband's meal in it and served it up. He didn't once comment about the sauce so for him it must be up there with Heinz!! Overall I personally thought it was middle of the road, definitely not up there with Heinz but not worth binning. I would think twice about buying this again but so far I like their other sauces. Allergy Advice: Contains: Wheat, barley, rye, gluten and soya. May contain traces of peanuts, nuts and sesame seeds. Nutritional Information Per Tablespoon (15g): Calories: 13 Sugar: 2.3g Fat: Nil Saturates: Nil Salt: 0.15g
I bought a bottle of Bramwells Brown Sauce at Aldi's in Cardigan, Wales, on Saturday and when I first tried it with some baked beans on toast, I wondered where the strange and not at all pleasant taste was coming from. By process of elimination I discovered that it was coming from the sauce. It was a plasticky, unnatural and quite unpleasant taste the like of which I have never tasted before in any food. I have been a lover of brown sauce for many years but I've never tasted anything like this. It's so bad that I shall be taking it back to the store the next time I am in Cardigan (I live 40 miles from Cardigan near Aberystwyth so it isn't worth my going there just for that). I don't think there's anything wrong with my taste buds. I asked my wife to taste it - though she isn't normally a lover of brown sauce - and she thought it tasted awful and plasticky. If this is a "Great New Recipe", I think Bramwells have got it very wrong this time. I big NO NO from me.
I am a committed ALDIphile! The acid test of own label brands is how they stack up against leading commodities such as ketchup, baked beans etc. ALDI's brown sauce was up there with the best, but alas, the new 'revised recipe' sauce has fallen well short. It has a barbecue flavour which may be fine with a barbecue, but on a bacon buttie at breakfast? No thanks, back to HP on this one!
I am a regular Alsi customer and have tasted the old brand of Brown Sause but the new brand has a taste which puts me off. it is the last bottle of Bramwells Brown Sause I will buy. While I am on my "high horse" I would like to say that Aldi will be driving away all of it's customers if it does not stop putting it's prices up, and please, please don't blame the Government.Yours Bob Cosgrove.
I always used to stick to buying Heinz for Tomato Ketchup, and Daddies for Brown Sauce. I shop around a lot more now than what I used to and since there is a large, new Aldi shop built here not so long ago then I tend to go in here for a look more often. This sauce is in a squeezy plastic bottle and cost me £1.15. The size of the bottle was 470g so a good enough amount for the money. The bottle isn't the nicest thing out there, but it looks like other squeezy Sauce bottles. It is a see through plastic which has a slight cloudyness about it. The label is stuck on the front and back and it does it's jub. The lid is a flip top lid which I seemed to get in a mess, but if you wipe the spill when you do it then you wouldn't have to try and squirt through the dried up sauce. This sauce is quite runny, and I think the thicker Sauces are often nicer. This still stuck to my Chips easy enough, and infact it ran down the Chips a bit so there was a bit of a coating on them and for me that was a good thing. To look at the Sauce it looks pretty dark brown, but as I mentioned that this is a bit runny, so it was more like a shiny brown smear on my chips. This smelt rich, slightly tangy and with a sort of Vinegar scent to it. When I tasted this I didn't get much of the rich taste but instead got a bit smoky acid-y taste. That makes it sound yuk, but it was actually pretty nice. This does lack the rich fullness of the named brand, but it is a nice change for those who perhaps don't like the Sauce that strong tasting.
I have only ever really bothered using HP Sauce or Daddies Sauce, when it comes to the lovely brown stuff on your sandwiches, chips or whatever. I always like to have a bottle of either one in the cupboard because they really do add something to whatever you are eating - generally something fried mind, like a sausage sandwich or chips. I was shopping at Aldi and doing a mental check on things that I needed, and realised that I had run out of brown sauce. I hunted high and low for my favourites, but was told by a staff member, that they didn't have any of either HP or Daddies, she did though point me in the direction if what I assume is their own brand. This was in a squeezy bottle. I much prefer the glass bottle for sauces and stuff like that. I can't put my finger on why: Tradition? The recycling element? The Irn Bru factor? Let's fast forward to later, and the sausage sandwich. So I get in from shopping and get the frying pan on and drop a couple or three sausages in there for a sandwich. Fast forward a little more and the sausages are split down the middle and lying on the buttered bread, the butter is melting from their heat and oozing into the soft white bread. There is a mugful of hot, strong, sweet tea on the side. Now it is showtime! On with the brown sauce. The Aldi's sauce to be precise. Guess what no bottle shaking or any mention of the word thixotropic. A good squeeze and I was getting all Jackson Pollock with my sausages; thus far it looks like brown sauce as I know it; it certainly smells like brown sauce. So now that the sausages are suitably coated, lets close this sandwich and eat. And so I bit into the white bread, through the skin of the sausage and tore a bit off into my mouth. This tasted like a sausage sandwich with brown sauce. Exactly as I had expected, and exactly as I had been used to. OK, there is a bit of a difference. The sharp tangy vinageriness is there, as is the sweetness, as is that 'brown' taste you get with stuff like this and caramel and guinness and marmite - umami, I think the brainy bods call it. I paid about £1.20 for this for a squeezy bottle which is larger than the standard HP glass bottle. If I recall correctly, I normally pay a similar price for HP, maybe a bit more, but don't get as much. To be honest HP and Daddies do win it, but this Aldi stuff is not bad at all, and I will be quite happy again to use this, if I can't get my two favourites.
In my house we all get through alot of sauce! One that we all love with things like pie and chips is good old fashioned brown sauce and so the other day during a sauce restock my Mum decided to get us this to try. My Mum always does the bulk of our shop in Sainsbury's or Asda (Occasionally Morrison's or Tesco too lol) and has been been doing some top up shopping in our local Aldi store of late. On the whole the stuff she has purchased has been excellent and really good quality let alone a damn site cheaper! This 470g squeezy sauce cost about £1.19 and from what I am aware of you can also purchase this in other sizes and they are priced accordingly of course. The Packaging: Like I say our bottle is plastic and squeezy. It's see through with a white flip top opening to the bottom of it and on the front I am told it's Bramwells 'Pickles, sauces & dressings' and I'm also told it is Vegetarian and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. other information on the back of the bottle includes ingredients and allergy advice, storage details and a full nutritional rundown chart is shown, size is stated and contact details for Aldi are given. I like this squeezy bottle as it really is simple to use it and get most of the sauce out of it and the flip top plastic lid does twist on/off so when you've only got a little bit sauce stuck in there you can scrape it out if you really want to! The Sauce: Well my parents love it, I hate it so it's a split review really lol. The sauce in appearance is quite runny but it does have a little body to it and isn't too runny when using it. It is dark brown in colour with like dark brown flecks in it and it's glossy. It has a slight sweet smell to it if you sniff it and all in all it looks like brown sauce! Taste wise well personally I find this far to rich and harsh for me and it gets stuck in the back of my throat. Like most brown sauces it is a smooth blend of dates, soy sauce, sugar, salt and vinegar (as well as a few other things of course) and to me there is an overwhelming taste of vinegar to it that makes the sauce taste cheap as it's so sour and really does tingle my tongue. To me as well this has a peculiar tinny like aftertaste to it and I find it a bit breathtaking for all the wrong reasons! I also feel that the consistency of this, although ok when you first use it, it does tend to melt a bit and become sloppy when put on/near hot/warm foods. I don't like it but like I said my parents love it so it comes down to this...do you like very strong, sweet and very sour sauces? If so give it a go cos it's too rich for me! Allergy Advice: Contains: Wheat, barley, rye, gluten and soya. May contain traces of peanuts, nuts and sesame seeds. Nutritional Information Per Tablespoon (15g): Calories: 13 Sugar: 2.3g Fat: Nil Saturates: Nil Salt: 0.15g Only available in Aldi stores.