Brewed by Badger (Hall & Woodhouse)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Blandford Forum, England


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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Previously called Golden Champion Ale
The light, refreshing character of our award-winning golden ale is distinguished by its subtle elderflower aroma, reminiscent of a summer’s evening. Champion is particularly rewarding when served chilled. On a balmy evening in Stanpit Marsh, a cool breeze blows and a calm encompasses the vast reserve. Amongst the wild horses, you may see Golden Champion, a headstrong but loyal stallion who enjoys the warm days grazing in th fields. The subtle elderflower aromas of this delicately floral brew are reminiscent of a summer’s evening. This divine all-rounder is a great companion for smoky, chargrilled chicken and peppery rocket salad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LED40 (76) - SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2014
Floral and grassy aroma with a thin white foamy head and golden appearance. The taste is very statisfying and refreshing. It is sweet, slightly bitter, malty with honeycomb, citrus, floral notes and caramel being the most prevalent flavors coming through. The mouth feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation with lacing sticking to the side of the glass as you drink. Overall an excellent beer best enjoyed outside on sunny day on its own or with food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
Very fruity and floral aroma, hint of jasmine. Clear golden colour with excellent head. Malt up front, with a strong hop finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
Prized ale from the famed brewery in Dorset, with a creamy white, mousse-like, sticky head, thin but very stable, as I would expect in an English ale. Colour a deep orange blonde, warm and bright with calm sparkling. Refined grassy and flowery hoppy aroma with a buttery sweetishness of pale malt, pear, apple peel, mango, elderberry, ginger. Taste an interestingly vivid and rounded fruitiness, honeyish sweetness, slick and creamy mouthfeel as is to be expected in a golden ale, slightly oily, nicely evolving from sweetish to bitterish with a quite sharp, leafy and peppery hoppiness in the background. Golden ale, as a modern acquisition to the family of English ales, is not my favorite style, but this one is clearly a great, well-balanced and refreshing brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
christhoel (270) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
floral, golden, amber, clear, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, . a nice drinkable golden ale you could easily have a session on this

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (1494) - NORWAY - JUL 6, 2014
Clear golden. Aroma and taste of pepper, ash, elderflower and flaked cereals. Also pepper in aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (1117) - USA - JUN 11, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought in Wakefield, Uk. Light summery golden ale. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (5159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 21, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco. Pours clear gold, long-lasting white head. Aromas are strongly floral, light metallic note, and earthiness I associate with Fuggles. Taste is fruity-sweet, light bitter. Oily texture, clean finish. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1433) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco. Golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma is flowery. Malty taste with, hops and citrus notes. Bittersweet finish but a bit watery.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thatgumyoulike (32) - Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2014
Not keen on this. It pours light and fluffy and looks the part, but it’s way too sweet. Tastes almost off at times. There’s some fruit and grain trying to get in there but its overpowered by a nasty level of sweetness. Could be way better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Appearance: Clear amber with finger thick white head. Aroma: Floral, fruity, elderflower, peppery, note of tangerine, malt and hint of caramel. Taste: Medium bitter and sweet with low sour. Palate: Thick grainy texture, light body, average carbonation, lingering dry, fruity, citrus, peppery biscuit finish. Comments: Tasty and refreshing with glass lace.

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