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

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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Martin243 (757) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2013
500ml bottle served cold. Gold, white head, elderflower aroma as promised. Floral notes. Elderflower bubblegum and digestive biscuit flavour. This is another blast from the past for me, but I’m sure it used to have more flavour. A bit over-carbonated as well. You can never go back!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maolucci (7) - Pavia, ITALY - AUG 16, 2013 does not count
Great aroma. Elderflower, but also an orange hint. Refreshing, tasty and very drinkable. Great summer ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1817) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle. This is a great golden ale with lots of depth and character. One of the the great British beers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (5785) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle @ Home. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, flowers, herbs. Flavor is malt, herbs, little pepper, flowery hops. Medium body, soft carbonation. 050813

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MOLA_DK (285) - DENMARK - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours crystal clear, light amber with a big white head. Very spicy aroma. Medium body, spicy flavour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruigo (1059) - PORTUGAL - JUL 16, 2013
50cl bottle from Auchan (Luxembourg). Golden yellow in colour with a nice lacing. Floral and citrus aroma. Medium carbonation. A nice balance between bitter and sweet. A nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (749) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2013
Gorgeous golden pour with an off white head. A nice floral aroma and a very crisp taste. What more could you ask for?

3.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bahumat (105) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
Aroma: Hops, powerfully aromatic. Judging by aroma alone I expected this beer to be incredibly overhopped; the hops are VERY strong in the scent, and unpleasantly bitter to the nose, I find. Appearance: Beautiful deep golden colour almost verging on a red ale, but not quite. Head is very thin and dissipates swiftly to ring the glass. Taste: The nose warns of a high hopped beer, but the tongue greets this like an old friend. Sweet, citrus notes, the hops prove to be gentle and very forgiving. Woody notes, gently floral and citrus, and a pleasantly astringent aftertaste that leaves the tongue dry and ready for another sip. Despite the aroma suggesting this should be a bitter beer, it is not at all; the beer lends itself more in flavour to a fruity weisbeir than to a typical golden ale. Palate: Thin, fizzy at first, finishing with a long, back-of-the-tongue dryness that makes the mouth water pleasantly. The body is light to medium. Overall: This beer deserves to be called "Champion" in its class. The balance is fantastic, and it is the sort of session beer that after one bottle, you’d be ready to crack open and enjoy a second and third. The grapefruit tones up front are mild and sweet, and the long, dry finish just keeps inviting the mouth back for another sip, and another, another.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AtronSeige (555) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 22, 2013
Aroma: toffee, caramel, light hops, (white) chocolate, orange Appearance: Dark golden/copper. Clear. Off-white.Fizzy. full fine but frothy head. long retention. Lacing. Taste: Medium light bitterness. Medium-high sweetness. Light hops flavors. Biscuit. Palate: Medium body. light carbonation. Overall: A very enjoyable beer! I would consume this in large amounts! Highly recommended. 500ml Bottle Poured.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfearnley (920) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle to sampler Toasted coconut, soap, hay, marmalade, oats. Clear yellow with a little effervescence and a ring of white bubbles. British hops and malts are showcased here, but unfortunately the soapy aroma is there in the taste as well. It's still a nice beer, but it cold be so much better.


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