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

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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle: Filtered.
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RyanE (145) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
Wet musty grass. Perhaps a little skunky. Tan coloured pour. Well balanced, medium body on the palate, refreshing slightly bitter hop finish. Drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4402) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
Fra flaske på rom 324 på Premier Inn, Goldsmith Rd. Nottingham 27 Jan 14. Gyldenbrun. Tynt filmskum. God maltaroma. Smaken er litt syrlig med et visst maltpreg. Noe fruktighet etter hvert.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bulldogops (1108) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
Rating #890 - January 7, 2014 - 500ml Bottle from Coop in #yeg. Clear golden pour, hint of copper colour, weak white foam that bubbles away slowly to a soapy ring. Aroma is earthy malts, hints of caramel, tangerine. Taste is a mild sweetness, elderflower honey, citrus followed by a punch of hoppy flavour. Great zesty citrus and floral sweetness dried out with the mild bitterness. Quite nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McNeillR (1328) - SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2014
Very presentable bright golden with a light but steady white head. Firmly malty with a gristly greenish nose - not fresh but very floral. Gripping oily bitterness, well lit malt and a decent sweet bitterness towards the finish. I drank a lot of Badger fae Waitrose in my pre-RB days (and have them scrawled on paper for reference) and this wasn’t ever in t’ward the top.

Bottle, Tesco Leeds Station-ish, Leeds

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3643) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
From a 50 cl bottle shared with Ryan courtesy of Chris. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Malty nose. Flavors of biscuit and caramel. Medium bodied, creamy finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vipinvelp (2362) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2013
Clear golden yellow with white lacing foam head. Aroma is quite floral. Taste is quite good, some floral notes. Bit velvet a taste in mouth. (Velp 201310

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Niller (742) - Hammel, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle. Golden yellow colour with a white head. Aroma of elderflower. malty taste with elderflower, hops and citrus notes. Bittersweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (2689) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2013
Pretty decent hoppy golden ale, thankfully unaffected by being in a clear glass bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BalkanMac (37) - Belgrade, - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle in Bow, London. Lovely golden colour, like a rich lager or light bitter. Thinnish head. Herby nose, bit of floral. Lovely floral flavour, bit of hop bitterness and caramel/orange sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Martin243 (800) - 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!


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