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


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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 25, 2005
Clear golden colour with minimal white head, that dissipated quickly into nothing. Good malty flavour at first becoming sweet with a rather peculiar floral perfume and shade of some unidentified vegetable. Not enough hop bitternes to balance the taste. Overall a drinkable and smooth ale, but I would not care to have more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2005
Poured from the bottle, clear and golden with a large fluffy head, but very carbonated. Aroma is a grassy hoppiness with hints of melon. A nice bitterness comes through in the mouth, but still very smooth. Again there are hints of melon in the taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2005
Golden color with a white head. The taste is a sweet strange malty body with strong hoppy flavours bittering the palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Clear golden with a fizzy snow white head. Fresh fruity aroma with cheesy and herby tones. Sweet flavor with hints of elderflower. Very fresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wacher (129) - Århus C, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2005
Duften af hyld er det første man bemærker. Farven er rav-gylden, og skummet er fyldigt og vedholdende. Smagen er tør og der er noter af grapefrugt og hyld. Der er bitterhed i eftersmagen, og hylden er også med hele vejen. Men derudover er den temmelig ordinær.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2005
Crystal clear amber brew, fluffy white head and decent lacing. Big floral (elderflower) aroma, lightly sweet and fruity body (with a hint of mint) and a nicely rounded finish with a delicious hop character that is only subtlely bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1424) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2005
Bit of a curate’s egg. Distinctive floral bouquet (elderflower?) that is not necessarily inviting. (Who wants to drinks a bunch of flowers?) The palate is smooth and medium-bodied. There are pears and floral notes with an unpleasantly tart finish. Acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
Supremely refreshing, marrying the fruity & bitter aspects of an English ale in a great fashion. Golden color, appetizing scent and hugely drinkable. Great with Asian-style spicy meatballs with herbs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
Bottle from Tesco. Interesting little bottled Golden ale, decent malty character at first but towards the end it becomes too sweet with cloying fruit and unpleasent perfume. Add that it’s a flat, lifeless beer and this is is a rather poor example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2004
Very clear, mid gold, lightly carbonated with a thin head which fades quickly to nothing. Slightly fruity aroma, nothing like tht of the Golden Glory. Nice clean, dry, pale ale type of flavour.

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