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

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RATINGS: 346   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 summerís 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 summerís evening. This divine all-rounder is a great companion for smoky, chargrilled chicken and peppery rocket salad.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2004
Nice golden colour. It smells like flowers but itís not very strong. Nice taste, a bit usual and a bit sweet. Smooth. Little bit bitter at the end. Overall a nice ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7554) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2004
As described, it has a nice elderflower aroma along with the typical hops. Average appearance. Flavor is surprising - not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe - bitter hops flavor with only a slight elderflower taste. Probably too sweet for beer lovers and too bitter for non-beer drinkers but I enjoyed it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2004
Bottle. Golden colour with a moderate white head, quickly diminishing. Aroma is lightly malty with some citrus. Taste is nicely hoppy, with fruit and what must be the elderflower. Watery palate, smooth and refreshing, with a sweet and slightly bitter finish. It recommends serving chilled, though I thought it improved as it warmed up slightly. Good ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Catharsis (9) - North London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2004 does not count
I really enjoyed this one from the outset. Misleadingly sweet aroma, with a very distinctive, although not overpowering dose of elderflower. Distinct hint of malt when it first hits your tongue, which gives way to a fruity aftertase, although not too sweet. Surprisingly smooth, with a lightly bitter aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2004
Bottle. Elderflower and citric fruit aromas. Some sweetness and a smooth body. Slightly artificial verging on cleaning products.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2004
Lightly malty aroma, with a flowery, hoppy note. Poures clear golden, with a, not very longlasting, white head. Taste is lightly sweet, with a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops. Watery palate, and a nice bitter aftertaste

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2004
Poured clear copper, low carb. Medium white head with ok retention and lace. Mild aroma of fruit malt with some floral hoppy notes. Nice sweet fruity start with a bittersweet finish. Quite innoffensive, but not in a bad way. Nice lingering hop aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2004
Bottled. A slight aroma, bit marmalady. Frothy yet diminishing head, amber body. Gentle fruit taste, hint of nuttiness. An understated ale compared to other Badgers Iíve tried

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5216) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 July 2002. Very fruity - lots of soft orange. Pleasant, but nothing special. Badger beers are very tasty from the cask (especially Tanglefoot) - but donít do fresh bottling. [2.4]
April, 2004 Yep, elderflower it is - along with a whiff of co2 sheltering behind a scraping of fresh tin. A bit fizzy, giving a harsh, uncomfortable mouthfeel. Chemical flavours. The mildest suggestion of citric - sort of orange with lemon washing up liquid and a splash of canned mango juice. Not impressed. The world of Golden Ales has moved on since Badger created this. [2.4]
July, 2007 A clear, pale, bland, uniform yellow. Quite chemical looking, yet also vaguely reminiscent of urine. Thereís buttery notes, some fizzy orange, like a dextrose tablet, and flowery notes which could be elderflower. Metallic, lacking in character, and that boiled sweets pasteurised note. This continues to sell, so it must work for enough people, but it has never caught my interest. [2.4]
April, 2009 Sweet with artificial fruit flavours - some elderflower, palma violets, orange, cloying, stodgy malt, spritzy carbonation. Itís initially pleasing and attractive, but the artificial nature of the flavours soon overburdens. [2.2]

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5024) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2004
(500 ml bottle). Deep golden colour, good head. Nice hoppy and elderflower aroma. Elderflower is probably what I get in the flavour too, but I've never eaten elderflowers, so I can't really tell. There's some caramel and a reasonably decent hoppiness, but it's a bit too sweet IMO. A bit alcoholic too, despite only 5% ABV.


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