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

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RATINGS: 352   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.


3.9
   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.

2.7
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2004
Bottled. A truly lovely bottled beer. Golden coloured with cirtic hop aroma and beautifully bitter orange hop taste. Very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5296) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
Clear golden color, short off-white head. Aroma of hop, flowers, some grapefruit and elderberry. Bitter taste, bit sweet, blossom. Bitter palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4602) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2004
Flowery aroma with some hops and citrus. Much like dishwash. Some grapefruit. Clear golden coloured with a thin, off-white lasting head. taste is sweet, some malt and hop, grapefruit and flowers. Bitterness in the finish. Okay.

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 it’s 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 (7875) - 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 (1886) - 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.


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