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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.


Fukito's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fukito (762) - Sao Paulo, - NOV 22, 2007
Bottle, october 07. Flowery, fruity, strong peaches aroma. Clear, light golden color with a medium, creamy, white head. Mild flavor, some slight spiciyness but rather neutral with a dry but short finnish. Medium mouthfeel, a bit watery, but with a refreshing, dry and mineral end. Ok, fruity, flowery and mild special bitter.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (887) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle from Tesco, Kingston, MK. Medium gold, big supermarket ale bubbles in the carbonation. No head. Aroma of hay, garden flowers, butterscotch. Taste is sweet, and a bit cloying: Orange soda notes with a hint of floral hop. Bittersweet finish. Not all that really.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1681) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle. Clear yellow with a large slowly diminishing good lacing white head. Surprisingly fruity for the style, almost perfumy, but it’s pretty good. Flowery with a spicy touch a bit like cedar, perhaps some ginger and oranges, light white bread, dusty. Medium body, soft carbonation, light/medium sweet and bitter. Hoppy finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mjp12 (411) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
A very fragrant blond ale, which despite it’s floral notes, gives quite a clean finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ambro206 (145) - ITALY - OCT 17, 2014
Birra onesta, piuttosto fruttata, leggermente amara nel finale. Piacevole e beverina ma mai sopra le righe. Non entusiasma in nessuna delle sue qualità pur restando una discreta birra.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (1105) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco. Clear golden with a small white head. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Malts, honey, citrus, fruits and herbs. A decent blond brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dnicolaescu (914) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 16, 2014
BOTTLE 50 CL. Look: clear amber/brandy colored, off-white creamy head with good retention. Aroma: sweet flowers, some spicy herbal hops, ginger or elderberry, light toast. Taste: toasted bread, a bizarre mix of light salty and sweet, ginger or elderberry, very little to no hop bitterness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MunBro (457) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
Aroma very fruity and funky. Not a great beer, has a lot of odd things going on and not a lot great.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LED40 (65) - SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2014
Floral and grassy aroma with a thin white foamy head and golden appearance. The taste is very statisfying and refreshing. It is sweet, slightly bitter, malty with honeycomb, citrus, floral notes and caramel being the most prevalent flavors coming through. The mouth feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation with lacing sticking to the side of the glass as you drink. Overall an excellent beer best enjoyed outside on sunny day on its own or with food.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
Very fruity and floral aroma, hint of jasmine. Clear golden colour with excellent head. Malt up front, with a strong hop finish. Medium body and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
Prized ale from the famed brewery in Dorset, with a creamy white, mousse-like, sticky head, thin but very stable, as I would expect in an English ale. Colour a deep orange blonde, warm and bright with calm sparkling. Refined grassy and flowery hoppy aroma with a buttery sweetishness of pale malt, pear, apple peel, mango, elderberry, ginger. Taste an interestingly vivid and rounded fruitiness, honeyish sweetness, slick and creamy mouthfeel as is to be expected in a golden ale, slightly oily, nicely evolving from sweetish to bitterish with a quite sharp, leafy and peppery hoppiness in the background. Golden ale, as a modern acquisition to the family of English ales, is not my favorite style, but this one is clearly a great, well-balanced and refreshing brew.


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