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

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RATINGS: 361   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.


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1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
wheresthepath (1660) - Buckinghamshire, - MAY 11, 2008
[500ml bottle from Asda High Wycombe] Shared with Jim. Surprisingly smooth and creamy for such an overly fizzy beer, but tastes somehow green and unripe - left a nasty sour taste. Not for me this one.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lello4ever (101) - ITALY - FEB 8, 2015
Questo birrificio inglese ha creato una ale decisamente interessante. Il colore è oro, molto bello e carico, non comune nelle ale inglesi, la schiuma è bianca purissima. Al naso sentori erbacei. Ottima al palato, con predominanza di malto, e già si può essere un pelo sorpresi da ciò, un equilibrio eccellente dato dal luppolo che sale in un secondo momento, ma sono spezie e frutta a darle un tocco di qualità. Corpo molto leggero come è normale, rinfrescante e godibile, ha qualcosa che altre ale inglesi, più "piatte", non hanno. Davvero soddisfatto.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robto (40) - Belas, PORTUGAL - FEB 6, 2015
Cask at Hall & Woodhouse Pub in Westminster, London. It pours a light amber colour with a lasting white head, Aromas is caramel and biscuity malts, honey, floral, English hops, raisins and other dried fruits- Taste is mildly sweet, watery, toffee notes, floral, malty and a little bitter at the end. It is medium to low body and moderate carbonation. It’s a traditional English ale, although a little bit watery to my taste, it has quite rich flavour.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1385) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
500ml bottle. Clear golden amber colour, white foam head leaving lacing and aroma of floral elderflower, orange, candy sugar. Flavour is biscuity malt, some grain, elderflower notes, sweetish with orange blossom, candy, sweets. Slightly soapy mouthfeel, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet grainy finish. Quite drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackradioboy (20) - SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle. Haven't had this for ages. It's a unique tasting ale. It blankets your tongue from the first sip. Satisfying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mt_hall (138) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Bottled. A clear gold/amber colour with a small off-white head. English hops are obvious in the aromas of elderflower and honey. Flavours of lemon, orange, elderflower, and honey. Slightly sweet, but with a balancing acidity. A good example of an English summer ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (623) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
Lemon/lime hop aroma. Pours golden in colour with a frothy white head and decent carbonation. Bitter hoppiness with elderflower notes. Crisp bitter finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoufCustom (927) - HONG KONG - DEC 27, 2014


500 ml bottle bought at YATA in Grand Century Place, Mong Kok during “YATA Oktoberfest” promotion.

Clear golden amber honey colour; Three-quarter finger head with soapy white foam which lasted for 1 minute; Excellent sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation; Strong sweet aroma of Ale malt, with peaches, strong honey, floral nectar, light elderflower, lemon and raw grass; Mid to light sweet taste of light ale malt, with light tangerines, light peaches, melon, floral, molasses notes, cream crackers, lemon, quite strong bitter hops and sharp grass; Light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is Summer-type golden ale with good maltyness and light touches of peaches, very watery tangerines with flashes of melon - fruity taste is not that fresh and really light to be impressive. Low sweet, light breadyness but strong grassy hops keeps the interest going… Hoppiness is peaches, lemon, light elderflower and fresh grass in nose. Lemon, floral and sharp grass in taste. Bitterness is quite strong but peters out quickly for an abrupt mid- astringent finish; Fairly dry after taste. Fairly malty and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: Compare to Golden Glory, this one is light on fruitiness and getting tough on hops. The result is rather bland, as the flowery nose and tangerine taste are airy at best, the hops are grassy fresh but ended suddenly. Overall it’s an okay Blond, but simply not up to the standard as Golden Glory. Nah!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
JamesH81 (8) - Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014 does not count
One you don’t forget ! :-) ! .... ! :-) :-) :-) !

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
50cl bottle from Tesco. Poured a clear mid golden colour, with a thin white head and visible force carbonation. Aroma of boiled sweets, somewhat tart fruit and candy sugar. Some elderflower notes in the flavour, with a mineral element and some grain. Finish was slightly metallic, with noticeable tinned fruit and straw. No thanks.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (1050) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, 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.


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