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Belhaven Speyside Oak Aged Blond Ale

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Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: English Strong Ale
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This blonde ale marries sweet vanilla notes from Speyside whisky seasoned oak with classic full bodied golden beer from belhaven.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheDog (557) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle. Golden clear colour with thin white head. Aroma and taste of butter, caramel and vanilla. Not much oak in this rip off copy of the original from innis & gunn.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wadders (9) - - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
Sweet initial taste, develops into vanilla and slight honeyness. Ideal dessert beer that doesn't linger

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (597) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle @deTolly, Tartu. Pours golden with small white head, doesnt stay. aroma is sweet, malty, honey, toffee, bread.Taste is medium sweet, honey, caramel, toffee,raisins, malty, slight whiskey.Medium body. Grainy finish. Good beer, but a bit to sweet for me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3675) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle at the Guildford Arms. Appearance - golden with a thin head. Viscous. Nose - toffee and/or honey. Will probably settle on caramel. Taste - luscious caramel though it’s out of the fridge so perhaps it would be over sweet if room temperature. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy rich texture and a fairly good finish considering. Overall - not bad at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1362) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden body, medium head. Aroma has sweet sugary toffee, vanilla and some barrel wood. I know it’s oak but somehow it resembles birch too. Sweetish woody taste with soft hints of whisky. This is pleasantly balanced and not caricatured like the similar Innis & Gunn ales. Good one, very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carcharoth (5) - gommegnies, FRANCE - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
Attaque ronde, souple et mieleuse. Gout typique du Speyside. Fin de bouche délicatement houblonnée sans être trop amère.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1370) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 15, 2015
0,33L bottle (at Drink Bar, Tallinn). Pours clear amber without head. Aroma is sweet, fruits, apples, malt, maltose. Flavor is sweet, fruits, malt extract, a touch of whiskey. Overall: ok brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suurjuust (1634) - ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2015
Copper beer, small tan head. Nose is buttery malt, caramel, fruity notes. Flavor is pale malt and fruity notes, some bred. Where’s the wood? Drinkable, but jot impressive in any way.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3623) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 11, 2015
330ml bottle (Sip). Clear dark amber color. Medium size, thick white head, stays. Plastic, baked apples, spicy, bit woody and sweetish malts in aroma. Caramel, toffee, orange peel, sugar, faint bushy branches in taste. Spicy hops covered in thick layer of toffee in aftertaste. Perhaps carbonation is tad too high, but it’s not a problem. Nice medium body. Very enjoyable brew.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gorkogrlo (217) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle. Golden color with medium head. Aroma is nothing special. Even some old hops smell, brewers call it skunky. But in flavor there are vanilla (dominant) and some fruits. Balanced, maybe more on bitter side. Some acid notes in aftertaste. Whisky? I dont taste him. More like, they added vanilla directly. But ok beer.


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