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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: 35   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   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.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gorkogrlo (194) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mikkellund42 (611) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear deep golden with medium white head. Aroma is almost not present, but there is hints of malt and syrup. Taste is light sweet, light bitter and light acidic. Body is oily with fizzy carbonation. Finish is a bit short with notes of malt and hints of lemon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arek (380) - Zielona Góra, POLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle 0.33 l, Intermarché, Zielona Góra, Poland.
Bursztynowe piwo o puszystej pianie i przyjemnym, dębowym aromacie whisky. W smaku ciekawe, słodowe z dębowymi nutami palonego drewna oraz wanilii. Naprawdę przypomina trochę whisky.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (3247) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2015
330ml bottle at home, from The Doublet, Glasgow - clear golden, no head, vanilla prominent in the aroma, viscous, sweet, smooth, not a typical Belhaven ale

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (744) - SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle courtesy of Mr_H a clear deep golden ale aroma is soft vanilla flavour is light camel soft vanilla and fruits fresh golden ale with soft vanilla and fruity notes

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (37073) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2015

Bottle 330ml.

[ As Belhaven Speyside Oak Aged Blond Ale ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, pale malt, fruity malt, light wood - smoke - peat. Flavour is moderate sweet with a average duration, fruity, pale malt, marzipan malt, sweet malt, peat - wood notes. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20141227]

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Valgreen (723) - DENMARK - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle @ Home. BB May 2015. Clear orange, small white head, some lacing. Aroma, malt, grass, light vanilla, banana, fruity. Similar taste. Oily mouth feel. Medium carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (10615) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle split at LKS ’Beers of London’ Tasting, thanks to Leighton 10/12/14. Clear light golden with moderate off white spotting and edgework. Nose is pale malt, bready, citric peel, caramel, light paper notes. Taste comprises malt, more paper, spice, woody notes, shades of dark fruit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close. So so affair.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (8479) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle 330ml @ My parent’s place
Pours clear golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, vanilla and oak. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long vanilla, oak and caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beeracolyte (30) - Katowice, POLAND - JAN 9, 2015
Butelka 0,33l kupiona w Intermarché. Piwo prezentuje się dobrze. Ma ładną, 2 centymetrową pianę, głównie drobnopęcherzykową. Kolor ciemnozłoty. Klarowne. Piwo przyjemny, słodkawy aromat. Jest to głównie karmel, biszkopt i estry. Aromaty estrowe idą w stronę gruszki, brzoskiwni i agrest (pisząc to, nie wymyślam, naprawdę aromat bardzo bogaty i duża da się wyczuć). W smaku głównie estry(smaki przypominają wcześniej wymienione owoce). Niskie nasycenie. W piwie wykorzystano biscuit malt, czyli belgijski, biszkoptowy słód, który daje smaki właśnie biszkoptowe, tostowe i karmelowe. Smak nie jest specjalnie złożony ale piwo stanowi ciekawą całość. Z tego co pamiętam cena jest bardzo przystępna dlatego warto spróbować, szczególnie, że piwo jest dobre.


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