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Belhaven Speyside Oak Aged Blonde Ale

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

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Rich, malty smooth and full bodied golden ale has the added sweet vanilla from whisky seasoned oak. A smooth, full-bodied golden ale from Belhaven, with sweet vanilla oak and subtle whisky notes. The malt whiskies of Speyside are world famous for their sweetness and elegance – giving this outstanding beer poise and finesse as well as depth.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CanCrusher (873) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle 0,33L from the local supermarket. Clear, dark golden color with small, fizzy white head, that dissipate in 15 seconds. Aroma of whiskey, barley malts, cask wood and a gentle note of vanilla. Taste starts light sweet and malty, slightly crisp, while finish is light bitter and caramely. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. OK beer...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (3912) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle, gold with a lasting fine head, nutty spicy peachy nose, sweetish body with drying alcohol, reminiscent of a Belgian Blonde with a hint of tangerine.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BaroneBirra (421) - Gorizia, ITALY - JUN 19, 2016
Clear gold with big,short lasting head. Faint aroma of whiskey and vanilla. Same flavours also in the taste, over a full bodied heavy scottish ale. As other Scottish ales, carbonation does not balance the body. . well brewed but not my style

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8597) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle at DØE Ølfestival 2016. Low fluffy lasting off-white head. Hazy amber body. Flowery and fruity honey aroma with a bit of vanilla and whisky. Highly carbonated sweet apples honey whisky vanilla flavor with dusty notes of wood. Little hops bitterness. Long sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kita (1818) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle, 0.33l. Clear amber color with thin creamy white head and soft visible carbonation. Aroma of toasted malt, oak, vanilla, whiskey, flowers and honey. Taste starts with moderate sweet toasted malt, follows by fruits, vanilla and oak, while finish is mild grassy bitter. Medium body, oily texture and lively carbonation in palate. Surprisingly good, quite light with emphasized barrel note...

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9605) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle, Welford Wines, Leicester. Golden brown with a thin head. Toffee with honey and sugar. Herbal and floral with woody oak barrel and diluted whisky. Lemon with a peppery palate. Smoky bonfire with metallic notes. Dry finish. More alcohol than the percentage. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoNm (2203) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAY 18, 2016
Pours a clear golde ncolor, topped with a small and non-lasting white head. Very faint malty aroma, almost none at first. Slight whisky nose later on, becoming stronger with some vanilla in the back. Sweet and malty taste, lots of very pleasant vanilla and some bourbon. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish. Nice surprise and interesting brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (515) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2016
330ml bottle. Amber colour with a tin white head. Sweet, rummy aroma. Taste is caramel, rum sweetness. Ok

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mister_Li (742) - GERMANY - MAY 13, 2016
Klares Kupfer mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, Karamell, etwas holzig, nussig, fruchtig, süßlich.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7802) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2016
single from the frank sinatra bathroom .. . pale tan, some foam .. . oak, caramel, toffee, bread, and mild citrus .. . tangy and smooth, a very well done english strong, would like to try a cask of this .. . . i don’t like tater tots, or any children in fact


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