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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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unknown

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This blonde ale marries sweet vanilla notes from Speyside whisky seasoned oak with classic full bodied golden beer from belhaven.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1398) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle at Grain & Hop Store, Cambridge. Golden brown, a bit of head and a decent amount of carbonation. Smells of honey, vanilla, whisky... anxious to get on the Innis and Gunn train, are we? Tastes good enough: sweet and cloying but not horribly so. Whisky, port and vanilla notes at the fore. Oddly short finish, leaving me only with the flavour of my own start.ed gums. I haven’t had I&G Original in years, but it’s a dead ringer for the beer I remember... That will have to be my next rate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nicke80 (305) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2015
33 cl bottle from silja symphony. Pours golden with little head. Sweet caramell aroma with caramell, vanilla and toffee flavours.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (7930) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2015
Bottle at KØ15. Clear amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, dried fruit, hops, malt, oak and whisky.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (5411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2015
330 ml. bottle. Purchased @ Malt Attacks. I don’t see a date. Golden, sparkling, little disappearing bubbles. Noise is oily, faintly vegetable, plenty of sweet cheap apple, cheap honey, white sugar & light whiskey. Taste is sweet cheap apple, white sugar, vegetable, generic apple juice, dull, lightly vegetable, faint possible whisky flavor, caramel, cheap honey, cheap vanilla,… Low carbonation. Cheap vanilla, white sugar, apple juice, generic honey flavours seem to be more for the lager crowd rather than the beer geek people. For me the basic sweetness doesn’t do it for me, it is a bit like eating spoon after spoon of white sugar, fun for one spoon but becomes off-putting very quickly.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemmingwillum (1098) - Nysted, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
Rating #1097 flaske fra SuperBest Nakskov

Tydeligvis belgisk inspireret blonde ale, men smager mere som indeholdende brændt havremalt end lagret på speyside fade. Dog en udmærket øl, fint maltet, i den søde ende med afdæmpet bitterhed. Medium tyk .

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23600) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle at Ølfestival 2015. Clear amber coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of oak. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of oak. Sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bozo_skeleton (729) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUN 6, 2015
Légèrement ambrée, tres faible carbo, collet fin. Aromes marmelade de fruits noirs, bois, caramel. Douce, un peu trop sucrée. Une finale trop rapide et manquant de caractère.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (14465) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle at KØ15. Papery aroma. Clear amber colour. Small stable white head. The flavour is caramelly with a vanilla finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bamsen78 (4414) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle, KØ15. Pours clear amber with small white head. Clear aroma of bread and malt, with some estery notes and touches of hops. Sweetish flavour of malt and honey, with notes of hops and barrel and touches of yeast. Sweetish aftertaste with barrellike hints. Soft carbonation. Not very impressive but drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheDog (576) - 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.


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