Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask; Seasonal - September to November. Originally a monthly special in July 2008.
A delicate and lightly hopped beer brewed with the restrained bitterness of Czech Saaz hops balanced by the summmery taste and aroma of freshly picked downland elderflowers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firefly54 (228) - - AUG 11, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow colour with a small white head. Aroma is dominated by elderflower, some lemon and a touch of malt. Taste follows the nose. Elderflower is really up front followed by a short bitterness and a hint of Saaz hop. Slightly thin mouthfeel but a good summertime beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2491) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2013
Cask at Akkurat:
Clear, golden colour. Small, bubbly head. Caramel, dried fruit and hops on the nose. Somewhat watery mouth feel. Flavour is hops and lots of elderberries. Long bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012
Cask at the Grape and Grain Autumn beer festival, Crystal Palace. Bright yellow pour with a white head. Peach, vanilla and pear aroma. Vanilla, peaches and cream flavour. Almost a dessert in a glass. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Co, London. Tom wisely chose this as my first pour of the afternoon, and right off the bat I was terrifically impressed with Dark Star’s ability to create such complexity and depth in such a low ABV beer. Handsome pour, nice fulsome body, and an understated but intriguing nose. Taste was dry, floral, and quite refreshing but with a modest complexity that was the tits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8375) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2012
Gravity dispense at the 1st Runnymede Beer Festival - 08/09/12. Clear pale golden with a thin white head that soon dissipates. Sweet nose of elderflower, floral hops and a little caramel malt. Herbal tones in the taste and a little spice. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation leading to a sweet floral finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4576) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Cask @ CPK. Pours a light gold color with a discreet white head. The nose is strong elderflower, light white pepper, orchard fruits, white grape. The taste is delicate summery pale malt, sweet apricot. Plenty of elderflower and mildly herbal spice. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Overall, well made, pleasant. I’m not a massive fan of elderflower, but this was a nice co-option of those flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3311) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 5, 2012
On cask @ CASK Pub & Kitchen, London. This is a near clear golden one with a nice medium sized white head. It smells quite nice also, a bit sweet and lime-acidic with a hint of something light mild floral. The taste is really good! It has a sweetness - almost vanilla sweetness over it, and it’s also softly bitter. So so easy to just quench down. Ends with a hint of perfumed dry soap - but only in a good way. Enjoyable. 22.07.2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2283) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2012
Cask @ Akkurat. Lovely sweet aroma with notes of elderberries and grape. The taste is quite herbal and has got the dryness of the elderberry flowers. Light and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2148) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2012
Cask at Akkurat. Nice brew with lots of elder taste, both the bitter, sweet and dry qualities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2012
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a blonde colour with a floral aroma of elderflower, pine, grassy hops, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.

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