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


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Seasonal - July to September.
Originally a monthly special in July 2008.

Delicate Downland Elderflower
A delicate and lightly hopped beer with the fresh fruitiness of South Down’s elderflowers which are added after the boil to preserve their delicate aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11784) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
Cask at the Claret, Addiscombe. It pours clear golden yellow with a medium white head. The nose is sweet doughy, floral, grass, spice and toast. The taste is crisp, bitter, elderflower, grass, earth, dough and touch of pepper with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Crisp and quaffable. A rather nice session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (4918) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 7, 2013
Cask@colston yard, Bristol
Pale blonde, lacing white head. Gently floral elderflower aroma, fairly sweet shortcake malt with earthy elderflower, very light bodied, perfect quaffer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2013
Good head, refreshing beer with big hints of pine, lemon and grass, leading to a dry finish. Quite smooth in the palate. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niall73 (2418) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Cask at The Cock Tavern. Pours a gold colour with a thin white head. Very light slightly floral aroma. Light body, not much carbonation. It's a little watery, elderflower comes through solidly, followed by a lemon citrus bitterness. A bit dull. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5546) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Draught at Old Red Lion Kennington. Elderflower is subtle and refreshing but the overall impression is a little watery. Enduring dry bitterness. Nice enough on a sunny day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firefly54 (244) - - 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 (2773) - 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 (2736) - , 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 (16261) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.

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