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


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3925) - 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 (1489) - 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 (2245) - Greater London, ENGLAND - 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 (3215) - 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 (242) - - 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 (2630) - 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 (2369) - , 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 (12695) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (5804) - 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.

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