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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%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2011
Cask handpull, The Slug and Lettuce, Leicester, 14/08/11. Pale and dusted with a tight white collar going the distance. Lush flowery and wine gum aroma with subtle stemmy green notes. Fresh leafy and wine gum hop countering the floweriness; Darjeeling and dipped biscuit. What balance, what drinkability. Thing of rare beauty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Gravity, at the excellent Merton summer festival. Pale yellow gold, lots of clean fine white head. Smells like really good soap. Peaches, melons. An electric herbal quality to the bitterness. Hops distincly present but not aggressive. Lemon finish. The main trouble with this beer was that I kept finishing my pint before I could get decent tasting notes down. Didn’t realize this had elderflowers in it until adding these notes. Actually didn’t think I liked those in beer, but maybe the saaz/elderflower combo is what it takes to avoid hop clash. At any rate, it’s magic here. Perfect summer ale, and my beer of the festival.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Fin’s excellent Merton Beer Festival.
Bright gold with a very good white head and a super snowstorm when swilled. Glorious fresh and fruity grassy hoppage, some orange and strangely some strawberry. Less strawberry in the flavour. Lovely bitterness in the finish with some eventual malt that balances it beautifully. Another belter from Dark Star.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7671) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2008
Cask, gravity dispense at Merton Summer Beer Festival July 18th and 19th 2008 This was always going to be one of the stars of the show, Dark Star rarely ever let you down and a betting man would have probably had pre beer fest odds of this being either favourite or in the top 2-3 beers. It never won beer of the festival, that particular accolade went to the equally excellent Marble JP Best but nonetheless it was loved by all who tried it, I can’t recall anyone commenting that they didn’t like this or that it was just ok, anyway enough of the rambling on with the rating. This beer poured golden and of all the beers looked the best, simply stunning in appearance a lovely perfect white head sat proudly on a crystal clear golden body. There was a nice but subtle lemonyness going on here and knowing about the elderflowers I tried to detect them, they were there but only just. The taste reminded me of the way your senses are aroused as you wander through a wood on a summer morning following a small rain shower, it was quite lovely., delicate, fresh, clean, floral, crisp, just wonderful. The elderflowers came through in the mouth more than the aroma (IMHO) but this was just summer in a glass, excellent and difficult to top, but topped it was in my opinion by two other even better beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14104) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2010
Cask handpull at Evening Star, Brighton. Pale gold, thin bubbly white head. Oh now, that is good. Love the elderflower hop mix and the finish is stunning. Just gorgeous. Works so well together with good bit on finish. Lovely hop finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2353) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2010
Cask at the White Horse. Pours clear gold, light, with a fine cream head. Floral hop aroma with light grass and bread. Fairly sweet, with mild bread and caramel, then a strong though not excessive bitterness. Plenty of flowery hops and modest earth. Light bodied with fine carbonation and quite smooth. Lightly sweet on the finish with lots of lingering hops. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (1979) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2011
Cask in Craft Beer Co. Clear golden colour, bubbly head, nice lacing on glass. Nose is floral sweet, citrous and hay. Taste is lovely elderflower floral notes with some citrous and bitter notes. Fairly dry on the finish. Really refreshing mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10626) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2008
Cask conditioned at Merton Summer B.F ’08. Gold to yellow with white head. I think I have begun to appreciate the sharp, dry lemon character of good Saaz hops after my trip round Bohemia, because I certainly enjoyed them in this beer. The body was quite yeasty and floral, must be elderflower, but what it delivers is important and that is Saaz at their best. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TEJA (1371) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2008
Draught at OT. Nice Englich hop aroma and elder flower. Taste is fruity and elder-lemonade also present. Low bitterness but a very refreshing summer ale.


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