Brewed by Durham
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Durham, England


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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle conditioned. Available occasionally on cask as Priors Gold.
A good robust bitter. Some crystal malt gives a slight golden colour while a dry rich hoppy bitterness makes for a refreshing experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2012
50 cl bottle @ Black Door. ”Gyle 2336, BBE 06/2014
Aroma is somewhat sweet and fruity with some caramel and biscuits. Foamy palate. Flavour has biscuits, fruity hops, some peaches, hints of caramel and hay. A bit too sweet but hoppy and nice still!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rdgmartin (5) - Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2012 does not count
Zesty with lots of hop for England. Citrus aftertaste. Quite astringent. Hopefully would improve with chilling ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2012
My first Durham as I was relying to avoid the hype. Not disappointed with my judgement. Fairly run of the mill British beer that you’ll get in many a pub. Lacks interesting flavour. Durham should be doing better. Go have a Moor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Golden. Smells like painted wallpaper in a bathroom. Surprisingly ordinary. A reasonably balanced bitter, with some smooth UK hops consisting of sweet envelope and lemon scented moistened square. Perfectly quaffable, but could use some flavour and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogbomb (1152) - ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle. Slight haze gold with a steady thick white head. Initial nose is very wheaty and malty. Can pick out some lemons and limes too. In the mouth, a nice warm malt sweetness to everything, while there’s a really excellent bitterness which develops as you drink. Dry and zesty, with a mellow bitter palate. Cracking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (6072) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2012
50cl bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring. Straw coloured with a loose cream head and light carbonation; grainy aroma with a hint of coriander; full bodied with a light honeyed sweetness that is well balanced by the crystal malt; then a dry apricoty, fruity finish. A really well-balanced and satisfying blond ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2012
50cl bottle, BB 05-2013, from Beer City. Dorée sur une légère opacité, cela avec un col blanc épais. Arôme est houblonné léger mais avec un bouquet mettant en avant les qualités des houblons. Donne un profile fruité avec ce léger côté orangé qui se met plus en avant. A noter également, un retrait houblon nobles tchèque/allemand. Palais est agréable, léger et fruité laissant une amertume typique d’un style APA voire Bitter anglaise. Note fruitée, herbacée alternant notes tropicales, agrumes orange voire ananas, et une pointe d’épices. Le tout gardant un arrière palais de houblons nobles en amertume. Très légère en bouche, facile pour le beau temps, et on peut facilement en boire qcq pintes. Solide a tous les niveaux.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2847) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 8, 2012
Bottle from Fenwick, Newcastle
Light amber, clear, good frothy head, good lacing
Aroma of soft spicy hops...light citrus...light caramel malts
Taste of spicy light peppery bitter hops...biscuity light caramel malts..hint of soft fruit in the background....bit of yeast...fairly light flavour
Palate medium carb...bit over-carbonated...light body...slightly oily texture..light tangy bitter. Finish is quite dry..some bitter spicy hops...soft bitter slightly mineraly metallic linger
Overall - I preferred the Magus to this - would like to try this cask as it’s quite refreshing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Peter Fowler, Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage, Oxon consumed 14.03.12 amongst a six pack cheers Peter Golden in colour with the merest of haze, little bit of sick with a dab of fruit and hoppiness showing through (despite the mention of sick the nose is actually fine!) Bit of fizziness in mouth with detracts a touch, middling bitterness, touch metallic, but it is quite good. Not as good as the Magus but I like it. A6 A4 T6 P3 Ov14 3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5749) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2012
500ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that settles to leave some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is flowery and citrus hops and lightly toasted malts. Taste is nicely balanced between the citrus hop bitterness and light malty sweetness. Light to medium body and moderat carbonation. A nice and tasty bitter which I enjoyed sampling.

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