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Brewed by John Martin
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Genval, Belgium

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.54   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, - JUL 11, 2012
Details: 33cl can
Tasting notes: Pours a clear light golden beer with a decent white head. Aroma is gentle and malty at first with in the end a mild fresh hoppiness. Flavor is sweet malty and decent but mellows to be very timid sweet aftertaste with some soapy hops. The finish is warm and dry. Carbonisation is quite flat.
Conclusion: well drinkable and quite decent beer, but there are less expensive and better options.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2014
The can I bought mentions an ABV of 5,9%, so I assume the 6,6% given above has been downtuned meanwhile... Anyway, this is one of the few top-fermented beers in the Gordon Finest range, a deep ’old gold’ coloured ale with quiet sparkling, cristal clear, under an off-white, creamy but quickly diminishing, slightly lacing head. Artificial aroma: something has been added here, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Smells of lemon candy, powder sugar, rotting apples, industrial honey, slightly sourish wheat (increasing as it warms up), sweaty grains (dito), iron, vanilla pudding, cooked vegetables, banana-flavored bubble gum, even a hint of alcohol which is surprising for a beer with average ABV. Taste is sweet, somewhat sugary, somewhat chalky, pale malt sweetness, wheaty touch, rather soft carbonation, slick and thinnish, a bit grainy, somewhat metallic, hint of grassy hops in the finish but very low bitterness - it’s that strange initial sweetness which cloys a bit rather than hops - and even sticks to the teeth. The finish is therefore somewhat on the watery side, and, adding insult to injury, does not reveal the alcohol very well, as a certain sweetish alcohol warmth turns up - something I’d expect from a beer at least 2% stronger. Less off-putting than the bottom-fermented Gordons, but still a cheaply made and totally redundant, not very pleasant beer without noteworthy complexity and an artificial, oversweetened palate. Aimed at alcoholics like the other ones, I assume. If the idea was to make a top-fermented and sugary equivalent of a bland pale lager, and I would not even be surprised if this were the case, mission accomplished.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Douberd (2584) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2014
(Gordon Finest Copper) Can 500ml bought in a gas station in Belgium, served into an english pint at home, ABV 5.9% Dark copper orange colour on a crystal clear body, two fingers of white thick head, average retention, heavy lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma, lots of malts and sugars, heavy peach notes, old apple juice. Taste is slightly better, still lots of apple juice and malts, still very sweet but there is an faint bitterness on the end. Quite boozy too, in spite of the relatively low alcohol. Medium thin body, low carbonation that helps going down faster, this one seems it’s made to get you drunk and fast too. Not very good.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sten (674) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
Amber coloured beer with a small white head. The aroma is malty. The flavour is malty, a bit sweet and lacks some body. (Can 33cl)

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Yves (2346) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
Alone at home. Clear goldblond colored beer with medium diminishing white head and only few carbonation. Malty banana flavored aroma. Medium sparkling palate. Finish is metallic bitter sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikske79 (1248) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Voor een bier uit blik (dat voor mij enkel acceptable is voor een pilsbier), was het een heel lekker bier met een volle smaak

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
deanso (5694) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2014
50cl can shared with Kermis. Thin white head. Clear golden pour. Boring. Malty. Thin bodied. Not great.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kermis (5694) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle shared at the get Dean to 5000 tasting, thanks to Deanso. Pours clear golden with a bubbly white head. Aroma of grain, light fruit and malt. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1544) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
On tap at Cervezas de Mercado, Valencia. Sweet malt aroma, pours a lovely clear copper gold. Light sherbet, pineapple flavours and a pleasant bitterness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Shaney (2427) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2013
Goldgelb mit mittelprächtiger Schaumkrone, die rasch fort ist. Minimal hefig-limonadig nach Zitrone. Plumper, zu süßer Geschmack nach Raffinade und minimal fruchtig. Klingt etwas trocken aus. Trinkbar, ohne wirklich zu schmecken.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ruigo (1240) - PORTUGAL - DEC 21, 2013
Shared a 50cl can from Delhaize (Luxembourg). Pours a golden colour with almost no head. Aroma is light with sweet notes. Average to low carbonation and light body. Taste is bitter at start turning rapidly to a more sweet flavour. Overall, nothing special but drinkable.


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