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Brewed by John Martin
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
McSherman (261) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Die Farbe ist eher orange als Kupfer. Geschmacklich rund, aber unspektakulär. Den zugesetzten Zucker merkt man kaum.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JefVerstraete (1930) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 18, 2015
Can, golden colour, white foam. Metallic and sweet malty. Notes of corn. Almost no bitterness. Not good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (7016) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
50 cl can. Clear golden colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, fruit, caramel and malt.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
joergen (22632) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
Can at yespr. Clear golden colored with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel with notes of alcohol. Sweet and malty flavor of caramel and alcohol. Sweet finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (33872) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
50 cL can. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty. Sweet, light metallic and toasted malty. Bitter and dry toasted malty.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alengrin (2939) - 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 (3013) - 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 (694) - 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 (2491) - 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 (1278) - 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


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