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Nethergate Saison Blonde

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Brewed by Growler (prev Nethergate)
Style: Bitter
Sudbury, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask, Special;
This brewer’s interpretation of a classic beer style has been brewed exclusively for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. Brewed at a much higher temperature than normal, enabling ester flavours to develop and a delicious spiciness to emerge, this amber-gold beer makes for a really refreshing spring ale.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4178) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
Good aroma and good taste, very drinkable but has no real defining characters.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tombyars (1389) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 16, 2012
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in April 2011. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear amber gold in colour with a thin white head. Freshly cut grapefruit in the short citrusy aroma. Thin mouthfeel amd poor lacing. Pale malts deliver a dry zesty grapefruit flavour with thick cut marmalade present. Full on hop resins provide a dusty bitter whack to the mouth in the astringent aftertaste. Finish is very tart and increasingly dry and pithy with good moisture sucking capability. Too astringent for me though but ideal for resin aficionados.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2011
Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 28/03/2011 Fruity hop aroma. Clear golden coloured smooth on the palate fruity and hoppy with a hint of bitterness in a dry malt finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (15334) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
28th March 2011
JDW Fest. Clear gold beer, little bubbly white head. Fresh malt and decent fresh citrus. Quite bitter in the body and the finish. Dry throughout. An okay pale ale but not very Saison like!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1766) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2011
Cask (gravity) - The Cottage, Norwich. Poured with a loose & bubbly white head atop a clear golden orange body. Good sweet orange and a drop of lemon, toasted malt and some floral tones on the aroma. Marmalade, lemon & a bit of baked apple on the palate. Soft mouthfeel, just a spritz of carbonation, light to medium body with an OK length to the citric hop finish. Certainly refreshing and quaffable but more like a plain bitter/golden than a saison.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14714) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2011
cask at standing order ... gold yellow ... creamy white head ... soft sweet lemon fruit nose ... juicy toffee malts ... light floral hop ... soft nice and easy

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3321) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2011
Cask @ The Henglers Circus. Rich golden colour, reasonable head. Mild glue aroma. Citrus resin flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Not bad for a bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (4598) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2011
Cask at the Moon & Spoon (JDW), Slough. Hazy straw with a loose white head; citrus aroma; bready flavour with a nidely spiced bitterness to finish. Different and very pleasant.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1540) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2011
Cask. The Last Plantagenet (JDW), Leicester. Medium white head, gold body. Aromatic English hops, spice, caramel, menthol, washing up liquid, ginger and grass. Bitter with a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3855) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
Hand pulled at Wetherspoons (under the Central Library), Birmingham. Blonde beer, with a crusty head. The thing that strikes me first is that this is a very dry affair. Some cracker, a little cheddar, but sprinkled with a little sugar. Some rough bready notes around somewhere. This weaves from dry English bitterness to sweet off apple, caramel notes. A bit weird, but I quite liked it.


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