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Sainsbury’s SO Blonde Ale

Formerly brewed at Wychwood (Marston’s)

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Holborn, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Bottle: Filtered.
We have worked with Wychwood brewery developing exclusive ales traditionally brewed in open square fermenters. This organic ale uses aromatic hops including Challenger and Hersbrucher and finest English barley malt to create a refreshing ale with soft malt and citrus hop flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle 50cl.
Clear light to medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toffee. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. (030808)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (12130) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Sainsburys, Camden.
Lightly hazy golden with a small, staying, bubbly, off-white head. Sweet malty aroma, some pine and flowery hops. Fine carbonation, perhaps a bit too much, rather dry. Flavour is medium bitter, okay maltiness and a fine hoppy finish. Not excactly bitter, but nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MiP (15296) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle, 4.7%. Green apple aroma. Pale golden colour, small white head. The flavour starts off a little sweet, turns hoppy, not very bitter, but with some grassy hops and a rough finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25449) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2008
Bottled. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is cookies, grass, fruits and some nectary sweetness. Flavour is harsh grass, vegetables, fruits and mild herbal notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2008
CLear golden with medium off white head. Floral hops in the aroma along with fruity notes. Hoppy flavor with caramel and mild fruity notes. Finishes somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14013) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 17, 2008
500ml bottle (Sainsbury’s)
Pale gold, brief head. Weetabixy and light hoppy aroma. Some cornflakes, and sweet. Quite fizzy palate, hot harsh. Earthy taste, reasonable full light malt body, quite biting bitter noble hops. As it warms the aroma becomes more like buttered toast, and the burntness comes over more in the taste too. Has ups and downs over time - at its best its very full and tasty, at its low it’s plain and corny. Feels quite sophisticated and well made though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (10176) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle: Slightly hazy, mid-sized, slowly collapsing white head; moderate fruity-hoppy nose; bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied; lingering bitterness in the sweetish fruity-hoppy finish. Decent.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2008
(bottle) Hazy, pale golden colour with a small blonde foamy head. Slightly sweet and yeasty malt aroma with light-fruity (citrus) and woody hoppy notes. Light-bitter flavour with soft sweetish edges, light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Initially malty, slightly chalky and subtle fruity taste; moderately dry and bitter finish with citrousy and slightly herbal hoppy notes. Decent beer (05.03.08).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 Gold with a white head. Floral hop aroma, developing some malt. Taste is citrus with just a little biscuity malt. Some dryness in the finish. It’s not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (13370) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2007
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml from Sainsbury, Dronfield, Derbys. Gold with white head. I think that this should be called SO Boring Ale. Very little on the flavour front, perhaps some sweetness with a minimal floral note and a dash of honey, bland malt. A complete non entity really.

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