Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
A golden summer ale made with a selection of American and Slovenian hops, Maris Otter Pale Ale and Crystal malts and infused with freshly picked Derbyshire Elderflowers. An initial aroma of elderflower and a clean and zesty flavor. Fresh and grassy hop characters and a light, refreshing bitter finish make this beer the ideal warm weather pint. The elderflower character lingers long after swallowing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2009
Cask (handpull) at Thornbridge Hall Garden Party, 2009. It’s elderflower and then moreso; so fresh in the aroma that it takes on an almost peppery edge, the flavour is anchored by an assured malt base though the flavour still itches. Sat in the splendid gardens of Thornbridge Hall with the sun on my back, Craven Silk proved itself to be a barnstorming summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9173) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the University Arms, Sheffield 17/07/2009 Hop and some roast aroma. Golden coloured hoppy and floral with a little dryness and roast malt in a crisp finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico 02/08/2010 Hoppy aroma. Clear golden coloured floral fruity and hoppy with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ The Star Inn, Huddersfield, England. @ [ The Star Inn Summer Beer Festival ].Citric hoppy with hints of elderflower aroma and taste. Not that fond on elderflower so not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2009
A Mes rate: cask at the Fat Cat.
Bright light gold with a thin but lasting white head and lots of condition. Huge elderflower hand in hand with some very good hops and held up really well by some excellent earthy malt. Ian’s right, it’s almost gingery with the excessive elderflower. Typically drinkable for a Thornbridge beer. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2009
Cask in the fat cat. Alround rating: Massive elderflower peppery character, dry and grasy, bitter floral pwepperyness. Quite different but its not really my deal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (11841) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
[RBESG, Sheffield]
Cask @ The Fat Cat, Sheffield.
Pours slightly hazy golden with a fine, staying, off-white film head. Aroma is sweet, some clear elderflowers and flowery hops. Medium, prickly carbonation, fine and light mouthfeel. Flavour is rather sweet, lots of elderflowers. Light flowery dry bitterness in the finish. Fresh, but just a bit too much elderflowers for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (42524) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ The Star Inn, Huddersfield, England. @ [ The Star Inn Summer Beer Festival ]
Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, toasted, moderate hoppy, grass, citrus, lime, flowers - elderflowers. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090716]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2009
Cask Conditioned Gravity Dispense Merton BF. A golden coloured beer with a little ring of whitish bubbles. The aroma has lots of elderflower but also spicy pepperiness too. Spicy peppery and floral in the mouth. Clean, crisp and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (19760) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2009
Ok... in a departure from normal rating... due to the INCREDIBLY high number of BLOND ales during the Shefiled trip that all blended into one another im breaking them down into three catagories

Catagory A : Golden Yellow ... light fruity lemon hop nose ... soft dull light lemon hop

Catagory B : Amber ... light dry lemon hop ... soft light lemon hop with a little malt in background

Catagory C : Amber ... soapy lemon nose ... light brigh lemon hop

Catagory D : Amber ... light grassy lemon hop ... dry grassy lemon hop

Catagory E : Amber ... light grapefruit hop ... again light hop with a little grapefruit

This is a Catagory C @ the Star festival Hudersfield

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9169) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2009
Cask at Merton Summer Beer and Cider Festival 17-07-09 Pours gold in colour with off-white head. The aroma is quite simply stunning, the elderflowers leap out at you and they’re really, really fresh, no cats piss which can accompany not so fresh elderflower. There was also a hint of nettle on the nose, anyway it was a rare 10/10 for me on the nose fantastic. Taste was really summery, clean and maltier and with more body than I expected for a 4% beer but it was tasty with the elderflower showing again. I really enjoyed this but for me the aroma was everything and the taste as good as it was, was never quite going to live up to that nose. A10 A3 F7 P3 Ov15 3.8

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