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Tullibardine 1488 Blonde Ale

Formerly brewed at Black Wolf
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Stirling, Scotland


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 2.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Yet another addition to the 1488 range - designed to reflect the original character of the beer which was once produced at the brewery sited here. Tullibardine 1488 Ales are distinctive, their characteristic traits beautifully balanced by a depth and complexity so closely associated with Tullibardine Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This truly remarkable Ale is best drunk chilled, perhaps being chased by a dram of your favourite Tullibardine Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle 500ml. @ cgarvieuk - Cigar City tasting.
[ As Tullibardine Distillery 1488 Traditional Ale ].
Clear light to medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, fruity, light to moderate hoppy, citrus. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100206]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2010
bottle at home ... amber ... thin white .... zezty lemon hop nose ... light sweetnesss .... juicy .... tasty

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9606) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2009
Hmmmm, is this an exclusive-to-Alberta release? So far there are only Alberta raters on the board! Weird. Pours a dirty golden with a lively but short-lived head. Very peaty, woody aroma. Lots of wood and peat flavours backed by gritty, dirty malt. Once again, I do not care for the marriage of pale malts and whiskey casks. Or maybe itís simply that I havenít met a brewer who is willing to put in the quantity and quality of pale malt to make it work? I donít know. This was less buttery and oaky than Innis & Gunn, but it wasnít any better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reebtogi (5749) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
500ml bottle pours a pale golden color with a 2 finger head that settled slowly producing no lacing on the glass. Aroma is light grains and floral hops with hints of citrus. Taste is light malty sweetness with a mild hop bitterness with citrus. Light to medium in body and lively carbonation. A pretty nice blonde ale and quite tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2009
Been around for 2 years? and not even on the site?! 400ml bottle. Amber with a decent lasting bubbly head. Light skunky grass and grain aroma. The closest of the 1488s to Innes and Gun. Mouth drying finish. More barrel and whisky hints than beer. Very light beer with plenty of light whisky cask.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
VertBaconStrips (2326) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - DEC 19, 2009
Light bold brew with a large white head, quite good retention but no lacing. The aroma is warm with hints of grain, dry grainy crusted bread... did I mention bread?, some sweet fruit and cookies?. Well done on the taste: slight peat, a bit of tartness works well, a bit peatier after a couple of sips, well placed spice (mild), ok hops, bit ío wood - oak actually.. a good amount of oak). Goes down fairly smooth. I like.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2009
This is not a beer for drinking. This is a beer for laying down and avoiding. Nose is prefumed malt, with a soapy, unappealing character. Palate was boring with an almost sickly sweetness. Bah! Terrible!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
Lightly colored dull browny gold ok looking white cap floating on top. Powerful stink coming from the beer sourish malts, lots of caramel, whiskey, and peat. Taste is fairly dark and malty, burnt wood some oak, and mild bitterness in the finish. Flavours of random chemicals keep appearing the finish is dominated by ash and apple makes a brief appearance. Bla blab la boring beer that shall never be purchased again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (1051) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
pours slightly cloudy cherry wood red, smallish head, micro CO2, ringed retention, a bit of sticky lacing, varied slow-moving CO2 streams, lees at bottom of the glass. Some citrus fruity malts and caramel on the nose. 1st sip is sickly 9/10 sweet. Next few sips drinks tangy 4/10 sour up front, transitions into lightly malted 7/10 sweet carbonated caramel and sour cherries, finishing off-dry oaky bitter. Carbonation is not exactly creamy but more like tingly and is active throughout. One thing that I donít particularly like is the hint of barnyard/puke-flavour right at the start mixed with sourness. Medium complexity, medium depth, medium-long length, good transitions, good carry, very drinkable. Well-done on a surprisingly low ABV beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
A Blonde Ale that pours a bit orange. The whisky presence? Strong odour of soda crackers. Some acidic smell and yeast but missing the soft fruit that often accompanies a good blonde. Extremely soft mouth with developing floral notes and a lashing of butter cream. Cool and coating mouth feel and some extremely late coffee/burnt notes on the finish. This one is almost too light for my liking, but not undrinkable.

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