Dark Star Ardennes Pale

Formerly brewed at Dark Star
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Horsham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Inspired by a visit to Chouffe brewery, we have imported a belgian yeast strain to take centre stage with this new beer. A straw coloured beer with pale ale & wheat malt, liberally hopped with Saaz, Hallertau and Styrian goldings and subtly spiced. This is one clean drinking, refreshing summer beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (4216) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2012
Cask at Akkurrat, Sthlm 120905. Celar amber beer with no head. Fruity, a bit hoppy aroma with spicy notes. Smiliar flavour with some yeast notes. A really nice cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Cask lusciousness at Craft Beer Co. Nice vibrant golden pour, this one surprised me with its ripe, yeasty, rustic nose. All kinds of things going on in this interesting hybrid, with fantastic dry noble hops bringing the earthy grassy flavors to the fore without compromise the simple pleasures of the base. Kind of got some modest saison notes in there along with Belgian IPA personality. Delish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2012
[email protected] Twist, Stockholm. Slightly hazy golden colour with a small head. Aroma is fruity, floral, yeasty, zesty and mild sweet malty notes as well. Flavour is spices, fruity, yeasty, mild zestyness as well as sweet malts and some slight bitter notes in the finish. Nice fruity and slightly spicy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (1927) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Co, London on 19th August 2012. Pale amber with white head. Fair lacing. Tangy aroma with soapy notes. Belgian spice and citric hops in mouth. Tangy, bitter finish and zingy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2012
Gravicask (PBBF2012, Thurs)
Fairly authentic belgian aroma, some yeastiness. Gold, large frothy persistent head. Tons of lacing. Full sweet malty body, very rich and perhaps a bit sweet. Smooth palate, soft carbonation. Finish again very belgian, a little yeasty. Very pleasant. A bit weird, but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Craft Beer Co London 06/09/12. Agolden coloured beer with a white head. A Belgian IPA type beer for me. A good Belgian yeasty nose with nice peppery hoppiness. Hops are good in the mouth too and theres that yeast note again. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6611) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
August 23, 2012 - handpull at The Craft Beer Co. Hazy light gold with a smallish frothy white diminishing head. Mild aroma - vaguely sweet (honey and ripe bartlett pears), floral, yet sharply spicy/yeasty, while having fresh cereal grain character too - a lot going on, but still not a nostril grabber WRT intensity. Taste - ah, better, all of the aroma elements, but way more fruit - pear, citrus, a hint of banana - and its also grassy too - so much going on yet it still comes across as delicate and balanced - not much alcohol, and not obnoxiously sweet either. Light body, decent cask carbonation, with all that yeast and spice and fresh fruit character, it manages to leave behind an impression of dry grassiness in the end. A very refreshing and different summer golden ale - Belgian yeast and a real melange of hop varietals must make it this way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2012
20th August 2012
On tap at the Craft. Light haze on this gold beer, little white head. Light palate, smooth and a little dry. Honeyish pale malt with a whisper of spice, Tangy fruits with mild seltzer like minerals, very slightly salty. Juicy fruits! Tangerine pith with traces of lime and lemon. Finishes dry. Unusual beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012
On cask at Craft Beer Co. Pours a light golden colour with a fair white head. Aroma of pine, lemon, white pepper, pineapple and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Mildly bitter with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (7451) - Utah, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer co in London
Appearance: Clear golden with a small white head and good lacing
Aroma: Pale malts and grainy
Taste: Pale malts, citrus and grainy
Decent, mellow

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