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Site: https://www.scottishbordersbrewery.com/

Blonde, 3.8%

A fresh and hoppy blonde ale, with fine white head and little retention. The bottle proudly claims that this is the only scottish beer where the barley are grown on site – the website is down, so I can’t check where they are malting said barley, but it is used to good effect. The primary flavours of the beer are coming from the light sweetness of the malt, together with a sturdy dose of hops, mainly for aroma, but with well controlled bitterness nevertheless. The sweetness fades fairly quickly in the mouth, leaving a dry and crisp finish to the beer. Another very good beer for a summer’s day.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://twofingersbrewing.co

Golden Ale, 4.8%

It appears that this has been made on commission by Hepworth & Co, and being sold to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

This is a pleasant golden ale, with quite a bit of malt and hop characteristics, without being overly bitter or sweet. Initial flavours are well balanced, with some citrus flavours coming through, but the malt is easy to detect. The aftertaste is quite aromatic, with the sweetness of the malt being controlled nicely by the hop. Overall a pleasant beer.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.whaleale.co.uk/whales/

Blonde Ale, 3.6%

A sweet and summery beer, with little head or retention. This beer is only very lightly hopped, mostly for aroma, and so the sweetness and light malt flavours are allowed to come to the front. Initial flavours include honey and citrus, with moderate carbonation adding to the freshness of the mouth feel. Aftertaste has a slight hint of bitterness, but is overall clean and refreshing. A very good beer for a summer’s afternoon.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=387

Spring Ale, 4.0%

This year’s spring beer from Fullers, served at the Royal Oak, Oxford. A semisweet and hoppy ale, with a pale golden colour and low and fairly fine head with moderate retention. Initial flavours a malty and sweet, with slight aroma hopping lending some floral characters and bitterness. The subsequent mouth feel is, however, very thin, and doesn’t cope well with the bittering of the hop. I could pick a few odd fermentation flavours, but not enough to be a real problem. Overall I found this beer thin and limp – the bitterness was definite but blunt in flavour, and it didn’t have a particularly refreshing finish.

Overall score: 5.0/10

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Site: http://www.ommegang.com/#beer_hennepin

`Farmhouse saison’, 7.7%

Comments: A slightly cloudy beer, golden straw coloured with a somewhat coarse white head an moderate retention. Stylistically this is clearly aiming at Belgium, but with a higher hop level than is common in Belgian beers. Sweet and fruity in the afterstate, but quite high carbonation and a correspondingly harsh mouth feel. A dry but not clean aftertaste, this is not the best representative of the style.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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Site: http://www.cuveedestrolls.com/EN/biere/

Blonde, 7%

Comments: A Belgian blonde, with the classic Belgian wheat aromas, some sourness from fermentation, and a fruity aftertaste. Straw coloured, with some cloudiness, a coarse white head and some retention. Initial flavours are very mild, with little aroma hop present. The later flavour, however, develops well, with initial sweetness and some aromatics. The estery flavours then develop into the aftertaste, which is moderately complex, and lingers on well afterwards. This is a very pleasant Belgian blonde, but not quite at the level of some of the more classic beers in that style.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=49

Blonde, 4.5%

Comments: A golden blonde beer, clearly aiming at the warm weather session drinker. Golden colour with fine head and some retention. Aroma is mainly driven by the fruity hop, which also carries into the initial flavour,  giving a light start to the beer. Sweetness is well controlled, and is not allowed to dominate the hop, which remains fruity with only a little bitterness. Mouth feel is quite harsh, but the finish is crisp and fruity. Overall, this is a pleasant warm weather beer, if not particularly extraordinary.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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