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Golden Glory is an ale by Badger brewery in Dorset.
~ Price and availability ~
It is available from most supermarkets. I bought a bottle tonight in Morrisons.
It costs £1.89, but is often on offer. I bought this as part of a 3 for £4.50 deal and my partner chose two other ales.
Similar offers are often on in Asda and Tesco.
~ Packaging ~
The ale comes in a large 500ml glass bottle different to that pictured. It has a golden coloured label with, 'Badger Golden Glory' written across the front and a nice picture of a sunset.
There is another little label around the neck of the bottle, which says, 'Gloriously Peachy'.
~ Taste ~
This is probably my all time favourite ale.
It isn't too heavy at 4.5% alcohol.
It has quite a sweet, fruity aroma. It is a golden, amber colour.
It is really flavoursome and tasty. It has peach in it, which is very obvious and the bottle tells me that there should also be a melon flavour in it, which I personally cannot taste. To me, it just tastes like ale with a peachy aftertaste, but I love it.
The flavour is quite strong. There is a slight bitter taste, but this is lessened by the fruity, peach flavour.
I like this drink both chilled and at room temperature. I tend to keep it at room temperature because sometimes if it is too cold it takes away from the flavour.
Some heavier ales are not as easy to drink, but this one is not heavy or bitter and it is very drinkable. By this I mean that you can knock it back like pop without that slight ache that you sometimes get at the back of your throat when drinking heavier ales.
This is quite a refreshing drink and it is nice to drink in the garden on warm summer nights. I never have more than three bottles of ale at a time and I tend to mix and match even though this one is my favourite.
The back of the bottle describes this ale, 'An ideal complement to sticky ribs or an indulgent vanilla cheesecake.' I tend to drink this ale on its own and I don't particularly agree that it would go with sticky ribs or vanilla cheesecake and I am not used to seeing such ludicrous suggestions on the back of these bottles.
I would definitely recommend this ale. It has a beautiful, fruity flavour and is a real treat.
My boyfriend fancies himself as a bit of a beer/ale connoisseur as such we cannot go into a bar without requesting a pint of something with a ridiculous name such as Radgie Gadgie or Sneck Lifter. It also means that over the years I have had to try a sip of each of these ales which have mostly tasted pretty awful to my feminine palate. However the other day there was a break through when I had my first taste of Golden Glory Ale by Badgers Brewery.
Golden Glory is billed by the brewers as "A refreshing premium ale subtly flavoured with extract of peach. An award-winning 4.5% ABV premium ale, well balanced with distinctive bitterness and a delicate floral peach and melon aroma."
The first thing you notice when you open a bottle is the very fruity smell, upon opening it you would be forgiven for thinking you had just opened an alcopop - Golden Glory has a nice aroma unlike any other beer I have tried. The colour as you would expect is golden and each bottle is 500ml.
So to the taste - I absolutely loved this drink. The peach flavour is really pleasant and though you may not think it would, it really compliments the bitter. Usually when beers claim a hint of this that and the other I can never really distinguish the flavour but with Golden Glory it is really obvious without being overly fruity - there is no denying you are still drinking ale. I would recommend you serve Golden Glory chilled. This light and refreshing drink perfect for the summer that will really appeal to ale and non ale drinkers alike. Who would have thought I'd drink an ale and rather than screwing up my face would think mmm Peachy.
I have never really been an ale drinker other than a Bitter Shandy which I like in the summer, such drinks have always appeared very masculine however I have to say that I think that Badger may have created an ale that will open up a whole new market of female drinkers.
I purchased Golden Glory from Tesco for about £1.70 per bottle so it is not only really tasty but you can get it a good price.
On a recent trip to Tesco I came across a selection of Badger beers on special offer. Having not tried a number of their beers I decided to opt for 4 bottles of Golden Glory. It boasted a combination of peach and melon on the bottle that instantly got my senses aroused. As my ale tastes seem to be developing I thought this would be something a little different and since it was produced by the Badger brewery I have to admit to being optimistic.
Who Are Badger
The Badger brewery was founded in Blandford Forum, Dorset by Charles Hall in 1777. He founded the Ansty brewery named after a small village near Blandford and started to brew ales. In 1847 his son joined forces with George woodhouse to form the Hall and Woodhouse partnership which still to this day is the sole owner of the Badger brewery. It was under this partnership that the Badger log and name was decided upon.
Then in the early 1900's when a new brewery was built at the current Hall and Woodhouse site in Blandford that it too was named after the previously adopted logo and since then it has been known as the Badger brewery rather than Hall and Woodhouse. Unlike a number of the other regional breweries the Badger brewery seems to be able to expand and cover a regional demand without selling out to one of the more affluent City names.
What's in a Name
The name of the beer is undoubtedly taken from its golden colour as it settles nicely into your glass. It gives off a very light golden colour and that lasts throughout the pint. It has been a Badger favourite since 2001 when it picked up a couple of awards. Like my recent encounter with Brakspear's Bitter there is nothing clever or hidden in the ales meaning, it is simple a case of being named after what you see.
In the Bottle
A few years ago the idea of a peach and melon flavoured ale really wouldn't have appealed to me but having seen it in Tesco's I knew I had to try it. As you open the bottle there is an instantly recognizable scent of peach that is soon joined by a very subtle aroma of melon. The scent certainly isn't overwhelming and actually reminds me of long summer days. Of course with this being one of Badger's Summer ales it would be fair to say that it accomplishes that goal early on and is certainly one of their produce you would associate with Summer. The peach and melon scent are the overriding elements and while there is a hint of malt it certainly doesn't overtake the two more prominent ingredients.
As you pour it into a glass the coppery golden colour that gives this ale its name is evident and as it settles down the colour is almost entirely golden. The scent of peach and melon are still very prominent and remain throughout the pint. The head forms in a slightly off brown colour but soon evaporates once you start to drink. When I take my first sip from the glass the peach is by far and away the more prominent flavouring.
The melon appears to take a bit of a back seat to the peach flavour and in fact whilst being present in the scent seems to be strangely missing from the taste. As you get over the initial taste of the peach there is a slightly malty back ground to the ale but this compliments the flavour of the peach very well creating quite a light bodied ale that fits in nicely with hot sunny days. Of course one tip I've learnt from experience with Badger's Golden Glory is to serve it cool as the warmth seems to effect the flavouring dramatically giving it a rather unpleasant and at times too malty taste.
Where Can I Get It
Unlike a number of ales it would seem that Badger have managed to get their foot in the door at all of the major supermarkets and prices can range from £1.40 to £1.52 for a 500ml bottle dependant on your preferred supermarket but certainly during this summer period they have been on offer just about every week in one supermarket or another. If however you are looking for a pint in a pub it would be fair to say that outside of Dorset this will be a rarity as I've yet to see Golden Glory grace the pumps of any pub.
So I Should Try It Then?
I would begin this conclusion by stating that Badger's Golden Glory is something of a unique taste. Of course the combination of fruits make it an acquired taste and would really signify the breweries attempts to target the Summer drinking market. It is a nice pint though and the peach and melon flavours combine well and certainly aren't too overwhelming. At 4.5% abv it is a pretty middle of the road ale that sits around the middle of badger's range in terms of content. If the combination of peach and melon appeals to you then you will enjoy a nice glass of chilled Golden Glory, but if you are exclusively a lager or bitter drinker you probably won't enjoy Golden Glory.
I tried this ale years ago, and have been a fan ever since! It's one of the most interesting and refreshing ales currently available in the supermarkets. It's got such an interesting flavour; it's tastes citrusy, light and slightly spiced (but only slightly). This one really is best served slightly chilled. It's one of those that goes with pretty much anything as well. It's a great accompanyment to a curry, but also brilliant at a BBQ. It's pretty easy to drink as well. It's certainly not one of those heavy going ales, and isn't too strong either. For me, when I go out to 'stock up' the supplies, I always look out for this ale. Overall, I'd say it's a nice, fruity, enjoyable, easy going ale to drink. Even if you're not a massive fan of ale, you're sure to enjoy this one, as it definately doesn't have that massive hoppy hit at the end.
Me and my husband were at a friends house the other night, and my husband was enjoying this ale. I didn't have one myself but kept sampling my husbands, purely to make sure I liked it!
This ale is called Golden Glory and is made by a company called Badger. It says on the bottle that is is an ale with the added delicate aroma of peach and melon.
The bottle is fairly standard brown glass, and has a sticker on the front and back with the details of the ale on. It's not very interesting or different but would be easily recognisable in the supermarket.
I have checked Sainsburys website and they do stock 500ml bottles of this for £1.71, which I think is a pretty good price, and I would buy it at that price.
The look of the ale is quite a golden colour, and looks really nice. It looks more like a lager. As soon as you put this in a glass you can smell the fruity aroma of peach, which is really strange for an ale, but very nice. I couldn't smell any melon.
The taste of this ale is really pleasant. I don't generally like ales as I find them too heavy and bitter, but this was really lovely. It has a smooth light ale taste and a tiny hint of peach, which is noticeable but not overpowering. It's not too gassy and I could have drunk a whole bottle of it.
It says on the bottle that it is 4.5% alcoholic volume and it is 2.3 units. I couldn't find any nutritional information about it, but I guess most people know that ales and beers are not exactly healthy.
This is a lovely fruity ale, and even though I don't really like ales, I would drink this again happily, and I would buy it from the supermarket as it's a very reasonable price. It's a nice different taste, that's really original.
Golden Glory is a fruity flavoured beer from the Dorset brewery Badger Ales. It is 4.5% ABV and is usually found in 500ml bottles, as I live in Dorset it is usually in most local supermarkets but I believe that the brand is carried nationally in some chains. It is an award winning beer, having won the Tesco Beer Challenge in 2001 and also at the Quality Food and Drink awards in the same year.
The beer is marketed as a peach flavoured beer. I suspected that this may be exaggerated as is the case with some flavoured ales, but on first taste it became clear that it does indeed taste very strongly of peach! There is still an underlying hoppy bitterness so you are in no doubt that this is a proper British real ale, only with a difference.
It is golden amber in colour and has a pleasing peach aroma, and is very easy drinking and smooth.
It is not a traditional real ale and will appeal to those people who enjoy a very fruity taste, best served chilled and would make a good summer beer. Perfect for those summer days in the garden to accompany a barbecue or just to chill out in the sun.
It's not very often that I indulge in the occasional tipple, so when my son was born last week, I thought it about time I treated myself to something nice. I do like a good beer, and the occasion warranted something other than the usual designer Euro-p*ss.
Having visited the Hall & Woodhouse brewery at Blandford St Mary in Dorset a few years ago, I have since been rather partial to Badger Beers, and I could think of nothing better to toast my son's arrival than a bottle of Badger's Golden Glory.
Golden Glory is found in most big supermarkets in the specialist beer section. It comes in a fetching yellow-labelled brown 500ml bottle, which in old money, is just short of a pint. I paid £1.44 for mine at my local Tesco. A single bottle contains 2.3 units of alcohol and, classed as a premium ale, contains 4.5% alcohol by volume.
Badger ales are brewed by the independent family firm of Hall & Woodhouse (http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk) who have been brewing unique ales such as Tanglefoot, Fursty Ferret, Poacher's Choice and England's Gold since 1777. More detail about Badger ales in general can be found at www.badgerales.com.
I popped the beer out of the fridge about five minutes before drinking to get the edge off the cold. The first thing that hits you when you pop open the bottle cap is the lovely, slightly heady, peachy floral aroma reminiscent of Belgian fruit beers (like kriek (cherry) and peche (peach) lambic beers).
The bottle advertises it as a "delicate floral peach and melon aroma", which is entirely consistent with the way it comes across, except that I did struggle to find the promised hint of melon. In my book, beer is for drinking rather than sticking your nose into, so I didn't waste any more time playing hide and seek looking for cantaloupes.
The beer is a rich translucent golden brown in colour with a hint of amber and tiny, almost imperceptible bubbles which give it a nice pale brown frothy head if poured properly (i.e., hold the glass at an angle rather than straight so it doesn't bubble up uncontrollably).
I was a little concerned that the taste would be too sickly sweet, but my fears were totally unfounded. It's a nice, light refreshing beer which dances across your palate with a slight hint of fruit, before following with a slight bitterness that balances out the sweet notes quite nicely. As it lingers on the tongue it settles down to deliver a hoppy undertone tinged with a dollop of caramel.
That first sip invites the drinker to have a second and a third, and before you know it, that's half the bottle gone and a pleasant sense of relaxation and well-being beginning to warm the cockles. It's a more-ish, easy drinking beer that is reminiscent of pleasant summer sunshine - not as posh as Champers, not as frou frou as Pimms - but the closest a bloke can get to drinking from a bottle what has flowers on it without feeling self-conscious whilst at pub with mates.
This is a perfect beer for summer drinking, so it's a shame I didn't get to it earlier on, as I am sure a few more bottles would have found their way into my trolley. The bottle suggests that it would go well with duck pate or cheesecake, but I had mine with a Ploughman's lunch and it complemented the cheese, ham and pickle quite nicely.
In short, Golden Glory is a great example of the fine art of English beer brewing and Hall & Woodhouse deserve a lot of credit for keeping it consistently good and individual despite the fact that it is now widely available. Well recommended.
© Hishyeness 2009
A refreshing 4.5% premium ale subtly flavoured with extract of peach.