Product Type: Badger Brewery Beer
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What's The Story With Golden Glory?
Badger Golden Glory Ale
Member Name: Hishyeness
Badger Golden Glory Ale
Advantages: Easy drinking, different, more-ish.
Disadvantages: May be too fruity for some palates.
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
Summary: A fruity Badger that's just peachy...
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