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Butcombe Blond

Rating: 2.1

I spotted this one in my local Wetherspoons pub as a guest ale & opted to give it a go. In the end I drank two pint of the stuff to give it a fair chance here as the first pint had the most pathetic looking head on it whilst the seconds was notably better although still not great. Despite the glowing reviews online, this won’t be a beer I will be drinking again I don’t think. It wasn’t bad to start with but the longer the glass sat the worse it tasted & the warmer it got. If you do try this then just make sure you drink it quick. Hopefully the Butcombe Gold offering featured in the 1001 Beers list will be better once I get round to trying that one.

Appearance (2/5): Settled to a very, very light golden colour that is almost straw in appearance. The is a quite thin, white lacing for a head that goes to leave a thin, soapy lacing. The pint is crystal clear.
Aroma (5/10): This one is quite typical for a golden ale, it’s very sweet & light smelling. There is a biscuit like maltiness to it along with lighter hops & sugar.
Taste (4/10): Again similar in taste to most blonde ales I have tried with the typical sweet, fruity flavour upfront. It is mainly an apple & pear fruity taste that is a little too sweet for my liking although it is drinkable.
Palate (2/5): Warm & smooth tasting & medium to light bodied. Not much I can say about this really other than drink it quite, once it’s had time to settle it tastes progressively worse.

Overall (8/20): Not the best tasting cask ale I have tried, it was pretty ordinary in most respects and could have been more adventurous; it was like every other blonde ale before it. Not one I’d go back too.

Brewed In: Bristol, England
Brewery: Butcombe Brewery
First Brewed: 2005
Type: Blonde Ale
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Cask (Pint)
Purchased: The Malt (Wetherspoons), Wishaw, Scotland
Price: £1.90

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