After over-indulging a little last night, today I’m feeling as rough as a badger’s erse, but that’s what Sundays are for, right? Anyway, that little confession leads me seamlessly into this review on a beer from the Badger Brewery.
Golden Glory is produced at the Badger Brewery (founded in 1777) in Blandford St Mary, Dorset, by Hall & Woodhouse Ltd. Apparently, badgers abound in the local area – hence the name of the brewery. They brew a range of cask and bottled ales, but I’m not going to list them here, or tell you about the brewery. If you want to know any of that, go to their website.
“An award-winning 4.5% ABV premium ale, well balanced with distinctive bitterness and a delicate floral peach and melon aroma.”
Golden Glory pours a bright, coppery-gold colour with lots of rising bubbles climbing to form a rocky, tan-coloured head which doesn’t last very long at all and therefore leaves very little in the way of a lace pattern on the glass.
The aroma is most definitely of peaches – perfumy and alcoholic at the same time (I was reminded of peach schnapps). There are some floral tones with a touch of bready malt at the back. It also has a faint mustiness.
It’s light-to-medium bodied with a very soft mouth feel. The initial taste is sweet and fruity and has a summery feel to it. It’s leafy and flowery, and turns more and more bitter, acidic and drier, as you work your way through. It finishes extremely dry, but where’s the malt?
At 4.5% ABV, this is quite a strange beer. It’s not like any of the Belgian fruit beers, in fact I thought it was a little like an IPA with a shot of peach schnapps bunged in it. It wasn’t well balanced and was far too bitter in a quite unpleasant way – it had that kinda soapy taste you sometimes get with a very strong beer, although this isn’t…strong, I mean.
Overall, I was disappointed with this. I thought the peach flavour was very artificial and far too dominating.
I’m not sure about how easy this is to find on draught, I certainly haven’t seen it around these parts, but it’s widely available in most supermarkets.
Would I drink it again? – Only if I was impeached.