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Sunday's Honey Golden Ale - Septem Microbrewery

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Sunday's Honey Golden AleSunday's Honey Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Greece

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 11-30-2011)
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

At the foothills at Athen's Acroplis, a day's worth of pavement pounding results in the stumbling into the only non-pretentious coffee cafe and beer bar. My obvious inquiries about the beer selection allowed for the recommendation of this local Grecian ale.

With honey flavor, aromatics, and texture at the forefront, this non-descipt ale seems to take on English Pale Ale-like character except for the balance of hops. Instead, the bitterness is avoided in favor of honey sweetness that combines with caramel and biscuity malts for a deeply honeyish tone. Elevated honey flavor shies away from mead-like intensity, yet gives much more rich nutty, fruity, floral honey flavor than is typican in American honey ales- maybe to do in part of the deeply rooted honey culture that Greece enjoys. None better than in this sweeter Pale Ale.

BEERchitect, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%

330ml bottle, my first non-Mythos beer from Greece. This is apparently part of a 'beer a day' shtick that this brewery has going on, and today being Sunday and all, it must be done.

This beer pours a clear pale golden straw hue, with a tower of puffy, silkily foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice random sudsy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells of semi-sweet field and clover honey, bready caramel malt, sweet mixed orchard fruit, and lightly grassy, herbal hops. The taste is sharp, kind of musty honey, grainy caramel malt, a touch of biscuit, some pleasantly edgy citrus fruit, ethereal, and yet spicy yeast, a dry nuttiness, and floral, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite tight, and a little sassy, the body a decent medium weight, and plainly smooth, the fine bubbles cutting into the dance a little too eagerly. It finishes off-dry, the honey taking a step back, as the fruity and hoppy bitterness starts to rev it up.

A tasty, mead-adjacent hoppy pale ale, is what this is. I've had braggots before, but they were all about the well-attenuated honey, and not much interested in any beer-like hop goodness. Not here - this appears to be a true blend, as in blend of ingredients, starting well early in the process. By chance, I recommended this to my favorite ex-pat Greek donair-slinger when I was buying this - I hope he likes it too.

biboergosum, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

0.33 litre brown bottle: BBD 15 Oct 2013. Brought back from the beautiful island of Mykonos and opened at home on 5 Sep 2013.

Poured into an 'Augustijn' badged chalice: golden and clear, with a full white foaming head.

The aroma was fairly sweet, maybe some honey notes but floral hops definitely along with light malts.

One of the best Greek beers I've had (of around 20), interesting and flavoursome: hoppy, yet balanced, with a trace of honey lurking in the depths, some yeastiness also appears within the flavours which add another dimension to the overall enjoyment.

Paid over the odds for the bottle, but I really enjoyed drinking it.

BlackHaddock, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

dcmchew, Sep 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Kmat10, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Brabander
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Brabander, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

330ml from Athens, Greece:
Dark golden with a half cm, bubbly white head on top that holds well.

Sweet with a honey and sugar aroma along with some lighter malts and some nice, fruity notes. There is some earthy malts and caramel toward the end too but the smell overall is a very sweet and herbal one.

Mirroring the smell this one has a strong taste of honey with some very sweet malts and some lighter caramel notes. There is some spice and a touch of fruit as well towards the end.

A sticky smooth taste with a light medium body and a very sweet mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate with this one and there is quite a bittersweet, lingering aftertaste.

Plenty of sweetness and honey coming across in both the taste and the smell. In addition to this, the caramel malts and touches of fruit help to give the beer a nice balance and stop it from becoming too sickening or sweet.

flyingpig, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

safaricook, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of NightINgale
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

NightINgale, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of TheBronze
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

TheBronze, Sep 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ManforallSaisons, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of patra7
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

I let the beer warm out of the freeze a bit and served it at around 8 degrees Celsius (46 F) in a small pint glass.

Appearance: Light gold color; ½ inch white head of low retention
Smell: Wonderful smells of various citrus fruit (peaches, bergamot, orange) with hints of honey and yeast
Taste: There’s a light sweetness but this is finely balanced by the citrus bitterness and the coarseness of the mouthfeel. After several sips, towards the end of the bottle, the sweetness becomes more prevalent.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a coarse / grainy feel and medium carbonation. I would describe it as a syrupy stream in a coarse wrapping, that somehow scores points in the "refreshing" category as well.
Drinkability / overall: Not a “session beer” but certainly very enjoyable. The overall impression is of a beer demanding your attention, not to be drunk lightly.

patra7, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of pappetros
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

pappetros, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Scrylol
3.45/5  rDev -6%

Pours a cloudy golden color body with a one finger bubbly white head.

Tropical fruit and citrus hop notes in the aroma, backed by subtle honey aroma.

Slight hop bitterness, slight tropical fruit and citrus notes on the tongue. Backed by a very subtle honey note. Reminds me of a hopped mead.

Great mouthfeel and good carbonation.

More honey would've been nice, but otherwise a decent beer.

Scrylol, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Brandywine, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Giannis, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

hulchris, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

stratos_g, Aug 04, 2014
Sunday's Honey Golden Ale from Septem Microbrewery
83 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.