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Blonde On Wood - Burley Oak Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

21 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Burley Oak Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
aged in bourbon barrels

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

ryanov, Mar 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

THECPJ, Apr 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

Schmuckles, Mar 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

Horbar, Mar 17, 2013
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3.22/5  rDev -6.7%

kojevergas, Sep 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

duceswild, Apr 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

JAHMUR, Mar 26, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

cultclassic89, Sep 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

DrBier, Jul 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

johnnnniee, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

redsoxfan73, Mar 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

confer, Sep 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

BillRoth, Nov 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

slvrmon82, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass. Not getting picky on the glassware here too much it says American Blonde on the label anyway...

A deep honey orange to yellow body. Slightly hazy with a nice capped white head, relatively neutral in color nothing bright or muted. Three fingers tall, soapy consistency, but some good retention and a creamy top. A bit darker for my tastes but seems to hint at a more bolder appearance for this style, and big hanging clumpy lacing.

Light buttery notes seems more oak driven than hinting at diacetyl, and some woody character on the nose. Some mild sweetness and thyme like herbality and aromas. Some faint splintered sawdust quality but quite buried. Otherwise ok, and certainly hints at a kiss from wood.

A pleasing light palate, and more into some classic crispness on first sip. Slight rounding mouthfeel hinting at butter and ghee, with not much bread action. Some fruity lemon a bit on the finish, and a good carbonation and crisp pop on the finish as well.

Overall a wooden version of a light ale, that has some interesting character, but is otherwise uneventful, but easily drinkable. Feels larger than it actually is but while missing a lot of pizazz, I can feel sedate enough to know I am not horribly disappointed by this. Not quite Kolsch (hooray) not quite American Blonde Ale either (thank god). So I call ok, and I will drink this bottle till it's end.

smakawhat, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Jason, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a standard pint glass, because that was all that was available. Moderate hand. No identifiable date.

A: 4.0 Hazy, golden yellow body. 1 finger of clean, white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: 4.0 Very present oak, wood and bourbon notes. Some earth, peat. Hay. Lighter lemon.

T: 3.75 Prominent woody, vanilla, barrel-aged flavors up front. Malt is rather subdued. The hops emerge with a touch of bitterness that combine with the aforementioned flavors to finish the beer rather dryly. Alcohol presence is light and consistent with 5% ABV. Lingering oak, butter in the aftertaste.

M: 4.0 Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Drinks well.

O: 3.75 I'm back and forth on this one. I enjoyed the barrel-aged qualities and occasionally some blonde ale character pops through. Fairly unique in that I haven't had another brew quite like it, but at times it felt a bit hollow. Not sure the blonde ale base has enough substance to stand up to the barrel aging.

Prost!

fourstringer, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

bmur112, Apr 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

JakeDebus, Aug 25, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +10.1%

SadMachine, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

tommyguz, Sep 10, 2014
Blonde On Wood from Burley Oak Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.