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Arbor Brasserie Blonde Belgian - Arbor Brewing Company

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 09-09-2007)
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5/5  rDev +47.5%

Photo of masey222
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Burnt orange appearance kind-of cloudy/milky a very sticky filmy head with a nice lace.
Smell has some hops and sweetness that come through but there is not a ton that really sticks out....
The taste though is fantastic, it is simple, crisp, fresh and smooth the hops are a well balanced flavor that adds to it the hops are bitter but there is a citrus sweetness and bread like fullness that really balance it will...
The feel is really on point with what I would expect based on the flavor, it is light and crisp not to thick and not to thin the carbonation though was a little much which made it slightly more filling than I would like it to be.

Over all it was a delicious beer to go with my buffalo chicken sandy, it cooled the heat nicely and is a beer that I could see my self taking out for a hot day of fishing.

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see all of the negative reviews of this beer. I usually get this when I head over to Corner Brewery in Ypsi. A good, mild beer, not a lot of punch and it goes down smoothly. I must admit that I have not had a lot of Belgian Pales, usually sticking to India or American, but this is a good local beer. Would I compare it to the giants of the industry, no. But a damn good local beer.

Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of SushiSamurai
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Not much of a head, but a nice deep orange wheat color with very little gradiation.

S - Very subtle, but invokes a slight floral/apple orchard scent that reminds me of summer as a kid.

T - If you want a tart, cideresque beer without any bizarre flavor additives, this beer hits the spot. Far from a traditional Belgian, this beer is a good replacement for cider in the fall, or a refreshing change-up for a summer day.

M - Nothing special here, especially due to the lack of head. However, not overcarbonated.

D - Listen, I am an imperial stout man. But, I appreciate any beer that captures a certain mood, a certain kind of occasion. After a long walk on a hot summer day, or a really intense workout, this beer will give you a wonderful drinking experience that refreshes like an IPA or a Pale Ale. Because the tartness dominates, and the sweetness is subtle, this beer can be drank by the pint, and quickly, without giving you a bad aftertaste.

Judged for what it is, the simple notes of this beer are well balanced.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an apricot orange with an off white head and decent lacing. Smells brings forward a bit of hops, some citrus, and generic sweetness. Fairly mild, but not bad at all. Taste is a bit too sweet. Feel is a bit thicker than I would normally expect but it works with the flavors. Drinks fairly well and was a nice starter.

Photo of robwestcott
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Lillenk
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a very nice golden color with a white head. A little cloudier than I would expect but no to its downfall.

Smell was way more than I was expecting. Seemed almost like a wheaty smell with some earthy tones and some hoppy tones.

Taste was nice. It seems like some of the wheat character transfered to the taste and it was definitely a lot more hoppy than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel was way bigger than I would expect from a blonde especially with a lower abv.

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass a deep burnt orange with a well defined 1/2 finger head,aromas a bit medicinal and leafy with some tropical fruit mixed in as well.Flavors are slightly spicey and phenolic with some citrus tones some herbal hop in the finish.Pretty basic Belgian table beer somewhat like the Brooklyn Antwerpan ale,not bad pretty basic.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Mostly clear copper with a big rocky head and a lively bubbling. Head drops quickly.

S - Typical Belgian nose with some musty/chalky tones.

T - Very tart up front with some grassy hops and a hint of apricot.

M - Sharp carbonation and a light-ish body.

D - Drinkable, but not overly flavourful. Quite refreshing - clean and spritzy, but too tart IMO.

Photo of tpd975
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange hue with an above average off white head. Little retention and no lace.

S: Aromas of caramel, butterscotch, and fresh sweet rolls.

T: Malty sweetness much like the aroma. Caramel and bready for sure. Light sweet fruits. No real hop presence at all.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, smooth, ample carbonation.

D: Not bad. Simple and drinkable. I think they probably hit what they were going after with this one.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nrombes
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jeffwright
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tubacharlie
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gets a nice head when poured down the middle of the glass, some retention. Nice yeast ring in the bottom of the bottle. Not really a blonde in color, more like light ruddy amber. Typical unfiltered cloudiness, especially after adding a swirl of beer with the yeast left in the bottle. Yeasty nose with hops evident. Good flavor, a little caramel with flowery notes and a slight sweetness mixed with the yeast/hop aftertaste. Would make a nice accompaniment to popcorn, cracker jacks and a girl movie.

Photo of WwRGSwW
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark orange, but it was also dark in the bar at the time.

S: Citrus smell, with a little bit of honey almost.

T: Not a strong taste, its not water as stated bellow, but its not strong by any means

M: Nothing really to it. Nothing stuck out to much

D: since there is no strong tastes to it, it would go pretty good with anything, and goes down easy... not strong in ABV.

Photo of jneiswender
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--golden body, cloudy, whisp of a white head

S--toffee, caramel smell

T--very sweet and fizzy, the bite here isn't hop like its more apple like acid

M--fizzy and light

D--overall nothing to shout about but a decent beer nonetheless.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Arbor Brasserie Blonde Belgian from Arbor Brewing Company
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