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Spring Blonde - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
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420 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tbryan5 on 01-03-2014

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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 69
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
6% ABV, Enjoy By: 08JUN14

A - Above the crystal clear pale yellow beer rests a rocky white head, fed by persistent carbonation, that leaves heavy lace on the glass for a feast for the eyes that makes the mouth water!

S - Light floral aromatics waft into the nostrils, followed by suggestions of candied lemon peel and a subtle backbone of grainy pale malted barley. Sure, the aroma is distant but its also bright and refreshing opening up with soft earthy Belgian yeast characteristics as the beer warms.

T - Simplistic pale malt offers a grainy intro that perfectly bows out to light floral hops, a touch of fresh-squeezed lemony tartness, and aromatically similar touch of soft Belgian yeast.

M - Bright and refreshing, it's hard to ask for a more crisp, clean beer than New Belgium's Spring Blonde. The slightly grainy initial feel washes away with perfect carbonation, only to fade out with just a touch of dry bitterness for the ultimate refreshing balance.

O - New Belgium's Spring Blonde might not have a ton of malt flavor. Its also light on the hoppiness, though floral aspects emerge. It doesn't even come straightforward with its Belgian yeast nuances but, what Spring Blonde does have is exceptional balance among these attributes. The finished product has just enough flavor to command interest but not enough to make multiple beers a chore - this one is a crisp and refreshing for an easy drinking, well-crafted experience.

More User Reviews:
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5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New Belgium Spring Blonde pours a light crystal clear blonde from a dark brown 12 oz glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to over 2 fingers and has diminished to a broken carpet of foam with good lacing along my glass wall.

Nose is of sweet malted barley and Belgium strains of yeast. Hints of light floral hops dance around, masking the 6.0 % ABV well.

Palate is an absolutely brilliant balance of barley malts, hops, and Belgium yeast.

Aftertaste is clean, dry, and refreshing. I can find no faults with this offering from New Belgium Brewing.

Perfectly done, and distinctly Belgium, Well done New Belgium, Well done indeed!

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by June, 15, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One finger of white head which slowly settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and yeasty blonde style aroma with hints of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and black pepper. Bready pale malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, and dough. Fruit hints of lemon, orange, apple, and pear. Also some hints of floral and grassy hops. A pretty solid and balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and grainy Belgian style taste with notes of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some black pepper and clove. Pale malt with bready notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, straw, and dough. Fruity notes of lemon zest, apple, pear, and orange. Decent hop background with some floral and grassy hops. Starts sweet but finishes fairly bitter. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and fairly tangy with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style ale. Good pilsner like biscuity notes with some fruit presence.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan. 2014 review of this on tap, confirmed with an April 2014 bottle.
Large, semi-durable white head that leaves plenty of foamy lacing. Excellent clarity.

More hoppy than malty and with only a faint trace of Belgian yeast, this tastes about as much like an APA as a blonde. Lemony. Mildly bitter finsih.

F: medium-light body with medium, high carbonation.

O: a good if hoppy version of the style.

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Spring Blonde from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.