Spring Blonde - New Belgium Brewing
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3.54/5 rDev +2%
Enjoy by 6/8/14.
Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and lemon aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, grass, and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is crisp and refreshing.
01-31-2014 05:59:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.61/5 rDev +4%
16oz glass at the New Belgium tap takeover at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, in conjunction with their arrival in Alberta.
This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a thin cap of fizzy, weakly foamy ecru head, which leaves some bleeding snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly abates.
It smells of lightly yeasty, pale grainy malt, acrid lemon pith, a hard water minerality, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt, a touch of brewing sugar, muted lemon pith, a strange bar-floor stale skank, and bland earthy, leafy hops.
The carbonation is low-key and most plainly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly tacky in it smoothness. It finishes more or less dry, the ethereal yeast lingering for a spell, and the grainy malt holding firm.
Definitely an adequate blonde ale, and well enough rendered at that - however, this, like Fat Tire, is only tangentially Belgian. A small point, sure, and a hard one to refute for this broad style, I know. Worthy of giving a go as the weather starts to warm the hell up.
02-25-2014 00:22:00 | More by biboergosum
3.61/5 rDev +4%
Couldn't quite figure out the dating, but I'm not concerned based on what I know
Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent through out. Nice head retention & lacing
S: Grassyness, pears, grape skins, & lemon zest, apple skins show late
T: Follows the nose, a little biscuitty malt up front. More lemon zest, white grapes, pears, a touch of lemongrass & wheat tartness as this warms
MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation up front, a little bit of biscuitty malt, lovely balance, a bit of graininess as well
Drinks super easy, not sure how Belgian this is, but if this was a summer release & in cans, I would buy it again
Doesn't drive in the lanes of the style completely, but a nice beer none the less; a nod to subtle
01-23-2014 06:29:01 | More by russpowell
3.35/5 rDev -3.5%
I always like to try these lighter brews from New Belgium. This one compares unfavorably to Rolle Bolle. This stuff is so sweet and lacking in any kind of edge. It seems a bit tangy, even with a touch of vinegar, but that doesn't do much to counteract the simple sweetness.
The dry yeastiness finally takes over the taste buds but it's still an odd sweet and sourish combination. Rather bitter aftertaste with the candy hints. Attractive golden color with a very persistent foam in the glass. Faint aroma of cornmeal. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at a Von's supermarket.
01-28-2014 06:54:27 | More by mactrail
3.3/5 rDev -4.9%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded orange/white pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a mixed 6 pack at my local Trader Joe's grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery as well as the beer's current 80 rating. "Belgian style ale." 6% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a Belgian golden ale since the label's description of the beer identifies it as such. "Enjoy by: 01JUN14."
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness. Not much creaminess or frothiness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.
Body colour is a clear translucent strong yellow of average vibrance. Appears well-carbonated. Clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. Excellent clarity. Abundant rising bubbles are visible for some time.
Overall, it's a bit pale for a proper Belgian golden ale, so its current on-site designation as a Belgian pale may be more apt than New Belgium's own designation. Given it's 6%, I'll proceed to review it as a Belgian pale ale. It's not a unique or special appearance for the style, but there are no egregious flaws.
Sm: It has a surprisingly prominent herbal hop presence, which is dank and reminds one that hops are a cousin of cannabis. Thick honey notes, pale malts/blonde malts, full clean barley, and maybe a hint of...corn? No. But something like it. Yeastwise, I pick up vague banana. Hints of pear fruit. I also find a thickened lemon extract note - not fresh citrusy zest or lemongrass or even lemon itself - just a reticent bland extract. It's surprisingly grainy. This isn't at all the aroma I expected. Certainly sweeter than I could have anticipated.
Call me crazy, but I'm picking up on some really weird notes for a Belgian pale - heavy candy bar/chocolate bar/caramel/nougat. Yeah, that's it - nougat. I was so set on my concept of a Belgian pale when I saw this beer that it's taken me a long time to identify what I was really smelling, and that's it. What a peculiar aroma for the style. I dig it, but I wonder how the flavour profile will fare.
A pleasant, intriguing aroma of mild to moderate strength.
No overt alcohol is detectable.
T: Okay, so the nougat is nowhere near as strong here as it was on the aroma. But I do maintain that there's a honey confectiony note that seems atypical of the style. There's also your typical Belgian pale malt notes as well as some floral hops. A tinge of lemon extract (but no true lemon - i.e. lemongrass, lemon zest, lemon peel, etc.).
It's a very interesting build for a Belgian pale, and I'm intrigued. I'd almost call it unique. I do like it. Cohesive and pretty well balanced, but not quite gestalt. It's not an intricate beer per se, but boy is it nuanced. Average depth and duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour.
Mf: Mellow. Slightly overcarbonated. Smooth and wet. Has more thickness and body than most beers in the style. Good weight and presence on the palate. The texture isn't quite as interesting as the taste. It's soft, but I do wish it were more soft. The texture should be more gentle overall.
Not biting, oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, rough, sticky, or harsh.
Dr: Drinkable, sure. It hides its ABV pretty well and I'm really enjoying it for what it is. It's not your typical Belgian style pale ale, and it has some very interesting notes. I'm tempted to call it unique within this style, but I don't want to give it too much credit - while drinkable, it's not a world class beer or anything. Certainly one of the more interesting New Belgium brews I've had of late. I'd likely get it again if I found a special at a bar or something, but I'd be reticent to purchase a 6er of it. The price point is right and I'm glad it's widely available. Certainly a brew worth trying.
02-12-2014 06:04:28 | More by kojevergas
3.34/5 rDev -3.7%
Clear golden colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.
Smells a little sweet and quite yeasty. Mildly spicy with a very slight coriander scent.
Starts out sweet like it smells. Some burnt sugar and grass in the flavor. Not as spicy as the smell with a slightly higher than expected bitterness. Otherwise this is fairly refreshing.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall it is a mild easy to drink ale. Just don't expect it to be Duvel.
01-26-2014 23:40:39 | More by Zorro
3.51/5 rDev +1.2%
Enjoy By: 18 May 14
Pours a nice clean/clear golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice little one-finger creamy white head, leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes. The taste is also yeasty and malty. Medium body, with a slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall a nice summer brew.
04-24-2014 00:26:33 | More by Wasatch
3.58/5 rDev +3.2%
12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 5/25/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, cracker, bread, light honey, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasant flavors with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Belgian blonde ale. Good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.
03-16-2014 00:45:06 | More by superspak
3.35/5 rDev -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.
01-27-2014 18:35:56 | More by chinchill
Spring Blonde from New Belgium Brewing
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