Blonde Fatale - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 186
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Peace Tree Brewing Co. visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FreshHawk on 07-19-2010

This is an unfiltered Belgian Style Blonde Ale. The beer is blonde in color from the pale malted barley varieties. It is delicately hopped with Styrian Golding and Celeia for medium bitterness and aroma. Sugars are added for higher attenuation, following the practices of some Belgian brewers. Belgian ale yeast is used to add complex flavor esters. This beer is unfiltered and yeast is left in for additional conditioning. The beer is named Fatale because it is 8.5% alcohol by volume and will catch up with you if you’re not careful.
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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 186
Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours gold with a slight haze under a fizzy head that disappears almost immediately. S: nose is fruit, hints of bubblegum, malt, earthiness. T: The palate mirrors the nose but tastes thin. F: light and highly carbonated. O: Falls a little flat for me. (254 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep gold with thin half finger white head. Fades into collar with spotty lacing. A nice fruity apple and pear aroma with a biscuit malt. Starts with a nice mild malt and yeast flavor with a slight touch of pear cider. Cloves come forward with a touch of herbal and earth hops to finish. Medium body with light carbonation and dry. Reminds me of a poor mans Don De Dieu. (377 characters)

Photo of errantnight
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall an extremely solid Belgian Blonde/Strong Pale.

Pours golden with just a faint whisp of carbonation. Fruity, bubblegum and banana, small hints of warming spice.

On the palate this is sweet, sticky candy sugar and cotton candy followed by a warming, earthy bitter finish.

If they carbonated this better, it would be more balanced and have a much more appropriate mouth, lifting and refreshing instead of sticky and full. If they dried it out, more, all the better.

A fine American take on the style, that I'd happily drink (particularly on tap) and cook with, but won't find myself craving a return to. (612 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was this beer worth adding an almost an hour to a daytrip whist having our toddler in tow? Absolutely! We stopped in the brewery after photographing tulips in Pella. We had a gift certificate to use as a result of a bad sixer that the company reimbursed us for.

The gold golor with a very slight haze and fluffy white foam filled the tulip glass nicely. The aroma was very floral with atouch of citris mixed in. The taste is like honey with citris, floral, and hops mixing to create an amazing flavor. The body has substance but doesn't feel like a brick wall hitting your pallete. It goes down well and makes me WANT to have more. I am giving this one 5 stars only after drinking it many times over the last 3 years and what I got from the brewery was the best yet. Yes, it IS that good. (790 characters)

Photo of ParkbrauFan
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This gorgeous blonde has it all. I have never written a review but this is a great Belgian strong ale. The bouquet is floral, the taste is sublime. For 8.5ABV there is no heat or booziness whatsoever. A great member of the Peace Tree lineup. I would drink this all day it it weren't for the higher ABV. (302 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peace Tree Blonde Fatale Ale. I must admit that until moments ago I thought this beer was called "Blonde Fat Ale…Ale." 8.5% ABV.

Cloudy, dusky golden hue, 1/2 inch white head that slips away swiftly.

Aroma: Nice! Belgian yeast leads the charge. A bit of barnyard funk melds with citric notes. A bit o' sweetness, plus bread-y malts, judicious hopping.

Taste: Here's that hit of tidy hops, delicate bitterness, toasty, tasty cracker-y malt base, and Belgian yeast leading the way. Medium bodied, very even-keeled and especially delicious. Right on the money. I like this one.

Hey, what do they tell us on the label? "Our Belgian-style Blonde Ale will steal your heart as the unfiltered golden hue seduces your taste buds with surprising smoothness. It's delicately hopped with Styrian Golding and Celeia or medium aroma with a crisp and refreshing bite. The Belgian yeast adds hints of fruity complements but be warned, it's mysterious charm will draw you in again and again." I'll buy that. (996 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
8.5% ABV, "Leave sediment in bottle, Serve at 48°F"

A - With the sediment left behind, Blonde Fatale is a clear goldenrod beer with a quickly fleeting white head who's small ring of bubbles leaves Belgian lace on the glass.

S - Strong Belgian yeast calls out clove and white pepper with a clumpy earthy grey clay base and both ripe banana and sugary banana Runts followed by a touch of warming alcohol presence.

T - Notes of bubblegum and banana cross paths with spicy clove and pepper in this Belgian-yeast inspired brew but while the magical little micro-organisms reflect some Belgian traits, the beer is clearly American made and finishes with a plastic-like resiny flavor.

M - Belgian golden ales often display significant carbonation but this blonde does not. While bubbles tickle the tongue gently, this beer feels flat overall and finishes medium bodied with a dry, faintly warming alcohol presence.

O - Peace Tree's Blonde Fatale has a nice Belgian bouquet but the more authentic aromatic traits lose their authenticity in the flavor, further compounded by a total lack of carbonation for an average attempt at a strong golden ale that's well on it's way to being exciting and refreshing with a few tweaks. (1,255 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden body. High apparent carbonation, but a very small resulting head.

Nose is light, sweet and slightly funky.

Banana esters, candi sugar, mild euro hops. Just an OK version of a strong golden ale (think Duvel).

Mouthfeel is quite flat, even just a minute or two after a medium pour. Points off here...

Drinkability is decent. It's a bit hot on the palate, but still light and even a little quenching. (415 characters)

Photo of powerss13
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

ST: In bottle, poured into glass.

A: Light golden hue with straight pour; once mix in the yeast from bottom of bottle gives it a nice cloudiness. (Spelling)

S: Light settling aroma, giving off a hint of fruit. Small hint of hops smell.

T: Crisp taste, is refreshing in hot weather. Little fruity taste from the Belgian yeast. Faint hop flavor, considering it is a blonde. It definitely hides the 8.5% alcohol well.

MF: Very light body, Sticks around, and dissipates slowly

O: Decent beer coming out of Iowa. For a smaller brewery going at the Belgian blonde its worth a try. Pending on their cost for it, it is a bit pricey (where I am located at least), going at $13 for a 6pk. But, then again, it is 8.5%. (712 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz stubby bottle bought at Hyvee liguors in Cedar Rapids. Poured a crystal clear yellow gold body with a very small foamy white head. (Recommend leaving the yeast in the bottle on this one. Did not find that it improved the taste or texture.) Aroma is very yeasty, lots of esters, ripe banana, slight white pepper, bready, and apricot. Thick body with chewy texture. Soft carbonation with a consistent uncomplicated taste and finish. Flavor is not as complex as the aroma, yeast, straw, bread crusts, lemon drop, slight bubble gum, some white pepper, and paper napkin. A very pleasant beer. (592 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peace Tree Blonde Fatale
Bottle @ Twisted Cork, Omaha, NE

Appearance: Hazy deep gold with an orange cast and golden highlights when held to the light. Bright white head of thin foam. Average retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma: Limited aroma

Flavor: Belgian. Clove, sweet with sugar & light honey. Straw, grass & spice. Hops definitaly add a floral side... not sure how much straw, grass & spice. Sharp - fruity, spicy / grassy upfront. Warms to sweetness & spice across the middle. Dries to become Spicy in finish. Lingering coriander.

Mouthfeel: Medium w/ dextrinous edge. Crisp, very fine bubbled carbonation zests on the tongue.

Overall: Interesting strong blonde ale. Very well put together. Worth trying. (714 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Star Bar in Des Moines, IA for $6. Tapped from the VooDoo Doll Tap Handle w/ an actual Doll Head on the top of the handle into a 12oz Shaker Glass! Went straight for this purely because of the branding.

Aroma- Strong floral hops, huge malt, and a slight banana character are all present. Very nice aroma and complexed for the style!

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that has weak retention. Has a light golden but clear body. Leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Sweet, Malty, and has medium esters. Spices come across mid drink but then filter into the finish. Has a very light bitterness level at the finish and semi-dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Slick, and has a great banana character left on the palate. Light spices are also around at the finish.

Overall Impression- A very easy drinking Blonde with tons of complexity! Enjoyed greatly and would like to see this one cross my pass again during the summer time. Go for this if your a blonde fan but also enjoy Belgian style beers. (1,038 characters)

Photo of TCMike
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it produced a half inch head. The color is a hazy honey.
The aroma is of banana, citrus, honey.
The taste is similar plus sweet, sticky, and a hint of alcohol. Medium mouth-feel, and low carbonation.
This isn't a bad beer...but is needs higher carbonation, and a slight recipe tweek. It is promising. (327 characters)

Photo of argock
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from stubby 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from my sister Tami.

A: Clear yellow-orange elixir with short 1/2-finger of off-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lace.

S: Very fruity estery with peach, pear, apricot, and banana aromas meeting some soft pale maltiness. Not your typical BSPA profile but interesting.

T: The taste is very sweet but also complex and fruity. I would say this crosses the BSPA/BPA line with the pear, banana, apricot, peach, and yellow apple flavors. The pale maltiness is pretty substantial. There is some soft bitterness with mild floral and herbal hops notes. The yeast component is fairly subtle and contributes some light spiciness and tartness.

M: This is not as dry as it could be but pretty dry, and I'm not sure it would seem right given all the fruity flavors. An elixir-type feel is how I describe this beer -- a little thick on the palate but still fairly dry to leave a good balance of crispness and coating feels.

O: I liked this beer even though it doesn't hit the BSPA style all that well. I don't think it hits any style but Belgian pale ale very well. If you like your Belgian ales sweet and lush with only moderate dryness, this is your kind of beer. (1,260 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Flannigan's: Coralville, IA.

I always try to support local breweries, when in Rome (being a good BA!). Belgians are not my go to style, but the selection was somewhat limited at this establishment. The appearance of this brew was not really noteworthy; yellowy, minimal head (odd for the style). You smell banana peel immediately. Tastes of yeast, more banana peel (think banana Now & Laters), & esters. There is a bit of alcohol heat on the back end.

Overall: decent/solid. If Belgians are your thing, definitely worth a try. (551 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-somewhat hazy maize colored with almost no head that fades quickly

S-fairly light smell of banana is about the best I can come up with nothing really pronounced it is just the faint banana and maybe a little bit of nuts

T-much like the smell nothing jumps out a little fruitiness that is a little reminisent of banana but not much else and then it leads to a slight metallic finish

M-not a real heavy body but slightly better than the light body that it looks like it is going to be

O- this is not a bad beer, just not in line for the style I don't think. For a regular BMC drinker this would be a excellent choice to get them to try something new. (695 characters)

Photo of Nay
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

You poor bastards in Iowa having to drink this...I feel for you. The clove phenols are there, the finish is strangely dry (alcohol dry) yet cloying. The awesomely designed and labeled bottle was undercarbonated for style and head is lacking like it was regular American 2-row as a base.

I guess if you didn't have access to good beer this would be great. (356 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden, a finger of white head, light activity, just a little bit of retention and minimal lacing.

Sweet with some musty hops and Belgian yeast. A little bit of boozy heat emanates. But it is primarily sweet and yeasty.

Tastes like the aroma. It's malty sweet with some lightly funky Belgian yeast and some dull, earthy hop flavor and barely discernible bitterness. It has some kind of aftertaste that just doesn't agree with me.

Decent carbonation, medium body, moderate warming, and a mildly drying finish.

There isn't much nuance and complexity in this. It's pretty clean, but too much so. The sweet, pale malt canvas isn't adequate enough to support the musty yeast and hop funk that define this beer. (715 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle, purchased at Gary’s Foods in Mount Vernon, IA. which continues to get a decent selection of beers for a smell town/non-chain grocery store making me a happy customer. Yellowish/amber pour with a small white head. Aroma fruit and grain. Flavor has yeast taste with a banana notes and grain. A decent brew. (325 characters)

Photo of rwathree
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: dull, hazy, dirty blonde, with no head to speak of. Frankly, doesn't look much like beer in the glass.

S: banana, lemon and orange peel, perfume. Mild, but balanced.

T: wow, tart, almost cider-like. Some citrus notes, too, and a generous dose of clove in the finish. Not too much hop presence though.

M: for as still as it looks, this is nicely conditioned and effervescent. But again, for every positive there's a flaw: here, it's that this is pretty thin-bodied.

O: Peace Tree runs hot and cold for me, and this is definitely the latter. It's not at all offensive, just boring. So many better interpretations of the style. I won't revisit this one. (658 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The unfiltered golden - honey hue is always nice to look at, plenty of bubbly carbonation coming up through the glass. The head is a little small, just a slight pencil width cap. It looks like it could’ve been promising.

Smell: The hops smell great, and it has a signature higher alcohol, Belgian hop smell going on. I would believe it was Belgian if it came in an unmarked bottle. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but they haven’t made themselves out to be liars yet!

The citrus smells coming through are lemon, orange, maybe even peach? There is definitely a spiciness as well. Almost like what you’d get in a fall pumpkin spice offering. It’s different, and it’s pretty good. It’s fun just trying to figure it out.

Taste: Huh, I’m not really sure if this style is going to be my thing or not. I’m definitely on the fence about any wheat beer. The high hoppiness is there. It’s lingering on the palate, but there is almost no bitterness accompanying it, that definitely weirds me out. It’s like watching a movie with the sound on mute. It’s just not the whole experience.

The wheat taste is ever present from the start of the sip to the long finish. Again, if you are a beer drinker that loves that in your beer, you’ll probably like this. These hops really remind me of what you’ll find in some German offerings, like Weihenstephaner Heffe. The fruitiness isn’t really complex. Maybe just because it’s such an amalgamation it’d be really difficult to pull the different flavors apart from each other.

The fruitiness is definitely a light citrus touch: lemon, clementines, grapefruit. The alcohol didn’t surface until it warmed a little, and then it became noticeable in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: It’s full for a light wheat beer. And it is certainly smooth like the bottle promises. It makes it a really easy beer to take down. Even if the flavor profiles aren’t what I really enjoy.

Overall: The beer will definitely please the beer geeks that prefer the light, wheat ales. However, I’m becoming more and more and certain that it just isn’t my thing. The brewers at Peace Tree are definitely on to something with this brew though.

It really hits the style on the head. I’m just hoping I try something from them soon that is more to my liking! (2,327 characters)

Photo of logmacschlog15
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Dogfish snifter.

A: Pours a surprisingly thin layer of white head, a little less than a finger. Pale and hazy yellow with lots of sediment. A few streams of co2 here and there.

S: Lots of banana and clove hit the nose right away. Definitely a spicy Belgian yeast aroma. Very little hop aroma. A little whiff of grain, but pretty strongly dominated by the yeast.

T: Again, there is a huge dose of banana and clove in this beer. A slight herbal hop bitterness balances the malt backbone. There is a pretty good amount of booze in the finish.

M: This is a medium bodied ale and is fairly smooth and creamy with a slightly dry finish.

O: This is a great beer if you're looking for that spicy Belgian yeast. Straight up banana and clove the whole way through. A good amount of booze too, so watch out. (813 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

yellow, very cloudy with a big white frothy head, Great retention left the head around for most of the glass. Lots of sticky lace driped down the flass and left rings on the sides. Great visible carbonation could be seen bubbling throughout.

Smell was very intresting. Quite lively aroma with hints of sweet fruits, lemon and a touch of sugar. Bananas, figs, and pears could also be picked up as well as a touch of grapes as it warmed. First impression of the flavor was to be honest a bit of a shock. There was something in it I could not place right away, some other reviews have touched on a saltiness, and at first I thought it did have that too, but there was this other underlying flavor which I kept trying to pin down. Finally settled on something of a sweet lemon cake or tangerine and orange combination. Very pleasant and very sweet flavor, never had tasted it before in this style, quite intresting. very smooth delievery and great carbonation gave it a very lively feeling on the palate. Silky smooth. Lots of yeast and grains to be had, and pears and apples could be detected as it warmed. No real hint of alcohol, very well covered up by the sweetness. (1,168 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color. Head is quite minimal. Appears to be under carbonated relative to style. Aroma is musky with lemongrass, coriander, citrus and a hint of horse blanket. Phenolic peppers add a dryness of flavor, a hint of banana ester as well. Otherwise fairly medicinal with a touch of Styrian earthiness. Body is well under weight and the carbonation dialed far too low, but s far as an enjoyable drink, it is very refreshing with good taste, and packs a punch to boot. Easy to put some down, but don't go expecting Duvel. (526 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy blonde-gold with rapidly diminishing head, leaving complete stillness behind. This is not how a Belgian ale should look.

Smell: Yeasty (with banana and clove), hoppy (clearly Styrian) and bready.

Taste: Sweeter than the yeasty, hoppy aroma - this is as expected when most US brewers attempt the style. Lots of bread, with some banana and clove before finishing up with the peppery Styrian hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body and a barely dry finish. Not effervescent, crisp and dry as would be proper.

Overall: Typical US attempt at a Strong Belgian Pale/Golden/Blonde Ale. While there are some nice flavors here, the faulty mouthfeel and sweet body are simply off. (758 characters)

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Blonde Fatale from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.