Blonde Fatale - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by DCon:
Photo of DCon
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of rwathree
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden and slightly hazy with a thin but steady head; lacing is quite nice

S: Lots of banana and clove as well as a biscuity malt presence; some spicy quality here and maybe a touch of lemon, pear, and apple: yeasty, fruity, and a bit bready

T: Taste doesn't quite live up to the aromas--the yeasty fruitiness hits you up front but then everything fades; just not a lot holding it together; it's not bad by any stretch and I can't believe that this beer is over 8% as there is no numbing alcohol presence but it just doesn't follow through with what it begins to promise

F: Just as the flavors fade, so does the beer in the mouth--it ends a bit thin and watery

O: This is a decent beer but after looking and smelling it, I was expecting more; however, the alcohol is so well hidden--making this a dangerously easy drinking summer brew

Photo of emerge077
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Initial fingers width of foam, lots of larger bubbles on the surface, it was a struggle to generate much head, let alone anything Belgianesque. Glowing golden orange, opaque and murky like orange juice. Foam rapidly fades to a thin ring at the edges.

Spicy nose of coriander, estery and phenolic yeast, pepper and lemongrass.

Flavor is similarly yeast driven, phenolic medicinal spices, tongue-numbing pepper, light maltiness with a lingering dry earthiness that lasts for awhile after the finish. Full bodied, creamy with fairly low carbonation (odd for a Belgian-style ale). Seems a little under attenuated, could be a little more dry and spritzy, but the creaminess is nice. Overall ok, but it's elements are a little incohesive.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of tvv375ia
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of errantnight
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazed dark, white peach color with a slightly smaller than average sized, creamy, smooth, frothy, white head. Average retention leaving a decent lace.

S - A light on the light side with a fair amount of phenol, spicy aroma. Clove, coriander, and mediciny aroma are strongest. Some bready and pilsner malt base. Belgian yeast is providing a lot of the aroma. A touch of fruitiness (especially banana).

T - Like the nose, the flavor is dominated by spice, phenol, and bready/pilsner malt (some graininess as well). The malt flavor provides a lot of the flavor and base. Clove, coriander and phenol flavors pop up throughout with an interesting kick. In the back there is a faint fruity ester flavor but not very strong for the style. Slight alcohol warming at the finish, but well hidden and not harsh at all.

M - Medium body with a good level of carbonation. There is a bit of a kick from the alcohol and carbonation, but is very nice and smooth overall.

D - I'm torn on this one and a lot of the scores could be changed a little without much problem for me. It is a little strong on the phenol/spice and not enough fruitiness but it goes down easy. Alcohol makes a very brief showing, but is very well hidden for 8.5%.

Notes: Like I said, I'm torn. A some points I like it and other times I'm not really digging it. Overall I think it just misses a little on the fruitiness. Good and refreshing beer though, it's just not something that I really enjoy. It seems like a nice inoffensive BSPA that I think a lot of people will like, but not love.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.24/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of TCMike
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of powerss13
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
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%.

Photo of MattMorin
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not that great of a beer

Photo of chickenflea
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of GarvISU
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites to enjoy year-round, but especially good in the summer.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Photo of sprucetip
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of megamick
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No head at all - little carbonation, but did not miss it much. Well done Belgian. will try again.

Photo of rundocrun
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky honey color with bright yellow-orange highlights. No head to speak of, even after a rough pour. No lacing on the glass either.

S - I notice two things: Hints of citrus fruits from the hops and/or belgian yeast and a rich bready aroma.

T - An estery, almost metallic tang up front with honey-sweetness and toasted malt flavors following through to the finish. Mild hop bitterness that only strikes toward the finish on the back of the tongue. Hmmm... the metallic taste becomes more evident with each sip. Maybe my taste buds are off tonight?

M - Under-carbonated. Too bad, because I feel like proper carbonation could have made this a good beer, not just an OK one. Otherwise medium-to-thick bodied with a sweet, sticky finish.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of beerdown77
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours golden and has a bitter yeasty flavor that is not too sweet. It is medium bodied and reminds me of a saison. I had one in between a pale tasting and an IPA tasting, not exactly the ideal format for over analyzing this beer, so I won’t. I do know that the body was pretty heavy and one was enough.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a cloudy honey color with one finger, off-white head. A bit fizzy, good retention and lace.

S: Straw, challah, yeast, light fruits.

T: Spice, sweet bready malt. Pepper and cardamom on the finish, which is a little dry but not too much. Also minerals. Alcohol totally hidden-- that's the fatale part. As the beer warms, cardamom becomes more prominent, and starts to veer towards clove.

M: Medium body, carbonation lightens it up like club soda. Not bad, but unexpected for the style (yet consistent with the appearance at the pour). A little bit of oil and cream after a while.

O: I ilke this. A subdued example of the style, but the flavors are good. Will buy it again.

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Blonde Fatale from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.