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Blonde Fatale - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: FreshHawk on 07-19-2010)
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Reviews by errantnight:
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errantnight

California

3.56/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-18-2014 05:43:09 | More by errantnight
More User Reviews:
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bronwynbh

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

05-30-2013 19:48:13 | More by bronwynbh
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lionnusmb

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-10-2013 03:33:38 | More by lionnusmb
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

07-20-2011 00:32:32 | More by bsp77
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deebo

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15%

04-12-2014 14:45:44 | More by deebo
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KirkFrancis

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-01-2014 02:15:41 | More by KirkFrancis
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schoon

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

05-24-2013 03:51:40 | More by schoon
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MFauver35

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15%

08-13-2012 00:30:32 | More by MFauver35
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rwathree

Iowa

2.83/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

11-28-2011 02:52:16 | More by rwathree
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13.3%

01-14-2014 02:15:53 | More by sgttibbs
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RDW

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

08-25-2012 23:26:12 | More by RDW
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

12-25-2012 02:45:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

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

05-26-2011 14:59:13 | More by dbossman
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barongearmu

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

06-18-2013 14:56:30 | More by barongearmu
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markcp

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-13-2014 21:15:24 | More by markcp
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zoolou

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-09-2013 23:48:56 | More by zoolou
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-15-2013 16:34:01 | More by tourdot
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emerge077

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

06-27-2011 23:13:51 | More by emerge077
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sneth019

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

03-23-2013 18:28:33 | More by sneth019
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Jman_01

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-20-2012 15:56:56 | More by Jman_01
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langfot99

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15%

12-29-2011 14:16:51 | More by langfot99
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

03-05-2014 23:04:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.3%

03-17-2014 22:54:45 | More by DCdevyl78
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jadenmiller

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

06-16-2014 20:40:24 | More by jadenmiller
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AndrewBV

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15%

12-10-2012 04:46:41 | More by AndrewBV
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Blonde Fatale from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.