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Blonde Fatale - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 192
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 38.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of tvv375ia
2.65/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of powerss13
2.65/5  rDev -26%
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%.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.77/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into snifter; six-pack purchased from a BP “Beer cave” in Iowa
Aroma very heavy yeast phenolics, almost plastic odor
Head gone as fast as poured – white and fizzy, one to two mm ring, no layer
Lacing none
Body light orange, clear, no sediment in bottle
Flavor sweet, fruity, most outstanding feature - leaves my lips sticky: no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.75, Palate 2.75, Overall 2.75

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Photo of rwathree
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of Nay
2.9/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of TCMike
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, earthy malt, alcohol, hint of yeast, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight spice, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, poor blend with the alcohol overpowering other attributes and weak appearance.

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Photo of errantnight
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of Ri0
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice big tight head with larger than normal bubbles. The aroma is plenty of bread yeast with some nice banana fruitiness and a bit of spice. The flavor follows but the banana is more defined and the spiciness is less so. There is some nice lemon zest and a mild balancing bitterness with a nice enough alcohol character.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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

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Photo of daledeee
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At long last I have some of the elusive Blonde Fatale.

This one pours a dull dark gold with minimal head that did not stay.

I poured this and got a strong whiff of sour or vinegar. That went away quickly, but made me wonder if we had a sour ale here. The nose ended up being spicy, funky and a little sour.

Taste has orange, spice, Belgian hops. Not enough funk or fruit for me.

Mouth feel could use more bite as well if you want to follow the farmhouse or Belgian Pale Ale style. Alcohol made this beer pretty warm and it had a very thick mouth feel.

Overall, not a bad beer but I would like more of several things: carbonation, fruit and funk.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of ballz50401
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass poured from a 12oz. bottle. Just released from Peace Tree in the bottle.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden color. White head that doesn't last. Very low active carbonation.

Smell: Fruity and spicy. Pears and apples with a peppery spice. Soft alcohol presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A nice soft maltiness up front with apple and pear. Slightly spicy with a little alcohol warm. Light to medium mouthfeel. Nice balance, low carbonation.

Overall: Very easy to drink this one. Still missing the characteristic high carbonation levels of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. This brew goes lifeless halfway through drinking it.

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Blonde Fatale from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
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