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Beersel Blonde - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Beersel BlondeBeersel Blonde

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BA SCORE
81
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 09-18-2003)
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with over a finger of thick white head that leaves some nice bands of lace behind.

Smell. Fruity yeast and floral hops with a touch of light grainy malt and butterscotch.

Taste. Light caramel and spicy Belgian yeast, a touch of floral hops and smooth light malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body. medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. Not bad for the style but nothing I would seek out again. I'll stick with the wilder choices in the product line.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:41:01 | More by Rutager
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draheim

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color w/ a fluffy white head, some patchy lace.

Aroma is floral, bready, yeasty w/ a hint of spice.

Taste is likewise gently floral and fruity with a lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced.

Overall an enjoyable, drinkable BSPA but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 07:20:59 | More by draheim
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very hazy medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, cardamom, aged stone and apple juice, light bready malt. Flavor follows, with bready malt, apple and light stone fruit juice, Belgian yeast and spicing, hints of wheat; flavor beginning semi-sweet,but finishing a bit drier with a sharp Champagne-like peppery carbonation. Light to medium bodied, but with some smooth creaminess in the mouth feel. Flavors are somewhat subdued, but well balanced; a bit dry and astringent finish. A nice, light well made Belgian blonde. I will get this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:51:59 | More by LiquidAmber
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best before 1/11/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and earthy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is refreshing but somewhat mild and forgettable all around in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 01:28:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A steady pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head (almost more of a full cream hue). The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows clear’ish, full gold hue when held up to the light; additionally it shows an aggressive carbonation. The aroma smells of grassy grain, floral notes, cracker like malt, honey-like malt, and slightly metallic leaning, generic lager beer like, “beer” notes towards the finish that play a fairly prominent role; everything but the last is fairly inviting.

Slightly sweet, with a pale malt sweetness, touches of honey like malt character and a somewhat cider like fruitiness are found up front. The beer has a creamed corn like, sweet grain finish that has a bit of edge to it. Underneath this last, dominant note, is a touch of pale cracker like malt, a hint of floral / herbal hops and just a suggestion of hop bitterness. This does have a nice effervescence to it that nicely accentuates and offsets at the same time, the lightly viscous, easy drinking body that this beer has.

Hmm, I have always had a hole in my palate for recognizing DMS. It is one of those stupid things that should have been pointed out / associated to me long ago, but somehow never has been. Unfortunately, in this particular case, this beer has pinpointed that for me; this has a ton of it, creamed corn is perhaps a little bit in the right direction for this flavor, it is also slightly metallic, definitely accentuates sweetness and an off-sort-of fruitiness, but what it really reminds me of is cheap American lager that I drank at Frat parties in college. I should be ashamed to admit this discovery, but I am so happy to have filled this gap in my palate that I can easily overlook it. This is certainly a deeply flawed beer, but, my personal enjoyment of this beer is greatly enhanced by my personal discovery to define exactly what DMS in a beer is; I have distinctly noticed this in quite a few beers over the years, but for some reason not made the proper connection; I blame the fact that I learned early on techniques to avoid this in my own brewing, without personal, direct experience, so never had to really troubleshoot this particular off-character :-).

Hmm, I wonder how this mixes with the rest of the bottle of GFAR that I was otherwise going to turn into vinegar…..

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:08:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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MoistPope

California

3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank it straight from the bottle. To lazy for glassware.

Appearance - unknown

Smell - musty citrus with a hint of wheat

Taste/Mouth- slight bitterness with with a hint of pineapple and wheat. Quite strange combination. Very thin and dry but quite refreshing for a hot day.

Overall I would purchase this again. Seek it out? Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 05:06:35 | More by MoistPope
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An average aroma that seemed to be dominated by malt, but also had some citrus as well.

T: Tasted of the aforementioned malt, a little bit of Belgian yeast, and a hint of citrus in the finish. The problem here is that the flavor, like the aroma, is ruled by the malt. It's not necessarily bad, but it's a bit one note and thin.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a very average beer. Could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 21:11:27 | More by avalon07
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metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Very light aromas of yeast and fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts with hints of Belgian yeast, hints of orange citrus and notes of peppery spices towards the finish. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't one of my favorite offerings from this brewery, but it is relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 13:08:05 | More by metter98
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shocked at the low number of reviews. 7% ABV confirmed. Acquired at a beer store for $1.99 - bot bad for Drie Fonteinen I'd say. 11.2 fl oz (330ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Best before 11/01/14.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the 7% ABV. Colour is a dark yellow. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sour green apple, clean malts, biscuity yeast, floral hops, biscuit malt, crystal malt, and even a bit of lactose funk. An average strength aroma.

T: Sour crisp apple, peach, pear, clean pale malts, some funk, a bit of biscuit malt, and overdone floral hopping. An interesting build for the style. It's certainly balanced; it's just strange - like a patersbier mixed with a Belgian golden ale. Almost lactic, but not quite. Crisp apple is dominant.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with great coarseness and slight dryness on the finish. Crisp throughout. Tingly from the crystal malt. Good carbonation and thickness.

Dr: Very strange for the style. More a Patersbier than anything else. This sour apple-dominant brew is best reserved for enkel fans. Hides its ABV quite well. Drinkable, but strange. A surprisingly unique brew from Drie Fonteinen, but not one that will meet high expectations. It's good, but I expect better from this brewery. Well priced, even in the USA.

C+

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 06:41:57 | More by kojevergas
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mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 10/02/12 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy, dark golden color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus, Belgian yeast, spice, pepper, and some bready malts. Nice citrus, but not super strong.

t - Tastes of wheat, Belgian yeast, spice, floral hops, citrus hops, earthy notes, bready malts, and dough. A little bit stronger and of a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is insanely smooth and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice Belgian pale ale. VERY easy to drink and some nice citrus and bready malts to it. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 18:58:36 | More by mdfb79
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not "blond" per se, but solidly amber. Mild chill haze. Good bar pour head that leaves a touch of streaky lace.

Well balanced nose of depleted malt sugars (ie quite dry) and hop pellet bitterness. Light yeast in background.

This tastes like a Belgian IPA. It's earthy and dry to start but quickly yields to black pepper hop flavor. There's also a mild yeast bite. A touch alcohol warmth to the otherwise bitter aftertaste. Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Typically, I don't like earthy brews but this one is complex enough to have something for everyone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 16:00:44 | More by smcolw
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Two plus fingers of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is good and an irregular ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Sugary frutiness with a good spicy backbone. Good bit of pepper. Peach and candied pineapple fruitiness. Clean overall except for a light yeastiness. Quite pleasant.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose, but less sharp. The sugariness is reduced, but is still there. Peach and pineapple fruitiness again. Very subtle pepperiness. Touch of yeast and touch of breadiness, though still clean. Not bad.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The only thing I don't like is that the carbonation isn't super spritzy, which is what I love most about Belgian mouthfeels. Reasonably creamy.

3.5 D: Solid beer though it is a little weird having a non-sour from 3F.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 03:44:04 | More by DavoleBomb
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz fat squat bottle purchased at the 3 Fonteinen bottle shop. Lydie described to me that they need to brew simpler ales for economic reasons, as it takes so long to make gueuze, at high expense. I found it to be similar to many others available in Belgium, not as special as their spontaneously fermented offerings but definitely solid.

It pours a light golden color, with some haze, and a thick wet-looking foam. Yeasty nose, some fruity esters. Having just tried Westvleteren Blonde and Deca/Struise Westoek, I can say this is very similar in aroma.

More bitter than sweet tasting, with a somewhat sharp bite in the aftertaste. Pleasant overall, but pretty much reverting to the mean. If this helps them to keep making gueuze then this is a beer that needs to exist!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 22:10:25 | More by TurdFurgison
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

small bottle cap-dated 10/6/6, meaning 3 days out of date. On reflection, I cannot be sure that this is the same beer as the 750ml currently pictured, which I bought at 3 fonteinen cafe in beersel in 2002. Will investigate.

Pours nice 15% head into a westmalle chalice.

Nose is slightly fruity, normal blond belgian nose. Like the Tarwebier, completely unremarkable in this category.

Sharp acidic fruity taste, hoppy with some bitterness in the taste into the aftertaste. It pretty much tastes like it smells.

Par for the course, it seems the Beersel brand of beers are average beers in their respective categories. No reason to seek these out, IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 05:42:38 | More by dogfooddog
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one in a large glass, a lot of flaky yeast swirled around in the orange beer. On the cork was the expiration date which indicated that I was long passed this date (1 year). A lot of carbonation was in the beer, keeping the head very firm. It smelled like cork, probably because the bottle had spend most of it’s life moving around from one place to the other. In the taste was a modest bitter, slightly alcoholic and, after swallowing, dryness. No sign of any hop aroma. According to the label, which had been painted on the bottle, it was made from barley malt and wheat malt. All together a standard blond beer, lacking hop aroma and character, which should be in present in a good blonde. I would like to try a fresh one, because I think it could be a better beer when it is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 07:32:52 | More by Absumaster
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stcules

Italy

2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw colour, with a lot of floating bodies, very little, but a lot...
Quite thin head, nothing remarkable.
Smell of wheta, bread. It doesn't give an idea of freshness, but seems a little old.
The taste is wheat again. No particularly characterized, quite anonimous.
Some herbaceous, old. Even the bitter left a feeling of oldness.
Light body that slips away.
Some honey in the aftertaste, with a light bitter background.
Nothing to remember.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 09:54:48 | More by stcules
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zerk

California

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin but persistent white head. Aroma is musty horse blanket, corriander and a touch of sour apple. Flavor begins slightly sweet with flavors of musty yeast, some peppery notes, and a slightly sour finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation and a light body. Not bad, but not overly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 01:02:00 | More by zerk
Beersel Blonde from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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