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BottleTree Belgian Blonde - BottleTree Beer Co.

BottleTree Belgian BlondeBottleTree Belgian Blonde

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%


Brewed by:
BottleTree Beer Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 08-16-2010)
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle at the Backyard Restaurant in Hilton Head, to go with the best shrimp & grits I've ever had. Gold color with nice carbonation. Taste was unique blend of flavors, a light sweet (almost wheat-like) malt and a very subtle hint of floral hops with a soft bitterness that balanced the whole thing very nicely. Not typically a Belgian fan, but this one was well worth the trip. I wish I could find it back home in Maryland. Very drinkable and flavorful as it warmed, too. This is easily one of those I could keep for regular drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:09:34 | More by tugdriver7
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours a clear golden color with a finger of creamy head that laces well.

S: Sweet pale malts, berries, floral notes, and some fruity candy-like aromas.

T: Lots of sweet and fruity maltiness, floral notes, and a finish of crackers and sweet tarts.

M: The body is light with average carbonation.

O: This is delicious in a very unique way. I'll seek out more for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 00:15:04 | More by bucklemyshoe
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle as picture with no visible freshness date.

A: Golden yellow with a white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film with continuous bubbles. Clear with minimal lacing.

S: Strong yeast and malt aroma. Some lemon, wheat & spices are also present.

T&M: Nice, smooth malty flavor with something fruity that I can't really identify. Maybe mild banana with apples Slightly bready. light bodied with a dry finish.

Not bad. Nice light and drinkable beer that is good.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 21:58:58 | More by cdizinno
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joepullara

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow - A beer from my home town!

This beer pours a nice golden color with a decent head. Nice lacing on my glass.

The smell is Belgian - yeasty, with hints of citrus fruit.

The flavor is outstanding - nice balance of malt in the beginning with a hops finish. Very smooth, but not weak at all. The finish is unexpectedly dry - right up my alley.

This is a very nice beer. Very drinkable. I'll drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 12:48:22 | More by joepullara
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branimal9

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from 12oz bottle - 6/8/2010.

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with plenty of carbonation & a nice white head. Snappy pilsner-esque aroma with a hint of lemon zest on the nose. Crisp in flavor, grassy with glimpses of apple and lemon. Refreshing, with a nice dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 16:32:56 | More by branimal9
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untamedbeer

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Clear, deep golden color. Pleasant, clean aroma with a hint of Belgian fruitiness. Flavor is very light malt with a slightly sour pucker at the end. Finishes clean with minimal bitterness.

Overall, this is a very good summer beer. It's light, refreshing and mild, so it's a good intro beer for those that aren't into intense beers. However, it has enough of a Belgian twist to keep more advanced beer drinkers interested. Versatile enough to enjoy one with a meal or multiple at the lake or playing cornhole.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 16:53:23 | More by untamedbeer
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says Belgian blonde so Iam gonna say this is a...Belgian blonde.Poured into a tulip glass a slight hazed lighter golden with a nice fluffy crown atop that held well.Aromas are floral with some phenols creeping into play.Flavors are fruity with light pehonls,the phenols dont overpower wich is nice.This is a really nice summertime Belgian pale,it goes down easy and is flavorful enough to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 11:48:02 | More by oberon
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very clear, light gold color with a decent cap of white head. Retention is just ok and does not show much lacing.

Nose is pretty fruity and the yeast very Belgian. Grainy malt and a light dusting of grassy hops.

Taste also shows plenty of Belgian influence with a tropical fruitiness and alcohol warmth. Bread dough and biscuits are offset by a 'just-enough' hoppy bitterness on the finish. This is a pretty decent American attempt at a tough style to nail, I could drink a couple of these in succession without any problem at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 21:21:06 | More by twiggamortis420
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Mojo

Alabama

3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip glass.

This beer is a pale gold as it name might suggest. The nose is kind of bready with apple and yeast notes. Taste is better than I expected. I even detected some citrus notes. Mouthfeel is about average. Not bad. I'm not a fan of Belgians, but I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 04:56:07 | More by Mojo
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a yellow-hued body with excellent clarity and capped with a foaming, white head.

Smell: A scent of honey carefully drizzled over cracker dough and given a fine dusting of ground cloves. Also, lightly fruity notes of peaches and apricots. Very small hint of alcohol.

Taste: Lightly bready, cracker-toned pale malts with a brushing of sweet honey rounded with a hint of puffed grains. Small pinch of piquant spiciness. Light, fleeting traces of fruitiness representing Golden Delicious apples, peaches, and apricot. Faint hoppiness and subsequent bitterness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a pleasant, easy drinking brew. What else have you got going on, BottleTree?

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 16:59:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TheDinger

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Deep golden color with a nice cloudy finish. 1 inch of off white head with light lacing. Smell is of citrus and fruity malts. Perhaps a bit of spice and bread notes. Taste is a little underwhelming to me. My first BPA, so I'm not sure what to expect. Was wanting more of the citrus to pop through. A bit of hops on the finish. A decent amount of carbonation to compliment the citrus and malts for a good feel. A touch dry and watery. Overall- Not a bad brew and would be great on a hot summer day. Felt a little on the watery side and I wanted more of the citrus to come through on the taste. Would not turn another one down-

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:24:07 | More by TheDinger
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot diggity dang, a new beer from the Carolinas! Bring it on, sez I. Bottle Tree is a new company out of Tryon, North Carolina that is getting their beer contract brewed by the friendly folks down at Thomas Creek in South Carolina. Interesting. This recently landed at our local beer shop and I had to try it.

A. Pours a clear, rich, vitamin-B pee yellow. Fizzy, and sports a low, never-die egg white head. Yup, it's a blonde. Not bottle conditioned and no lace.

S. Light and crisp malt notes, rather pils like but enough malt sweetness to avoid being confused for one. Pretty clean and unremarkable with a slight lemony twist.

T. Not bad... semi-dry and quite easy drinking pale malt is the star here, with just a touch of hops, honey, and a citric bent; this finishes dry and lightly grainy. A bit of corn distracts. Overall easy and enjoyable.

M / D. More body than your standard light beer, but still easy enough to quaff on a hot day. Lovely carbonation is spot-on for drinkability. Is that a word now? The finish has just a tad more sourness than I'd go in for, but it's easily remedied by taking another sip.

BottleTree Blonde is a fine first attempt but at $10 a six pack is a bit hard to justify since it ain't THAT far removed from some other brews that are far cheaper... if this were six or seven bucks I'd go back to it quite often. Still for a local, this is a solid lil guy and one that I would happily have again, especially in this beastly heat wave.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 02:22:02 | More by kkipple
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of biscuts. Taste is good, malts, lightly hopped, some biscuty notes as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 14:17:00 | More by tone77
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Saw this one on the shelf at the tap room and they had a special going so I went for it. Served cold and poured in a pint glass,

The pour was nice, light golden in color with a tight head of white that clung to the surface and sides rather nicely.

Light aroma, pears, light belgian spices and a nice round citrus hint that punctuates it quite well. Warming brings out herbal touches, hints of a meadow or some kin of flower. Smooth, light and easy to drink this was a no brainer to put down quickly.

Overall a really solid beer that I would have no trouble going after again any day.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 20:47:02 | More by mikesgroove
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doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a surprisingly dark gold for the style. A nice sparkly head quickly dissipates into a lingering trace of lace.

S: Bread and resinous grain with a slight metallic tinge. Some spicy notes and floral notes sing through the yeasts.

T: Clean and crisp with a vibrant malt profile. A subtle bitterness is supported by the floral and spicy character of the hops to create a balance front. Flavors dip out towards the middle but are followed with a fruity, clean, and refreshing finish rounded out by a nice residual malt.

M: Zesty carbonation explodes in your mouth but doesn't linger. The ale is light on the palate and very smooth

O: A nice lighter example of the style. This brew is clean, crisp, and enjoyable. A highly sessionable example for the style

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:35:25 | More by doopydoogle
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a more than a little fizzy (think under-carbonated soda). Clear light amber. The fizzy head quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

S: Bready, yeasty, floral and spicy.

T: Lightly bitter with a fairly good balance of spiciness, maltiness, and yeast. Floral and spicy hops seem to be 'enhanced' with clove and nutmeg. A hint of bananas. Has a fruity, lightly earthy finish with good hop-malt balance.

M: Light+ body. Coarse carbonation to start; not enough at the finish.

O: A nice crisp blonde with more spiciness in the flavor than the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 22:34:55 | More by chinchill
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottletree Blonde pours a light honey color with moderate carbonation running up from the etching in the glass into a finger of head that doesn't last long at all and leaves almost no lacing when it dissipates. The head is white in color and almost soapy in appearance. Lots of Belgians I've had throw up an excessive amount of head, this is the opposite.

The smell is decent, you can pick out some pilsener malts and other light buttery malts as well as a bit of light fruitiness. A little more assertive and appropriately hopped would do well.

The flavor isn't bad, but it certainly isn't the best representation of a Belgian pale I've had. The beer starts with a bit of light, sweet malt and a bit of pear and apple fruitiness. From there, it progresses into a grainier flavor followed by a bit of spiciness, though not too much. I could do with a little more complexity, but it's not bad.

The mouthfeel is decent. Maybe a bit smoother and a bit less carbonation would do the beer good, but other than that it's alright. Light body with a fairly high amount of carbonation, very slightly dry on the finish.

Overall, this is a drinkable beer even though it's not a standout for the style. There certainly isn't anything repulsive about it and I'm kind of intrigued by the brewery as this is my first beer from them. I'll be looking for more in the future, they're local and they've done a decent job on a style that's not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 06:05:07 | More by feelmefoam
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent yellow with lots of fizz and a 3-finger white head. No lacing.

The smell is yeast, wheat, slightly medicinal with a little lemon zest. The taste is a little musty--yeast, herbal, and some citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, watery, and dry.

This is fairly drinkable. I like the citrusy notes, but I don't like the thin body or the medicinal scent.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 02:17:28 | More by theghost3
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a thin amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A nice aroma of fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of apples and yeast up front, with a malty finish. Kind of thin and watery without a whole lot of character.

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A decidedly average beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 14:04:39 | More by avalon07
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speter

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy deep golden color with a three-finger large-bubble white head that leaves a fair bit of lacing.

S: Bready malt, candi, and Belgian yeast.

T: Spicy and lightly bitter, there's not much development from front to back. The aftertaste has a lightly metallic twinge to it.

M: I have to admit that the large bubbles get in the way of the mouthfeel, lending an almost harsh quality to it.

O: A nicely-crafted BPA, although vigorous swirling is needed to offset the coarse carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 23:06:44 | More by speter
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden pale yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, fruit, banana, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, earth, fruit, banana runts, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. There was a lot going on in this one, but the majority of it was a big sweet aspect. This was a little off-putting if I am honest. The banana runts was a nice touch, but definitely out of place in my opinion for this brew. Worth trying if you like sweeter brews, but if not, I wouldn’t waste your time doing so.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 13:17:01 | More by thagr81us
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy yellow with ample white foam. I got a ton of lacing out of this.

The smell is bready with a little bit of farm and citrus.

The taste is typical of a decent blonde, strong brett bitterness accompanied by some lemon zest and bread. As with other Thomas Creek beers I've had, there wasn't much hop presence at all.

The mouthfeel was medium with high carbonation.

Overall, pretty decent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 16:59:00 | More by Netdigger2
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to brewcrew2010 for this extra.

A: Light golden color. Huge three fingers of bright white head. Thick chunks of lace left behind, thick cap. Looks great.

S: Complex array of ingredients going on in the aroma. Belgian yeast and spices. Sweet malt, earthy grains and hints of citrus.

T: The flavor is a bit of a let down after the promising nose. Light pale malt and a touch of hop bite. Some belgian yeast and spices peak out. An off putting metallic flavor comes through in the finish. Sending this one off the deep end.

M: Light thin body. Low carbonation.

D: All bark and no bite. Drinkable yet forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 01:40:04 | More by beerwolf77
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale yellowish copper with a thin lacing of head that has no retention

S - apples, grainy, sweet

T - apples, grainy, sweet, faint funky yeast

M - medium bodied, crisp, over carbonated

This is a rather mediocre beer. It has some fruity, sweet flavors that are overwhelming. None of the traditional spicy, yeasty qualities are present. This is a pretty disappointing offering.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 13:31:53 | More by tdm168
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This brew pours a golden yellow with a medium size white head. Lacing present

Smell: Very yeasty(doughy) smell with hints of clove and lemon zest.

Taste: Again very doughy from the yeast with hints of lemon, tropical fruit and apple tartness. Has a nice hint of pepper as well. Very slight hop character. A bit astringent. Not sure the age of the bottle as there is no date on it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: This is just an ok brew. Not sure what it would taste like if fresh or even if this was fresh since there is no date on the bottle. I was a bit disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 23:46:59 | More by Beerbuddha
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BottleTree Belgian Blonde from BottleTree Beer Co.
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