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BottleTree Belgian Blonde - BottleTree Beer Co.

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BottleTree Belgian BlondeBottleTree Belgian Blonde

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BA SCORE
80
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 08-16-2010)
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Photo of theboozecruise
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a stange glass, it's a clear yellow with a finger worth of white head. Decent retention and lacing, but not overly impressive.

It has a grassy aroma, with hints of hops. Smells more like a pilsener really. There is a little Belgian spice but not too much.

The taste is just like the aroma, earthy, nice hop bitterness, but a little funk too.

It's got a lot more body than expected, do higher marks there!

Overall this is a forgettable mediocre beer in my opinion.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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?

Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of cdizinno
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden yellow underneath a white frothy head that quickly dissipates to about 1 finger depth. Clear in color allows one to see a lot of lively carbonation reminding me of champange. Should I be drinking this in a fluted glass? Maybe. No evident lacing.

S: A strong yeast aroma with a malty backbone. Some hints of lemon, wheat, herbs & spices can also be detected.

T: A nice malty flavor with apple and pear notes. A slight breadiness can also be picked up creating a light and dry palate.

M: A light body with a ton of carbonation and a watery texture.

D: Not a bad beer, but not a big fan of it. I wouldn't go out and buy it, but I would definately drink it if someone offered it to me. Great for hanging out in the backyard during the summer.

Photo of theghost3
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of kkipple
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of untamedbeer
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of branimal9
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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BottleTree Belgian Blonde from BottleTree Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.