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La Binchoise Blonde Tradition - Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 12-27-2002)
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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown stubby bottle with a “best before end of” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Foggy sunshine golden yellow colour, tiny particles of sediment float around as the yeast was not totally compact in the bottle. Marked rings of lace adorn the glass after each sip.

Smell: Peachy fruitiness, minty phenols and a honey maltiness show off a very aromatic brew.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very noticeable bottle conditioned crispness that bites into the palate right away, fluffy moderate body. Turbid bitterness ranges from the hoppiness upfront to a compound of yeast and phenols in the finish. Suggestions of ripe peaches, lemon juice and faint mint. Maltiness is on the dry side with a touch of honey in the beginning and clean husk in the end.

Drinkability & Notes: Very sturdy with a balanced dry tone throughout. High marks for drinkability, not only a good stepping stone into the world of Belgian beers but a beer I see as a prize brew.

Thanks to D & V International for the sample. http://www.specialtybeer.com

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden with some orange hue with an impressive big fluffy head that takes its time to settle leaving a generous amount of lace behind,big yeasty aromas giving off some spicieness along with a little citrus fruit.A pretty firm dry,toasted malt backbone to this is very evident up front along with some dry hop bitterness I pick up a little citrus- lemon and orange mainly finishing rather abrubtly.Not to phenolic and pretty dry makes this a nice warmer weather brew a real quaffer at 6.5% to boot,nice beer.

Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light and clear orange with some good carbonation and a tight, tiny bubble head that came up nicely but went down in a heartbeat.

Smell – Big Belgian orange peel in the nose with some heavy duty spicing. The classic coriander rules the roost along with significant white pepper and some darker allspice.

Taste – The orange syrup-laced yeast comes out nicely at the taste. The spices are here as well. Add a little grapefruit and you’ve got the La Binchoise Blonde Ale.

Mouthfeel –Exactly medium in the body and loaded with terrific, live carbonation. This is not the fizzy kind of carbonation that comes with the cheap stuff. The super strong orange peel riles up the salivary glands, juicing the mouth and making this one a fluffy dream in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – I thought this was a terrific example of the style and am hard pressed to understand its current lowly rating of 3.72 (prior to my review).

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased as a single for $3.45 at Wines of Distinction, Abingdon, Va. Pours into a chalice a hazed marigold body with a faint wisp of white head that quickly falls into a film. Some pearl necklace strands of lacing decorate the glass.
Aroma is nice, but subdued. Fruity melon and apricot esters, clover honey, a note of wool blanket yeast, and a hint of pepper.
Mouthfeel is light medium with zippy carbonation.
Taste begins with fruity apricot, followed by honey caramel and a mild note of chalky yeast. Grassy and herbal hops bitterness balances well. A note of white pepper and a hint of lemonpeel comprise a restrained spicy presence. Finishes clean and slightly dry.
Very drinkable, with no hint of the 6.5% abv. Not as complex as the Brune, but highly enjoyable.

Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, with cork and a metel strip, held together with a metel cage. Notches on label tell me?? bottled in or best before 10-05 perhaps, who knows, ah those crazy Belgians...Pours, yellowy brown, cloudy with lots of floaty yeasties and sediment. Active carbonation lifts a huge white head, bubbles continue to rise, settles to a thick film and leaves nice sheeting and whispy lacing. Full throtle nose of barnyard, must and some citrus. Nice drinkable pale/wit/saison kinda thang, complex, yeasty,earthy, crisp and flavorful. love the style/type of beer, would be great with a summer lunch of cheeses, salads, BBQ chicken etc etc, Well worth a try.

Photo of mattfancett
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blurred bright daffodil with a mound of white topping.
Nose of coriander and lemon rinds, with a powdered sugar and graham cracker undercanopy.
Begins dry, with a snap of saltine like pils-maltiness. Fruitiness grows, but in a dehydrated fashion. Peach fuzz, orange peel, and lemon zest. Coriander is huge, as is white peppercorn. A wavering hoyed vanilla essense fades into a rosewater bitterness with a continuation from lemon. Perks of metalic minerality on the close.
Medium bodied, lively of CO2.

Most akin to a pudgy witbier. And a damn nice one.
This one really sunk its claws into me. What started off as a general indifference grew quickly towards a lament that this is not readily available here.

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Cromster
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Beer Mania in Brussels

Poured from a Bottle into a Oerbier glas

Appearance - Pours a nice golden color with a huge white foamy head that lasted a very long time. Good lacing from start to finish

Smell - Strong yeasty smell with lots of fruit and malt.

Taste - Lots of yeast and hops upfront with a spicy bitter finish. There are hints of orange and lemon in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Creamy mouth coating feel. The foamy leaves lots of bubbles bursting in your mouth with makes it easy to drink.

Drinkability - Overall a very good beer. May not be the best Belgian blonde I have had but it is a very good one that i would recommend to anyone that likes Belgian blondes.

Photo of ozmodium
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl stubby bottle poured into tulip

A: pours a hazy light orange, massive 3 finger pillowy head which does not leave. lovely lacing as the level drops in the glass

S: nice mix of fruity notes of banana, apricot. light malts and crisp hops. baking bread and pepper.

T: Peppery. A bit sweet, but nice tartness. good hop balance. Belgian yeast.

M: Near perfect carbonation and body. Wet and slippery.

D: I wish i bought more bottles of this stuff. FANTASTIC session beer. RECOMMEND RECOMMEND RECOMMEND.

Photo of bditty187
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear, pale gold in hue, shiny, there is loads of animation raced towards a fluffy white head. The head at the maximum was three fingers in height; the retention was fair, at best. In a few moments the head had fell to a small, bubbly cap of a half finger, later it turned into a collar. The color is really intriguing. There was no subsequent lacing. I really like the bouquet. The aroma is malty upfront, like a good Pilsner. Then the nose becomes undeniably Belgium! I adore the fruitiness; it is peachy with zippy citrus notes, oranges, and some tropical fruit. Hints of sugar too. The hops are noticeable as well; they seem to impart a firm, bitter, crispness. Suggestions of mint once it warmed significantly. The potency is good and it gets the point across easily, even though the aromas are not that loud but plenty soothing. It is both intriguing and inviting. I can’t wait to drink up! So I do. The palate impressed me on my first sip. The maltiness is tasty and firm; plus it is perfectly balanced with the hop bitterness. These features provide a wonderful foundation for the multiple, subtle complexities. Said complexities are an enormous amount of fruitiness largely of peaches, lemons (not tart), oranges, and sugary tropical fruit. There are also some stand alone, sugary flavors. Yum. But there is still more, hints of mint and maybe even coriander? I am deeply impressed with this beer. It is not big and bold but very tasty, it reminds of New Belgium Loft, only much better on all accounts. The modest abv makes this even more attractive. The carbonation is big and active, lovely; the body is medium in bulk. As a whole the mouthfeel is very pleasant and amazingly fitting for the style, err, this beer. The bubbles tickle! Greg at John’s Grocery in Iowa City recommended La Binchoise Blonde Ale to me (good call)! The next time I see this beer I am stocking up. I am baffled why there are so few reviews! Highly Recommended!

Photo of hotstuff
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dayton, OH AleFest:The head was small sized, white, fine sized bubbles that mostly diminished.The body was cloudy and uncarbonated.This beer's hue was pale yellow and the nose was lightly malty, hoppy and also of banana.The flavor in my opinion was sour and sweet.This beer's mouthfeel was smooth, thin, watery and light bodied.There was only a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.

Photo of philipquarles
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

75cl bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium white head. Lots of sediment as this was the bottom half of the bottle. Smells overwhelmingly like honey. Quite sweet with lemony, herbal notes and a bit of tang. Tastes somewhat citric with a good deal of malty sweetness. A bit of mineral/dish soapy character (it's not the glass). Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A bit too sweet/phenolic to be enjoyable.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet typical Belgian malt (not that this is a bad thing) with some interesting floral notes. Taste is also dominated by some medium sweet malt with some notes floral and a lightly spice and great refreshing yeast strain. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Not extremely complex but really well done and refreshing for the style.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. pours a nice rich and vibrant golden hue with a billowing creamy white head with impeccable retention. Sticky gobs of lacing stick down the glass. A fair bit of small yeast particulate dance with a steady stream of bubbles to create a glowing haze in the glass.

aroma is beautiful and spot on for the style. light malt, subtle apple fruit sweetness, a hint of honey, a subtle spicing, and that beautiful fresh and bready yeast aroma.

Sweet up front, with honey, hops, and spices intermingling. coriander and pepper fade to a moderate malt bite that's bready and full but not overwhelming. A bit of a fruit finish blends with the yeastiness and floral subtle hops nicely.

Mouthfull is full and vibrant with ample carbonation dancing through the yeast and spice. Interesting and alive, with just a hint of a sour citrus finish.

Wow. very drinkable. Wish I had a few more. I'm not a die hard blonde fan, but this one makes me consider changing my mind. Grabbed the bottle on a whim, and it may have one of the best decisions I've made lately. Definitely worth trying (and not glancing over).

Photo of bismarksays
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Gusler
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Belgian Blonde to add to my list and a relatively new Belgian brewery as it has only been in existence since 1987. The beers came with a nice glass in a gift pack, which I buy whenever I see them. A great way to get new beers and glasses, whether or not a good deal is in the eye of the “Buyer”.

The beer pours a beclouded golden yellow color with a stupendous bright white head that is creamy in its texture, as it degrades; it leaves fine sheet of lace upon the glass. Bouquet is mostly malt, light floral hints, orange peel, and even a bit of coriander, with the start sweet, the top attenuated. Finish is minimally acidic, the hops progressive in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste that linger on forever. Not a bad beer, but I can’t really say I care for most “Blonde” beers irregardless of nationality, just a bit “thin-waisted” et al.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 24 May 2011, drank from a Duvel glass on 15 Mar 2011.

No sediment appeared to leave the bottle but the beer looked a misty/cloudy/moody dull orange colour, rather than the clearer, brighter body I was expecting: a weak wispy covering sat on top of the brew.

Sweet aromas of sugar cane candy and childrens sweets in general. Tried to find some beery smells, but failed.

The taste is a bitter sweet yeasty mix, the alcohol content very evident from the start. Strange flavours and mouthfeel to be honest, too sweet for me, and I like the sweeter Belgian brews normally.

Pleasant enough, but the heavy sweet overtones in all aspects were just too strong for my tastebuds.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It feels bitter citrus including orange zest, but we also think the flavor characteristic of wheat that is in the nose or mouth. And it suited us. The body is light, fairly smooth and slightly spicy (coriander). The finish, not memorable, leaving a bitter zest on the tongue. A beer to taste a little strange for a Pale Ale, but very drinkable.

Photo of Dreamer
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Absumaster
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A yellow beer with a creamy big head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruity with notes of bubblegum and doughy. The yeast is is dominant in this beer. No traces of hop.

Taste is fruity with a exotic fruit taste with hints of pineapple and mango. Also traces of coriander or cardemom. The yeast is doughy and has a distinct yeasty character.

Photo of jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - corked with a metal strap keeping in place. Poured into tulip glass.

Pours clouded golden with a large fluffy white head that very slowly descends to a frothy thin cover. Frothy lacing sticks.

The smell is floral/herbal with grassy notes. Citric rind present as well.

The taste is floral/herbal with bitterness balanced by sweetness and some spicy yeast. Finishes with a bittering, dry (slightly metallic/aspiriny, though less so as it progresses). touch.

Nicely balanced. An enjoyable Belgian brew. Not overly complex, I found - but enjoyable for its balance and creaminess - almost effervescent. Interesting that the back label says 6.2%, but the back says 6.5% abv. Whatever - alcohol completely covered (and not much of a differentiation). A highly drinkable, very enjoyable brew!

Photo of neonbrown82
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love this beer. Pure and simple.

Pours to a pale yellow color with a big fluffy white head that leaves a sticky lacing on the glass. Carbonation is beautiful. Has only a very slight haze to it when held up to the light, but otherwise crystal clear.

The smell is bar none excellent. Has a zesty lemon and coriander smell that dominates the nose, followed by an herbal hop and candi sweetness. A bit of a breadiness lies below. Everything falls into its place beautifully in this blend.

The taste is good, but nothing near as exceptional as the nose. It reminds me of a Tripel Karmeliet with a much stronger lemon presence. The lemon zest almost completely covers up every other taste in the beer it seems. In the aftertaste a bit of coriander peeks its head out, along with a bit of a wheat malt bite. The hops are well hidden, but their presence is also detected through the bitter feel. It is still good, but it could be MUCH better without so much acidic citrusy flavor.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and has a bit of a sting to it from the carbonation, the citric flavor, the hops, and what seems to be wheat malt(?).

Drinkability is quite good. I am glad to have such a beer waiting for me after my walk home from work on such a hot summer's night. I didn't like this quite as much as I liked Tripel Karmeliet, by the earlier comparison, but it is a bit lighter making for a better beer for 100+ degree heat.

Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pale straw coloured, slightly hazy, very large head. Interesting and complex yeasty, flowery and spicy aroma, some citrus and oak too. Flavour is zesty and spritzy with spices and decent hops, not too sweet. A very enjoyable Belgian blonde!

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big fizzy head fades quickly over hazy yeasty golden orange color.

Nose of light golden Belgian malts light fruits, light saison dry aroma. Apple and pear.

Taste is sweet light candi sugar juicy fruits, more apple and pear, bubbly and effervescent. Very light hops, grassy and mild. Semi dry finish, light and fruity finish.

Mouth is med with tons of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, light malts, somewhat sweet, light fruity, and tasty.

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La Binchoise Blonde Tradition from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
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