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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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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ozmodium

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 06:50:34 | More by ozmodium
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 18:31:17 | More by bditty187
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold hue. Pours with a thick white head that drops to a thin topping. Slightly opaque. Visible effervescence.

S: This has a spot on nose for the style. Honey sweet alcohol aroma. Fruity lemon and strawberry. Grainy pils malt. Some yeast. Perfect.

T: Grainy pils malt. A noticeable honey like sweetness on the palate. Earthy hop flavor. Some light fruity esters but they exhibit no strong character. All of this is well balanced.

MF: Medium body with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Tight bubbly carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

D, notes: This is a very good beer. Earthy flavor adds nice compliment to the honey sweetness. Easy to drink - very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 13:24:44 | More by Nipitato
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 03:57:46 | More by cokes
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bismarksays

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-16-2013 06:03:48 | More by bismarksays
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 11:09:23 | More by Jason
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a orange color with a 1 inch head that lasted through most of the drink. The aroma was of spice and citrus, with coriander being the most noticeable spice. The flavor was super, as the marriage of coriander, citrus, bitterness, and a tiny tweek of sourness made the tastebuds dance in pleasure.

The mouthfeel was smooth and the finish was somewhat clean. The aftertaste was very mellow, as the coriander that started in the nose was the last to finish on the tongue. Extremely refreshing and very easy drinking. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 12:17:53 | More by Gavage
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Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 19:46:38 | More by Billolick
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden straw with a light small bubbled head which lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was malty with sweetness and fruity, namely pineapple and light citrus with a slight spiciness in the background.

The flavor was citrusy with lemons and oranges and a light belgian yeast spiciness that was well done. The citrus flavors and bittering were well accomplished and blended well.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant orange citrus flavors lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light. The carbonation made it seem just a smidge lighter still. Very easy to drink.

750 ml bottle. Date is 10 and between 04 and 05. Cork said Lot no 021216.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 00:02:13 | More by GCBrewingCo
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +14%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 02:07:38 | More by RoyalT
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle corked and caged. After struggling mightily with the cork for 5 minutes, the bottle opened with a loud pop. This beer has a hazy orange-yellow color with a large head. Vigorous carbonation is visible. The aroma is hay, lemon zest, and mint. Fruity flavor with crisp malt. A little bit tangy. Some coriander flavor too. This beer is bitter throughout. There is some hop flavor, but the malt dominates. Great drinkability. I don't see beers from this brewery too often, but I enjoy both this and the Special Reserve very much.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 23:44:53 | More by beveragecaptain
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meadhead

Montana

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very unique Ale:

Definitive smooth
wild country feel:
Wheat
Orange Peel
and slightly skunky lemon Grass tones
strong
white oatmeal-ish malt backbone
and hints of
very mild floral hops and
tart
yeast esters

finishes
spiced and refreshing
yet starts
with a rich malt fullness

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow
with a small white head

Smells of roasted oatmeal malt
lemon, orange and other
slightly bitter
lavender like floral aromas

Has a very nice mouthfeel:
no tart puckering
or over carbonation
at all
The Slightly raised ABV is
barely noticeable


A fine drinkability:

nothing too strong
nothing too weak
I could slip into the barn and
session a few 750 ml bottles in no time

Good and interesting stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 00:43:24 | More by meadhead
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 07:11:02 | More by djeucalyptus
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 22:33:23 | More by jwc215
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 18:02:50 | More by oberon
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 05:18:58 | More by neonbrown82
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Boto

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Eulogy in Philadelphia. This is on tap at Eulogy as "Eulogy’s Busty Blonde". It pours a cloudy, dark golden color. There was almost no head on my pour. The aroma is milder. I get some notes of corriander, citrus and maybe some wheat. The taste is quite good. There is some tartness to the beer, as well as some hints of orange, corriander and a wheat body. Nice and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2007 17:30:53 | More by Boto
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a puffy, pillowy white head. Carbonation appears to be relatively active, giving the beer a turbulent appearance.

S: Soft, bready malts, spices, and citrus are present on the nose. Very light and sweet, but quite appealing.

T: Soft and sweet notes of oranges in syrup, lemon zest, apricot, caramel, biscuits, cream, and vanilla. A dab of spice and yeast flavors is subtle, but present. The finish is very gentle with sweet citrus and cream notes.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy with gentle, unobtrusive carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: This is an excellent Belgian pale ale. Very nice all around.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 17:53:03 | More by mrfrancis
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Cromster

California

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 01:18:03 | More by Cromster
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light golden body with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing

Smell: Various light fruits (oranges, peaches and bananas) as well as some Belgian yeast and candy sugar

Taste: Starts out with a light fruity sweetness along with just a touch of spiciness; slight bitterness joins through to a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Although this is not one of my favorite styles, this is a refreshing and sprightly Blonde

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 00:03:22 | More by brentk56
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 18:09:50 | More by merlin48
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gregmurer

France

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

quite interesting as a beer. Even for a belgian one, it's a really good surprise...
appearance is quite clear and a nice golden color is seen.
The smell of malt and corriandre is great.
The yeast is tasted at the begining, the binchoise yeast is great, nices esters but not too much, it's really drinkable, and when the first one is finished, you just want antother one...

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 14:32:53 | More by gregmurer
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-05-2011 20:16:46 | More by ROGUE16
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-30-2011 22:20:12 | More by brandoman63
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Presentation: Friday 9th April, 2004 was spent in Binche, Belgium, the home of Brasserie La Binchoise. Sadly our planned trip to both the Brewery and on-premises Tavern proved fruitless thanks to the fact that it was closed.

A short walk into the center of Binche and we happened across Du Côte De Chez Boule, a small Brown Café just off the main square. I tried three beers in here. La Binchoise Blonde Tradition was the first and from the Tap.

Appearance: Partially clear gold from the Tap but with a faintly hazed presentation. Nice white fluffy head with good staying power. Immense carbonation from the Tap, such that a very controlled pour is needed into an oversize glass freshly washed in cold water. Lots of streamers in this one.

Nose: Pilsner Malt odors with lots of herbal hops, coriander and a slightly funky but very fresh lemony “Blonde” feel. Smells like a “Wit-Blonde” and it gets much fruitier as it warms.

Taste: Crisp and very clean with typical Belgium Blonde lines. Citric start with a hoppy feel that is restrained but detectable. Malty Pilsner Malts mix withy the Coriander and fill the middle whilst balancing the mild hops. Slick lines and some delicate fruitiness, maybe from the orange peel that is used, but it ends with a dry bitterness which comes through in the zesty crisp finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy feel thanks to the high carbonation makes for a lively brew that I would imagine would make it hard to drink too many of these, off the Tap at least!

Drinkability: A refreshing lightly herbal hopped bitter Wit-Blonde, a nice first beer of the afternoon. Easily taken down with a platter of cold meats and salad that was brought to our table to accompany this beer and the subsequent brews we had.

Overall: 2€ for a chilled 33cl Glass, a bargain for an above average fruity and bitter Belgium “Wit-Blonde”. Not that common but well worthy trying if you see it. Drink this one fresh and you’re in for a treat. Way better on draft than the bottle!

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2004 06:08:35 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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La Binchoise Blonde Tradition from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.