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

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 12-27-2002

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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 69
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gauzy, yeast-laden, sun-faded amber. The expansive, ivory colored cap has a wonderfully creamy texture. Its upper surface looks great and features large, softly popping bubbles that lead to a deeply divoted, moonscape appearance.

As the brewery suggests, Blonde is more like a witbier than any other style. I assume the country of origin was deemed most important when classifying it as a Belgian pale ale. The nose is a pleasantly mellow mix of sweet citrus and spice. Perhaps too mellow. While the citrus fruit is obvious, I wouldn't have been able to identify 'orange shell' specifically, without having read the label. I can't appreciate any coriander, but I do pick up the mild spiciness of Belgian yeast.

This is good beer that, nevertheless, lacks the 'wow' factor. The various members of the flavor profile don't stand out in stark relief, but taste as though they've softly melted into an amorphous mass. I'm all for seamless integration. At the same time, I like to be able to pick out the malt, hops, fruit, spice, etc. and appreciate each in turn. Don't get me wrong, this is far from bad beer; it's just not up to the standards of so much of what comes out of Belgium.

Orange peel is still present and is still subtle. Coriander is a mild contributor as well. The flavor sensations make more of an impression than the actual flavors. Tangy, bitter and sweet are all in the house, in roughly that order. Sweet, barely so. The mouthfeel is light to light-medium and is pleasantly airy, making the beer a cinch to drink.

It may sound as though I'm unhappy with La Binchoise Blonde, but that isn't the case at all. I've focused on its shortcomings, in part because I expected more than I got. One of these days I'll run across another witbier that floors me. Even though I'm pleased with this one, I'm still standing.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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

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Photo of jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/12/05- Purchased at the B.C. Provincial Liquor Store in Kewlowna, BC.

Presentation- 11.2 oz stubby bottle with no dating on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy and golden in color. Moderate head at first, but quickly turns to a very thin covering. Average lacing at best.

Smell- Light fruity scent, maybe some lemon peel and maybe a few spices.

Taste- Bits and pieces of corriander and some mild fruit flavors as well. Lemon and orange rind are the two most prevelant.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, rather spritzy.

Drinkability- Have had better ones in my past, but this one is above average. Would recommend to try one if you see it at a reasonable price.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a relatively clear, gold color, it is topped by a fluffy off-white head that is held up and generated by a substantial carbonation. As I pour this beer I get strong notes of citrusy lemon. As I go in for a deeper smell I get earthy herbal notes as well. It has a really nice aroma that is a joy to smell. The taste is lightly sweet and just carbonated enough that it is hard to pick up the flavors because the beer wants to boil as it hits my mouth. The lemon character is also in the taste, added to this is a bit of bitter astringency in the finish which balances out the citrus fruit notes and the sweetness that is up front.

A fairly simple straight forward beer, but quite enjoyable. There are hints of spice notes, perhaps some coriander, ginger, and pepper. This beer seems to fade pretty quickly though. The flavor loses its clarity and becomes muddled over time. In the end this is nice, fairly light, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Ugly pale cloudy amber color. Weak fruit/yeasty nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light sweet fruit/yeast that fades to a sour/metallic finish. Disappointing blonde. Label has 6.2% ABV, best by 4/24/2007, $3.80 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden hue with plenty of effervescence and three fingers of frothy white head. Decent!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a fair amount of breadiness, graininess and yeastiness. Not bad, but it seems unpolished.

Taste: smooth, slightly sweetish malt flavor with some light fruity character. Not nearly as unfinished as in the aroma. There is a bit of a breadiness at the end but the tone there seems fresher than the aroma. This beer would go very well with a meal -- I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty big, if evanescent, creaminess. Carbonation is good but it just doesn't have enough staying power to be truly remarkable. Good, but not great.

Overall: this is a tasty and fulfilling Belgian pale. It's a bit earthier and breadier than many BPAs I have had, but it works well in its niche.

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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange color with a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy peppery aroma with a strong citrus presence. Hints of crisp light fruit, mostly apple and pear, as well as corriander, lemon zest.

Creamy medium body with a lot of zesty, peppery spice up front followed by some crisp apple and pear notes as well as some light fruit notes, again apple and pear with a bit of banana. Slightly tart dry finish.

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Photo of markgugs
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours with very little head, but a whole ton of floating yeast or protein globs, for lack of a better term. A golden straw-like color, the beer is about as murky and cloudy as I've ever seen. Virtually no lacing. Not very appealing.

S: Lots of fruity yeast, mainly banana, some bubblegum, balanced out somewhat by a nicely malted backbone. A bit of caramel too. And finally what seems to be a mildly tart-like apple or pear aroma. Not bad.

T/M: A nice big burst of lemongrass and citrus up front, short sugar cookie middle, and a quick drying finish. Very highly carbonated, true to many Belgian styles. Pretty good, just not amazingly so.

D: It's honestly not too bad, would probably make for a decent session-style ale, provided you can get past the enormous amount of floating yeasties.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .33L short fat bottle. The beer was hazy (floating yeastie bits) and pale yellow color, with a thick frothy head. Nice.

The aroma was OK, honestly not too different from Leffe Blonde. The flavor was much better though, less 1-dimensional and less bitter after-taste. Good presence in the mouth (thick feeling), not a bad Belgian Pale Ale. I'd get it again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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).

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy light gold colour with a decent head. The flavours are not in your face but rather show themselves over time. Coriander, citrus, hops and yeast all appear to make this a good example of the style. I like the balance inherent in this beer though a little more punch might improve the finish.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Boto
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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La Binchoise Blonde Tradition from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
86 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.