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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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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 17:47:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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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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sinistermadman

Oregon

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

From the 11.2oz stubby.
Pours a straw/golden color with a nice head that soon settles to a nice thin crown. Pleasing aroma of yeast and fruit. Taste melds fruit notes with a nice carbonation and peppery hop profile. Slightly dry finish, but satisfying leaving you wanting another drink. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 03:10:35 | More by sinistermadman
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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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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy, orangey yellow with a frothy, two finger cream head that has excellent retention and leaves anice sticky lace. Good amount of carbonation visible.

S: decent fruit aroma (mostly apple) and floral hops with a touch of yeast and spicy black pepper.

T: floral hops and yeast throughout, fruity and an intriguing spicy, black pepper flavour on the finish.

M: medium bodied and frothy,good carbonation and a pretty dry finish - very refreshing.

D: This is a pretty good Belgian Pale. Not the best, but still enjoyable to throw back. It is quite drinkable and it truly offers a unique experience given its spicy, black pepper nose and finish. I would buy this beer again -

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 09:22:42 | More by Graham5161986
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 02:41:06 | More by markgugs
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thierrynantes

France

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : blond golden color, with abundant white foam head, off-gassing.
Smell : grassy nose, malt and hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : acid in the mouth, malty, balanced bitterness.
Drinkability : beer correct but nothing more

Review translated from french 7-9-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 08:53:40 | More by thierrynantes
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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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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 22:31:34 | More by jdhilt
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mortarit

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I decided to do a Blonde tonight.
So I chose a Belgium one
She was short and fat, like 11.2
She came out like a rushing water fall foaming all the way
The yeast particle were in constant motion
Never seen anything like it
Lacing came quicker that I thought for the amount of head that was there
Blotchy no real pattern that I can make of
The yeast partilce make the beer look very dirty
But doesn't seem to effect the taste like other I have tried
It not scaring me when I taste it
Alot of sediment
Taste is like a blonde but I guess with all of the yeast that it lending toward a ___ .
I bought a 4 pack so I will be tasting again.

Good experience and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 03:42:04 | More by mortarit
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 11:40:58 | More by TurdFurgison
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Atlas1

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool label on the bottle, but I can't for the life of me figure out who these guys are and/or what they're doing exactly. Oh well, on to the beer...

Pours a light golden color with fat, frothy two-finger head. It's a very pale lemony color but it sure produces a nice thick head. Not much lace, though. Smells fruity and delicious. Strong lemony citrus notes, with some malt and a buttery banana underside. As with most belgians, I could drink in this aroma all day. The taste is also citrusy, with lemon being the most prominant flavor. Some banana here as well. Lots of bubbles; this needs to settle a bit to calm the carbonation down a bit. It's tangy, but smooth at the same time. Spicey up front with lots of citrus, and then it mellows out a bit. Finishes with a nice light hop kick. It's very good, but not what I would call great. I've had better belgian blondes before. Still, this is a very nice beer, and one that I would get again, at the bar or the store.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 01:12:45 | More by Atlas1
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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

Hazy light golden, some sediment which makes it a little hazier. Full fluffy head with good retention and fluffy lacing.

Minty dextrin medicinal aroma, light fruity flavor, and a full sweetness that shows off some honey.

Great hoppiness is the first thing I noticed, good peppery bitterness that blends with the fruity esters and a little bit of lemon. The medicinal flavor comes back for a brief flash toward the end. A little dry malt, with some lighter grain flavor, and light rough honey.

Good balance, easy drinking. Light on the palate and very tasty throughout.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 23:42:58 | More by BretSikkink
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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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dauss

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml caged and corked. No discerning mark on the bottle. The cork says its Lot n021216.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy light golden yellow. Gargantuan white head forms on top with a lot of lacing and good retention. A vigorous steam of bubbles flow from the bottom etcheed portion of my Delerium Tremens glass.

Aroma: a veritable mix of apples, oranges. Slight aroma of barnyard funk, alcohol, and generous phenols.

Taste: medium bodied, full mouthfeel malt body. Slight malt sweetness with some hints of citrus and moderate phenols. The strong carbonation makes the beer explode into a fluffy and creamy beer. Finishes with a little more dry barnyard funk.

Notes: Its really mild for a belgian. I do like how the alcohol isn't overpowering, and there is a good balance. I wish the flavors were a bit stronger.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 00:54:56 | More by dauss
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a tulip glass. It is a very clear golden color and has a nice thick head with excellent retention. The smell is slightly fruity, but the hops are noticeable, much more so than most Belgian beers. The taste is very balanced between the yeast, malt and hops; all are present but none are dominating. It finishes with a mild hop taste and is somewhat dry. The body is light with high carbonation.

This is a very enjoyable beer. It's not heavy and slightly dry. My wife and I enjoyed this with some cheese and crackers. We only had one bottle and I really wish we had a second to follow it up with.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 11:42:50 | More by scoobybrew
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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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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 13:45:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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GClarkage

California

3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 00:15:42 | More by GClarkage
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kmcnair

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

La Binchoise pours a clouded dark yellow color and makes a thin offwhite head. Smells like biscuits and is very yeasty, has a strong whit-like quality. Mild citrus flavor, like a sweet-lemon, yeasty, bready, peppery spice. Light to medium palate, finishes rather dry. This is pretty good, its not my favorite Belgian pale by any means, it feels more like a whit in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 05:34:35 | More by kmcnair
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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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Sigmund

Norway

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 23:04:40 | More by Sigmund
La Binchoise Blonde Tradition from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.