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

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66 Ratings

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 12-27-2002)
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Photo of jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

jwc215, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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).

djeucalyptus, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of gregmurer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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...

gregmurer, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Nipitato, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of sinistermadman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

sinistermadman, May 06, 2008
Photo of Cromster
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Cromster, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -

Graham5161986, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of markgugs
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

markgugs, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

thierrynantes, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Boto
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Boto, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

jdhilt, May 18, 2007
Photo of mortarit
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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

mortarit, May 17, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.93/5  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.

TurdFurgison, May 01, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Atlas1, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

BretSikkink, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very unique Ale:

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

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!

meadhead, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of dauss
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

dauss, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

scoobybrew, May 21, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

beveragecaptain, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Billolick, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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

brentk56, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

GClarkage, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of kmcnair
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

kmcnair, Sep 17, 2005
La Binchoise Blonde Tradition from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.