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

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86
very good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
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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Sigmund

Norway

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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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cokes

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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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TheLongBeachBum

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 16:25:25 | More by canucklehead
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 21:26:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.58/5  rDev +19%
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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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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RoyalT

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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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hotstuff

Indiana

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 16:01:50 | More by hotstuff
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated and hazy golden in color with a large white head. The aroma is of orange and spices, mostly coriander. A lot of coriander in the taste as well. Not as much yeast character as I expected. This seems to concentrate of a mix if citrus and spicess. Very enjoyable brew though.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 22:45:27 | More by dmarch
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Gusler

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 15:43:28 | More by Gusler
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La Binchoise Blonde Tradition from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.