Abbaye D'Aulne Blonde Des Pères (Sur Lie) 6° - Brasserie Val De Sambre
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3.3/5 rDev -7%
Presented in a corked and caged 750 - one of the latest haul from a night's work at a local distributor. Typical presentation for Val de Sambre abbey ale; picture of abbey on front - monk on the back with serving suggestions.
A - The first glass poured surprisingly clear and as blonde as the name implies. Pours a pretty, white head but dissipates a little too quickly. It goes as if it had never been leaving no lace. After the first glass the clarity is all but gone as the yeast precipitates out like fine, white snow - all kinds of funky chunky going on.
S - A bit muted but typically belgian-y; candi sugar and some sweet, light malt notes. Also some noticeable fresh green apple and yeasty alcohol. A bit thin aside from the sweetness.
T - Again the candi sugar and sweet malt combination are right out front and - again - rather thin. A bit of chalky yeast and some fruity notes to complement. There's maybe just a hint of citrus and corn graininess. Finishes quick but leaves a little chalky yeast and a tiny amount of drying hoppiness.
M and D - This beer's saving grace is the smooth, tingly mouthfeel and easy drinkability and contained ABV. Yet something more is desired of today's Belgian beers before they can be considered out of the ordinary.
01-19-2009 21:16:11 | More by drums4matt
4/5 rDev +12.7%
Cool to win this one at a Christmas party with the Carolina Brewmasters. Enjoyed with family the night before Easter. Poured a very nice golden color with slight frothy head that never disappeared. Nice fruity esters, can tell this is a Belgian right away. No alcohol noticeable and easy to consume. Looked like it was $10.49 for a 750 mL, which seemed overpriced but worth trying.
03-23-2008 02:41:46 | More by Backer2004
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
Poured a nice dark orange with a thick creamy head, some moderate lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles running throughout.
The smell has a lot of yeast with banana and clove notes, very hefe like. Also a touch of tropical fruits.
Has a nice toasted malt body, lightly sweet fruit and yeasty spice coming through, with just a hint of floral bitterness in the finish. Very Smooth and Mellow with
Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very creamy, almost buttery.
Easy to drink, would make a great belgian session beer.
09-25-2008 22:10:16 | More by bashiba
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a clear dorée color ale with a big bubbly head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of peppery yeast with notes of Belgian malt. Taste is a mix between Belgian malt with some sweetness and a very dominating peppery yeasty flavour. Body is fuller then average with low filtration and with some great carbonation.
02-08-2008 20:25:57 | More by Phyl21ca
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
The beer after its excavation from the 330ml brown bottle sets in my glass luminous gold color with a portly bright white head that is creamy in texture and after its demise the lace forms a thin sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, citrus like in its crispness also a hint of yeast; start is sweet with a nice malt presence, the top light. Finish has a light to moderate acidity and the hops sparing in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste that lingers on, a drinkable beer.
08-13-2004 20:25:15 | More by Gusler
2.98/5 rDev -16.1%
A - Light golden orange with a slightly below average foamy, bubbly head. A bit below average retention leaving essentially no head.
S - Pretty fruity, citrus and a little golden fruit aroma. A touch of spice and a fair amount of yeast as well. Fairly malty and candi sweetness. Pretty sweet all together.
T - Fairly fruity flavor with citrus and golden fruit being strongest. A fair amount of spice with orange rind and clove with just a touch of coriander. Some yeast flavors as well.
M - Lighter body with a little below average carbonation. A little too light and watery also a fairly fluffy body.
D - A little out of balance with a bit too much fruity sweetness.
Notes: Not great, but decent. A little fruity. Pretty grainy for a Belgian. A touch on the sweet side. Not great, but if the price is right, it is alright.
10-09-2010 05:27:30 | More by FreshHawk
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
BB 16-07-06. Nice head and clear pale golden beercolor. Nose is quiet lightly perfumed giving some malts, litle koreander, some lime and litle alcoholic. Overal quiet good and fresh nose. Taste is also dry, slightly grassy, koreander and light alcoholic. Quiet bitter but litle hanging bitterness. Good mouthfeel also but again litle light and watery tripel. For a tripel most certainly but OK at 6% ABV it can't have the strongness of a real tripel. Good carbonisation and easy drinkable enjoyable brew.
10-17-2005 18:10:14 | More by paterlodie
2.58/5 rDev -27.3%
750 ML poured into a tulip this beer forms a good size white head that falls to islands and leaves traces of ring lace. Carbonation is fine inside a golden body.
Similar to the Blond from this brewer. Some earthiness to it and generally lagerish with some spicey backside. Sweetness is faint, somewhat overpowerd by a sweet grain bill w/ a touch of belgian yeast.
Notes: One new offering to go from these guys I'm hoping for a comeback. GO BRUNE!!
09-27-2006 04:49:05 | More by DogFood11
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
Beautiful foam on the coarsely bubbling amber brew. Lots of lacing in the Morte Subite globe. Surprisingly watery body, but the foam keeps exploding in the mouth.
Subtle toasty flavor is the initial flavor. A hint of apples. The yeasty taste creeps up to take over the beer. Not overly bitter, but there even seems to be a hint of hops. Extremely dry at the end. Woody with a mineral sensation. There is just not much flavor going on, it's very different from many of the "Abbey" beers. This is more of a lager taste with that Belgian yeast, but it has a pleasant sudsy mouthfeel and an appealing shade of tart fruitiness.
The long lasting foam is a nice feature. Attractive to the end and highly drinkable. From the 33 cl bottle brought back from Belgium.
12-11-2012 06:48:56 | More by mactrail
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
Presentation: 750ml brown glass bottle sealed, corked with a black single strapped wire cage that eats deep into the cork. The thumbed cork has a No. 144302 on it. Main and neck labels are gold edged with a cream colored background; the main obverse label has a picture of the partially ruined Abbaye dAulne which sits next to the newly installed Brewery. Described as Abbaye dAulne Blonde des Pères a described as a Blond Ale. Listed at 6% Alc./Vol. and recommended to be served slowly at 42° 46° F. Best Before End 26/09/07 G 09:34.
Appearance: Firmly entrenched cork was removed with a very loud explosive thrupp which was accompanied by a fine rising grey gunsmoke. My tall Maredsous glass was a good choice; it enabled me to control the pour to allow the fast rising head to stay in the glass. Looked a little cloudy at first, exhibiting an almost weak Wheat beer presence but this soon cleared up to reveal a thin pellucid golden body. Soft white head rises very quickly on each pour. Carbonation seems a little below par but the streamers retain some life nonetheless. No lacing here, it all slides back down into the base beer.
Nose: Lots of pale malts with a sweet aspect. Balancing hop dryness takes the reigns in the finish. Candy sugar and a yeast laden clove tinge add some complexity. It never seems to get going, but it always projects a decent enough aura.
Taste: Pale malts start with some biscuit dryness. Zesty hops have a lemon rind tingle. Earthy base with a dry yeast and wet straw middle. Clean and easy going finish with some cloves. Nothing special but it certainly exhibits an unfettered profile. Fresh tasting with a healthy sparkling demeanor. Refreshing and uncomplicated yet simplistic.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation was a little low, but talcum soft with a thick woolly depth. Smooth and very clean though.
Drinkability: It is not that hard to drain the whole 750ml bottle, the lack of anything to detract from this brew portrays an aerodynamic Blond with a low radar cross-section. Bit of a quaffer.
Overall: Another nice brew from Abbaye dAulne. Fresh feel with a clean projection but this Blond is nothing special, yet it is hard to find fault with it. Nicely put together but not one of those brews that you would readily pick up again.
12-10-2006 08:45:59 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.8/5 rDev +7%
Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This beer is quite a bit past its printed best-by date (9/26/07!), but we'll give 'er a shot anyway.
Appearance: light golden hue with just a touch of haze and plenty of effervescence. Head is two fingers of nice, frothy white foam. Works for me!
Smell: light malt aroma with some noble/earthy hop notes thrown in. It's also got a hint of age to it; not exactly skunked, but not really up to snuff, either.
Taste: nice and sweet, but not too sweet, malt. Complexity is low but the flavor is quite good indeed; it is very lightly fruity and very lightly grainy but most of all quite malty indeed. Clean is the best word I can think of for this middle-of-the-road but well-crafted brew.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body but a big creaminess from the carbonation. It's not a long-lasting creaminess, but it creates a good, filling mouthfeel while it lasts. Not bad.
Overall: the aroma is probably the only thing affected by this beer's age. The flavor and feel qualities are well-preserved and I think this is quite a tasty and reasonable BPA.
11-05-2011 00:24:18 | More by flagmantho
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a barely hazed gold that starts with a nice white head that falls to nothing. Nose is strong with yeast and just a touch of decaying apple skins. Slight clay character as well. Flavor is light besides the distinct yeasty edge to it. There isnt much else besides that going on here. It almost seems a bit too clean and one sided. On the end there is a bitter tone that I am not really appreciative of. Feel is decent. A fair amount of bubble on the tongue. But the overkill of flavor seems to influence everything here.
Overall a decent brew. Even and interesting enough to keep ones attention, but not really so interesting that it is worth going back to - or one to lament never being able to try.
12-30-2007 23:55:17 | More by RblWthACoz
3.3/5 rDev -7%
This one pours from 750ML corked and single strapped cage bottle(best by 9/26/07) a cloudy straw colour with a very small head of foam(room temp) that surprised me. I thought there'd be a good head of foam and what I got shrank very quickly to a ring around the glassand there's little to no lacing. A few minutes later and there's no foam in my glass at all.
The smell has a good hoppy and spicy nose to it. I also get some clove and a bit of malt.
The taste is kind of hoppy up front with some yeastiness, clove and other spice backing it up. I can also taste some candy sugar. The finish ends up on somewhat of a funky side, which I normally like, and then it peters out and gets a bit on the watery side.
Hmm...For me, this is a pretty average Belgian Pale Ale and, quite frankly, one I'd not seek out again. Still...I'm glad I tried it and it's worth a go at least one time.
06-02-2007 00:17:25 | More by Bitterbill
3.08/5 rDev -13.2%
Pours clear at first, though cloudy later on. A dark golden hue with 1 1/2" of white foam capping it off. Good lace.
Smell is cardboard, apple, grape and wheat.
Taste is grapes, apple, malt and light hops.
Medium effervescence, medium body, slightly tart and crisp. A good beer only, nothing great. Too bad.
01-05-2011 02:32:23 | More by PorterLambic
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours cloudy amber with generous carbonation and a thick sticky head with sheets of lacing.
Aroma is yeasty and spicy, with subtle medicinal funk. Candy sugar, lemon zest, and citrus fruit.
Taste is sweet, and slightly grainy pale malt. Peppery spices compete with yeasty medicinal funk. Sweetness turns slightly sour in the finish. Lingering grassy hop. Flavor profile is lighter than expected.
Mouthfeel is light bodied.
Overall a mild sessionable Belgian. Worth a try. Certainly drinkable, but not memorable.
09-25-2008 22:12:55 | More by Blakaeris
4/5 rDev +12.7%
A: slightly opaque straw yellow. Pure white head. Outstanding retention and lacing.
S: some big, sweet fruity notes. Solid spice characteristics. Lots of tropical fruits, like papaya and mango.
T: some bubble gum. Tropical fruits, papaya, kiwi, pineapple. Some nice light spices. Huge flavors.
M: medium bodied. Big carbonation level.
03-22-2009 17:06:48 | More by paulthebeerguru
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
Sparkling dandelion yellow with a huge number of bubbles rushing upwards through a cloud of fine yeast that looks like light snow flurries. A pillowy, bleached white cap sits above the fray. The foam looks fairly sticky, but unfortunately, that isn't borne out by much glass coverage. A classic Belgianesque look.
The nose is a keeper as well. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that my standards for this style aren't quite as stringent as they are for BSPAs, but I consider this one to be solid in the aroma department. It's brightly noble hoppy, with shavings of lemon zest and a moderate amount of Belgian yeast clove-like spiciness.
The beer doesn't hold up quite as well on the palate. Its simplicity is less tolerable in the mouth than it was in the nose. It's still a fine ale, though, even if it strikes me as a beer that would go better with food than solo. I'm going to have a hard time sustaining interest over the course of the entire '750'. I think I'll save the second half for my roasted turkey dinner.
An adequate amount of pale malt holds down the bottom end, while contributing flavors of untoasted grain (in a good way) and a cursory amount of sweetness. Relatively more hops are present and provide grassy and floral flavors that I attribute to Saaz and its cousins. The yeastiness is on the modest end as well, which keeps the white pepper and clove spiciness from overwhelming the whole. Like I said, simple, straightforward... and hardly soul-stirring.
While the mouthfeel is light and airy as befits the style, it doesn't have that expansive light creaminess that I look for in my Belgian ales. Although there's nothing wrong with it per se, it doesn't reach out and grab me. Enough bubbles have survived to keep the beer from feeling flat. Still though, I wish that a few more were present now that I'm at mid-bottle.
Blonde des Peres is my first Brasserie Val de Sambre offering. It's a decent enough Belgian pale ale that could stand an infusion of depth and complexity. I'm pretty sure I have a few other bottles from this brewery lurking in my cellar. Here's hoping that they make the jump from good to very good. Great would be nice, but after tasting this one, that may be too much to hope for.
01-01-2007 21:47:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
Apparently a rather rare find, snagged at Eagle River Liquors in Fulton, Illinois.
Belgians Blondes are a strange lot. If they were girls I'd say they were like the kinds that hung out in parking lots on Friday night. They go to some place in order to wait for something to happen, hoping someone will drop word of a party or a drag race or whatever. They spend hours doing their hair and makeup, before they go to the parking lot. They do a lot of preparation of their preparation, is what I'm saying. They go a long way getting ready for nothing.
And here we got a pour that seems to back that up. Lightly hazy gold with a solid white head. Looks like a pils, more than anything.
Smells of pils hop, pils malt, and lightly spicy Belgian yeast. Nothing exceptional, but tasty and solid.
Tastes just about like it smells, just about like a solid German Pils only with a more exciting yeast profile. Dry and lightly bitter, oddly refreshing. Nice, but not quite enough to warrant itself.
Again, I have spent Big Beer dollars on a solid but unexceptional small beer. Thanks, Belgian Blondes!
09-29-2008 04:45:12 | More by mynie
Abbaye D'Aulne Blonde Des Pères (Sur Lie) 6° from Brasserie Val De Sambre
81 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.