St Martin Blond Ale - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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St Martin Blond AleSt Martin Blond Ale

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gusler on 02-28-2003

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Reviews by sacfly:
Photo of sacfly
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle
Pours a golden straw color with just a touch of haze. Thick white head of large bubbles. Aroma is musty. Sharp yeast. Flavor is much more mild than the aroma led on. Watered down flavor. Light malt sweetness. Gets better as it warms. Some of the harshness goes away, and more malt comes out. Drink at cellar temp or above. Still nothing but average or below.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby Belgian style bottle, notches on the side of the label spell out Julu 09, but no indication if that is best before or bottling date info. Ah whatever....pours light yellowy amber, clear, near white head, noisy, larger bubble and medium retention. Slippery lace that quickly fades to just a few spots and then to no head, no film, no lace at all, bleach... not impressed by the look of this one at all. Nose is fruity and with a hint of the sweetness to come. Sweetness is in control here, some spicy pepper and warmth in the finish, but mostly quite fruity and too sweet for my liking. Needless to say, there are a lot of better Belgians out then then this one.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very plain dull blond color. Very fizzy white head does a nice job of lacing the glass. Aromas are definitely malt-influenced. Bit of spice and fruit as well. Taste reminded me of a muted Allagash White in flavor. There's some zest and zip, but it's very low-keyed. Nothing that I really liked. Finished with a slight puckering effect and residual bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and pretty highly carbonated. Drinkability was tolerable. This beer got a little less pleasant as it warmed. No alcohol flavors noted, despite the 7% ABV. Overall, a decent beer, though one I won't actively seek out again.

Note: Thanks for AKSmokedPorter for this one.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml squat, bulbous bottle - one of the non-organic, non-GF offerings from this brewery, I presume?

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and generally creamy off-white head, which leaves a few disintegrating towers of soap scum lace around the glass as things slowly seep away.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale malt, white pepper and clove spice, earthy yeast, mixed light orchard fruit, a bit of hay-like grassiness, and softly lilting alcohol esters. The taste is much more of the same - dry, bready, crackery pale malt, muddled savoury spice, restrained (for a Belgian offering, anyway) yeast, banana chips and other sundry dried drupe fruit, and once again, some subtle booze emanations.

The carbonation is fairly easy-going and barely perceptible after its initial spastic outburst, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing really in the mood to muss that up here. It finishes well off-dry, the pale malt gaining a few sweet caramel notes, perhaps due to the booze, or maybe the lingering pear and apple fruitiness, hard to say.

A decently rendered version of the style, the purported strength doled out in small measures, at most. Well rounded, with any and all hallmarks that one might be seeking in such a brew - plain malt, yeast, fruit, and booze, full stop, without the wonderment about what might be missing due to gluten protein manipulation after the fact.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abbot on the Hill. Cloudy yellow with bubbly head. Active carbonation, by sight and mouthfeel. Yeasty aroma.Some sourness in mouthfeel. Experience better as it warmed to room temperature. So-so Belgium beer. A little herbal yeast manipulation, but nothing complex.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Following the pour, its slightly hazy golden body teems with life as hundred of tiny bubbles stream upwards. The creamy white cap holds remarkably well, and leaves behind a thick wall of sticky lace.

In the nose it's sweetish with malt and a bit of vanilla, backed by fruit and subtle spice.

In the mouth it's tingly with a medium body and effervescent carbonation.

The flavor is fairly straightforward malt and yeast. It's cereal-like and grainy, and fairly sweet. It's more of a tripel than a single blond. The vanilla and gentle clove notes from the yeast add to that, and the subtle fruit and soft spice liven it. Some gently herbal hops lie beneath, and it's very nicely balanced by a moderate hop bitterness.

Quite accessible and enjoyable, with interesting flavors from the yeast.

Photo of bamojr
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a creamy two finger head. retension of the head seems to be quite good. smells very "Belgium", some corriander and some other floral smells. The first taste I get is apple. Some strong foral flavors and a suprisingly bitter finish, not too bitter but not as sweet as I was expecting. A bit of a metalic flavor to it. good carbonation. smooth to drink which makes it go down quite nicely. Yet another good beer from Belgium.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By way of BBF 2011. 750ml corked and caged bottle. 2011 vintage. Poured into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, frothy, powdery white head with great retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and stringy and very thick. Good cling. Very attractive.

Nose is citrus and some other tropical fruit. Powdery with hints of spiciness, yeast, and coriander. Some clove characteristics also mixed with a touch of cane sugar. Decent but missing some fruit qualities and not the most aromatic.

Opens sweet canned pineapple. Cane sugar, adjunct corn sweetness in the middle. Some clementine. Clove and other spices. A touch of Belgian yeast in the end and finish. Soapy on the aftertaste. Too sweet with little complexity.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Spritzy and lively in the mouth and bubbly going down. Finish is filmy with a lingering aftertaste. Solid carbonation but the finish and aftertaste need work.

An overall average beer that is stuck in a style with a ton of very good offerings. I'd skip this one if I came across it again. Everything is ok, but nothing really stands out here.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off-white head formed from the large amount of carbonation. Plenty of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Brownish golden colored brew.
Aroma of bready malt, yeast and fruit.

Taste shows a grainy, doughy malt backbone. Some yeast. Quite tart. I'm inclined to think there's wheat in this beer. Decent hop balance.
Solid mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall, a solid beer, but nothing special.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful, hazy pale orange with a monstrous 3 finger bone white head that was extremely active on the surface with erupting micro-bubbles. The head displayed very good retention slowly yielding to a foamy 1 finger layering after several minutes sporting a fair streaky lacing. Visible carbonation appeared strong and vibrant.

S: simple yet sweet and fit to style with a nice yeastiness of subtle oranges.

T: spicy citrusy oranges with a bright zing and bright carbonation that brought things to life. There was some faint lemon grinds, honey and light bread dough detected as well. There was a nice spicy hoppiness with a floral coating on the tongue. Overall a very nice flavored blonde.

M: light-medium with a nice carbonation presence that brings out the yeasty nature providing a nice tingle.

D: A very pleasant drinking experience and one you could easily drink in multiples. Six pack worthy, very smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a nice bubbly white head tops a very clody golden coloure brew. this is one of the murkier brews i've been witness too but it's quite nice. the smell here is mainly of lemon, yeast, spice and some banana perhaps. simple, but nice aromas. the taste is really quite average. spice and grain with a bit of an earth flavouring are the dominants here, with a touch of alcohol in the back. the problem is all flavours are fighting to be noticed, it's almost like this brew is underbalanced. nothing jumps out at you. the most vivid flavour i can recall came from the sweet burps this one produces. not bad overall, but could use some tinkering.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured golden yellow into a snifter glass with a large, white head that dies down but never quite disappears. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: The aroma isn't very strong, but there are some notes of candi sugars, fruits and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is slightly sweet, but the malts are very well balanced by the hops. The flavor isn't that complex but there are some notes of bananas, candi sugar and spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth due to a high amount of carbonation.
D: It's extremely drinkable--I could definitely drink a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a modest creamy white head, as it erodes; the lace left behind a fine covering sheet. Nose is dominated by the malt, crisp and somewhat musty with the start all malt, and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a crisp acidic bite, the hops understated as is the alcohol, quite dry aftertaste. Average would be my best rating, but then I’m not partial to “Blondes”, “Beer that is”!

Photo of ThaCreep
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Color blonde almost transparent and very pale. Nose of bitter orange with a touch of metal. Mouth full with some slight bitterness rather weak, but it is artificial and not extraordinary. We also note a lack of flavor rather obvious that serves a little drink.

Photo of atigerlife
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Chambar in Vancouver.

Pours a hazy light golden. Huge head.

Aroma of hay, fruity and malts.

Flavor is quite light. Some grain, citrus, honey and pears.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and light.

Overall, it is quite drinkable. Nothing outstanding, but it goes down rather easy.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Kind of an icky pour with sediment bits throughout but carbonation is better than expected flowing out of the bottle and the cap was pulled. Head is a 1/4 inch of sticky head that sticks around forever.

S - Aroma has a nice bit of hops along side of some blonde like grains and just a touch of sweet yeasts.

T - Agree with others it does have a pineapple like sweetness that seems to have a touch of caramel malt. Yeasts are fruity delivering also a mild bit of zest and a touch of hops. Quite an interesting Blonde indeed.

M - Light to medium easy to drink despite the ABV.

Overall I might have to look for a 750ml (bomber) or a fresher bottle but it's good the way I got it.

Photo of tylernim
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Brilliant Yellow and Gold with a two finger white head that fades quickly.

S - Only faint smells. Fruits perhaps.

T - Pear, grass, grapes, and minerals.

M - Carbonation on the tongue. Slight grains with a very light feel.

D - High, but I wouldn't choose to have more.

Like mentioned before me. Too pricey to buy again.

Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light to medium in body and a nice honey gold with moderate turbidity and a one finger quickly dissipating head. It smells of pale malts, light spicy yeast, cloves, and it has a light sweetness to it. It's not the most aromatic thing in the world but it will do. The flavors of light cloves, spice, yeast and banana. It's solid and subtle. It drinks pretty light in body and is well carbonated. It's pretty refreshing. Overall it's a decent Belgian blonde but isn't anything crazy.

Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Recently sampled this brewery's dark version, which was alright...
This one was a good stab at the style overall, but nothing above and beyond...
Pours a light, straw-colored, pale blonde appearance with virtually no head and minimal lacing...
Smell rendolent of light florals, ripe fruits, and canteloupe...
Taste was light, crisp, and refreshing with notes of pears, pineapples, fruits, and citrus...
Light mouthfeel - not too thick or rich...
Very good drinkability due to the lack of cloying flavors and the fact that the ABV was difficult to detect...
Not bad...

Photo of DavidBart
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was fooled by the appearance of this one. Nice look and nose but falls short on the taste. Even though it's 7% it doesn't taste like it has much alcohol in it. At $6.50 per 11.2 bottle it better live up to the expectations. And being Belgian? was a let down. Good thing I still have a Chimay chilled in fridge.

Photo of RBorsato
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold with a full white head and good carbonation. Light floral aroma but maybe a bit sour (from yeast?). Light soft malt flavor with spicy clove character and a thin metallic flavor with a touch of sourness. Light-medium bodied for the strength with a tinny finish.

Not one I'd buy unless it was a great deal -- should not be a M.J. Beer Selection...

Label states: "Abbaye De Saint-Martin Biere Blonde Du Tournaisis" & "Anno1096"

(11.2 oz bottle)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.67/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with a white head that did not hang around. In the nose, a dry yeatiness was present. In the taste, mostly dry and a very small fruit presence. Really carbonanted and dry aftertaste. Easy to drink, but not really huge amount of anything to say, good or bad.

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus, sweet malt, slight tart malt, and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, tart malt, slight pale hop, and slight citrus. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma.

Photo of saccro
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light gold/med yellow. A thin layer of foam that clings to the glass. Looks like some light carbonation based on rising bubbles. Clear.

S - grainy/bread pilsner malt aroma. light lemony aroma. slight sulfur/yeasty aroma. mildly fruity (banana/apple) and spicy. some phenols. low/no hops.

T- tastes lightly caramelly. sweet, but not too crazy. light bitterness. Lacks character. Sulfury flavors slightly come off as almost skunky. Restrained belgian -- low phenols. A tad vegetal.

M - pretty spritzy -- doesn't look like it. Probably needs to warm a bit. Medium body. Strong, but digestible.

D - a bit ho-hum. I'd drink it again. Wouldn't pursue it.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a medium thickness head that goes away quickly.

S - Sweet grainy smell. Some fruit and spice.

T - Very mild. I was expecting more bite. It is very smooth and sweet. There is some citrus that comes through nicely.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Nice light beer that's great for a hot day and it is ice cold.

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St Martin Blond Ale from Brasserie De Brunehaut
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.