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St Martin Blond Ale - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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St Martin Blond AleSt Martin Blond Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 02-28-2003)
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Reviews by safaricook:
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

safaricook, Oct 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Billolick, Oct 22, 2009
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of JasonSiedman
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

JasonSiedman, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

BamfBacon, Mar 31, 2013
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.

Sammy, Mar 24, 2008
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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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 23, 2009
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3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

bamojr, Jun 13, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Ciocanelu, Nov 01, 2013
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.

PhantomVodoo, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of nunzo
5/5  rDev +42%

nunzo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Kmlund, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

mscudder, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

beerthulhu, Jul 06, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ThaneMcC, Jul 13, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

SixpointJMH, Mar 24, 2004
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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.

metter98, May 26, 2010
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”!

Gusler, Feb 28, 2003
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2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

ThaCreep, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of atigerlife
3.8/5  rDev +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.

atigerlife, Apr 25, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

patre_tim, Jun 20, 2014
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St Martin Blond Ale from Brasserie De Brunehaut
80 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.