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Brunehaut Blonde - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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Brunehaut BlondeBrunehaut Blonde

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BA SCORE
80
good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut 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: TheLongBeachBum on 03-01-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thick hazy straw. towering bubbly head dies down pretty quickly.

S: fruit salad, vinous, almost brett-like tartness. slight sweetness, cant find any bitter characteristics here. i know belgian pale's aren't necessarily bitter

T: yeasty components shine through with a solid earthy hop characteristics in the middle. strong bread-like sweetness with a residual grape linger + fusel alcohol in the aftertaste. good flavors, just hard to pinpoint it as a belgian pale.

M: bubbly, a little heavy on the carbonation, but just a touch.

D: pretty light and refreshing. good beer, but i feel like it might be mis-labeled as a bel pale.

Jimmys, Feb 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Slightly hazy, golden-colored beer with straw edges and a decent creamy lace. Fresh and sugary malts, green wood, pith, hay, a touch of spice, pear and alcohol. Crisp and creamy on the palate. Fluffy mouthfeel. Sweet up front with some herbal notes (lavender comes to mind), going dry and with hints of medicinal flavors and apple skins. Mild grassy bite. Fruit (mango) on the breath. Lightly metallic beneath. Even drier. Straw. Then bone dry.

No great shakes here, just a basic Belgian blonde that provides some drinkability, but its flavor is short-lived and border-line bland.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown stubby.

Big psst when the cap came off, a slow gush of foam out of the bottle. Needless to say the head was sizable though the yeast turned this blonde opaque quick. Fruity aroma with suggestions of asian pears and papaya, hint of alcohol and grain as well. Delicate fluffy crispness off of a dry lighter body. Feign of taffy, dry baguette and leafy hop. Fruity and yeasty flavors throughout with a small breath of alcohol. Dry finish.

Aside from the yeast clouding things up this is a tasty little Belgian.

Jason, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The bottle gushed for several minutes when the cap was removed. Once it settled down enough to drink, it poured a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some yeast notes. The flavor is bread and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing too exciting here.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Jmasley1
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

Jmasley1, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml squat as ever was short bottle. Beyond being organic, this has additionally been 'de-glutenized' - so, much, science!

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden straw colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of random sudsy sea coral lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of crackery, grainy pale malt, earthy, ethereally funky yeast, dried apple and stale pear, a touch of indistinct citrus, a little coriander and clove spice, wet, almost sulfuric minerality, and a mild leafy, weedy hoppiness. The taste is bready, crackery, and grainy pale malt (one apparently sloughing off the removal of its gluten proteins), muddled drupe fruit, generic (not a bad thing) Belgian yeast, waning orange and lemon rind, and the cold warmth of clove, white pepper, and neutered coriander spice.

The bubbles are certainly active up front, and continue their tight, frothy charade for a good long while, the body an adequate medium weight, and plainly smooth, as yeast, carbonation, and alcohol alike seem to find it acceptable to poke their noses in here. It finishes off-dry, mostly, as the biscuity, grainy malt starts gasping its last, in the face of those folks just mentioned above.

An agreeable sort of BPA, nothing seems lacking after considering the ministrations necessary to qualify it for such hipster and foodie label cred. Anyways, another example of that scary scientific method producing a better outcome (make a normal beer, and then extract what you don't want), rather than starting with an inferior and laughable ingredient list. Worth a go, whatever your dietary concerns may or may not be.

biboergosum, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Loveyourbeer, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - copper; big thick white head; great retention

S - sweet apple, musty, grassy

T - sweet, heavy intense apples, grassy

M - thin, light bodied, smooth, little carbonation

This is a light, easy drinking beer, but it has an off putting apple note that really ruins this for me. I'll avoid in the future.

tdm168, May 28, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy light golden amber with a massive white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Light aroma of wheat, Belgian yeast and sweet malt. Flavor is light fruit, Belgian yeast, wheat, slightly aromatic. Finish is mild and surprisingly sweet. Light to medium bodied. A pleasant, very light, sweet Belgian blonde, enjoyable but not memorable.

LiquidAmber, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of RuudJH
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bio beer from Belgium. 33 cl. bottle.

Full golden colour, with a nice fluffy head, good lacing, nice carbonation.
Smell and taste are malty, with some nice citric and spicy hops.
Soft aftertaste, allmost sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is rather watery. The light body makes it excellently drinkable though.

RuudJH, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that took a long time to die down, leaving lacing down the sides of the glass and a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of musty Belgian yeast and pale malts in the nose, similar to a muted version of Duvel.
T: The taste similar to the smell except that the malts are a little more accentuated and the finish has some hints of spices. There is a very light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some slight hints of dryness.
O: This is a nice an easy to drink beer if you want something that has Belgian yeast but is relatively light in body.

metter98, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of paleoplant
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

paleoplant, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(courtesy from Loic Tyberghein) 330ml bottle. La Chouffe Tulip glass. Enjoyed on mar13. Pale yellow straw color. Veiled. White froth creates close crown. Lasting thin layer remains on top. Sweet yeast, herbal & hay aromas, hints of citrics & grape, spiced notes. Enters smooth malty rounded by honey touch with subttle underneath hoppiness. Medium body. Moderate to high carboantion.Texture is dense to watery. Fruits & spices in the middle linger into a dry non-sharp bitter finish. Fruity aftertaste, Refreshing & drinkable since ABV is felt but sensation is pleasant. Pretty corrrect beer, neither bland nor flat as many Bios use to be.

GONZALOYANNA, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of illpass78
4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a glowy golden with heavy carbonation. It has a big, pillowy white head - almost pilsner-like. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: Smells are yeasty, malty and faintly spicy. Some faint citrus fruit. Also bread, toast, and some biscuit.

Taste: Follows the nose, but bolder. Pretty good flavor for such a light colored beer. I like this a lot.

Mouthfeel: Perfect amount of body.

Overall: I think his is a great, under-appreciated BPA. The higher alcohol is masked by the flavors, which I think is a positive attribute. Good stuff - makes me want to check out more of their offerings.

illpass78, May 03, 2014
Photo of bubseymour
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The bottle said "Saint-Martin Blond" and nothing matched that exactly on this website so this seemed to be the closest match.

Appearance - Fizzy head that disappeared quickly. Murky yellow/orange hue with floating yeast particles. Picture vomit in a glass and you have what this beer looks like...yuk!

Smell - Some fruitiness noticable and also so straw scents....nothing that stands out though.

Taste - Sorry I don't really care for this beer.
Some spiciness to it which I don't care fore. At least it goes down realitively smooth with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy like champagne in the mouth. Otherwise nothing impressive at all.

Drinkability - Actually has a tolerable drinkability factor. Fairly light and no bad aftertaste of note. The flavorings just seem off though.

I could drink this if offered but would not seek it out again. I've had several other Belgian Blonde Ales that are much better than this offering.

bubseymour, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of DerekMorgan
3/5  rDev -13.8%

DerekMorgan, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of bougz
3/5  rDev -13.8%

bougz, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of RobotLovesBeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

RobotLovesBeer, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bright golden brew with little sediment. The aroma is bready, with a bit of sweet Belgian yeast notes. In the taste, banana, clove and bubblegum like yeast notes. There are also doughy malts and a herbal hoppy bitterness. Not cloying, but somewhat sweeter. Light to medium bodied ale with high carbonation. Overall, a clean Belgian blonde, pretty decent.

Stinkypuss, May 12, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/2013. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, biscuit, light honey, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian blonde ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of paterlodie
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB jul 06. Good presentation with lasting white head and a clear golden beer. Nose isgood maltyness but also giving apple juice. Litle candy/honey also and a nice and litle spice round the nose. Taste is dry malty, litle phelolic, green vegetables and quiet alcoholic and bitter in the end. Good carbonisation and quiet harmonic but the phenolic/bitter part hangs a litle. Well drinkable and something else as the regular.

paterlodie, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -13.8%

akttr, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of bmaggot
4/5  rDev +14.9%

bmaggot, Jul 17, 2014
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Brunehaut Blonde from Brasserie De Brunehaut
80 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.