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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale - Brouwerij Martens NV

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75
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Martens NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wedge on 07-21-2013)
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4.3/5  rDev +34.4%

ynoT0207, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of SanWrencho
4.28/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starts out with a crisp, slighly sweet taste that is backed by a rich mix of yeast and hops that finishes well. Ignore the naysayers, this is a very well made beer that is not over the top but is very well balanced, refreshing and flavorful. The 6% abv does not hurt either.

SanWrencho, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

KevMo84, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +25%

KyleSweetsema, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of retry4z
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%

retry4z, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of HeightsEats
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Has a massive amount of sticky carbonation when poured into a glass. Aroma is sharp and biscuity with a hint of roasted malt. The flavor is full-bodied malt with a subtle sour aftertaste with just a bit of hops. There are elements of a macrobrew in the drinkability, but with a lot more flavor and clean crispness--no weird adjuncts. A really good all around beer.

HeightsEats, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear gold with a huge white head. Wondering if this was shaken before opening because the head is huge. Some moderate lacing on the way down.

Aroma: This beer has a more floral presence than I expected. Also some malt and dry hops. Very faint funk.

Taste: The floral notes appear on the palate as well, along with some vague sourness and nice malt backbone. Kind of yeasty. Nice balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good depth for the style. Sessionable in body.

Overall: Nice Belgian pale. There's a lot of great Belgian beer out there and this one doesn't necessarily grab you by the collar, but it's a nice, reasonably complex ale.

illpass78, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Lovely85, Friday at 03:54 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

watchnerd, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

nickfl, Thursday at 06:13 AM
Photo of PEBKAC
3.64/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz single from Trader Joe's. Bought a couple other little things as well, for it was not yet noon, & I still feel a bit of shame about these things occasionally.

Ommegang Anniversary glass. Swishing, purdy, vibrant, gold body. White wash head.

Smell is saline, plain Cheerios, solid peppery/herbal hops, & a bit of Euro stickiness.

Taste is honey-ish & citrusy upfront, becoming more about sweet Ritz crackers & twiggy/earthy bitters as it goes. Dry, flinty, dusty grain finish.

Plush, microbeaded carbonation & some good acidity to help break up the syrupy body.

Still don't like blondes, but I just can't get angry when they cost me $1.34 a bottle.

PEBKAC, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, and pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and peppery hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and at around $1.17 a bottle it's a great deal for a Belgian brewed beer.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch stamp on bottle was L5 2 151

Appearance: Bright clear gold, with a 1/4" rocky white head. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the glass. Islands and thick strands of persistent lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Fruit (apple mostly), but with a crisp lager scent as well.

Taste: Grainy, with some fruity notes, apple, crisp....it's like a lager with some Belgian ale notes.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated at first (fizzy), but as it warmed up the carbonation got tamer. Very lager like in mouthfeel, with a bit of a chalky + sticky texture.

Overall / Drinkability: I wonder if this beer is a physical blend of a lager and a filtered Belgian pale ale. It has distinct notes of Belgian yeast coming out, but it is also very much a Euro pale lager. Unusual - not sure I'd go out of my way to get another. Great looking beer though.

damndirtyape, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

BDF2000, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Falcone, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

CoryR, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Wedcat, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

WoostaBia, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Caskaway, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

KimenTshom, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.49/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From Trader Joe's. No idea if this is a re-branding of some kind...

Pours a brilliantly clear pale gold with a frothy white head on top. Surprisingly hoppy aroma...spicy and floral noble hops, a little doughy pils malt, not much yeast. Effervescent, lightly yeasty flavor. Subtle apple, spicy hop bitterness, a flicker of cereal grain, honey, and some steeliness. Not a whole lot of Belgian character coming from this, but there was no yeast in the bottle. Highly carbonated, clean, medium-light in body, somewhat creamy. Overall, this is really a pretty good, quenching summertime beverage that I think was $7-8 for a sixer. Again, not the most interesting Belgian beer around - it's oddly pilsener-like - but, I'll probably be picking up more of this throughout the summer.

wedge, Jul 21, 2013
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3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very full 330ml bottle of Josef Belgian Blonde from Trader Joe’s served in a Belgian snifter. Pours clear, with no sediment in the bottle. Light yellow-amber body with a white, bubbly head of moderate size and very good retention. Nice lacing.
Light herbal-bready aroma is more floral upon tasting. The flavor is also more hoppy than indicated by the aroma.
Light, crisp body with a semi-dry finish.
Good with food. Good for price here in the U.S.A.

chinchill, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of BearslikeBeers
3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice thick, slightly opaque, gold. Has a healthy head and laces up the side of the glass. Smell is not too strong but nice and crisp. The taste was interesting, some hops up front but a bitterness that followed that was more like a pilsner than just hoppiness. A little citrus and pine feel to it and finishes with that almost champagne like crispness/sweetness that I would expect from anything calling itself 'Belgian' (I think the Belgian yeast give it this character). The mouthfeel is good, very carbonated and tickles going down and the only aftertaste is a faint bitter and sweet feel that is quite pleasant. It isn't going to be a new favorite but after a long day snorkeling in the sun this beer was nice and refreshing, crisp, a little overly carbonated however.
P.S. Bought it at Trader Joe's, comes in a 6 pack of 11.2 oz bottles.

BearslikeBeers, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Joseph Belgian Blonde Ale has a medium, white head, a mostly clear (very fine sediment is visible), bubbly, golden appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but one can detect mild malt and cracker. The taste is the same- mild cracker malt, with a kiss of hops at the end. Mouthfeel is medium and a somewhat slick, and Josef Belgian Blonde Ale finishes dry and easy going. No alcohol detected.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jun 06, 2014
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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
75 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.