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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale - Brouwerij Martens NV

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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SanWrencho

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +34.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:00:59 | More by SanWrencho
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KevMo84

California

4/5  rDev +25.8%

05-23-2014 21:10:13 | More by KevMo84
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KyleSweetsema

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +25.8%

07-03-2014 04:53:07 | More by KyleSweetsema
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HeightsEats

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 19:10:26 | More by HeightsEats
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PEBKAC

New York

3.64/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:00:21 | More by PEBKAC
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 03:36:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 23:08:01 | More by damndirtyape
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-29-2013 16:03:57 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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BDF2000

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-06-2013 20:13:11 | More by BDF2000
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-02-2013 01:57:52 | More by Falcone
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-06-2013 13:27:18 | More by CoryR
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Wedcat

California

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-16-2013 01:26:11 | More by Wedcat
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Caskaway

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

07-27-2013 13:03:12 | More by Caskaway
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KimenTshom

California

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

09-08-2013 06:14:54 | More by KimenTshom
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wedge

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:09:41 | More by wedge
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 23:20:51 | More by chinchill
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BearslikeBeers

California

3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 23:04:24 | More by BearslikeBeers
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 23:48:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
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HazelEyedHippie

California

3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall a good Belgium beer. Clean flavor, but love that it's got some depth to it as well. It's a bit more bitter than I like (I'm a lightweight, I guess), but I wasn't really bothered by it. If you like Belgium's beers, I think you'll like this one as well. It's at least average, if not better. ;)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 20:37:20 | More by HazelEyedHippie
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TheMarkE

California

3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light golden color, with lots of foam.

Smell: Grains, grassiness. Surprising hoppiness to it.

Taste: Malt, grass, and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Better than I expected. Hoppier than I expected for a Belgian brew, too. I can’t say I’ll go looking for it, but I won’t turn one down either.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 22:29:19 | More by TheMarkE
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with no date but a mysterious code on the back. actually a product of belgium, wow.

standard golden look, silky head, good lace. taste is crisp and grainy with some sweet english hops and some belgian yeast notes (clove, banana, bublegum). cloying metallic finish.

half a good beer, but cheap

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:11:01 | More by jimmah120
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Drknight

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-18-2013 17:38:17 | More by Drknight
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cb8282

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-18-2013 11:45:07 | More by cb8282
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-23-2013 11:54:46 | More by Chris77McGrath
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HalfFull

California

3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 ml. bottle poured into a globe glass. Josef pours a clear golden with a thick cap of nearly white foam. Offers decent retention and lace, supported by a light and ongoing boil from the bottom of the pour.

Aroma of pils malt and some noble hop citrus/spice are dominant. Some light Belgian-like esters emerge with warming and settling yet remain subdued through the glass. Not quite as expected but pleasant and rather hoppy for the style.

Taste follows with neutral bready and spicy pils malt and a faint yeast character. The beer is firmly carbonated yet doesn't appear to be bottle conditioned. A light lemony sweetness is evident on the finish. Feel is full for the style, creamy with a peppery cracker sense from the hops. Spice is dominant on the finish which lingers moderately. ABV is not noticeable even with a dry finish.

Interesting beer. Yeast notes emerge with warming but remain subtle, yet the feel thins as the beer outgasses in exchange. Not a lot as for depth across the board yet not a lot to complain about either.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 02:47:46 | More by HalfFull
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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
75 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.