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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale - Brouwerij Martens NV

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wedge on 07-21-2013

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3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brouwerij Martens "Josef Belgian Blonde Ale"
11.2 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "L12:36H 156"
$1.34 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

I was really hoping I could say "here's another winner from Trader Joe's" but this one just doesn't hit the mark. Brouwerij Martens is known for making 'softer' pilsners, and this is no exception, but done with more of a leaning towards the Belgian pale ale style. In fact, I have to question if it's even done as an ale? Or is it just a pilsner with a smaller amount of Belgian ale added in? Also I guess something to keep in mind is that in Belgium the majority of beer consumed is pilsner, and that Belgian laws regarding style are really restricted just to gravity for taxation purposes, so essentially this is a "Belgian Blonde Ale" regardless of what anyone outside of Belgium might think.

It looks good with a crystal clear yellow gold body and a creamy head of bright white that holds well and leaves great lacing, but that's about where it ends. Not that there are any flaws, because there are not, but simply because it doesn't live up to the name. The aroma expresses pilsner malt over Belgian yeast character, which is really completely unacceptable. It's floral and grassy and a touch lemony - but where is the Belgian character? It's in the flavor... a small bit of clove comes through, but for the most part it seems more like a lemony Czech pils.

With all of that said, given the price it's an excellent value - just understand what you're getting. Scored as a "Belgian Blonde Ale" with "Belgian Pale Ale" in mind it doesn't do to well. Had it been scored hedonistically, perhaps even without giving it a label, it would have done much better.

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4.1/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Blond Ale. Great price as well.

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.16/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.6/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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1.36/5  rDev -57.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.77/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.9/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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2.18/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just picked up a 6-pack at Trader Joe's, and I'm really disappointed. It tastes like a cheap German beer with a little sweetness added. It's not terrible, but absolutely not good either. I'd rather spend a few bucks more and something good. This is a mass-produced rip-off.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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. ;)

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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
75 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.