Josef Belgian Blonde Ale - Brouwerij Martens NV
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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.
08-29-2014 00:29:12 | More by illpass78
2.15/5 rDev -32.8%
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.
08-01-2014 22:58:25 | More by jayrom
3.34/5 rDev +4.4%
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. ;)
06-14-2014 20:37:20 | More by HazelEyedHippie
3.39/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
06-05-2014 23:48:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.3/5 rDev +3.1%
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
03-26-2014 05:11:01 | More by jimmah120
3.78/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
03-20-2014 19:10:26 | More by HeightsEats
1.76/5 rDev -45%
My first review in years (joined BA 11 friggin years ago and forgot I still had an account here. Wow.)
Anyway, this is an absolutely awful beer. Terrible, sweet afterstate that's cloying in a not-good way. Smells like a Belgian janitor'ass. Thin mouthfeel.
There is no reason for this beer to exist.
01-13-2014 02:41:31 | More by vitesse
3.13/5 rDev -2.2%
Beautiful beer. Pale gold with a huge long lasting white head and plenty of lacings.
Smell is light lemons some herbal notes and spicey hops. No detectable yeast aroma.
Tastes like a light Pilsner. There is a tiny after taste of what might be a Belgian yeast but it is so faint I could be mistaken.
Overall not what I expected. There is a pretty fair noble hop presence but where is the tartness? Lightly dry bitter finish. Still an attractive beer. It still has a small white head with about an inch of liquid left.
12-15-2013 04:22:22 | More by Spikester
3.64/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
12-14-2013 05:00:21 | More by PEBKAC
3.08/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance 2.75: Poured out typical mega-beer yellow. Lots of CO2 bubbles everywhere. Typical CO2 head quickly faded away. Nothing special at all.
Smell 2.75: Bouquet was flat, but I did detect some slight hoppiness. Not really much of a bouquet at all, which is good considering the adjuncts I was expecting.
Taste 3.25: Front is slightly sweet and smooth. Middle is smooth, and features a slight hoppiness; definitely one of the noble hops. Finish is somewhat sweet with a hint of barley malt. Certainly OK, nothing special.
Mouthfeel 3.25: Mouthfeel was OK, but was a bit over the top carbonation-wise.
Overall 3.0: An OK beer, but certainly nothing special. To me, a beer like this should be rated on its value. If this beer were $5 for a six pack, I would be impressed and more likely to rate it a bit higher, even if it is not that great a beer. The fact that this beer cost over $7 at my local Trader Joe's is outrageous since this beer is no great shakes. I can only guess that this is supposed to be a generic version of Stella Artois. Well, if that is true, in the future, TJ's buyers should shoot for a better bench-mark for their generic clones.
11-28-2013 06:39:10 | More by BeerDocT
Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
75 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.