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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale - Brouwerij Martens NV

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Josef Belgian Blonde AleJosef Belgian Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 14.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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vitesse

Georgia

1.76/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:41:31 | More by vitesse
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dsm45

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -37.3%

01-17-2014 02:36:29 | More by dsm45
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s4s

California

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

08-25-2013 03:39:30 | More by s4s
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anarchia

Oregon

2.59/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear and pale yellow, lots of little bubbles. Lacing sticks to the glass. Less carbonation than most Belgian ales. Slight floral aroma from the dry hops, far from outrageous. Thin mouthfeel, slightly metallic taste without much else happening. Dry/crisp finish. Not a lot of character here but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 03:55:09 | More by anarchia
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle poured into glass

Clear golden yellow with small stream of carbonation bubbles leading to two finger white, frothy lid. Good lacings on the way down resulting in a dense white foam.

Aroma of grassy hops with a bit of spice.

I get a predominantly metallic taste. Bitterness on the back of the tongue and after tastes. Light mouthfeel.

I like Trader Joes but this one beer I will not be repeating. $6.99 a six pack, I'll give the a mining five bottles to my nephew on Thanksgiving. He'll drink anything.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:32:19 | More by WunderLlama
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beertunes

Washington

2.71/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another TJ's bargain buy, $6 sixer. Batch # LK 3 175. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear, bright gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had very good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma had a very low level of the expected Belgian spicy yeast, and a very light grain scent. On the tongue, the taste was a bit bready, and a bit stale. the yeast that gives so much personality to the style was very low in this beer.

The body was fairly typical for the style, perhaps just a touch on the light side, and nowhere near as sticky as some. The beer had a dry finish. Drinkability was OK, it wasn't a chore to drink, but the lack of flavor didn't have looking forward to the other 5 in the pack. Overall, not terrible, but not really worth seeking out either. Maybe grab a sixer and decide for yourself. Or not.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:09:13 | More by beertunes
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Eschelbarley

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

09-30-2013 12:20:17 | More by Eschelbarley
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CelticAleMan

California

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-19-2013 20:50:19 | More by CelticAleMan
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PsychicBubblegum

California

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-21-2013 15:34:58 | More by PsychicBubblegum
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notchucknorris

California

2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I work at Trader Joes, so I make it a point to try everything we get in the store, beer-wise. This one really didn't get much company buzz coming in and it's been sitting on the shelf at my store for almost 2 weeks and I have yet to sell one 6er. I don't recognize the brewery, but I would assume it's something along the lines of the Belgian version of Minhas, as Minhas makes a good deal of our American made beer (Simpler Times, Boatswain, Name Tag, etc.) Let's check it out.

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a strange looking bubbly head that looks more like bubble bath water than a regular head. I've never seen bubbles this big on a head. Interesting.

S: Smells...adjuncty. Sweet cereal malts and corn with a pale malt backing. A strange, almost Fritos-like corn scent keeps coming to me when I smell this.

T: Opens sweet with honey and grain. Smooth and faint malt is pretty much all I get in the middle with a slight grassy hop flavor on the finish. Nothing horrible about it, but there's nothing in here that says Belgian to me except the label. It's alright, but there's no way I would go back to this.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 21:55:10 | More by notchucknorris
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tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -6%

03-13-2014 23:40:50 | More by tdm168
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irthesteve

California

3/5  rDev -6%

06-27-2014 03:19:20 | More by irthesteve
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kinchdedalus

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6%

09-02-2013 03:55:45 | More by kinchdedalus
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle from Trader Joe. Pours golden with tall, foamy, white head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of grassy, herbal hops and bready malt. Finish is medium and slightly bitter. Simple inoffensive brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 13:24:18 | More by mikeg67
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sd123

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -6%

09-13-2013 02:58:34 | More by sd123
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vidisad

California

3/5  rDev -6%

11-11-2013 04:41:28 | More by vidisad
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GClarkage

California

3/5  rDev -6%

07-08-2014 15:54:32 | More by GClarkage
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OldSmaug

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -6%

12-02-2013 01:15:03 | More by OldSmaug
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mwar

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -6%

08-04-2013 20:11:49 | More by mwar
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jjauga

Georgia

3/5  rDev -6%

08-21-2013 00:39:59 | More by jjauga
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 06:39:10 | More by BeerDocT
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle part of a 6-pack from TJs in Salem. $6.99 Clear yellow beer with good sized frothy,bubbly white head. Strange spicy yet cream like aromas,,sherbet,over ripe bananas OK really. Taste is a little mediocre though..some spice,some phenols and a little earthy. Mouth feel is fine..good carbonation and easily drinkable. Not a great Belgian Ale but its not so bad really.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 06:14:02 | More by Reidrover
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Spikester

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:22:22 | More by Spikester
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HalfFull

California

3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
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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allstar255

California

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-19-2014 00:23:12 | More by allstar255
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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
75 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.