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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale - Brouwerij Martens NV

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 86
Avg: 3.23
pDev: 26.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of vitesse
1.79/5  rDev -44.6%
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.

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Photo of jayrom
2.18/5  rDev -32.5%
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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Photo of Noelito76
2.39/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I was looking for something to tell me that this was a Belgian beer but there wasn't anything I could find in the taste. Okay to look at, nothing to smell. Flavors are really mild, nothing offensive, but you want any beer to have some kind of flavor profile. This beer has an identity crisis and needs to be re-categorized.

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Photo of anarchia
2.61/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
2.67/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.74/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden yellow with good amount of head and lacing throughout

S - Slight skunkiness, metal, honey, grain

T - Bitter hops up front, metallic middle, biscuit malt finish...good balance

M - Carbonated at first, lightens up as it sits, not bad but not great

O - Got this in a 6-pack from a friend, might pick it up if I see it again but have had better brews of this style. Very drinkable at 6% ABV, though...pace yourself.

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Photo of Spikester
3.14/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Futbol15
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good Belgium style beer. I think it's certainly better than a Blue Moon or a regular Belgium.

Taste is good in the beginning and then dies off to a smooth finish.

I would buy it again

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Photo of HazelEyedHippie
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.


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Photo of BearslikeBeers
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of danmouer
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Josef Blonde fell into my hands at Trader Joe's due primarily to the price. I am veryfond of B. Blondes, and to find a six-pack at under 7 bucks was an opportunity I wouldn't pass up. Well, glad I got it.

It has often been written that the Belgian Blondes arose to compete with Bohemian and, especially, German pilsners. This blondie is what most foks are looking for in a pils...not as hoppy as a German; not as malty and full-bodied as a Czech; this is an ale that is as close to an international style pilsner as I've ever encountered. And it does that job well.

What stands out and says"Belgian" to me is the very dry finish. The high attenuation rate suggests Belgian ale yeast, but there are none of the esters and spices normally associated with Belgian yeasts and typical warmish Bergian fermentations. I s'pect this was fermented cool and clean and quitr possibly lagered before bottling.

In sum, this Blonde alre will not replace Duvel or sny of the other typical blondies, but its clean refreshing flavor, slightly grassy nose, and dry finish is a superior, highly refreshing alternative to junk beer like Stella Artois.

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Photo of wedge
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of DCP
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lets start by saying that I will probably buy this beer again because of it's relatively unique taste. It goes down really, really easy for a 6%er. It smells like honey and flowers.

The the bottle (11.2 oz brown) is a work of art in itself and on the back it promises a purists recipe(barley hops yeast water).

It has the quickly dissipating weak head that is pretty typical for a Blonde.
It's mostly clear with high viscosity and a yellow golden hue.

It's really a good beer, but it lacks the depth to be a truly great beer. One will hold you over for sure, but I think it's more of a high volume type of drink for sure. it's light and reminds me of good Southern (United States) Sweet Tea.

As a guy who usually isn't impressed with this kind of brew, this one stood out, if only by a nose.

I looked down at NeroFiddled's two cents and thought there was a lot of wisdom in that last remark. It feels a lot like a pilsner going down the gullet and resting in the belly. But I don't drink a ton of Belgian beers (yet) so maybe that's normal.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
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