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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale - Brouwerij Martens NV

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75
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -6.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -6.5%

tdm168, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

chinchill, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of beertunes
2.71/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

beertunes, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

Reidrover, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev +24.6%

KevMo84, May 23, 2014
Photo of wedge
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

wedge, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Falcone, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

notchucknorris, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev +9%

CoryR, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.39/5  rDev +5.6%

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

RonaldTheriot, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
3.21/5  rDev 0%

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.

HalfFull, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of CelticAleMan
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

CelticAleMan, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Drknight, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -6.5%

sd123, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

mikeg67, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

Spikester, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%

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

jimmah120, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of damndirtyape
3.5/5  rDev +9%

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.

damndirtyape, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev -6.5%

mwar, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Artjsantos
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Artjsantos, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of TheMarkE
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

TheMarkE, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
3.64/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

PEBKAC, Dec 14, 2013
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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
75 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.