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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
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57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of BeerDocT
3.08/5  rDev -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.

BeerDocT, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of WunderLlama
2.6/5  rDev -19%
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.

WunderLlama, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of anarchia
2.59/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

anarchia, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of vidisad
3/5  rDev -6.5%

vidisad, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Reidrover, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

chinchill, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

HalfFull, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of SanWrencho
4.28/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starts out with a crisp, slighly sweet taste that is backed by a rich mix of yeast and hops that finishes well. Ignore the naysayers, this is a very well made beer that is not over the top but is very well balanced, refreshing and flavorful. The 6% abv does not hurt either.

SanWrencho, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
3.31/5  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.

TheMarkE, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Eschelbarley
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Eschelbarley, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -6.5%

sd123, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev +9%

KimenTshom, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of beertunes
2.71/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

beertunes, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of kinchdedalus
3/5  rDev -6.5%

kinchdedalus, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
3.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

damndirtyape, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of s4s
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

s4s, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of BearslikeBeers
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

BearslikeBeers, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

notchucknorris, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of PsychicBubblegum
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

PsychicBubblegum, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of jjauga
3/5  rDev -6.5%

jjauga, Aug 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 Wedcat
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Wedcat, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of BDF2000
3.5/5  rDev +9%

BDF2000, Aug 06, 2013
Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
75 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.