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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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67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 16.3%
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 jimmah120
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of HeightsEats
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dsm45
2/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of vitesse
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.

Photo of cb8282
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Spikester
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of OldSmaug
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of BeerDocT
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.

Photo of WunderLlama
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.

Photo of anarchia
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.

Photo of vidisad
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Reidrover
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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.

Photo of SanWrencho
4.28/5  rDev +34.2%
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.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Eschelbarley
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of beertunes
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.

Photo of kinchdedalus
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +11%
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.

Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
75 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.