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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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75
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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Eschelbarley

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

09-30-2013 12:20:17 | More by Eschelbarley
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sd123

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -5.7%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

09-08-2013 06:14:54 | More by KimenTshom
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beertunes

Washington

2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
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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kinchdedalus

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.7%

09-02-2013 03:55:45 | More by kinchdedalus
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 03:36:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 23:08:01 | More by damndirtyape
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s4s

California

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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

California

3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 23:04:24 | More by BearslikeBeers
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notchucknorris

California

2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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

Georgia

3/5  rDev -5.7%

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

California

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-18-2013 17:38:17 | More by Drknight
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Wedcat

California

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-16-2013 01:26:11 | More by Wedcat
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BDF2000

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-06-2013 20:13:11 | More by BDF2000
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-06-2013 13:27:18 | More by CoryR
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mwar

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -5.7%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-02-2013 01:57:52 | More by Falcone
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Caskaway

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

07-27-2013 13:03:12 | More by Caskaway
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-23-2013 11:54:46 | More by Chris77McGrath
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.7%
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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wedge

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:09:41 | More by wedge
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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
75 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.