Bottleworks Bangelijk Blonde - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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3.76/5 rDev -8.1%
Bottle thanks to Dan! '04 vintage pours into my Fantome tulip glass liquid amber. Stiff Pour leads to large head and some sticky lace on the side of my glass with a nice off-white foam above the glowing golden liquid - quite nice looking. Smell is instantly apples, nice ready hastiness, bready yeast above a white pepper light spice and perhaps a touch of wet paper oxidation. Taste starts with a sweet caramel ready yeast and malt combination, a touch of tart balances this against the white pepper notes. Again some apples and a very small amount of oxidation that seems to die down as the glass warms. At this point I do not see bottles improving in flavor the mouthfeel really stands out and is soft yet assertive with just the right amount of carbonation on the tongue and a smooth smooth finish. Overall very happy to have tried this well made triple - recommend drinking further bottles sooner than later
06-13-2013 02:15:51 | More by BucketBoy
4.23/5 rDev +3.4%
Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Properly cellared 2004 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thick white head and lacing. Yeasty, light fruit and a hint of sour aroma. Taste is similar with light fruit, a slight sourness and Belgian spiciness. Somewhat bitter, dry finish. Medium bodied and pleasant. Interesting mellowness from six years of aging.
07-31-2012 19:05:40 | More by LiquidAmber
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
Seems to be a fairly consistant 2004 bottle. Appearance is a very hazy orange yellow with light particals floating about and a healthy thick head that sticks around for awhile. Smell is yeasty, bready having a note of figs. Taste has a spicey sourerness with lots of yeast bringing out sweet bread. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. with alchohol not really present in the flavor its a very tasty Flemish ale that is easy to sit with and enjoy.
12-11-2010 01:47:07 | More by Bookseeb
3.35/5 rDev -18.1%
Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a bright golden-orange hue topped by a creamy white head that leaves some impresive lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with some notes very similar to apple cider. A little bit of yeasty tang yields a touch of bitterness to counter the sweetness.
Palate is sweet pale malt with a lot of fruity esters up front - apple and white grape, among others. The yeast imparts a bit of musty flavor, along with some white pepper and allspice on the swallow. Finish is sweet and just a bit warm from the booze.
Body is creamy and lacks a bit of the effervescence of the I look for in a tripel. It goes down fairly easy, especially for being on the stronger side. But the sweetness prevents it from being a standard bearer for the style.
08-18-2010 05:14:18 | More by ElGordo
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
11.2 oz bottle, bottled in 2004. Received as an extra in a recent trade with Beerzebub. Thanks again man!
Pours a dark golden yellowish orange color with drk golden ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a one finger creamy frothy white head. The head is retained pretty much throughout and leaves rings of soapy lacing behind.
Yeasty/bready aroma with slight earthiness ans lots of estery Belgian yeast notes. Light fruit notes, mostly apple, grape and pear along with some earthy vegetal notes and zest/peppery spice. Subtle hints of sweet alcohol.
Creamy medium body which surprisingly is on the fuller end of the spectrum, considering the style. Soft carbonation up front followed by a prominent bready yeast profile, slight lactic creaminess and a strong estery Belgian yeast character. Slightly earthy with a peculiar vegetable presence along with a decent amount of light crisp fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear, grape and pineapple. There's also a slight zest peppery presence which was probably more forward when fresh but the aging has mellowed this into a very well balanced complex beer which is pretty tasty.
01-01-2010 09:25:56 | More by corby112
3.55/5 rDev -13.2%
33cl bottle (2004) poured into a chalice, Bangelijk Blonde is a clear pale gold with a large white fluffy head, lots of streamers, leaving heavy lace. Impressive, especially considering it's 5 years old! Also, cool label of a ghostly looking women passed out.
Smell is extremely estery, over-ripe bananas.
Taste is not as strong, there's some maltiness, sugary sweentess, some fruity esters, and a sharp, metallic twang. Taste like a BPA thats a little long in the tooth, but still not bad.
Mouthfeel is creamy, but the body is a bit thin and watery.
Drinkability is ok, nothing really special, it's an old beer for sure. When I read Blonde Flemish Ale on the label, I'm expecting funk, which this did not have. Still, I glad I got to try it, a one off and fun example of how this type of beer ages.
03-20-2009 04:47:26 | More by ccrida
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks to Beerzebub for the opportunity to try this beer. The label states it was bottled in 2004; Blonde Flemish Ale.
Pours a pale yellow with a creamy inch of foam. Very thin, soapy-like, bubbles with waves in the center of the glass. The head seems everlasting and leaves some thick lacing on the glass. Streams of tiny bubbles rush to the top continuously. Impressive!
Very estery, pears, red apples, pineapple, grapes, and a little vitamin aroma. Toasty and bready malt in the background with hints of soft spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. Great yeast aroma with a bit of phenols. Delicate strawberry notes too. Faint noble hop aroma in the background.
Lightly toasted with a bit of a grain flavor, some biscuit flavor too (Vienna maybe). A marriage of soft spices and yeast in the finish. Good, but a bit light on the flavor. Pear and a little crabapple in the finish. Initial sweetness upfront with a good dryness in the finish and just enough bitterness from the yeast phenols and hops to create some balance. More dry apple and pear flavor as the beer develops.
Medium-high carbonation and creamy on the palate. Some residual sugars on the lips.
03-17-2009 02:52:42 | More by seaoflament
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
Thanks Beerzebub for including this in a trade.
Poured into Unibroue tulip glass. Did not include yeast. 2.5 finger head that retains a peak in the center as it settles. Solid lacing as it settles.
Cloudy, almost peachy golden color depending on what light I hold it up to (green background results in peach).
Funky Belgian spice aroma with a little sourness. Highly anticipating the first swig after 5 minutes of foreplay with the aroma.
Very light on the mouthfeel. Some iron taste when I smack down the nasty looking wort that was left of the sinking head. I give a good rating on mouthfeel because it's very light and easy drinking.
The taste doesn't live up to the aroma but it's a nice compliment and lends to good drinkability.
03-10-2009 00:31:21 | More by Yetiman420
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
330ml bottle purchased at Grocery Outlet in Berkeley, CA. Grocery Outlet is a discount grocery store that carries and interesting variety of mislabeled and over-stocked food and liquors. They had a few cases of this on display for the incredible price of $0.69 a bottle. The bottle is marked as being brewed in 2004, so I have no way of knowing if it has been properly stored for the past four years.
Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a one finger head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, but there is lacing all the way down. There appears to be some sediment in the glass, but it is very small particles that are suspended in the beer and don't sink to the bottom.
Smell: Alchohol, candi sugar, citrus (particularly orange). It also has a little bit of caramel, like most of the older beers I've had.
Taste: Light spice, orange, more caramelized sugar. This beer tastes its age, and most of the subtler flavors I assume this beer had seem to have blended into a somewhat monolithic palate.
Mouthfeel: A bit thick, although this is reasonable at 7.5%. However, I expect more carbonation and lightness from this style.
Drinkability: Decent. This would probably have been an excellent beer until about a year ago but I think it's past its prime. It's a bit musty and heavy now for the tripple style. This brings me to the point of what the beer is as opposed to what it's labeled. It's described as a "Blonde/Flemish Ale" yet the BA description lists it as a tripple. All three of these terms bring about distinct images in my mind and mouth: When I think of a Belgian Blonde I think of a clear, golden ale, along the lines of Duvel, which this beer is not. When I think of a Flemish Ale I think of either a Flemish Sour Ale or an Oud Brune, and this beer is certainly not either of those. A tripple is the closest, but again the age has taken its tole and even that seems to be a stretch.
06-16-2008 06:39:47 | More by trumpetego
4.63/5 rDev +13.2%
Bottled in 2004, surprisingly. Recently purchased at Bottleworks. 330 ml bottle, served in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.
Brilliant golden color, massive almost white head that slowly melts into stiff peaks and ravines, plenty of streaming bubbles. Huge sheets and chunks of lace.
Rich powerful aroma pours out of the glass, with very noticeable peach and dried apricot. Deeper notes of complex earthy spicy yeast, cheese, leather, caramel, and mild sweet tobacco. Awesome.
Tastes of sweet leathery dried apricot, peach, caramel sauce, nuts, cheese, earth, deep yeasty notes, some bubblegum, a hint of toast or smoke, stone. A lot going on, but well balanced. Deep and rich, yet fresh. Long finish, dry but still fruity, like dried apricots without the sweetness.
Great smooth texture, full carbonation but never fizzy. Very drinkable, I wish I had another of these right now.
04-10-2008 02:22:46 | More by Beerzebub
3.38/5 rDev -17.4%
As I pour this beer an earthy, herbal note reminiscent of coriander is quite apparent. The beer pours with a four-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits atop a lightly hazy, pale-orange tinged, gold colored brew. The aroma is really dominated by that earthy spice note (coriander, clove, and something a bit more savory), but underneath it is a touch of bergamot a touch of Macintosh, pear and wild flower honey. Touches of dusty malt, soda crackers and sweet grain, especially the first two in the finish. In the time I have spent exploring the aroma, the head has slowly capsized leaving lots of thick lace on the sides of my glass as well as forming an interesting, varied, rockied surface of collapsed foam.
Lightly tart, yet with some honey malt derived notes, quite grassy too with a definite earthy spice quality to it. The earthy spice character seems like a phenolic yeast signature. The finish has touches of bergamot, grassy coriander, dusty malt and a bit of soda cracker grain flavors to it as well as a light bitterness and a slight astringency. This has a certain, palate clinging, fullness to it despite being somewhat light. In all truthfulness though this is a bit heavy for its alcohol content (at least to me as I like most of my Belgian beers to be light feeling for a given alcohol percentage compared to a standard ale). This actually quite dry tasting for its heft though; I think the light tartness might offset the malt sweetness & something seems to be contributing a bit of viscousness here (though I certainly don't think this has anything but a Belgian yeast strain in it).
An interesting beer, I have to say that I can't quite get past the earthy spice notes and phenolics; it seems a bit like a dirty Chimay yeast strain was used here.
Purchased: Hi-Times, Costa Mesa CA
12-07-2007 03:18:49 | More by Gueuzedude
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
Appearance: Pours a pale, but cloudy golden color, with a foamy head that persists well and leaves plenty of lace
Smell: Pears, orange, honey and a touch of banana on the sweet side; sour aromas of funky yeast and green apples
Taste: Starts with both sweet (pear, apricot and honey) and tart (green apple and lemon pith) element that grow in subtlety by mid-palate; after the swallow it is time for the funk and the sour flavors to take over, leading to a peppery finish, with just a touch of candi sugar at the end
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation
Drinkability: Astoundingly complex, certainly not a tripel in the standard sense; this beer starts out like a saison and finishes like a Belgian Pale Ale; if there is an element of the tripel it is mid-palate, but fleeting
Thanks, TheBungyo, for another fine beer
07-22-2007 21:18:44 | More by brentk56
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
05/09/07- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.
Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip..
Appearance- Deep golden colored pour. Full 2 inch heaping large bubbled head. Disipates to a light ring after a few minutes. Chunks and patchy lacing resides.
Smell- Off putting skunky-urine like aroma. Bit of white pepper and corriander as well. Funky, but not in a good way.
Taste- Tripel like flavor. Lemony fruity goodness with corriander 'o plenty. A bit of white pepper and a nice sugary sweetness. Very slight metallic taste in the beginning. Hop bitterness is nice as well.
Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a nice hoppy aftertate.
Drinkability- Could even be considered a Belgian IPA. Good flavor and a nice finish. Worth checking out. Just don't smell it.
05-22-2007 16:57:02 | More by GClarkage
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
750ml bottle, a weird - but wicked cool - label. Like something out of an X-Files episode. Pours with great head, a dusty, hazy yellow golden colour. Aroma with a distinct 'funky Belgian' character (because that's so descriptive) along with strong notes of orange and esters. Mouthfeel surprisingly very low carbonated with a sandy texture. Both very nice malt bill and yeast strain. Balanced. Flavours are both soft and understated. Neato, thanks Sammy!
01-21-2007 16:54:11 | More by biegaman
4/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a cloudy gold, thick white head forms, nice lacing, spirals, good retention. Smell is odd, but nice, sweet, sour citrus funkiness, honey, more citrus, bready yeast. Taste is honey and wheat, citrus, yeast, quite malty, acidic bite in the finish, funky. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very neat. A treat, thanks northyorksammy!
01-18-2007 05:22:04 | More by Viggo
3.78/5 rDev -7.6%
Hazed yellow with a thin white head made up of fine bubbles. Some spotty lacing was observed. The aroma was quite bready from the yeast, a bit lemony, and also had a bit of funk. The flavour was mild overall, but with bread, citrus and a hint of caramel as well. Spice appeared in the finish. Fairly dry, middling carbonation with a lightish body. I really enjoyed the aroma, but the flavour seemed a little flat. Still, a decent beer and an easy drink. Thanks for sharing northyorksammy!
12-26-2006 22:02:24 | More by DrJay
3.58/5 rDev -12.5%
Cloudy gold blond. Funky yeast. Little carbonation. Full mouthfeel. Funk musty lemon. Thanks TheBungyo for another odd and interesting Proef. Aged fruit.Something completely different, that probably was more regular Belgian way back when, and now is for Belgiephiles.
12-19-2006 01:57:29 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -2.2%
pours a slightly hazy yellow with a big white head. head leaves spotty lace behind.
aroma is fresh, with a bit of sourness. malty. honey sweetness. citrus and spice.
taste is nice. light bitterness. bit of sourness. honey. caramel. bit of lemon. other light citrus too. mild spicing.
mouthfeel is nice. above average carbonation and and a nice dry finish.
drinkability is good. a balanced and refreshing beer. very tasty.
12-18-2006 19:18:23 | More by grub
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
Normally I'm not a big fan of this style but this beer quickly won me over. Though this is two years old and nearing the end of it's peak, the pour resulted in a vigorous head. Body is a ray of honey sunshine. A sniff reveals spicy sourish cotton candy with pear nectar at the end. I taste the pear first followed by a very mild sourness that reminds me of granny smith apples, then more pear and grain in the finish. The carbonation is lively and active all over the tongue, creating a lush mouthfeel that is like liquid velvet. This is an amazing beer that I will want to try again and again. I hope bottleworks still has a mountain of it left.
07-30-2006 21:56:13 | More by TheBungyo
4.65/5 rDev +13.7%
If you want a detailed review of this beer, read thelongbeachbum's review. It is excellent and very detailed.
I am humbled by his ability to pick out all of the nuances in this wonderful tripel.
Pours an iridescent orangish yellow with a firm 2 finger head that melts to fine sticky lacing.
Aroma is an orchard full of apples, oranges, tangerines and an earthy Belgium yeast on the tale end.
Taste is a potpourri of apples, oranges, tangerines, candied fruit, and a drying citrus bite of hops at the end.
Aftertaste is nice citrus peel.
Mouthfeel is rich, smooth an creamy.
Very nice...very drinkable...like the others on here, I found this at Hi-Times for $5.99 a bottle. I would love to buy more at that price for cellaring and just plain future enjoyment.
06-17-2006 21:39:33 | More by IntriqKen
4.6/5 rDev +12.5%
750 ml bottle found "on special" at Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa for $5.99 in February, 2006.
Pours a bright golden, slightly cloudy into my Rochefort chalice. A huge sticky white meringue head, full of tiny bubbles, sits atop the beer and refuses to die. A steady stream of new bubbles raise quickly from the bottom. A beautiful beer.
Aroma is nice, bright, clean citrus, with apples and pears. Slight yeasty notes. Slight sweetness seems to be here.
Flavor is spot-on good. The aromas follow through, although not as tart and not as yeasty as many tripels (this actually increases drinkability). Not as complex and perfect as some tripels, but boy, it's close. Some hop bite towards the end, but not really much, compared to all the other things going on here.
Mouthfeel is nice and clean, refreshing, but much richer than most beers that I think of as "clean and refreshing".
Drinkable? Oh, yes. It's gone down incredibly easily. I may have to go back and get some more! I like the fact that the ABV isn't quite as high as some of the biggest tripels.
One surprising endpoint, however, is that unlike many beers, I actually believe that this one tastes better in the colder range (not refrigerator cold) than room-cellar temp. As it warms, the bready yeastiness increases, hiding some of the interesting flavors. Doesn't detract much from a quaility beer, but it is good to know.
03-01-2006 02:17:16 | More by Dukeofearl
4.63/5 rDev +13.2%
Presentation: 750ml, sealed with a plain unmarked thumbed cork, wire cage and black steel cap. Brewed for Bottleworks of Seattle, WA as part of their Imagination Series. Black label with a picture of a shimmering gossamer clad Fairy like Angel. Listed as Bangelijk blonde Flemish Ale. Side writing indicates that this is 7.5% Alc. Vol. and Bottled in 2004.
Appearance: Hazed pale golden straw body, dangerous looks, reminded me of Westvleteren Blonde, that maybe because I am using my Westy Goblet for this one though. Soft white cap, uniform head with a supreme presentation and a lovely looking distinctly Brugge style lacing. Resilient head retention and awesome looks. Renegade streamers punctuate the body as does a yeast haze towards the end of the bottle. Nevertheless, this really is the business, a supermodel on the beery cat walk.
Nose: Apples and pears, funky orchard traits mix well with some Belgian yeast in the back end. Fresh farmyard funk with some neat Saison like softness. Rich zesty citric peel, and a zingy hoppy back end.
Taste: Peachy feel starts the farmyard entrance. Saison like softness blends with a sharp but floral hoppy Tripel feel in the middle, and it all ends with a fruity Belgian Pale Ale finish. This is quite the brew. Massive taste profile, lots of rich peppers, spices and tart citric tangy flashes, it never lets up. The complexity is fascinating, different angles reflect varying facets with each mouthful. This one defies style; towards the end I even thought that it reminded me of Alesmiths excellent hoppy & fruity 99 Weizenbock. A stunning creation. Quite perfect!!
Mouthfeel: Refined feel, soft and rich with a deep pile carpet thickness to sink into. Refined yet raw, complex yet simple. Piercing profile that makes you think hard, just as I like it. Sheer Belgian perfection.
Drinkability: I know that I am going to be in trouble later, I am halfway down the bottle on this one already and didnt even realize how much I had supped. Refreshingly quaffable with a delightful soft presence, a Wolf in Sheeps clothing, dont underestimate this cuddly brew. Perfect Drinkability, very dangerous.
Overall: As cool as Lee Van Cleef, as weird as Klaus Kinski, as tough as Clint Eastwood, this is one serious brew. And all this for just $5.99, you really dont need a few dollars more for this is a well priced top shelf brew, I picked it up On Sale at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, well worth the money, and more. Thoroughly enjoyable, the classic trademark technical excellence of Proef is married to some really nice Belgian-esque funk. Listed as a Tripel, but dont let that fool you, this has some funky Saison and Belgian Pale Ale traits also. Whatever you want to call it, or style it as, this one rocks! Another winner from the master brewers at Proef. I will get more for sure, and I would strongly recommend cellaring one of these beauties.
02-27-2006 02:52:55 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.63/5 rDev +13.2%
Hugely carbonated dusty maize with an explosive head that I barely managed to keep within the confines of the glass. And what a gorgeous lid it is! It's polished eggshell in color and is as creamy and as sticky as the most discerning foam aficionado could hope for. Rockiness with a capital 'R', a melted honeycomb look as it deflates, beautiful abstract doodles and squiggles of lace... it's all here. After a second pour, the head now looks like meringue with great gobs plastered all over the glass.
The nose is nothing short of wonderous. Even through four fingers of foam, I can tell that this beer has power, personality and complexity to burn. I wondered about the stated style since the beer is only 7.5% and since the label reads 'Flemish Ale', but one whiff was all it took to tell me that I'm dealing with one quality tripel. It's intensely, muskily golden fruity with just the right amount of clove spice and yeasty funk. Whooee, I just know that I'm gonna love the flavor!
And I do. There's no sign of letdown. It's nothing but full steam ahead on the tripel train to the promised land of fandamntastic beer. I happen to love both the big, burly, spicy, alcoholic, slap-you-silly tripels like De Dolle Dulle Teve... and the lighter, fruitier, less spicy, but still intensely flavored tripels like this one. If pressed, I prefer the former, which is the only thing keeping the taste score from perfection. A thought came to me the other day that tripels are my favorite of the classically Belgian styles. This beer does nothing but reinforce that notion.
The seamless interplay between sweet, bitter and spicy is incredible. Juicy, clove-studded chunks of apple and pear swim in a light candi sugar syrup and are sprinkled with one of the most amazingly complex yeast strains in recent memory. There is *nothing* about this flavor profile that I'd change if I had the chance. Not. One. Thing.
I can hardly be critical of a mouthfeel that's a perfect fit for the rest of the beer's attributes. Thankfully, the carbonation isn't as frenetic as I'd feared. 'Heavenly' and 'angelic' seem to fit since pictures of puffy white clouds come to mind as I drink. Drinkability is through the roof, even if the roof is the Sistine Chapel.
Bangelijk Blonde is... hmm... I think I may have run out of adjectives for amazingly delicious. I rediscovered this bottle this morning in one of my beer fridges (it's from a trade that I made at least a year ago). My fear was that it hadn't held up well over time. I needn't have worried. This is, without question, the best 'light' tripel that I've ever had the pleasure to consume.
Not that I needed any more proof, but I'm now certain that the trade that brought me this beer, along with so many delicious others, was the best that I've ever made. And I have the legendary RoyalT to thank for it.
01-29-2006 22:19:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
Bottleworks Bangelijk Blonde from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
89 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.