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Mons Abbey Blonde - Brasserie Belgh Brasse

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BA SCORE
84
good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Belgh Brasse visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 11-01-2012

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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know what happened in that bottle, but those bubbles could not wait to get out. People only move that fast if they're on fire. You can always tell a beer is over-carbonated when a spoon has to be involved (my scooping proved futile, the foam refortified in no time). Buried somewhere beneath all that white is a dim and hazy golden hued liquid.

Turns out there's a very dynamic yeast behind all those bubbles. Mons Abbey Blonde has a fresh, zesty aroma full of fruit esters and spicy phenols that loosely resemble (in descending order): coriander, clove, pear, dried oregano, apple, and lemon myrtle. It has an essence that combines spiced, stewed orchard fruits and crusty oven-fresh bread loaf. It makes for a lovely introduction.

The taste follows along similar lines. There's slightly more of an emphasis on the apple/pear compote, but the finish is dry and grainy with straw- and hay-like flavours. Pale malt is ostensibly neutral amidst all this yeast; it tastes like a true farmhouse product if ever there was one.

And yet, its rustic qualities notwithstanding, true to style even at 7% alcohol, this is a casual and easygoing quaff. Every bit as approachable as popular macro brand golden beers only far cleaner and with way more character, this is a shoe-in for mass popularity. It is, for my palate, so much more entertaining and opens up far more food pairing options.

This Quebecois beer should have no problem convincing people it's Belgian - it almost fooled me. Mons Blonde looks, smells, tastes and even sounds like an authentic abbaye beer (bit of an oxymoron, I'm aware). French Canadian brewers in general show a preference for Belgian styles, but they don't all have the knack for it. This one (legitimately Belgian born) obviously does.

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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked-and-caged bottle picked up at a London, ON TBS; coded K3333. Served slightly chilled.

Pours an effervescent, hazy, bright golden-yellow colour, with over three fingers of puffy, sparkling white head erupting at the surface. Excellent retention; it recedes slowly and unevenly over a period of more than five minutes, producing a lumpy, pillowy marshmallow fluff look. Tons of sticky, webbed lacing. This is a gorgeous Belgian blonde. The aroma isn't quite as stellar, but it's definitely appropriate for the style - grainy pale malts, some grassiness, citric lemon zest and a peppery coriander spice, with some hints of ripe orchard fruit.

The flavour profile is somewhat sweeter than I would have guessed from the nose. Grainy malts, candi sugar and apricot are featured, with ripe pear and red appleskin coming through alongside a bready, almost nutty note mid-sip. The hops come off rather grassy, providing a relatively neutral bitterness toward the tail end. Fairly yeasty, with mild notes of clove, sarsaparilla and peppercorn at the finish. Finishes off-dry, with a hint of ethanol. On the heftier side of medium-bodied and with crisp carbonation that gradually softens, giving the mouthfeel a nice, fulfilling smoothness. It becomes even more enjoyable to sip as it approaches cellar/room temperature.

Final Grade: 4.00, a solid A-. Mons Abbey Blonde is legitimately one of the better Belgian-style pale ales I've tried. I generally prefer strong BPAs like Duvel or Don de Dieu over these lighter equivalents, but this is still a very well-made example of a basic, straightforward Belgian pale. It offers up an approachable mixture of grainy sweetness, yeasty esters and mild booziness that will do a nice job of warming you up on a cold night. It's easily one of the better things I've picked up at The Beer Store in recent memory; definitely worth a shot, and something I'd purchase again if it were available locally.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

This ale has no problem of being expressive, flavors seem to stick to the palate for a while. Within the style and not short of nuances, with each sip another flavor become prominent on the palate. Out taste buds are saying the brewmaster from Belgium is doing well crafting this beer for North America.

STYLE: Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Pale golden color, bubbles, good frothing

SMELL: Taffy, stone fruit, chalky yeast, herbal, slightly biscuity, peppery, faint phenols

TASTE: Smooth, crisp, moderate sized body, husky, nectarines, faint tartness, musty yeast, earthy, grassy, kiss of alcohol, medicinal, green peppercorns, fresh dates, drying grainy finish

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DaveBar
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at The Beer Store 750ml bottle for $7.00. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Very good. Opens well and pours with a ton of white head that lasts. Golden blonde and unfiltered

S- Excellent! Has that yeasty Belgium taste.

T- Hard to believe this is made in Canada. Would think this is an import for sure. Super high smoke flavor compared to others off shore. Ton of carbonation. Lots of smooth sipping ability. Quality flavor

M- Very carbonated. Lots of traditional sweet sickly linger

O- Very good. Will buy from time to time. Not worth cellaring though

Food Pairing

This nice blonde goes well with... Sushi. You gotta try this girl with a nice shot of wasabi and California roll

Enjoy

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear golden color reminiscent of a beer like Duvel. A huge white pillowy head looms over the beer. Retention and lacing were moderate.

S: Sweet malts. No hops which is kind of disappointment for a BPA.

T: Sweet malts again and a certain pilsner like crackery almost bready character. Once again no real hop flavor which a big let down. I was expecting at least some hops. Alcohol is next to non noticeable.

M: Very, very carbonated and extremely dry as well. Pretty easy to drink a couple glasses for these reasons although it might not be the smartest move at 7%.

O: A good beer but would not buy again or recommend for someone seeking a good belgian pale ale. Belgian blonde perhaps , which I think beer advocate should change its style to. Good experience but not worth the 6-7$ price tag when I can get a unibroue 750ml at the same cost or less.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of HearneHoppers
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a large billowy head that dissipates quickly, but never entirely.

The nose is good Belgian with pears and citrus notes.

The color is pale with a slight orange hint. It is cloudy with some big floaters in it.

Taste is good but not as strong as the smell.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of tbeckett
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by a friend. From notes.

A - One finger white head on a slightly hazy golden body with yeast floaties. Solic lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Sweet baking spice, yeast, some grassy hops.

T - Same as the aroma. Sweet baking spice, yeast, grassy hops. More sweet spice than the aroma.

M - Strong carbonation, medium to full creamy body. Slight dryness in finish.

O/D - A nice Belgian blonde. Solid and seemingly made to style. Nothing jumps out, it's just pleasant and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Mons Abbey Blonde from Brasserie Belgh Brasse
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