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Allagash Blonde - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Blonde
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.86% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewer Kevin Watson's interpretation of a Belgian Blonde. Brewed with pilsner malt and traditional, noble hops (Hallertauer and Saaz), this 7.1% ABV, straw colored ale has a light to medium body and a clean, crisp finish. Refreshing and delicious, just in time for Summer. Winner of a Gold medal at the 2010 GABF.

(Beer added by: ToasterChef on 08-03-2010)
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 06:24:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-03-2013 15:00:16 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste has slight hints of malts sweetness along with hints of Belgian yeast and pilsener malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down smoothly and is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 12:36:13 | More by metter98
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-11-2012 15:26:21 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-15-2011 00:36:35 | More by JAHMUR
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-04-2013 03:52:58 | More by largadeer
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-04-2013 03:35:31 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in an Allagash tulip glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, citrus, some spices and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of light breadiness from a hearty Belgian yeast backbone and malt character followed by sweet flavors spices and citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lighter Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 00:50:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Poured a hazy golden with an absolutely beautiful pillowy head. The aromas are half way between a tripel and a blonde, not as sweet smelling as a tripel, but a bit more oomph than a blonde. Quite a nice herbal hop aroma complements the yeast notes. The taste is similar- somewhat assertive on the hop front for the style, but restrained in sweetness and with some clean yeasty notes. The beer is reigned in somewhat by the soft mouthfeel and the persistent herbalness. Overall a very nice offering.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 20:41:12 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap at Kite & Key.

Blonde looks the part but more of a dirty blond with some yellow around the edges. A flimsy cap of white stuff that leaves no stick. Smell is mad grassy from the noble hops. It opens up to some slight citrus and orange with a biscuit malt presence. Not to appeasing to me. The taste is kind of off. The noble hops make this a grassy sonofabitch while the malt kind of muddles that. Not a grerat mix IMO. Slight floral tastes as well. Feel is on point, less than medium with light carb and a crisp finish. This just did not do it for me, not my favorite in the style and this is on a hot summer day. I just wanted it to be done. I kinda question the age on this keg, but im going off my experience in the present time. I have faith that Rob and the boys at Allagash meant well, hopefully I can try this super fresh sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 06:48:57 | More by BARFLYB
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a pale gold color with head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is pretty nice and is spice ladened, with clove, honey and a hint of nutmeg. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and the moderate sweetness is nicely countered and balanced by the spice in this beer. There's a slight skunkiness in the finish, which doesn't bode well for how well this beer will hold up over time, but at least for now, the beer is pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is fairly light for he abv., though the beer otherwise delivers plenty of flavor. Drinkability is very good, and I get no sense of the 8% abv. in this beer.

Good stuff. Another good beer from the folks at Allagash.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 17:20:29 | More by John_M
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of pears and lighter amounts of indistinct spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of syrupy pear flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness is tempered a bit by earthy hop flavors. Right before the end of the sip very slight amounts of tropical fruit hop flavors work their way into things before carrying through to a crisp and lightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall there was nothing that stood out about this beer except how easy it was to drink. A solid beer for the style and worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 01:13:54 | More by glid02
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-04-2013 22:31:48 | More by sendbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

04-08-2014 20:42:43 | More by afsdan
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-03-2013 16:07:08 | More by drummermattie02
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes sampled Aug 19 2010 at Eb's
Pours a fairly clear straw yellow color with a smallish white head that shows some stickage. Smells grainy and bready with a bit of sweet honey light pomme fruits and an earthy funky yeast edge. The flavor is light fruity and refreshing. Lots of bready and sweet honey like malts with light sweet fruits and an earthy peppery yeasty flavor. Medium to light body with a crisp bubbly mouthfeel. Great easy drinking light fruity Belgian brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 17:50:35 | More by johnnnniee
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A different smell than I expected. Malt, yeast, spices, maybe a little hops.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, malt, pepper, and a touch of citrus. Much more complex and flavorful than most American Blonde Ales.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: One of the most drinkable, well done examples of a blonde ale I've had.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2010 12:13:29 | More by avalon07
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. While this one wasn’t overly complex, it didn’t need to be. It got its point across with nice flavors and great drinkability. I could have drank plenty of this on a long day by the pool, but alas, I was just lucky to try it this one time. Bummer. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: growler

04-06-2012 15:24:10 | More by thagr81us
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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher Tulip. Thanks to John for giving me the heads-up!

A: Fully hazed orange-yellow body with a finger of dense white foam that slowly settles into a ring and leaves light lacing. Nice.

S: This ain't no American Blonde Ale - bready malt, peppery yeast, and a huge wave of fruity Belgian esters - lots of lemon, apple, and grape. So much citrus yeast as to smell a bit sour. There's even some acidity reminiscent of white whine, almost like the beer has lacto in it. Does it? I don't think so, but, regardless, it smells divine.

T: Not quite as crazy as the nose, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Beautifully melded, traditionally Belgian flavors: smoothly sweet, bready malt is central, mixed with light clove, pepper, and plenty of fruity yeast. Very dry, slightly bitter finish with just a bit of light alcohol. Straightforward and delicious.

M: The smooth, medium body simply explodes into a cascade of soft, miniscule bubbliness. Very fun, but just a tad over the top.

D: A little boozy for being sub-7%.

Notes: This was a great brew, and I'm thankful I got the chance to try it. I definitely liked it way more than either Allagash White or Tripel, as the malt largely got out of the way to let the rich, spicy, fruity yeast shine. Not the best American Belgian Pale I've had recently (that honor goes to NEBCo's 668: The Neighbor of the Beast), but definitely very high on the list. I really wish Allagash would simply replace their Tripel with this recipe, or at least brew the Blonde more regularly. Excellent beer.


Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 04:06:37 | More by woosterbill
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-29-2013 21:26:16 | More by Boone757
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3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: 1/4 head, medium carbonation, bright straw yellow in color, cloudy

Smell: light wheat and honey--not an overly strong smell

Taste: first taste is a big dose of Belgian spices--then comes light wheat and grapefruit

Mouthfeel: bitter but not overly so, moderate-high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: I love the light body on this. It is soft and subdued, yet flavorful. That said, I have had better in the style flavor wise. Not a bad beer, but there are others from Allagash I would get first.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 14:46:05 | More by tigg924
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-08-2012 01:21:17 | More by IPAchris
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-25-2014 14:58:17 | More by atrocity
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy golden color. Limited lacing, but definitely a pretty beer.

Malty, sweet, bready aroma. Some sweet fruits as well.

Sweet, bready, citrusy, and thick in the mouth. Far different than I expected, though I expect Allagash to make great beer, and this is just that.

A sweet and relatively thick, almost wheat-like mouthfeel--it's very good and inviting.

A delicious and complex blonde--like none I've ever had before.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 02:53:47 | More by ehammond1
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6%

06-08-2013 18:07:29 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Allagash Blonde from Allagash Brewing Company
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