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Ultra Blonde - Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes

Ultra BlondeUltra Blonde

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BA SCORE
82
good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%


Brewed by:
Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 05-21-2003)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 32 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by horndecker:
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horndecker

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straw colored, hazy, with a huge merengue-like head, slow to subside. Great sticky lace as well. Looks tasty. The aromas are of oranges, cotton candy, lemon zest and sweetish malt. Not a hint of hops. The taste follows this lead, sweet fruit at the start, then a mineral pause, kind of empty in the middle. Finishes with a slight flavor of apricots. Very little hops bitterness anywhere to balance the candied sweetness. Not a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 02:22:50 | More by horndecker
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dcmchew

Romania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-10-2013 13:29:38 | More by dcmchew
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

10-22-2013 16:18:03 | More by RBorsato
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-23-2013 19:56:10 | More by Ciocanelu
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Marius

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-17-2013 17:49:07 | More by Marius
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

07-09-2013 21:17:18 | More by MarvinSnyder
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-26-2011 18:30:13 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a billowing white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Surprisingly faint aromas of orange, lemon, and grass are present on the nose. Compared to many Belgian ales, this beer is more than a bit weak in terms of aroma.

T: Notes of cream, bitter orange, lemon, grass, pineapple, and spicy, pungent yeast are very present on the palate. The finish is smooth and creamy with plenty of citrus flavors. Very balanced with no alcohol burn.

M: Full bodied, slick, and smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is very subtle. Very drinkable for an ale of this strength.

O: This is a solid, enjoyable ale, but I think that it has been misclassified. In terms of flavor, this reminds me more of a Belgian strong pale ale than a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 13:51:58 | More by mrfrancis
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ultra Blonde pours out a really cloudy orange color, with lots of fish flakes flouting around in it. Small white head doesn't last too long, and only minimal lacing.

The scent has some malts and some fruits, but is pretty musty as well. Lot of yeast on the nose.

The taste starts with pale malts, moves into some mild and muted fruit tones, and finishes with just a touch of bitterness. Honey, pretty bready, a bit of banana, some candi sugar, a bit of spice from the yeast. Very smooth mouth and soft on the tongue.

Eh, I'm not going to say Ultra Blonde is bad really, but it seems to be pretty run of the mill.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:36:39 | More by Tballz420
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clintyeastwood

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a fire sale from Green's on Piney Grove in Cola, SC.

Pours a dark cloudy honey color. Highly reminescent of apple cider, with a thin off-white head that lasts thoughout. Great lacing.

Cider theme returns in aroma, with notes of apple & spices. Underscored with a nice bready quality and just a touch of honey.

Flavor is fairly complex, dominated by slightly over-ripe apple & allspice (again with the cider). Taste futher enhanced by anise, apricot, and something sour on the back of the tongue.


Mouthfeel is an intersting combonatiion of zesty & creamy.

The beer is not so well balanced, leaving a smorgasbord of ingredients in the finish and aftertaste.

Overall, an enjoyable brew, but atypical of a Belgium Blonde. Perhaps "Dishwater Blonde" would be more appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 00:17:51 | More by clintyeastwood
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Patrick999

Florida

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the bottle, this looked like it might be a gusher....it had been filled pretty high. Yet the cork came out with a surprisingly weak pop. Then I poured into my Duvel tulip and it showed huge foam. Great retention and lacing. It looks like the quintessential authentic Belgian Strong Pale. I don't think I'm stretching or being overly generous in giving this a 5 in appearance.

Smells like apple butter made with some ripe Granny Smiths. Bready, but really throwing off a lot of apple aromas. Prety good.

Not surprisingly, cidery, also some sweet vinous notes. Think Sauternes. For my liking, a bit too sweet, especially if this is trying to be a tripel. Crisp feel, powdery yeast, and it does try to dry out near the end with some pepper, but to me it comes off just short.

Not a bad beer at all, but considering the heavyweights in this style category, it has to bring some more dryness to the table before I'd consider vaulting it to the upper echelon of strong Belgian golden ales. It is pleasant and enjoyable, though - and not to be snobby at all, but I could see a lot of less-experienced beer drinkers appreciating this more than the BA crowd. It's got some crossover appeal...probably more than Duvel or La Fin Du Monde, I think, certainly more than the hoppy, dry Chimay White. And it does grow on me, the more I have of it. I think this is a little underrated.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 21:55:36 | More by Patrick999
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an appealing hazy straw yellow with a VERY thick and fluffy white head. (Beware when opening a bottle - it fizzes like nobody's business!) Aroma is strong, rich, fruity, slightly yeasty and a little bit sweet. Mouth-filling flavor is mainly fruity with malty and yeasty tones, just a touch of bitterness and a whisper of butterscotch. Texture is milk-smooth, fizzy and a little edgy. This is worth finding!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 02:24:27 | More by Cyberkedi
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark gold with a small white cap that slowly droops down into a mild, floating head, and collar. Tiny streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart lemon, malt, with gentle hopping highlighting earthy hops.
Taste...hmmm. Not exactly what I was expecting for a tripel. Mild caramel, doughy bread, biscuit with more of a tart lemon, and citrus pulling through and cutting the flavors along the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with crisp carbonation, and a boozy finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 04:00:19 | More by weeare138
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice yellow-orange color with high carbonation producing a 2 inch thick frothy white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Nice, but muted belgian spice, fresh yeast, and citrus hops. Soft pineapple.
T: Spice doesn't seem quite right here. Not sure if it's a wrong amount or wrong mix or something else. It's just off...and distracting. Mild citrus hops. Hint of must and ginger.
M: Light and effervescent. Taste doesn't linger on the palate...which I guess here isn't a bad thing. Hint of bitter aftertaste.
D: OK to try, but wouldn't seek it out. Fairly refreshing brew, but for style you can find dozens better.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 05:17:51 | More by mwilbur
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good color for style. Light golden color with a nice head. Poured some 'floaties" in my glass, but that was my fault.
Smell was very nice and spicy. Hints of pepper and clove came to mind. Sweet malts mixing nicely with the spicey undertones.
Taste was very nice...great on the palate as far as feel. Sweet malts once again pervaded with strong peppery notes and spices melding nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 14:06:57 | More by dmamiano
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Absumaster

Netherlands

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly murky, orange beer with a thin head.

Smell of ripe apples, which immediatelly reminds me of oxidation. There is a musty smell there with some malty, straw notes.

Taste is a little better, sweet malty with straw and husky notes. The yeast adds some red, ripe apple and is spicy with hints of ginger. Bitterness is low. Body is medium and the beer is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 18:07:37 | More by Absumaster
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lemon amber with a few floating yeast clumps that are big enough to be called chunklets. It doesn't seem to matter if Belgian beer has abundant carbonation or not (not, in this case), the heads almost always look great. This is one is alabaster, massive, creamy, rocky and a lace monster.

The nose doesn't fall too far from the style tree. It's more fruity than spicy, doesn't seem overly complex and is musty and metallic in a way that makes me wonder how it will taste. Since the 'best date' is still one year away, things should be fine on that front.

I've gotten used to enjoying just about every tripel and BSPA that comes out of Belgium. This one, however, is clearly not the cream of the crop. Not that it's bad, it's just barely above average. As is often the case, a less than stellar mouthfeel has done flavor and drinkability no favors.

The best beer of this style has a complex flavor profile that features sweet orchard fruit, bitter hops and spicy-bready yeast. This Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes offering contains most of the typical flavors, but it tastes (and feels) flat and one-dimensional. I've decided to blame the underachieving yeast strain as well as the lack of bubbles. Sugary pear is the dominant flavor.

The mouthfeel is thinnish, with a finishing slickness that is odd. It also contains so few bubbles that there's no hope of silky creaminess or mouthfilling expansiveness. Big letdown here.

Ultra Blonde is decent beer only because tripels are my favorite Belgian style. Those of you who aren't thrilled with them should spend your money elsewhere. Ultra it ain't.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 13:10:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a chalice, this beer had an amber hue and a thick texture. Lots of sediment floating around. Had a huge amount of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: There was a hoppy, fruity smell and a mild malt aroma.

T: There's a slightly sugary quality to the taste, along with apples, hops and malt. Not exactly that complex, but OK.

M: This one had a fair amount of carbonation and a somewhat slick finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. This is not to say it's without faults. It's surprisingly simple in style compared to a lot of other tripels. Not a bad beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 13:32:16 | More by avalon07
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GClarkage

California

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

04/12/08- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby nosed bottle with a best by date stamped on the cap. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper golden colored pour with a 3/4 inch head and a light rim remaining during consumption. Leaves decent lace remnents.

Smell- Nice sugary and lightly toased caramel malt base with a large honey nose as well as some herbal and light lemony scents.

Taste- Not as sugary as the nose would suggest. The honey flavor comes through lightly. Mild hops and a nice lemon flavor. Fairly tart in the taste and an aftertaste that lasts for about 2 seconds.

Mouthfeel- Brisk carbonation level with a non-existant aftertaste. Very crisp though.

Drinkability- Pretty drinkable and quenching as well. Another beer that would be best drank during the summer. Almost felt session like as the 8% really didn't show up.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 15:03:50 | More by GClarkage
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Bobzilla

New York

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3/29/08

C: Golden Yellow, white head, not much lace. Cloudy from sediment. The sediment is otherwise fairly small and clumpy.

S: Smells a bit of molasses. Buttery sweetness. A much heavier smell than I would expect from the style.

T: Buttery and a bitter herbal quality. Not unpleasant, but a bit more tart and bitter than I would like in a tripel.

M: good carbonation with a smooth finish. Not too syrupy.

D: A good beer, but one or two of these is enough for a sitting. Can be a bit sweet, with a cloying nature after a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 20:59:38 | More by Bobzilla
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a small, fine white head.

Smell: Sourish, fruity aroma of peaches, pears, and a dash of candi sugar.

Taste: Pale malts with a honey-like sweetness with fruity baby food stirred in. A bit sour throughout. Mild spice. A rather muted bitterness. Drying, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Warming alcohol presence.

Drinkability: A beer that's all-too average, especially considering it comes to us from Belgium, a country with such a rich beer-making legacy.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 23:48:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best By Date of December 2010; Sampled February 2008
The beer pours with a frothy, initially four-finger thick, fluffy, pale tan colored head that leaves some patchy lacing and produces a slight structure as it slowly recedes. The beer has an orange-tinged, light amber hue to it and when held up to the light shows a ton of mad carbonation as well as a lightly hazed, orange tinged, gold color. The aroma is a mix of light spiciness, sweet candy and bread notes. Aromas of candied orange peel, sugar syrup, yeasty bread dough, toasted grain, touches of butterscotch, vanilla cream, a touch of clove, maybe a hint of pepper and some grassy grain are all noticeable. The aroma is interesting, It has a log going on, but I am not sure if it is firing on all cylinders.

Sweet tasting and well carbonated, the beer foams up as soon as it hits my mouth and clearly needs to be freed of the excess carbonation. After a quick, vigorous swirl of my glass the beer is still carbonated, but at a much more pleasant level. The beer is still fairly sweet, which accentuates a soft vanilla note, a slight citrus tinged candy character and a sticky, sweet grain character. A touch of dry, dusty grain character and a light soda cracker note in the finish couples with a slight hop bitterness, a light carbonic pepper bite and a bit of phenolic, sharp spice notes; none of these is really able to balance the sweetness though.

This is definitely a bit too sweet (the sweet grain note dominates the flavor profile), it could be dried out significantly and still have a oft sweetness to it. The sweetness gets in the way of the other flavors here, both the malt and fermentation character seem to struggle to be noticed at times.

Purchased: Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel CA

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 01:51:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my brand new Piraat Tulip glass.

A- This is one beauty! Body is a rich golden color with a cloudiness so thick the beer is almost opaque. Pours with a giant white head that slowly fades to 1/2 finger and stays there. Tiny bubbles are constantly rising to the top along the side of the glass and plenty of yeast particles can be seen suspended throughout the body.

S- Nose is similar to that of a pale wine. A balance of sweet fruits such as grapes, pears, and apples with a big phenolic overtone. The fruity smells become more apparent as it warms.

T- Light taste of dry apples, pears, and grapes upfront with a subtle yeasty softness in the background. Finish has a touch of hop bitterness and a nice yeast spiciness that emerges. Some dry fruitiness lingers along with some spiciness and a big alcohol afterburn. Alcohol is everpresent and strong throughout the taste but fades into the background as this beer warms.

M- Low carbonation and body is strong of yeast and alcohol consistency.

D- This would be an excellent and drinkable brew if the alcohol were hidden a little better. Decent overall and something I may buy again to age a little while and see what happens. OK interpretation of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 17:00:57 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with some white foam, that parachutes down to the bottom of the glass. Yeast and alcohol-laced spice that is sharp on the nose but not repelling. Medium or lighter mouthfeel, with a tad tingling carbonation. Mid fruity yeast. Dry and bitter in a finish.
A decent Belgium, though not a top tripel. 330 ml is just enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 01:39:18 | More by Sammy
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albern

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a disappointing tripel. I had a Karmeliet just prior to tasting this and what a difference. The plus side of the ledger for this beer is the prodigious frothy white head and incredible lacing. It ends there. The smell is weak and has chemical like aromas. There is the candied sugars, yeast, and malt perceptible, but this is not an enticing smell at all. The taste is medium bodied, a bit subdued, and has this metallic, almost overwrought peat moss taste to it. Okay, what the hell does peat moss taste like, I don't know but there is something particularly off with this beer. It has a yeasty tang to it (a plus), the alcohol is not ominipresent (another plus), there isn't an overpowering or bitter aftertaste (plus again), but it is just that taste in the middle which I can't quite adjust to. I'll settle for peat moss, take it for what it is worth.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 21:30:57 | More by albern
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Ultra Blonde from Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes
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