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Ultra Blonde - Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 05-21-2003)
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Reviews by mrfrancis:
Photo of mrfrancis
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

mrfrancis, Nov 07, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Marius, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous blonde here...thick, soapy, rocky head that lasted quite a while, fed by furious carbonation inside that hazy orange-blonde color.

The nose is pleasantly hit with fruity and peppery esters, with bits of anise and candy sugar coming in. Carries a lightness and freshness that pretty much tells you how it's going to taste. And indeed, the flavors mirror the aromas. Nothing surprising considering the style, but since this is one of my favorite styles, it fits the bill well and does the job on this hot summer day. Ultra-satisfying beer, clean, cool, substantial, with plenty of depth. Also feel some bready malt and yeasty funkiness as the glass slowly emptied. Crisp and dry in the finish. Exactly what you'd want out of a Belgian tripel.

What more can I say? Another fine fine brew by the world's best.

Metalmonk, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of mattfancett
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Sammy, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Ciocanelu, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of dgallina
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce brown bottle dated best-before 1/25/2011 on the cap. Pours orange-peach with lots of floating yeast haze, big soapy white head that recedes to a thin film and little lace. Well-rounded yeast, pepper, lemon and lime aroma. Flavor a tad thin for a tripel. Lemon and limes up front, with some drying hops and warming alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with steady carbonation and a bit of grainy chewiness.

dgallina, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Goldorak
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at la Vaudrée 2 in Liège, served in a Duvel-style glass from the brewery.

Appearance: Hazy honey blonde with huge, caking head. Nice.

Smell: Almost had a witbier feel to it, sort of yeasty, fruity smell with that minty-like alcohol finish.

Taste: A little bit of banana esters, and a sweetness that may be from candi sugar. Alright, not great. Mouthfeel was medium, but with a good alcohol aftertaste that lingers in the back of the throat.
At 8%, I wouldn't drink a ton of the stuff. With the selection at La Vaudrée 2, I was glad to have tried it, but moved on quickly.

Goldorak, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of big Belgian malt with some light sweetness. Taste is dominated by the semi-sweet Belgian malt with a nice lightly hoppy dry finish. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Overall, this was better then expected with a great refreshing factor.

Phyl21ca, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of mwilbur
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

mwilbur, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Bobzilla
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

Bobzilla, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

weeare138, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Absumaster
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Absumaster, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +24%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear amber color with yeast. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is yeasty and malty. Flavor is sweet and yeasty, bready, clean finish. ABV is not noticeable. $2.79 for a 330ml bottle from John's Market Tigard, OR.

jdhilt, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of horndecker
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

horndecker, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of clintyeastwood
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

clintyeastwood, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

avalon07, May 13, 2008
Photo of acrawf6
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice hazy orange with a nice frothy white head on top.

Smell. At first it was a bit yeasty, but now i am getting a good amount of fruits, some apple, orange citrus and strawberries (strawberries are more of a candy strawberry smell). nice

Taste. Initially tart, like a lemon pastry. But as it sits in my mouth it sweetens up with a nice apple flavor and becomes very pleasant. A very mild flavor and smoothe. Lots of apples, like apple juice. aftertaste is just slightly tart. Alcohol was disguised extremely well.

Mouthfeel. Very nice and creamy. Fuller body for the style, lots of carbonation, but below average for the style (not a bad thing). I really love this mouthfeel, very creamy!

Overall a great experience. Lots of apples and very creamy. It is scary how tasty it is and how well it hides the alcohol. I could probably finish this in no time and be on my ass soon after. Very nice!

acrawf6, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of paterlodie
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well in suppost to a great line-up for tonight a misser. Didn't know any of the brewery so when I saw this one I had to try at least one of the brewery and I took this. Hardly any foam by pooring it in but some stayed for quiet some time. Gold to amber colour and a nose that reminded me a litle of malt, spicy but not fresh. Sweet taste of a lilte candy sugar and a litle bitter. No refreshing taste and having good beers in lineup I feel this one's a misser.

paterlodie, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML brown bottle that is corked (synthetic) and caged. The pour is easily managed to whatever head you desire. Light Copper to Orange in color. Head falls to a solid cover and leaves behind sliding lace.

Light fruity backdrop of Pineapple and Bananna is present from start to finish. Carbonation wasn't very vibrant in appearance but they snap the palate and crispen this up a touch. Peppered and some all spice towards the end. Finishes leaning towards the dry end of the spectrum.

Notes: Ehhh... its just OK in my book. Worthy of a try.

DogFood11, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, have to thank a couple of nice guys for bringing back a mixed 4-pack of this fine microbrewed beer back from Belgium to sample. This is the first one I tried. Poured a hazy bright yellow color with a significant fluffy white head. Good amount of flaky white particles in suspension. Hoppy and dry smelling, strangely reminescent of the same aroma qualities of Duvel, just different. Tasting reveals an aggressive dryness, some malty sweetness, and an almost astringent dry finish with a spattering of some lemony citrus. Mouthfeel's spritzy and smooth. I very much enjoyed this beer. A trip to Belgium must be in order.

crookedhalo, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes: Ultra-Blonde.
Strength: 8.0% ABV.
Style: Strong Blonde / Tripel.

Served on Draft; One of 5 x 25cl Glass Samplers (€5 Total).

Tasted at the Farmhouse Café (Sampling Room), during a Brewery Visit to the Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes, on 18th April 2003.

Appearance: Absolutely devoid of any solid or deleterious matter. Sparkling blonde presentation with another signature d’Ecaussinnes stiff, firm bleached white head. This could easily be mistaken for a lager in the outside sunshine. Looks very refreshing in the hot afternoon sun.

Smell: Deep inhalation whilst outside reveals a lovely light malt nose mixed with bitter hops. Low in strength, which is not exactly “de rigueur” for this style.

Taste: A Tripel that is in the style of a strong blonde. It is re-fermented in the bottle version, but this was the draft version. Light malts, grain and a faint biscuit twang are there at the beginning. The middle was dominated by a biting crisp bitterness, this all makes way eventually for a bitter-“sweet” finish. A bit muddled.

Mouthfeel: Light and deceiving for an 8% ABV Strong Blonde/Tripel.

Drinkability: Quite high given its strength, but maybe a sad reflection of its advertised “Tripel” character.

Overall: Quite average really, Belgium is festooned with Strong Blondes/Tripels that are neither Special, Distinctive nor Bad. This is just another one of them.

TheLongBeachBum, May 21, 2003
Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

GClarkage, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of albern
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

albern, Jul 21, 2007
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Ultra Blonde from Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes
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