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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Romabrew on 01-06-2003)
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3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

APP- Dense but low rocky white head w/ thick sticky lace above a copper colored beer. Crystal clear but luster lacks brilliance.

NOSE- The beer opens with a melange of apple, nut, banana, lemon, marmelade, white grape, pear, hint of basil, floral hop, and big hits of sweet Belgian malt with bread and cake characters. As it breathes and warms the banana in particular begins to dominate. The aroma is complex but unrefined. It is not cohesvie. I find it a little overwhelming to the senses, though it is classically Belgian.

FLAVOR- Flavors sweep over the palate and coat it with sweet caramel and toffee malt flavors lavered over fruit-cocktail in syrup with some vanilla in the finish. It would be very pleasant except for alcohol is hot and highly distracting. Minty-herbal hop flavor lingers in long finish though the beer is not very bitter.

MOUTHFEEL- This is Grimbergen's downfall. The beer is medium bodied with a slick, thick, syrupy, maltiness that gets torn in half by sharp alcohol and leaves a long medicinal? astringent finish.

OVERALL- Enough redeeming qualities to interest me in the rest of the brewer's line-up, but won't be revisiting this one any time soon. Reminds me very much of the "Devil-themed" Belgian Golden Strong ales, which aside from Duvel and a few US interpretations, I usually don't dig.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 03:41:52 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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Smell - some Belgian yeastiness as expected and also a light amount of candied baked goods. Some light floral touches and a trace of pepper too.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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