Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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Reviews by brewdoc75:
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a nicely into my Chimay goblet. A little darker than I would imagine for the style with a orange-yellow color. There is a generous white head initially, but it dies down quickly to nothing. Strong carbonation.
S: Vinegar and mustard seed notes at first. As the beer warms up there is some apple and spice notes. Some light sweetness from the malts. In the end I get a little sulfur. Some nice fruit aromas, but the vinegar/mustard aromas kill some of the aroma for me.
T: The flavor is much better than the aroma. Very nice apple and fruit flavors. The fruits are more subtle. Pear and apple are the most predominant flavors. This is followed by some beautiful spiciness. There is a nice, honey-like sweetness in the end. The beer finishes with a light, floral hoppiness. Very nice balance of delicate flavors. None of the vinegar or sulfur that was in the aroma.
M: Light bodied and strongly carbonated. Finishes fairly dry, but not like a saison. The alcohol is there a little to dry things out, but not too much.
D: I had this beer about 4 years ago when I was first getting into Belgian Beer. I really thought this beer was amazing at the time. I have of course had many different, phenomenal Belgian ales since then. I had always passed this up when I saw it. For some reason, I started craving it again. Upon revisiting the beer, I still find it enjoyable. When comparing it to some other Belgian Ales, it isn't quite as exciting as I used to think it was. I still like it however. It is a simple, easy drinking, Belgian Ale. I will definitely continue to pick this up from time to time.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2011 03:17:25 | More by brewdoc75
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3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
(bottle code 0409 V L247<1> - poured into a balloon)
A: completely clear, suntanned golden liquid... half-inch pad of smoky, semi-open foam... splotches of lace
S: really dry, lightly toasty, champagne notes... mild grass, mild bubblegum... graham cracker notes coming through, honey-kissed... the aromas die off hard and fast in little time, leaving only a delicate medicinal alcohol note, similar to handy wipes
T: mildly fruity, somewhat toasty, clean and dry... little bit of burnt sugar and spice, bit of a white vinous note on the tail end - phenolic, but a sanded-off edge... slight metallic tang in the aftertaste, common in these "industrial" abbey blondes
M: clean and quite dry, but not so much crisp... cottony-soft sudsy wash keeps it all quiet and calm, pretty light-bodied aside from that... kinda has a sudsy, dry liqueur type of texture and flow, snuggle-y on the palate
O: like a mildly maltier, less sharp-boozy cousin of Delirium Tremens... not quite as full as a Leffe Blond, a bit spicier than that, but otherwise very similar to it... I can't understand why these beers get lumped into the Belgian "pale ale" category - they're (blond ales) clearly a distinct subset with very recognizable, idiosyncratic flavors
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2014 03:03:06 | More by Bouleboubier
Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.