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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Romabrew on 01-06-2003

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Reviews by evlu1441:
Photo of evlu1441
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a gift pack at Brussels airport a little while back. It came with four beers and a glass. Here's the first review:

The beer pours a perfectly clear medium golden colour. The head is thin and frothy. I'm actually quite drawn to this one. It seems to have a nice viscosity, though I can't really tell just from looking.

The aroma is lightly fruity with some aspects of green apple coming through. This is quickly followed by a whole lot of flowery aroma. It's quite nice, and not overpowering. At the same time, it remains interesting.

The taste is surprisingly malty. It starts out slightly sweet, and there is a quick flourish of flowery hops. It quickly becomes a broad smooth grainy malt flavour that persists through the finish, with a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall, this is by no means a bad beer, but there is nothing special. It lacks a lot of the complexity that makes for a really great Belgian pale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip glass a light golden with a fluffy white head that had decent lasting power,aromas of lemon and toasted grain with some yeasty clove as well.Flavors are pretty yeasty up front with some bubblegum and clove phenolic flavors melding into some citric and toasted tones.Decent but a little to phenolic and yeasty for me still not all bad.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.42/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I’ve been walking around Grenoble playing the local pastime (avoiding dog crap on the side walk) for hours. I’m thirsty and if one more angry, unemployed young man shouts at me, or another homeless guy dressed in fatigues tries to lead me down some back alley I’m going to go D-day on this place. I finally find an open bar that I can get into but the taps are just terrible. A large poster proudly proclaims that they serve bud light. Desperado posters line the other walls. I notice after some searching that they have Grimbergen on one of their taps. That will do, I think to myself. I had a can of that the other day and it was decent.

I order two 83 oz giraffes (because I’m so stressed from the anti-Americanism and dog crap). I sit down and set about consuming the brew but it's different. I taste apples, nasty, rotten fermented apples. That is all. That is all that is going on in this beer. It is terrible. My friends and I finish our nasty brew and leave. All of us come down with a horrible case of that stuff that’s all over the sidewalks. I won’t be revisiting this one anytime soon.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Exceptionally clean, obviously not bottle condition, fluffy white head that fell quickly to a covering.

S - Sweet, spicy, with some apple aroma.

T - Pale malt, green apple, a touch of clove. Unfortunately, ended with a little metallic twang.

M - Thin, crisp, and clean with a little carbonic burn at the end.

D - Very refreshing but with a 6.7% ABV could sneak up on you quick if you treat it like session beer.

A worthy Belgian Blonde that could be much better if not for a couple flaws.

Photo of JasonA
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, solid rather thick heard. I think I would prefer it maybe a bit cloudy, this is very clear. Id also like to see some sediment in the bottle.

Smells a little boozy, maybe even metallic. Maybe some breadiness at the end. I would like some yeastiness, but I feel im getting crisp lager smell. Nothing much Belgian.

Semi-sweet, Belgian yeast with malt finish. Lightly hopped. Very thankful none of the smells are coming out in the taste. Lightly, very delicate hops. Barely bitter, no aroma present.

Sits Belgian sweet, candi sugarish, but light. Might be a tad too much. Very surprised none of the booze is coming out, it is at ~7% abv.

Ok. I doubt ill be going back to this Belgian Blonde (I mean Pale). I will be trying a few more out until I find one I want to clone.

cheers

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, nice label, with an eagle and sort of stained glass looking. Pours clear, light and golden. Not much head, lower carbonation, tiny bubble film light and wispy lacing. Nose is pineapple and some yeast. Notes of bublegum, more pineapple, lemony and fairly refreshing. Would go great with a warm waether salad. Ffairly light bodied and a tad thin. Less complex then the top notch pales also lower in alcohol. Less interesting then hoped for, still a tasty and pleasant drink.

Photo of Kraken
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. This is the second Grimbergen I have had and I have yet to be disappointed. Vigorous pour yields one finger snow white head. Minimal head retention with some lacing. Beer is straw colored and crystal clear. Smells of clean belgian yeast with hints of fruits, apple and banana. Taste very clean, slight fruit but not overly fruity, candy sugar compliments the light malt character. Very taste beverage with a clean finish. Beer is highly drinkable, and refreshing, perfect summer brew and at 6.7% it lets you know you are drinking it.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2011. The label has an image of a phoenix and the latin motto 'burns but is not consumed'. Well it may not burn, but it will be consumed...

Poured into a Stella chalice. A bright golden colour with good carbonation; once it settles a column of fine bubbles rises from the centre of the glass. A large foamy white head tops it off; this slowly reduces to leave a thin covering of foam. A strong sweet aroma with hints of fruit and alcohol - complex and interesting.

A sweet malty taste with an element of sourness as you swallow. Notes of yeast, esters and fruit; no bitterness to speak of. Alcohol becomes more obvious as the liquid warms, unbalancing the flavour somewhat. Mouthfeel is smooth but astringent, leaving a dry sensation.

This is highly drinkable, and goes down nicely. The flavour is more involved than many beers, but not overwhelming. Worth seeking out to try.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Marginally hazy appearance, lots of bubbles and yellow. Aroma is sweet, but has something that is kind of an afront, but not alcohol.

Taste, lemon, orange, coriander, zippy feel to it. Slight buttery aspect. Mouthfeel throughout leaves no surprises. Extremely expensive for what it is, plenty of similar beers (mothership wit comes to mind) for a lot less $.

Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear (I was expecting bottle conditioned) darker yellow with a nice head of 1/2 of an inch. Laces well, spidery with good cling though. Aroma is lightly astringent, unripe pineapple with some yeast and lime. Flavor starts decently full, adequate body and carbonation, with sense of esters, some sugary sweetness, and citrus fruit. The brew loses an impression of more sturdy malts about halfway through the mouth and settles into an overly sourish quality, with a loss of texture at the close. Somewhat quaffable but it loses its drinkability at the finish, not settling great with me at the end.

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Undated 330 ml bottle serrved in a goblet.
Pours with excellent clarity and a durable white head that leaves fine sticky lacing.
Smells of soft fruits, yeast, light baked bread.
Flavor: also fruity and bready.
Feel: medium-light body; soft carbonation; a bit astringent.

O: a solid Belgian light ale.

Photo of Itoclown
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased from Ladd's in Muskegon and drank from a Duvel tulip.

Look: Yellow/orange with a slight haze. Very little head.
Smell: Delicious. Fruity with the typical Belgian smell. Excellent smell.
Taste/mouthfeel: Very light and smooth. Bananas and other fruits. The mouthfeel is like champagne but not as harsh on the tongue. This would be a light Belgian if there's ever such a thing.
Overall/notes: The foaminess of this covers the overall taste. But I feel like I could drink this one all night because of how light and smooth it is. B/B+

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a very slight hazy golden-yellow body with a thick rocky snow-white head that last for a good bit and a microbubble carbonation
. S- The clean aroma has a faint pale malt note that has just a touch of sweetness to it.
T- The dry carbonic acid note leads to dry tart apples in the finish. There is a light soapy note to the finish aswell.
M- The dry crisp mouthfeel finishes with a soft tight fizz. There is no alcohol noticed.
D- This beer has a soapy hop flavor that grows and that is about the only flavor. I didn't get any yeast character or malt flavor unfortunately.

Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a clear, deep gold with lively carbonation bubbling. The head pours and stays a huge fat pillow with a rocky density that leaves webs of lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.
There's a great variety of fruits on the nose: some citrus, some banana, apple, pear and an herbal note. A light malt backing follows.
The taste is true to form. In addition, there's some honey on the tongue that mixes very nicely and a barely discernable spice in the finish. There's plenty of grains to back the malt for a nice balance.
The body is medium, though nothing in it is overwhelming. Its nicely balanced in every aspect. Carbonation adds a nice bite that is gentle at the same time.
This one's very drinkable. An excellent brew.

Photo of watermelonman
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a nice golden color with a medium sized head that faded a bit. There's just a line or two for lace.

The smell was a fairly good combination of light malts and citrus tones. The taste was a bit lighter than expected, with those same flavors present. The mouthfeel was definitely too light. This beer just needs more substance.

Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. An 'abbey beer', with glucose syrup kind of sounds strange. Ah, this is made by Kronenbourg, purveyors of that witbier so inexplicably popular around here these days. I do like the phoenix association, though.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber colour, with one finger of foamy, sporadically bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves an intricate array of tightly-woven webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, candi sugar, musty yeast, a muddled flat orchard fruitiness, and a mild earthy coriander/clove spiciness. The taste is more rather sweet grainy, pastry-esque caramel malt, some superfluous gritty morning tea sugar, a still dazed and confused apple and banana fruitiness, baker's yeast, lingering clove and white pepper spice, and a tiny hint of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is pretty subdued, just a subtle wispy essence here and there, the body an approachable medium weight, and mostly smooth, a certain vegetal astringency taking its toll. It finishes on the sweet side, the inherent malt and added sugar solution overmatching any lingering yeast or hops.

A rather contrived sort of feeling, is what I get around this one - seemingly true to style, but more than a bit too sweet at the same rate. Drinkable, sure, but lacking the integrated complexity of its brethren.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle:

AP: Pours out ultra-clear pure shimmering gold with a mellow carbonation and great retention ability displaying a 1/2" bubbly and active all-white head that stuck around for a long while before decending into a slim vail-covering.

Nose: honey-wheat barley malt, fresh green herbal hop, sweet fruits and dark berries with a subtle but mildly sour yeast whiff. nice aroma overall.

Flavor & Feel: starts off with a light, crisp, sharp and very clean feeling honey-wheat malt flavor that has a nice complexity from the sweet, dark fruit flavors of mashed-red grapes and raspberries. The mildly zesty and herbal belgian yeast hits you next adding a nice counter-balance to the mostly sweet malt flavors. It's smooth and slick going down but never feeling heavy. The finish is a mild, fresh and very green tasting hop.

DA: I'm very impressed with this one, i always love the CLEAN feel you get from Belgian ale's especially if there's a good complexity of flavor like this one has...not exactly a session beer 6.7% but a six paxk is not too much to put down with say one other person who will enjoy this brew too.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a big fluffy head in the tulip glass, which recalls Duvel. Color is amber-hued golden; looks like autumn. Lots of sticky lace webs cover the insides of the glass. Head retains well but thins quicker than, say, Duvel.

Aroma of pilsner malts is strong, and it's backed up by light traces of spices and yeast. A delicate aroma, similar to Duvel. (I'm not sure if "Gatinais" barley qualifies as a pilsner malt, but it sure smells like it.)

The flavor, while having some depth, isn't intense or wild. It's certainly got that Belgian character, most likely due in large part to whatever yeast strain was used. The spiciness is delicate, light, flowery and sweet, and the hops is shown most in the finish, balancing everything unobtrusively.

Mouthfeel is slick and buttery; buoyant, with a pleasing lightness.

The flavor doesn't necessarily blow me away, but the overall experience of this beer just about does. The drinkability is insane. Flavorful but not heavy, with a sensible ABV, it goes down in a completely agreeable way. People who got turned onto Belgians via Duvel and who still love Duvel are advised to fall in love with this one. But with all the comparisons to Duvel, don't get me wrong, Grimbergen Blonde is its own beer, less crisp and dry than Duvel, and probably sweeter and slightly funkier. Great stuff.

Photo of Mar02x
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark yellow fluid with adecent white head. There a some carbonation bubbels racing to the top. The head slowly retracts until a fluffy head remains.

S - More yeast than citrus but definitly present. There is also a touch of sweetness to be discovered. Overall an invititing smell.

T - There is some sweetness in the taste but mostly its a bit sour, rather dry and bitter.

M - Medium carbonation with a bitter after taste.

O - A decent blonde, but in total not much to go for. I am missing floral hops and some extra sweetness.

Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey topped with several inches of wet, white froth.
Nose ripe with apples, pear, pineapple, clove and musty, doughy yeast.
Begins generous with fruit. Tropical with papaya and mango, candified. The apple and pear traits develop and linger. Doughball yeastiness arrives. Turns weizen-esque with fat bruised bananas and loads of cloves. Plenty peppery too. Regresses to the apple-pear combo then exits with a brief, drying grassy hop snap.

It should be noted that this seems to lose nuance and pizzazz as it sits. By the end, it's all honey-covered pears, pizza dough, ghostly booze, and cloves. Strikingly similar to Leffe Blonde...and that is not all that favorable a comparison.

Medium bodied, with, perhaps, a few extra pounds tacked on. Steadily carbonated up front but still a touch sticky, and even more gooey as the CO2 leaves.
Akin to a Tripel-Weissbier cross. Too bad that bottom fell out. I liked this quite a bit up front.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Above-average pale with lots of initial head on cloudy yellow, some lace, basic yeasty and wheat aroma. Medium mouthfeel, drying aftertaste. Yeast, a tad of fruit in the bannana characteristic. Cloves dominant spice, also salt and white pepper. Not very complex. A pale than a tripel.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grimbergen Blonde pours a clear golden-orange body beneath an average sized head of pillowy white that settles into a thin surface covering with a with collar. As it goes, it leaves creamy rings of lace that combine to form a solid curtain.

The aroma is sweetish with a touch of sugar candy and honeysuckle, a bit of grain, and some moderate herbal and leafy hops.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and creamy with a dextrinous edge and a very fine-bubbled median carbonation.

The flavor adds a subtly touch of tartness to the mix, most likely via the yeast, and it balances perfectly. It's sweet with a note of vanilla upfront; then displays some more fruitiness (crisp tart apple, pear, some non-descript citrus, and perhaps pineapple), followed by hop flavors across the middle; and then finally ends drying with a flicker of tart acidity and a dull, restrained bitterness. The finish is short, but some leafy and gently herbal hops do linger along with a mild brush of acidity.

All in all, it's fairly complex if you give it a chance, yet it's not overly rich, which leaves it remarkably quaffable. It offers everything it's supposed to - malt, yeast, and hops - and it's quite nicely rounded and interestingly balanced. Quite enjoyable!

Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a pretty golden-orange hue, topped by a small finger's worth of sticky, stark white head. Nice carbonation - tiny bubbles keep rising from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is sweet and redolent of tropical fruit, with notes of candy sugar and a little twang from the Belgian yeast. Palate is sweet and fruity up front, becoming drier as the beer washes over the tongue. A flourish of candy sugar is evident just before the swallow, along with a touch of lightly floral hops.
Body is full and rich, lightly creamy without being foamy. This beer is a pleasure to drink, although it is a bit lacking in the flavor department. With the body and nose it has to offer, I'm slightly disappointed in the mild flavor.

Photo of socon67
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber in color, with a thin layer of foam. This just looked nice in the glass. Not clear, but very subdued; no lacing.

S - Smells like a typical belgian ale. Yeasty, sweet with a fruit aroma.

T - I liked this very much. There was blend of citrus with spicy pepper notes. The finish has a sugary taste right before the ABV kicks in.

M - Some carbonation, but not much. The kick at the end makes this something you savor slowly. Not a sipper, but more of a medium bodied belgian to be enjoyed over time. Went great with my three course dinner.

D - Could easily have a couple. Not sure why I haven't come across this until now, but definitely one to revisit.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.