Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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Reviews by jwinship83:
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle from a sixer i picked up in a pinch when there was little to no beer for sale. drank from my duvel tulip.
A- the pour yields a translucent glowing golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is pretty quick to fade, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.
S- the smell is pretty simple here. it starts off with pale malts and a little bit of candi sugar. there is also some distinct belgian yeast. a small amount of floral hops finish this one off.
T- the first things i pick up on are belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar. the pale malts i could smell add a small amount of sweetness as well. a little bit of honey and floral hops at the end. simple and to the point.
M- the body is on the thin side and the carbonation is a little higher than expected. both of these things work in the beers favor though. the alcohol is well hidden.
O overall, i liked this beer more than i thought i did. i guess that since i knew it was owned by in-bev it would be a less than quality product. this will be a go to in a situation where my options are severely limited. its also something i think ill have success with when i introduce it to non beer drinkers.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2011 03:29:52 | More by jwinship83
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3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle served at about 6 degrees Celsius into a kronenbourg half pint glass while on vacation in Paris.
Appearance - rich clear bright golden color, with about a finger and half of pearl white head. Great retention and nice levels of spidery lacing down the glass. The beer is clear with lots of active bubbles.
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.
Taste - fairly straightforward a sweet but bready flavor combined with the Belgian yeasts and maybe some candied baked goods. Straightforward but quite tasty.
Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy yet fairly light, aided by moderately high carbonation, with a slightly drier than average finish.
Overall - really tasty and was considering a second one despite the outrageous price tag, a given with the Arc de Triumph, sitting prominently in the background, but definitely a good one and something I would buy if I ever saw it at home.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 15:53:05 | More by DenisKolkin
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
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