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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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589 Ratings
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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 15
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website
Belgium

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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Reviews by mdcrouser:
Photo of mdcrouser
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Cellar Rat in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

This beer pours clearer hazy gold than a characteristic Belgian, but with the same strong white head - one that never fully dissipates. If nothing else, this is an extremely soothing beer - in fact, it actually knocked me out while sitting on the deck one night.

An exceedingly light and refreshing mouthfeel that makes you want to breathe in deeply enjoying the entire experience.

Sparkling across the tongue, but especially heavy toward the center. Mildly fruity, like a subtle lemon surrounded by other Belgian flavors that fill the mouth very pleasingly.

Minutes later, it's still there, bouncing about like a mouthful of jellied marbles - one of the better Belgians I've had.

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
1.38/5  rDev -62.8%
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
3.35/5  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.

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of steelerguy
3.7/5  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
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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 danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Satyr179
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of sasoares
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 kaneel
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Kraken
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ChaseBacon
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 LvanB
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
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
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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