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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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585 Ratings
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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 15
Gots: 43 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Romabrew on 01-06-2003)
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Misterefe, Sep 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

cdwa226, Feb 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

CANQuest (TM) beer/bier/biere/birra/cerveza/cerveja # 400 from CANs/DOSEN/BOITES/LATTINE/LATAS/BLIKKEN and I CANnot be more proud!

This started out as a stupid lark in response to people who were traveling hither and yon for the latest sought-out release of an RIS and morphed into a campaign to transition craft beer from bottles into CANs and make them more portable and (perceptually) greener at the same time. What once were habits now are vices in a big way. I rarely drink a beer from anything other than a CAN, a tap, or a cask now and while many pooh-pooh my self-imposed exile from BottleLand, I seldom look back in regret. Instead, I have become the touchstone for CANned beers, along with a loyal group of traders, contributors and like-minded individuals.

Tonight's beer comes to me/us from einweizenbitte, a clever traveler who refers to me by Woody Allen's given name, Herr Konigsburg and my uncle, Dr. Kirsch as Uncle Cherry. Here's to you, einweizenbitte, and may yours be a very happy Thanksgiving!

From the CAN: "Ardet nec Consumitur."; "'Brule mais ne se consume pas', telle est la devise de l'abbaye de Grimbergen. Fondee en 1128 dans un petit village au nord du Bruxelles elle fut a maintes reprises incendiee mais a chaque fois rebatie, tel un phenix renaissant de ses cendres. Au fil de son histoire, labbaye de Grimbergena su conserver la recette d'une biere authentique et de charactere. Cette biere blonde au gout unique et a la mousse abondante se deguste idealment entre 8 C et 12 C."/"'Burned but not destroyed,' that is the motto of the Grimberger Abbey. Established in 1128 in a small village north of Brussels, the abbey was built by hand many times and each time it has been rebuilt, it has been like a phoenix rising from its ashes. Throughout its history, Grimberger Abbey has known the recipe for an authentic beer with character. This blonde beer has a unique taste with a plentiful head. The ideal temperature to consume this beer is between 46.4 F and 53.6 F."

The Crack & Glug was nearly religious in terms of its experience, resulting in well over two fingers of thick, foamy, bone-white head with excellent retention. I began to regret not having donned the robes of Bro. Woody of the Order of Disorder as the singing of angels could be heard around me. The head slowly fell like a penitent to its knees, leaving behind a beautiful, sticky lacing that begged to be licked from the sides of the glass (as if I were worthy). The nose had a bready, semi-sweet, musty yeast-driven quality that I had to drag myself away from. After all, beer is meant to be drunk, not inhaled. Mouthfeel was medium with an intense yeast mustiness up front, like putting your tongue on the Guttenberg Bible, followed by a sweet cotton candy-like flavor before giving itself over to a slight grassiness. The finish was semi-dry, not bone-dry, but on its approach with a definite yeast-driven flavor. it was about as good a beer as I have ever had from a CAN. Do they allow coolers in church? Maybe at the Church Brew Works ... I am not taking this to the beach or the mountains, however. This is a beer in a CAN to be savored. Seek it out and remember who turned you onto it. Let us be thankful ...

woodychandler, Nov 24, 2010
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

BDF2000, Apr 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grimbergen Blond is my ultimate favorite Belgian beer. Continuously on-tap at the Cock n Bull in Sarasota FL. I would want to come in to the pub, sit down, and order my Grimbergen Blond on-tap. But I could not always do that is I wanted to get anywhere on my list of beers to try. Although, when I took a break from something new - I would have this delicious beer. I suggested to anyone that arrived and did not know what they wanted.

Light to Medium in Color this beer is easy easy to drink - not to over the top with flavor.

baby4rose, Jan 06, 2008
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Chetti, Sep 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

JSkone09, Nov 22, 2011
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Geiseman, Oct 06, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers.

A: Nice creamy head.

S: Overwhelming citrus and floral.

T: Love the complex flavors.

M: Typical for good pale ale.

O: Can see why some would like this and some not. Balance of spice, floral and citrus makes for varied opinions. Definitely not a session beer.

Twincrasher, Nov 14, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grimbergen Blonde ale has a thick, fluffy, off-white head and a clear, sparkling, bubbly, golden appearance. The aroma is very much of light, sweet bread, citrus fruit, and yeast sting. Taste is similar to a mimosa: champagne and orange juice, but with the added yeast spiciness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Grimbergen Blonde finishes dry, delicate, and ultra-refreshing. What a wonderful breakfast beer. I rate it outstanding!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Oct 06, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Grimbergen beers are one of my personal favourites. Not the least because it originates from my former hometown Grimbergen. Today Grimbergen has a large Baroque basilica attached to the abbey. It was founded by Saint-Norbertus himself. In the middle ages, the lords of Grimbergen where very powerfull. The original plans showed a huge complex, but It was never completely built. The buildings where sold during the French revolution by the French occupier and the complex was partially demolished. After the French redrew, it was reacquired by the monastic order. As they had vowed when they entered the order, they where to foresee in their own needs. On of them was brewing beer as it was safer in those days to drink beer then water.

The Beer has a clear copper colour. When poured, a lot of effort goes in creating a reasonable head. Which disappears quite rapidly. It has an odour that reminds me of dried ham combined with spices, exotic fruit and citrus. It tastes very light but when it touches the tongue rich aroma’s are released: malt, hop’s, fruit,…
This is a stronger beer, but I thing it is easier to drink than some lighter beers.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Bierschenker, Apr 28, 2005
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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.