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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 654
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 19.51%
Wants: 21
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden body (though ever so slightly darker than expected) with huge foaming white head that recedes to the rim of the glass & a big cloud in the centre
The aroma reminds me of orange flavoured multivitamins
Slightly sweet wheat taste with hints of spice
easy drinking
an unchallenging though agreeable blonde

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Photo of drmeto
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear golden-orange with a medium, foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-honey,grassy,spicy,caramel,faint tart,herbal
-honey,grassy,caramel,lemon zest,spples,herbs,crackery finish
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-very faint alcohol warmth
Decent Blonde

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Photo of HipCzech
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Le Bouddoir (Aix-en-Provenance), served in a 0.25 mL Grimbergen chalice. Bright, clear gold with a frothy white cap of foam. Round malt aroma and taste of honeyed bread, light stone fruit, and some spicy Belgian yeast. Medium body with good carbonation. Balanced and drinkable (especially on a balmy evening on a patio in Aix), if not as full flavored as some peers.

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Photo of Zet
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange colour (leans towards an amber actually) with a decent head of foam, though this evaporates rather quickly. Fresh smell of malt, yeast and apricot. Apricot and malt make their return in the taste, accompanied by citric fruits like lemon and tangerine. A bit too much on the sweet side for my taste, but nothing excessive. The taste does get a bit boring near the end though. Right amount of carbonation and yeast give this beer a good mouth feel. Good blond, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.21/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From Carrefour Camas. In Tongerlo glass. Playing Memoria. I had heard that it was much worse than it was years ago. I can now confirm it. It is very weak. I wont repeat it again if it continues being like this

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden blonde with a white head. Moderate in body and taste. Easy to drink and dangerous! Refreshing after cleaning up from the 4th of July! Can says "Brasseries Kronenbourg, Strasbourg, France"

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Photo of stcules
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Golden color, beautiful, and long standing foam.
Malt and cereals in the nose, a bit too strong. Quite heavy. Just a hint of bitterness.
Too malty in the taste too, a light citrus note (more of it in the aftertaste).
Not bad, but too malty, and quite banal. Still drinkable.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Belgian style yeast, sweetness, and cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a sweet note.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber, clear.
The head of a large, white
The aroma of orange and apricot clear, piercing notes of banana, grassy hops, there is also an herbal accent.
Sweetish taste, I would say that even bland. The remaining herbs and intense maltiness. Saturation average, gentian is a delicate, herbal, accompanied by slight sourness in the mouth felt oily texture. Many times I tried to Grimbergen Blonde and every time something I did not fit in it, today was the same, but today for the first time, despite my whining, I can say that Grimbergen is good.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: fluffy white head, brilliant gold, produces good lacing. Flavor: finishes slightly sweet, a touch more hops than some Belgian blonds, spicy, phenols, light carmelization, Mouthfeel: medium full body and medium high carbonation.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Grimbergen chalice - Thanks Helge!
A - Beautiful honey gold color.
S - Sweet graham cracker and baked bread with a spicy note. Cloves.
T - Honey and malt up front. Spicy hop character creeps in. The yeast gives a wonderful baked spice character. Lingers.
F - Everything I want to see in a blonde. Carbonation is excellent, body is nice, and the spice of the yeast and hops lingers.
O - Excellent beer and will most certainly buy this when I see it. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden amber with a rocky foam head and speckley lace.

Smell - Boozy aroma with some spice. Rather leafy and glassy and very medicinal in its alcohol and band aid like qualities.

Taste - Slightly spicy but that is by and large lost in a lot of alcohol tones that are rather like a poor champagne. This beer is very metallic and sulphury.

MF - Nippy metallic, light body and drying.

Overall - A rather poor blond. Definitely not up to par with the others in its class.

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Photo of Jared_Alexander
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very refreshing beer, can definitely drink more than one in a sitting. From the bottle. A very crisp, light beer that hides what little alcohol is in it well.

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Photo of janubio
2.79/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330 ml. bottle.. Pours a clear yellow colour, with a big head. It takes its time to fade and leaves some lace. Smell of apples, caramel and hay. Medium body, easy to drink. Taste of fruits, apples, apricots, candy and some spice. Sure you can have it any time, but it doesn't really offer anything to me. Just a correcto beer.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of NT101
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in Paris. Served in chalice. Clear golden/ orange appearance. Head was creamy color. Nose was fragrant with mild spice, floral. Taste bread, malt, spice. Light hop finish. Mouthfeel smooth, lingering flavor. Was surprised by refreshing overall experience with this beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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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2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Brass color, crystal clear appearance. White froth creates a fairly good retention crown & leaves rings on sides. Citric, malty, yeasty & spiced aromas. Malty, sugary flavors & grape hues at first sip. Light to medium. Moderate to high carbonation. Sparkling & dried mouthfeel. Buttery notes, grapefruit hues & some biscuit in the middle. Sweet/slight bitter finish. Memories of Semi-dry Cava -champagne- on the aftertaste. ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with limited retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt with light peppery yeast notes. Taste is dominated by sweet Belgian style malt with a quite a bit of fructose notes coming through with a peppery yeast note in the finish. Body is light with medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Too much fructose notes coming though for my own taste.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had beer out of a bottle 12 ounces served cool

Very rocky Whitehead and a clear yellow body

Fruity sweet grainy smell with a slight Belgian yeast scent

Very light grain profile very sweet not very hoppy at all

Well carbonated and very light

This beer was to lager like for me. It tasted almost like a macro brew

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Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Hippopotamus Restaurant in Lille. Served in a 33cl Grimbergen chalice.

Appearance: Bright clear amber color. Thin white rocky head. Lots of fine delicate lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Faint, slightly yeasty with some fruity esters and maybe a hint of clove.

Taste: Nice malty start (sweet sugary flavors), spicy (cloves mostly), fruity Belgian yeasty flavors, mild bitter finish (hint of noble hops with that bitter finish). As the beer warmed up the bitterness softened further and took on some dry honey notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky on the teeth. Airy carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty beer. Went fantastic with steak and green beans. I could easily have had another one and probably another after that - dangerously drinkable. Simple, but well done and tasty.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/09/13 notes. Had a bottle of this on the train from Provence, France, to Paris. Poured into a cup on the train. Best by date of 03.14 on the bottle, 33cl bottle.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy yellow-orange color...it looks a lot like apple juice. Has two inches of fluffy white head and moderate lacing and carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, apples, yeast, bready malts. Nose is very nice; lots of bananas and Belgian style notes.

t - Tastes of spices, bananas, peppers, earthy notes, yeast, cloves, bready malts, and toasted malts. Taste has more spice and bananas to it; nice, but a little too much spice for me so a small step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and creamy. Very nice.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; at this point, the best new beer I had on the trip. Nice nose full of bananas and smooth and easy to drink. Would have it again.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured clear and brilliant blonde with a white head of creamy foam that stayed well. Bubbles streaming up this one’s a real looker. The foam finally fell to some outrageous thick lace. Nose is light, positively gay with brett, Belgian yeast and some apple. Malt opens up as it warms with a little nut, bread and grain. Slight vinegar smell at first and then floral. Taste is more malt than the nose with plenty of biscuit, bread and caramel beside a tart sour apple. Yeast takes a backseat, there’s a touch of booze and it’s chewy with almost no bitterness. Finishes wet and without much aftertaste except for a very mild slick hop resin on the tongue. Very light and delicate. Goes down very sweet and has a thin body. For some reason it just doesn’t feel like beer.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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