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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Grimbergen BlondeGrimbergen Blonde

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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website

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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2006 01:42:40 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of cpanossian

New York

2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a .33L goblet. Kind of "off" tasting light honey brown ale. Tastes like it's turned or spoiled. Light foam film that disappears and leaves no head. Mild fruity candy malt taste but tastes a little off. Wasn't able to finish the goblet and wouldn't want to try it again. Maybe just had a bad pour.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2010 13:35:56 | More by cpanossian
Photo of Crosling


2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a yellow golden color and a large, frothy head that lasts well. Aroma smells clean, but resembles more of a Pale Lager, not a Belgian blond. Flavor is very sweet, fruity, malt liquor-like. Watery texture. It's not like it's Marten low carb, but this beer basically sucks.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 05:28:22 | More by Crosling
Photo of SchlaflyFan


2.45/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a white foamy head, with a lot of lacing. Good golden color, definitely the best part of the beer. The smell is hard to pin down for my novice beer nose, a bit on the sour side in any event. The sweet fruity flavor comes through at first which isn't bad but there was distinct metallic aftertaste though. That really stood out and made it tough to enjoy this beer. Not a lot of hops bite, the malt is the key to this flavor. The body is nice, not too thick but good weight to it. Can't shake that aftertaste though.

This beer pours great and looks great, but the rest of the beer isn't up to the same standards.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 01:44:43 | More by SchlaflyFan
Photo of kojevergas


2.45/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle served into a Guinness pint glass in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes taken April 2011. 6.7% ABV confirmed. Expectations were fairly high.

A: Pours a clear light gold colour. Head is four fingers with fair thickness but no cream.

Sm: Yeast and hops obscure the malted barley body. A light aroma. Indistinct.

T: Yeast and floral hops, with a malty backbone that lacks richness or refinement. Simpler than expected. No real esters; maybe some nuts. Not as complex as an abbey beer ought to be. Poorly built for the style. Largely imbalanced.

Mf: Too light, too smooth. Doesn't complement the flavours.

Dr: Doesn't hide its ABV well. A shite abbey beer, all things considered. To be avoided. I wonder how long this sat on the shelf.

**I had this on-draught in Belgium weeks later and enjoyed it far more. Maybe the bottled version doesn't measure up.


Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 20:33:11 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Minkybut


2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer was sour smelling with a big pretty head and actually had great lacing. A slightly smoky flavour made the beer taste interesting at first but then started tasting a little sour to me and after drinking a Grimbergen sour as heck double ale before this one might have been the problem, but I just don't think I like these beers. Will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 23:16:15 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Padron4KM


2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Dark golden, two finger head, sticky lace.
Aroma is fresh and slightly fruity. Ripe banana, honey, sugar, some biscuty malt.
Flavor is sweet, cooked banana with some honey and a dusting of hops.
Kind of ho-hum. It’s a pricey beer, and i expected more.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 05:17:46 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of Absumaster


2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear, orange beer with a head that collapses after several minutes.

Smell is a fruity Belgian smell with anise, coriander and clove notes. This spiciness is up to a level where the aromatic properties of the spices start to become over the top and even a bit artificial.

Taste is a continue of the smell, a Belgian fruitiness with anise, clove, caraway and coriander notes. Also some fusel alcohols and a minor oxidation. The beer is dominated by this spiciness and although there is some malt presence, this is pushed away by the spices. To me this beer reminds me of the terrible Leffe blond and to me this tastes like an exact copy of it.

Serving type: can

08-25-2007 11:19:36 | More by Absumaster
Photo of theBubba

New York

2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice golden color into my stem glass with a short lived, but decent head. A bit of lace lasted until the end.

Smell was of cider vinegar. Taste was of malt vinegar and a touch of bitter hops. But even so, this ale was somewhat drinkable. The label on this 12 oz bottle had numerous code numbers but none that appeared to be a freshness date. It was purchased cold at a very reputable local distributor that specializes in all sorts of wonderful craft beers and imports, so I doubt it was bad...but you never know.

Anyhow, at $18 a 12 oz six pack, I doubt if I'll give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:09:45 | More by theBubba
Photo of pumarocks


2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked this up on sale at the local
Biggs. It smells flowery and yeasty. It reminds me of a few homebrews I botched. It has that same off smell of alcohol and is medicinal in taste. It does have a fruity aftertaste and is refreshing. It looks nice in my free Fat Bastard wine glass I got from a buddy. skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 04:21:30 | More by pumarocks
Photo of SFLpunk


2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz pry-top brown glass. No freshness date, but code on back label.

Appearance: Poured in a Duvel goblet. Clear and bright, golden yellow. Thin white head, small bubbles.

Nose: Lot's of banana and spice. A slight toasty-yeasty background.

Palate: A little watery on the body, with most of the flavor following what seems to be a quick hop note. A little bitterness out on the finish. Flavors are simple and focused on banana/yeast spice.

Notes: The palate is really loose and watery, making for a seemingly cheap mouthfeel. Could see this being better right from the bottle. Might retain more carbonation and therefore mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 00:17:52 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Small brown 25cl bottle, best before Feb 2008, drank June 2007.

Poured into a Duvel glass, just because I can.

Dull or old gold in colour, the head left before the bottle was replaced on the table, leaving a very thin collar around the glass and a little central island which was being produced by the Duvel glass.

Odourless almost, a hint of yeast and hops, but only if I put my face into the beer.

The taste was fine, a slight tangy bite with some citrus fruits trying to get out.

The mouth drys quickly leaving a metalic, citrus, unbeer-like feel within.

I have drank this before in both bottle and draught (on-tap) forms and it has been average, this official tasting session has opened my eyes to its poor quality.

The initial taste was good, but the lack of smell and the aftertaste, plus the poor head retension pushes this beer towards the back of the pack when talking about Belgian Pale Ales.


Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 19:00:46 | More by BlackHaddock


2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 17:49:23 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of mrkc


2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The artwork is a bit gaudy on this 11.2 fl beer - some sort of hereldic eagle - but not too over the top. The beer pours a thick head, the beer itself a clear straw yellow. The predominant smell is yeast, but with a backing of fruity esters. The first thing you notice is the clouded, muzzy mouthfeel of the beer, thick and silty. It has faint taste of bananas, backed with a carbonated bite. There's a light citrus zip, but the overwhelming silt feeling still dominants. It's hard to drink anymore than a little of this at a time, before it feels like your teeth are being sandblasted - bring plenty of water.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 02:49:34 | More by mrkc
Photo of BMoldy

New York

2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Vigorous pour yields a small, fizzy white head. Crystal clear golden brew. Some faint lacing.

S: Pale, sweet malts with an odd graininess attached to them. Musty yeast character with very present clove-like phenols that are almost overwhelming. Very mild herbal hoppiness.

T: Very sweet malts with a sickly, Belgian yeast twang (banana, but more so cotton candy). Minimal hop presence both in terms of bitterness and flavor.

M: Cloying and a little too light in body. Carbonation faded too quickly, though in all fairness that may have been from my aggressive pour.

O: Certainly not like I remember it. Times change, and I guess so does my palate. Way too sweet and yeasty, which is made all the worse by the thin body. Bummer, dude...

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 22:08:46 | More by BMoldy
Photo of Floydster


2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Eddie's Liquor right down the street from my house along with the Dubbel, consumed both on 2/4/08, reviewed from notes, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, color is a golden yellow that is pretty pale, 1/4 inch foamy white head that disappears quickly, no lacing, aroma is made up of bready malt, honey, grassy accents, very light hops, and unknown fruits, taste is a lot like the smell in that is has some weird fruit flavors, lots of honey too, was looking for a freshing light Belgian but got a sweet fruit attack, needs some more hops to dry it out some, sweet, slightly dry, and fruity mouthfeel, body is too thick for what it is, pretty much no carbonation, taste did not linger long at all, could not drink too much of this stuff, this serving was fine, heavy for what it is, too sweet overall, probably would not drink again, might be worth trying

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 03:56:22 | More by Floydster
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 03:23:23 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of thierrynantes


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

Beer bottle (25, 33 cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : golden color, with white foam head.
Smell : hop and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : round on the palate, fruity, very sweet.
Drinkability: an aveareg abbey beer in the style Belgian blond ale

Review translated from french 5-24-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 22:27:53 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of rarbring


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

A clear deep golden brew, an off-white head with some lacing but small curtains.

Smelling of fruits, pears, apricots, yeast and butter.

Sweet bread, some spices, ripe peaches, butter.

Little carbonation, soft, a good body, a slightly dry finish.

An OK blonde, probably a bit old and tired.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 21:33:02 | More by rarbring
Photo of becktone


3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours to a great looking golden light amber color. Nice large 2 inch white, soapy, craggy looking head. However the head quickly dissipated to about a quarter or eighth inch. There is fairly good head retention when this beer is agitated.

Maybe its me or maybe I've actually had three beers in a row that have an aroma of sparkling white grape juice ( Chimay blue, Grimbergen Blonde and Great Lakes Burning River). Perhaps my nose is just out of whack. I also notice some other sweet smells that come from my glass as well. Even though these smells are able to be detected to me they are just not all that potent.

This beer tastes pretty good, I definitely detect a butterscotch taste in this one. There is not much bitterness to this beer, and it would be much better except that I get a metallic or glass aftertaste after swallowing this beer. Overall this beer tastes fine except for the fact that I get this aftertaste. I think that I'll do an extensive tasting of this beer again in a few days and change my review if I get a different impression of this beer.

The beer has a light to moderate body, with medium carbonation. Nothing in particular that stands out when it comes to mouthfeel. This beer goes down pretty easy but for me its drinkability is reduced because of that strange aftertaste. Again I think that I'll try this one again and edit my review accordingly.

Tasted this beer again in a day and I must say that I do appreciate it's taste a bit more now. I think that I'll probably buy it again buy it wouldn't be until I've tried many other types of beer first, that takes priority. For me this isn't one of those beers that just gives me the impression of "Wow can't wait to have this again!"

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 22:18:45 | More by becktone
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 $.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 00:09:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of paterlodie


3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 07-05. Ingredients say acorbic acid humm; no botle fermentation. Appearance is quiet ok with nice white foam that stays quiet well. Golden and clear beercolor.
Nose is old and muffy with lots of koreander and partly oxidised malts. Taste is not that fresh either, hanging bitterness however not that disturbing cause low dosed. Fruity sournotes cause of coreander and maybe the ascorbic acid. Unfresh, tasted it more often but skip it if its not for a blind tasting....

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 19:08:52 | More by paterlodie
Photo of LungeRehm


3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: light amber color, large-pored foam which settles to a one-finger-thick head. Carbonation like soda, after 3 mins like a lager.
S: like fresh, thick sourdough, hints of citrus.
T: tastes yeasty, sourdough, hints of overripe mango.
M: soft mouthfeel; sour aftertaste leaves a furry impression in the mouth.
D: filling due to rich taste and carbonation, saturizes like a Hefeweizen which makes you drink it slowly, thus I would not have more than three in a row. Otherwise you're full, round and can roll to bed.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 22:08:43 | More by LungeRehm
Photo of 1759Girl


3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance> Looks good. Very blonde with a big white head which dissipates quickly leaving traces of lacing.

Smell> grain, honey, clean.

Taste> Tastes like most of its style, but a little sweeter. Slightly funky hang, but not NEARLY as horrific as the hang on Grimbergen's double. It's a decent blonde. Nothing special, and a little sweeter than I prefer, but not offensive.

Mouf>easy, good even

Drinkability> Just not my favorite, but not too bad

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 05:43:56 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of bditty187


3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Largely clear, coppery gold with a bonze highlight; the liquid is very attractive. Simmering white head, at its highest point a formidable three fingers of bubbles sustained. Head retention was good; it slowly fizzled away to a moderate cap. The lacing started right away. I truly dig when lacing starts before I even take a sip. Subsequent lacing was very organized and quite widespread. This beer has a good vibe!

The nose is more Trippel-like then Belgian Pale Ale-like, which isn’t a bad thing. Prickly hops, citrusy and earthy, while not strong in potency I like this aspect. It is quickly followed by a great range of fruit, mostly tropical (like pineapple, mangos, green grapes, and candied citrus). There are more notes of candied sugar in the background. I wish the potency was louder… the beer is fairly clean for a Belgian. Is this beer filtered? No bottle conditioning? I like what I smell but the more I sniff, the less impressed I am. Still, it is inviting.

The palate is spicy and warm. I wasn’t expecting so much heat. Well, I guess 6.70% is fairly hearty. The mild malt body seems fitting. It allows the spiciness to jump off the foundation. The fruitiness is equally lovely, oranges, grapes, pineapple, and a tropical blend. Well done! The warmer the beer got the more it fell apart. It becomes sweet… some veggie notes develop. There is not much in the palate; this is a pedestrian Belgian Pale Ale… I’d like more hops and malt. There are some pleasant qualities here but it is missing those special attributes.

Medium-light in body, low carbonation… the mouthfeel is a bit slick. Thin and watery; I expect more from a beer of this sort.

This beer is very easy to drink. If the alcohol was lower I’d call this a Belgian session beer but, I can’t. There is too much booze in it. So, when do I drink this beer again? It is not as good as Rare Vos or Orval (duh! What is!). I never heard of this beer before I seen a few bottles in Lawrence, KS. I am happy I picked up a sample but I doubt if I’ll drink it again. Overall, it is a solid Belgian Pale Ale… there is a thin line between good and boring with this beer style. I need more to be impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 16:06:10 | More by bditty187
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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.