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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Reviews: 324
Hads: 669
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 19.51%
Wants: 22
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale | 6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Romabrew on 01-06-2003

The high quality raw materials make up the richness of this top-fermented beer, which is characterized by its ocher blonde color.

Grimbergen Blonde is light fruity and balanced sweet-bitter. Due to its rounded flavor, this beer is highly appreciated.
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Photo of Wobjack
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Grimbergen Chalice at 'La Boufe Rouge' in Saint-Junien, France.

Appearance: Dark amber, lively carbonation, very clear. Nice head on this that lasts the entire trip with a bit of pleasant lacing.

Smell: Sweet and spicey, fruity with malt flavours coming through. Slight solvent smell there and plenty of alcohol, typical of the style.

Taste: Rich and slightly sweet malt with a noticeable spice. Pleasantly clean tasting and full across the palate. Hops come through slightly toward the end and there's alcohol in the nose. Drinking this with a lunchtime meal (Sea Bass & Mussels in creamy white wine sauce) and actually its going down very well indeed.

Mouth-feel: Medium body, nice carbonation that gives a satisfying mouth-feel across the tongue.

Overall: A nice beer and went with my meal perfectly. I didn't actually expect to much from this brew so I was pleasantly surprised. Would order again, if it was slightly cheaper (It was €8 a pint!)

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Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, some malts. Taste is not so good. Vinegar, apples, a bit sour, and not in a good way. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer is mediocre at best.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

French people never seem to be drunk because they have shit beer and always eat stuff when they drink. Is this hypothesis true..?

They serve this stuff everywhere in Paris, as it is owned by Kronenbourg. Fortunately it is far superior...made with barley and wheat...

Fairly lagerish look, quite golden, head stays for a while though quite low, not overtly gaseous.

Quite pleasant aroma, citrussy

Taste is nice actually. Definitely one of the best French beers out there. Personally I am not a fan of wheat beers as it is less easy to digest and feels heavier.

Feel is top notch, as not too gaseous and smooth, the bubbles taste of the beer, not too carbon dioxidey.

France do not have many good beers, which is strange as they are close to Belgium and have more people. This is definitely quite heavy as a blonde, though still fine for a winters or summer day. The inclusion of the wheat gives it a heavier feel, as I think I already said. So good as 1 at a time, not for a long session...

Best served after around half an hour outside the fridge I reckon, on a cold winters night such as now.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grimbergen Blonde

Look: Golden, yellow color with 1 finger of head.

Smell: Orange some cereal

Taste: Honey, grassy also with a finish of the citrus

Feel: Very tasty especially on the finish

So overall would I recommend it ? Yes, much better than the heineken or stella or even leffe.

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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

Bottled
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

L:
-pours a clear golden-orange with a medium, foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-honey,grassy,spicy,caramel,faint tart,herbal
T:
-honey,grassy,caramel,lemon zest,spples,herbs,crackery finish
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-very faint alcohol warmth
O:
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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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
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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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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