Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Reviews: 315
Hads: 635
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 89 | 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 Maakun
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color, not much of a head, but some nice bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: maybe it's me, but there's not that much of a smell. Some light malts, banana, yeasty spices, all very faint.

Taste: big malts, then some yeast, cloves, very ripe fruits (apples, pears) followed by a light bitterness. Later on it get's even a bit creamy. Aftertaste has cloves and a yeasty bitterness.

Mouth: quite full for the style. Really coats the mouth and just the right amount of carbonation. After a few minutes the carbonation gets a lot lighter, which is a bit of a shame really.

Overall: not very special, but there's nothing wrong with this either. I'd expected a bit more bitterness from the description on the bottle, but this is a very run of the mill Belgian blonde. (778 characters)

Photo of DannyHartman
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a thick and fluffy 3-inch head appears atop a clear golden brew that has plenty of visible bubbles rising throughout the drink.... There's tons of foamy retention that leaves tons of thick lacing.

I take a whiff and get upfront sweet Belgian yeast with citrus, fruit like banana and apple, and a little spiciness.

The taste is that of mostly sweet malts with a slight citusy sourness and some spiciness.... There's also a hint of mint in there.

I'd say this is a medium-bodied brew with tons of carbonation.... It has a crisp, yet slick feeling going down that leaves a sour and tingly aftertaste.

Overall, I liked it.... However, as much as I enjoyed this brew, it was not what I look for or expect from a Belgian.... Good beer, overall.... Just not by Belgian standards in my eyes. (835 characters)

Photo of Twincrasher
4.84/5  rDev +31.2%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.46/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

D+ (870 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.82/5  rDev +30.6%
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 (439 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The color is clear deep golden, while the white enormous head is quite thick and creamy. Rich lacings.

S: Sour Belgian yeastyness. Some spices; mainly peppers. Malty. Some fruit; citric notes. Grass and hay.

T: Rich malts, sour and a bit sweet - white bread. Yeast and spices. Fruits; citric. Grass and hay.

M: Aftertaste is sour, while body is medium and carbonation rather strong for this style.

O: Smooth and gulpable no matter the ABV. Kind of a nice summerbrew. (474 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, yeast, and some light fruit aromas. There is also a slight mineral aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is much the same (sans minerals) with an alcohol kick on the finish with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but I prefer the taste over the smell on this one. (584 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: good-looking medium golden hue with a clear body and lots of effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: sweet aroma with a rich malt character and an orchardy fruitiness with notes of apple and pear. Not revolutionary but well-crafted and just what I look for in the style.

Taste: malty flavor with a light hint of some of those orchard fruits. The character of this beer really makes me want to compare it to a tripel, in which case it seems a little low-intensity and watery. However, keeping the actual style in mind, it is really on-point; really, the mere fact that my brain thinks "tripel" is a good thing here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a good mouth-filling creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a refreshing and tasty Belgian pale whose character is right up my alley. (889 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,329 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow body with a tall white head. Aroma of grain, yeast, grass, mustiness, cereal, florals, and pepper. Flavor of yeast, grass, florals, herbs. 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. A fairly strong alcoholic finish, surprising since its a tap beer. (384 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear golden with an abundant frothy white head. Some bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. The head recedes slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There are aromas of pale malts, spice, fruit, and faint yeast. It smells grassy. The flavor is malty and sweet with some some spice to help balance the flavor. It has a mild aftertaste that is spicy and sweet. The mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. It has a crisp, dry finish. It's fairly easy to drink. Overall, this is a solid, unoffensive Belgian pale ale. (594 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a grimbergen snifter

a: pours a clear gold, 1 finger effervescent head slowly fades to a thing film

s: light fruits and a light grassiness, sweetness quite present as well, very light and crisp

t: a sharp crispness, more spices than in the aroma: black pepper and clove, finishes more with bready malts and sweetness.

o: a solid belgian pale ale, i like it a bit better than leffe blonde (about equal distribution here in spain). enjoyable, without being overpowering. (497 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Nearly clear yellow orange color. Two fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Light pepper and clove spiciness. Hay, grass, and light fruits.

3.5 T: Pepper and clove again. Earthy, hay, light fruits. Tasty.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice spritziness.

3.5 D: Good beer. I like it. (396 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a gift pack at Brussels airport a little while back. It came with four beers and a glass. Here's the first review:

The beer pours a perfectly clear medium golden colour. The head is thin and frothy. I'm actually quite drawn to this one. It seems to have a nice viscosity, though I can't really tell just from looking.

The aroma is lightly fruity with some aspects of green apple coming through. This is quickly followed by a whole lot of flowery aroma. It's quite nice, and not overpowering. At the same time, it remains interesting.

The taste is surprisingly malty. It starts out slightly sweet, and there is a quick flourish of flowery hops. It quickly becomes a broad smooth grainy malt flavour that persists through the finish, with a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall, this is by no means a bad beer, but there is nothing special. It lacks a lot of the complexity that makes for a really great Belgian pale. (940 characters)

Photo of AZbelgian
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich golden color but maintains translucence. Small white head quickly fades to a nice film of head on top. Outstanding lacing and lots of carbonation.

S - Smell was harder to discern. Light colored fruit with some maltiness. Nothing too notable.

T - Complex bready taste with notes of slightly sour apples, and clove. Brief and subtle aftertaste has hints of bread, hops and clove, giving it a nice finish that lends to continued sipping.

M - Medium to light mouthfeel.

O - Very smooth, excellent drinkability. This is a really good beer that's not too hard to find. The flavors work nicely together to make this an easy and refreshing beer that I try to keep a stock of on hand. (690 characters)

Photo of tony223366
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed in Early May 2011. Served in a Shipyard Tulip.

A: Dark golden color with a nice thick head

S: I'm getting a sweet, fruity aroma. Apples?

T: This is sweet up front with enough carbonation to keep from being cloying. Surprisingly a bit sour too.

M: Medium body with a dry finish.

O: I actually really enjoyed this. This was my first of the style and I thought it was great! (408 characters)

Photo of BMoldy
2.88/5  rDev -22%
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... (742 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in Brussels in 2011. The color is yellow, very clear. Nice white foamy head on top. Typical soapy looking foam head. The aroma is dominated by yeast, not sure I like it. Some fruits, better. Light aroma. I bit disappointing. Taste is fruity with a very dry finish. Warm. Floral notes in the taste too. Taste is ok. A good beer. Nothing to call home for 'tho. (365 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark yellow fluid with adecent white head. There a some carbonation bubbels racing to the top. The head slowly retracts until a fluffy head remains.

S - More yeast than citrus but definitly present. There is also a touch of sweetness to be discovered. Overall an invititing smell.

T - There is some sweetness in the taste but mostly its a bit sour, rather dry and bitter.

M - Medium carbonation with a bitter after taste.

O - A decent blonde, but in total not much to go for. I am missing floral hops and some extra sweetness. (536 characters)

Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this on a trip to France and loved it. I picked up a six-pack here and it's still quite good. I think it may have suffered a little bit through the importing.

It's a pale straw-colored ale with a decent head and very nice lacing. The taste is nice, what you'd expect from a nice Belgian ale. I can't help but thinking, for the price, that Leffe is a better deal, at least for my tastes. Grimbergen is good but Leffe, in my opinion, is just a little better and more inexpensive for this general price range. (519 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, bold, gold color with thin, rapidly fading head. It's aroma is primarily fruity with a hint of pine. The flavor it fruity, with lemon and honey notes with caramel showing through as it warms. Initially it resembles a witbier but has a more complex, malty flavor. It has a medium mouthfeel, smooth and refreshing. Grimbergen Blonde Ale is a good beer, try it with pasta. Recommended! (407 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 650ml bottle. Freshness date is listed as 05/12 - not that these kinds of beers should be aged, mind you.

Appearance: A nicely bold amber color with slight carbonation. There's a pretty, thin head throughout.

Smell: Sugary, slightly spiced aroma with candy-smelling malts throughout. There are fruity, tart scents reminiscent of apricots and grapes, which is how Belgian pale ales are supposed to typically smell. The alcohol adds extra sweetness, but is barely noticeable.

Taste: A tart, candy-like taste with spiced hops and pale malts. What I enjoy about this beer is its ability to be quite sweet yet retain a spiced, bitter end to its flavor. It's a very simple recipe for what it is, but it's loaded with these slight flavorful complexities.

Mouthfeel: Quite dry, and filled with slight carbonation with a hoppy feel. This beer is definitely more on the dry, champagne feel than the creamy, malty feel, but it remains refreshing and very enjoyable.

Overall: This is a great Belgian pale ale that can be opened for any occasion as well as any temperature. It definitely is best enjoyed chilled, but as it warms up, its dry, spiced characteristics become more wonderful. It could serve as a great introduction to Belgian beers of this style, and anyone who enjoys good beer will most certainly enjoy this one! (1,351 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Translucent straw gold color. Poured a 3 finger pillowy white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Laced the glass in thin rings.

S: Pale malt. Light-colored fruit; pear, apricot and white grapes. Mild spices.

T: Crackery pale malt. Cornucopia of light fruits consistent with the nose as well as tart green apple. Spicy yeast characteristics toward sweet finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation in the glass and on the palate. Creamy and smooth despite the carbonation level that makes finish very crisp.

O: Very good eye appeal and remarkable mouthfeel. (578 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden/orange color into a snifter from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Thin film of a head that dissipates fairly quickly. Good carbonation, always enjoy the steady stream of bubbles arising from the etching in the glass.
Aroma is a very mild blend of sweet fruity esters, mostly banana with hints of spice and some yeast. Not too overpowering, which is good.
Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Slightly tart and dry upfront, but ends with a nice lingering sweetness. Very good mouthfeel and highly drinkable
Excellent lacing all along the insides of the snifter.
This is a very good belgian pale ale. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy belgian's. Highly recommended. (696 characters)

Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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