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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 becktone
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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!"

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

Nice brew at a nice price. $4 at Sean Bolans in Baltimore. Blondes (the beer, not the girls) have never been my favorite style but this one is pleasent and very drinkable. Candied sugar abounds in the aroma. Crisp, slightly sweet taste with a little bit of hops and a nice dry finish. Good carbonation. Very drinkable, would make a good session beer except for the ABV which is on the higher side.

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

Clear, honey-golden hued...thick, rocky, creamy white head.

Sweet, candy-ish nose, reminscent of the typical tripel....citrus zest...minor whiffs of tropical fruit. Okey-doke.

In the mouth, warm and hoppy, a bit fruity, turning dry with a quickness. Leaves the palate far too soon, but has a pleasant stay, as long as it lasts. Further flavors are revealed on increased inspection, more fruit, peppers a touch, but they still play in a minor key.

Soft and pleasing, while still spicy and containing a particular kick. Not the greatest blonde/tripel/whatever, but a fine drink nonetheless.

I put off purchasing this one for quite some time, due to the cost, $10 a 6-pack. Thinking on it, it's much cheaper by volume than other Belgian ales, but considering the middling quality, you also get what you pay for. 72 ounces of this passable pale for $10 vs $8 -12 for 25 ounces of far Superior brew? That's the choice we have to make sometimes, but I believe, when on a budget, I'll choose this one again.

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

Served in an Ommegang chalice, enjoyed alongside tortillas of guacamole, chicken & rice plus turkey sausage. 11.2oz bottle, 1 week old.

Wicked lacing on the glass, foam is insistent, nose is like a saison--all yeast and light flowers and fresh banana-peach.

Sipping it strikes a memory of flavored seltzer (due to mouthfeel); the front is very lighthanded. After a swallow it dissolves into esthery, malty flower and fruit flavors--raspberry, orange, tangerine, banana, cloves. A trifle thin, if I may criticize at all, but the overall effect is good, a taste on its toes. If imbibed quickly it gets a little hoppy and more tart. Fake lemon-lime taste is present sometimes.

Overall, I like it. Good light tasty beer with depth. But it has some issues with overdoing the lightness and introducing some substandard/weird flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer, but some small flaws. Opens up bright straw in color, with a loosely knit and well laced head. Smells honey and fruity sweet with some spice, sourness and hop aromas. Tastes sweet of lemons, oranges, pineapples, and to a lesser extent, mangos and apricots. Cidery or apple flavors come through with the alcohol. Body is a bit flatter than I like in a Belgian Pale ale--carbonation may be too high. Spices and co2 numbs the palate, leaving a slightly grainy texture and flavor. Estery hops and alcohol gives off some clove-like and pepper-like flavors. Finishes a bit powdery or chalky, but still light. All in all, a good beer, but there are better Belgian Pale Ales out there.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A = Golden amber with a minimal foam head that dissapates quickly to leave remnant foam.

S = Smelt of a sugary sweetness. Sorry, but no other way to describe it.

T = Sugary start that mellows to become a slow bitterness.

M = Average. Moderate carbonation that neither excites nor insults the pallate.

D = A bit pricey. Better beers for less money.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden amber with a rich foamy head, two fingers, good retention. Lacing creates rims in my glass as I drink, very nice. Nose consists of malts, yeasts, citrus, and a good amount of spice (coriander at least). Taste is very good, what a summer Belgian ale should taste like with a good balance of malts and wheats along with not too sour yeasts, citrus, and good spice flavor (usually the spice isnt spicy enough). Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. A solid beer.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 18th June 2005, 330 ml bottle best by 27.09.05 at home. Poured into a Leffe glass (C'mawn, I don't have every glass), appears like a cider, clear (absolutely no haze) amber colour with modest carbonation and a reasonable head. Head starts to dissapate fairly quickly.

Smell reminiscent of acid-drop sweets with some apple.
Taste: not very complex, again fairly acidic.
Mouthfeel was nice, but overall effect not that satisfying.
The smell remained quite strong throughout, definitely acidic!

Drinkability: not a bad offering and is fairly good value in the store. Was surprised to see it on the shelf (Molloys off-licence, Dublin), but I would prefer to pay more for a better beer.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle.
Pours a golden orange with a bright white head. Retention and lacing are both very nice.
Smell is sweet malts, some caramel, fruity sweet (apples, peaches, pears, strawberries), slight orange, a bit of citrus, and yeast.
Taste is pretty similar to smell, fruity as all get out, some yeast, spices, and the like. Very mild hop flavor.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall, a really good Belgian Pale. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean golden pale yellow beer. Has a big fluffy bright white head and a good brussels lace. The aroma is lightly sweet with a strong apple character with hints of orange peel and spices. In the taste the apple character melts to a honey note on the sides of your tongue. Towards the end there is a nice spicey hop snap before the return of that light candy sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

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

Pours a beautiful amber-orange. Small head develops then drops to a lingering film that leaves sparse lace. Smell is nicely balanced with orange, banana, spice and malt notes present. Taste is more of the same, orange, banana, spice and malt with hops showing up around the edges at first and increasing with the temperature. Fairly smooth with a hint of a hop bite. Medium-full body with a fairly light finish. Very drinkable with a good balance a decent complexity overall.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew. Pours pale gold, with a thick and foamy head. The aroma is sweet and syrupy. The flavor is all in the malts. There is honey and syrup. A bouquet of flower hops towards the back end of the flavor. The mouthfeel is slightly high on the carbonation, but not in a bad way. Very full-bodied beer, but in a soft way. Very smooth and easy drinking, this beer does not pound the palate and it is very simple to drink a couple of these.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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....

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Photo of Quaffer
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was a crystal clear, light amber color. Oddly enough, there was no sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Is that common for this beer? The white head rose up to a little more than a finger and then settled down slowly, becoming dense and rocky. It was nice and sticky, leaving solid sheets of lace behind on the side of the glass. There was always a layer of bubbles present over the top of the liquid, though the bead was not very pronounced.

Smell: Light fruits, such as apples and grapes, provided the bulk of the aroma. There was even a light bite to the smell, just like a Granny Smith apple. Light spices hovered underneath, along with some spicy alcohol, hints of hops, and a little bit of warm malt.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied, but with a bit of chewiness. Carbonation was strong and gave the beer a fluffy feel in the mouth. It wasn't rough, though.

Taste: The flavors were delicate and straightforward, but nice. A combination of tart apple and light malt sweetness upfront. Then in the middle arose a floral hops bitterness that continued on through the finish. The aftertaste was a combination of light sweetness and a non-bitter floral component that was different from the floral hops that was evident previously.

Not overly complex and definitely not an ass kicker, but still a nice beer. I think I even like this one better than the dubbel.

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Photo of medic25
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear yellow color, think white head that quickly dissipated. Fairly pleasant odor, a little yeasty. The taste was fairly light, lacking much complexity, and didn't linger too long on the palate. Other than a touch of bitterness on the palate, the flavor quickly disappeared. Not a terrible Belgian, but definitely not in the upper tier (and definitely not worth the $11.99 I paid for the six-pack!!!).

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Photo of watermelonman
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a nice golden color with a medium sized head that faded a bit. There's just a line or two for lace.

The smell was a fairly good combination of light malts and citrus tones. The taste was a bit lighter than expected, with those same flavors present. The mouthfeel was definitely too light. This beer just needs more substance.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pear yellow color with lots of carbonation bubbles at the start eventually fading to soft supple bubbling, starts with a firm finger high cap of white sturdy foam that drifts off leaving a thin skim and a fluffy collaring. Lacing coats the glass nicely in thinner curtains.

Aroma of dulled citrus and white grapes and a soft plastic phenol touch underneath.

Flavors are kinda mild, touches of fruityness hint to a spartic citrus notion along with a white wine aspect with a fluffy insueing yeasty softness that carries some spice of clove and white pepper. Small traces of alcohol and phenols slip by quickly as it trys very hard to stay kinda fruity and dry. Which it kinda does but withstands no real finishing qualities, it just sort of disappears on ya.

Feel is weakened and thinnish, borderline watery with only a small nudge of dryness, fruityness, and carbonation which gathers a bit of strength as it gets past mid way and developes more but decreases again in the finish. This is an appoachable brew but lacks a bit of ompff and character; I think I'll skip it over in future buying sprees.

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

Same 11.2 oz. bottle that is pictured to the right. Poured carefully into my chalice, oh wait, no need to pour that carefully. This beer doesn't appear to be bottle conditioned. No sediment in my bottle.

Pours out golden-orange in color with a good size white fluffy head. Small stems of bubbles make their way to the top. The smell is spicy and citrusy. Overall seems on the sweet side.

The first thing I noticed about the taste was the carbonation and the sweetness. Overall well balanced between sweet, citrus and spice (think pepper). Flavor kind of drops at the end into something a bit dry.

Overall a solid beer that I would have again.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased for $1.59/bottle

Poured out a golden color with a ultra fluffy, filmy head that just stuck to the glass. There was solid and constant bottom carbonation. The aroma is very reminiscent of a belgian wit with heavy wheat tones. I can pick up a little clove as well. The taste is pretty solid with a tart beginning and a crisp finish. The semi-high ABV is nicely hidden but noticed when it warms your stomach. This is a very nice anytime beer at a resonable price!

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, nice label, with an eagle and sort of stained glass looking. Pours clear, light and golden. Not much head, lower carbonation, tiny bubble film light and wispy lacing. Nose is pineapple and some yeast. Notes of bublegum, more pineapple, lemony and fairly refreshing. Would go great with a warm waether salad. Ffairly light bodied and a tad thin. Less complex then the top notch pales also lower in alcohol. Less interesting then hoped for, still a tasty and pleasant drink.

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Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear (I was expecting bottle conditioned) darker yellow with a nice head of 1/2 of an inch. Laces well, spidery with good cling though. Aroma is lightly astringent, unripe pineapple with some yeast and lime. Flavor starts decently full, adequate body and carbonation, with sense of esters, some sugary sweetness, and citrus fruit. The brew loses an impression of more sturdy malts about halfway through the mouth and settles into an overly sourish quality, with a loss of texture at the close. Somewhat quaffable but it loses its drinkability at the finish, not settling great with me at the end.

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Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey topped with several inches of wet, white froth.
Nose ripe with apples, pear, pineapple, clove and musty, doughy yeast.
Begins generous with fruit. Tropical with papaya and mango, candified. The apple and pear traits develop and linger. Doughball yeastiness arrives. Turns weizen-esque with fat bruised bananas and loads of cloves. Plenty peppery too. Regresses to the apple-pear combo then exits with a brief, drying grassy hop snap.

It should be noted that this seems to lose nuance and pizzazz as it sits. By the end, it's all honey-covered pears, pizza dough, ghostly booze, and cloves. Strikingly similar to Leffe Blonde...and that is not all that favorable a comparison.

Medium bodied, with, perhaps, a few extra pounds tacked on. Steadily carbonated up front but still a touch sticky, and even more gooey as the CO2 leaves.
Akin to a Tripel-Weissbier cross. Too bad that bottom fell out. I liked this quite a bit up front.

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

50cl can: This beer has a dark golden color to it, with maybe a hint of orange. There is a strong white head. There is a somewhat sweet aroma, with hints of yeast and spices. The taste is along the same lines. A bit of citrus also. It is a bit more than medium bodied. Comperable to Leffe.

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Photo of tjd25
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-yellow color, with a nice dense head that quickly fades. The smell is interesting: sweet, citric, yeasty and very fruity.

The taste is enjoyable, fruity and sweet, with grapefruits getting more present in the end. Very citric, zests of lemon. Wheat is fairly noticeable too. I had problems to define the aftertaste that's kind of spicy (pepper?). After reading other reviews, I have to agree to a certain extent with the winy apple flavor that one person mentioned. I thought this took off from the beer's drinkability, but the way the hops appear in the beer is still interesting: the bitterness is enveloped in a fruity wave. The mouthfeel is very round and smooth. A good cheap beer here in France.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
83 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.