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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 65 | 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 irishking1977
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this into my Unibroue glass, this kind of reminds me of Leffe Blonde. Once, Leffe was my go to BPA for a reasonable price.

A: As I said, it almost appears like a carbon copy of Leffe Blonde. Muted clear gold with a two finger head that leaves lots of lacing.

S: Hmm. Not sure what to make of it - must be the funkiness of the yeast - but a strange floral/garbage aroma filled my nostrils as a took a whiff. More funky floral than garbage, but that was simply my initial reaction.

T: Sweet and smooth with a hint of yeast funk and mild floral notes. Someone definitely bottled Leffe and put it in a Grimbergen bottle. This one is slightly more sweet than Leffe Blonde, but they are certainly comparable.

M: Good balance of carbonation and slight slick mouthfeel. Nothing overly remarkable though.

D: This is the first of a six pack, and probably my last...at least for tonight. The ABV is slightly above average, so this isn't a session type beer, but it's a nice alternative for the price in comparison to the likes of any other BPA that might be comparable or of better quality. I'd have this one again.

Photo of OskarL
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden, with a head that disappears quickly and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Caramel malts, fruits and a little alcohol.

Taste - Sweet malts, finishes of with some hops and a bit of alcohol. Spices and citrus in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel - Light body with quite some carbonation.

This was the first beer that got me into drinking belgian beers. A good and inexpensive beer to start off with!

Photo of MahoganySlide
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Deep golden hue, Head foams up quickly and disappears quickly, Carbonation rises constantly.

Smell- has a strong grainy smell, I'm new to the beer seen so distinct smells are hard to denote.

Taste- Slight spice, almost fruity flavor with a grain finish, No harsh finish or strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel- frothy feel in the mouth, almost creamy due to the carbonation.

Drinkability- Easy to drink, but nothing special.

Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep gold, with a steady stream of carbonation. A soapy eggshell head starts appropriately huge. If settles fairly quickly to a thin film. Leaves spots of lace.

S: Slightly musty. Straw-like malts hit me first. Letting the nose linger brought in aromas of pear and coriander.

T: A pear and yellow apple sweetness provides much of the flavor. Bitterness is mild, with a coriander and anise bite. Finishes with a lemon tartness and lingering spice flavors.

M: The light body has a hefty amount of carbonation that bolsters the beer's otherwise light bitterness. Feels slightly dry.

D: This isn't the best BPA I've had, but it's a nice beer on its own merits. The light body makes it an easy drinker. A nice pickup.

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

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz squat bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A-Relatively clear golden brew. Head didn't rise much off the pour. Remained strong with what little it had. However, some bright white head was able to be coaxed out with a little swirly encouragement.

S-Sweet bready, grainy malt. Slight herbal peppery smell.

T-Malts in the range of fresh baguette bread and slightly grainy. Semi-sweetness mingles with the malts, along with something herbal and spicy. Finishes with a slight bitter spice and residual bready sweetness.

M-Medium-full body. Carbonation is medium level, kind of lighter personality.

D-Nice drinkability. Smooth with a full, charcteristic-Belgian flavor profile.

Photo of Paisan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Proof that a blonde can have content.
The expected platinum hairdo over the golden face.

Light malty sweetness, hint of hops, nothing overly bitter, decent carbonation. Good companion for food. Very drinkable. Nearly every café or tavern in Belgium will have this, very likely on tap even. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of vishneda
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer a while ago but the review got wiped in one of the crashes.

Short bottle poured into a chalice. Definitely looks pale. Body has a nice golden color but the head is dead. Presented some sparse lacing on a glass that generally invites it.

Pretty high yeast aroma gives this beer a sweet and fruity scent. Also gives off hints of dark fruits or grapes and maybe a little clove. The taste is similarly sweet up front but also has a distinct tart quality. The balance of the two is similar to that of citrus fruit juice. It's a strong flavor with some inner nuances but they all bring me back to fruit and yeast. No bitterness in this bottle.

The body is light as is the carbonation. The combination makes the feel pretty slick. It's drinkable as a pub standard but is not refreshing.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up not too long ago since I haven't had this style in ages and I always like a good Belgian beer. No doubt that this is enjoyable but yet, it has to be one of the more subtle brews that I've had from that country!

Good pour to this - nice golden hue, a thick head, and lots of carbonation, although the lacing could be a bit more prevalent. The mouthfeel is solid and smooth - malty, a bit with a taste of pear, clove, and straw; all tied in by sour apple. This sourness lingers after the other flavors slowly dissipate and even though I couldn't taste the alcohol up front, it's there and can be felt as this beer warms up. In terms of consistency, this beer is nearly perfect. Neither thick nor thin, this works beautifully without being overpowering!

I wish this was a tad weaker in the ABV% but it doesn't detract from the taste or experience of this at all. I feel that this is superior to the Abbaye de Leffe and suits this mild fall night perfectly, since the apple and pear flavors fit in nicely with the season and there's no spice or smokiness here like in so many Octoberfest beers. One of the better beers I've had of late.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear lighter shade of gold w/white rocky head, sticky bits of lacing, and great retention.

S-Mineral, slightly sweet malt w/spicy clove, hints of fruit esters, faint banana.

T-Sweet malt and fruit esters w/clove, spicy yeast, bits of herbal hops in the finish along w/a gunpowdery sulfur flavor.

M-Medium-bodied w/good carbonation and balance, but a tad on the sweet side.

D-Refreshing and easy to drink. An inexpensive quality brew that most people can enjoy. This is one of the first Belgian style beers I enjoyed when I was younger.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep blonde, bordering on orange. Beautiful big pillowy head, which leaves a huge amount of stickage on the glass.

The smell is less impressive, but its a tough act to follow. There is a generic sweetness to it, almost buttery. Some indecipherable light fruit is present as well.

As for the taste, I would have guessed a heavily yeasty beer if it weren't for the exceptional clarity of the color. Some bitter malt flavor comes out to play, with a nice crisp bitter finish. Honestly hard to distinguish the taste from the Grimbergen Dubbel.

The mouthfeel is quite smoother than it's darker brother however. Ample carbonation, smooth, warming. Not nearly as coarse as the Dubbel.

Overall, this is a solid blonde beer. It produces a wonderful color, a very agreeable taste, and a great mouthfeel that hides the 6.7% ABV very well. Much better than the Dubbel in my opinion.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grimbergen Blonde pours a clear golden-orange body beneath an average sized head of pillowy white that settles into a thin surface covering with a with collar. As it goes, it leaves creamy rings of lace that combine to form a solid curtain.

The aroma is sweetish with a touch of sugar candy and honeysuckle, a bit of grain, and some moderate herbal and leafy hops.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and creamy with a dextrinous edge and a very fine-bubbled median carbonation.

The flavor adds a subtly touch of tartness to the mix, most likely via the yeast, and it balances perfectly. It's sweet with a note of vanilla upfront; then displays some more fruitiness (crisp tart apple, pear, some non-descript citrus, and perhaps pineapple), followed by hop flavors across the middle; and then finally ends drying with a flicker of tart acidity and a dull, restrained bitterness. The finish is short, but some leafy and gently herbal hops do linger along with a mild brush of acidity.

All in all, it's fairly complex if you give it a chance, yet it's not overly rich, which leaves it remarkably quaffable. It offers everything it's supposed to - malt, yeast, and hops - and it's quite nicely rounded and interestingly balanced. Quite enjoyable!

Photo of Amalak
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had out of a stubby 11.3 oz. bottle.
A- Light gold with no bubbles. Amazing foamy head and a ton of lacing.

S- Lagery scent to it.

T- Very crisp, wheat style beer. Has a very alcoholly after taste. High quality, but very filling. It's definitely worth a shot, but not worth buying a six pack.

Photo of yesferro
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can I brought back from Belgium, nearing its good-until date.

Dark yellow, light orange color, the head was gone in no time. Smells sweet, I got bananas and booze out of it, not much else.
Tastes way too sweet for me, banana's again, malt and as it warmed up even some honey. Kind of a metallic taste too but well, it did come out of a can, and its shelflife was near its end. Not too lifely, borderline flat, the aftertaste was gone rather fast and I can't complain about that, I somehow remembered this being a lot better . Not bad but nothing to recommand to some one trying to get into Belgians.

Photo of MaxBrews
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml bottle poured into a flute.

Appearance: Pour with a medium sized head that dissipates before your eyes. Lacing is non existent except for thin wisps here and there. Oonly way to get a lacing out of this is to use an etched glass, but thats cheating if the beer doesn't start with a good head isn't it? 100% clear and no sediment, unusual for a Belgian ale as they are usually bottle fermented. Color is golden.

Smell: Obvious use of Belgian yeast, it is Belgian after all. Because of this it has a spicy clove and slight fruit smell.

Taste: Clove like Belgian yeast, with a banana and apple like phenols. More prevailing malt and less Belgian candy sugar in taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and highly carbonated, goes well with style.

Drinkability: All the belgian yeast taste you'd want out of a tripel or Belgian strong pale ale but with lower alcohol making this sessionable. A bit low intensity and complexity but an overall decent Belgian pale thats widely available. Does taste a bit stale and musty when served slightly warmer

Photo of JasonA
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, solid rather thick heard. I think I would prefer it maybe a bit cloudy, this is very clear. Id also like to see some sediment in the bottle.

Smells a little boozy, maybe even metallic. Maybe some breadiness at the end. I would like some yeastiness, but I feel im getting crisp lager smell. Nothing much Belgian.

Semi-sweet, Belgian yeast with malt finish. Lightly hopped. Very thankful none of the smells are coming out in the taste. Lightly, very delicate hops. Barely bitter, no aroma present.

Sits Belgian sweet, candi sugarish, but light. Might be a tad too much. Very surprised none of the booze is coming out, it is at ~7% abv.

Ok. I doubt ill be going back to this Belgian Blonde (I mean Pale). I will be trying a few more out until I find one I want to clone.


Photo of papat444
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this on my trip to NH, week of July 13th.

Enjoyed the latter part of this brew yesterday afternoon while watching the Twilight Zone episode "Night Call" (original series, Season 5 DVD, disc 3).

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle. Bottled April 2009 (date code: 0409RL2485A).

Appearance: Golden, a bit clear but not so much as you can see right through. 2 fingers of foam that decrease to a thin line.

Smell: Banana with some fruit esters. Spices, maybe cloves and a hint of dough or yeast. Very pleasant.

Taste: Not as good as the aroma would have led me to believe. Some slight spice with mild fruit. Lacks complexity a little. Opens up a tiny bit as it warms with but really the taste is way too muted for my taste.

Mouthfeel: More of the same. Low carbonation in the palate though lots of tiny bubbles rising. Thin but smooth body.

Drinkability: Eh, not the best. It drinks ok but there's really nothing there for me to enjoy.

Overall: A bit boring. It is refreshing and lighter than i would have thought but i expect more from a Belgian Pale Ale in the taste department. Strictly average at best IMO.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear and bright pilsner-like yellow hue. Great, strong column of bubbles in the center of the glass, thanks to my special Samuel Adams glass. Solid two finger head with some slow receding lacing and a thick film to boot. The aroma is of light toasted malts with a little sweetness. Prairie grass with a little honeysuckle to add a little herbalnote to the scent. The taste has more of the sweet toasted malts and some well indowed candi sugar, but the give off a too metallic twang on the finish. Great carbonation on the palate, but the great carbonation sometimes enhances the metallic twinges on the finish.

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Slightly sweet nose. Flavor is slight fruit and malt, semisweet, smooth. $2.25 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at 3 dogs suds and sons. Poured into a belgian chalice.

Light yellow and pale orange mix of colors. Frothy white head that dissipates rather quickly for a belgian, but leaves behind some nice sticky lacing. Yeast floats around in the body, which makes me think I should have let this sit a little bit longer to allow the yeast to settle down more.

The smell is pleasing. Tons of sweet banana and light belgian candied sugars. Very sweet, with small bits of clove popping out. a nice belgian yeast is present in the smell, with nice sweet lemon scents.

The flavors are more subtle and subdued then the smell alludes. A very yeasty flavor and texture is somewhat distracting. Light orange tastes come out behind the yeast. Lighter banana tastes but more clove. On the dryer sides. A nice beer overall, but not as clean as I would have liked to see.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a two finger white head. Good thick, sticky lacing all over the goblet

Smells fruity; bananas, apples, and pears. The malt is sweet but not overly sugary smelling and the yeast contributes some spice

Taste follows from the smell and begins quite sweet and malty. The fruit flavours for me were bananas and pears. Hopped in reserve. Not as much spice from the yeast as I would have hoped but with a good underlying bitterness and a not so dry finish

Carbonation was a little low for a belgian pale, and the body was medium

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold with a good 1" head that dissipated about halfway down the pint. Some fairly decent lacing.

Scent is a bit muted. Yeasty sweet grainyness. Not very substantial.

Sweet wheat, substantial yeast flavor, a light bitter edge as the palate clears, yeasty finish and a light sour note. Nice. Not a powerful beer, but pleasant.

A little body and some light carbonation, but just enough to keep a skim of head on the pint. Nice balance for drinkability. This is good summer beer and a nice representation of the style. Worth a try. Nothing within it is a standout, but no real off flavors. Very very smooth and thirst quenching.

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pouts a clear golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of foam. The aroma is of Belgian malt, and leathery yeast. The taste is more yeasty than the aroma, but the is still a significant amount of malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Belgain Pale Ale that I could drink again.

Photo of beerdedking
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style I'm creeping into, and this one was available at a nice sixer price. First of all, the bottle and pack holder are nice to look at, so they got my attention over some other newcomers to my beer stop. Pours as you'd expect, blonde, with a nice head which dissipates at a pace you can live with. The bottle tells me that it is fruity and malty, and I agree, as the flavors blend nicely, yet there could be just a touch more fruit to increase gulpability. If this were the case, however, it might leave BPA land and creap up on a dubbel or something else. All in all, this is tasty, and something that I will pickup when I can. In fact I'm going on sixer number 2...

Photo of laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a standard golden colour with a deliciously frothy head, lightly sparse and sinking like a marshmallow in heat. Pours with vivacious carbonation that settles into light rising bubbles. Looks like a standard blonde only with a delectable Belgian head.

Smells reasonable sour, with a good belt of that spicy Belgian yeast. A fair amount of wheat malt on that as well, almost salty actually. A bit weak, but with good pleasant characters. Nice aspects of spice and tartness.

Flavour is sour, with grainy characters flourishing throughout, a fair hit of hop towards the back. The tartness is not very citric but rather vinegary which makes this a bit less drinkable than if it managed to generate more fruit. Again, there are slightly Belgian yeast characters but it's salty rather than spicy.

This isn't bad, it's certainly a decent blonde, but it's not delicious. Mouthfeel is nice and full, but smooth and not sticky. Exactly what I would expect. Oh, and this is about a 4% taste, no hint of the 6.7%. Good job.

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