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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 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.

cheers

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.

Photo of fullsweep
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33 cL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Rich, thick 3.5 finger head of off-white foam. Head lingers, leaving lots of lacing.

Faint smells, mostly sweet.

Tastes very sweet with an underlying bitterness typical of Belgian pales (at least the ones I've tried). Also has a slight touch of sour in the flavor mix.

Feels great on the tongue.

Although it looks great and tastes nice, the high ABV (for me, anyway) lowers the drinkability. It's one I can drink on occasion, but it would never become a staple beer of choice for me personally.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When poured, Grimbergen Blond had an impeccable clear, golden yellow color with a thick sudsy white head of foam. Tastes of bready malt, pear like sweetness, tingly spices, mineral water, and a hint of earthy hops. A nicley balanced Blonde Ale that was a very pleasant surprise!

Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a clear, deep gold with lively carbonation bubbling. The head pours and stays a huge fat pillow with a rocky density that leaves webs of lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.
There's a great variety of fruits on the nose: some citrus, some banana, apple, pear and an herbal note. A light malt backing follows.
The taste is true to form. In addition, there's some honey on the tongue that mixes very nicely and a barely discernable spice in the finish. There's plenty of grains to back the malt for a nice balance.
The body is medium, though nothing in it is overwhelming. Its nicely balanced in every aspect. Carbonation adds a nice bite that is gentle at the same time.
This one's very drinkable. An excellent brew.

Photo of Jeffo
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one out of the Grimbergen gift pack. Picked it up at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a Grimbergen chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small 1 finger medium-thick white head. Colour is a perfectly clear golden yellow with medium carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a thin film and leaves some lacing. A thin film remains to the end and leaves a bit of lace down the glass. A beautiful colour to say the least, but the head could use a little bit more charisma.

SMELL: Mild nose. Some malt sweetness and a slight fruity tinge of apples and pears. Some earthiness as well. Decent, but unfortunately too mild to really make a statement.

TASTE: Sweet honey malt with a hint of fruits, like apples and pears again, much like the nose. Big long lasting champagne-like aftertaste of apple peel and grassy earthiness. A touch of spicy alcohol in the finish. Enjoyable, and much bolder than the nose would indicate.

PALATE: Thick full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth and heavy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A very nice finish. Good job here.

OVERALL: I wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did. Looked great, felt great, but just the weak nose held it back a little. Definitely a great drinkable Belgian blond. Probably the best of Grimbergen's starndard four offerings. Recommended.

Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, pleasant Belgian pale ale.

Bright clear gold, it has a big white head that steadily shrinks to a thin, wispy top and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is raisiny with grape, grain, banana, white wine, a bit like a cross between a witbier and a good malt liquor or strong pale lager.

The taste is nice and similar. It has plenty of grain with bubblegum, raisin, grape juice, wine, hay, and breadcrust, again the same witbier-malt-liquor mix. It's similar to Leffe blonde but a bit drier.

Photo of Crosling
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

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

I enjoyed this beer a lot. The flavors mixed well and there was no separation of flavors like I sensed with some of the other "blondes" I have sampled. I found it very easy to drink with a nice head and flavor. I would definitely rank this near the top of the Blondes that I have tried so far, but certainly not a "tip top" blonde. I don't find myself wanted to go back to this beer as much as I do some others.

Photo of rwdkosak
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer by itself while cooking dinner. Poured into chalice at cellar temp where it left a uneven, short-lived head, many large bubbles coming up through smaller lace.
A beautiful golden color makes the use of "blonde" an understatement. The nose is soft with fruit, equal to but not quite better than other belgian ale. Taste is fruity, stronger malt and light sourness that lingers on the palate but in a good way. There are better examples of belgian ale but overall a very drinkable beer.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Blonde
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 6.70 %

Reviewed 9/20/08 @ home, bottle>dimpled mug
A 4.0 - good 2 finger head, retention - great lacing. Mild blonde straw color.
S 2.5 - mild on aromas, hints of honey/malt sweetness
T 4.0 - smooth on taste, semi honeymalt like sweetness, hops mellow the sweet profile
MF 3.5 - Medium body, mild slickness, good carbonation level
D 4.0 - I like the semi sweet profile, and a fine brew for sure.

Photo of Itoclown
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased from Ladd's in Muskegon and drank from a Duvel tulip.

Look: Yellow/orange with a slight haze. Very little head.
Smell: Delicious. Fruity with the typical Belgian smell. Excellent smell.
Taste/mouthfeel: Very light and smooth. Bananas and other fruits. The mouthfeel is like champagne but not as harsh on the tongue. This would be a light Belgian if there's ever such a thing.
Overall/notes: The foaminess of this covers the overall taste. But I feel like I could drink this one all night because of how light and smooth it is. B/B+

Photo of Floydster
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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

Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.