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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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589 Ratings
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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 15
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Romabrew on 01-06-2003)
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Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a pretty golden-orange hue, topped by a small finger's worth of sticky, stark white head. Nice carbonation - tiny bubbles keep rising from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is sweet and redolent of tropical fruit, with notes of candy sugar and a little twang from the Belgian yeast. Palate is sweet and fruity up front, becoming drier as the beer washes over the tongue. A flourish of candy sugar is evident just before the swallow, along with a touch of lightly floral hops.
Body is full and rich, lightly creamy without being foamy. This beer is a pleasure to drink, although it is a bit lacking in the flavor department. With the body and nose it has to offer, I'm slightly disappointed in the mild flavor.

Photo of baby4rose
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grimbergen Blond is my ultimate favorite Belgian beer. Continuously on-tap at the Cock n Bull in Sarasota FL. I would want to come in to the pub, sit down, and order my Grimbergen Blond on-tap. But I could not always do that is I wanted to get anywhere on my list of beers to try. Although, when I took a break from something new - I would have this delicious beer. I suggested to anyone that arrived and did not know what they wanted.

Light to Medium in Color this beer is easy easy to drink - not to over the top with flavor.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby bottle into my Grimbergen goblet.

A: Poured a pale, golden straw color with some hazy hues of reddish amber. A massive three-finger head of rocky white foam billowed up, leaving great white clingy lacing.

S: Sweet toasted grain, some lemon grass and other zesty citrus spices to the hop characteristics.

T: Good taste, and dead on for a Belgian Pale Ale. Bittersweet toasted malts and grainy corn taste are washed away by a delicate hop finish and a lingering sense of sweet, citrusy chewiness on your teeth. A bit of a spicy, sweet alcoholic aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, but a little watery.

D: Although I like Belgian pales, I can't really make a go of them al night myself. Grimbergen blonde is easy drinking, however, and I'd recommend it as an alternative to better known versions of the style.

Duvel still has the angle in this style, in my opinion. The Blonde is good, but I still prefer Grimbergen's Dubbel. A nice representation of the style, so I'll give it its due.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours just a slightly hazed gold with little head that leaves a lot of lacing. Nose is the typical sweetness with a citric edge. Flavor is actually fairly mild. At the start you don't get anything immediate. But after you do get that slight citrus and sweet flavor. Overall though it does not seem to be very substantial. The feel is good. Nice bubble factor on the tongue. Drinkable? Sure. This is a mild and smooth Belgian that is good, but I would prefer to move on to something more uniquely interesting in order to expand my horizons.

Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A definite hard-to-find in my area, out of the many liquor stores in my location, only one place had a sixer of this that ran me about $11 bucks... from a 11.2 oz decorated bottle, pours a nice, golden straw color with a minimal head... Smell is very fruity with almost a wheaty essence... some carbonation present... wonderful taste exploding with creaminess... Fruit flavors dominate the palate with a vanilla aftertaste full of spices... Mouthfeel and drinkability are likewise great, and even at 6.7% the alcohol is hard to detect behind a flavorful combination that is amazing... An awesome example of the style which is definitely worth a try... A crisp and refreshing brew which deserves recognition... too bad not more widely available...

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

11.2 oz bottle into tulip glass. A: Only slightly cloudy golden/amber, very light, white head that retains to a caked on film. Decent lacing. S: Candied sugar, caramel, some spice, maybe some citrus and banana. T: Lots of sour fruit up front, very sweet on the finish--like candy corn. A little tropical fruit in there as well. Lots of nice flavors, but a bit too heavy on the sweet fruit. M: Chewy, but not too thick. D: All in all very drinkable. And pretty unique, too. Definitely worth a try, if not two.

Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass an opaque golden color with a three finger white head with a easy pour. frothy head settles to a half inch cap and holds to the finish with a fine webbing of lace. nice fruity nose. taste is sweet, malty, and fruity nicely balanced. mouthfeel is light to medium and very smooth, carbonation is very good. very enjoyable i'll be looking for more.

Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Brigand glass. Presented with the color of pale straw. Beautiful frothy white head dissipated into a thin skim with little bubbles adhering to the surface. Consistent thin cascade of belgian lacing throughout the tasting. Strong scent of belgian yeast, hops and a subtle floral aroma. Taste similar to the nose with additional flavor of citrus at the finish. Somewhat lively on the tongue with a pleasant feel of carbonation at the presentation. Left a strange aftertaste at the finish. Not a bad brew, but there are better representations of the style out there.

Photo of bruachan
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

frothy, lacy, gold...er, blonde. belgian ringlets at the brew's surface

the aroma is of yeast (including some spiciness) and hop. spicy, herbal hop

a smooth drink. clearly fermented fairly cool, as the malt shows through without being masked but intense fruitiness. a decent amount of hop flavor. sweet

tasty but uninspiring

Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Crystal clear, straw yellow body. Two fingers of frothy, white head; good retention and lace.

S - Sweet and grainy, with a hint of white grapes. Slight scent of herbal hops.

T - Grainy, slightly malty sweetness up front with some light, fruity flavors. A bit of acidity followed by herbal hop flavors in the finish.

M - Medium body with high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - This beer certainly has its good points, but I can't say I am overly impressed. It is fairly easy drinking, but it is a bit cidery in places. The finish reminds me of a German pils, which is pleasant, but maybe a bit off for the style. Overall it is just a bit bland... kind of a Belgian style Miller lite.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (25, 33 cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : golden color, with white foam head.
Smell : hop and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : round on the palate, fruity, very sweet.
Drinkability: an aveareg abbey beer in the style Belgian blond ale

Review translated from french 5-24-2008.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really glad to find this bottle a citysuper in hong kong. drink before more than a year off.

a: generous frothy head; beautiful columns of carbonation bubbling upwards; head retreats leaving thick sheet of belgian lace; beer is a nice golden/copper color

s: sweet and yeasty; smells of orange peel and pear; the slightest hint of alcoholic/winy bite present in the back of the nose

t: strong yeast flavor; declicous and spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg) flavors; orangey and peary; amazingly not even the slightest hint of alcohol in a 6.7% beer

m: quite creamy for a lighter bodies beer and a nice amount of carbonation

d: this is a very well balanced beer w/ great fruity spicy flavors; highly enjoyable and highly drinkable

Photo of Backer2004
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extra bottle left over from the Charlotte Oktoberfest.

Appearance- medium golden, some cloudy haze, pure white frothy head that lingers for a few minutes, constant bubbles of carbonation.

Smell - Some sour notes, like wild fermentation, no hop or malt aroma present, some spices, Belgium yeast evident, some citrus

Taste- refreshing citrus character, not as sour as expected, little hop flavor nor malty sweetness

Mouthfeel - lighter body than many Belgiums, some carbonation lingers on the tongue, no alchol noticeable

Drinkability - Could be a dnagerous session beer at 6.7%, quenching and esy to consume. A nice starter for those just getting inot the Belgium styles.

Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer decamps the stubby bottle a slightly beclouded coppery color with a magisterial bright white head that settles slowly, the lace forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has an apple like fruit aroma, malt and bit of sour dough bread. Front has a tangy sweetness, with the malt adequate, hard apple cider comes to mind and palate, top is medium to light in feel. Finish is desert bone dry; hints of hops and the hard cider last to the very end, not what I expected, not bad, but not that good either, drinkable but a disappointment as I love most all their beers.

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

11.2oz bottle into a chimay goblet

A: Thin white head reduced to a cloud with a little lacing. Chill hazed, deep golden body.

S: Spice and sweet light fruit.

T: Light fruits, clove, and pepper - all somewhat mild. It started out ok, but became less enjoyable as it warmed.

M: Average body - highly carbonated. Dry, peppery finish.

D: It's not as bad as I'm probably making it sound, but there's just not enough of what I like for me to get past the spice. It's ok, but...

Photo of AlexLMS
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden blond colour. Clear. Head: white, moderate in size, creamy. May not persist for very long. Beautiful lacing.
Aroma: interesting aroma. Sweet malts, fruits and a little bit of alcohol.
Taste: sweet malts and kind of fruity. Not very hoppy.
Mouthfeel: silky, average carbonation, nice alcoholic strength (6.7% ABV) and a medium body.
Finish: it starts kind of sweet, but after awhile it turns to a dry-bitter aftertaste.

Overall: very nice abbey beer. Well balanced and highly enjoyable. Looking forward for another one.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - An enormous head sits atop a golden brew. The head itself is ludicrously slow to subside. Five miutes, and three sips, after pouring it is still sizeable. Once I drank enough to see, it was evident that there was a ton of lacing.

S - Sweet banana, hay and cloves with a good about a pale malty backing and honey. A hint of alcohol at higher temps.

T - An initial fruity flavor with a hefty bitterness upfront. The flavor shifts toward a malty presence with a touch of honey. The beer finishes with a grassy bitterness accompanied by some banana and malt.

M - High carbonation, thin, very refreshing.

D - Excellent. I will definitely buy again. I was awed by Grimbergen Double over a year ago. I saw the blonde and had to buy it. I love it too. I will no seek out more from Brouwerij Alken-Maes.

Photo of BDIMike
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good appearance. Looks crisp with a much smaller head than I am used to on a Belgian beer.

Nice fruity smell. A little lighter than most Belgians.

The taste is the same as the smell. Fruity on the front of the tongue, but lighter than I am used to with Belgians.

Also, the mouthfeel is thinner than a usual Belgian.

With this being lighter, I would actaully be able to drink more of these than I would most Belgians.

I know the importers characterize this as a "starter Belgian." I think they are right on and this would be a great beer to have someone try who is attempting to get into better beers.

Photo of marcpal
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Fair head, poured similar to a wheat- not expected out of an ale caliber. What you would expect to see from a blonde though.

S: Very spicey, clear coriander scent to it. Almost a bit of apricot on the smell but it never transferred to the palate.

T: Again, much more of a wheat representation. The taste really hangs on for a while and find it hard to beleive this is not a wheat.

M: Directly between a wheat and a blonde. The texture has surprising head-feel to each sip.

D: Very easy to drink, especially on a warm day or with a meal. Given the alc content, it really goes down incredibly soft and smooth.

Photo of Romulus141
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a deep, wide wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium straw color with a nice, half-inch white head. Lacing sticks strongly the edges of the glass. When held up to the light, we see a nice, translucent beer with a minimal amount of carbonation.

Smell: There is a faint smell of malts, and a very small hint of fruit. Overall, I have a hard time detecting a scent on this brew. It is rather faint.

Taste: Begins with a sweet taste of fruit, namely grapefruit and peaches. There is also a malty character. It gives way to a slight spicy flavor, but nothing all that intense. The finish is crisp, and leaves no aftertaste. This light-colored ale, for me, is a good example of what yellow-colored beers should taste like: flavorful, crisp, and refreshing. Not all too complex, but it is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: The body is light and thin, with minimal carbonation, just about what I would expect from a beer of this style.

Drinkability: It would be easy to down several of these in an evening. They aren't filling, and the flavor is enticing enough to attract you to drink some more.

Photo of kellyst
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light yellow, slightly hazy. Medium white head.

S: Extremely spicy aroma. Reminds me of an amped up witbier. Corriander maybe?

T: Very spicy flavor. Similar to a wit. Very crisp. Medium bodied.

D: Medium. Tasty for the style, but I can't drink a lot of spicy blonde ales.

Photo of eberkman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-gold with good clarity, though that was a little unexpected for a Belgian pale ale. A short one-inch white head diminishes pretty quickly to a thin foam island on the surface. The smell is dominated by tart fruits with some malty sweet aromas present. Spicy taste up front giving way to a sparkling apple juice flavor with some hints of pear and peach. Some light yeastiness gives way to a mildly bracing bite of a finish followed by some funk in the aftertaste, which was a touch out of context for the style. Moderate carbonation in a light-bodied mouth with nice crispness. Actually, very light-bodied -- as light as a wit. For some reason, though, it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. This is also an easy-drinking beer -- a nice quencher, enjoyable with either a light dinner of grilled poultry. Pairs extremely well with a pungent soft meunster.

Particularly good value for the price. At $10 for a six-pack, it's a tremendous bargain. A good couple bucks less than Affligem for a relatively comparable experience.

Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very pretty dark gold color with fairly little head and strangely perfect clarity for the style. The aroma is light, with some pale grain notes in the background and bright, apple juice and yeast on the top. Light, uncomplex, but pleasant. On the palate there's a flash of fruit at first, before a yeast note rises to prominence. Things finish fresh with a dose of acidity. Mouthfeel is light, even for the style, with fresh acidity and carbonation that fills the mouth but doesn't overwhelm. Overall, this is quite a nice little Belgian blonde. It's a bit light and insubstantial compared to some heavies of the genre, but for its price and intended purpose it's great.

Photo of Absumaster
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear, orange beer with a head that collapses after several minutes.

Smell is a fruity Belgian smell with anise, coriander and clove notes. This spiciness is up to a level where the aromatic properties of the spices start to become over the top and even a bit artificial.

Taste is a continue of the smell, a Belgian fruitiness with anise, clove, caraway and coriander notes. Also some fusel alcohols and a minor oxidation. The beer is dominated by this spiciness and although there is some malt presence, this is pushed away by the spices. To me this beer reminds me of the terrible Leffe blond and to me this tastes like an exact copy of it.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Above-average pale with lots of initial head on cloudy yellow, some lace, basic yeasty and wheat aroma. Medium mouthfeel, drying aftertaste. Yeast, a tad of fruit in the bannana characteristic. Cloves dominant spice, also salt and white pepper. Not very complex. A pale than a tripel.

Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.