1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Not Rated.
Grimbergen BlondeGrimbergen Blonde

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

552 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 552
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Romabrew on 01-06-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 552 | Reviews: 306 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

This one pours like a macro-lager; very strange, really. Minor head disappears quickly. Nose is better; some sweet fruitiness and a touch of wheat. Taste is excellent. Actually not particularly complex, but full of flavor. Wheat, cloves, some apple and fruit too. Feel is medium bodied, tasty, good carbonation. I don't know, I have a weak spot for Belgian Pales; the flavor just blows me away, so I have a hard time being objective about these. Very tasty one that I'll try again, although I honestly can't say if it's better or worse than other Belgian Pales (I've only tried the Leffe Blonde, which I also thought was excellent).

06-07-2007 22:15:28 | More by soupyman10
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -23%

Small brown 25cl bottle, best before Feb 2008, drank June 2007.

Poured into a Duvel glass, just because I can.

Dull or old gold in colour, the head left before the bottle was replaced on the table, leaving a very thin collar around the glass and a little central island which was being produced by the Duvel glass.

Odourless almost, a hint of yeast and hops, but only if I put my face into the beer.

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.

I have drank this before in both bottle and draught (on-tap) forms and it has been average, this official tasting session has opened my eyes to its poor quality.

The initial taste was good, but the lack of smell and the aftertaste, plus the poor head retension pushes this beer towards the back of the pack when talking about Belgian Pale Ales.


06-07-2007 19:00:46 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of MattBrooks


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a golden yellow into my pint glass with a huge white head that takes a few minutes to dissapate. The taste is simple and classic, nothing too fancy-and nothing too surprising. The body is light and a little too easy going. It finishes refreshing and light with not too much aftertaste. It's easy to put away a sixer of these, but costly.

05-22-2007 18:20:35 | More by MattBrooks
Photo of jmc44


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a heartily effervescent hazy golden amber color; thick frothy white head that stays around for quite some time and leaves a very nice lacing on the glass.

Some spice in the nose, but generally malty with a hint yeast and earthiness.

Nice malty backbone in the flavor, with a bit of clove and banana, definitely some wheat. Slightly spicy. Finishes dry and crisp, well balanced.

Medium bodied and smooth, heavily carbonated. A pleasant drink.

While its a very good beer, it certainly has not bumped my favorite Belgian's down the list any... worth a try but not really earth shattering. Nice in that the ABV is somewhat low when compared to, say, a Strong Golden Ale or similiar.

05-14-2007 18:00:08 | More by jmc44
Photo of wagenvolks


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle into a chalice.

An apple-juice colored brew makes its way into the glass, stirring up some fervent bubbling to fuel its eggshell white head. A thin layer is maintained up top and leaves some decent lacing. Aroma puts out some nice fruit for the nose: notes of granny smith apple, peach and banana. Also subtle hints of spice and grasslands.

The flavor isn't quite how I remember it tasting at the Raleigh beer fest (2 weeks ago). Some lackluster wheat, pear and citrus round it out. The blonde is well carbonated and crisp with a light body. Not much of an aftertaste, but that's not much of a downside for the style as it helps the drinkability. Overall this thing is good, but just not in the same ballpark as the Grimbergen Double (one of my favs).

05-08-2007 04:17:11 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Vancer


4.4/5  rDev +18.9%

Aww, one of the last samples brought by my son, while in Amsterdam, “studying”.

But I’m really sold on Grimbergen – so far all quality brews and a decent import price. Gives the other Belgium’s a run for their money.

A crystal clear straw yellow, tons of tiny lil’ carb bubbles in here, ROCKY pillow top o’ white.

Enticing aroma of the Belgium yeast and sugar cane, followed by a sweet malty start, finishing dry and acetic. What a nice Belgium “session” beer – even at 6.7%

04-17-2007 13:07:16 | More by Vancer
Photo of Minkybut


2.48/5  rDev -33%

Poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer was sour smelling with a big pretty head and actually had great lacing. A slightly smoky flavour made the beer taste interesting at first but then started tasting a little sour to me and after drinking a Grimbergen sour as heck double ale before this one might have been the problem, but I just don't think I like these beers. Will not buy again.

04-07-2007 23:16:15 | More by Minkybut
Photo of mithrascruor


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a lighter copper color, clear, with a bubbly foamy head that adheres to the glass. The head eventually (after a few minutes) turns to a film atop the beer.

Smell: Generally malty, but spicy... a bit of citrus was noticable as well.

Taste: Again, a malty beer, slightly sweet, with spices and some grapefruit, inducing some bitterness. Generally crisp as well.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. I found it to be generally smooth, ignoring the more bitter parts of the flavor. Light, soft carbonation.

Not a particularly inspiring beer, but it's a nice Belgian pale ale. It lacks some of the interesting funky-ness of similar beers, but it's still solid and I'd have it again (the affordable price sure doesn't hurt either).

04-07-2007 04:13:51 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%

Pours a big fluffy head in the tulip glass, which recalls Duvel. Color is amber-hued golden; looks like autumn. Lots of sticky lace webs cover the insides of the glass. Head retains well but thins quicker than, say, Duvel.

Aroma of pilsner malts is strong, and it's backed up by light traces of spices and yeast. A delicate aroma, similar to Duvel. (I'm not sure if "Gatinais" barley qualifies as a pilsner malt, but it sure smells like it.)

The flavor, while having some depth, isn't intense or wild. It's certainly got that Belgian character, most likely due in large part to whatever yeast strain was used. The spiciness is delicate, light, flowery and sweet, and the hops is shown most in the finish, balancing everything unobtrusively.

Mouthfeel is slick and buttery; buoyant, with a pleasing lightness.

The flavor doesn't necessarily blow me away, but the overall experience of this beer just about does. The drinkability is insane. Flavorful but not heavy, with a sensible ABV, it goes down in a completely agreeable way. People who got turned onto Belgians via Duvel and who still love Duvel are advised to fall in love with this one. But with all the comparisons to Duvel, don't get me wrong, Grimbergen Blonde is its own beer, less crisp and dry than Duvel, and probably sweeter and slightly funkier. Great stuff.

03-27-2007 21:23:48 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely goldenrod with a slight amber in it, lovely white head that leave lacing in rings, streaks, and spider-webbing. The aroma is nicely sweet, yeasty and spicy in that peculiar Belgian fashion, and just a zip of zest. The taste is also just fine, sweet but turning dry (almost tart or sour even) in a flash, lots of spices, white pepper, coriander, clove, yeast, bit of fruits, citrus, sweet, pretty nice. The mouth had a good body, but too distractingly carbonated, a little too dry for me, and just doesn't give a good finish. Its a bummer too, cause I've always liked this beer, its just lost its favor for me. But, in all, a good beer.

03-23-2007 23:22:17 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance: The beer pours a clear yellow gold with a pretty persistant white head of small bubbles. The head sticks around for about 2 minutes but then fades to a small ring across the top of the beer. There is some mild lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Mostly bready with some clean citrus in there that reminds me of light citrus fruit. This reminds me a bit like lemon cookies.

Taste: The beer tastes a lot like it smells. It has a clean flavor with a mildly sweet bite. The sweetness doesn't linger but just let's you know that it is a pretty substantial beer. The finish is clean and doesn't really hint at the 7% ABV.

Opinion: This is a really good beer and it is really clean and easy to drink. I like how it glides across the palate and finishes really refreshing. I could drink this beer very regularly if it were available in Texas and was affordable. As it is, I will drink it when I get the chance.

03-07-2007 05:40:23 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured an almost clear golden color, with a medium white head that left some rocky lacing. The smell is not particularly strong, has a bit of a peppery, Belgian yeast smell. The taste is not very bold but is distinctly Belgian. Has the Belgian yeast taste, a bit peppery and sweet. It's on the light side for a Belgian, almost crisp, but goes down easy. This is a very nice light Belgian, one you can drink lots of. Definitely a step above Stella for all those wanting to move up in the Belgian world.

03-04-2007 00:03:37 | More by Gmann
Photo of BBM

New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

This beer poured a soft golden yellow from a dark brown bottle. Not much head to speak of. The aroma was mild, but had hints of banana and spices.

There was an astringent spicy flavor not uncommon with Belgian blondes; cloves and coriander, combined with a definitive banana flavor shaped most of this beer's taste. There's a musky, warm alcohol finish to the beer. Mouthfeel was clean (perhaps a bit too much), and this is a drinkable Belgian. Not bad, but not the best I've had for the style. But I'd certainly have it again.

02-21-2007 16:46:34 | More by BBM
Photo of peabody


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours out a light wheat/straw color with lots of white suds and nice lacing around the glass.
Smell is of grapefruit and yeast. Just a hint of malt and sugar but no alcohol aroma here.
Taste is very good for a trappist blonde. While not as complex as the Westy Blonde, this one has the clove/wheat flavor with just a hint of sugar/caramel and just a small amount of the alcohol burn.
Would make a good session beer.

01-02-2007 23:28:17 | More by peabody
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Sampled off tap, rather enjoyed the full pint. A solid inch and half of head, off white that sat over a hazed golden body. Aroma yeasty with spices coming through quite present. A smooth, flowing mouthfeel. Flavours are gentle, roll off the tongue nicely. Spices and peppery notes, slight ester. Nothing much in the means of complexion but my impression was a good one. Tasty. Easy to enjoy.

10-11-2006 18:04:17 | More by biegaman
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is more amber and copper hued than it is blond and it is brilliantly clear as well. As I pour this beer fruity notes of pear and apples waft from my glass. The fruit notes are certainly the dominant note in the aroma, but are joined by notes of vanilla, a touch of caramel and just a wisp of toasted grain character. As my nose gets used to the aromas notes of honey, wild flower nectar, and some grassy notes start to become noticeable. All in all this is a pretty enticing aroma, it makes me think that the flavors of this beer might lean towards the sweet side of things.

The taste is a touch sweet, but not at all cloying and in fact much more lightly so than the aroma suggested. Herbal honey notes and some vanilla add some complexity to the light sweetness. Hints of clover, a touch of astringency, even something like dandelions all seem to lightly be noticeable in this beer as well. I would describe this beer as being really soft. It is not just quaffable, but somehow seems simplistic despite the flavor complexities. I can't quite make my mind up on this one. There is certainly nothing wrong with this beer, and it is definitely tasty, but it just seems a touch too ordinary for some reason. Maybe I am just being picky, because I would certainly have this again.

Purchased: Plaza Liquor, Tucson AZ

10-03-2006 04:19:43 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Pooba001


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

This bottle was a gift from new BA KrazyKarl. Thanks Karl!
Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip glass. Well carbonated, dark golden color, with a craggy white finger (a large finger, maybe a thumb?) of head. Tiny bubbles. In the beer. Doesn't look like any sediment, its awfully clear, which doesn't make any points when I was expecting some yeast running around the bottom of the bottle. Smell is distinctly Belgian, spicy yeast dominating, with citrus, sweetness, and lime.

Taste has a honey sweetness, with bright hoppiness and understated spice, citrus, tartness and pear. Dry finish. Its good, its enjoyable, but this just doesn't stand out among other beers of its style. Unlike an Orval, XX Bitter, or Duvel there's nothing terribly distinctive here.

Mouthfeel is about right for a Belgian Pale, a good job here, and the beer is very drinkable. Would be ideal on a hot summer afternoon, but is every bit as quaffable on the autumnal equinox.

09-23-2006 22:20:11 | More by Pooba001
Photo of tgbljb


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured a lovely golden color with dominating white puffy head. Superior lacing from a head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is tripel-like, with strong notes of bananas, candy sugan and yeast. Taste follows through on the taste with bananas and other fruits present. Finish is somewhat ordinary, with the taste rapidly disappearing from the mouth. A good, easy drinking beer, but nothing spectactular.

09-12-2006 23:17:35 | More by tgbljb
Photo of rarevos

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a...well, blonde color. It's golden-yellow with a tinge of orange. Very lively carbonation, and about 1+ finger of head. Great retention. This is a filtered beer because there's no yeast at the bottom, nor is there any in suspension. Perhaps I shouldn't have started my Belgian Pale Ale career on Westvleteren Blonde...

S: Smells like a wit. Has some spice present, as well as some indeterminate citrus zest. Maybe more lemon than orange, but not really fully committing to either one. Spiceness is mostly black pepper, and there's a yeasty hint of banana and clove in there. It's an appetizing aroma.

T/M: Banana up front with a bit of creaminess. Spice kicks in next, and the clove and pepper are dominant. Finish is sweet, bready, and rather abrupt, with an ever-so-slight alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy, but this goes very well with the spiced breadiness.

D: Yeah, I could drink this. It's kind of straddling a line between a blonde and a wit, and I'm not exactly sure how to rate it. It's not true to either style, obviously, but that doesn't mean it's not tasty. If I had another one in the house, I'd drink it, but I don't.

09-07-2006 19:58:07 | More by rarevos
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into a goblet.
Crystal clear golden amber beer with continuous bubbles floating to the top along with great lacing create a wonderful looking beer.
Smell is sweet malt, bitter hops, and spice.
The taste is well balanced, nothing stands out too much. Just the slightest hop aftertaste that dwindles to very little. Spice flavors hang around on the tongue for a bit.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.
Not sure I would buy this beer since I'm not a huge fan of the style, but if offered one again, I'd go for it. Belgians like these tend to go much better with some cheese or some food than all alone.

08-28-2006 14:46:48 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of vancurly


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Pale amber, frothy white head, lovely thick lace, which remains.
Fleshy yeast aromas. Spicy notes, like ginger or nutmeg or anise or...dunno...complex... Hint of wild gaminess also..
Flavour of complex malts, candy sweetness, with a touch of tartness too. Alcohol evident. Lingering malt flavours, some wild character again. Light bitterness.

08-20-2006 09:36:08 | More by vancurly
Photo of beerphan


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

11.2 oz bottled -> Goblet
code# 1010NL28358

Poured a clear medium golden orange, with a 2 inch white pillowy head, which shrank to a chuncky mass. Tender slow tiny bubbles stretch toward the light. Solid lacing with nice rings.

Couldn't detech much of a nose, yeast and some malts.

Sweet malt flavors with a dry somewhat 'hopperscotchy' after taste

Medium mouthfeel but crisp and refreshing on a Saturday morning.

A refreshing easy drinking ale. A good summer party brew as would probably be enjoyed by the masses.

08-19-2006 14:29:10 | More by beerphan
Photo of Padron4KM


2.68/5  rDev -27.6%

11.2 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Dark golden, two finger head, sticky lace.
Aroma is fresh and slightly fruity. Ripe banana, honey, sugar, some biscuty malt.
Flavor is sweet, cooked banana with some honey and a dusting of hops.
Kind of ho-hum. It’s a pricey beer, and i expected more.

08-15-2006 05:17:46 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of boblog


4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

Nice foamy white head that disapears slightly leaving little lacing. Strong malty/hoppy smell. Great taste.Sweet with slightly bitter aftertaste. Wonderfull mouthfeel. Strong enough alcohol to notice some warmth. The main downside is price which isnt extremely high but like Duvel makes it not an every day beer.

08-08-2006 01:23:23 | More by boblog
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Clear honey blonde with a puffy eggshell head that retains nicely in the appropriate Grimbergen goblet.

Aroma is light and summery, with sweet malt, yeast, musky pear and orchard fruit. There's just a slight notion of tart wheat and gentle minerality.

Flavor is a pilsneresque malts, honey, pear, melon, and earthy musk. It finishes with a nip of herbal hops and some peppery dryness. Not very complex, but assembled well and highly drinkable. Alcohol is a bit noticable at 6.7%.

Body is medium, slick, and slippery with a fluffy texture and smooth mouthfeel. Nice to see for 10 bucks and change at my local Lowes.

08-04-2006 21:28:04 | More by AlexJ
Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.