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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 tai4ji2x
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got a few bottles from the importer here in beijing

330ml brown bottle. "best by" of nov 27, 2008 (importer's label says bottled on nov 27, 2007)

crystal clear amber-tinted blonde. (seems to be a filtered brew) decent head gradually fades to a wispy layer. nice speckled lacing.

fruity aroma, faintly of apples and peach skin. some phenols, hint of spice or caramel.

weakly flowery, honey-like notes in the flavor are a bit offset by medicinal notes. malt and caramel is also a bit watered down. moderately bitter, but hop complexity is also a bit dull.

feel is slightly watery, but not too bad. mild carbonation gives some body.

nothing spectacular

Photo of bennetj17
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright gold leaning toward copper, high clarity, lots of carbonation. The head is a decent thickness, holding steady with a light lace behind it. The smell has alot of yeast character like a Wit, with a hint of fruity banana spice. Decent aroma overall, but a bit weak.

Lightly sweetened cookie malt flavor, with a sharp and tangy fruit edge to it which lingers on into the finish. It's not quite sour, but it has a definite tangy sweetness that takes some adjuting to. Medium thick, the body lightly coats the palate. Moderate carbonation.

Ultimately this beer lacks in complexity, and the sweet tang becomes too cloying and gets tiresome. Nice try...

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear,golden orange with a fluffy head that remains a fluffy lace that sticks all over. The aroma is of yeast,citrus,fruits and spice.
The taste is of fruits,sweet&sour grapes with light tones of malts and hop.

The overall feel is clean with low carbonation and a smooth,slightly bitter finish.

Notes: Good brew,worth the the buy and while the finish was on the semi-dry side I reckon this beer is not only well balanced,but just fine for a session tune up or wind down.
Introduce this to a wine lover,I did and they were amazed.

Photo of TheSarge
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with vast amounts of head to peak out at about two fingers thick, from my 8oz bottle. Foams sticks together quite nicely, and lasts for a good while. Lace clings to the glass all the way through. The body is nice gold, and quite clear.

Aromas produce a suble smoke appeal, and a hint of bubble gum or banana.

The taste is pleasant, and not overly sweet. There is a stern bitterness, but very well balanced. Maybe a little earthy. Not overly carbonated and not too coarse.

Photo of Kraken
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. This is the second Grimbergen I have had and I have yet to be disappointed. Vigorous pour yields one finger snow white head. Minimal head retention with some lacing. Beer is straw colored and crystal clear. Smells of clean belgian yeast with hints of fruits, apple and banana. Taste very clean, slight fruit but not overly fruity, candy sugar compliments the light malt character. Very taste beverage with a clean finish. Beer is highly drinkable, and refreshing, perfect summer brew and at 6.7% it lets you know you are drinking it.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip glass a light golden with a fluffy white head that had decent lasting power,aromas of lemon and toasted grain with some yeasty clove as well.Flavors are pretty yeasty up front with some bubblegum and clove phenolic flavors melding into some citric and toasted tones.Decent but a little to phenolic and yeasty for me still not all bad.

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

A: Poured a brilliantly clear, pale orange with a fomay white head that was well lasting leaving a streaky lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: bananas, sweet cloves, oranges and fresh citrus.

T: sweet cloves and bananas in the beginning. There was a nice hop spiciness followed by light peppery hints and sweet orange peels. The flavor was clean, with sharp orange notes and was solid per style.

M: light-medium with some carbonation and sour citrus and oranges gracing the tongue.

D: Ok drinkability, a decent presentation overall but really didn't excite me in the process.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice (flared top)

A - this blonde beauty poured a golden color similar to that of a pilsner with a bountiful 1.75" fluffy white head. Lovely lacing throughout.

S - sweet and fruity with a hint of yeastiness and a waft of hops. An undefined fruitiness.

T - Wonderful, I detect tartness of apricots, golden raisins, followed by sweet maltiness, and ending with a bitter overtone that balances the taste throughout. Alcohol of 6.7 is very well hidden.

M - Light carbonation, light bodied beer. Washed over the palate quite well, yet this is more of a sipping beer because of its fine taste.

D - Very drinkable. This is more of a sipper. One wouldn't want to spoil the greatness by chugging this but one could certainly have a few in a row.

Overall - This is the second Grimbergen product I've had and I'm very pleased with both. I like the Dubbel slightly more because I'm partial to darker beers but this Blonde abbey style ale is definitely a winner. Great as a nightcap or an after-dinner conversation companion. I bought a 6-pack of this on sale for about $8 (usually it's around 11.50 per 6 pack) so this was a steal! Will buy again.

Photo of turdburglar
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Grimbergen chalice. Nice golden color. Medium size bubbly head, typical Belgian lacing. Aroma is yeasty and kinda sweet and citrusy. Taste is fruity, a bit sweet, grainy and spicy. Very well balanced, and pleasantly carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, quite smooth.

Photo of Durge
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favrite style of beer but this had a light amber color, clear with a small white fuzzy cap and minimal lace. I picked up an herbal, medicinal hops and wheat bread aroma, a bit sharper than I am drawn to for most beers. It's medium bodied with a nice grape-wheat hops flavor. It has a pleasant background of nutmeg and brown sugar. It's lightly carbonated, smooth and pretty easy drinking. Not bad and definitely worth trying.

Photo of smith5424
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy with a golden color similar to apple cider. Used an oversized wine glass and received a strong, foamy head. The beer had a slight sparkle as it settled in the glass.

Aroma was very sweet, almost reminding me of the sweet tart candies. Also detected citrus and spice and a little bit of sour. At its pour I detected apples, but as the beer warmed I was getting grapes.

Initial taste is a fresh fruity flavor which progresses to syrup and honey. Ends malty with a bit of banana. I enjoyed the aromas of the beer a little more than its taste.

Mouthfeel was light and thin with decent carbonation, and enjoyable. Easy to consume. I would have a few of these in one sitting.

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

11.2oz brown bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a beautiful golden yellow translucent body with a good half inch of off-white head. Smells really fruity and pleasant, like a fresh peach or apricot. Tastes very fruity also, with apricot and apple playing huge roles with some malt notes toward the finish. Just the slightest hint of alcohol in the flavor and mouthfeel. Fairly light on the mouthfeel, but makes this surprisingly drinkable for the abv. Really very delicious, one of the best examples of the style I've had. Really hitting the spot tonight.

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

Poured a golden slightly cloudy color. Had a large, off white, foamy, clumpy head that faded to just clumps with a lot of lacing
on the sides.

had a fruity , sweet , and a little wheat or woody aroma.

Taste was sweet almost citrus . Started with a little hop bite but not much. Lighter taste than I expected but very drinkable.

a good beer but not outstanding , I would have again if available but I wouldn't go out of my way to get.

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

I thought this to be a pretty average Belgian ale, but it was by no means a disappointment. Pretty malty and not as spicey as I might have expected, but for some reason I was expecting a pretty mild-mannered beer (perhaps because it was listed as a blonde ale on the menu and bottle) and that is what I got.

Pour was a pretty rich gold-amber color with good head. Branded glassware at the Palm Tavern was nice enhancement to the experience. Aroma was not that distinct - some clove and a bit of diacetyl. Flavor was more of that, but with a distinctly strong malt backbone. Mouthfeel was unremarkable. In all I thought this an average yet rather sessionable beer.

I would recommend this beer, although not that strongly.

$3 bottles at the Palm Tavern on Kinnickinic in Milwaukee; price was right. Along with $1.50 Huber Bocks at Comet, this has to be one of the better bar bargains in Milwaukee.

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a tulip glass and received a strong, foamy one-finger head that stayed with the beer due to constant cabonation. An apple cider colorish body, although you could throw in a little copper to the mix. A good smell made up of a sugary sweetness (something along the lines of caramel or maple syrup) and a dash of yeast and spices. A weetlike taste follows, but the body (thin to medium) is a little too syrupy for me. I don't mind a sweet beer (again, I would say caramel and honey) with a good hop kick on the backbite, but a little sticky/slimey for my likeing. The problem is, if you were to eliminate this syruppy, runny feeling, you either cut some of the sweetness out of the taste or jack the ABV up (both of these solutions only create another problem). A good beer, but I wouldn't session this.

Photo of jackorain
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Yellowish, blonde color with a white heat of about 1/2 inch fell to a splotchy coat. As the head fell it did leave really nice lacing effect.

S-sweet, yeasty, biscuit and caramel malt, a little ester of clove.

T-Only a slight bitter edge of floral hops breaks through the big biscuit and caramel malty sweetness. The yeastiness from nose is ever present here as well.

M-Smooth creamy medium body, a little lingering fizziness

D-not bad I could have a few whit the limited choices here in my buisness trip to Paris

Photo of joekfsu
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours clear gold with 2 cm foamy off white head that is slowly diminishing. Aromas of orange, spice and yeast are balanced. Initial flavor is mostly citrus. Dry and slightly bitter aftertaste that is moderately lasting. Good lacing, light carbonation, light to medium body, and light hints of alcohol. Drinkable but better available options exist.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden in color as it sits in my Duvel tulip. A thin, quickly moving stream of carbonation rises from the center of the bottom towards the top to support the settling chunky head. The head ends up blotchy and thin. The aroma is similar to baltika #3 with a hint of belgian yeast. Sweet sugar with white grape undertones give depth to the pilsner-like characteristics of the beer. The aroma has a good hint of what the taste is like. It is also sweet and grapey with a relatively smooth and thick body. Decent flavor profile, but it tastes a bit cheap IMO. Good hopping toward the end, good balance. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. It leaves a sticky film in my mouth from the residual sugars. A little more alcohol would cut down on this a bit. Overall, I like this beer. If it is on sale maybe I'd buy a 4-pack. It could also be used to ease a friend into more complex and wilder Belgian blonde/strong ales.

Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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