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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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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 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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
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
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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