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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | 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 albern
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%

As far as Belgian abbey style ales of the blond variety go, this is just wonderful stuff. The beer is medium bodied, and chock full of chewy spices, malts, banana/citrus flavors, perhaps a bit of coriander, and lots of candied sugars in the fermentation process. I just love this beer and it is just a great representation of the style. If you are into the style, you must stop in here for a taste. The head, retention, smell, and mouthfeel are all just great. This one won't disappoint. L'Chaim.

albern, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

This small bottle pours a straw-colored brew, with a small tan head, perhaps due to the cold temperatures, that dissipates quickly but keeps lacing the top of the liquid as well as the glass side all the way to the bottom.
Aroma is initially sugary and sweetish, surprisingly fresh, with multiple fruity notes, mostly apples and citric fruits, as well as a typical yeast "whiff". The smell comes quickly out of the glass as you pour it, like most belgians. Pleasant.
Reasonably firm on the palate, it has mostly a fruity taste, with multiple intervening layers of malty sweetness, yeast and spicy notes, finally finishing dry and hopped, but not excessively bitter.
A lot of the pleasant flavors I usually associate with belgian ales, but not so heavy or filling, a better summer brew although still not suited to be a session beer.

brdc, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Lothore
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours with a huge white head that dissipates quickly leaving lots of lacing. It is a light orange hue. It smells spicy and of sweet fruits. Tastes of sweet fruits, banana and finishes very clean. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and very carbonated. It is refreshing and the taste was fairly good so it was pretty easy to drink.

Lothore, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

looks nice and smells nice. not a bad start. pick up some slight fruit notes, almost a slight bananna bread flavor. definitly a little clove. kind of a saison-like funk in the aftertaste. really nice though. one of the more sessionable belgians i've tried, not offensive in anyway. i guess i'd just prefer something a little more kicked up, but to each his own. very good beer, would definitly try again.

scarletfire79, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Clean and clear dark golden color, plenty of small bubbled head that billows and lasts.

Lots of sugar in the nose, some twangy citric rind. Candy smell is dominant.

Sweet and fruity flavor, not quite the full body of a tripel but good. Fairly hoppy for a Belgian, a little peppery with the alcohol but not much. Flavors develop with a little warmth. Finish is a little weak as the flavor lingers short on the palate.

Perhaps a nice transition to the bigger pale Belgian ales, but the wow factor of a Duvel might be a better tactic.

BretSikkink, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of graywalker
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%

Very nice appearance - clear golden color, nice columns of bubbles, big white head. Smell is yeasty with a little grass, clove, and citrus - excellent aroma. This is a delicious beer. Very dry finish and very refreshing. I'm really impressed, especially given the very reasonable price. I'll be buying this all summer.

graywalker, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

First Grimbergen beer and a great start. Pours a nice golden color with good thick head that decipated for the most part but did stick around for the remainder of the glass with slight traces of lace. Smell has a sour, hoppy sense to it, unique to my nose. Taste is great, malty (but very well balanced) with fruit tones to it as well. Somewhat creamy feel to the beverage in part due to the lower carbonation. This beer hides the fact well that its a 6.7% brew. Overall this is a great beer, very drinkable and recommended!

bunnyhustle, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

11.2 oz brown bottle:

AP: Pours out ultra-clear pure shimmering gold with a mellow carbonation and great retention ability displaying a 1/2" bubbly and active all-white head that stuck around for a long while before decending into a slim vail-covering.

Nose: honey-wheat barley malt, fresh green herbal hop, sweet fruits and dark berries with a subtle but mildly sour yeast whiff. nice aroma overall.

Flavor & Feel: starts off with a light, crisp, sharp and very clean feeling honey-wheat malt flavor that has a nice complexity from the sweet, dark fruit flavors of mashed-red grapes and raspberries. The mildly zesty and herbal belgian yeast hits you next adding a nice counter-balance to the mostly sweet malt flavors. It's smooth and slick going down but never feeling heavy. The finish is a mild, fresh and very green tasting hop.

DA: I'm very impressed with this one, i always love the CLEAN feel you get from Belgian ale's especially if there's a good complexity of flavor like this one has...not exactly a session beer 6.7% but a six paxk is not too much to put down with say one other person who will enjoy this brew too.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
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).

soupyman10, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

BH.

BlackHaddock, Jun 07, 2007
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.

MattBrooks, May 22, 2007
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.

jmc44, May 14, 2007
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).

wagenvolks, May 08, 2007
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%

Vancer, Apr 17, 2007
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.

Minkybut, Apr 07, 2007
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).

mithrascruor, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Metalmonk, Mar 27, 2007
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.

objectivemonkey, Mar 23, 2007
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.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of BBM
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.

BBM, Feb 21, 2007
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.

peabody, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Oct 11, 2006
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

Gueuzedude, Oct 03, 2006
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.

Pooba001, Sep 23, 2006
Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.