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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Reviews: 316
Hads: 642
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 19
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden/orange color into a snifter from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Thin film of a head that dissipates fairly quickly. Good carbonation, always enjoy the steady stream of bubbles arising from the etching in the glass.
Aroma is a very mild blend of sweet fruity esters, mostly banana with hints of spice and some yeast. Not too overpowering, which is good.
Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Slightly tart and dry upfront, but ends with a nice lingering sweetness. Very good mouthfeel and highly drinkable
Excellent lacing all along the insides of the snifter.
This is a very good belgian pale ale. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy belgian's. Highly recommended. (696 characters)

Photo of theBubba
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice golden color into my stem glass with a short lived, but decent head. A bit of lace lasted until the end.

Smell was of cider vinegar. Taste was of malt vinegar and a touch of bitter hops. But even so, this ale was somewhat drinkable. The label on this 12 oz bottle had numerous code numbers but none that appeared to be a freshness date. It was purchased cold at a very reputable local distributor that specializes in all sorts of wonderful craft beers and imports, so I doubt it was bad...but you never know.

Anyhow, at $18 a 12 oz six pack, I doubt if I'll give it another shot. (595 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

Look - pale amber/caramel color, clear, with about two fingers of off-white, fluffy foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - somewhat earthy malt type of smell, with added fruitiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel - rich taste, with a slight bite at the very beginning, but it's only very slight. Accessible malty qualities following, and ending with a gentle muskiness. Texture is smooth, and a little more on the watery side. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but not terribly complex in the taste, although not at all boring either. (613 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: star, mildly hazy with touch of gold.

S: citrus, light floral and sweet (possibly apple)

T: less citrus in the taste however still sweet. Grain and malt notes.

M: fuller bodied than most blondes. Very smooth. Light carbonation.

O: refreshing and easy to drink. Tame taste but not too bad overall. I am new to the Belgian pale ales but so far I am enjoying the genre. (373 characters)

Photo of Jemonster
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy honey color with puffy white head composed of larger bubbles.

S: Took some aeration to get anything to pop out. Bland/plain smelling. Some cereal grains and buttered toast.

T: Just great. Sweetness throughout with some alcohol. Warm hops and overripe fruits. Something tropical about it, banana maybe. Loses half a point from perfection because it lacks that certain "something". It's very straightforward and the same from beginning to end.

M: Pretty good, kind of flat on the tongue but nice viscosity and carbonation for me.

O: A great beer. Check it out. (580 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden color with a spongy head that lasts longer than a typical lager; the color might be similar but a full head is promising.

S: Smells malty with a hint of fruity sweetness and a little bit of that adjunct bitterness. Not exactly the greatest.

T/M: The taste is great, though: heavy amounts of Belgian dark fruits and a bitter finish, better than the aroma lets on. It’s very good and a lot fuller flavored than you’d think.

This is the type of lighter beer people that don’t know about good beer would love. It’s not too heavy but flavorful enough to make you think, “Man, I really am sophisticated.” Because you are sophisticated. You are. (707 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: clear golden pour with a fluffy white head.
Smell: Yeast, malts with some spicy character. Light fruits like citrus and apple.
Taste: Yeast, clear grain notes, lemon, white grapes and some hop and grass
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body
Overall: This beer is perfect for quenching your thirst. Not spectacular, but one of my favorites from the more commercial blond beers. (387 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Grimbergen blonde pours a translucent straw yellow color with a modest off-white head. Small bubbles noticeably rise from the bottom of the glass to refresh the head.

Smell: Light malts, a little white grape, pear, and green apple, and a touch of vinegar.

Taste: The light malts don't contribute much sweetness, more just a dry grainy character. Tart fruits - green apple, pear, and white grape add a fruity character. Some light spiced yeast, then some herbal hops toward the end. A flourish of candy sugar right at the end creates an interesting sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel might be the best part about this beer. Smooth, lightly creamy, with a good crispness from the flavor and full carbonation.

Overall: An enjoyable, but not overly complex BPA. (830 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle from a sixer i picked up in a pinch when there was little to no beer for sale. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- the pour yields a translucent glowing golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is pretty quick to fade, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the smell is pretty simple here. it starts off with pale malts and a little bit of candi sugar. there is also some distinct belgian yeast. a small amount of floral hops finish this one off.

T- the first things i pick up on are belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar. the pale malts i could smell add a small amount of sweetness as well. a little bit of honey and floral hops at the end. simple and to the point.

M- the body is on the thin side and the carbonation is a little higher than expected. both of these things work in the beers favor though. the alcohol is well hidden.

O overall, i liked this beer more than i thought i did. i guess that since i knew it was owned by in-bev it would be a less than quality product. this will be a go to in a situation where my options are severely limited. its also something i think ill have success with when i introduce it to non beer drinkers. (1,192 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear golden color with some white head

smell - hard to pick up much here, apple, wheat

taste - floral hints of apples& pears, some yeast is in there as well

mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium bodied, sweet, but not cloying, dry finish

overall - decent beverage, there are better representations of the style out there, though. Try it but dont go out of your way to get it (390 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal clear light amber body with a loose frothy white head atop.

S - Dry fruity character, some sweetness, touch of vanilla.

T - Malty with a touch of dryness and grapes. A little of that belgian spice is in there too.

M - Medium thin body, fairly smooth. Doesnt linger too much on your palate.

O (D) - Fine beer, tasty. nothing too exciting, nothing offensive. I would drink this again, but wouldn't seek it out. (425 characters)

Photo of lstokes
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lasting head and lace on top of a golden yellow brew, the smell is slightly over-sugared yeast and banana.

It's a bit sugary at the beginning and end, but also includes some nice apple, banana, clove and pepper. Sweetness is the predominant characteristic, with just enough spice and yeast to keep it from getting cloying. That said, the mouthfeel wasn't as full as I would have liked, and could have contributed to taking this from a so-so beer to a genuinely good one. (471 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of golden yellow. It holds a one finger head of white bubbles that disappears almost instantaneously. What are left are massive bubbles across half the surface of the drink. A light ring of lacing is left around the top of the glass. Transparency is high, as no sediment is present. Carbonation looks to be active. The aroma is predominantly malty, with a wheatiness about it, and a bittering, chalky yeast character. There are also highlights of browned apple and faint clovey phenols. As we sip, the flavoring begins with heavy malts and a sweetness, of overly browned apples. There is a contrasting bitterness here as well, from additional grain and yeast. The middle progresses more smoothly, with maltiness blending with slight esters. The finish calms down even more, with the very last flavors exhibiting a sourness contributable to the union of grain additions, standard yeast, and phenols. The aftertaste breathes faintly of those apples from the front and esters, but is overpowered by that sour curtain. The body is medium and the carbonation is high. Each sip is generously creamy, and the mouth is left quite coated. This, however, disappears, and the palate continues dry to the touch. The beer would be nicely slurpable if the carbonation was curbed a bit. The abv is standard, and the drinkability is fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the interesting blend of flavors. Within this style there can be an overwhelming bitterness, without anything to calm or cut it. Here we found the esters to be a nice vehicle for doing just that. The other aspects of the beer were a bit dull, and stand to be refined to make some of the flavors and aromas more bold and desirable. (1,719 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, poured into leffe chalice, half a finger head, golden colour, clear. Yeasty smell, some berries. Tasted of slightly off apples, a lot like leffe blonde but a bit sweeter with a slightly wheaty aftertaste. Some fiz. A decent blond, could drink a few, a blind tasting with leffe blonde would be interesting. (319 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not really too big of a fan of Belgian pale ales but here goes.

A - Looks nice. Hefty inch of fluffy head, seems too full of carbonation with a nice honey yellow color.

S - Smells of faint yeasts, citrus, and a sort of funk. No real hop presence.

T - Not bad. It's a hard drinker for 6.7 since the alcohol is well know in this. Also the yeast is pretty strong which is kind of off putting. Pretty sweet but ABV is cloying.

M - Medium but found it quite heavy to drink.

D - Another "domestic" Belgium beer that just doesn't seem to offer traditional style. Even though it was sweet the alcohol was kind of harsh and the citrus really didn't cover up the yeast. Still not so bad. (682 characters)

Photo of Ochsenblut
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer has an orange hued blond body with a white one finger head. Retention is pretty good, leaving lots of lacing on the inside of the Grimbergen proprietary chalice.

The first smell renders sweet chamomile, honey and some phenol that seems like sawdust/barnyard. The highly carbonated first sip is slightly peppery with honey notes and a very present sting of alcohol. It's not cloying because the citrusy hops help round out the sweetness and sting of the alcohol. The aftertaste is slightly metallic and otherwise finishes clean. The mouthfeel is extremely slick, the slickest I've ever had of this style (diacetyl?).

I'm not a big fan of this particular beer. The high carbonation seems, well, annoying. It does accomplish a few things though. The alcohol is blended into the experience and nothing sticks out as cloying.

Again. Not crazy about it. (861 characters)

Photo of david18
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft on a recent visit to Amsterdam. Like many of the beers I had there, it was better than what you'd find on tap here in a small bar but not worth seeking out.

Poured a pale blond with lots of carbonation. Aroma was light and included some yeast, malt, etc. Maybe a little citrusy. Flavor was also light with a taste of belgian yeast. Like Stella but a little more interesting. This was a very drinkable beer, which I could have easily had many of. (466 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Foam with an attractive fruity aroma. The nose is rather fresh dominates, supported by both bitter citrus and fruity. Fat in the mouth, as unfortunately most pale ales industrial, but with a balance between fruit and the bitterness (although relatively mild) more or less successful. The finish gives it, the orange zest. A beer of its kind, a good positioning in the Leffe AB In-Bev, but it stops there. (404 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2011. The label has an image of a phoenix and the latin motto 'burns but is not consumed'. Well it may not burn, but it will be consumed...

Poured into a Stella chalice. A bright golden colour with good carbonation; once it settles a column of fine bubbles rises from the centre of the glass. A large foamy white head tops it off; this slowly reduces to leave a thin covering of foam. A strong sweet aroma with hints of fruit and alcohol - complex and interesting.

A sweet malty taste with an element of sourness as you swallow. Notes of yeast, esters and fruit; no bitterness to speak of. Alcohol becomes more obvious as the liquid warms, unbalancing the flavour somewhat. Mouthfeel is smooth but astringent, leaving a dry sensation.

This is highly drinkable, and goes down nicely. The flavour is more involved than many beers, but not overwhelming. Worth seeking out to try. (911 characters)

Photo of yapi
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

just another average Belgian beer. (although there are enough excellent ones)

don't get me wrong. With average I mean taste. And with smell that is most important to me.

very light body, weak flavor, blond yes, a bit yeasty, a bit caramel, and other 'a bits'... just not good enough in my book. Won't drink this again unless it's this or a lager. (349 characters)

Photo of meatmallet
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden body with a small white head with no lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, apricots, grapes, granny smith apples, and citrus. Some sweetness coming from the malts and a little bit of a sour undertone.

Taste: A lot of yeast and some must in the beginning but a sweet middle and a tart aftertaste. All of the flavors in the nose are present.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied and lightly carbonated but the carbonation is very lively. It has a bit of a dry finish. Not much of an aftertaste. I think thats the biggest knock is it just disappears from the palate. (579 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a very slight hazy golden-yellow body with a thick rocky snow-white head that last for a good bit and a microbubble carbonation
. S- The clean aroma has a faint pale malt note that has just a touch of sweetness to it.
T- The dry carbonic acid note leads to dry tart apples in the finish. There is a light soapy note to the finish aswell.
M- The dry crisp mouthfeel finishes with a soft tight fizz. There is no alcohol noticed.
D- This beer has a soapy hop flavor that grows and that is about the only flavor. I didn't get any yeast character or malt flavor unfortunately. (620 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nicely into my Chimay goblet. A little darker than I would imagine for the style with a orange-yellow color. There is a generous white head initially, but it dies down quickly to nothing. Strong carbonation.

S: Vinegar and mustard seed notes at first. As the beer warms up there is some apple and spice notes. Some light sweetness from the malts. In the end I get a little sulfur. Some nice fruit aromas, but the vinegar/mustard aromas kill some of the aroma for me.

T: The flavor is much better than the aroma. Very nice apple and fruit flavors. The fruits are more subtle. Pear and apple are the most predominant flavors. This is followed by some beautiful spiciness. There is a nice, honey-like sweetness in the end. The beer finishes with a light, floral hoppiness. Very nice balance of delicate flavors. None of the vinegar or sulfur that was in the aroma.

M: Light bodied and strongly carbonated. Finishes fairly dry, but not like a saison. The alcohol is there a little to dry things out, but not too much.

D: I had this beer about 4 years ago when I was first getting into Belgian Beer. I really thought this beer was amazing at the time. I have of course had many different, phenomenal Belgian ales since then. I had always passed this up when I saw it. For some reason, I started craving it again. Upon revisiting the beer, I still find it enjoyable. When comparing it to some other Belgian Ales, it isn't quite as exciting as I used to think it was. I still like it however. It is a simple, easy drinking, Belgian Ale. I will definitely continue to pick this up from time to time. (1,607 characters)

Photo of impending
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous crystal clear orangey gold. Minor head, minor lacing.

Aroma of bready yeast, apricots and citrus.

Taste is light, smooth and muted but not as if watery. Aftertaste is clean, without any bitterness and evaporates quickly. Mouthfeel is light and prickly.

Pleasant, no highs, no lows. Smooth.
cheers
jd (338 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle.

Dark golden colour, nice white fluffy head, good carbonation.

Smell of apricot, citrus, floral hops. Taste is solid malty and yeasty. The other flavours are a bit faint: hoppy bitterness balance well with sweet notes of fruit.
Mouthfeel is light, almost watery for a 6.7%, with a sweet alcohol finish.
Decently drinkable. Simple and easy for an undemanding palate. (381 characters)

Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
83 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.