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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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)
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Photo of watermelonman
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a nice golden color with a medium sized head that faded a bit. There's just a line or two for lace.

The smell was a fairly good combination of light malts and citrus tones. The taste was a bit lighter than expected, with those same flavors present. The mouthfeel was definitely too light. This beer just needs more substance.

watermelonman, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pear yellow color with lots of carbonation bubbles at the start eventually fading to soft supple bubbling, starts with a firm finger high cap of white sturdy foam that drifts off leaving a thin skim and a fluffy collaring. Lacing coats the glass nicely in thinner curtains.

Aroma of dulled citrus and white grapes and a soft plastic phenol touch underneath.

Flavors are kinda mild, touches of fruityness hint to a spartic citrus notion along with a white wine aspect with a fluffy insueing yeasty softness that carries some spice of clove and white pepper. Small traces of alcohol and phenols slip by quickly as it trys very hard to stay kinda fruity and dry. Which it kinda does but withstands no real finishing qualities, it just sort of disappears on ya.

Feel is weakened and thinnish, borderline watery with only a small nudge of dryness, fruityness, and carbonation which gathers a bit of strength as it gets past mid way and developes more but decreases again in the finish. This is an appoachable brew but lacks a bit of ompff and character; I think I'll skip it over in future buying sprees.

tavernjef, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same 11.2 oz. bottle that is pictured to the right. Poured carefully into my chalice, oh wait, no need to pour that carefully. This beer doesn't appear to be bottle conditioned. No sediment in my bottle.

Pours out golden-orange in color with a good size white fluffy head. Small stems of bubbles make their way to the top. The smell is spicy and citrusy. Overall seems on the sweet side.

The first thing I noticed about the taste was the carbonation and the sweetness. Overall well balanced between sweet, citrus and spice (think pepper). Flavor kind of drops at the end into something a bit dry.

Overall a solid beer that I would have again.

CharlesRiver, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased for $1.59/bottle

Poured out a golden color with a ultra fluffy, filmy head that just stuck to the glass. There was solid and constant bottom carbonation. The aroma is very reminiscent of a belgian wit with heavy wheat tones. I can pick up a little clove as well. The taste is pretty solid with a tart beginning and a crisp finish. The semi-high ABV is nicely hidden but noticed when it warms your stomach. This is a very nice anytime beer at a resonable price!

ALESwhatCURESya, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, nice label, with an eagle and sort of stained glass looking. Pours clear, light and golden. Not much head, lower carbonation, tiny bubble film light and wispy lacing. Nose is pineapple and some yeast. Notes of bublegum, more pineapple, lemony and fairly refreshing. Would go great with a warm waether salad. Ffairly light bodied and a tad thin. Less complex then the top notch pales also lower in alcohol. Less interesting then hoped for, still a tasty and pleasant drink.

Billolick, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear (I was expecting bottle conditioned) darker yellow with a nice head of 1/2 of an inch. Laces well, spidery with good cling though. Aroma is lightly astringent, unripe pineapple with some yeast and lime. Flavor starts decently full, adequate body and carbonation, with sense of esters, some sugary sweetness, and citrus fruit. The brew loses an impression of more sturdy malts about halfway through the mouth and settles into an overly sourish quality, with a loss of texture at the close. Somewhat quaffable but it loses its drinkability at the finish, not settling great with me at the end.

ADR, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of cokes
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey topped with several inches of wet, white froth.
Nose ripe with apples, pear, pineapple, clove and musty, doughy yeast.
Begins generous with fruit. Tropical with papaya and mango, candified. The apple and pear traits develop and linger. Doughball yeastiness arrives. Turns weizen-esque with fat bruised bananas and loads of cloves. Plenty peppery too. Regresses to the apple-pear combo then exits with a brief, drying grassy hop snap.

It should be noted that this seems to lose nuance and pizzazz as it sits. By the end, it's all honey-covered pears, pizza dough, ghostly booze, and cloves. Strikingly similar to Leffe Blonde...and that is not all that favorable a comparison.

Medium bodied, with, perhaps, a few extra pounds tacked on. Steadily carbonated up front but still a touch sticky, and even more gooey as the CO2 leaves.
Akin to a Tripel-Weissbier cross. Too bad that bottom fell out. I liked this quite a bit up front.

cokes, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl can: This beer has a dark golden color to it, with maybe a hint of orange. There is a strong white head. There is a somewhat sweet aroma, with hints of yeast and spices. The taste is along the same lines. A bit of citrus also. It is a bit more than medium bodied. Comperable to Leffe.

Boto, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of tjd25
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-yellow color, with a nice dense head that quickly fades. The smell is interesting: sweet, citric, yeasty and very fruity.

The taste is enjoyable, fruity and sweet, with grapefruits getting more present in the end. Very citric, zests of lemon. Wheat is fairly noticeable too. I had problems to define the aftertaste that's kind of spicy (pepper?). After reading other reviews, I have to agree to a certain extent with the winy apple flavor that one person mentioned. I thought this took off from the beer's drinkability, but the way the hops appear in the beer is still interesting: the bitterness is enveloped in a fruity wave. The mouthfeel is very round and smooth. A good cheap beer here in France.

tjd25, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting a lot out of this beer and it just about lived up to my expectations. Pours a light yellow color with a moderate head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is not too strong, but it has a spicy and wheaty feel. The flavor is very smooth and has hints of pepper and a strong wheat character. I enjoyed this beer.

clvand0, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow golden hue with a nice head. Aroma is heavy wheat, small amount of oily hops and some light malt. Cloudy or chill hazed (not sure which).

Taste is very dominated by the wheat. making it almost a Hefe or a weiss. After intial rush of wheat the tasts kind of peters out with no malt or bitter notes coming through.

Somewhat disappointing for the style and for the taste.

CRJMellor, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of Andreji
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice wheaty beer.

A transparent caramelly pour (perhaps a dim lighting) that isnt cloudy as I expected.

The smell, soft but with some fruity and rather malty/wheaty presence that isnt all that fulfilling but provides a preview to the beer.

The taste in itself is very soft and the predominance within is of the wheat which gives off a weiss-like base for the sweeter brew which in turn has no nasty aftertaste or many hops to it either. its nice though, but not top notch.

Andreji, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought and drank this in Venice, Italy. I paid about 1.50 Euro for it. Brilliantly-clear dark-yellow forms a pillowy white head atop small to medium sized bubbles with very good retention and beautiful lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong. Aroma is fruity and phenolic with ripe bananas and cloves, and a distant peppery guava note. Mouthfeel is initially spritzy, yet soft with a medium-light body, crisp finish, and leaving a light coating upon the tongue. Taste begins with some spicy flavor hops and carbonated acidity, followed by cloves and bananas with a delicate pale malt presence with a distant crystal/munich malt note. The finish is semi-dry, very crisp and clean with a prolonged lingering banana sweetness on the back of the tongue and a well-balanced spicy hop bitterness. The ferment and brewing water is extremely clean. As it warms, it remains pleasant and enhances the fruitiness and drinkability. A very nice beer, tasty and easy to drink. Alcohol is imperceptable and there is a very brief metallic note.

A very solid Abbey Blond. Light in body with traditional characteristics and very good drinkability. Best served at cellar temperature. This brew appears filtered. I wonder what it would be like bottle-conditioned? Drinking it here in the States takes me back to Europe. Damn, they've got it good over there!

Mitchster, Apr 28, 2003
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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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