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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 51 | 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 supercolter
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok so maybe I just got a good bottle but the head on this dark golden treat was over 2 finger and stayed with the whole glass...impressive
Decent smell very earthy right away but seems to open up a bit more citrusy if you dig your nose in
Tasts is pretty decent as well, unusually earthy though, not bad but kinda dry for this style...
Mouthfeel was a bit too fizzy I thought but felt good on the tounge
Drinkability- pretty light only hindered by the fizz

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz fat little bottle into a Duvel glass. The beer was clear colden color with no floaties inside. The head was thin but sticky.

I think this smelled much better than I expected, kind of bready and a little malty. The taste was mostly sweet malts and bready yeast, not unlike St Bernardus Tripel. A little less rich than the St Bernardus though.

This is a real bargain at $1.99 per bottle in Columbus.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear light amber golden with a white, small, yet frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a nice Belgian yeast spicy character and a light sweetness. The aroma contained a bit of earthiness.

The flavor was light with a light spice feature coupled with a sweetness that was not cloying but lingering nonetheless. The bittering was enough to keep the beer from becoming cloying but never really played a key part other than a bit of earthiness.

The finish was dry with a lingering spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation. Nothing too exciting here, but a fairly easy drinking beer.

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of cjgator3
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass producing a one finger head that produced great lacing throughout the duration of the drink. A fruity aroma of apples, cirtus and alcohol. Taste is delightful! Mouthfeel is full of carbonation. Taste is sweet and crisp much like the smell. This is my first time trying this wonderful brew and I will surely get it again.

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

A: Pours a golden straw with a foamy off white head that dissipates, but still sticks around for most of the brew.

S: Sweet, wheaty aroma and some grainy malts.

T: More like a wheat beer than a Belgian golden. Big, wheaty flavors with some vanilla, clove and candy banana flavors, spicy hops linger throughout. Really nice bready wheat aftertaste.

M/D: Carbonation is a bit high, but still light to medium bodied and easy to drink.

Overall, this is a nice brew, but not one I will go out of my way to pick up again. Since it tastes more like a wheat beer, I would prefer a Hoegaarden or a Weihenstephaner Hefe to this.

Photo of goochpunch
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy, white head. Smells pretty much like apple juice with a slight yeasty background. Smells good but not very interesting. Taste is, at first, nutty and fruity malts with a slight alcohol edge. Slowly, the hops come through around the middle, with a swelling bitterness and spicy and grassy flavor character. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-light with lively bubbles. Drinkable, but not interesting enough for me to want a whole lot more of it.

Photo of plaid75
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light copper hue. A good two finger, creamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell was rather neutral. Hints of yeast, lemon and coriander spiciness.

The flavor was smooth and buttery. A nice spiciness is apparent and there is a slight hop finish. Although buttery, a very clean taste.

The mouthfeel was clean, relatively dry, with light carbonation.

Overall a nice drinkable blonde ale. I recommend this one.

Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/19/06- Purchased from Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle with no freshness info available. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Honey-amber in color. Full inch plus head which sticks around for quite a while. Marvelous patchy lacing on the inside of my tulip.

Smell- Lemon rind, white pepper and maybe some other fruits as well. Slight scent of hops.

Taste- Reminds me of a cross of three beers...a Belgian Pale Ale, a Wit and a Tripel. Has a nice fruity bite with a good dose of white pepper in the finish. Bitter hops come through right at the end. Short lived aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level. Mild sugary coating.

Drinkability- Quite a quaffable brew. If it just had a bit of oumph behind it. Taste doesn't last as long as I would like. Still very good though.

Photo of whynot44
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery gold color with a huge fluffy white head that persists reasonably well, leaving lots of nice lace on the way down.

The aroma is hard to pin down, very mild malt with some slightly spicy herbal overtone - hops, coriander, ?

The taste is also slightly sweet mild malt with an apple or pear note and that spicy herbal overtone that comes across minty, peppery, maybe a bit of cloves and corinder with a peppered apple aftertaste.

Very interesting. Smooth, medium bodied and easy to drink. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Grimbergen Blonde on tap in Montbelliard, France.
It was great. I've heard that others have been disappointed with it in bottles.
It had nice golden color with a good sized head. It smelled and tasted like any good Belgium should. A slight hop flavor. It was very smooth drinking. I would've had many more but after a Beamish Stout, I was running low on Euros.

I was at an "Irish" pub, in France, with an Italian, a Brit (who only drank Vodka), a Frenchie, and two other Americans. They spelled the pub's name "O'Brian's" not "O'Brien's." And it had Guiness logos everywhere, but no Guiness. A truely strange expericence, but a good beer.

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

Pours a clear amber colored ale that is a bit more on the red side. OK white head that unfortunately doesn't hang around.

Smell is on the sweet side with a slight tart edge something like iced tea with lemon in it. Slightly flowery in scent with a far stronger herbal hop aroma. Slight coriander aroma is a far stronger edge of black pepper.

Taste is not that sweet with a good flowery honey flavor to this, slightly mead like. Detectable trace of oxidation is present, not real strong but there is a trace of cardboard flavor here. Fair flavor of flowers and slight herbal bittering. Flavor is a bit light compared to the benchmark Duvel.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but not remarkable in anyway. Think of this as a Duvel knock off that isn't nearly as good. But this isn't a bad beer just rather boring and unremarkable for the style.

Photo of therica
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured nicely, with a head that remained for a fair while-- not huge and thick but fairly nice. The aroma is a bit odd, and possibly explained by what I describe in the taste and aftertaste, as well.

The taste is a nice one, some honey and something that another user describes as menthol. My impression from that taste plus the aftertaste on my tongue was possibly anise, but menthol may be accurate as well. The after-taste is more like slight anise and honey, however. It might even be some odd herb such as rosemary that they've used (a pine sort of shrub).

It's a fairly drinkable beer but I don't know that I'd sit and drink it all night.

Photo of acrawf6
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a quite deep golden and honey looking. White head foams up but is not thick and goes down rather quickly.

Smells a little interesting and good. Very sweet and a light menthol smell to it. smells like a dry sugar candy, like necco wafers or something.

Taste is ok. Very spiced. Lots of apple flavors to it. Not as sweet as i first suspected. A slight cardboard taste to it. Malty after a few seconds of it sitting on my tongue. The aftertaste is a little off. It is a little sour aftertaste that just doesnt settle well for me.

Mouthfeel is ok. Not as full as i hoped for, but i am wanting a tripel right now, so obviously this one will not cut it for me. Crisp carbonation that drops right after getting on my mouth.

Overall, this is ok. I am enjoying it, but i dont think i will have a craving for it in the future.

Photo of Hautacam
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had this on tap in Luz St.Saveur, France and thought that is was the absolute best ale I'd ever had. Was excited to find it here in the US in bottles. Kind of a let down...just not the same...good but not great.( my girlfriend still thinks Great)
Color is clear gold ....nice foamy head...lasts pretty well in a Grimbergen chalice.
Smell is clove, malt, a hint of fruit.
Tastes pretty good...some slight sweetness, good balance of citrus and spice...yeasty... alcohol not really detectable.
Mouthfeel is kind of light....medium carbonation.
Pretty drinkable...goes well with a burger. Not complex enough to just sip and smell.
I probably won't buy this ale...but my girlfriend will....and I'll drink some of hers !

Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Largely clear, coppery gold with a bonze highlight; the liquid is very attractive. Simmering white head, at its highest point a formidable three fingers of bubbles sustained. Head retention was good; it slowly fizzled away to a moderate cap. The lacing started right away. I truly dig when lacing starts before I even take a sip. Subsequent lacing was very organized and quite widespread. This beer has a good vibe!

The nose is more Trippel-like then Belgian Pale Ale-like, which isn’t a bad thing. Prickly hops, citrusy and earthy, while not strong in potency I like this aspect. It is quickly followed by a great range of fruit, mostly tropical (like pineapple, mangos, green grapes, and candied citrus). There are more notes of candied sugar in the background. I wish the potency was louder… the beer is fairly clean for a Belgian. Is this beer filtered? No bottle conditioning? I like what I smell but the more I sniff, the less impressed I am. Still, it is inviting.

The palate is spicy and warm. I wasn’t expecting so much heat. Well, I guess 6.70% is fairly hearty. The mild malt body seems fitting. It allows the spiciness to jump off the foundation. The fruitiness is equally lovely, oranges, grapes, pineapple, and a tropical blend. Well done! The warmer the beer got the more it fell apart. It becomes sweet… some veggie notes develop. There is not much in the palate; this is a pedestrian Belgian Pale Ale… I’d like more hops and malt. There are some pleasant qualities here but it is missing those special attributes.

Medium-light in body, low carbonation… the mouthfeel is a bit slick. Thin and watery; I expect more from a beer of this sort.

This beer is very easy to drink. If the alcohol was lower I’d call this a Belgian session beer but, I can’t. There is too much booze in it. So, when do I drink this beer again? It is not as good as Rare Vos or Orval (duh! What is!). I never heard of this beer before I seen a few bottles in Lawrence, KS. I am happy I picked up a sample but I doubt if I’ll drink it again. Overall, it is a solid Belgian Pale Ale… there is a thin line between good and boring with this beer style. I need more to be impressed.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.42/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I’ve been walking around Grenoble playing the local pastime (avoiding dog crap on the side walk) for hours. I’m thirsty and if one more angry, unemployed young man shouts at me, or another homeless guy dressed in fatigues tries to lead me down some back alley I’m going to go D-day on this place. I finally find an open bar that I can get into but the taps are just terrible. A large poster proudly proclaims that they serve bud light. Desperado posters line the other walls. I notice after some searching that they have Grimbergen on one of their taps. That will do, I think to myself. I had a can of that the other day and it was decent.

I order two 83 oz giraffes (because I’m so stressed from the anti-Americanism and dog crap). I sit down and set about consuming the brew but it's different. I taste apples, nasty, rotten fermented apples. That is all. That is all that is going on in this beer. It is terrible. My friends and I finish our nasty brew and leave. All of us come down with a horrible case of that stuff that’s all over the sidewalks. I won’t be revisiting this one anytime soon.

Photo of benmiliron
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paid 1.29 euro for 33cl bottle. Nice color, no lacing. Big foamy head with large bubble. Color is like those 70's amber colored diamond shaped ashtrays. I know you know what I'm talking about! Weird how it reminded me of those.

Tastes very nice. Good sweetness, not too strong. Very sugary, a bit too sticky. Not much spice, but generous malt variety makes up for that. Mouthfeel is tough, especially at first - big sharp bubbles. Beer is a bit too sticky here too. Drinkability is good. Not overloaded on alcohol and a good but mild taste make this one a winner.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had drank Grimbergen before and wasn't keen on it. Figured I'd give it another try, and glad I did. This Blonde is exceptional. Very light and floral on the nose, no hint of alcohol, and packs a good punch in the Belgian style. Very yeasty, fruity taste on the palate, great mouthfeel and extremely well balanced flavor. A crowd pleaser.

Photo of becktone
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours to a great looking golden light amber color. Nice large 2 inch white, soapy, craggy looking head. However the head quickly dissipated to about a quarter or eighth inch. There is fairly good head retention when this beer is agitated.

Maybe its me or maybe I've actually had three beers in a row that have an aroma of sparkling white grape juice ( Chimay blue, Grimbergen Blonde and Great Lakes Burning River). Perhaps my nose is just out of whack. I also notice some other sweet smells that come from my glass as well. Even though these smells are able to be detected to me they are just not all that potent.

This beer tastes pretty good, I definitely detect a butterscotch taste in this one. There is not much bitterness to this beer, and it would be much better except that I get a metallic or glass aftertaste after swallowing this beer. Overall this beer tastes fine except for the fact that I get this aftertaste. I think that I'll do an extensive tasting of this beer again in a few days and change my review if I get a different impression of this beer.

The beer has a light to moderate body, with medium carbonation. Nothing in particular that stands out when it comes to mouthfeel. This beer goes down pretty easy but for me its drinkability is reduced because of that strange aftertaste. Again I think that I'll try this one again and edit my review accordingly.

Tasted this beer again in a day and I must say that I do appreciate it's taste a bit more now. I think that I'll probably buy it again buy it wouldn't be until I've tried many other types of beer first, that takes priority. For me this isn't one of those beers that just gives me the impression of "Wow can't wait to have this again!"

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brew at a nice price. $4 at Sean Bolans in Baltimore. Blondes (the beer, not the girls) have never been my favorite style but this one is pleasent and very drinkable. Candied sugar abounds in the aroma. Crisp, slightly sweet taste with a little bit of hops and a nice dry finish. Good carbonation. Very drinkable, would make a good session beer except for the ABV which is on the higher side.

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

Clear, honey-golden hued...thick, rocky, creamy white head.

Sweet, candy-ish nose, reminscent of the typical tripel....citrus zest...minor whiffs of tropical fruit. Okey-doke.

In the mouth, warm and hoppy, a bit fruity, turning dry with a quickness. Leaves the palate far too soon, but has a pleasant stay, as long as it lasts. Further flavors are revealed on increased inspection, more fruit, peppers a touch, but they still play in a minor key.

Soft and pleasing, while still spicy and containing a particular kick. Not the greatest blonde/tripel/whatever, but a fine drink nonetheless.

I put off purchasing this one for quite some time, due to the cost, $10 a 6-pack. Thinking on it, it's much cheaper by volume than other Belgian ales, but considering the middling quality, you also get what you pay for. 72 ounces of this passable pale for $10 vs $8 -12 for 25 ounces of far Superior brew? That's the choice we have to make sometimes, but I believe, when on a budget, I'll choose this one again.

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

Served in an Ommegang chalice, enjoyed alongside tortillas of guacamole, chicken & rice plus turkey sausage. 11.2oz bottle, 1 week old.

Wicked lacing on the glass, foam is insistent, nose is like a saison--all yeast and light flowers and fresh banana-peach.

Sipping it strikes a memory of flavored seltzer (due to mouthfeel); the front is very lighthanded. After a swallow it dissolves into esthery, malty flower and fruit flavors--raspberry, orange, tangerine, banana, cloves. A trifle thin, if I may criticize at all, but the overall effect is good, a taste on its toes. If imbibed quickly it gets a little hoppy and more tart. Fake lemon-lime taste is present sometimes.

Overall, I like it. Good light tasty beer with depth. But it has some issues with overdoing the lightness and introducing some substandard/weird flavors.

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

A pretty good beer, but some small flaws. Opens up bright straw in color, with a loosely knit and well laced head. Smells honey and fruity sweet with some spice, sourness and hop aromas. Tastes sweet of lemons, oranges, pineapples, and to a lesser extent, mangos and apricots. Cidery or apple flavors come through with the alcohol. Body is a bit flatter than I like in a Belgian Pale ale--carbonation may be too high. Spices and co2 numbs the palate, leaving a slightly grainy texture and flavor. Estery hops and alcohol gives off some clove-like and pepper-like flavors. Finishes a bit powdery or chalky, but still light. All in all, a good beer, but there are better Belgian Pale Ales out there.

Photo of BeerNutta
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A = Golden amber with a minimal foam head that dissapates quickly to leave remnant foam.

S = Smelt of a sugary sweetness. Sorry, but no other way to describe it.

T = Sugary start that mellows to become a slow bitterness.

M = Average. Moderate carbonation that neither excites nor insults the pallate.

D = A bit pricey. Better beers for less money.

Photo of aquatonex
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden amber with a rich foamy head, two fingers, good retention. Lacing creates rims in my glass as I drink, very nice. Nose consists of malts, yeasts, citrus, and a good amount of spice (coriander at least). Taste is very good, what a summer Belgian ale should taste like with a good balance of malts and wheats along with not too sour yeasts, citrus, and good spice flavor (usually the spice isnt spicy enough). Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. A solid beer.

Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.