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Grimbergen Blonde - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 13
Gots: 38 | 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 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...

dsa7783, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Zekezilla
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden, yellow color with some nice lacing. Fruity, spicy smell. Taste is a nice combination of apple, spice and maybe a little banana thrown in. Mouthfeel--reminds me of a cider for some reason, surprisingly there's a fair amount of carbonation but it works. Overall it's about what I'd expect from a Belgian beer in terms of flavor and the crispness makes this a very drinkable beer.

Zekezilla, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of graywalker
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 albern
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 Vancer
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 mrasskicktastic
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 05, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I just moved into a new house, and tonight we finished painting the bathroom. Time to celebrate with a .750ml Grimbergen Blonde that my sister brought back to us from Belgium.

Poured into a belgian snifter, the Grimbergen is a very pretty amber/gold color. High carbonation yields a frothy head of white foam that settles over time and leaves a sticky lace in its wake. The nose is buttery citrus. Some faint lemon and banana. Slightly spicy, although that may mostly be from the citrus scents. Really nice, but subtle and laid back. The taste is similar to the aroma. Buttery citrus is again noticeable, as is the distinct banana flavor too. Fruity, but with a hint of caramel to smooth things out. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, easing into a smooth creaminess over time as the beer warms to room temp.

A fine Belgian blonde. Really easy going, and at 6.7% ABV, quite sessionable as well. I didn't get to drink this for several months after my sister brought it back from Belgium with her last October, but it held up remarkably well. Still strongly carbonated and very fresh. God bless the Belgians.

Atlas1, Jul 23, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

cjgator3, May 18, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

zeff80, Apr 04, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

BDIMike, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight from belgium, was hiding in the darkness for about 9 months to a year.

Pours out a crispy clear blonde color, tons of carbonation. I was blown away by how much foam was on the head of this beer.

Smells great, a tinge of pepper and a lot of banana, common in this type of beer. Wheat on the tip but full and aromatic. Definately approve.

Taste doesn't let down either, I really enjoy this beer. Full and hardy, nuts, dates... feels smooth and creamy, totally satisfied with this beer.

BleedBlueUSAF, Jul 30, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice (flared top)

A - this blonde beauty poured a golden color similar to that of a pilsner with a bountiful 1.75" fluffy white head. Lovely lacing throughout.

S - sweet and fruity with a hint of yeastiness and a waft of hops. An undefined fruitiness.

T - Wonderful, I detect tartness of apricots, golden raisins, followed by sweet maltiness, and ending with a bitter overtone that balances the taste throughout. Alcohol of 6.7 is very well hidden.

M - Light carbonation, light bodied beer. Washed over the palate quite well, yet this is more of a sipping beer because of its fine taste.

D - Very drinkable. This is more of a sipper. One wouldn't want to spoil the greatness by chugging this but one could certainly have a few in a row.

Overall - This is the second Grimbergen product I've had and I'm very pleased with both. I like the Dubbel slightly more because I'm partial to darker beers but this Blonde abbey style ale is definitely a winner. Great as a nightcap or an after-dinner conversation companion. I bought a 6-pack of this on sale for about $8 (usually it's around 11.50 per 6 pack) so this was a steal! Will buy again.

DmanGTR, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 BelgianDrinker
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light head of golden-brown, with malty sweet nose of fruit (strawberries?) and vanilla extract with a little spice. Light to medium bodied and a bit sweet with a lemony citrus flavor and hint of clove. Really enjoyable. I could have had a 2nd easily.

BelgianDrinker, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Offa
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, pleasant Belgian pale ale.

Bright clear gold, it has a big white head that steadily shrinks to a thin, wispy top and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is raisiny with grape, grain, banana, white wine, a bit like a cross between a witbier and a good malt liquor or strong pale lager.

The taste is nice and similar. It has plenty of grain with bubblegum, raisin, grape juice, wine, hay, and breadcrust, again the same witbier-malt-liquor mix. It's similar to Leffe blonde but a bit drier.

Offa, Apr 08, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

ChaseBacon, May 21, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a clear, deep gold with lively carbonation bubbling. The head pours and stays a huge fat pillow with a rocky density that leaves webs of lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.
There's a great variety of fruits on the nose: some citrus, some banana, apple, pear and an herbal note. A light malt backing follows.
The taste is true to form. In addition, there's some honey on the tongue that mixes very nicely and a barely discernable spice in the finish. There's plenty of grains to back the malt for a nice balance.
The body is medium, though nothing in it is overwhelming. Its nicely balanced in every aspect. Carbonation adds a nice bite that is gentle at the same time.
This one's very drinkable. An excellent brew.

Brenden, Apr 18, 2009
Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.