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Summer Belgian-Style Blonde Ale - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
26 IBU

(Beer added by: bump8628 on 05-13-2010)
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Reviews by Thads324:
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a super hazy yellow with highlights of brown with a big frothy white head. cool little bottle from a brewery I've never heard of before. head dissipates quickly with almost not lacing.

S : smells of your typical belgian beer. yeasty up front with subtle citrus notes. slightly bready.

T : starts like a pale ale with freshly baked bread malt flavor and honey sweetness. a melding of belgian yeast and subtle hops dominate the middle before finishing wet, sharp and clean. A bit of a belgian yeast finish with a little bit of citrus and peppercorns. The spicy peppercorn flavor at the end is quite nice and cuts the beers ability to linger, adding to drinkability.

M : mouthfeel is solid. A full bodied beer that is easy to drink and ends clean.

overall a pretty enjoyable beer. Smells more like nothing but yeast, but the flavor is nice. Website states this as a 5.5% abv brew. I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 20:30:49 | More by Thads324
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3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B+

12oz into a wine glass. Pours a hazed orange gold, fluffy white froth didn't linger.

Aroma is subdued but complete with a gritty yeast, light skinned nearly ripe fruits and even subtler spices.

Taste is full flavored, held together with yeast and delicate hopping. Little citrus and clove are interesting. Negligible bitter. Aftertaste fades quickly away leaving a crisp notion on the tongue. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Nice brew for a muggy del city day. warms well.
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Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 05:09:14 | More by impending
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-23-2012 18:31:20 | More by BeerHunter76
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allenc85

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-10-2012 02:15:13 | More by allenc85
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Hopswagger

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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  thin layer of white bubbles on top of a hazy golden and significantly effervescent ale. 

S:  Great yeast aroma with a clean fruity musk.  Super vibrant, spices and banana. 

T/M:  Spicy yeast, black pepper, clove, banana alcohol,  bubblegum, and honey wheat bread.  Silky mouthfeel that shows its  carbonation nicely. Finishes powdery with lingering  dry grass and bitter green apple peels. 

O: As usual the Choc team delivered another fine seasonal. I really enjoyed this and will pick more up for sure. Super clean and vibrant with just a touch of fruity bitterness. The finish is not much desired for its a little rough, but a well done ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 01:10:40 | More by Hopswagger
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4balance


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay Chalice; murky golden color with chunks of yeasty goodness sitting in the bottom of the glass, small head reducing to tiny ring.

Smells instantly of Belgian yeast, lots of spice; clove, pepper and bananas.

Tastes like a freshly baked loaf of bread, clove, rich malts, little bit of alcohol, touch of honey, wheat and bananas in the back.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, mild carbonation, minor dryness, slick.

Overall a decent brew, if you like Belgian styles then it's worth a try. Smooth easy drinking summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 01:08:36 | More by 4balance
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 4balance for this one. Poured from bottle to snifter:

Pours a hazy honey gold with a quick couple fingers of head that fades out to a consistent collar. Wisps of with head remain scattered across the center of the glass... good lacing.

Yeasty, wheat, clove, sour banana, white grapes, pretty unique.

The taste is equally unique. Warming grains, subtle biscuit, some dirty yeast presence.

Overall, this is an interesting take on the style. Glad to have had the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:22:22 | More by yamar68
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. served into an Orval chalice.

A - Looks like apple juice with a fleeting white head.

S - Bubblegum flavored candy, sweet malt, clove, apples.

T - Sweet malts, pears, golden delicious apples, bubblegum, green bananas, rough wheat malt mixes with alcohol to create a strange astringency. It starts thinning out toward the end and finishes powdery but wet.

M - Medium body with ample carbonation. Slick finish.

Great yeast esters providing classic Belgian flavors but the astringent wheat character seems to come in and trample things a bit. Overall not bad though.

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Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-09-2012 21:32:18 | More by OldTime
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Mom and Dad for picking up this unobtainable brew from OK on your trip to AR.

Cloudy and pale copper, bronze, unpicked barley color. Very light bubbling and head.

Very yeasty banana, fruit, clove, and slight earth aroma along with the slight toasty aromas from the malt.

Taste is powdery in texture. The flavaors have yeasty bubblegume and banana. The malt add sweet biscuits and bread with no noticeable addition from the hops.

This is a session Okey brew. One that I would buy again if it was ever available in the Chi-town area.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:15:05 | More by scruffwhor
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin, white head and cloudy, dirty orange-gold color. Aroma is primarily Belgian yeast compounds: peppery, spicy and fruity. Flavor is spicy and interesting with notes or coriander and clove. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is moderate. Overall, this is a tasty brew that looks like a very good homebrewed Blonde.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:02:21 | More by EagleTalon
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rapayn01

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is now called Choc Summer Belgian Style Blond Ale.

I am not a big fan of Belgian wheat beers, but this is a pretty good sample of the kind. The flavor (and smell) should be familiar to anyone who likes this style -- wheat and Belgian yeast. It is a pale yellowish color and the Choc beers tend to have a good deal of residue at the bottom of the bottle, meaning the drink can be somewhat cloudy depending upon the pour.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 21:48:33 | More by rapayn01
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Mora2000

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is now called Choc Summer Belgian Style Blond Ale.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is full of wheat with some grass from the hops and a little bit of spice. The flavor is similar. I don't get much fruit, which is somewhat surprising. I do get some wheat and a lot of Belgian yeast notes, along with some coriander and white pepper. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:22:20 | More by Mora2000
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HopeinHop

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A Beautiful golden haze in my glass, little head but there is a lace around the edge, nicely carbonated.

S: A bit of banana with other fruits mixed in maybe peach or orange, honey

T: Fruity with mild citrus hop, sweet malt to balance..gives way to dry slightly peppery finish

M: Delicious, enjoy the body the malt has here and wonder if there's any wheat in the grain bill

D: I would say high. It's refreshing and tasty and would be a great addition to tons of food. Okie-kamokie brewya!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 21:55:06 | More by HopeinHop
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bashiba

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange/yellow with a nice sticky white head, good lacing and amazing head retention all the way to the bottom.

The smell is very classic belgian blonde, lightly funky and spicy with some pepper notes and a touch of sourdough and grain.

The flavor is all about the yeast, spicy and a bit funky, yet very light and balanced, some mild crystal malt is noticeable along with a touch of spicy noble hops to even it out. Has a very nice pepper charachter to it.

The mouthfeel for me is the high point, great silky creamyness with nice carbonation levels.

A very nice American example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 23:04:41 | More by bashiba
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beagle75

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, pale golden color with a persistent residue of white foam. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Belgian yeast dominates the light malts, with hops not really becoming a factor. Black pepper and some restrained funkiness linger, suggesting a strong flavor profile to come.

T: Begins dry, with rustic toasty grain that is surprisingly assertive compared to the smell. Brightness reigns early, with balanced acidity. Fruit is barely detectable, giving way to fairly pronounced crisp black pepper in the middle, which is otherwise fairly seltzery and vacant. The finish is mildly bitter in a respectable way, staying bone-dry but leaving a green herbaceous quality.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy even to the point of being chewy, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This is a satisfactory Belgian-style blond ale, true to its label and description. The smell outdistances the flavor, which leaves the palate wanting for greater intensity than what is delivered.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:52:07 | More by beagle75
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Belgian brew pops the top to a typical delicious belgian smell of sweet and spice and everything nice. Pours into a chalice with a cloudy dark yellow with a wispy head that is quickly gone. On the taste the first evident element is the big malty backbone with sweet carmel like candiness. Not much hops to speak of excepting for a very earthy touch of bitters. This is a very sweet selection that has a classic belgian flavor. I my opinion this selection is practically a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:43:06 | More by mooseisloose
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heard mized things, time to see for myself finally.

12oz->Leinenkugel's Pint

A ~ Darker than I expected. Not blonde, which is a good thing. Decent lacing.

S ~ Not alot. Bit of grass and a dash of yeast.

T ~ Honey-Wheat...mandarin orange...touch of clove way on the back of the throat. Touch of dry hops lending a dead grass character. Also a Flavor in there that reminds me of a lemon-poppyseed muffin.

M ~ Bit of a kick to it for the ABV, but it seems like it
s the yeast. They did a good job with that. They carbonation is light and sort-of prickly, but not too heavily.

D ~ It's a fact, Choc's Belgian-influenced offerings are much better than anything else they make (these days). And it's a good thing, they should continue with what they are good at. Sessionable? Sure if you like the style. Very light and refreshing. Don't seek out, but definitely try a six-pack if you see one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:23:09 | More by chocosushi
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Summer Belgian-Style Blonde Ale from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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