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

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes, enjoyed earlier today with some world cup soccer... This is packaged as Summer beer now

Pours a hazed honey color, never really clears, a pinky of of cream colored head. Head fades fast, zero lacing

S: Fruittyness, breadyness,plus peach & apple blossoms

T:: Apple peels, white grape juice, dryness, & white pepper up front. Bits of orange peel, lemon zest, breadyness & green apples are there as this warms. Finishes with a slight grapefruit hop profile, white grapes & dryness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, fair balance as well

Super drinkability, was shocked quite frankly, this will go down easy in hot weather

Photo of Mora2000
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Unibroue chalice

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Very light flavor. I get a touch of orange peel with some yeast. Maybe light lemon zest. Bready malts. Not much here.

Taste: There is a lot more bready malts in the taste. Some yeast again. Light citrus flavors. Kind of like a wit or a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and spiced. Light bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry, somewhat clean.

Overall, a pretty easy drinking beer. Something nice for a hot summer day (if I couldn't find a saison). Decent, but not a ton of huge flavors, granted it is a blonde.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -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.

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a slight fluffy white head. Grassy, lemony, banana and some other fruit flavors in the nose. Very cool and refreshing after a days work. Belgian yeast style flavors in the taste as well with a lingering banana taste. Wouldn't really call this complex by any means but it certainly is hitting the spot right now. Some what sweet. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of bump8628
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new summer seasonal from Choc, this ale pours a cloudy gold-orange hue with a thin cap of soapy, white foam.

It's quite aromatic with lots of spiciness (clove and white pepper) and a little fruit (banana and pear). Clean Pils malt and candy-sweet caramel form the malt-driven flavors while hops contribute a subtle burst of green grass; however the Belgian yeast character is really what drives this beer. Finishes somewhat sweet as it lingers on the palate for a few seconds.

A decent ale, but the sweetness makes this something I really wouldn't want in the middle of summer. Dry it out and I think you'd have a really nice Belgian blonde and a quenching summer ale.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Aug 2010. Listed as 'Summer Belgian Style Blonde Ale' on the bottle and website. Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter.

Small off white head. Well carbonated. Cloudy orange amber in color. Smells of wheat, yeast, sweet citrus, clove and coriander. Spicy and juicy to start. Tastes of yeast, orange, citrus pith. Tangy tart finish and aftertaste with a lingering light bitterness. Medium chewy body. Warming ethanol presence.

Nice to see the offerings from Choc getting better over time.

Photo of beagle75
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new goody from Choc is always welcome. Poured into my Choc pint glass.

A hazy golden colored brew with a faintly reddish-orange middle. One-finger of white head dissipates quickly into a thin sheet above the brew. There's little to no lace to speak of.

Smells a little metallic with an undercurrent of caramel malts and fleeting notes of lemon and orange. Tastes sweet, malty, spicy (cloves) and citrusy with a biscuity middle and a dash of phenols.

Has a creamy middle, but crisp and dry around the edges, which results in a light-to-medium mouth-feel that remains fairly spry over the duration. Very drinkable and with just enough taste to keep a good beer man interested for a good while.

Photo of impending
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.
Cheers
jd

Photo of EagleTalon
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a big creamy white head. Smells of freshly cut hay and cinnamon. Taste is a hint of applesauce up front, with a dry bread middle, and a earthy, citrus, banana and clove finish. Very little bitterness to style. Mouthfeel is creamy, low carbonation. Light and refreshing, an easy drinking beer. Similar to many of Choc's other beers, I wish they would try a few different styles here and there.

Photo of yamar68
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of EF4
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of chocosushi
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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