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Loterbol Blond - Café-Brouwerij Loterbol

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BA SCORE
85
very good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%


Brewed by:
Café-Brouwerij Loterbol visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 07-26-2003)
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

She pours a hazy golden/orange with plenty of fine carbonation. The head is foamy and white with great retention. Aroma is earthy bready and fruity. Flavor is tart with an astringent finish and some sweetness in the background. Spicy and peppery taste lingers. Mouthfeel is lively and effervescent, yet the astringent/hoppiness prevails.

An interesting version of a blond, but a little hoppy for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 00:31:19 | More by SeanChouffe
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Acquired ages ago from a Belgian webshop and stored in my garage. My bottle has a different label from the one shown, and the ABV is 8%. However it says Blonde, so I presume it's the same beer. I'm curious about the suited figure on the front.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with good carbonation and a fair bit of chunky sediment floating around (I tried to keep it in the bottle but it wasn't to be). Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters, apples, sugar, earthy yeast, a hint of coriander, faint grain and subtle stewed hops. Quite sweet, with a warming whiff of booze in the background.a

Tastes of sweet malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of fruity yeast esters, white sugar, earthy yeast, mild coriander, grassiness, faint grain and stewed hops. Sweet yet seemingly well-attenuated. Dry, with a mild bitterness upon swallowing and an alcoholic warmth in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and mildly spicy, with pleasant carbonation and great body. Rolls over the tongue like velvet. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, sugar and faint stewed leaves.

A decent brew, if not especially noteworthy. Looks the part, with a relatively restrained aroma/flavour of yeast esters, mild spice and alcohol. Lovely body. A perfectly drinkable strong Belgian blonde - worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 23:57:17 | More by jazzyjeff13
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olfolxholme

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-02-2013 06:44:20 | More by olfolxholme
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Threske

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-10-2012 13:55:08 | More by Threske
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same day (but later) I come across an on-tap Loterbol blonde having already drank a bottled version: what a difference.

Still in the lovely little town of Diest, this bar was called 'Taverne Het Haasken' and I had two glasses of this because it was so good. The correct stemmed and badged tulip was used and although it didn't have the huge head the bottle produced it did have a good topping. The body was still cloudy like the bottled one but the aroma seemed more interesting: Coriander can be added to the hop, yeasty, fruity flavours I found within this mostly hoppy brew.

This was more like it: the flavours were strong and forceful from the start, really pleased to have found this tap version because I struggled with the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 20:47:08 | More by BlackHaddock
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-25-2011 21:11:30 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a stemmed glass, this beer displays a clear golden hue beneath a fizzy, thin layer of white mousse.

S: Aromas of fiery alcohol, caramel, ripe oranges, lemon, and grassy, herbal hops immediately make their presence known. Very nice, but nothing really out of the ordinary for this style.

T: A surprisingly sweet entry quickly leads to nicely layered notes of lemon, orange, pepper, cream, caramel, cedar, coriander, and aniseed. The finish is dry and warming with a quick punch of alcohol balanced out by notes of cedar, citrus, and spice.

M: Dry, firm, and full-bodied. Has a somewhat restrained, austere feel to it that allows the complex layers of spicy, fruity flavors to shine through in an effective fashion.

O: After being disappointed by Loterbol Bruin, this beer was a nice pick-me-up. In fact, it is so good that it makes me want to give the other a second chance. In my opinion. Loterbol very nearly knocked one out of the park with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 19:27:34 | More by mrfrancis
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benfons

Belgium

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My bottle had a different label, and was stronger with 8% ABV, but it was Loterbol blond.

A: Hazy orange-blonde colour, firm but quite small head.

S: big nose, apple,peach, orange, pineapple candy, a hint of pepper: sweet and spicy at the same time

T: a lot of bitterness, yeast, the peppery note is there, for me this doesn't live up to the promise of the nose, there is also a lot of alcohol

M: undercarbonated, quite dry, quite thin

O: I miss the balance in the taste that the nose promises, too unbalanced. And I don't like the mouthfeel. Maybe this just isn't my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 21:43:27 | More by benfons
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an enormous chunky white head that looked like vanilla ice cream. The color is a light hazy gold. Maintained an appealing head long after the pour with plenty of lacing. Aroma is all plum, raisin, malt, and pepperoni? Taste is much like the aspects of the aroma. Hinting at raisins, plums, prunes, and sweet malts. Taste isn't too complex, but is nicely crafted. Great balanced mouthfeel with a nice phenolic/bitter finish. Nicely carbonated with the medium body going down smooth. No hop aroma or taste. Finish gets dry towards the end making you realize how malty this brew it. A touch watery towards the end of the glass thus having to reduce the mouthfeel from 4.5 to 4.0. Overall decent and worth a second try.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 00:28:34 | More by kelticblood
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domtronzero

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky, deep golden, almost orange copper. Average, long-lasting fluffy whitish head.

S - Sweet pilsner malts. Little bit of oxidized cardboard. Orange/banana esters.

F/M - Candy-like pilsner sweetness, bready, toasty. Moderate bitterness. Lite banana esters. Oxidized cardboard flavor is distracting. Clean, dry finish with a lite estery aftertaste. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

D - Clean, not too big with a nice pleasant finish. Easy drinking and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 04:32:04 | More by domtronzero
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augustgarage

California

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (immense thanks!). Best before June, 2010. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

The body starts off a clear icterine though the ropy chocolate yeast mars this perfection delightfully - the body turns a shade of goldenrod. Dense, milky, magnolia finger of foam - freckled by yeast - persits very well and leaves behind thin ribbons of merengue for lacing.

Doughy, rich, and spicy aromatics - yeast, raw sugar, cumin (almost smells like black beans) - excellent.

Rustic yeast flavors - slightly tart, lots of dark bread notes, buckwheat soba, bergamot, overripe fruit of some sort, "funk" and some odd bitterness that almost comes across as medicinal though in the finish. I RARELY say this, but this might be better if you leave the yeast in the bottle...

Well carbonated, a touch chalky maybe - soft medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Maybe not quite as good as the brown - I still feel very lucky to get a chance to try this, and would certainly buy it occasionally if it were more available.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:06:13 | More by augustgarage
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JBogan

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Despite a careful pour, quite a bit of sediment is present among the bright gold body which it topped by a thin white head. Not much in the way of lacing remains on the glass.

The aroma is of sweet honey, yeast and alcohol.

There's a mix of pepper and pears among the honey and alcohol that dominate the taste. It finishes with a bit of a medicinal edge which I wasn't fond of.

The mouthfeel was very crisp and effervescent. This was easily the most enjoyable aspect of this beer.

Overall this was a nice beer but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 00:50:16 | More by JBogan
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep straw golden color with lots of haze. Lots of sediment moving around the bottle. Pours with a big big dense head that takes a bit to recede.

S - Smell of grapes and pears. Spices a plenty like coriander and some pepper notes. Yeast and some alcoholic esters in the nose.

T - Nice spices at the beginning that quickly turn into some sour hints. Reminds me of a sparkling wine in some capacities. Nice dry hop finish. There is a phenolic character to it reminiscent of many belgian beers. Very refreshing and light bodied. Delicious but not my favorite of these strong pale ales. I feel like it falls a bit flat on the tongue and lacks complexity.

M - light bodied, higher CO2

D - Refreshing and lower ABV

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 23:49:45 | More by JoEBoBpr
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GRG1313

California

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit cloudy yellow amber with a firm white head.

Nose is a bit carmel malt and assertive banana.

Mouthfeel is rich and full with good carbonation. Feels rich and a bit creamy.

Flavors are layered and complex, well balanced and very nicely integrated. Sweet carmel at very front goes quickly to fruity malt, bananas, banana bread, carmel and light sweet creamed coffee.

Finish is sweet but bitter fruity/malt and a bitter coffee/espresso end finish. Complex, layered and likely good with lots of food.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:20:05 | More by GRG1313
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated Oct. '08

330ml bottle poured into a Belgian goblet. There is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle that I manage to keep inside. In the glass, it's a pale golden yellow with good clarity. The thick white crown is very tightly structured and has good lasting retention.

Aroma is mild but pleasant. Nice tropical fruits, banana, and some spice. Yeast esters also contribute.

Flavor is sweet up front with a strong spicy middle and very dry finish. Some of those fruits from the aroma carry over but it's dominated by pepper and clove. The finish is almost champagne dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and high on carbonation, which may add to the drying effect. Drinkability is hindered by this and the apparent alcohol.

This isn't a bad beer, by most standards, but it fails to impress the way most do in this category. While I'm not sure if the date was 'bottled on' or 'best enjoyed by', I would think the age would have rounded the edges more than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 02:06:50 | More by GilGarp
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bskrtz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 11.2 ounce bottle, served cold, tulip style beer chalice

A)Cloudy thick mixture with small head and lingering lacy white surface. Floaties and other settled ingredients are present, some of the latter are dark in color

S) Wonderful apple pie with noticable, but not overpowering spice. A sour smell quickly disapates. Sweet licorice too.

T) Execellent example of the style. Sweet malt, root beer, mild Belgian hops, raisons, dates and figs.

M) Bottle conditioning provides an ample effervescent fiz that lasts until the last drop is consumed. Thick and complex but smooth as silk.

D) A bit filling but excellent before a meal, perhaps with cheese or roasted nuts. I could easily have another, if only I had the foresight to purchase more than one.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 00:38:24 | More by bskrtz
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl bottle from Oct 2001. Pours a very cloudy yellow-brown (nasty color) with a small white head. Nice lacing; a lot of sediment. Super strong yeast smell. Slightly bready with some light dried fruit. Quite sweet. Strong yeasty taste. Slight honey along with some light fruit. A light bit of roasty malt. Somewhat boozy; noticeable in both the taste and the warming finish. Very faint tanginess. Sweet finish. Nice, full body with good carbonation. The combination of a less-than-pleasant taste and the booziness means this one isn't super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 04:20:42 | More by philipquarles
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Floydster

California

2.23/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2 ounce bottle purchased at Hi-Times for three dollars from the clearance rack, my bottle said eight percent ABV, split with Noah and Kathleen, poured into a wine glass last night

A-Golden yellow with some orange highlights, 1/4 inch foamy white head, some retention but no lacing, looked a lot like orange juice, also a lot of sediment
S-Booze, lemon juice, Belgian yeast, grassy accents, toasty malts, biscuit, light caramel, and other fruits
T-Starts off with a slightly boozy but mostly yeasty taste, lots of different fruits in the middle that were not very fitting, some lemon and toasted bread in the finish, also a little hot in the aftertaste, gets harder to drink as it warms
M-Boozy, dry, toasted, and fruity mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, not enough carbonation, taste lasts too long
D-Not so good drinkability, alcohol is not hidden, it is thick and filling, too fruity when it warms too, not smooth

I had never heard of this beer, mostly bought it just because it was half price, glad I did not pay full price for it at any point, would not drink again, not recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 16:08:37 | More by Floydster
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rtepiak

Poland

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite the traditional blond. murky murky golden straw with sediments. huge lace. a very light candied pineapple quality. honey malt nose with a palate to back it.some skunk. not strong. not too pilsener, but pollen floral. soft astringent on the tongue and a good level of sweet. as in not much outside of the malt character. quite doughy. soft honey, egyptian chamomile cellar funk. similar to the Brasserie Ellezelloise Quintine Blonde. pretty parallel in form. will have as a comparison someday because i like the style when traditional. excellent for very early summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 06:00:32 | More by rtepiak
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottlet comes at 8%abv., BB Dec. 08, served chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours murky, dark orangey golden hue that comes with a well-lasting, super-creamy and tight off-white frothy head and semi-lively carbonation full of micro bubbles floating. Great looking!
S: rather sweet on the syrupy pale malts and candy sugar, bursting with a bouquet of white flower (flowery esters), a touch of sweetened ginger-tea, sugar-cane juice, and a mixed aroma reminiscent of Taiwanese herbal snack "Aiyu Jelly" (made of "Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang"). As it warms, the sweet citrus elements seem to prevail. Overall, the nose is very estery and sweet on top of everything else, hence slightly unbalanced.
T: sweet green-tea, exotic fruitiness (a touch of white prunes, hawthorn fruits, and less citrus-peels), phenol, and sour lactose-yeasty drink (like Yakult) upfront come with a semi-sharp texture, then candy-sugary sweetness expands for a short while in the middle before being taken over by a wave of dried-grassy and nicely chewy hop bitterness, rendering a spicy, very dry-bitter and chewy/tangy finish as a result of yeasts and hops. Throughout the drink, the flavour shows a consistently sour-sweet (prune-ish) fruitiness on top of yeasty bitterness, while the good body of malts helps carry through all the more lively flavour from yeasts and hops.
M&D: quite effervescent upfront, but the mouthfeel manages to soften slightly on every sip, while the body is at most medium for a 8%abv. strong blond ale, just about right to balance off other more vibrant flavours. This is a very attractive and quaffable strong ale, given the high level of bitterness and dry palate particularly. If only the aroma were more balanced and not so sweet...

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 20:39:54 | More by wl0307
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Cunningham26

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- served in 33cl glass, pours a great hazy straw blonde with a great small-bubbled two finger head that leaved really great delicate lacing.
S- Some tannins, with apple, pear, white grapes and a noteworthy boozy smell, a faint whiff of hops on the rear.
T- Just like white wine, with faint maltiness.
M- Really crisp and dry, like a riesling or champagne. the 8% (it is 8%, so says the side of my bottle) really helps clean up, and overall it's really light and refreshing.
D- A session of this may lead to a dark-horse drunk, but you'd enjoy it while it lasted. This would be a great pick for a summer outdoor party, as I bet it'd be great with some sun and fresh mowed grasses. I enjoyed this a lot because it was as refreshing as a cold wine or lemonade, something I don't usually find in beers (very rarely are they as quenching). I wouldn't drink this again on a cold january night, but will definitely be picking some up for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 00:44:17 | More by Cunningham26
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, slim, 11.2 oz bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
A slow and steady pour yielded a hazy, straw-colored hue with a massive foamy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating...
Inviting aroma bursting with pale citrus, ripe fruits, including, but not limited to, green apples, pears, canteloupe, and melons... Very flavorful, crisp, carbonated brew, definitely a good depiction of the style from the nose to the mouth...
Crisp, filling, thick mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability for the style... Nice, but overbearing 6.8% ABV made this a refreshing pleasure to drink without being too heady...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 00:31:52 | More by dsa7783
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

direct from the importer (morel's) in beijing

330ml bottle, poured into tulip, "best by" date of dec 2008, importer's label says bottled dec 2006

deep, golden straw color, slight haze. lots of head, slowly fades to a constant, thick layer. nice lacing.

fruity scent of pears, peach and champagne grapes, with floral notes. some spicy or phenolic hints and whiff of bread.

taste continues with champagne character, plus cider. hop bitterness is remarkably aggressive yet crisp, definitely european (not much citrus/pine like you find in american versions), and gives a nice deliberate bitter finish. lightly toasted malt is detectable, and may seem slightly weakened or out of balance for some, but i liked it playing a supporting role instead.

smooth, substantial, and lifted by moderate carbonation.

i think this may be one of my regulars from now on

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 14:39:23 | More by tai4ji2x
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded straw gold with a minimal head. Nose is caramelized sugar with tight yeast. Flavor is slightly floral with a leafy overall edge to it. A slight alcohol presence is on the end. Feel is good. Great level of carbonation. Drinkable, yes. Though for some the unique nature of this brew might be a turn off.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 22:16:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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janubio

Spain

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a pale dirty hazy blonde, with a good creamy head that leaves a nice lace all around.. Smell is floral, herbal, citrusy, peaches, clove, coriander, sugar candy. Taste is citrusy too, with peaches, some spices, honey and fruits. Finish is bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 18:31:55 | More by janubio
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Loterbol Blond from Café-Brouwerij Loterbol
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.