Hik Bier Blond - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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4.15/5 rDev +18.9%
Don't let the cute label fool you, this is a serious beer! (The original, by the way, was drawn by the brewer's daughter, and looked more like someone with the hiccups. The TTB wouldn't allow it though so it had to be re-drawn. - ? -).
It's a pretty heavily carbonated beer so make sure it's properly chilled before you open it, pour it carefully, and use a large tulip glass to reign in the massive head of fluffy bright white foam that will rise up over the hazy (it's bottle-conditioned) golden body. The head retention is really quite good, and it takes a good long time to drop, and then still holds a short but solid, creamy lid. The lacing is, as might be expected, pretty good as well.
The aroma is malty-sweet and lightly candyish amidst soft yeasty notes and some minor flitters of spicy and floral hops.
The mouthfeel is firmly creamy and smooth with a gently bristling tingle on the tongue.
The flavor doesn't wander far, and it's pretty much as the aroma indicates except it's not as sweet as you'd imagine, and it's much more herbal. There's a touch of spiciness and wood character to it (I thought of cedar and incense, perhaps subtle patchouli), and along with a stiff hop bitterness and a thread of alcohol it dries quite readily. Some herbal, spicy, and leafy hops linger gently in the finish along with backing notes of honey and vanilla. A dull drop of fading fennel lays on the tip of the tongue when it's all said and done.
It's really quite nice, and despite the style, which is fairly common, it's actually fairly unique. Certainly worth trying!
05-18-2009 23:49:26 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev +4%
Used a Duvel tulip glass and it poured hazy gold with a 2 inch sudsy/foamy head that stuck around for a few minutes; smells of yeast, light malt, wheat and some light spices - very mild overall odor with only the malt jumping out, yet the smell somehow filled the room. It was strange for a blond to be so potent, which is something I didn't expect.
Tastes of sweet malt, fruit, citrus like orange peel, yeast, mild spices, coriander, pepper, banana, vanilla, possibly some sugar or bubblegum, honey, and grass or herbs. It's a pretty complex brew that has a nice combo of flavors which starts off malty and then finishes on the sweet side with the fruits, sweet malt, vanilla and spices leading up to the bitter finish. As the beer warms, the flavor gets better and the alcohol feel comes out, but is not overbearing. A trace of hops showed up after sitting for 20 minutes.
The feel is quite smooth on the tongue with very, very light carbonation that goes down easy. It's a very nice beer that is different in a good way...the beer seems like a Belgian Wheat beer, but is much more complex and tasty. I don't think that I could make this a session beer, but it would be great with food. A very different beer that's worth a try.
01-10-2010 17:15:05 | More by CHickman
3.03/5 rDev -13.2%
Starting off with a mild but steady gush, I decanted this into a Chimay chalice. The head formed on this one was quite a work of art, and in the end, rose an inch above the glass, standing firm.
The golden bubbles very slowly settle and reveal a somewhat orange and more viscous looking beer. Lace still clinging well after settling. The smell is quite striking. Some rather medicinal esthers put me off at first,but perhaps all the effervescence was carrying it right up my nose. Earthy and a bit spicy, and a bit of candy sweetness.
Soft to the tongue initially, but the carbonation has not yet bedded down for the night. Taste is dominated by yeasty earthiness. There isn't a ton of taste behind this one. IT reminds me of a belgian pale, lost in the cellar a couple years too long, though this is a fresh offering.
There just isnt too much in this for me. A decent, drinkable beer, but I might ask, why.
11-06-2010 21:06:48 | More by ShareANevada
2.83/5 rDev -18.9%
Bottledate 4-06. Nice white head and arongegold beer with lots of floaties. Nose is quiete malty bit sharp sweet gale and full and some cardboard and not 100% fresh. Taste is very medicinal and sweet gale like with some liquorice. Malts there and quiet strong bitterness with warming alcohol. Drinkable but IMO far to herbal and medicinal
08-21-2006 14:10:02 | More by paterlodie
3.5/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a cloudy gold orange with a brown hue to it that makes it not so sexy looking IMO. Big frothy creme head. Nose is loads of sugar with a touch of funky. Flavor is sweet. That's about it really. Barely much funky to it. Citrus is there, but this is a one-dimensional ale. Feel has a full carbonation to it and the liquid is typical. This is a decent enough ale. Nothing overly interesting, but it's okay.
10-27-2008 15:02:29 | More by RblWthACoz
3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
11.2oz bottle - poured into a Duvel tulip glass
Upon pouring, it is a color similar to most "blond" beers, however it is a very large frothy head no matter how you pour it, which has a certain appeal to me. The smell is yeasty, kind of light, pleasant. The taste is off a sourdough bread with a faint sweetness. Mouthfeel while nice, is not incredibly complex. Drinkability is very much there for a strong pale ale. I had never seen this beer, prior to picking this one up, but I am certainly satisfied with my purchase.
04-11-2009 01:25:38 | More by mltobin
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
What a cute bottle! Pours a cloudy orange with a thick, foamy, fluffy white head. Aroma of spices (pepper and clove), yeast, a touch of skunk. Flavor of light sweet fruits and light citrus initially with a spicy kick in the finish. Some diacetyl, but only slight. A nice, chill, spicy Belgian. Pretty decent.
06-09-2009 18:41:08 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Hik Bier Blond from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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