Quintine Blonde - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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84
good

46 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 75
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2002

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 75
Photo of spoony
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (February 2015 notched into the label) into a tulip.

A-The brew pours with a one and one-half finger head of white foam that drops pretty quickly to a thick cap. The color, a copper/golden/amber, is darker than some "blondes". Carbonation is readily visible.

S-The smell has some caramel, some grassy grain, and fruity, medicinal alcohol. Overall, the brew gives off a sweet, slightly sugary aroma from both the alcohol and the malts. Hops are noticeable, but bitterness is mild.

T-Taste follows smell pretty closely. The fruity, medicinal alcohol is clearly there, but never hot or overtly aggressive. There is a fair bit of caramel malt taste for the style. Hops are more assertive at first, but fade on the finish.

M-The feel is a good example of the style, soft, lightly-creamy carbonation and a medium body.

O-This is a good, but not great, beer. There is a good variety of flavors here, but it lacks the integration and chutzpah possessed by the best beers of this style. Feel is appropriate and I give extra points for the cool witch on the label (not really, but I do dig the label). (1,118 characters)

Photo of earthling
2.79/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I drank it out of a tulip glass. This copper-colored "blonde" tastes quite raisiny. Although I purchased it from a reputable San Francisco beer store, it's possible this bottle wasn't refrigerated its entire life. The bottle does contain live yeast. (249 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour cloudy gold with a decent bar poured head. Plenty of stringy/webby lace.

Mild smell of cream, berries and clean very pale malt. No notable hop.

Starts with a crisp, full-bodied malt that gives way to a strong white pepper spice which lingers long into the aftertaste. Quite complex. Reminds me of a well made Kolsch with a pepper kick. The alcohol is completely hidden. (378 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a lovely chalice glass: New Years Day, in a bar on the Grand Place in Mons, Belgium.

The body was an orangey, golden yellow, a slight haze spoiled the moment; a thinning white head was evident as the glass was placed in front of me, by the time I’d lifted the glass to my lips it had receded to a collar and a wisp.

Mixed bag of mini smells; yeast, citrusy hops, sweet flower aromas and biscuit malts, all faint but detectable.

The taste is sharp, tangy and almost lager/pilsner like, however a malty flavour appears mid sip, before the dry, initial sharpness re-asserts it’s self. Half decent and certainly one of the crispier Belgian on-tap beers I’ve had in this style. The complexity of the flavours hid the alcohol content and it was impossible to guess it's ABV, very surprised when I discovered it was 8%.

Really enjoyed it, would have been better outside on a sunny, warm day rather than the damp cold evening I sat inside with my coat on. Hope to come across it again in the summer one day. (1,021 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flip-top 11.2 oz bottle.
Thanks Todd.
Poured into snifter.
Bready and wine-like with bits o spice, a tad oxidized, some sweetness approaching a light caramel. Complex and nice.
Even with a loud pop upon opening, poured with virtually no head. Very cloudy and muddy looking. Significant yeast disturbance (and bottom of bottle is very darkly covered).
Flavors are kinda' muddled too. Strong malt character, a little yeasty spiciness. Soft fruit and alcohol. Some oxidation lending a mild cardboard quality.
Moderate to slightly higher mouthfeel. Really flat, esp. for style.
I think I had this a couple years ago and that bottle was clearly too old, so I didn't review it. This one seems less effected by age, but still gets knocked some. Both bottles came from the same store. (776 characters)

Photo of
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy light gold with an impressive white head.

Smell - Fruity esters and yeast dominate the aroma - pear, citrus, and powdery Belgian yeast, with some fresh bread notes beneath.

Taste - More fruit and yeast, with the malt slightly more pronounced than in the aroma, and a nice balancing hops bitterness.

Very complex and drinkable at the same time. (365 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle @ Brocante cafe, Brussels

A: Rather hazy, with a copper color.

S: Smells a bit of jasmine, in the same way that Zinnebir does, but much less intense and balanced. Some candi sweetness.

T: Starts off slightly sweet but ends dry. Some earthy hops are evident in finish.

M: light-medium in body. Carbonation medium.

O: Highly drinkable and well balanced. Less sugar than most blonds, which I appreciate. (412 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blonde more or less opaque. It feels a little freshness of hops and his side medicated plant. The mouth is simple but spicy is discernible hops which leads to bitterness and power. The finish is persistent. The power hop is well transcribed, which is somewhat surprising in a classic Belgian pale ale. Unfortunately, no great originality or great flavors. (355 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden bronze color with a one-finger white head of foam. Good head retention and sticky, intricate lacing.

S - It smelled very fruity and yeasty. It was a really strong dried fruit aroma.

T - Great dried fruit flavors - plum and raisin with hints of apple. Good yeasty, spiciness that was not overpowering.

M - Very crisp and sharp with some real pop. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty Belgian ale. Glad I finally grabbed this one at the store. (506 characters)

Photo of pioppo
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow. Quite fine and quite persistente white foam.

S - Very intense aromas of apple. Pleasant feeling of honey. A little of orange peel and lemon.

T - Like the smell, apple and honey appear.

M - Ethylic and bitterness are balanced each other in a very fine way. The high level of alcohol it's hidden in part by the bitter of hop. Good body and smoothness.

D - A delicate carbonation and the bitter that balances sweetness make this beer very drinkable. (469 characters)

Photo of YannickB
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange blond with a nice white head. Head retention is good.

S: Smells very refreshing, lots of green apple, some tangy lemon and a bit of honey.

T: The noses comes back in taste palate. It statts of a bit fruity with green apple which goes to a more malty character. Lot of floral hop bitterness afterwards. Together with the astringent notes it almost seems like quinine. A little bit of alcohol heating comes through sometimes.

M: Mild carbonation that prickles the tongue a little bit. Dryness from the astringency.

T: A very refreshing beer, I would love a few of these on a warm summer day. Although you have a bit of alcohol heating, the beer covers its 8% abv very well.

Conclusion: I like this beer, the special hoppy aftertaste really hit the spot. I still love drinks loaded with quinine, so I loved it here again. (847 characters)

Photo of Shakujin
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark and a more brown than I would like in a blond. The slightly brownish white does not spur the palate. good carbonation and a quality slightly rocky foam. Lacing is good but not outstanding.

Smell: Honey, lemon, apple, green raisins

Taste: Interesting. Candy sugar sweetness and lemon like bitterness in the front, with with vegetable, grassy hops in a long finish. Then in the background the oak ( whiskey?) plays around a bit.

Mouthfeel: No Comment

Drinkability: Interesting take on the strong blond ale beer. Not quite sure everything came together harmoniously but a good beer. With the complexities and the ABV though a tasting beer rather than a staple. (678 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a retained 3/4" foamy white head, which slowly revealed some impressive lacing. The body was a semi-opaque bright yellow color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Crackerlike malt, Belgian yeast aromatics, bread dough, straw and a faint mustiness comprise the nose.

T- Big doughy malts up front along with the anticipated strawlike and musty notes. Moderate hop bitterness in the middle, which lasts through the finish.

M- A med-large body. Slightly underattenuated, and an abundant soft carbonation. Nice.

D- Goes down smooth, almost quaffable. (575 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy gold color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of musty fruit - pears with hints of apricots - and a good deal of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Earthy fruit flavors up front with good amounts of herbal hops. As the beer warms the beer sweetens a bit. Ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I keep finding myself impressed with Ellezelloise. I've yet to find anything spectacular but everything is above average. Worth a shot. (714 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl flip-top (date punched April 2008) poured into my De Proef flute, Quintine Blonde is a cloudly, dark dirty gold with a pretty big white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet, honey and a bit of wild flowers.

Taste is also pretty sweet, some musty yeastiness, again, honey and flowers. Pretty simple, but full flavored, with the alcohol well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-heavy body.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty if simple BSPA. I like that funky mustiness that seems to permeate all of Brasserie Ellezelloise's beers. I like that they come in flip-tops, even though I'm surely paying for it, they're convenient for refilling with homebrews! (677 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a wispy thin head.

Smell: yeast, fruit sweetness, and some grassiness is detectable.

Taste: mild malt base with some yeast, golden apples, pears, some soft lemon zest, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol levels are not noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is brief and mild.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer but flavorwise is decent not great. Worth a try but don't expect to be blown away here. (483 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. Served in a wine glass, it appeared a hazy light amber (blonde) with light lacing. The aroma was a bit lacking - sweet creamy cake. The flavor is quite different, with a pleasant light grain malt backbone under a heavier herbal/citrus rind hops character that dominates this beer into the aftertaste. This is a hoppy Belgian and aside from the lack of aroma, it's a fairly nice drink. I'd have it again. (438 characters)

Photo of mj001jk
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange hazy color with a medium fine foam that disappears quickly leaving a thin film on the surface.

Nose is fruity and funky, candied red apples and some citrus with a rustic earthiness that adds complexity. I really like this aspect of the beer but there is not much in terms of maltiness if you are looking for that.

Refreshing and light, again the fruit notes show up red apple and orange with a small amount of bittering as well as aromatic hops. The beer is not very complex, but it makes for a very tasty session beer if you want to pound Belgians on your lawn mower. Just make sure it is YOUR lawn you are cutting. (635 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a white foamy head. Aroma consists of crisp light golden fruit and alcohol presence. Very nice crisp fruit flavors; apple, pear, raisin and banana, balanced with pilsner maltiness and a slight hoppy dry finish. Very good. (258 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thick hazy dirty blond color with a thick sticky head of tiny bubbles that hangs on forever. There was a lot of sediment in my glass, which was not flattering from an appearance perspective. Aroma is a bit spicy with a bit of sweet malt toffee-ness, but pretty faint. Flavor is effervescent and fruity, but also stale and cardboard-y. I think this beer is fresh - I brought it home from Belgium this week in my wooden leg, so I think this is a flaw. Not really for me.

I wouldn't really recommend this, although it's leaving a warm feeling in my chest that I can't hold against it. (590 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy golden/orange color with a big fluffy white head with moderate visible carbonation and lots of small suspended peppery floaties.

S: The aroma was yeasty and sweet with light citrus peel notes and ripe fruit (apples, pears).

T: The flavor was very sweet, honey wheat malt, lemon citrus and a nice variety of spiciness. The palate was fresh wheat and very refreshing against the spicy character of this beer that drank more like a witbier.

M: light and slick. The beer finished with a slight touch of yeasty sourness, oranges and a spicy hoppiness (saaz).

D: Overall a spicy and sour blonde that was refreshing and very thirst quenching. (660 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkly gold with abundant bubbles and a glorious cap of alabaster froth. There's even a fine yeasty haze to make things more interesting yet. As expected, the head looks good as it deflates, leaving quite a bit of smeary lace in the process. Subsequent pours add even more yeast, a creamier crown and more interesting looking lace.

The aroma isn't that aromatic, but very little of the foam has faded. Right now, there's a golden fruitiness and a pinch of 'white' spiciness. It becomes more powerful with warming and develops a muskiness that is appealing.

For whatever reason, the flavor is bolder and better. There's really nothing unique about this particular beer, but then that's hardly a negative. Simply put, it's another in a long line of well-brewed strong pale ales from the country that invented and perfected the style.

The pale malt backbone is just big enough and the candi sugar provides just the right amount of sweetness to offset the hop bitterness and the yeasty spiciness. In other words, we have... balance. Tangy pears, Golden Delicious apples and few chunks of banana combine with a zippy spiciness. Good job all around.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite make it to the level achieved by the best of style. It delivers a light creaminess, a decent amount of mouthfilling volume and tingly carbonation.

Maybe it's the fact that I haven't had a good BSPA in a while, but this bottle of Brasserie Ellezelloise Quintine Blonde disappeared in a big hurry. A price of $5.89 is a bit steep for regular consumption, but I'm still glad I rescued this bottle from the shelf and gave it a home in my cart... then my fridge.. then my belly. (1,651 characters)

Photo of Cromster
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Beer Mania in Brussels after being recommended to us by Nasser.

Poured from a Bottle into a trappist goblet

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head about 1-2 fingers deep. Good lacing all around the glass. Lots of sediment floating in this one.

Smell - Citrus, apples and yeast. Sweet yet tart smelling with a good amount of alcohol.

Taste - Yeast flavors are right up front with some hints of apple and citrus. The finish is very hoppy but not overpowering. The alcohol comes through strong in the end and warms the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Good amount of carbonation with a nice crisp feel.

Drinkability - If you are in the mood for a hoppy beer with a good crisp refreshing feel this beer is for you. I could drink this one alot on a nice warm summer day. (791 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully fogged in orange brown with a nice sized head. Nose is a pungent citrus with a yeast nose. An interesting funk lies on the back side of it as well. Flavor is pretty funky with some saison like character I think. Overall though it is more so a BSPA. Alcohol very quietly hits the tongue at the very end. Before that though, there is a nice yeast tone with an expected sugar sweetness to it. It's just a nice and earthy brew. Feel is thick and caressing with carbonation. Liquid feels fairly thick. Overall very drinkable. Well made and pretty even, it has some staying power to it that is worth sipping on. The price is a wee bit too high though. (659 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy and golden amber, this beer poured with a short, eggshell cap of fine bubbles that showed great retention and produced thick, chunky lacing. The aroma was heavy on bread and yeast, but had notes of berries, cotton candy, and apple as well. Still, the nose was mild overall. Moderate bitterness with a light fruity flavour with some bread and malt sweetness rounding it out. Grassy hops were evident towards the end and it finished with a little bit of alcohol warmth. Light bodied with high carbonation. A very enjoyable drink, tasty and refined. (560 characters)

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Quintine Blonde from Brasserie Ellezelloise
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.