Quintine Blonde - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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BA SCORE
85
very good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2002)
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Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Nice, deep, cloudy orange color with a thick head that laced the glass on the way down.

Smell – There’s some yeast in there, but otherwise it smells like the all-too-common overly orange ales that I’m finding in the BSPA category lately.

Taste – The orange syrup dominates, as suspected. There’s actually a hop balance in this once, but mostly overpowering sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Flat considering the big carbonation at the pour.

Drinkability – This is not my idea of a BSPA. This is more like a flat, freshly-squeezed witbier from Florida.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cute little 11.2 oz swing top bottle, freshness date is noted on the side of the label. Long blurb about the beer and brewery on the back label is interesting. Thanks to Daniel from The Moan & Dove in Amherst, MA for the sample.

Appearance: Awesome white lacing that almost shimmer against the light. The lace holds strong from an active bubbly carbonation. Clouded pale golden with tiny particles of sediment floating around.

Smell: Ripe apple with a faint tangerine and lemony tartness, mild raw honey and light powdery yeast in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Uniformly crisp and smooth from a well developed conditioning. Carbonation is medium to high within a moderate body. Fast to the fruitiness of apple with yeasty overtones. Estery without a doubt, alcohol warms slowly with a ghost like solvent alcohol. An underlying layer of maltiness is sweet on the palate. Big veggie hop bitterness with a huge earthy backing of husky grain, hop flavour and yeast. Slightly astringent with a semi-sweet finish.

Notes: Swift in its complexities and tries to make my taste buds hesitate for a bit, there is a balance within the layers and further into the finish. A decent digestive with the higher carbonation and bitter qualities. A treat none the less. Anyone to play around with such a small swing-top bottle has got some funk in the trunk.

Photo of mj001jk
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool swing top bottle, hazy straw colour, with bits of yeast floating around here and there, aroma is quite yeasty, slightly bready, and hoppy and perhaps a bit spicy. Very lively carbonation, quite concentrated aswell, quite fruity middle with a hop bitter finish, alcohol shines through a tad at the end.

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Cromster
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of dgallina
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle marked best-before April 2008.

In the tulip, the beer is a hazy golden tan that's full of sediment. A thin white head rises rapidly on the pour, then recedes quickly leaving behind thin lace tendrils. The aroma suggests pineapple and mango blended with husky grains, yeast, and some alcohol bitterness. The flavor is exceedingly gentle at the outset; light fruit notes with hints of malty sweetness. The finish is rather beastly, however. Over-strong medicinal alcohol with phenolic overtones. Body is light, airy, and easy drinking. An uneven beer.

Photo of mscudder
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of earthling
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an hazy dark golden color ale with an above medium head with better then average retention. Aroma is mix of very floral malt and some very wonderful spices. Taste is a bit harsh at first (like a rush of spices hitting your tongue) with some sweetness coming in later and some light bitterness at the end. Very enjoyable and good example of the style.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of wyllder
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Have had this 4-5 times now. The first time was at The Moan & Dove in Amherst, MA.

For this review I purchased a few bottles at Table & Vine in Northampton, MA.

After already opening the bottle, I noted the the "best before" marks seem to indicate January 2003.

Pours a murky (with yeast) light caramel with a modest foamy head.

Nose is spicy butterscotch and caramel with hints of bready fruit. Very appealing to smell and rather unique amongst beers.

Taste is deep & creamy butterscotch with warming alcohol notes and a spicy edge to it. Overall impression is robust and smooth. The aftertaste is a nice lingering butterscotch with hints of spicy bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Perhaps a mental trick caused by low carbonation combined with the butterscotch flavor but this just feels great in the mouth.

Drinkability suffered somewhat with this sample. It didn't seem as crisp as I recall past samples being. This could be a result of the batch being a bit past its prime and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for a fresher sample to re-review.

Overall, this beer made a heck of an impression on me from the very first moment I tried it. It's jumped right up into my list of personal favorites. Now I just need to find it a bit fresher.

Wyll-

Photo of neonbrown82
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was one hell of a disappointment after having enjoyed the Brasserie Ellezelloise Hercule Stout so much. The beer pours to a light blonde color, but the sediment sneaks up on you quickly and turns it into a dark hazy golden color. The head is a bit thin and recedes quickly, leaving only a small lacing.

The smell is interesting. Very malty and sweet with prunes, raisins, and figs in the back.

The taste is like a hearty 12 grain wheat bread mixed with water and dark fruits, such as those mentioned in the nose. Not pleasant.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light considering the beer tastes so bready. I will definitely not buy this again, though I will probably revisit their stout again (as it is actually WORTH paying $5 a bottle). This one met the drain soon after I wrapped up the review, which is now...

Photo of eulcedes
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of aracauna
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The golden amber body supports a very large and cottony white foam. A lemon and hay aroma has a bit of a sour washcloth to it. The flavor is straw-like malt, uncooked green beans. It has a dry finish and smooth mouthfeel. This is a pretty blah belgian blonde.

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

Appearance- Poured a nice golden hazy color. Had a nice fluffy, white head.

Smell- Not much of a smell. The only thing I could really detect was the smell of the alcohol.

Taste- Nice hop flavors with hint of malts. The alcohol is a bit high and it kind of overpowers the taste.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated. Light body.

Drinkability- This beer was okay. It wasn't even close to their Saison 2000.

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GreenCard
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light amber to dusty gold, even layer of dense off-white foam with good retention, a bit lacy, slightly hazy

Aroma: a bit bready and appley, very light clovey phenols, hops are somewhat floral (like a pilsner), alcohol, yeast, old socks

Flavor: hearty amount of malt sweetness which is initially challenged by peppery alcohol and then by a vegetal hop bitterness, crackers or toast, slight tanginess, hop flavor is quite pronounced, hint of yeasty mustiness, finishes semi-dry with a lingering bitterness and alcohol taste

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth, a bit sharp

Overall Impression: Not one of this brewery's best. The ambre takes that title probably. This one just seems a bit amateurish for a blonde.

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Quintine Blonde from Brasserie Ellezelloise
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.