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Quintine Blonde - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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very good

67 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise visit their website

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 wyllder:
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 10:51:45 | More by wyllder
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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).

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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.

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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.

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Quintine Blonde from Brasserie Ellezelloise
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.