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Quintine Blonde - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 77
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2002

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 77
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4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of wyllder
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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.


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Photo of BeerHonky
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing top bottle at Bier Circus in Brussels. Served in a specific glass from the brewery with artwork on the side (just about all beers at Bier Circus are served with corresponding glassware). Nice cloudy golden yellow beer with a super light and fluffy head. Big juicy aromas of citrus fruits and esters can be immediately detected from bar counter distance. Taste is equally as strong and fruity. All sorts of fruit flavors are present, hard to pinpoint. These are mixed with a nice balance of pithy fruit skin texture, belgian yeast, and alcohol. Somewhat prickly carbonation left little to no trace of any aftertastes. Certainly not something you want to drink a lot of, but rather enjoy and pick out all the hidden flavors. Awesome.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For some reason this beer looked really familiar to me, (probably from this site) so i decided i would give it a try. It poured a gold color, with a big head that faded quickly, and a good amount of tiny sediment particles floating around giving it a whole other layer of color. Smell was bursting with that Belgian yeast characteristic of the style. It was also loaded with fruits such as peaches, bananas and oranges. In the taste, first comes the fruit, then some candied sugar, then an alcohol punch, finally ended by an almost earthy calming down. Mouthfeel was medium bodied...not too heavy and not too light. I would drink this one all night. This is the best Belgian beer I have tried since Gulden Draak. A great beer to be had.

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Photo of marburg
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fun little beer to be sure. A zesty, sparkling lemon and pine aroma that seems more a natural fragrance than a notion derived from hops. The intensity of the aromas seems to imply a lively mouthfeel, and it holds true. Yeasty and a bit gritty throughout, hints of green apple or lemon sweet-tartness give way to a flour-like dullness and the shadow of cooked sweet onion. The raw feel of the beer continues through an aggressively hopped finish and mild astringency. Depending on how to you try to categorize this, it's either unique, lacking, or a rousing success. My olefactory sense and tastebuds will, at the very least, declare it worth drinking.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Cromster
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of YannickB
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

out of the nice little 11.2 oz flip top bottle, you will get an impressive pour. it is a cloudy golden color with a nice foamy white head. lace will be all over the glass for hours if you don't rinse it out. there is a whole lot of honey in the aroma. you also pick up wheat and yeast.

this beer is very complex and very enjoyable. there is a great arrangement of pale malts with a pleasant sweet taste. the 8% alcohol is well hidden. you get lots of yeast and honey in the flavor in this beer. it is very drinkable with light carbonation and a medium body. it is very smooth and crisp with the small amount of carbonation giving it a tingly feel. "the beer of the hills" it says on the bottle. i would not mind being in the hills drinking this beer. i would definitely enjoy it.

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Photo of pioppo
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

recommended to me by nasser of beer mania after telling him i like tripels.. served from 11.2 flip-top bottle.. $3. pours a pleasant gold with adequate carbonation and peppy but slight foam head.

aroma is heavy of candy sugar. after the accidentally sour beers ive been drinking and hating, this is a jolt back to the world of better beer.

taste is a bit on the alcoholy side, but brings out a sharp citrus and sweetness in the aftertaste which melts nicely into the lasting aroma for a complex, smooth, smoky beer sipping experience. this is the perfect beer for this particular oversized snifter-type glass..

as a previous reviewer said, i would keep drinking this all day if it wasn't so damn expensive. a good summer beer with an upbeat flavor full of crispness and life.. short on bitterness and sourness.

overall, a great runner-up beer from a brewery known best for their stout.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of mj001jk
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a strong head that leaves some lace. Sweet nose, good malt flavor, medium body, finishes with a good malt/hoppy taste but the alcohol is not noticeable. Cloudy yellow with at least 1/16" of chunky bits settling at the bottom - most I have seen. Good carbonation.

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Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Quintine Blonde from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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