Quintine Blonde - Brasserie Ellezelloise
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2.63/5 rDev -31%
Appearance Nice, deep, cloudy orange color with a thick head that laced the glass on the way down.
Smell Theres some yeast in there, but otherwise it smells like the all-too-common overly orange ales that Im finding in the BSPA category lately.
Taste The orange syrup dominates, as suspected. Theres 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.
09-14-2003 03:57:59 | More by RoyalT
2.68/5 rDev -29.7%
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.
10-24-2008 19:36:00 | More by BeerBelcher
2.79/5 rDev -26.8%
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.
05-19-2013 23:26:26 | More by earthling
2.83/5 rDev -25.7%
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...
08-09-2005 05:10:07 | More by neonbrown82
2.85/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
05-15-2003 23:50:57 | More by aracauna
3/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
06-22-2004 19:54:02 | More by GreenCard
3.08/5 rDev -19.2%
Flip-top 11.2 oz bottle.
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.
12-27-2011 01:37:36 | More by garymuchow
3.2/5 rDev -16%
Full orange colour, with a white, creamy, compact head.
Smell: green apple, white flowers, fresh grass, yellow lemon, pink grape fruit. Yeast and bread. After a while, ripe banana.
At the taste the hop is dominant, but well amalgamated with the background sweetness. Grape fruit, lemon. A little astringent.
Aftertaste citric and hoppy, not too marked.
02-14-2004 19:12:58 | More by stcules
3.3/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
04-08-2011 19:11:22 | More by ThaCreep
3.3/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
05-03-2010 02:26:03 | More by Shakujin
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
09-22-2007 03:54:16 | More by dgallina
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
08-09-2002 00:27:27 | More by rastaman
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
01-24-2005 19:25:41 | More by Phyl21ca
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
03-11-2009 15:34:34 | More by Gavage
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
apperance: pours a cloudy dark orange with a mediocre head. the head is white and creamy but doesn't last long, and leaves little lacing. overall pretty good but nothing outstanding.
smell: alcohol, citrus (possibly lemon), maybe banana, smells pretty good.
taste: alcohol is pretty noticable along with some spices and citrus. aftertaste reveals alcohol even more. the alcohol is somewhat overpowering.
mouthfeel: it feels pretty good, smooth with light carbonation, but not astounding once again.
drinkability: i'd have another and another if it didn't cost so much, so unfortunately i may never have it again, there are so many others to try.
i'd say that overall it's worth getting at least once and not that bad for being 8% ABV, but there are better beers in this style.
12-18-2004 07:59:23 | More by ghurux86
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
07-05-2008 13:31:38 | More by beerthulhu
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
Pale amber color, big, creamy, rocky white head, with loads of yeast coming through on the pour. Aroma: vanilla, fruits, citrus, peach, and a certain sea-foam character I find in witbiers, among others. Soft, mellow, mild hops, medium body. I admit a feeling of "been there/done that", and, while it is good, I'm a little blase about this one. Tingly, sparkly, fruity, and delicious...it's just that I've had better.
01-12-2003 21:05:11 | More by feloniousmonk
Quintine Blonde from Brasserie Ellezelloise
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.