Quintine Blonde - Brasserie Ellezelloise
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4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
06-18-2008 12:39:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
01-16-2011 16:16:29 | More by zeff80
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
12-31-2007 20:14:47 | More by RblWthACoz
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
03-29-2003 15:50:18 | More by Jason
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
4.28/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
12-09-2012 17:24:39 | More by smcolw
United Kingdom (England)
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
02-09-2012 13:43:55 | More by BlackHaddock
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
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-21-2008 05:56:52 | More by corby112
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
02-01-2009 06:31:17 | More by tempest
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
05-23-2003 16:39:18 | More by jdhilt
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
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
12-18-2007 18:38:49 | More by DrJay
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
08-31-2009 21:08:32 | More by glid02
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
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!
03-15-2009 02:12:09 | More by ccrida
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
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
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
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
Quintine Blonde from Brasserie Ellezelloise
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.