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Quintine Blonde - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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BA SCORE
85
very good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 19:25:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 14:26:38 | More by goodbyeohio
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ghurux86

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 07:59:23 | More by ghurux86
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wyllder

Massachusetts

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-

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 10:51:45 | More by wyllder
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marburg

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 02:38:54 | More by marburg
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GreenCard

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 19:54:02 | More by GreenCard
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stcules

Italy

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.
Medium body.
Aftertaste citric and hoppy, not too marked.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 19:12:58 | More by stcules
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RoyalT

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 03:57:59 | More by RoyalT
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 16:39:18 | More by jdhilt
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aracauna

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 23:50:57 | More by aracauna
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 15:50:18 | More by Jason
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy golden straw color with a white fluffy dence head that last for a while reducing to a white collar leaving a lace behind. The smell of cloves and alcohol go straight to the nose. The first reveals a pleasant hop flavor with a cloves and fruitiness that pours onto the pallate. There is not a lot of carbonation which did not seem to hurt the beer any.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 15:21:44 | More by kunzbrew
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 21:05:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 18:14:15 | More by ElGuapo
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 00:27:27 | More by rastaman
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Quintine Blonde from Brasserie Ellezelloise
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.