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Jacobsen Saaz Blonde - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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91 Ratings

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 12-21-2005)
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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Looks like Carlsberg is going right after the beer connoisseur crowd with their Jacobsen brand. The Saaz Blonde is modeled after the Belgian Strong Pale Ales. Sugar syrup and spices are added to this brew.

Quick formation of foam off of a hefty pour, the three-fingers-deep head drops to a semi-stick lace. Perfect clarity and a shimmering copper color. Intermingling of light phenols and spices with biscuity grain in the aroma--very Belgian. Moderate body with a fluffy crispness. Spiciness hits first with a bite of clove and some underlying coriander. Saaz hops play well with the clove as the flavors fuse together. Suggestions of black pepper and ripe pears. Big kernel of maltiness in the middle, which quickly clears to a faint, medicinal phenol and a lingering spice flavor in a dry finish.

Delicious. While this is not an exotic Belgian beer from a small brewery that no one has ever heard of, it ends up being a very flavorful rendition of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style. Throw this one at some grilled game meat, like venison or wild boar, with roasted root vegetables.

Serving type: bottle

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Jacobsen Saaz Blonde from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
80 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.