La Gauloise Blonde - Brasserie Du Bocq

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BA SCORE
81
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2003

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle corked, served chilled in a Maredsous tulip

Pours with a light spritzy amber body. Bubbly yellowy white head forms about an inch thick but settles down to a small fuzz left atop the beer. very little noticeable lacing

Smell, sweet and estery acetone, fresh yeasty peaches and melon. Marzipan and other nutty notes, satay-esqe, some biscuity malt character also

Taste, crisp and spritzy mouthfeel. Crisp biscuity malt with a helping of dryish fruit and a slight alcoholic warmth. High levels of carbonation, dry lingering yeast on the finish along with some slightly metallic blood bitterness. Spicy, slightly fruity and crisp and biscuity, dry and sticky heather honey also

A bit average all round. Maybe an interesting choice as an entry into the style but its all rather lacking flavour and depth. That said it went well with a plate of guerkins, smoked salmon, carmelised onion houmous and rye bread

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. ABV is stated as 6.3% on the label.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A hazy golden colour with visible sediment and good carbonation. Forms a huge head of frothy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet yeasty malt with stacks of fruity esters, especially banana. Hints of cloves and spice.

Tastes of sweet pale malt with flavours of yeast and fruit esters. Notes of banana with warming spicy hints, accompanied by faint stewed hops. No bitterness, but a dry and slightly sour finish. Coats the palate, with a mouthfeel that is smooth, tingly, and mildly astringent. Aftertaste of yeasty esters.

A decent blonde; slides down nicely. The flavour isn't too complex, but satisfying for the style. Feels like it could have more depth. Easy drinking, and worth sampling.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a large fading head.
Nose shows loads of bready, wheaty and floury notes. Simple, but lovely. Very Belgian.
Similarly floury and wheaty yeast flavours with some harsh lemon as well.
Carbonation is ridiculously high. Hugely over-carbonated.

Photo of Paddez
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brew with a decent head. Tiny bubbles cling to the glass on the inside. The head lasts for a few minutes and then drops to a uneven layer of foam.
The smell is malty, fruity and sweet.
The taste is that of a typical blonde: fruits, malts & some light spices, although it does have a less typical nutty, slightly dry & acidic finish.
The mouthfeel is good but the carbonation was a little too aggressive in my opnion. The drinkabillity is pretty good as well.

Nothing wrong with this one. It looks good, smells good and tastes good. A nice and drinkable blonde. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked and wired .75 litre brown bottle, obtained from my local Tesco store. Best by 18th Nov 2007, drank on 3rd Nov 2006.

Should I have waited a couple of months before opening it, maybe?

Came out a slighty cloudy, yellow with an orange hue to it. Good large foaming head that crackled (you can hear it, honest) with the release of the carbonisation.

Sour citrus fruits and the smell of wheat are the overiding aromas I detected.

The taste is a pleasant refreshing one, like the aroma, wheaty and a little sour.

The taste hangs around, getting sweeter as time goes on, giving it a good mouthfeel in my opinion.

This is very drinkable, a summer beer more so than winter, but a beer I will have no problems drinking again, and again.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light-colored, the nose is sweet and fragrant with a touch of fine hops and a slight fruitiness. The mouth reminds cereals, it is delicate and soft but the flatness of hops dominates. The aftertaste is wheat and contains little bitterness. A beer a bit flat at the level of taste and not really memorable.

Photo of rec
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head, like its brothers, is magnificent. Standing foamy and tall, with great retention. Body is an opaque golden yellow with sediment present.

Smelling similar to Kasteel and other Belgian Pale Ale's, this simply isn't as good, but manages to deliver pleasant notes of citrus and yeast.

The taste is good, perhaps not as definitive as I'd like and far from unique, but good none the less. Yeast and spice with light fruits and a dry finish with some alcohol warmth is experienced. Suitable carbonation results in a fine mouthfeel.

Despite how competant it was, it's not something I'd buy again with the likes of Kasteel, Delirium Tremens, LaChouffe and Duvel on offer.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle also has the depiction of the lovely full-bosomed young lady with winged helmet and very long blonde braids, holding a bunch of wheat. A gold ribbon hangs to the left of the wheat. The bottle is a 33cl brown stubbie. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 10/3/04, I opened it on 4/19/04.

Pours a cloudy even gold blonde with a couple chunks of sediment slowly making their way to the bottom as a few bubbles make their way to the top to feed the 1.5 finger white head. The feeding didn't last long, though, as the foam disappeared very quickly, leaving just film and collar without lace most of the way down the glass. The nose is fruity sweet, but not much above average for a Belgian pale. The mouth was light and quite prickly. The taste is pleasant enough - fruity sweet with some substantial malt for balance. I don't sense any hops, though. The aftertaste is more like cotton soaked in lemonade. It's not the greatest...

Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear orange, golden beer with lots of carbonation and a big bubbly head, which collapses in a couple of minutes.

Smell is spicy with light malty notes and some straw. The Belgian yeast gives some muted fruity notes.

Taste is light malty with biscuit and sweet doughy taste. A light bitter, just enough to balance the malt. The yeast gives a gentle fruity taste. Mouthfeel is mild and smooth. A straight forward beer.

Photo of mdagnew
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle bought from Tesco...

Poured a pale golden yellow colour with some light golden hints... White head poured fairly big then faded quickly to a light layer... Decent amount of carbonation bubbles to the surface... No lacing..

Aroma - Nice strong spicy tart fruits (apples, grapefruits, pears, some lemons), barely any malts, peppery / grassy hop bitterness, some creamy vanilla notes, hay, spicy, some salty notes, cinnamon / nutmeg notes, liquorice...

Taste – Nice light spicy fruits (apples, light grapefruits, lemons), very light floral honey sweetness, some yeasty notes, light sea saltiness, creamy, pale malts, light grassy notes, peppery hops, aniseed, some basil..

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body... Very refreshing and pretty drinkable even at 6.10%...

Overall - A good clean and well made pale ale.... Well worth a try..

Photo of ohitsbrad
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 January 2006, Best Before Dec 06

Cloudy golden colour with a large white head, some retention but no lacing. Aroma of lemon, coriander, citrus, wheat, apples and belgian yeast. Very much like a witbier. The flavour is lemony, fruity, refreshing, with some malt and almost tart. Reasonably light in body. Overall very drinkable and with some similarities to a Belgian witbier.

Photo of janubio
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

75 cl. bottle with cork. Golden-orange colour, big head and good retention, with a ring around that holds all the while. Smell of spices, clove, orange peel, fruits. A lot of carbonation, taste is again fruits, spices, orange peel. Drinkable, but not very much happening here.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw colour with enormous white head, made of medium-sized bubbles, webs out at the top and leaves trace of lace in isolated patches. Odd swirl of haze in the glass, not sure what to make of that. Looks quite impressive though.

Nose is quite funky and organic, with a fair vinous sourness, like oxidised chardonnay, some decent fruitiness, hints of cherry and red grape seeds and a light oak woodiness. Quite nice, fairly well balanced.

Taste is mega-funky, full of organic Belgian sourness and tart notes. A sweet and spicy sensation in the middle of it all, has hints of peach, honey and almost a cream flavour, helped out by a very creamy mouthfeel, thick and fuzzy at the edges. Finish is lightly spicy, with a slight peppery edge and aspects of a tangy citrus character as well.

Very refreshing, pleasant and drinkable beer with nice flavours.

Photo of Dougology
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Purchased at Ipercoop in Italy. Not bad.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant shining golden colour, extremely clear with a massive rocky frothy head of white meringue foam. Lacing is excellent, the carbonation rises in a beautiful stream from the nucleation points on the glass. Looks very nice indeed.

Phenols and light booze on the nose, a good lightly sweet Belgian yeast character, but quite dry and sharp overall. Some soft notes of bread and grain, but it's subtle. Mostly we have classic dry Belgian tones. Nice.

Taste is a little more disappointing, although there is an interesting complexity to it. Light grain notes on the front, which morph through bread and yeast, before a little clean phenolic note mid-palate washes it away. Finish is the best aspect - a sweet fragrant caress of dry Belgian yeast character. Mouthfeel is light and sparkling. Very pleasant.

Not bad overall - although the dry Belgian ales are not my favourite style. Still, this is a crisp and enjoyable example, a little too phenolic in places, and not something I'd enjoy every day. Worth it once in a while.

Photo of dansmcd
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lightly clouded pale amber under a finger of bubbly head with some short lived streaks of lace.

S - Lightly floral aroma with lemon, wheat, salty crackers. Not much here screaming Belgium.

T - Follows the nose. Nicely sessionable mild flavours of wheat, lemon zest and biscuity malt.

M - Spritzy high carbonation, light body.

O - There are better alternatives like Duvel widely available.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : blond golden color, with white creamy foam head.
Smell : malt and hops with spicy notes aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : round in the mouth and full bodied, whose escape good hopped flavors.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian pale ale.

Review translated from french 9-6-2008.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep golden colour with a massive head. Very lively and good lacing as well.

Smells very fresh and grassy.

Tastes very smooth and balanced, light malts and hops with a hint of spice to it. Lightly fruity and citrusy too.

Overall a lovely drinkable and superbly balanced beer.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a light cloudy yellow golden color forming a huge bubbled and very soapy white head. Duvel-like, beautiful. Great retention and tons of chunky and lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Very bready. Strong Belgian bready yeasts character. Strong notes of sweet pale malts, honey and spices. Light notes of flowery hops and alcohol in the very end

T: Follows the nose. Sweet pale malts upfront followed by an intense bready taste. Again, bready Belgian yeasts profile. In overall, a slightly sweet beer. Notes of honey and diacetyl. A little bit spicy. Very light hoppy bitter finish

M: Medium body. Strong carbonation. Bread and honey in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. A Belgian classic with a strong Belgian Pale Ale character

Photo of endovelico
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Best before date 03/09/11.

Appearance: Pours a yellowish-golden brew with a slight haziness and a giant white head. No floaties and low perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Intense aroma of coriander seeds, clove, yeast on the front with a banana center.

Taste: Strong clove on the front with dried orange zest, spices and banana on the back.Some candyish / bubblegum and fusel notes. Average but still very balanced.

Palate: Medium carbonation. Finishes sweeth-ish. Citrucy, fruity aftertaste. Low bitterness. Silky and medium full bodied.

Drinkability: Kinda average but pleasant nonetheless with no apparent flaws or offensive aromas or notes. Price quality ratio is good. Nice take on the style, maybe a bit too much into the malty side strangling the yeast character a bit.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Delirium cafe in Brussels, served in a La Gauloise glass (shaped kind of like a coffee mug). The beer was pale gold color with a big poofy cloud that sank fairly quick. The smell was OK, it had all the classic Belgian pale ale notes but none too rich. Same with the flavor, all good things (light citrus, spicy yeasties, maybe some honey) but a little muted. Nothing objectionable, a fairly solid choice.

Photo of fullsweep
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Even a slow pour reveals a super-thick white head of huge, foamy bubbles.

I was expecting to find a similar smell as the other Begian blondes I've tried and while there was a hint there, it wasn't the same. I found this was also reflective of the taste.

Not nearly as sweet as the other Belgian blondes I've tried (only 3 or 4 so far), but nonetheless interesting. Not overly bitter either, just well-balanced with a hint of spiciness on the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with a tacky/stickiness to it. Very rich.

Photo of wl0307
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle, corked and caged, at 6.3%abv. Cork No. 145170, BB 18/11/2007, served lightly-chilled in a Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark orangey golden hue, coming with a foamy/puffy white head slowly dissipating and leaving just a rimmed foam on the top; lively carbonation.
S: the fruity aroma is very dense but not intrusive, full of sour-sweet oranges, sweet lemons, a touch of melons and passion-fruits; the malty entry is equally pronounced, with vanilla-ish and bready malts, while an edge of fragrant yeastiness and mild coriander spiciness skirt the maltiness.
T: fluffy+effervescent-textured maltiness prevails upfront, with candy-sugar and lemony fruits, slowly proceeding into a mid-palate with surprisingly little+neutral flavour, before a light flow of "Chinese green-bean paste"-like exotic grainy taste develops at the back... pretty yeasty in the aftertaste, showing some savoury-sweet edges of fruity yeastiness and milder entry of spices, plus a subtle presence of dryish hoppyness. The ending touch is perhaps a touch overly sour-sweet and thin-ish, downgrading the overall performance a bit.
M&D: the initial mouthfeel is slightly too fluffy and fizzy, but softens bit by bit as the drink goes; the body is medium-minus, gearing towards the thin side in the end. Not a complex nor interesting offering this, but with a sound flavour profile and decent drinkability.

Photo of mmahut
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance (3.5): Light gold colour with impressive head, you can definitely find the similarity with the woman on the picture.

Smell (2.5): If you smell a lot you may find it fruity, citrus with sub-tones of melons.

Taste (3): Malt with fruits. I felt some spiciness as well.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Light to medium body that isn't so carbonated as you would tell from the look.

Drinkability (3.5): Average drink from the category of refreshing beers.

La Gauloise Blonde from Brasserie Du Bocq
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.