La Gauloise Blonde - Brasserie Du Bocq
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Reviews by cypressbob:
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
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
06-12-2007 21:04:43 | More by cypressbob
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United Kingdom (England)
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
07-14-2011 23:48:28 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.4/5 rDev -4%
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.
01-22-2010 10:05:00 | More by CrazyDavros
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
01-25-2005 21:13:01 | More by Paddez
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
11-03-2006 19:14:13 | More by BlackHaddock
3.08/5 rDev -13%
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.
01-02-2010 13:39:20 | More by ThaCreep
3.43/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
06-29-2007 13:18:07 | More by rec
3.33/5 rDev -5.9%
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...
04-19-2004 17:46:21 | More by Globetrotter
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
08-11-2007 09:49:04 | More by Absumaster
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.68/5 rDev +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..
11-06-2006 14:41:01 | More by mdagnew
3.83/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
01-11-2006 17:25:48 | More by ohitsbrad
3.28/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
04-02-2010 20:23:40 | More by janubio
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
08-25-2009 00:30:40 | More by laituegonflable
3.68/5 rDev +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.
08-22-2009 05:50:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.38/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
06-20-2012 10:43:22 | More by dansmcd
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
11-21-2007 20:37:52 | More by thierrynantes
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
04-02-2012 18:32:48 | More by CwrwAmByth
La Gauloise Blonde from Brasserie Du Bocq
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