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La Gauloise Blonde - Brasserie Du Bocq

La Gauloise BlondeLa Gauloise Blonde

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BA SCORE
80
good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 8.57%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2003)
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Reviews by eduardolinhalis:
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 14:50:07 | More by eduardolinhalis
More User Reviews:
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-11-2014 07:15:46 | More by GRUUMSH
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NathanJoyce

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

02-28-2014 08:23:51 | More by NathanJoyce
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BJSmit

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-02-2014 20:03:30 | More by BJSmit
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bamberger603

Germany

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

12-31-2013 15:55:41 | More by bamberger603
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dcmchew

Romania

3.5/5  rDev 0%

11-02-2013 14:47:27 | More by dcmchew
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-13-2013 01:34:51 | More by WOLFGANG
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pkenkman

Estonia

4/5  rDev +14.3%

05-12-2013 19:17:38 | More by pkenkman
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MrHyde1886

Italy

3/5  rDev -14.3%

10-31-2012 11:00:48 | More by MrHyde1886
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dansmcd

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 10:43:22 | More by dansmcd
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 18:32:48 | More by CwrwAmByth
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brinch

Denmark

3/5  rDev -14.3%

03-16-2012 20:59:25 | More by brinch
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bckayaalp

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-03-2012 02:33:00 | More by bckayaalp
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

01-21-2012 23:22:07 | More by samEBC
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pmonti80

Spain

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-17-2011 15:31:55 | More by pmonti80
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 23:48:28 | More by jazzyjeff13
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endovelico

Portugal

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 16:03:07 | More by endovelico
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mmahut

Czech Republic

2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 20:49:31 | More by mmahut
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janubio

Spain

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 20:23:40 | More by janubio
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 10:05:00 | More by CrazyDavros
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.08/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 13:39:20 | More by ThaCreep
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:30:40 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 05:50:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 23:05:34 | More by fullsweep
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 01:36:19 | More by TurdFurgison
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La Gauloise Blonde from Brasserie Du Bocq
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