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Steenbrugge Blond - Brouwerij Palm NV

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82
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Absumaster on 07-19-2008

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Reviews by KTCamm:
Photo of KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from champagne bottle into the Duvel glass.

Pours a beautiful light golden soft copper. Transparent. Retains an inch of white foam. Some small bubbles float.

Slight belgian yeast smell, some hop and some malt. Light malty taste, very smooth and flavorful. Really firm carbonation. Small residual hop.

Great beer, supremely drinkable.

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2.8/5  rDev -22%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mattfancett
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Hatshep18
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle, this Belgian ale pours a luminous amber golden color with a frothy white head that dissipates to a nice thin pool and ring with light soapy lacing. Nose of banana, yeasty bread, light honey, light clove, and light herbal hops. Flavors are lightly sweet to the sides with light banana esters and sweet bread flavors coming in on the back. A light pepper and clove flavor are detectable upon warming. Mouth feel is highly carbonated and has a light herbal hop finish. A solid blonde ale from a good Belgian brewery.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 6.5% ABV, Best By 25/05/12.

Thanks to bnieman and his Dad for sharing this one with me!

A - Crystal clear golden yellow in color with a low white head. No retention or lace to speak of.

S - Light hops and pale malt come forwards with hints of straw and spicy Belgian esters. Not really unique, the aroma is very average and bland.

T - Pale malt and straw with a sharp tingle and light hoppy finish, the flavor offers more than the aroma, but not much.

M - Very strong carbonation tingle on the tongue and throat, this beer is light-bodied, crisp, and clean.

D - Easy drinkability for this basic blonde. It's not offensive but certainly not great either. I'd call this a BMC of Belgian beer.

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Buccanole
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a two finger high white head that quickly dies leaving lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is rather spicy with notes of black pepper and cloves. Some hints of light fruits, malts and yeast are also noticeable in the smell.
T: The initial taste has light flavors of biscuity malts with some hints of sweetness and candi sugar. It transitions to a subtle amount of bitterness and spiciness towards the finish. Overall, the flavors aren't that strong or complex but they are well balanced.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a slight amount of dryness. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite drinkable and would even work well during the summer months.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in Brugge during a beer run, 33cl brown bottle, best before 3rd July 2011. Drank on a cold 22nd Dec 2009.

Poured with gusto into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass. A large white head sat on top of an almost clear orange/amber body which had a small cloudy swurl within, the cloud soon dissipated into the rest of the body giving the whole beer a semi-misty look.

Sweet yeast aroma, light toffee and candyfloss sort of fairground smell. All the smells subside as the beer settles away from the bottle, once in the glass and warming it seemed to lose its heavy sweetness (strange because beers normally give off more flavours as they warm).

The taste is far from sweet, sharp, crisp and a shock after the smell. Bitter and citrus fruits sour in the mouth. I found pink grapefruit and lemon peel in the taste.

The body didn't do it for me, lacked a true depth, decent, but not a classic Blonde.

My wife is a huge fan of Palm beers, she didn't get to try this one though, she's at a girls only Christmas party. I'm having the Steenbrugge Dubbel next!

Photo of Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of CHickman
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this was clear yellow gold in color with bubbles racing up the middle and a foamy 2 finger white head that faded slowly and left decent lacing that slid down the glass fast. The second half of the bottle poured hazy, as expected with all the yeast in the mix.

Smells fruity and sweet, with sour apple, sweet malt, yeast, light citrus hops, light caramel, grass, wet bread or cardboard, musty or earthy tones like hay, mild spices and the classic funk associated with most bottle conditioned Belgians. The aroma gets more sour and funky as the beer warms, with more fruit coming out like a rotting pear and lemon zest, but it remains soft and light.

Tastes sweet and funky, with yeast, sour apple, pear and lemon starting this off with a sourness that almost gives a pucker; then the swallow allows the grains, sweet malt, grass, hay, wet wheat bread, light pepper and other mild spices to come through, with the yeast funky-ness appearing as this fades dry after each sip. Might have detected light citrus hops, tea, grapefruit, and some faint caramel, but this beer didn’t sweeten up like the nose hinted it might and remained sour and on the bitter side. With each sip I kept hoping that it would get better, but it didn’t so I must say that this was disappointing. It had all the makings of a nice blond ale that hides the ABV very well, but it fell short somewhere.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with a light body, a light, crisp feel and very mild carbonation that would have helped this go down easy if it only tasted better.

Perhaps I should have let this age, as the expiration date on the bottom of the bottle was 4/28/2012. Oh well, I’ll have to pick up another one to age and hope for better results. At this point I can’t recommend this beer as it was not enjoyable to me and expensive (about $12 with tax) for a 25 oz bottle.

Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, dark golden beer with a head that settles into a a thin layer.

Smell is clovey with spicy notes of non definable spices, they appear 'warm' like holiday spices. A good maltiness that is biscuity and a little doughy.

Taste is a continuation of the smell with strong spicy yeastiness which give the beer depth. The beer tastes like a clone of Leffe Blonde, but better balanced and less clovey. The malt is biscuity and has a light caramel twist.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, honey, some citrus, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong breadiness from a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, honey and some spices come in. The hops presence is very mild and there is a touch of smokiness in the background but there doesn’t seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Golden colour, huge white head. The aroma is herbal, citrussy and moderately spicy, nice. The flavour is fairly sweet and fruity, notes of citrus, yeast and some spice. Minimal bitterness.

Photo of mikeg67
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours deep golden with thin white, long lasting head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of barnyard yeast, ripe pears and biscuit malt. Body is full and smooth. Taste is very spicy, fruity with biscuit malt and caramel in the background. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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

750ml bottle, brewed with Gruut.

Pours with a soapy looking fizzy head, I really dislike the look of the head. The body is nice though it is a pure, vibrant, crystal clear gold with tons of carbonation bubbles racing towards the head.

The smell is standard Belgian pale, some grains, some yeast, not much hops, lightly sweet, it is average for the style of those produced in Belgium.

The flavor is sweet, with some herbal and yest characteristics. There is a slight spicy bitterness from the spices. But overall it is very clean and quaffable.

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a coppery color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. No lacing at all.

S: A very faint yeasty smell, with some traces of fruit as well.

T: Like the smell, the taste had a lot of yeast, with some fruit (apples, pears), and malt, but not much else. This is a surprisingly one-dimensional flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is not a terrible beer, just a frightfully uninteresting one. Could have been better.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this 330ml bottle on 25.12.2008, best by 03.07.11.
This is one of the relaunched (or new line) of brews brewed by Palm at Steenhuffel, replacing the former Brugse beers brewed in Bruges.

Appearence was a nice blonde ale with a slight haze with a subsiding off-white head.
The aroma was not that special; mild hop aroma with some background maltiness.

The label says "enriched with Gruut" which means wheat (in Flemish). This made for a nice balance of malt and some hop flavours. The beer gave a nice coating when swirled in the mouth, making for a solid brew. Definitely drinkable without being outstanding.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/6/2014. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon, orange peel, banana, honey, bread, clove, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, orange peel, bread, honey, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, bread, honey, clove, pepper, light banana, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian blond ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. No complaints at all really; a very enjoyable offering.

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Steenbrugge Blond from Brouwerij Palm NV
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