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Black Diamond Free Style Belgian Blonde Ale - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Black Diamond Free Style Belgian Blonde AleBlack Diamond Free Style Belgian Blonde Ale

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stephendr on 03-23-2007

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3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.24/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of PorterLambic
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Did you want some beer with that head? It tried to leap out of the bottle and I got a glass full of foam from a 3-4 oz. pour. Once it settled enough to continue filling the pint glass, albeit very gingerly, I ended up with a honey colored liquid, hazy with settled clumps of yeast and a large, white mass of foam the appearance of whipped egg whites. Good, solid, lines of lace left behind.
Smell is weak, almost non-existent. Label claims "spicy notes of Rye" & "complex Belgian yeast". Hope some shows up soon, iced tea has more nose.
The taste is significantly better. Notes of rye, grass, a general spice, some restrained hops, bubblegum. No yeast notes, though. Balance is solid.
Tangy, tingly carbonation up front, medium body revealed afterwards. A faint warming follows. Not exactly a blonde in look or flavor but a good tasting brew (with a few issues to work out) nonetheless.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass

A - Very fast disappearing head. A thin small ring lingers. Nice color though with a steady carbonation.

S - Nice nose. A bit malty for the style. A range of esters balance it. Nearly no hop notes.

T - Very mild on the esters. Rather malty but balanced by the hops.

M - Very smooth and really approachable. Pleasant afternoon brew.

O - While not a top candidate for the style it is a very approachable and very pleasant easy afternoon brew. I would buy again but not going to seek it out.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 6/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a mild Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is much the same with light fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a slightly above average beer that is drinkable but not a very good take on the style in my opinion.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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Black Diamond Free Style Belgian Blonde Ale from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.