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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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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stephendr on 03-23-2007)
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Reviews by puboflyons:
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a notch on label at July 2012. Sampled on September 22, 2012.

It pours clean with a golden-copper tone and a small, short lived off-white head.

On the nose there are characteristics of grainy malts, yeast, a slightest of spice, and the slightest of hops.

The light body is slightly astringent.

The taste is better than the aroma and does bring out some of the traditional characteristics of a Belgian Blonde with barley malts, grains, yeast, some spice, and a short-lingering clean hop finish. I found it to be drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 18:57:24 | More by puboflyons
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mrcraft

California

3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-23-2014 03:27:18 | More by mrcraft
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +14.3%

06-14-2014 02:43:21 | More by wrightst
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-12-2014 01:41:44 | More by sd123
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raydas

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

05-14-2014 23:55:47 | More by raydas
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hayesjw

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

11-26-2013 16:28:46 | More by hayesjw
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -14.3%

09-02-2013 17:32:34 | More by JAHMUR
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

09-01-2013 17:56:44 | More by DeFaz
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev 0%

08-28-2013 23:03:42 | More by GraduatedCashew
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swimnadd

California

3.5/5  rDev 0%

08-25-2013 05:35:18 | More by swimnadd
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DSkilling

California

3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-30-2013 23:21:01 | More by DSkilling
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

05-22-2013 21:14:48 | More by MarvinSnyder
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h4ger

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

03-24-2013 01:39:45 | More by h4ger
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raythealeman

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-08-2013 01:04:53 | More by raythealeman
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-27-2013 19:10:35 | More by sixerofelixir
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soccerman7

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:44:40 | More by soccerman7
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Hopmeplease

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

02-22-2013 02:50:29 | More by Hopmeplease
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 05:47:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-27-2013 01:58:09 | More by AngusOg
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tastymug

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light copper color with just a smidge of white foam. Belgian yeast nose. taste is a fruity flavorful malt, with a dry finish. Subtle rye flavor deep down. Mild grtiness tat supports the mouthfeel. Nice peppy ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 13:12:49 | More by KTCamm
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alejandro

Maryland

3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-04-2012 03:26:03 | More by alejandro
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -14.3%

10-21-2012 20:53:24 | More by ChrisL24481
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Brad007

Vermont

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. I didn't realize it was a BPA as I thought they were going for a blonde.

Spicy notes from the yeast combine with the force of a light, buttery malt background to form the basis of this ale.

The taste reflects it as well. Middle of the road, which I do appreciate after drinking many over hopped examples of this style.

It's a double-edged sword too as the result is a watered-down example that tastes more like an APA due to the malt. Might be carbonation?

Not a bad choice but best to go authentic if you want to truly "get" the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 23:17:25 | More by Brad007
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GuyIncognito

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

09-22-2012 15:15:37 | More by GuyIncognito
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Black Diamond Free Style Belgian Blonde Ale from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.