Cazeau Tournay Blonde
Brasserie De Cazeau

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #351
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,648
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 10.47%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
53
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Year-round
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Easter Sunday 27th April, 2005 was a hard morning to face after some late night/early hours drinking in Ostend. Thankfully though the thought of a tour around the new Brasserie de Cazeau was something to spike the senses and fortify my ailing old body.

After a very interesting tour around the new Brewery in a rather old countryside location which housed the original family Brewery, we headed up into the loft area of what was one of the farm like buildings surrounding a quadrangle w- we emerged in a Sampling & Tasting Roof come which included a small bar and a few tables a chairs. It even housed, in the rafters, the sectional coolship from the original Brewery.

From here we were served the Tournay Blond from 750ml green grass bottles by the Brewer, into Tournay Goblet like Glasses. Labeled at 7.2%, this is the first of many new beers promised from Brasserie de Cazeau….one a year is planned in fact.

Appearance: A little darker than I expected, in the Brewery serving room it had a simple amber character, but held to the light near the one window it exhibited an orange hue with some reddish-amber tints. A little turbid the cloudy nature reminded me of a chill haze in a Cask Ale, maybe off-putting to some but not really detracting. A lovely creamy light tan colored head formed easily from the pour. Audibly violent as the head rescinded, but after it settled it never collapsed to anything less than a depth of no less than ¾”.

Nose: TONS, or is that Tonnes? of fruity odors…oh my word, the aromas are of, and my list states; mango, pineapple, lemon, lime & orange, apple cores, mashed banana and freshly toiled earth with a herbal yeast spicy finish. The brewer made a point to inform us that NO spices are added, so this is quite the nose for a brew with only the usual four natural ingredients.

Taste: Rustic charm throughout, more yeast in the flavors with a spicy malt feel that hinted at aniseed at times in the finish. Very dry, with some lingering bitterness but it had a Belgium Candy Sugar feel to it at the start. The aromas don’t quite come through in thy tastes, at least not in the bottles we had. They are there though I suspect, lurking in the background, mischievously biding their time. Could be one to age for 12 months I think before it develops its best profile.

Mouthfeel: The dryness scorches the tongue at times, yet the early sweetness builds feel into the body. Finishes bitter and very, very dry though. Throughout all of this the soft but lively conditioning persists and lends a nice Belgium Ale feel to the drink.

Drinkability: I managed several of these; the complimentary glass was soon devoured, as was several others that I paid for. Bloody tasty stuff indeed, and easily partaken.

Overall: It drinks oh so easily, feels good on the palate and the appearance is good, yet the tastes are still developing I felt. But by far the best part of this brew is the nose….oh that was good!!! Don’t confuse this with other rather average bland tasting Blondes/Blonds so often seen in new Belgium Brewpubs though, that moniker can be rather confusing and I think may prove detrimental in the long run.

Nevertheless, the name is a minor quibble, this is a solid brew that I am sure will develop with time, as I indeed hope the Brewery will. I wish Laurent Agache and Quentin Mariage all the best with their third generation Brewing venture.

May 11, 2005
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a clear pale golden color with some slight straw yellow hints. There is a large fluffy 2 inch head that is pure white in color and has great retention with some nice dense bubbles and some sticky lacing.

S - Yeast notes and some fruit juice notes as well. Apples and pear come to mind. There are some spice notes as well including pepper and coriander. Clean malty grain aroma is present as well as some slight white wine notes.

T & M - Flavors of apple and pear juice as the nose indicates with a nice yeast flavor. Some slight sweet notes of clove and some nice spice as well. Coriander is quite present and some slight peppery notes are present as well. The flavors are quite clean and crisp. There is some nice champagne and white wine notes with great fluffy and crisp carbonation.

D - Great Tripel that is enjoyable and easy to drink. The ABV is not too intense either.

Jan 30, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent beer, nothing special in Belgian terms, but overall not bad at all. Poured with a fantastic foamy frothy sudsy white head and lots of clumpy lace. Clear yellow gold color. Aroma is mild malt, hop, grain, and yeast. Flavor's like aroma and fairly mild. Palate is interesting crisp carbonation and soft body. Finish is like flavor with a little alcohol showing up at the end. Easy drinking beer.

Feb 23, 2010
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 11-2006. Good presance with foggy orangebrown beer and a great and lasting head. Nose is good malts that give it a dry note but even more candy that's sweet with caramel. Taste is that of a good fermented beer that saw too much candy. Wheaty carracter comes out more now as in the nose and aftertaste is good and bitter. Mouthfeel is qiet fine having good( quiet high) carbonisation and taste that's not showing anything overdone. Drinkability is ok but could have something more as fine candy and bitterness.

Oct 06, 2005
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Poured a cloudy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of flowers, yeast, and fruity (apples and pears). Tastes of the same floral, yeasty and fruity but with light spices in there too. Lightly sweet finish.

Notes from: 6/19/05

Jan 18, 2009
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jrob21 from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oct 21, 2015
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roblowther from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One of the best looking labels I've seen in a long time. Don't know if that counts as appearance but I'm going to go with that theory. Cloudy golden color with a thin soapy head. Smells of apricots and floral hops, with a definite rose note. My mouth is watering now. Tastes sweet, mildly malty, fruity. Not complicated but just simply great. Mouthfeel is buttery and soft, with mild carbonation. Could be a tad more bubbly. The drinkability is outta the park. Very smooth, very balanced, very, very drinkable. This is an all-around very good beer with some outstanding characteristics. I need no help with this bottle, 750 or no.

Apr 25, 2009
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Gmann from New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yet cloudy golden straw color. Perhaps a couple of shades more brown than straw. Beautiful pillowy pure white head that left some nice lacing. The aroma is of musty pale malt, white grapes, candi sugar and juicy fruit. The taste is of juicy fruit, hay, flowery, some pineapple/tropical fruit, and a dash of grassy hops. Nice flavors, nothing crazy complex, perhaps more of a BSPA. The feel is light to moderate with plenty of prickly carbonation. Sweet throughout but there is an offsetting bitterness the peaks out towards the end. Very drinkable brew, sweet but not cloying; quite refreshing.

Apr 05, 2009
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle picked up at Whole Foods , Bowery NYC.

Appearance is a nice honey with a one finger head. 15 minutes later, there is still quite a bit of lace. Smell is very faint in general, some white grape, yeast, biscuit. Tournay`s taste is a bit sweet with fruits present and some bitterness. MF is leaning towards soft with less carbonation than I expected. It actually takes some characteristics from a farmhouse ale. An interesting beer from what I presume is a relatively small production brewer.

Apr 02, 2011
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augustgarage from California

3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL capped bottle into my Bruery tulip. Best before 4/2011 (hmm...). This batch is 7% ABV.

Hazy yet effulgent gamboge liquid capped by a thick growing head of merengue-like ivory. Massive lacing, good retention.

Big floral notes in the nose along with hints of cotton candy and gentle hops.

Yeast dominates the flavor profile with a mix of melon-like esters and spicy phenols. Honey-like mid-palate, though the finish is rather dry with a slowly evolving aftertaste with contributions from malt, hops, and the alcohol. Moderately bitter, grassy, and peppery.

Effervescent, pillowy, medium-bodied, and soft.

Low on alcohol and a bit cloudy for the style, this is still big on flavor and balance.

Sep 04, 2011
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to goblet. Had a dull orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of malt, yeast, fruit, and esters.

T: Tasted of yeast, fruit (apples, a little citrus), malt, some fruity esters and sugar. Not what you'd call a groundbreaking flavor, but definitely pleasant.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, a solid, drinkable beer.

Nov 10, 2010
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, several months past best by date but none the worse for it as far as I can tell. Label says 7% ABV.
This Tournay pours a slightly hazy (it's bottle-conditioned) amber body with an over sized creamy off-white head. The head holds up exceptionally well and leaves remarkable walls of creamy lace on the glass.

The nose is a gentle mix of bready malts and largely citrus fruit. Hints of grassy, herbal and floral hops. Unusual.

The flavor is mildly sweet, with some tartness and bitterness. There's more hop flavor than the nose suggests, at least by the finish. Floral, grassy and spicy notes linger with the biscuity malt in lingering aftertaste.

M: Nicely smooth, with a dry, light finish. Satisfying near-medium body.

O: Adequately complex with a fruity and floral heart. With a fine mouthfeel and great look, it is also easy to drink given the 7% ABV. More like a Belgian PA than a tripel. Certainly worth trying.

Mar 15, 2013
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle. Pours a cloudy light golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, sweet fruits (apple, pear, melon), corn malt, and a touch of skunk. Flavor is spices upfront, with a sweet, fruity, malty finish. Light and crisp, quite pleasant. Very nice!

Jun 09, 2009
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Blanco from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Feb 19, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy light golden amber. Massive fine white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light fruit and yeast similar to a saison. Unusual dry flavor of light fruit with the coriander and bitter spices forward. Flavor also leans towards saison/farmhouse yeasts. Long finish of bitter hops and spices. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. This was very different (and drier) than any tripel or Belgian blond I've ever had, but was quite good. A very interesting and enjoyable take on a tripel. I will buy again.

Sep 18, 2012
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Aug 12, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Call me a gentleman today... *ahem* This stuff pours a cloudy golden-straw topped by a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, light grass, light flowers, and light white bread. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything is stronger in its own right, especially the flowers, and there's a vague sense of citrus rind pervading the proceedings. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, if this is truly a tripel, it's a pretty sad example of the style. If it's just a Belgian pale ale (this is my perception going in), it's a bit better, but it's still a fairly boring beer. I get that it's meant to be a "pure" brew, one completely without extraneous spicing and whatnot, but it winds up being a bland little experience.

Feb 12, 2013
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Janeinma from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 14, 2013
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seedyone from New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

01/30/14 From bottle at Rattle n HUm, NYC. Extremely smooth. The balance seems to be a battle between sweet/bitter/sour in equal proportions. Really good. Better as it warms. Beware the deceptive 7% ABV.

Sep 11, 2014
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JohnK17 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Dec 11, 2012
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ThaCreep from Belgium

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy yellowish color that is slightly reminiscent of a traditional Witbier. The mouth is also in this sense, that is to say, it reminds spices and slightly bitter citrus. But the side belgian pale ale is also provided by the hops which plays a discreet but effective. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste but still persistent on the palate and a nice way long enough. A good beer but a little hybrid quality significant for fans of the two particular styles.

Apr 19, 2011
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remitrom from Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.4%

Aug 07, 2013
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brandonld23 from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 20, 2015
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wedgie9 from Tennessee

3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted from 11.2oz bottle. Pours cloudy yellow with a thick but quickly receding white head. Nose of belgian hops, light spices, and some wheat. Flavor is slightly sweet with light hops and wheat notes. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a medium length bitter finish.

Jul 27, 2010
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mattfancett from England

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Aug 26, 2014
Cazeau Tournay Blonde from Brasserie De Cazeau
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 53 ratings