Arbor Brasserie Blonde Belgian | Arbor Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arborbrewing.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by oberon on 09-09-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Sammy
3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ashley's. hazy grapefruit colour with some white head and some white lace. Yeasty funky, fruity in taste. Sourish wheat yet malted down, corriander, some citrus peels. So its what it advertised, just not well integrated. Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of SushiSamurai
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Not much of a head, but a nice deep orange wheat color with very little gradiation.

S - Very subtle, but invokes a slight floral/apple orchard scent that reminds me of summer as a kid.

T - If you want a tart, cideresque beer without any bizarre flavor additives, this beer hits the spot. Far from a traditional Belgian, this beer is a good replacement for cider in the fall, or a refreshing change-up for a summer day.

M - Nothing special here, especially due to the lack of head. However, not overcarbonated.

D - Listen, I am an imperial stout man. But, I appreciate any beer that captures a certain mood, a certain kind of occasion. After a long walk on a hot summer day, or a really intense workout, this beer will give you a wonderful drinking experience that refreshes like an IPA or a Pale Ale. Because the tartness dominates, and the sweetness is subtle, this beer can be drank by the pint, and quickly, without giving you a bad aftertaste.

Judged for what it is, the simple notes of this beer are well balanced.

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Photo of OldeEnglishD
1.6/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A: Very little head which lasted next to no time. Very pale coloring, almost as light as Michelob Ultra.

S: Not much smell, just a hint of citrus and pine.

T: What taste, it was like water.

M: Next to no presence in the mouth. Even my wife, who is a lite beer fan, commented that there was nothing to this beer (not a compliment).

D: They go down quick, as there is no substance to them. I wouldn't recommend drinking a lot of them as they are not worth the price you pay for them. Really, you could get a better beer for half the price.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--golden body, cloudy, whisp of a white head

S--toffee, caramel smell

T--very sweet and fizzy, the bite here isn't hop like its more apple like acid

M--fizzy and light

D--overall nothing to shout about but a decent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Mostly clear copper with a big rocky head and a lively bubbling. Head drops quickly.

S - Typical Belgian nose with some musty/chalky tones.

T - Very tart up front with some grassy hops and a hint of apricot.

M - Sharp carbonation and a light-ish body.

D - Drinkable, but not overly flavourful. Quite refreshing - clean and spritzy, but too tart IMO.

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Photo of tempest
2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at the brewpub, served in an imperial pint glass.

Appears an amber-red, not so blond, with a short off-white head that quickly disappears. The flavor is a bit odd, this beer is very fruity, but tasted like Fruit Loops with a bit of clove. The mouthfeel is flat and dry. Frankly this beer isn't much fun to drink. Move along.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was pretty disappointed in this one, as it wasn't anything like bottle promised. I was hoping for a crisp, fizzy, slightly fruity brew I could enjoy around the barbecue. Not quite what I got.

A - Murky orangish brown, with lots of stuff floating around.

S - Smelled like old fruit. My first sign that this wasn't what I was expecting.

T - Thankfully much better than the smell. Mashed fruits and caramel. Strawberry comes to mind.

F - Thick and syrupy, the opposite of what I expected. It just felt flat, leaving a heavy aftertaste.

D - Now that I know what I'm getting, it's not too bad, but I'll only have one at a time, then it's on to something else.

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Photo of jeremyd365
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium yellow in color with a medium head which dispersed quickly.

Smelled nothing out of the ordinary.

Its taste followed the smell and was a pretty ordinary blonde.

This beer was average all around. It was quite drinkable, but taste-wise it doesn't quite take you to flavor-country.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.04/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Originally reviewed August 17 2007. On tap at the brewpub. Aroma a skanky clouded spice mangle, with frothy soap and tangy barn. It doesn’t really have a sense of infection, just bad ingredients, bad spicing and bad brewing. Pours a deep amber (blond?) with no carb and no head. Flavor is a scary acidic body, with flagrant cold cool weird malt. Heavily goaty, barnyardy, and curdled spice. Why am I rating this so high? It can’t possibly even be in the style realm. So maybe it is infected. Whatever it’s terrible as it carries a reeking aftertaste of clammy fire and old dill spice. Unique in many horrible ways.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brasserie Blonde Belgian isn't blonde, nor is it pale. I managed to get the entire bottle into the glass in one smooth pour. The final ounce added a huge brown cloud of yeasty sediment to what was already a dark orange beer. The toasted tan cap, not bad looking at all, hasn't visibly deflated in the past several minutes and is leaving no lace.

The nose is certainly nothing to write home about. This ABC ale doesn't smell like a blonde, a Belgian pale or a witbier. Witbier, you say? What else is one to think when the brewers have added orange peel and coriander? It's indistinctly caramel malty and somewhat fruity. That's it.

This is an odd sort of beer that tastes (marginally) better than it smells. Having said that, I'm still not tempted to break out the stationery. With repeated sniffs, the aroma isn't so much caramel-like as it is buttery; almost butterscotchy.

Tangy orange peel is definitely present, as is a subtle spiciness that I probably wouldn't have identified as coriander. On second thought <reviewer glugs another few ounces> the beer is pretty classically coriander-like. No hop flavor is present and almost no bitterness. That isn't the least bit surprising once one learns that all of 7 IBUs are in the house.

The mouthfeel is almost certainly the reason that BBB is a less than outstanding experience. It's incredibly light and ventures into watery on the swallow. The worst thing, however, is a hideous lack of carbonation. Shame on the brewers for calling this a 'sparking ale' when it isn't even appropriately bubbled, much less effervescent.

Brasserie Belgian Blonde is the worst Arbor Brewing Company beer that I've had so far. Tighter quality control (with regard to carbonation) would go a long way toward making this offering worth a repeat purchase. As is, not a chance. What do blondes and beer bottles have in common? They're both empty from the neck up.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass a deep burnt orange with a well defined 1/2 finger head,aromas a bit medicinal and leafy with some tropical fruit mixed in as well.Flavors are slightly spicey and phenolic with some citrus tones some herbal hop in the finish.Pretty basic Belgian table beer somewhat like the Brooklyn Antwerpan ale,not bad pretty basic.

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