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Struise Kloeke Blonde | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:11, IBU:24, OG:1055, FG:1009, ABV:6%
Hops: Challenger, Hallaertau MF

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old-gold, clear color that formed a pinkie of big-bubbled white head, then settled down, with little carbonation in the glass. Little aroma, with a whiff of bakery and herbal hops turned way down. Once in the mouth, the hops turns up nicely as complex, bitter but also herbal backbone, with some toast, banana, and an apple or apple skin note in the flavor. Clean feeling down the line, quaffable, session-able.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Photekut
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Read some of the other reviews so I knew to open slowly due to the carbonation. Big two finger head with good retention and lacing. Very pleasant and complex nose with a bit of earthiness as well. Immediately floral and herbal with hints of lemon, grass, caramel, bread dough, and grain with just a touch of cumin and cracked pepper. The taste follows suit and is just as complex. Earthy and grassy with fresh picked hops leaving a nice spicy, bitter bite. Nicely balanced with a fruity, caramel malt sweetness with hints of lemon, apples and a bit of black pepper. As it warms, clove and banana also emerge. Bold, fresh, and tangy mouthfeel with a nice dry, crisp finish. I'm not a big Belgian blonde fan, but this was nothing short of amazing. It definitely stands out among other blondes I've tasted and is really in a class of its own. Another awesome beer from De Struise!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright yellow tinted amber. Lots of cloudiness and haze were apparent throughout the glass and only proceeded to thicken up as the bottle got closer to the bottom, really bringing some of the yeast forward on this one..

rich, vibrant, light and fruity smell that I could not nearly contain the joy after the first whiff hit my nose. Huge bouquet of light fruity yeast with hints of apples and pears, peaches all coming together and being surrounded by light grains and fresh grass. The topped was a very nice hop profile, bright floral citrus hops, not too pungent, but rather just accenting enough to really bring out everything and meld it together in an aromatic representation of rolling around in a fresh meadow. Just absolutely wonderful.big wave of fruit flavors just rolling over you bringing mostly hints of apples, pineapple and pear. This evolved and started to incorporate some almost lemon like flavors with hints of grass and grain, but still staying very light and bright in the profile. As it finished up it rolled off with a very long lasting finish. Very nice and dry and bitter you could really taste the hops

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Photo of czfreeman
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Normally called Kloeke Blond, however marketed here...
Beer specially brewed for the Cadzand bach area and De Honte Biershop-a speciality distributor of Struise in the area.
Opening the bottle, a rush of carbonation wastes several sips of my beverage.
Appearance-Pours out highly carbonated, champagne-like carbonation. Slightly murky medium-orange/yellow body. Foamy, medium thick head is nice, active. Great looking.
Smells of clove, spiced bread, lemon, citrus, sharp Hallertau,sweet malt, sour grains akin to sourdough, sweetgrass, hay, wildflowers, spice, really complex and beautiful, light spicy, wild, and complex.
Taste is really complex and good.
Spicy, pepper, clove, nutmeg, hay, wild herbs, grass, spiced floral, sweet malt, pear, light bit of woodiness on the finish. More and more "funk" comes through as the beer warms. Sour fruit and grain becomes more dominant.
Light in body, yet spicy, exciting, and tastes much stronger than 6% ABV.
De Struise beers are an honor to experience and drink. Every loving, meticulous beer is enormously complex and balanced.
Cheers to another great brew, and possibly the best BPA I've had

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Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear yellow pour with a nice and creamy white head. Retention is phenomenal, lacing is as well.

S: Pretty sweet smell. Lots of clove and bananas, along with slight Belgian yeasts. A bit earthy.

T: The flavor is pretty well balanced, I was expecting this to be really sweet from the smell. Full of wheat, citrus, and spices.

MF: Crisp, light, and refreshing.

D: Could pound these all day. Perfect beer for the warming air.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl, best before June 2013.

Pours a glowing, cloudy orange with a large-bubbled head. Retention and lacing are average.

The aroma is very complex. I get notes of overripe fruit and other yeasty esters, a sweet, flowery perfume and also some earthy citrus.

The flavor is nice and balanced. Wheaty sweetness is countered by a sturdy, piney bitterness that lingers on the palate. Slightly spicy, but overall very clean. Notes of orange rind and other citrusy fruits. Pretty dry. The mouthfeel is not as carbonated as it could have been, but that wonderfully smooth Struise finish is still present.

Overall a nice and very drinkable Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of dciBA
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden hazy yellow with a slight orange tinge into my tulip. About 1 finger worth of white head forms with half of that lingering for a while. Decent amount of lacing as it goes down.

Smell is mostly bready yeast with a nice undertone of lemon/citrus. Taste has a good amount of that citrus coming through. The yeast in the nose isn't quite as prominent on the tongue. Finishes with a pleasant hop spiciness.

A real easy drinking beer with a real smooth mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation. It's a dry beer with just enough sweetness lingering on your palate to leave you wanting more after each sip. Very nice blonde from De Struise.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle from the Struise Yeast Shop. A 06 2013 indicated in the label. Pours a dull burnt orange with a quarter inch, loose bright white head. Nose reveals a light fruit character, Belgian yeast and candi sugar; completely on par with the style. Taste follows nose - there's a pleasant grapefruity citrus quality as well as a suggestion of tropical fruit. Fruity esters combine nicely with the yeast strain. There's a sour mash character in the mix and a light hops presence to even things out. Mouthfeel is light in body with an easy carbonation and a semi-dry finish. I found this beer to be extremely flavorful and drinkable. In general, I tend to find Belgian Pale Ales to be a little lackluster; however, Kloeke Blonde was a pleasant surprise. Definitely worth picking up a few bottles if you place a Yeast Shop order. Wish it was more readily available in the States because it's delicious.

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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was one of my top 5 gushers, and I lost at least a third before I got what I could into the glass.How do I rate this for value? Lots of foam, therefore. Fragrant yeasty aromas. The bottle was a few weeks past die, but was not worse for storage. Very dry mouthfeel though foamy owing to he above. a little citrus, mostly herbal like Roebus. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, hazy brownish gold with a large foamy white head. Decent retention with a thin lacing left and a larger sticky lacing around the edge of the glass.

S - Very well spiced, earthy, and citrus aroma on top of a grainy and malty base. Some lemongrass and wheat aroma in the background.

T - Some grain and bread like malt with some wheaty taste to start. Then the spices come out pretty strong with it being pretty peppery. Mid sip some earthiness comes out along with a bit of lemon rind and lemongrass. Belgian yeast is present. Some grassy hops comes out toward the end.

M - Medium body with healthy carbonation. Fairly smooth with a drying finish.

D - A very drinkable beer with a good amount of spiced flavor to keep it interesting. Easy to drink and would gladly have another, makes a great summertime beer.

Notes: Best before 05/10. Enjoyable Blonde Ale that makes a great summertime/warm weather beer. Good balance of spice and pale malt. The beer didn't blow me away, and it wasn't the most memorable beer to drink, but it was solid and enjoyable. Worth trying if you want a Pale/Blonde Ale.

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Photo of Brabander
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer last thursday as i visited the guys from the Struise brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium. I met Carlo there, great guy with a passion for beer.

Be very carefull with opening the bottle, there is a lot of pressure on this one. After a few minutes i succeeded. Poured in glass like the Struise have the head is enourmous, very white and bubbly. Very nice carbonation.

Good smell with a few herbs on the background. I smell something like citrus or orange.

Good taste with a dry mouthfeel. This is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty yellow color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma consists of nice lightly sweet cereal with nice floral undertones. Taste is also a nice mix between some fresh cereal with lightly sweet notes and a floral finish with light hops discernable. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done for the style with a great drinkability factor.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 11oz bottle into my Orval glass.

This beer is super carbonated pouring a hazy medium honey gold. A four finger wheat head gushes out, lasting several minutes and with good retention. The head is very creamy and puffy.

The aroma is strong and complex. The first thing that hites you is some nice spiceness, with some sweet honey, and a nice yeasty finish.

The taste is pretty good, its starts off pretty yeasty with some floral notes then has a nice bitter finish.

The feel is very carbonated but a little light.

Drinkability is ok.

Overall, this is pretty good. I actually prefer this over a Duvel, which I think compares nicely to.

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Photo of thepeter
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GUSHER! but poured a hazy and pretty blond with a fairly thin head that stuck around. Smelled rustic, some bitter, grassy, citrus and spice notes. Dry and well hopped for a "blond" but I like it. When it comes to the mouth-feel and Drinkability this beer took off for me. So smooth and easy, would be great on a nice sunny day.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy blond with huge carbonation. Aroma is delicious: deep earthy, barnyard, with lambic fruitiness like lemon and sour apple. Flavor is dry, some lambic funk without the tartness, and a tad thin; a bit of a letdown after the huge aroma.

Definitely not a typical blonde but I was very impressed with the interpretation by this great brewery.

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Photo of adamette
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the same 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at De Bier Tempel in Brugge, Belgium on or about 6 9 09 for 2.50 Euros. I took it with me all over Italy, finally returning at the end of June. I am enjoying it tonight in anticipation of my 600th BA review, likely a Pannepot.

A 6 inch gushing white head overwhelms my Samuel Smith pint glass. Body is a cloudy, opaque yellow brown body with sediment visibly floating about the glass. I was fooled a bit by the first few pours which presented (under a huge head) as a translucent yellow basic looking body. It was not until the head subsided (several mintues) and I was able to pour the bottom ½ of the glass that the thicker, chunkier aspects of this beer were apparent. Finally, nice lacing on the glass and this beer's look cannot be improved. 5.0

S "blonde" malt and belgian yeast. Smells interesting. 4.0

T What hits me first is a nice "blonde" malt followed quickly by some belgian yeast, this tastes like a nice, mature blonde with good depth and interest level. 4.5

M Nice smoothness to this beer as the huge head likely contributes to that. It really reminds me of the feel of a Westvleteren Blonde in its feel. 4.0

T Very good and if it was any easier to get this beer I could test that theory. 4.0

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a local liquor shop. The beer gushed out when the bottle was opened and was poured into a Mort Subite glass. The beer pours a dark yellow colour with a one finger thick bright-white head that diminished very fast to a thin layer of lacing.

Smell: very light and weak. There were hints of wheat, bitter malts, some spices, grass and orange peel.

Taste: Dry malts, spicy, citrus elements and a short, bitter hoppy aftertaste. Very dry finish. There is a faint hint of pure ethanol present, that I didn't like too much.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. The beer is thin, light, dry and fresh. Easy to drink

Overall: Nice balanced beer, but by far the worst brew from Struise I had until now. But I have to be honest, this type of beers were never my favourite!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at Cambrinus restaurant in Brugge - served in a De Struise tulip glass.

A - Huge true blonde foam with tons of lace and excellent retention. Hazed apricot blonde color. This is what a Belgian pale should look like.

S - Spicy noble hops, sharp Hallertau most prominently, that are verging on a slight metallic twang. There's also some slight peat character which was unusual but kind of nice. As it warmed a little more of the sweet malt character came out.

T - Pretty typical Belgian blonde, lots of sweet malt, a bit of spicy and peppery noble hops, yeast, a bit of floral grassy sort of flavor, and some slightly atypical mossiness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, soft dry finish, with slight residual bitterness.

D - This is a pretty good patio beer - no trace of the 6%, dry, clean finish. My only knock is the slight metallic twang to it that I don't really like.

Not my favorite Struise offering, but still pretty good.

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