Celestial Blonde Ale | Old Forge Brewing Company

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Celestial Blonde AleCelestial Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Old Forge Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 06-25-2009

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 54
Photo of chuckakhan
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure why I'm exploring as many lighter beers as I am lately (perhaps it's because of my time spent in Montreal hunched over pitchers of Boreale blonde), but I generally enjoyed this beer overall though this Belgian style ale did go down a bit sweet for me (as Belgians do). This beer looks golden. Overall, a drinkable and refreshing blonde. When it comes to blondes, I wouldn't mind checking out more that are less sweet and a bit hoppier.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small, straight, narrow glass: color is effervescent gold; head is essentially nonexistent.

Smell is pleasant belgian yeast quality: nice off flavors of banana, apple and phenols; some light breadiness and no hop qualities noted.

Taste is also pleasant, fairly neutral belgian yeast qualities, a different taste than I expected based on the name, but happy with this take on a belgian pale ale/blonde style.

Mouthfeel is very good and typical of the style, a nice lingering sweetness that is dried out by the yeast fermentation.

Overall, a good belgian style ale and will look for it again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Even at this point in the game, I am still leery when it's a Belgian ale. No offense to anyone out there. This carries that bready and yeasty character that I find is prevalent in a lot of American-produced Belgian ales. However, with this beer, it seems to work pretty well. It's consistent and the sweet edge works well in things. I can dig it. I'd tone it down and smooth it out, if it were up to me. But it ain't too shabby as it is.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

crystal clear bright golden hue with a finger of sticky crystalic white head. Wonderful fruity and yeasty aromas on the nose. Banana and clove, apple and pear skins, hay. Very rustic and farm like.

Smooth creamy carbonation. Flavor isn't as intense as the nose but a very good beer. Sweet breads up front followed by dried apricots and pears. Tart apple flavor somewhere along the mid palate with a funky saison like expierence mixed in. Finishes dry with mild alcohol presence. A really awesome belgian style ale in a can. Wish I had this available to me at all times, would make a great summer sipper.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to go ahead and say that this beer poured a very clear golden straw color with a pure white head that quickly dissipated to a nice ring and very little on top and nice delicate lacing that seems to last through the beer.

I got an aroma profile like a belgian beer with a slight banana like yeast mixed with sweet malts and maybe a little biscuit type nose. You might be able to pick out pears or mild apple if you are looking for it. Pears maybe. Apple, I don't find them. Overall it's sweet. Nothing in the way of hops.

The beer tastes just like the aroma. The sip starts off carbonated and malty and then mid way through it really smooths out making room for sweet malt, banana and pear to be followed by a little bit of a grassy texture maybe? Someone described it as astringent. I don't know if I would go that far, but it borders there with mild hop. There is a definite hop character, but it takes a while to come out and I am guessing that it does it's fair share of balancing this beer as the finish is slightly dry and bitter.

I think the mouthfeel is working its way towards creamy, sweet and medium. Well balanced. The carbonation is slightly higher than mid-range giving it a very mellow champagne likeness. It finishes mildly dry and is really well balanced.

Overall, I think this beer fits the description of American Ale except that it may be a little bit sweeter than the average.

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Photo of gestyr
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving from a 16oz can

A: Pours a pale amber ( my wyfe described it as the color of ginger ale) with a thick foamy white head that lasts and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Fruity and bready.

T: fruits that are too subtle to identify. Malty/bready. Very balanced. No aftertaste of hops or alcohol. Very clean.

M: On the light side of medium bodied. No carbonation sting.

Overall: I will buy this again. Next time I want to try it on tap. A good refreshing beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a crystal clear amber color with a huge three finger white head that has fantastic retention. The thick head fades quite slowly giving way to a decent level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is yeasty and fruity. The fruit aromas are of banana, some pear, apple and some tangerine. Mixed with these aromas are some notes of a more biscuit and some coriander and clove aromas. Overall it’s pretty nice Belgian style smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins mostly of a biscuit and bready flavor with some light flavors of an apple and orange sweetness. As the taste advances some of the yeast flavors mixed with some banana flavors come to the tongue. At this time, the spice flavors of coriander and clove enter the flavor. They start out lighter, but grow stronger as the flavor moves on to the end. Close to the end of the taste, appear some flavors of grass and herbs. These flavors are somewhat bitter and astringent, not blending well with the more initial flavors, leaving an odd somewhat unpleasant aftertaste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light to medium in its creaminess with a carbonation level that is just above average. Both give the beer a very crisp feel which is quite nice for the style and the fruit and yeast flavors in the taste.

Overall – Other than the aftertaste left on the tongue, it is a quite nice brew. Unfortunately those bitter and astringent flavors really take away from the overall profile of the beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smells malty, slightly sweet. Taste is refreshing, some spice, malts, a touch of sweetness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would be a fine beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a bright hazy yellow color with a foamy white head on top that left a decent retention on top. The smell of the beer was soft with a grainy aroma, not much in the way of hops on the nose. The taste of the beer was soft, similar to a wheat beer a little bit. Mostly full of earthy flavors and soft grains, little bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth also, low carbonation and easy to drink. Overall it was a decent brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You've probably heard the one about the guy who walks into a bar. No? He says, "Ouch!" Bro. Woody went to Ardmore last Saturday to see what he could see and walked into a bottle shop. He said, "Yay! Look at all of these new CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!" It is called The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore Plaza and for those that do not live in PA, you have no idea what a rare bird it is to find a quality bottle shop, especially one that provided me with no less than five (5) new CANned beers on my first visit. This is one of those beers.

Not only am I going from a Schwartzer to a Blonde, but I got them both in the CAN, plus I am the first to get the Blonde in the CAN! It is a joyous day in my household.

From the CAN: "Forging Better Beer"; "Celestial Blonde Ale is a medium-bodied, Belgian inspired ale, with great complexity and a heavenly finish."; "We strive to honor personal craftsmanship. Our handcrafted beer is made in small batches to ensure quality and peak freshness. Brewed and CANned by Old Forge Brewing Company, Danville, PA."

Whoa! The Crack revealed a light-fill, perhaps to the bottom of the top blue stripe. I will be CANtacting them, especially if it seems off as there may have been a problem on the line. That, or it is my payback for all of the brimful craft CANs that I have enjoyed in the past. Dang you, Karma! Carbonation was decent, allowing me to achieve a finger of soapy, bone-white head that quickly CANverted to wisps. Sofa. Sofa, so good. Color was a bright sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight funk to it. Would they have used Brett in this? Mouthfeel was medium with a peppery bite to it, definitely yeast-driven, but not Brett. I was mistaken on the nose. Remember, I do CANQuest (TM) reviews in real-time, so this is a blow-by-blow description. The CAN was definitely NOT compromised. I know this flavor, but I CANnot dredge it up. Grr. It is very Belgian in its taste. Finish was semi-dry with the black pepper flavor lingering well after the swallow. Saison! I knew that it would come to me. I really must CANtact these guys as this is definitely NOT an ABA. It was easy drinking and worth another shot, but I would be disappointed if I were looking forward to a simple Blonde.

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Photo of stakem
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft offering at Old Forge. The brew appears a crystal clear light yellow color. A frothy white cap sits atop with decent retaining powers. As it fades, a full wall of lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is strong with clove. Some spicy earth elements mix with a bit of grassy hop character. Beside the bold yeasty spice ester, the aromatics on this are quite tame but fitting for the style.

The taste spiced like cloves and yeasty with esters of fruit like banana. A fresh grainy wheat flavor is present that is somewhat tart. It almost has a hint of sour mashing that is somewhat off in character. It isnt necessarily sour but it has some of that diaper charcter and spoiled grain flavor across the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a mild warmth of alcohol noted that is somewhat exaggerated by its spicy quality. It is an interesting take on the style but not something I would want to try again anytime soon.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark yellow gold in color

S- Smell of a stronger ale with much notice of hops and wheat.

T- More bite and citrus from the hops and wheat and malts.

M- A little heavy on the pallet not to dry very bold in flavors.

D- Another Ale for the summer. Stronger in flavor with the hops. Would try again.

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Photo of dborginis
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow.
Smell: Flowery, fruity smell. Sweet, but light.

First taste....darker malt, can that be right? Make sense given the beer's menu description. Nice amount of hops, but still keeps the sweet taste of a belgian.

This batch is listed at 6.3%, very drinkable, put this down really quickly and wanted another.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy light orange with a white head. Aroma of melon and yeast. Flavor of sharp bitter melon rind, yeast, honey, and some spices. Sort of odd tasting though, I'm not sure how to describe it. Not a fan though. Weakest of the Old Forge beers that I tried.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. The ale appears a bright golden yellow color with about two fingers of pillowy bone white foam. Aroma and flavor are of sweet candi sugar, nice amount of caramelized malt, green grape notes, ever so slightly spicy yeast, lightly toasted bread. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation to help cut through the sweetness of the malt. Smooth finish. Tasty stuff, I hope this ends up in Damien's regular rotation.

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Celestial Blonde Ale from Old Forge Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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