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De Dolle Lichtervelds Blond | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Lichtervelds BlondDe Dolle Lichtervelds Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Sammy on 03-20-2005

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful deep almost liquorice smell in the bottle this was poured into a Westmalle goblet where it happended to really ressemble Westmalle Tripel. A fairly deep and thick rocky head with a good dollop of yeast on this nose this had a golden orange hue. Spice on the end tongue and a relatively sptritzy bady. The taste profile could do with some more dimension and inviduality but there is still an awful lot to like here.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle with "LBL 2008<2010" inscription on the cap, into tulip. Pours effervescent, hazy, honeyish orange-brown body topped by abundant airy head with good retention.
I was blown away by strong fruity esters of orange, pear and tropical fruits, intense spicy, peppery phenolics and honeyish sweetness. One could easily detect the aromas from several feet distance. The flavor is fruity (predominantly oranges) and peppery with bitterness that seems to be both hop and phenolics derived. Soft malt basis and faint spicy alcohol round the flavor profile while bitterness and high carbonation lend dry finish with unoffensive bitter aftertaste. Nearly medium bodied and prickly on the palate. De Dolle is undesputable king of Golden Strong Belgian Ale. After drinking Lichtervelds the fact some golden strong belgians, e.g. a Duvel, are so highly rated compared to this one pains me even more.

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Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage inscription on the label poured into a large cervoise. Label also states an abv of 8%. After recently having some carbonation/gushing problems with older offerings from De Dolle, I decided to open this one rather cold and let it warm up in my glass. The cap prise open with a pop and starts to slowly gush (I could see this one being borderline explosive if it was opened any warmer.) As it pours into my glass, it streams a lightly hazy golden color. Inside the glass, it presents nearly 4 finger's worth of slightly off-white head composed of very large bubbles. It slowly recedes down to about a finger and maintains that strength throughout the duration. Bubbles of carbonation stream endlessly through the solution that looks orange in the thicker parts of my glass and more yellow around the edges. A light swirl brings back 2 fingers worth of head that forms a patchy pattern on the glass.

The smell of this brew is strikingly lemon-like. Very fresh and fragrant with more fruited quality that evolves and the beer comes up to temperature. The fruited quality changes from natural lemon essence to more like a mixture of pear and apple skins. There is a light sweetness of grain across the back smelling of caramel to bready grain. Only once this brew gets up beyond ideal temperature does the first signs of that 8% listed abv start to kick in along with a pleasant yeasty spice quality somewhat like clove.

The taste has an initial lemon-like fruity hint just like the aroma lead on. However, it quickly deepens into the more traditional flavoring of pear meets apples. There is a minor herbal note that keeps the fruited quality/sweetness in check that persists into the finish with a lightly oily flavoring that is similar to rinds mixed with grassy quality. The malt inclusion is a bit toasty and really brings this all together. Only once this brew gets up beyond ideal temperature does the first indication of the alcohol start to come out with a warmth down the back of the throat and a yeasty spice of something reminiscent of cloves and a touch of pepper. There is also a bit of sweetness that evolves in the mouth tasting like belgian candy sugar. This brew has a surprising depth of flavor and is really growing on me with every sip.

This is a medium bodied offering with a high level of carbonation. It is a feat to be able to pour more than half of the bottle into your glass in one shot. Regardless, this is a fantastic representation of the style. The 8% abv is integrated perfectly into this brew and overall this is a very well balanced and enjoyable offering. For being 9 years old, this is drinking pretty darn fantastic and there is no sign of age on this offering at all. I would love to get more of this in varying years to see what time has done to this "if anything at all."

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, white pepper and some citrus hop notes. I also get a bit of Belgian yeast, but it is secondary to the other aromas.

The flavor is heavy on the wheat and orange citrus hops. The Belgian yeast is also present, as are some other spices such as white pepper. For a 9 percent ABV beer, the alcohol is very well hidden. Very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Belgium 3 days ago, not an export version as no English. But a bow tie on the bottle. Orange aroma. A large bulk of foam that took a quarter hour to condense into the brew itself. Malty and yeasty base, cookie sugar, creamy. Understated ginger, drop of clove and nutmeg Velverty smooth. Hops noticeable midway and through finish. Medium mouthfeel.
I cannot believe I am adding a De Dolle

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with huge, frothy white head. Aroma is very "belgian" with intense floral notes from the yeast. Taste starts on the sweet side with honey malt, sugar sweetness and yeast esters. Finishes slightly bitter and earthy. Medium body and carbonation, dry aftertaste. I am not really a fan of belgian blondes but this one is quite good.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from Beer Planet with the help of bluebetty and shared with mulder1010 and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip style glass.

Pours a hazy golden colour, with a nice white head of foam that forms big craters as it settles to just above film.

Smells of white grapes, green apples as well as pear. Nice and clean and defined and interesting.

Taste is of the green apples and pear and the white grapes take a back seat. Complex, yet something that i could drink a lot of.

Mouthfeel has the booze hidden well away, easy to drink, something that belies the 8.0% ABV of this bottling.

Overall a Belgian beer that you would keep going back to. Nice, well defined and drinkable as a session ale despite the strength. Very good indeed.

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Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at De Dolle Brouwers, shared by Kris' mom (Kris being the brewmaster).

A - Hazy golden color with a huge white head.

S - De Dolle's typical yeastiness, pale malt, citrus, and spice.

T - Very tasty blond ale, with pale malt, fruity esters, yeast, honey, and some hop bitterness.

M - Palate lively with fairly high carbonation and medium body.

D - Really high. Why must De Dolle make such high-ABV beers that are so drinkable? These would kill me if I drank them more often.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty blonde color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing (like all De Dolle beers for that matter). Aroma consists of light funky yeast ester with light sweet malt, rustic notes and some subtle green floral notes which surprised me considering the age of the bottle. Taste is complex though still easily drinkable with great notes of funky ester, solid malt backbone with light residual sugar notes and quite green hops finish. Body is full with limited filtration with perfect carbonation and no alcohol was perceptible. Very well brewed and another winner from De Dolle that they should considers brewing again.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Sept. 2005 from Beer Circus in Croydon, UK, and hand carried back to California for tasting in January 2006. Cap has "Jul06" printed on it; this must be a "best By" date.

Label contains a lot of words in Flemish that I can guess at, but not really know. I do recognize "Scotch Ale" and "Porter". But this isn't either of those styles- this is a true Belgian. This is not a Strong Dark Ale, it's probably best described as a Strong Pale Ale, although it also has some similarities to some tripels I've had.

Pours a very pretty, slightly hazy golden color with a near-perfect white head that's fed by a decent stream of carbonation. A quarter-inch of head sticks around through the entire session.

Aroma is sweet, very similar to De Dolle's Stille Nacht, with sugary orange candy mixed with zesty citrus (tangerines). Peppermint mixes with cinnimon.

Flavor is much more sharp than the aroma. First hit is alcohol, then its a yeasty bitter with pepper and other spices. Slight organic and woody notes. Oily hops in the finish. A slight undertone of sweetness (remember that from the aroma?) is hidden underneath the main notes- in the end this helps to balance the beer. As the beer warms and the glass empties (doesn't it always happen?), the flavors merge from the original shock and awe into a pretty nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is rich, and the carbonation keeps a creaminess that offsets the peppery spices. The overall spiciness and alcohol bite keep this to a once in a while drinker, and lightens the overall drinkability.

This is probably the only time I will ever get a chance to drink this beer, and it is pretty good; I would love to let it age a while and try it again. I think it would get even more interesting. A real winner!!!

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Photo of desint
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jedwards
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to claaark13 for bringing this back from Belgium!

Poured into my Oerbier glass. Huge rocky head characteristic of Belgian golden ales, with some of the tight structure of other De Dolle beers I've had. Reduces to two or three fingers of pillow-y foam. Beer itself is a slightly hazy reddish gold.

Smell is spicy hops and lemon pith, a bit of yeast. Taste has a big hop presence on the front end, lots of spice and pepper, and a bit of a honey/malty backbone with a long-lasting bitter finish. Doesn't come off as dry as many of the other Belgian golden ales do, but the hop presence prevents it from being sweet. Typical creamy De Dolle carbonation, but the hop presence and a slight boozy quality cut through that.

Really solid beer. I'd say I want them to bring it to the USA, but it would be a sin to let this sit around on shelves.

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Photo of Wanne
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very nice blonde beer. Medium bitterness, with a citrus touch that reminds me more of oranges and less of lemons. It's very smooth to drink, although it has an alcoholpercentage of 9%.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MrHyde1886
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of cuvtcuv
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of silenius
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not a Strong Dark Ale. It is clearly a Strong Pale Ale. Not only by the word "Blond" in the name, but by the golden color it pours.

Massive lacing and thick billowy head with an orange-tinged gold color that is slighly hazed.

Smell is candied citrus rind with a nice hop presence accompanied by some lighter spice notes.

Taste matches the smell, except more of a peppery flavor comes through. That flavor is nicely matched by the sweet an fruity taste imparted by the malt and yeast. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light.

Highly drinkable.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB jul-06. Very fine presentation with stable and huge head and hazy golden beer. Nose is very spicy& floral with hop and koreander. Good porty maltyness and alcoholic.
Taste is strong peppery, alcoholic, cognac with bitter aftertaste that lasts. Good but heavy as mouthfeel is with lots of carbonisation and this bombastic taste. Good drinkable but heavy stuff.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a light tranparent orange with tons of tight fluffy white head. Nose is very dusty and earthy with hints of rubber cement, peppery spice and notes of lemon in back. The taste follows the nose with a bit more spice and a very dusty earthy aspect mid palate, back is lemon grass with a decent peppery spice in the finish. Light body with a bit of a grainy feel on the palate, assertive carbonation and semi dry finish.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Zombier. In Teku glass. Playing Magic 2015. Lots of foam. All I expect in the style very well executed, with the ABV well hidden. Dry, with apple/pear notes and some grass. Very drinkable and moreish. Invites to long sips.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, says "2008 <2010" on the cap. Gusher, pours a fairly hazy orange/gold with a large head. Nose is banana, esters, mint, some orange rind. Fairly spicy, and that great De Dolle yeast found in their better beers. Good nose. Spicy and fruit in the mouth. Has that wonderful tart, caramel apple quality that the good batches of Stille Nacht have. Really lively in the mouth, kind of hot on the finish. Better than any Stille Nacht I've had in the last two years, way better than I expected.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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