Blonde Fatale
Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #368
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,267
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 16.39%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
241
From:
Peace Tree Brewing Co.
 
Iowa, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  68
SCORE
83
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Notes: This is an unfiltered Belgian Style Blonde Ale. The beer is blonde in color from the pale malted barley varieties. It is delicately hopped with Styrian Golding and Celeia for medium bitterness and aroma. Sugars are added for higher attenuation, following the practices of some Belgian brewers. Belgian ale yeast is used to add complex flavor esters. This beer is unfiltered and yeast is left in for additional conditioning. The beer is named Fatale because it is 8.5% alcohol by volume and will catch up with you if you’re not careful.
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Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to The-Adjunct-Hippie for this stubby little bottle. I've never heard of this before, but I'm ready to dig in.

Stubby bottle that I'm assuming is 12oz (looks a bit large) - no date - poured into a flared ale pint at 46F.

Pours a slightly hazed apricot golden, topped with two largw fingers of loose, airy cream coloured head, that quickly recedes to a razor-thin collar and sparking top. Plentiful visible effervescence.

Nose: Not at all what I was expecting. This is apparently a Belgian-style beer...I didn't get the memo. Sweet wheaty malt, with some of the fruitiest Belgian yeast esters I've ever smelled. If you inhale deeply, you definitwly get that green banana note, but it's completely buried beneath heaps of peach, apricot, Apple juice, cherry, white grape, and melon. It smells like a fruit cocktail in a glass. Some mild hopping presents some floral notes underneath, and the grist actually brings a little bit of a saison, or even gose vibe to it. A tiny hint of acidity. There's a faint hint of caramel malt as well. Really pleasant aroma. Very unique.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with an immediate malt sweetness, followed closely behind by strong fruity impressions. The initial sweetness is much more of a malted barley with a hint of biscuit, but that wheat is not far behind. Sweet malt, wheat, apricot, peach, white grape, cantaloupe, honeydew, and a hint of apple all bloom out, before that Belgian yeast comes charging in with a big green banana note with a hint of bubblegum. A very strong marmalade impression becomes clear after it warms a bit. The fruity notes drop quickly, leaving the wheat to take on a slightly metallic flavour, which is often typical, and then that blends with the yeast esters to turn the whole thing into a Belgian hefeweissen. It's the strangest thing. Between the sweetness and esters, it starts off as an almost fruit ale, then hints at a Belgian golden ale, briefly becomes a saison, before deciding it's a hefeweissen, while almost wanting to be a triple the whole time. The way the flavours evolve is so unique and bizarre. The finish brings more wheat and esters, but this time much drier, and there's the most distant suggestion of bittering hops in the background, and while they want to add a resinous touch, it never leads to bitterness. The beer finishes dry, clean, with just the essence of wheat and Belgian yeast esters.

Mouthfeel/Body: At first, the beer is full-bodied. You get this big fruity sweetness, and for a second, you think it's going to be syrupy amd cloying. However, that quickly peaks, and rapidly dries out when the wheat element ramps up, and then the beer becomes squarely medium-bodied, though it progressively gets lighter and lighter as it evolves. To play it safe, I'll say this is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Effervescence is average, perhaps a bit fine, but it's plenty for the style...whatever this style is. I don't get much ABV in terms of flavour - I'd guess perhaps 5.5%-6%? However, 3/4 in, and I'm feeling seriously flushed and warm, as if I just drank a 9% beer thinking it was 5%. I'll have to double check the ABV. If this is higher than 6%, then this is one DANGEROUS beer.
Edit: This beer is 8.5% ABV... I am shocked. This hides its ABV better than literally every other beer I've ever had. Very impressive. I gave a pour to someone else, and she said, "That's between 5.2%-and 6.5% MAX". Crazy. This is a sneaky one.

Overall: I don't know what in the world this is. I think I like it. I can't even tell. It's just so strange and unique. No, unique isn't the word. One-of-a-kind is more like it. There needs to be a style called "Peach Tree Blonde Fatale". It's like a drop of every single non-dark beer under the sun put into a bottle. I'd love to have another go with this one. If you want a big beer that goea down like water - this is the one to pop. I don't drink for impact, but if I did, this stuff makes it easy. Strange, potent, complex...What a crazy beer.

Jared, thanks for blowing my mind with this one. I completely understand why you sent it.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date. Thanks to my aunt Doris for giving me a 6 pack when I was in Iowa gor a visit. Crystal clear light caramel colored ale with a fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Sweeter aroma of bready malt, caramel, spicy Belgian yeast, white grape, and apple. Flavors are similar to aroma: nutty & bready malt, honey, white grape, dry apple, spicy yeast, apricot, and earthy hops all come to mind. Full body, creamy and smooth, alcohol is well concealed, balanced dry finish. Pretty good representation of the style with this one. Always happy to try a new brewery.

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Photo of SB2017
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Meh meh meh, I've had this beer many times over and every time I'm unsatisfied. Tastes and smells like banana, a little too sweet and fruity. You tryna get drunk? Drink a six pack of this, it's too easy.

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Photo of moonman1994
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice and fruity tasting. A bit boozy but that's as to be expected for a 8.5% beer. The smell is pleasant and gives off a somewhat fruity aroma but isn't very strong. Definitely a beer that can appeal to people with a wide variety of palates.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought this from Iowa for me. The beer is a little murky orange-yellow with no head. Aromas are pretty strong with a mixture of sweet fruits, like peaches, but with some yeasty bread aromas. Very sweet drink with a good mix of different fruits like the peaches mentioned in the aroma. Silky and refreshing beer; a great combination. Overall, really good, refreshing beer.

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Photo of Mike_Benson
4.61/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super smooth drinking beer, and high enough ABV that you should keep track. well balanced hops and fruitiness from the Belgian yeast. Definitely a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

boozy and intense on the yeast side of things, part wit part hefe if you ask me, some of that banana and clove spice character coming in from the yeast here, tastes and smells like it was fermented super warm, and it really does take over the beer a bit, but its cool to see a beer like this as an imperial style, we dont see that too often, and while i dont think the execution is immaculate here, i like the idea and enjoyed one, i did not go back for a second though... the alcohol factor seems high, especially when this comes up to room temperature, its fusel and hot and kind of breaks down some of the character here established by the grain, which otherwise is wheaty and robust, earthy and not too sweet for as strong as it is. it seems like most of the added sugar has been fermented out, but like it overwhelmed the yeast a little bit, that aspect tastes stressed to me here. green grape and green apple and saltwater taffy come to mind, and i can pick up some ripe banana too. i like the flavors well enough, but they dont all they jive with this high alcohol character, at least for me. thankfully the carbonation is nice and high and it doesnt linger real long. i had a a whole bunch of beers from these guys while i was in iowa, and while not bad, this was one of the least compelling, popular as it seems to be...

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold colour. Smells sweet, fruity, green apple notes, banana, clove, and light. Tastes like bananas, coves, very typical "blonde beer" flavours, crisp, sweet, pretty straightforward. A little too heavy off a body.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours golden with a fizzy Big-bubble head that lasts a few seconds. The aroma is sweet and fruity. The taste is fairly sweet with lots of ripe pear and some peach aromas. A bit cloying. Pleasant flavors but somewhat overwhelming making this beer hard to drink in large quantities.

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Photo of brap
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. A shame Iowa wasn't producing these great beers when I was living there but it makes my trips back to see family much more enjoyable. So many great breweries. This beer stood out at my tasting of it at the Iowa State Fair, where they had a tent featuring a sampling of the great Iowa breweries.

Fruity Belgian style with a bit of coriander. I actually think this beer benefitted from a warm day, I found it refreshing, whereas many traditional Belgians I prefer to drink in fall and the cooler months. Definitely worth a try and a relatively affordable compared to the traditional Trappist Belgian imports that I absolutely love.

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Photo of Bshipman8993
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour had a low head, maybe 1/5 inch.
nice blonde peachy color.
smelled like a typical Belgian. lightly fruity and a touch of malt
Taste is pretty smooth with a bit of a kick. light banana and apricot.
mouth feel was smooth but has a slight burn going down after a few sips b/c of the 8.5% but not bad for that level. Def a Belgian you can taste in you cheeks and gums which is what I love so much about them.

Overall a very good Belgian style for a micro brew.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Extremely murky dandelion color. F

rothy, prolific white head; decent lacing throughout.

Nose of bananas, clove & pear. The Belgian yeast is not hiding.

Medium mouthfeel, bordering on light.

Taste is much fruitier than the nose; the pear asserts itself strongly in front. Light hop bite on the back end, but not abrasive; a nice balance. Banana/clove is present in the ether, but this is much more of a spring drinker than the nose led me to believe. Delicious.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looking Belgian from the get, with a beautiful fuzzy peachy apricot color, and a 2 finger head that settles to a thick ring @ 1/2 finger. 100% opaque.

Aromas of fresh yeast, orange marmalade, bubble gum, and fusel alcohol. Some lingering smells of cantaloupe and honeydew.

Flavor...um....holy cow?! It starts with a harsh wall of stale alcohol, but after that...just waves of Belgian goodness. Juicy Fruit gum, stone fruits...namely cherry, peach, apricot; then the yeast and malt sets down nicely. The most delicious cantaloupe aftertaste just settles in upon first taste, I'm finding myself involuntarily grabbing for a napkin to wipe my mouth, dead serious. Nicely done.

Feel is intensely carbonated, with little swabs of creaminess here and there. A dry, musky, fruit-like finish wraps it up.

Overall, Fat Blonde Ale is totally worth what little hype it gets. Probably the best beer from Peace Tree.

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Photo of MinnesotaIPAGuy
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at a restaurant in Mason City. It was flat, didn't enjoy the mouthfeel on this one and it seemed thick and very boozy, almost like cough syrup. Can't say I enjoyed it much

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin, white head. Smells of a sweet yeast and malt. Taste is sweet yeast and fruits: banana, clove, orange. Very refreshing. The familiar Belgian funk makes for a decent effort.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into snifter; six-pack purchased from a BP “Beer cave” in Iowa
Aroma very heavy yeast phenolics, almost plastic odor
Head gone as fast as poured – white and fizzy, one to two mm ring, no layer
Lacing none
Body light orange, clear, no sediment in bottle
Flavor sweet, fruity, most outstanding feature - leaves my lips sticky: no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.75, Palate 2.75, Overall 2.75

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Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, earthy malt, alcohol, hint of yeast, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight spice, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, poor blend with the alcohol overpowering other attributes and weak appearance.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz big-stubby into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head pours a thin layer of ivory foam which dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: very nice aroma of pear and floral elements. It's getting a bit close to too sweet for me, but the pear character is really very appealing to me.

Taste: sweet malt with a definite alcoholic heat. The pear and floral flavors are here, too, but somewhat drowned out by the alcohol. Not bad, but could be smoother.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. Nicely creamy, as I expect from the style.

Overall: for the most part, I like this beer a lot, but there is just a little too much sweetness and alcohol heat for my taste.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours gold with a slight haze under a fizzy head that disappears almost immediately. S: nose is fruit, hints of bubblegum, malt, earthiness. T: The palate mirrors the nose but tastes thin. F: light and highly carbonated. O: Falls a little flat for me.

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Photo of Ri0
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep gold with thin half finger white head. Fades into collar with spotty lacing. A nice fruity apple and pear aroma with a biscuit malt. Starts with a nice mild malt and yeast flavor with a slight touch of pear cider. Cloves come forward with a touch of herbal and earth hops to finish. Medium body with light carbonation and dry. Reminds me of a poor mans Don De Dieu.

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Photo of errantnight
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall an extremely solid Belgian Blonde/Strong Pale.

Pours golden with just a faint whisp of carbonation. Fruity, bubblegum and banana, small hints of warming spice.

On the palate this is sweet, sticky candy sugar and cotton candy followed by a warming, earthy bitter finish.

If they carbonated this better, it would be more balanced and have a much more appropriate mouth, lifting and refreshing instead of sticky and full. If they dried it out, more, all the better.

A fine American take on the style, that I'd happily drink (particularly on tap) and cook with, but won't find myself craving a return to.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was this beer worth adding an almost an hour to a daytrip whist having our toddler in tow? Absolutely! We stopped in the brewery after photographing tulips in Pella. We had a gift certificate to use as a result of a bad sixer that the company reimbursed us for.

The gold golor with a very slight haze and fluffy white foam filled the tulip glass nicely. The aroma was very floral with atouch of citris mixed in. The taste is like honey with citris, floral, and hops mixing to create an amazing flavor. The body has substance but doesn't feel like a brick wall hitting your pallete. It goes down well and makes me WANT to have more. I am giving this one 5 stars only after drinking it many times over the last 3 years and what I got from the brewery was the best yet. Yes, it IS that good.

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Photo of ParkbrauFan
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This gorgeous blonde has it all. I have never written a review but this is a great Belgian strong ale. The bouquet is floral, the taste is sublime. For 8.5ABV there is no heat or booziness whatsoever. A great member of the Peace Tree lineup. I would drink this all day it it weren't for the higher ABV.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peace Tree Blonde Fatale Ale. I must admit that until moments ago I thought this beer was called "Blonde Fat Ale…Ale." 8.5% ABV.

Cloudy, dusky golden hue, 1/2 inch white head that slips away swiftly.

Aroma: Nice! Belgian yeast leads the charge. A bit of barnyard funk melds with citric notes. A bit o' sweetness, plus bread-y malts, judicious hopping.

Taste: Here's that hit of tidy hops, delicate bitterness, toasty, tasty cracker-y malt base, and Belgian yeast leading the way. Medium bodied, very even-keeled and especially delicious. Right on the money. I like this one.

Hey, what do they tell us on the label? "Our Belgian-style Blonde Ale will steal your heart as the unfiltered golden hue seduces your taste buds with surprising smoothness. It's delicately hopped with Styrian Golding and Celeia or medium aroma with a crisp and refreshing bite. The Belgian yeast adds hints of fruity complements but be warned, it's mysterious charm will draw you in again and again." I'll buy that.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
8.5% ABV, "Leave sediment in bottle, Serve at 48°F"

A - With the sediment left behind, Blonde Fatale is a clear goldenrod beer with a quickly fleeting white head who's small ring of bubbles leaves Belgian lace on the glass.

S - Strong Belgian yeast calls out clove and white pepper with a clumpy earthy grey clay base and both ripe banana and sugary banana Runts followed by a touch of warming alcohol presence.

T - Notes of bubblegum and banana cross paths with spicy clove and pepper in this Belgian-yeast inspired brew but while the magical little micro-organisms reflect some Belgian traits, the beer is clearly American made and finishes with a plastic-like resiny flavor.

M - Belgian golden ales often display significant carbonation but this blonde does not. While bubbles tickle the tongue gently, this beer feels flat overall and finishes medium bodied with a dry, faintly warming alcohol presence.

O - Peace Tree's Blonde Fatale has a nice Belgian bouquet but the more authentic aromatic traits lose their authenticity in the flavor, further compounded by a total lack of carbonation for an average attempt at a strong golden ale that's well on it's way to being exciting and refreshing with a few tweaks.

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Blonde Fatale from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 241 ratings