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Blonde Fatale | Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Blonde FataleBlonde Fatale

Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Iowa, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by FreshHawk on 07-19-2010

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Photo of rwathree
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: dull, hazy, dirty blonde, with no head to speak of. Frankly, doesn't look much like beer in the glass.

S: banana, lemon and orange peel, perfume. Mild, but balanced.

T: wow, tart, almost cider-like. Some citrus notes, too, and a generous dose of clove in the finish. Not too much hop presence though.

M: for as still as it looks, this is nicely conditioned and effervescent. But again, for every positive there's a flaw: here, it's that this is pretty thin-bodied.

O: Peace Tree runs hot and cold for me, and this is definitely the latter. It's not at all offensive, just boring. So many better interpretations of the style. I won't revisit this one.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The unfiltered golden - honey hue is always nice to look at, plenty of bubbly carbonation coming up through the glass. The head is a little small, just a slight pencil width cap. It looks like it could’ve been promising.

Smell: The hops smell great, and it has a signature higher alcohol, Belgian hop smell going on. I would believe it was Belgian if it came in an unmarked bottle. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but they haven’t made themselves out to be liars yet!

The citrus smells coming through are lemon, orange, maybe even peach? There is definitely a spiciness as well. Almost like what you’d get in a fall pumpkin spice offering. It’s different, and it’s pretty good. It’s fun just trying to figure it out.

Taste: Huh, I’m not really sure if this style is going to be my thing or not. I’m definitely on the fence about any wheat beer. The high hoppiness is there. It’s lingering on the palate, but there is almost no bitterness accompanying it, that definitely weirds me out. It’s like watching a movie with the sound on mute. It’s just not the whole experience.

The wheat taste is ever present from the start of the sip to the long finish. Again, if you are a beer drinker that loves that in your beer, you’ll probably like this. These hops really remind me of what you’ll find in some German offerings, like Weihenstephaner Heffe. The fruitiness isn’t really complex. Maybe just because it’s such an amalgamation it’d be really difficult to pull the different flavors apart from each other.

The fruitiness is definitely a light citrus touch: lemon, clementines, grapefruit. The alcohol didn’t surface until it warmed a little, and then it became noticeable in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: It’s full for a light wheat beer. And it is certainly smooth like the bottle promises. It makes it a really easy beer to take down. Even if the flavor profiles aren’t what I really enjoy.

Overall: The beer will definitely please the beer geeks that prefer the light, wheat ales. However, I’m becoming more and more and certain that it just isn’t my thing. The brewers at Peace Tree are definitely on to something with this brew though.

It really hits the style on the head. I’m just hoping I try something from them soon that is more to my liking!

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Photo of logmacschlog15
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Dogfish snifter.

A: Pours a surprisingly thin layer of white head, a little less than a finger. Pale and hazy yellow with lots of sediment. A few streams of co2 here and there.

S: Lots of banana and clove hit the nose right away. Definitely a spicy Belgian yeast aroma. Very little hop aroma. A little whiff of grain, but pretty strongly dominated by the yeast.

T: Again, there is a huge dose of banana and clove in this beer. A slight herbal hop bitterness balances the malt backbone. There is a pretty good amount of booze in the finish.

M: This is a medium bodied ale and is fairly smooth and creamy with a slightly dry finish.

O: This is a great beer if you're looking for that spicy Belgian yeast. Straight up banana and clove the whole way through. A good amount of booze too, so watch out.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

yellow, very cloudy with a big white frothy head, Great retention left the head around for most of the glass. Lots of sticky lace driped down the flass and left rings on the sides. Great visible carbonation could be seen bubbling throughout.

Smell was very intresting. Quite lively aroma with hints of sweet fruits, lemon and a touch of sugar. Bananas, figs, and pears could also be picked up as well as a touch of grapes as it warmed. First impression of the flavor was to be honest a bit of a shock. There was something in it I could not place right away, some other reviews have touched on a saltiness, and at first I thought it did have that too, but there was this other underlying flavor which I kept trying to pin down. Finally settled on something of a sweet lemon cake or tangerine and orange combination. Very pleasant and very sweet flavor, never had tasted it before in this style, quite intresting. very smooth delievery and great carbonation gave it a very lively feeling on the palate. Silky smooth. Lots of yeast and grains to be had, and pears and apples could be detected as it warmed. No real hint of alcohol, very well covered up by the sweetness.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color. Head is quite minimal. Appears to be under carbonated relative to style. Aroma is musky with lemongrass, coriander, citrus and a hint of horse blanket. Phenolic peppers add a dryness of flavor, a hint of banana ester as well. Otherwise fairly medicinal with a touch of Styrian earthiness. Body is well under weight and the carbonation dialed far too low, but s far as an enjoyable drink, it is very refreshing with good taste, and packs a punch to boot. Easy to put some down, but don't go expecting Duvel.

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Photo of bsp77
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy blonde-gold with rapidly diminishing head, leaving complete stillness behind. This is not how a Belgian ale should look.

Smell: Yeasty (with banana and clove), hoppy (clearly Styrian) and bready.

Taste: Sweeter than the yeasty, hoppy aroma - this is as expected when most US brewers attempt the style. Lots of bread, with some banana and clove before finishing up with the peppery Styrian hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body and a barely dry finish. Not effervescent, crisp and dry as would be proper.

Overall: Typical US attempt at a Strong Belgian Pale/Golden/Blonde Ale. While there are some nice flavors here, the faulty mouthfeel and sweet body are simply off.

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Photo of emerge077
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Initial fingers width of foam, lots of larger bubbles on the surface, it was a struggle to generate much head, let alone anything Belgianesque. Glowing golden orange, opaque and murky like orange juice. Foam rapidly fades to a thin ring at the edges.

Spicy nose of coriander, estery and phenolic yeast, pepper and lemongrass.

Flavor is similarly yeast driven, phenolic medicinal spices, tongue-numbing pepper, light maltiness with a lingering dry earthiness that lasts for awhile after the finish. Full bodied, creamy with fairly low carbonation (odd for a Belgian-style ale). Seems a little under attenuated, could be a little more dry and spritzy, but the creaminess is nice. Overall ok, but it's elements are a little incohesive.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours golden and has a bitter yeasty flavor that is not too sweet. It is medium bodied and reminds me of a saison. I had one in between a pale tasting and an IPA tasting, not exactly the ideal format for over analyzing this beer, so I won’t. I do know that the body was pretty heavy and one was enough.

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Photo of daledeee
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At long last I have some of the elusive Blonde Fatale.

This one pours a dull dark gold with minimal head that did not stay.

I poured this and got a strong whiff of sour or vinegar. That went away quickly, but made me wonder if we had a sour ale here. The nose ended up being spicy, funky and a little sour.

Taste has orange, spice, Belgian hops. Not enough funk or fruit for me.

Mouth feel could use more bite as well if you want to follow the farmhouse or Belgian Pale Ale style. Alcohol made this beer pretty warm and it had a very thick mouth feel.

Overall, not a bad beer but I would like more of several things: carbonation, fruit and funk.

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Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden and slightly hazy with a thin but steady head; lacing is quite nice

S: Lots of banana and clove as well as a biscuity malt presence; some spicy quality here and maybe a touch of lemon, pear, and apple: yeasty, fruity, and a bit bready

T: Taste doesn't quite live up to the aromas--the yeasty fruitiness hits you up front but then everything fades; just not a lot holding it together; it's not bad by any stretch and I can't believe that this beer is over 8% as there is no numbing alcohol presence but it just doesn't follow through with what it begins to promise

F: Just as the flavors fade, so does the beer in the mouth--it ends a bit thin and watery

O: This is a decent beer but after looking and smelling it, I was expecting more; however, the alcohol is so well hidden--making this a dangerously easy drinking summer brew

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Photo of rundocrun
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky honey color with bright yellow-orange highlights. No head to speak of, even after a rough pour. No lacing on the glass either.

S - I notice two things: Hints of citrus fruits from the hops and/or belgian yeast and a rich bready aroma.

T - An estery, almost metallic tang up front with honey-sweetness and toasted malt flavors following through to the finish. Mild hop bitterness that only strikes toward the finish on the back of the tongue. Hmmm... the metallic taste becomes more evident with each sip. Maybe my taste buds are off tonight?

M - Under-carbonated. Too bad, because I feel like proper carbonation could have made this a good beer, not just an OK one. Otherwise medium-to-thick bodied with a sweet, sticky finish.

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Photo of ballz50401
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass poured from a 12oz. bottle. Just released from Peace Tree in the bottle.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden color. White head that doesn't last. Very low active carbonation.

Smell: Fruity and spicy. Pears and apples with a peppery spice. Soft alcohol presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A nice soft maltiness up front with apple and pear. Slightly spicy with a little alcohol warm. Light to medium mouthfeel. Nice balance, low carbonation.

Overall: Very easy to drink this one. Still missing the characteristic high carbonation levels of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. This brew goes lifeless halfway through drinking it.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 2 finger head. Very fine bubbles. Good retention. Decent lacing. Color is a cloudy yellow.

S. Yeast, citrus, a little banana and clove. Nice belgian yeast aroma. A little spiciness. Aroma of a solid BSPA.

T. Taste is a biscuity malt. Belgian yeast. Pretty dry. Has some banana and clove flavor from the yeast. I was expecting this to be sweeter, but the fact that it is not works. ABV is not really present at all.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

O. Overall a very easy drinking BSPA. I think Peace Tree's belgian yeast does some pretty nice things with their other beers, so I was not surprised that a Belgian Pale Ale would turn out well.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a cloudy honey color with one finger, off-white head. A bit fizzy, good retention and lace.

S: Straw, challah, yeast, light fruits.

T: Spice, sweet bready malt. Pepper and cardamom on the finish, which is a little dry but not too much. Also minerals. Alcohol totally hidden-- that's the fatale part. As the beer warms, cardamom becomes more prominent, and starts to veer towards clove.

M: Medium body, carbonation lightens it up like club soda. Not bad, but unexpected for the style (yet consistent with the appearance at the pour). A little bit of oil and cream after a while.

O: I ilke this. A subdued example of the style, but the flavors are good. Will buy it again.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazed dark, white peach color with a slightly smaller than average sized, creamy, smooth, frothy, white head. Average retention leaving a decent lace.

S - A light on the light side with a fair amount of phenol, spicy aroma. Clove, coriander, and mediciny aroma are strongest. Some bready and pilsner malt base. Belgian yeast is providing a lot of the aroma. A touch of fruitiness (especially banana).

T - Like the nose, the flavor is dominated by spice, phenol, and bready/pilsner malt (some graininess as well). The malt flavor provides a lot of the flavor and base. Clove, coriander and phenol flavors pop up throughout with an interesting kick. In the back there is a faint fruity ester flavor but not very strong for the style. Slight alcohol warming at the finish, but well hidden and not harsh at all.

M - Medium body with a good level of carbonation. There is a bit of a kick from the alcohol and carbonation, but is very nice and smooth overall.

D - I'm torn on this one and a lot of the scores could be changed a little without much problem for me. It is a little strong on the phenol/spice and not enough fruitiness but it goes down easy. Alcohol makes a very brief showing, but is very well hidden for 8.5%.

Notes: Like I said, I'm torn. A some points I like it and other times I'm not really digging it. Overall I think it just misses a little on the fruitiness. Good and refreshing beer though, it's just not something that I really enjoy. It seems like a nice inoffensive BSPA that I think a lot of people will like, but not love.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice big tight head with larger than normal bubbles. The aroma is plenty of bread yeast with some nice banana fruitiness and a bit of spice. The flavor follows but the banana is more defined and the spiciness is less so. There is some nice lemon zest and a mild balancing bitterness with a nice enough alcohol character.

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Photo of katan
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a pint

A - Pours a deep golden color. Very hazy, opaque and thick looking. Head formation is initially very strong, but breaks down to a film quickly.

S - A very light nose, almost imperceptible. Some light malt, perhaps some grainy pilsner. The yeast spice does start to come through. Some alcohol warmth.

T - Starts very smooth, grainy and sweet - seems like loads of pilsner malts are present. Gets more spicy mid-stream, yeasty notes come through strong. Alcohol warmth comes through very strong. Finishes with some estery notes, fruity and sweet.

M - Strong carbonation bite on the tongue. Alcohol warmth (again) is very strong. Beer body is strong, but finishes clean.

D - Very deceptive drinkability. ABV is well hidden. A bit filling as it sits on the palette. Flavors are well integrated.

I'm guessing there won't be many reviews of this one as the brewery indicated this may be the last growler fill - a shame since it is a very worthy beer.

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Blonde Fatale from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
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