Beersel Blonde | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Beersel BlondeBeersel Blonde

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zerk on 09-18-2003

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of GDawgs34
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DucksFan16
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At the brewery, 06/27/2017.

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Photo of YvesB
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JFrank78
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a grossly underrated belgian blonde, i didnt even know these guys made beer like this. so flavorful, leagues better and more complex than almost all american blondes, they yeast is amazing, and i could dessert island this one pretty happily. very pale mostly clear pour from the stubby bottle that i found for less than six bucks. there is a huge creamy white head on it with excellent lacing and retention, thick for how light the beer looks, real attractive. aroma smells of pils malt, on its way to getting a little stale, but its not oxidized beer or anything, almost like an aged grain profile, kind of neat and very distinct, i have no idea how fresh the bottle is. the yeast is really rich, almost like a dry belgian strain meets a crisp lager strain, it has some bread character that is brilliant with the light malt base, but it also has a little snappy fruity belgian note about it, really unique, and super well balanced. seems to be pils malt based, but it would not surprise me if there was a little wheat in here too, it has that earthiness in the flavor and richness in texture that wheat often lends. some light leafy hops in the finish, minerals, crisp yeast, and fizzy carbonation. sneaky strong. its round and delicious, subtle but distinct, and even if it is a tad old tasting, i think these aspects flatter the beer, and gives it a real old world endearing charm. i loved it, was drunk enough to certainly not need it, but enjoyed it thoroughly. ill be back for this one, and hoping to see more of their clean beer pop up in the market!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml, squat bottle - sort of one of the more pedestrian offerings from this notable Lambic brewer.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves some stratified cloud pattern lace around the glass as it eventually sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some banana and muddled citrus fruitiness, subtle buttery notes, a weak earthy yeastiness, and some plain leafy, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and lightly crackery pale malt, a lesser caramel sweetness, some gentile Belgian yeast, a mixed bowl of fruity esters (banana, orange, and apple, mostly), ephemeral buttered toast, and more leafy, earthy, and certainly floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-probing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a minor airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the floral and fruity essences really showing some lingering oomph.

Overall, this is a serviceable enough Belgian-style blonde ale, the malt aided and abetted by the complexity of yeast and hop alike. Easy to drink, given the essentially invisible 7 points of the ol' wowee sauce, and it's now clear that sour beer producers like to drink other stuff as well.

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Photo of sd123
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mig100
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dipso123
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap
Looking at other reviews it would seem the bottled version is not only different it's not even very similar to the draft.

Brilliant golden w/ fine dense snow white head that lasted all the way to the bottom of the glass lacing it completely. Full malty aroma and remarkable balance of hops the taste. The feel is what will have any brewer - pro or home - wondering "How the #%&@ do they do that!"

Overall: don't let the bottle reviews keep you from seeking out this 90+ beer.

Bottle: the feel is nothing like the draft. The carbonation bites a bit leaves a dry palate rather than the soft n round character of the draft. Still, many things to like in the bottled version.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisroarshack
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickyDee21
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of halo3one
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Auraan
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange body, with abundant floating yeast and a thin, bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice Belgian Pale Ale, not the greatest, but good enough. Scents of delicate Pilsner malt, rubbing alcohol off-notes, earthy yeast, fruity esters with a quality of orange, light floral hops and a moderate level of spicy phenols with a peppery quality. Overall impression of aroma is of a nice Belgian Pale Ale that is unfortunately ruined by the rubbing alcohol aroma, likely due to old age or improper shelf care. Flavor begins dry with a mix of hot, solvent-like alcohol flavor, earthy, dirty yeast flavors, medium-light bready malt, spicy phenols with a white pepper flavor and mild fruity esters of an indeterminate quality. Middle opens up a warm, but not solvent-like booziness, notes of sour apple, citrus and white pepper. Finish is dry with notes of floral, herbal hops, warming spicy alcohol at moderate-high levels, spicy phenols reminiscent of white pepper, a noticeable bready malt presence and an indeterminate fruitiness from esters. Aftertaste is dry with notes of solvent-like alcohol, spicy white pepper phenols and citrus zest. Overall impression of flavor is of an odd Belgian Pale. It is not unpleasant, but age seems to have left this one with a booziness that is inappropriate for the ABV. Otherwise it is a pleasant earthy and phenolic Belgian Pale, one that would be quite good if it were fresher. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a smooth alcohol warmth and a drying finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good Belgian Pale Ale, no faults there. Overall this is a very mixed bag. It is not undrinkable, but age has not been kind to this bottle. It has picked up an alcohol character that exceeds that set for the style, and one that overshadows the other aromas and flavors, which are quite good from what I can tell. It is not a bad beer, and if you can find a fresher bottle than I did I would say it is a good one to try. But a year and six months past its best-by date is apparently too long for this one to sit.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -16%

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