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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Reviews by Gueuzedude:
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3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A steady pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head (almost more of a full cream hue). The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows clear’ish, full gold hue when held up to the light; additionally it shows an aggressive carbonation. The aroma smells of grassy grain, floral notes, cracker like malt, honey-like malt, and slightly metallic leaning, generic lager beer like, “beer” notes towards the finish that play a fairly prominent role; everything but the last is fairly inviting.

Slightly sweet, with a pale malt sweetness, touches of honey like malt character and a somewhat cider like fruitiness are found up front. The beer has a creamed corn like, sweet grain finish that has a bit of edge to it. Underneath this last, dominant note, is a touch of pale cracker like malt, a hint of floral / herbal hops and just a suggestion of hop bitterness. This does have a nice effervescence to it that nicely accentuates and offsets at the same time, the lightly viscous, easy drinking body that this beer has.

Hmm, I have always had a hole in my palate for recognizing DMS. It is one of those stupid things that should have been pointed out / associated to me long ago, but somehow never has been. Unfortunately, in this particular case, this beer has pinpointed that for me; this has a ton of it, creamed corn is perhaps a little bit in the right direction for this flavor, it is also slightly metallic, definitely accentuates sweetness and an off-sort-of fruitiness, but what it really reminds me of is cheap American lager that I drank at Frat parties in college. I should be ashamed to admit this discovery, but I am so happy to have filled this gap in my palate that I can easily overlook it. This is certainly a deeply flawed beer, but, my personal enjoyment of this beer is greatly enhanced by my personal discovery to define exactly what DMS in a beer is; I have distinctly noticed this in quite a few beers over the years, but for some reason not made the proper connection; I blame the fact that I learned early on techniques to avoid this in my own brewing, without personal, direct experience, so never had to really troubleshoot this particular off-character :-).

Hmm, I wonder how this mixes with the rest of the bottle of GFAR that I was otherwise going to turn into vinegar…..

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -16%

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

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 mattfancett
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of PretzelCity
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cwd
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Rutager
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with over a finger of thick white head that leaves some nice bands of lace behind.

Smell. Fruity yeast and floral hops with a touch of light grainy malt and butterscotch.

Taste. Light caramel and spicy Belgian yeast, a touch of floral hops and smooth light malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body. medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. Not bad for the style but nothing I would seek out again. I'll stick with the wilder choices in the product line.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very hazy medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, cardamom, aged stone and apple juice, light bready malt. Flavor follows, with bready malt, apple and light stone fruit juice, Belgian yeast and spicing, hints of wheat; flavor beginning semi-sweet,but finishing a bit drier with a sharp Champagne-like peppery carbonation. Light to medium bodied, but with some smooth creaminess in the mouth feel. Flavors are somewhat subdued, but well balanced; a bit dry and astringent finish. A nice, light well made Belgian blonde. I will get this again.

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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Very light aromas of yeast and fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts with hints of Belgian yeast, hints of orange citrus and notes of peppery spices towards the finish. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't one of my favorite offerings from this brewery, but it is relatively easy to drink.

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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 GDawgs34
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Two plus fingers of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is good and an irregular ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Sugary frutiness with a good spicy backbone. Good bit of pepper. Peach and candied pineapple fruitiness. Clean overall except for a light yeastiness. Quite pleasant.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose, but less sharp. The sugariness is reduced, but is still there. Peach and pineapple fruitiness again. Very subtle pepperiness. Touch of yeast and touch of breadiness, though still clean. Not bad.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The only thing I don't like is that the carbonation isn't super spritzy, which is what I love most about Belgian mouthfeels. Reasonably creamy.

3.5 D: Solid beer though it is a little weird having a non-sour from 3F.

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Photo of SourinQns
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Absumaster
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one in a large glass, a lot of flaky yeast swirled around in the orange beer. On the cork was the expiration date which indicated that I was long passed this date (1 year). A lot of carbonation was in the beer, keeping the head very firm. It smelled like cork, probably because the bottle had spend most of it’s life moving around from one place to the other. In the taste was a modest bitter, slightly alcoholic and, after swallowing, dryness. No sign of any hop aroma. According to the label, which had been painted on the bottle, it was made from barley malt and wheat malt. All together a standard blond beer, lacking hop aroma and character, which should be in present in a good blonde. I would like to try a fresh one, because I think it could be a better beer when it is fresh.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not "blond" per se, but solidly amber. Mild chill haze. Good bar pour head that leaves a touch of streaky lace.

Well balanced nose of depleted malt sugars (ie quite dry) and hop pellet bitterness. Light yeast in background.

This tastes like a Belgian IPA. It's earthy and dry to start but quickly yields to black pepper hop flavor. There's also a mild yeast bite. A touch alcohol warmth to the otherwise bitter aftertaste. Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Typically, I don't like earthy brews but this one is complex enough to have something for everyone.

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Photo of Spider889
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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

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