Beersel Blonde | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Beersel BlondeBeersel Blonde
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Avg: 3.57 | Ratings: 72
Beersel BlondeBeersel Blonde

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zerk on 09-18-2003

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of stcules
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw colour, with a lot of floating bodies, very little, but a lot...
Quite thin head, nothing remarkable.
Smell of wheta, bread. It doesn't give an idea of freshness, but seems a little old.
The taste is wheat again. No particularly characterized, quite anonimous.
Some herbaceous, old. Even the bitter left a feeling of oldness.
Light body that slips away.
Some honey in the aftertaste, with a light bitter background.
Nothing to remember.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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 TurdFurgison
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz fat squat bottle purchased at the 3 Fonteinen bottle shop. Lydie described to me that they need to brew simpler ales for economic reasons, as it takes so long to make gueuze, at high expense. I found it to be similar to many others available in Belgium, not as special as their spontaneously fermented offerings but definitely solid.

It pours a light golden color, with some haze, and a thick wet-looking foam. Yeasty nose, some fruity esters. Having just tried Westvleteren Blonde and Deca/Struise Westoek, I can say this is very similar in aroma.

More bitter than sweet tasting, with a somewhat sharp bite in the aftertaste. Pleasant overall, but pretty much reverting to the mean. If this helps them to keep making gueuze then this is a beer that needs to exist!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shocked at the low number of reviews. 7% ABV confirmed. Acquired at a beer store for $1.99 - bot bad for Drie Fonteinen I'd say. 11.2 fl oz (330ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Best before 11/01/14.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the 7% ABV. Colour is a dark yellow. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sour green apple, clean malts, biscuity yeast, floral hops, biscuit malt, crystal malt, and even a bit of lactose funk. An average strength aroma.

T: Sour crisp apple, peach, pear, clean pale malts, some funk, a bit of biscuit malt, and overdone floral hopping. An interesting build for the style. It's certainly balanced; it's just strange - like a patersbier mixed with a Belgian golden ale. Almost lactic, but not quite. Crisp apple is dominant.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with great coarseness and slight dryness on the finish. Crisp throughout. Tingly from the crystal malt. Good carbonation and thickness.

Dr: Very strange for the style. More a Patersbier than anything else. This sour apple-dominant brew is best reserved for enkel fans. Hides its ABV quite well. Drinkable, but strange. A surprisingly unique brew from Drie Fonteinen, but not one that will meet high expectations. It's good, but I expect better from this brewery. Well priced, even in the USA.


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Photo of Gueuzedude
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 avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An average aroma that seemed to be dominated by malt, but also had some citrus as well.

T: Tasted of the aforementioned malt, a little bit of Belgian yeast, and a hint of citrus in the finish. The problem here is that the flavor, like the aroma, is ruled by the malt. It's not necessarily bad, but it's a bit one note and thin.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a very average beer. Could have been better.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best before 1/11/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and earthy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is refreshing but somewhat mild and forgettable all around in my opinion.

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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 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 dogfooddog
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

small bottle cap-dated 10/6/6, meaning 3 days out of date. On reflection, I cannot be sure that this is the same beer as the 750ml currently pictured, which I bought at 3 fonteinen cafe in beersel in 2002. Will investigate.

Pours nice 15% head into a westmalle chalice.

Nose is slightly fruity, normal blond belgian nose. Like the Tarwebier, completely unremarkable in this category.

Sharp acidic fruity taste, hoppy with some bitterness in the taste into the aftertaste. It pretty much tastes like it smells.

Par for the course, it seems the Beersel brand of beers are average beers in their respective categories. No reason to seek these out, IMHO.

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

Photo of PretzelCity
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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

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