Wendelinus Blonde | Brasserie Meteor

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Meteor

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Another idea from the abbey...

Brewed in the tradition of the monks of Wissembourg, who had their beer made on the current site of the brewery, Wendelinus is the result of a centuries-old know-how. Beneath its amber colour and creamy head is an abbey beer with a range of flavours that mature on the palate with every mouthful. Strong, with a pleasant touch of bitterness, this is a beer to be savoured for its persistent mellowness and caramelized fruity flavours. Take your time with it!

Added by tjd25 on 03-01-2005

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Reviews by Gints316:
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

Why would a beer need E150c aka caramel coloring and ascorbic acid? The whole abbey theme is lost on us with these additives. We feel like we are guinea pigs nursing this “beer”. Absolutely baffled why this beer exsists, while it not be a horrible mess it is just an oddity, a hollow beer … lifeless. Excuse our French but Meteor should get their shit together and brew a real beer.

STYLE: Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 6.8%

LOOK: Clear pale copper color, good head retention

SMELL: Taffy, banana peels, dried grass, earthy, clove, herbal, toasted bread, chemical

TASTE: Crisp, creamy, chemical, grainy, fruity, phenolic, buttery, very grassy, dry, muted hops, odd sweetness, slightly spicy, estery, very dry spicy finish

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Photo of bsp77
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First of all, this is clearly a Belgian Pale/Blonde Ale.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Clear golden-orange with thin white head and no lacing.

Smell: Very sweet and fruity, with banana, apricot, plum and some other odd fruit that I can't identify.

Taste: That odd fruit from the aroma dominates the taste. Banana, apricot and plum are noticeable as well, but overripe and too sickly sweet. Very light spicy and grassy hops at the end do not provide enough counterbalance.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, syrupy body with too much residual sweetness.

Overall: The sweetness, the syrupy body and the almost rotting fruit taste really makes this a very poor Belgian Blonde Ale.

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Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a golden orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt banana, cinnamon, and a very subtle roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The flavor on this one was a little more diluted that I would have hoped if I am completely honest here. This did however make it very easy to drink, but did hurt the beer overall. The subtle roastiness I found on the followthrough was rather odd and felt out of place on this one. The aroma was a little more of the same as far as intensity. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 8.45oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a tight pure white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet with floral and sugary notes. Some clove and light bubblegum from the yeast and a hint of grassy hops in the end.

The flavor is of a bready malt with some honey notes, a bit heavier than its belgian counterparts. The flavor is sweet but its kept in check. The floral sweetness mixes well with the grassy bitterness. Light belgian yeast spicies are picked up.

The beer has a moderate body, a shade heavier than a typicle BPA/BSPA. Though maltier, it does bring a dry edge to the beer which is welcomed. Crisp carbonation makes for easy drinking.

This is a very solid brew. Me thinks it is misclassifed as a BDA here.

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Photo of elricorico
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm reviewing this as a Belgian Pale Ale, because I agree that it is currently listed under the wrong style.

This beer pours clear orange, the orange of an jelly candy or marmalade, with a fizzy white head. The head fades rather quickly, doesn't stand up to other blonde ales.

The smell certainly has some pepper to it along with a bit of candy sugar, and cinammon. A little bit of peach is there as well. Smell is pleasant.

Taste is sweet up front as the peach makes another appearance. This is followed up by a quick touch of candy then spice takes over. Big pepper in the finish, with citrus zest chasing it down.

The beer has a pretty light mouthfeel, and the carbonation is less lively than I'd expect. No complaints, but could be filled out a fair bit.

Overall I'd say this is a pretty average effort. It doesn't really feel finished to me. There are plenty of flavours to look for, but they seem to have no blend. Not bad, but won't be something I chase down.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into oversize wine glass
A – Half a finger white head on a weak pour reduced to a crown fairly quickly, no lacing. Orange gold clear brew does look good in the wine glass and edges it just above average 3.5
S –Spicy and fruity with floral, yeast & clove notes, but overall this has a quite subdued scent profile 3.5
T – A slightly spicy malt forward brew that combines toasted grains, slightly sweet dark bread and yeast throughout and finishes with a discernible herbal bitterness. OK but doesn’t spark my interest 2.5
M – Mild carbonation and moderate body, slight carbonation with the overall bland taste profile doesn’t do this brew any favors. unlively 3
O – Could have another but don’t really want to, misclassified… likely, but overall no characteristic of this beer has impressed me. Skip it 2.5

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color with some amber hues and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. This eventually faded away, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass and bits of lacing down the edges..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apples, fruity yeast and sweet malts in the nose.
T: The initial taste is a little sweet, with flavors of apples, caramel and honey and transitions to some spices towards the finish. There is a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a little dryness in the finish.
O: This beer definitely tastes like a Belgian Pale Ale, but has a farmhouse-like accent to it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 330 ml brown bottle, Wendelinus Biere d'Abbaye on the label, and it states that this is a blonde ale. Upon pouring it into a tulip glass it certainly looks blonde to me as well, I think this is listed under the wrong style at the moment. It's a deep clear golden hue, amber in apperance when not in direct light. Tall billowing spongy head with great retention, and a wall of sticky lacing in its wake. Light spicy aroma of black pepper, citrus zest, nutmeg, and more pepper. Yeasty with a bit of candi sugar sweetness. Mild grain starts out the flavour, immediately accompanied by the spice and light citrus notes, which ends in a lightly herbally hopped finish, the spice adding to this as well. A somewhat bitter orange rind profile to the aftertaste. Lovely smooth mouthfeel, it's light but not watery, in fact it's quite full. Deceptively light and drinkable for the alcohol content, it is hidden well, and goes down very smoothly. However it doesn't really stand out much flavour-wise, fairly average for the style in that regard.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

25cl bottle: part of a six pack bought at a French supermarket in Calais. Poured into a Chimay chalice on 23 Feb 14.

Looks lager/pilsner like: clear, deep golden hue to the clean body, the head a thin wisp from the start and just a collar after 10 seconds.

The aroma is semi-sweet grainy: the taste very similar with just about enough flavour to hide the alcohol. It lacks depth and character but it isn't a bad beer, just a little one dimensional and not really my thing even though I prefer malty and sweet beers.

Scored objectively.

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Photo of paleoplant
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of biggred1
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, filtered honey blonde (which this beer clearly is, not a BDA) with a creamy eggshell head that shrinks into a skim with a ring of tight bubbles around the glass. The aroma is mild and yeasty with some Belgian clove and spice. The flavor is light and fruity with pear and coriander notes with mild tartness in the finish. Light and highly carbonated. I would like to try this beer unfiltered but alas..this brew misses the mark set by the elite examples of the style, not bad by any stretch but not great either.

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Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of JamesLeung
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CHickman
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color with a ton of bubbles racing up the middle and a huge 2 finger frothy white head that faded very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing sliding down the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast and the associated metallic funk, toasted grains, herbs, flowers, maybe some clove and some very faint spices; overall the nose is very mellow with nothing but the sweetness jumping forward.

Tastes of sweet malt, wet wheat bread, yeast, toasted grains, herbs, flowers, grass, banana, and some very faint spices and more bready sweetness that is reminiscent of a whole wheat pancake. The sweetness is the dominant flavor, but it’s strange as it can’t quite get too far past the malt to make this interesting or flavorful; in fact, it’s rather dull and basic. Not enough spices, as I figured this would have more in the mix to add better flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy, slick and a little zesty, as this has fizzy carbonation that almost feels crisp, with a medium body and a slightly sour finish on the dry side. This poured well, and smelled OK and then just disappointed after that when it came to taste. Not something I would seek out, but decent.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, golden beer with a settling head that leaves a very thin white layer.

Smell is clovey with doughy, caramel and bready whiffs. Some phenolic notes that appear like a Weizen and in the worst case like Leffe Blond.

Taste is less clovey, but still quite spicy. The malt is bready and has some light caramellic notes. There is a low stickiness and drinkability is good, but this is because of the pretty thin body. A one-dimensional beer that is trying to be something it is not. A Leffe Blonde clone, which it is not. Thank God.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of TeachChefs
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of PokerGod
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance- Dark Copper color, not much head. Little to no lacing.

Smell- sweet and yeasty, fruity. Spicy (cinnamon?) notes. Herbal.

Taste- very yeasty. But balanced well by the malts to intone the sweet with a nice bready taste. A bit of an alcohol bite at the end sours the taste ever so slightly, but still quite tasty.

Overall- a nice Belgian. Sweet, tasty, bready. Very good. I would drink again.

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Photo of sd123
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mychalg9
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meteor Wendelinus

Pours a bright golden color, fizzy white head forms and recedes. Aroma of honey, Belgian yeast, sweet malts and raw grain. In the flavor, more of the same, Belgian yeast lends a subtle fruityness, candi sugar, pale malts and a pronounced leafy and coarse sterling type hop presence. Well balanced and tasty ale, finishes semi-dry. Most would consider this a fine Belgian blonde, testament to a good abbey recipe brewed in France.

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Wendelinus Blonde from Brasserie Meteor
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 49 ratings