Wendelinus Blonde | Brasserie Meteor

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Wendelinus BlondeWendelinus Blonde

Brewed by:
Brasserie Meteor

Style: Belgian Pale 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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Photo of beerbuddy11735
4.53/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother brought back some French beers back from his recent trip. Wendelinus was one of his favorites. I do not think it is a dark Belgian Ale since its more amber in color and would suggest its a standard Abbaye style Ale. The head is creamy and nice lace on glass. Aroma is malty, spicy almost scotch like in taste.

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Photo of drpimento
4.37/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from the notes I took on a napkin on the TGV train 6196 Avignon - Paris: Poured a nice off white creamy head that lasts and some lace. Color was a clear medium amber. Aroma was malty, yeasty, apricot, honey, dark ripe fruit, spicey, and a bit floral. Flavor was like aroma. Good bitter/sweet balance. Good body, champagne fizz. A slow session beer.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - super clear golden color with a thick white head that is very well retained

S - fruity yeast esters with touches of bubblegum; sweet malt

T - complex yeast esters and phenols as in aroma with a crisp malt that finishes moderately dry; no hop flavor with only a faint hint of bitterness on the finish

M - medium body but moderately high carbonation lends to a lighter feel

O - This is a nice 'biere de garde' - nowhere near a Belgian Strong Dark. The misclassification is obvious, but the beer is quite enjoyable on its own terms.

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Photo of steve99
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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 xylophonica
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Pale, orange-copper colour. Minimal head with only a few carbonation bubbles.

S - Creamy malt-banana aromas at first with a prominent phenolic hit. Parts of the scent are quite pungent; there's a strong fortified wine/brandy sensation and some definite spicy cherry & apple hiding in the background.

T - Quite soft at first with very little carbonation. Some sweet cherry and banana coming through with a subtle spiced malt flavour up front. The aftertaste has more spiciness with some apple flavours as well.

M - There's the faintest hint of a malt coating but in general there's not a lot happening here. Could've really used a more powerful carbonation kick.

O - I've found commonly with French beers that there's a tendency to go towards the more fermented fruit flavours found in fortified wines and whiskies rather than traditional brewed malt and hops varieties seen in Belgium & Germany. Having said that though this is a decent drop which does seem somewhat reminiscent of the abbey ales of which it claims to be a example. Far too phenolic and weak-bodied to be a true contender.

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Photo of PokerGod
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
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 flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 250mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden color with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam demonstrating a moderate retention. Not bad.

Smell: nice malt aroma with a sweet and fruity character. There are light raspberry and strawberry-like elements as well as a well-developed maltiness. I like it.

Taste: much less fruity than the aroma, so the malt stands out a little bit more. Unfortunately, this means it has less character than the aroma. Still decent, but not as nice as the smell.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a light carbonation and light creaminess. Decent.

Overall: a very drinkable but non-exceptional Belgian-style pale. I doubt I would seek this out again, but I would drink it if presented to me.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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 metter98
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Wendelinus Blonde from Brasserie Meteor
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