Wendelinus Blonde | Brasserie Meteor

Wendelinus BlondeWendelinus Blonde
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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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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of mfigueroa713
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of bsp77
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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 Gints316
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of rsdaugherty
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
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 thecheapies
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

250ml bottle poured into a small wine glass. No freshness info.

Honey amber in color and syrupy looking when it, both, came out of the bottle and hit the bottom of the glass. Looks glossy and thick. Clarity is pretty decent (a thousand micro-floaties). No head formed. Just a thin ring with evident bubbles (and, I was really trying!).

Strange cake-y malts and some yeastiness. Sweet and strangely syrupy in aroma, like canned fruit light syrup. Marzipan and sweet almond. Artificial peach, but not THAT sweet. Nothing interesting going on here.

Thin flavors with more of that artificial peach and yeast nuttiness to imply that it was intended to be a Belgian-style ale. Frankly, it could just be past its prime. And, it probably is, but there are no real indicators of oxidation or the like. Just thinness, wheat malts, flat hop bitterness, and leftover wort-y sugars. A most strange Belgian Pale Ale. Need dried up and the yeast needs swapped out for something more quality.

The feel is greasy, but with some carbonation to confuse things. Too syrupy in the body, which allows for a slight, but very much unwanted, stickiness. Unfriendly.

Having some trouble getting through this one. Everything is off, and more than just slightly. Hard to believe the appearance got rated the worst (but hey, it does look awful). Can't speak too kindly about the rest of it, neither.

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Photo of CHickman
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Vanz
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%

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 greybeardloon
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

no apparent dating

A: Copper with a head that dissipates surprisingly quickly.

S: Sweet maltiness and a touch of herbaceousness. Interesting smell, but not particularly pronounced.

T: Sweet, bready malt again, with a soft yeastiness. There's a touch of dried grass and something like pepper lingers on the finish. I expected more spicy notes than I'm picking up. The flavor is pretty round and balanced in spite of the sweet malt, but it's not all that interesting.

M: Medium, but less carbonation than I would like.

O: This beer would be a great session beer but for the abv and the sweetness (which isn't cloying but does get to you after a while).

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Photo of elricorico
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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 stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet malt and some floral accents make this a nice effort from Meteor. Dark orange amber with tiny skin of a head. Malt and fruit (apples and oranges)notes are up front in the aroma and taste. smooth and mellow, simple but complex.

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atis
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale golden with fozzy off-white head that dissipates immediately, no lacing. Aroma feels rather weak - it is light erthy malt with floral hops, spice, weak alcohol and fruity esters.

Taste is sweet malt with hints of caramel, some light hop bitterness and spice that seemed to become more pronounced as the beer warmed up. Dry finish and sweet and light spicy alcoholic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation and some warming sensation in finish.

Overall, the beer is not very good, but as it was not expensive, it was well worth the money.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Vestlake
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of biggred1
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in pokal (signature Meteor glass)

Appearance: Darker gold color with bubbles all over the body with a white head maybe 1/3'

Smell: Average hops smell, nothing to go crazy for.

Taste: Above average hops taste, I really like the taste. It is lightly bold if that makes sense. Creamy taste that makes you think it's a crossover between a marzen and an ale.

Mouth: Average at best. Little crisp but ok mouth.

Overall: For the price at 5 bucks or so a 6 pack it is worth your time. A quick one to have right after work. Enjoy and keep drinking, Salud!

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Photo of sd123
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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 metter98
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
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 thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 paleoplant
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Wendelinus Blonde from Brasserie Meteor
Beer rating: 25.5% out of 100 with 47 ratings
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