Wendelinus Blonde | Brasserie Meteor

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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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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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 mychalg9
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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 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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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Wendelinus Blonde from Brasserie Meteor
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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