Wendelinus Blonde | Brasserie Meteor

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81
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47 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Meteor
France
brasserie-meteor.fr

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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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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Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
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 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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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 BlackHaddock
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
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 Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of sd123
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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 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 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 BeerAdvocate
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%

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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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 CHickman
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
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 mychalg9
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thecheapies
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
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 JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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 bsp77
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
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 OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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 mpalestino
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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 M_C_Hampton
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of azdback
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Wendelinus Blonde from Brasserie Meteor
3.43 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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