Blonde Hunny Ale | Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Blonde Hunny AleBlonde Hunny Ale
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Blonde Hunny AleBlonde Hunny Ale

Brewed by:
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing this beer is straw Yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers. If the yeast has settled, swirl before you pour.

Added by Jadjunk on 08-02-2012

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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of nmann08
2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color and a hard pour raises a bit of head that fades rather quickly to modest levels, though the lacing provides some remembrance of the experience; the spices, however, linger harshly in the aftertaste

Smell: Bread and honey; very yeasty, with cardamom and white pepper tones

Taste: Bread and honey forward, with the yeasty phenols taking over in the mid-palate, bringing strong cardamom and white pepper tones; the residual honeyed sweetness returns, in the finish, producing a fruity, almost cidery, effect

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite a different experience, to be honest, and I wasn't expecting much looking at the overall score; many of those who have taken the time to actually write a review are scoring it higher (perhaps higher than they otherwise would, just to boost the overall score); the flavors here are unusual and, though I am not in love with this hunny, she is a much better date than the overall score reflects; the spicing is a bit over the top but this an experience I won't quickly forget

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

The CANQuest ™ CANtinues to pick up speed as I CANtinue to roll through some of my back inventory. This one came north in a trade, but lacked an approved pic, so I had to wait for that to happen before I could bring myself to lay hands on her, er, it.

From the CAN: “Belgian style Blonde Ale brewed with honey and spices”; “Howling Good Beer”; “Am unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing, this beer is straw yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers. If the yeast has settled, swirl before you pour.”

I love that they are encouraging me to swirl this Blonde around! My Hunny, #TheOldLady, does not dig what she perceives as my mishandling of beers, especially ones in CANs, but I find that an inverted Glug works for me.

I swirled the Blonde Hunny around, I Crack!ed her open, I turned her upside down so that she could Glug as much as she liked and she still only gave me a little bit of head! Story of my life. Really, though, the brief finger of foamy, bone-white head quickly fell to wisps. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), so at least the swirl roused her up. Nose smelled kind of like the Saisons of the past couple of days. I was getting black pepper or coriander, a light honey sweetness, soft fruitiness and even a little mustiness. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely of honey, very sweet on the tongue initially, and then I got a light spiciness behind it. I am not a style maven, but they seemed to be playing fast and loose with a Belgian Blonde. Finish straddled between semi-sweet and semi-dry as the honey lent it an inherent sweetness, but the spices were working to dry it out. Not bad, but one Blonde, Begian or not, at a time for me in my advancing age.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yep, that's right. Another beer from the bodacious woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy yellowish color with a small head. Smell, is very mild, light fruits, not getting very much here. Taste is lemony, some yeast, a touch of spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow golden in color. Slightly hazy in appearance. Honey sweetness forward. Rounds out with golden ale flavors of pale malt and lower bitterness. Slightly Metallic. It's ok.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a can to a tulip glass. Had a golden color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. A good amount of lacing.

S: A sharp, not entirely welcoming aroma of light hops, honey, yeast, and some spices.

T: Tasted of a tinge of Belgian-style yeast, a light smattering of hops (not quite enough), an odd chemical element (I can't find a better way to express that), light spices (pepper) a bit more of the honey than necessary, and malt. There's an aggressive harshness to the flavor that kind of drowns out any chance for the best ingredients to shine through. Not that interesting.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this feels like a missed opportunity. The honey could have been an interesting addition.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of markgugs
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was just alright. The label says there is honey in there, but this was much sweeter than expected.

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Photo of argock
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serve on-tap in a tapered-waist clear serving glass at Fry Spring Station (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Soft honey-amber with a short cap of off-white head with poor retention and no lacing.

S: Aroma is sweet malt with some Belgian yeast spice and herbal hopping.

T: The honey presence is clear but there is not a whole lot else to suggest this beer. The hopping is herbal and earthy but light, and the malt component is pretty thin and wanting.

M: The mouthfeel is lighter than the ABV but the carbonation is way too light and it give the beer a thin, watery feel.

O: A really disappointing beer all the way around.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jaymo18
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Blonde Hunny Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Beer rating: 41.3% out of 100 with 150 ratings
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