Bon-Secours Blonde
Brasserie Caulier

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #330
Ranked #34,837
3.67 | pDev: 14.99%
Brasserie Caulier
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 38
Photo of Shanex
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 33cl bottle poured into a teku glass, this is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale at 8%, pouring a massive head (though logical in this teku) lasting for a bit.

Smells orange, Belgian yeast and citrus, I could tell in a blind taste this was Belgian. This is apparently a small family brewery. The taste remind me of Triple Karmeliet, to make a comparison and it does feel more like a tripel than a pale ale. Interesting balance of bitter/sweet.

As usual from Belgian in the style, it's strong yet drinkable, though I just got back from a 2km walk after lunch and needed something I could drink easily while resting a bit and watching Americans sitcom.

Overall this is fairly good, for a first taste, I'm not sure where the person who offered it to me purchased this, in a mall I'd guess and probably not available on the other side of the pond but who knows. It's one among many in the style in Belgium but worthy of a taste, if ever given the chance to sip on it...

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Photo of safaricook
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought at my second visit to the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium. Opened swing-top bottle with a gigantic plop. Poured into a Koninck chalice.

fluffy thick foam that lasts forever but not much of a lacing, slightly murky pale orange-yellow body with some carbonation.

smells of Belgian yeast, citric esters and orange, herbs

taste is a fine balance of restrained bitterness and (biscuit?) sweetness, but also some spices that remind me of a Belgian Tripel rather than a Blonde as in the name or as it is categorized here.

great fluffy foam to bite through, body is light but not watery. some carbonation tickles on the tongue.

This a very good and balanced Tripel. It is very well balanced. I wonder why I haven't seen that more often as it stands side by side with the best of its category. I have not a single complaint and I love the fluffy thick head. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of stevoj
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice frothy head, but this beer is tangy and tart and hard on the palate. After sampling some smooth, buttery blonde Belgian beers, this one comes off as harsh. Decent taste, aroma and appearance, but overall presentation is bit difficult.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: like a lemon mergiune pie, bright yellow with a fluffy white head

smell: citrus, honey, typical belgian yeast aroma.

taste: bready and sweet, acidic flavors, lemon

drinkability: overall its a nice belgian ale would match it vs any blonde ale. nice....

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Colored grapefruit juice. Fruity aromas including the classic combination of coriander and Curacao. Full flavor, quite fruity but unfortunately, a few notable finish. A passable lager without much originality or great folly, which is struggling to convince anyway.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tall necked flip-top 33cl bottle, unable to find any best before date.

Poured into a Duvel glass: when I say poured, I really mean gushed into the glass because as soon as I flipped the top it rose like an active volcano all over the table before I could get the glass to it.

The beer was therefore murky and dirty in appearance, a grubby, dull old gold colour. The head was huge, large bubbles of pure white sat above the dishwater looking body of beer.

Really yeasty aroma, almost as strong as when leaning over a fermentation tank during the yeast rising (to a cauliflower head) period. Spicey hops too.

The beer began to settle a bit and it became more of a grapefruit juice colour and thickness. Darker towards the bottom of the glass, as the sediment slowly sank. The taste was semi-sweet and sour, with lemon, pink grapefruit, coriander and pepper all coming and going within the tasting.

The beer was medium bodied once the sediment fully settled and quiet pleasant, just took so long before I could write this about the beer.

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Photo of stephen1162
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened the 750ml bottle and the foam began to rise immediately. I quickly poured about 10 ounces into my generic Belgian glass. The beer was pale blond, with a generous head. The smell was typical for a Belgian blond, but not overpowering. The taste was also typical Belgian blond - mild citrus and coriander, but once again, somewhat weak in flavor.

Overall, a mediocre offering, but not bad.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow.

Smells of citrus.

Taste is lime, citrus, lemon peel, slight pepper, some belgian yeast, candi sugar.

Has a high amount of carbonation but it doesn't take away from the brew.

Overall a good brew that's different than most blondes and offers a bit more complexity.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear, golden beer with a crude big, bubbly head that settles into a lacing foam. Some yeast flakes float around in the beer.

Smell is a tad sharp, higher alcohols, oxidation, alcohol, not the most pleasant smell. Underneath there a low maltiness and a mdeium bitterness.

Taste is warming with the higher alcohols and simply alcohol present. A fruity yeastiness that has notes of exotic fruits like pineapple. Malt is buried under the unpleasant alcohols.

One of the least offerings from this brewery. Ambree and Brune are better.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance: light color, well saturated (little bubbles). White foam particularly abundant, dense and tidiness, although white.
Smell: hop
Taste and mouthfeel: deliciously hoped. A sweet and alcoholic perfectly observed by a slight bitterness of hops.
Drinkability: a very good Belgian beer

Review added 10-29-2007, translated from french 1-27-2008.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml flip top bottle

Pours with a cloudy amber body, straw yellow hints, patchy tight white head with good retention. Some lacing

Smell, fresh spicy pineapple and mango. Strong almondy esters, whiff of fresh bread, some dry yeast on the finish

Taste, bready alcohol, hint of pine nuts and lots of dry alcoholic fresh fruit. Little bit of mixed spice and lasting yeasty bready alcohol

A tasty belgian ale, pricey at almost £3 a bottle but worth a try

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Photo of brentk56
1.73/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

2 liter bottle with a different label than shown here...

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemonade color with a meringue of a head; good lacing

Smell: Acetaldehyde (nail polish) aromatics; redolent of fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts with a lemony flavor that quickly becomes overly acidic; some residual sugar appears after the swallow; fusel alcohol finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation; considerable warming

Drinkability: Drain pour

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Photo of mdagnew
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml swing top bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast

Poured a light coppery yellow colour with some golden hints... White head poured thick and meringue like then faded slowly to a thin layer... Fair amount lot of carbonation drifts to the surface...lots of sticky lacing coats the glass...

Aroma - Nice strong fruitiness (pineapples, grapefruits, pears), barely any maltiness, peppery / grassy hop bitterness, some creamy vanilla notes, hay, spicy, some salty notes, faint coriander / thyme hints...

Taste – Nice spicy hop bitterness, tart spicy fruits (apples, grapefruits, light lemons), light floral honey sweetness, some yeasty notes, light saltiness, creamy, pale malts, light grassy notes, peppery, some alcohol comes through...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body... Very refreshing and pretty drinkable even at 8%...

Overall - A good clean crisp and well made pale ale.... Nothing groundbreaking but well worth a try...

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first encounter with this kind of beer. When I drank it for the first time, I had to adapt a bit.
It comes in a 2 litre bottle so the first glasses are foggy golden. But the one I’m reviewing now is from the bottem of the bottle and I’m starting to wonder if there’s not too much yeast in my glass now. A deacent carbonation level. The first glasses had an enourmous head, but the last ones have yust some big bubbles along the side.
At this point the odour is overwhelming, yeast, fungus and alcohol. Someone sitting a metre away from me noticed that the odour was very strong.
Taste is rather simple, but strong in it’s simplicity. Overpowering are the yeast and alcohol. Adject are the (still strong) barnyard flavours. They remind me of the stables and I think there is even some earth there too. The more you get to the yeast on the bottem the more sour the taste becomes. And the earth tones turn more to beach sand.
The aftertaste is the continuation of the beer. But at moments it turns to very dark bread.

Great brew, I have bought two so far and am going around to share this brew with friends. The bottle on it’s own is a magnificent piece.

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Photo of
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy pale gold with a substantial amount of foam for the ABV. The aroma was cotton candy, followed by honey and apples. Taste was was honey/apples/ginger, with some hop influence to balance it out. Finish was a little bit of pepper. The mouthfeel was lively and well carbonated. Overall, a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy pale golden with a low white head which was wispy but lasted enough to lap at the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong caramel presence and a light fruity citrus with alcohol spicy phenolics thrown in for good measure. The aroma was toffee and interesting.

The flavor was light, almost too light with a nice caramel flavor and a light peppery spice and a decent bittering that was just a bit on the low side. Nothing about the flavor was over the top or even near the edge, quite the contrary and more rear of the pack.

The finish was dry with a light spice and a husky character lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol was really only a factor in the aroma and warming after consumption. I would not go out of my way to find this one again, but would take it if someone offered.

11.2 ounce flip top bottle (I would have sworn that it held more than that just by looking at the bottle.) No freshness dating.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 330 ml bottle with a flip top poured into a Julius tulip glass. "Best By" dated 07/05, which I missed by 8 months.

Opened the flip top to a very loud champagne cork like sound. Took me a little by surprise...but a grand enry.

Poured a huge white head, fluffy and large bubble. A nice orange/golden color, slightly hazy. Lots of carbonation rising. Also, rather strangely, lots of sediment. Certainly the most I've seen in any beer.

Smell is peppery and winey. Quite smooth. Not too much there. Taste is sweet with mostly the yeast coming through. A dry aftertaste with some bananas and sour apple hints. Don't taste the 8% alcohol [but I feel it now!]. Nothing outstanding, but nothing offensive.

Mouthfeel is quite light with only a slight carbonation tingling [which is surprising since it showed a good amount of carbonation when poured]. Overall, it is reasonably drinkable. I certainly won't go out of my way to buy another, but would certainly accept it if given to me.

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Photo of TheJudge
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A small bottle at Petit Abielle, not on the menu but the owner found it for me. The pour is perfect. A beautiful fluffy white head with perfect lace. A lovely opaque dark yellow, this looks real good.

The smell is exceptional as well. Strong malts, aroma of citrus and perhaps banana. The citrus smell carries into the taste with a bitter bite that is very nice. Yum. Not overly carbonated, the malts run off the tongue, a great feeling at the back of the mouth.

I could certainly have more of this. Would like to find it on tap somewhere. Yum.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 11-07 so more then in time and probably quiet fresh. Bon secours pours in very fine with a huge and long lasting snowwhite head. Color is gold with some haze in it.
Smell is sweet malty, candysugar, alcoholic and probably litle DMS. Taste is sweetsour malty with litle bitter aftertaste comming also from yeast. Quiet empty for a 8% beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cloudy dark yellow colored ale with a big bright white head. The aroma has a fruity sour aroma (like a lambic) with a peppery hop background. Has a light fruity sweetness followed a easy tart sour flavor. The finish is a snappy peppery hop ending. Although not an agressive Belgian but still a tasty treat.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm more into brunettes and redheads, but what the hell...
Pop goes the swing-top, and we begin. Pale dull yellow color, cloudy, underneath a milky white tarp, well-retained. Citric and sour in the nose, with an indefinable, but utterly Belgian funk about it, honeyish and peppery at the same time.
Taste? Sweetness, more honey and green apples, bunked up with citic sour, pears and peach, creating a neat spark on the palate, then softly finishing. An unusual mix, this one, not for everybody, but an intriquing brew to set aswim in the mouth.
Light bodied, but makes a memorable impression, although I can't say I'm too crazy about it.
Not bad, but not for me.

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Photo of Crosling
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First the Blonde followed by the Dark. Both were free. Ha Ha.

Super Pale. The head is creamy and laces well.

Lemon drops in the nose accompanied by cookie dough and herbs.

A small hint of cellar mustiness with lemon, pineapple, sharp acidic notes and herbs. Slightly cloying and moderately bitter.

Is this a tripel or a golden ale? It's in between the two.


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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A rather unique and attractive looking 11.2 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. A wide base is topped by a curved shoulder and an hour glass thin neck that is sealed with a ceramic stopper fitted with a red rubber washer. A sturdy wire is needed to hold this in place because when it was released, it had a furious “phuppp” and a single wisp of light gray gun smoke.

A vertical neck label covers the swing top steelwork, and has the words ‘Alc. 8% Vol. - Brasserie Caulier Blonde. The main obverse label has a picture of two old fashioned copper brew kettles above the words ‘Bon Secours Bière Vivante!! - Belgian Ale’. The words ‘Hand Crafted Belgian blonde ale” below, with a picture of a red wax seal listing the beer as ‘8%vol – Biere Artisanal’. A reverse label is nicked to indicate that this is from ‘Lot Nr.E’ and ‘Best Before 05-2007’.

Appearance: Light golden color with a pale straw appearance. Decent size white frothy head forms during the pour and stays around for a while, never rescinding to less than ¼” covering. Excellent fine patterned lacing clings to my LopLop Glass. Plenty of streamers continually rise throughout.

Nose: Has a fruity nose with a fresh lemon smell, yet without associate the acidic tinge. Some yeast and wheat hints, has an aroma that reminds me of a Wheat Beer at times.

Taste: Starts with a mild sweet feel that is taken over by a lovely fresh lemon middle that is both refreshing and tasty. Some yeast and wheat with apples and pears in the latter third as the alcohol leaves a light trace. This is quite a dry beer that has only feint hints of alcohol, hops, acidity and malt, some yeast character yet a very fruity feel overall.

Mouthfeel: The 8% alcohol is certainly in the mouthfeel, but aided by the carbonation to lend somewhat of a light feel to this Blonde. Never thin, but light at times.

Drinkability: A crisp refreshing Blonde that has no strong features, yet plenty of ancillary secondary ones. This adds to its charm and immense Drinkability. Due to the fact that many aspects seem to vie for favor, with only the fruity lemon actually breaking through to be any close to dominant, much like a Wheat Beer, this would make a dangerous 8% Session ale, yet I know you could manage a few pints of this if you were unaware of its strength.

Overall: A decent drink, but nothing overwhelming.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale gold, good clarity, HUGE pillow of pure-white foam, good head retention, lace

Aroma: malt, wheat, floral hops (saaz?), a bit grainy, honey, soap, acetone

Flavor: rich sweetness followed by a slight drying from the alcohol, mild hop flavor, yeast, semi-dry finish with a malty aftertaste, touch of clove

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, sparkling carbonation, alcohol warmth, a bit astringent on the back sides of the tongue

Overall Impression: The swing-top bottle popped off with a head-turning POW! (typical of Caulier's beers). Hard to pour this one without the glass filling with foam. Pretty good beer, though. Like a subdued Duvel with a little of that Wallonian mustiness that you find in beers like Urthel and others by Caulier.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with a very large and long-lasting cream colored head that settled over very yeast-hazed liquid at it's leisure. The nose is yeasty/fruity and candy-like too. The taste is lightly roasted maltiness with some residual sweetness. Crisp yet restrained bitterness follows, balancing this ale out. The finish is sweetish with more fruitiness and a smidge of warming alcohol going down. Nice.

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Bon-Secours Blonde from Brasserie Caulier
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 38 ratings