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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also called "Singing Blonde".

Added by NeroFiddled on 03-19-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
75
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.55%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 75
Photo of teromous
2.15/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No bottle or import date.

Appearance: The head is short and fizzy with a white appearance. It appears momentarily and then vanishes as fast (or faster) than the head on a soda leaving nothing behind. The body of the beer is a hazy dark gold and orange color. A lot of sediment is left in the glass before the bottom of the bottle is reached.

Aroma: The beer smells like sour grapes. Nothing else on the nose.

Taste: A massive tart flavor up front that scorches the taste buds like sucking on a warhead. It has a bit of an apple cider and white wine character to it. If I tasted this blind I doubt I would recognize it as a beer. To the beer's credit it does have an interesting fruit-like flavor but it is overwhelming as a giant sour bomb without any nuance or subtlety.

Mouthfeel: It has a very abrasive tartness. Raspy and rough across the palate.

Overall: I found myself having to score gradients of bad on this beer. As a sour beer it gives you a sour character and not much else. As anything else in the realm of Belgian ales or beers in general it leaves much to be desired. I checked the website and they mention that "The first taste is sweet but soon you become aware of a hint of ginger." (translated) This does not describe the beer that I had at all. I would not drink it again and I would not recommend it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Unibroue tulip. 9.8% ABV, Best by D 12 punched through the label.

Thanks to my cousin TheD-Train for bringing this over.

A - Hazy golden yellow color with a foamy white head. Tall foam from the pour after a slow-gushing beer but no retention and low, patchy specks of lace.

S - The first whiff of this is funky; straw, fresh-cut grass, and a hint of floral hops. The second whiff has a full nose of band-aid medicinal aromas with a little bit of burnt rubber that gets even stronger when it's swirled. Down-right disgusting.

T - Dry straw and pale malts. A little crystal malt and candi sugar adds sweetness. The hops are there with a floral flavor and light bitterness. The finish has an off-touch of sourness. Meh. It's not as terrible as the aroma is but it's not great either.

M - Medium-light-bodied and very carbonated with a light dry bitterness and a touch of sour on the finish.

D - I hold my breath when going for sip and that's just not right. Both of us are just gonna drain-pour this sucker. It's way off.

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Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this at a good temperature with a smallish off-white, foamy head that settled right down and a bit of lace. Color is a clear amber with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, citrus, malt, grass, spice. Flavor’s like nose, a bit vineous, very slightly sweet, a bit fruity, some tartness, some bitter. Body is ok, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, on the pungent side, and longish with a little alcohol warmth. Ok beer, not one of the best.

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Photo of Reegze79
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Big Belgian Blonde....hazy, straw-orange hue, no head retention....classic Belgian ale nose and a really sweet, malty taste. The 9.8% really comes through nicely. Definitely a sipper

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The initial pour yielded a turbid tangerine color with an overwhelming solid foam structure for a head standing 5 fingers high at first. Snow white in color the head was very well lasting leaving sticky patches of foam adhering to the glass walls. Visible effervesce was incredibly strong with a steadfast showering display.

S: Upon first uncapping the nose was pungently strong with a lemon sourness while in the glass it was a bit more tame. Musky flowers with a tangerine sourness and lemon juice like quality are most evident along with a fading representation of wet hay and wheat.

T: The flavor was acidic with a tangerine sourness backed by a cream of wheat flair. There is a good deal of sourness here, almost mouth puckering at times like lemon juice. The alcohol is noticeable but pretty well manageable and concealed by the pungent lemony sourness. While I like sours this even made me squint like popeye at times and left a sour twang of questionable grapefruit pulp juice that lasted until the next morning deep in my throat.

M: The mouthful is lively with a burst of carbonation. Creamy, yet very fluid on the tongue with a smooth character.

D: A sour blonde with a bit more sourness then hopping. Packs quite a punch so one is more then plenty. A slow methodical sipper that was only moderately enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is alcohol, oranges, wheat and bread. The flavor is oranges, nuts, lemons, wheat and alcohol. The beer is nearly 10 percent ABV and you can definitely smell and taste it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is sweet malt, lemon peel, grapes and some grassy and floral hops. It's a nice aroma, but it's also a bit weak. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. The beer tastes like lemon and orange peel, honey, peppery spice, white grapes and a bit of sour apples. There's also a slight bitter/sour finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is alright, I thought it wasn't hard to drink at all. I thought this was a decent enough brew, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from bottle at Mondiale 2010. Mostly yeasty aroma. Decent above average mouthfeel. In your face taste. Suitable carbonation. Surprisingly tangy, citrus, pepper,some sour, honey, and complex, in addition to candi. good Belgian, good drinkability.

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Photo of kindacold
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowish color. Sediment in bottom of glass looks like a yeast culture. Barely any head.

Smells of citrus mostly. I was worried at first that it had gone bad, but after tasting it I know that's not the case.

Tastes almost like a sour ale. Citrus notes with some subtle spice.

Very light in the mouth, easy to drink. Don't notice the alcohol until after you swallow, then it warms you a bit.

Decent beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, straw/gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of grapes, tartness, hint of hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp, crisp, and an average carbonation level. There is also a tartness and slight dryness present. Tastes of grapes, tartness, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, good tartness, decent body, and mostly dominated by grape flavors.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dogfish Head snifter contains a cloudy, honey-gold beer. Effervescence produces a modest white head that quickly retreats.

The aroma is fresh and clean, similar to white wine. There is some earthiness and sour dough.

This difficult-to-pronounce beer has a light tartness with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Again it is quite suggestive of white wine.
Dry with alcohol as expected. The body is full and palate coating.

More enjoyable than scoring might suggest. This beer warms well on its own and is good with spicy pasta.

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Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow gold in color with a small white head that faded quickly; basically no lacing, but great bubbles racing up the beer.

Smells like a pear or apple cider, with grapefruit, lemon, yeast, sweet malt and wheat or grass; smells like fruity beer and has a very soft overall aroma that's nice.

Tastes of yeast, grapefruit, lemon, sweet malts, sour apple, very light caramel, faint alcohol and wheat or grass. Nice complex fruit flavor that's got a semi-dry finish with a slight pucker.

Very creamy and slick on the tongue, with a light feel with little to no carbonation and medium body. This went down fast and easy.

Very tasty and highly drinkable with no trace of the alcohol in the taste; I would have this again as it was very mellow and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz stubby bottle into a tulip.

A- Hazy, sediment laden and golden. Pours with ~1 finger of very effervescent white head, which fades almost instantly into a few stray bubbles on the edges.

S- Light pear and apple fruitiness, with hints of spicy hops and Belgian yeast character.

T- A fair amount of the pear/greet apple fruitiness with some citrus notes in the mix. Sweetness is moderate, with quite a bit of tart / sour character to balance. Just a bit of "Belgian yeast" character. 9.8 % alcohol blends in incredibly. Tasty.

M- Crisp with moderate, fine carbonation. Medium feel.

O- Good. Considering the heft of a 9.8% ABV, very easy drinking and tasty to boot.

Future outlook: I've quite enjoyed both of the beers from this brewery, and will have to eventually try the rest of their lineup.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, hazy gold with a thin, creamy white mousse that laces deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of lemon, lime, oak, spicy ale yeast, grass, herbs, and some lactic, acetic funk are present on the nose. This ale definitely stands out compared to many other examples of the style.

T: Notes of grass, hay, lemon, lime, heavy cream, white pepper, oak, talc, chalk, fresh herbs, biscuits, and spicy, funky yeast are pronounced. The finish is smooth and long with an intriguing interplay of yeasty funk and citrus.

M: This ale is light-bodied for the style, starting off dry, but smooth, and gradually becoming denser and stickier. Carbonation is gentle. Alcohol presence is restrained.

O: This is a quality Belgian strong pale ale with a unique flavor profile. As a matter of fact, I would not hesitate to call Zingende Blondine eccentric compared to its peers. If you enjoy quirky ales, this one is worth tracking down and savoring.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy golden color and formed a snow white foamy head that coated the glass with lace as is subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of barley, spices and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hosp, spices, candy and pepper. The body was light and the finish slightly sprite.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dim, dull golden body with a small, but resilient white head. The bottle was a bit of a gusher and the surge of bubbles kicked up a fine yeast sediment which imparted a cloudiness.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented nose of mildly bready malts (in the way the squishy insides of a standard-issue dinner roll tastes) with notes of ripe orchard fruits and light floral and spice accents.

Taste: Soft barley and perhaps even some pils malt with just a minute amount of tanginess and a moderate amount of sweetness. Overly ripe peach fruitiness comes in with, maybe, a small hint of green apple and white grapes. Then, a bit more sweetness hits the tongue. Subtle florals. Touch of sour dough yeast character. Some slight peppery alcohol tones as you near the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad lil' Belgian. It's got a nice array of complexities and goes down fairly easy for being almost ten percent alcohol. If you can't get this in your area, RblWthACoz will trade you for it.

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Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of sugar-coated green apples and hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by green apple and pear flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of small amounts of leafy hops. Near the end of the sip very slight funk comes into play before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass however I’m not sure about another.

Overall I was impressed with this beer until it had a chance to warm up, at which point the sweetness came out more than I was expecting. If this beer could manage to be a bit drier it would be very good, but even as it is it’s worth a shot.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Tria Rittenhouse poured into a tulip glass. Bottle reads "Singing Blonde," presumably for those of us who aren't fluent in Flemish.

The body is slightly hazy, and the color resembles that of a Berliner Weissbier, as it is light straw in color. The head is lively, but it is fleeting and lingers only for a second or two. The head only reaches about a cm max in height. Coarse and fizzy, it never has a chance. However, towards the bottom of the glass, I do get some spiderwebbed lacing around the sides, starting just in the middle of the tulip's bulb.

The aroma is tropical and spicy. Clove and coriander go along with some grapefruit zest. As a result, there is a clean sourness that tastes like a young lactic character. This beer smells and tastes like the cross between a Berlinerweiss and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I get the bready supple feel that is so characteristic of a Belgian yeast strain. As mentioned before, the clove and coriander notes are there, but there is also some white pepper in the flavor. The grapefruit citrus note fades, but the tart kick remains. Interesting.

Lively and light on the palate. A very bright-feeling beer, I don't think there is enough complexity or body to really put this one over the top, but it is a compelling take on a Belgian Pale Ale, and I would say it is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of wschmit
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: A very hazy straw-colored body supports a very bit of fine white head that quickly fizzled out. The barest ring remains, though there's some active carbonation in the body, and this did foam over a bit.

S: Tartness and brett on the nose, very pleasant. More acetic than lactic acid, and the brett is more on the order of Orval than something truly barnyard-ish. Some wheat towards the end. Quite pleasant, better than I expected.

T: Good lemony, orange tartness, balanced by a nice fruity sweetness that aids but does not overwhelm. Next to no hopping. Some mild yeasty bread flavor in the end, but really this strikes me as juicy, in a good way.

M: A nice full body, but not thick. I think the carbonation is low, but appropriate to that juiciness mentioned above, and not a trace of alcohol to my palate. Suits the warm weather, despite the ABV.

O: This is pretty good. It was about 5 bucks for the bottle, and given its high ABV but easy drinkability, it's worth that to me. I'd get it again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (labeled "Singing blonde"). Pours a cloudy light golden color with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, peppery spices, and yeast. Flavor is bready/yeasty upfront with spices and a sweet finish. Pretty good BSA, very enjoyable.

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Photo of John_M
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hudson St. Stackhouse.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, gold color with great head retention and considerable lacing. The is attractive, but a bit reticent. I get some light honey and clove, but with some underlying nutmeg and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but seemed better, with the sweet honey and vanilla dominating the light sour. There's some cherry, candy orange slice and grape in the flavor profile as well. Still, the light sour really helps the mouthfeel, as the beer is light on its feet for a 9.8% beer, and drinkability is exceptional. The beer is fairly sweet, but there's enough light sour to counter it, and keep the beer from becoming heavy or cloying on the palate.

Nice beer, no doubt....

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Photo of Neffbeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a golden yellow with good clarity. There is a two finger white head that hangs around for a bit, minimal lacing.

S: It smells very tart with noticeable amounts of belgian yeast in play. Apples, pears, grapes and some doughy goodness. There is a faint whiff of herbal/floral hops and some honey.

T: The first taste is sweet with the fruit flavors stepping forward. There is a touch of the doughy yeast and some bittering hops in the finish. One would never know that this brew is almost 10%. Excellent attenuation, as the beer finish quite dry. As the beer reaches room temperature the herbal qualities of the hops are much more apparent and the sweetness backs off.

M: Moderate body with some prickly carbonation.

O: This has been a very enjoyable brew. It is quite dangerous at 10% given the balanced flavors hiding the booze so well. I will definitely seek this beer out again.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dull gold color into my Chimay chalice. Lots of floaties add to the cloudiness. The delicately bubbly white head is small and fades fast. Smell is pretty good....Belgian yeast, light fruit and pepper. Taste is similar. I have a bad habit of not waiting for the beer to warm up before sampling. In this case, I missed out on the yeast flavor (some Tripels and other Belgian beers that I like have an almost cheese like aroma and flavor from Belgian yeast).

When the beer was warmer, this very welcome flavor became apparent. In the meantime the apples and pears, slight hops bitterness and touch of pepper took care of the first half of the bottle. The other flavor that kicked in towards the end was a little sourness. This provides a nice counterbalance to the fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich like a Belgian should be. Alcohol presence is minimal despite the 9.8% abv. Complexity makes this interesting.

Well worth a try.

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Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lastig ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Sweet ester-y fruit aroma with some zesty spice, subtle hops and alcohol. Crisp fruit notes, notably apple, pear and grape countered by floral/piney hops and peppery spice.

Medium bodies with a slight creamy texture and some sort carbonation up front followed by a prominent yeast presence that gives off hints of crisp, light fruit. There's also some zesty spice with hints of pepper and clove followed by some earthy hops and alcohol sweetness that lingers into a slight dry finish.

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Photo of ddebals
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New beer at our pub since early april. Remarkably good. But pay attention: almost 10% alcohol, but you hardly remark it. It does not have that much body, but it surely has a delicate taste. I'm a bit more inclined for brown beers, but this one is really good, and not brown at all. Nice glass, but nothing special.

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