Jean-Claude Van Blond | Wit's End Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Wit's End Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jean-Claude Van Blond is inspired by the action hero in all of us. It features a Belgian yeast strain and is built on a lighter malt profile with just a touch of oats for a silky body and some additional depth. You will find this beer intriguing and hard to define—which is just the way we like it.

The yeast provides some fresh dough, banana, pineapple and clove aromas to dazzle the senses. The lighter malts give this beer its color and soft grainy flavors. It is mashed longer and at lower temperatures to produce a dry yet complex beer. Although easy drinking, there is soft and surprising intensity just like the ancient Dim Mak technique!

Added by bfields4 on 04-02-2012

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 14
Reviews by bfields4:
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow haze. Nice white head, but doesn't hold.

Smells of lemon zest, bananas and maybe even a bit of apricot. Very Belgian yeasty.

Crisp citrus bite. Banana yeast tones. Nice oat mellowness. Not a complexity of flavors but hits all the right notes.

Good easy drinker. Nice warm weather/lighter beer to enjoy a few of. The oat provides a good smoothness throughout.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.76/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of inthedeets
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very clean tasty blond. There are plenty of blonds out there but this beer has an almost farmhouse feel to it. I really dig the belgian character coming from the yeast. Really well done

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dcscientist
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Funny name, decent beer. I've had better blondes, but this one wasn't bad at all. I'll try other offerings from this brewer when I see them around town. I did get a faint oat taste, as advertised, but certainly not like in an oatmeal stout or something more intense. That's fine for a beer this light.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jean-Claude Van Blond from Wit's End Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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