Lunatic Blonde
Wicked Weed Brewing

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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #10
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,898
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 8.25%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
198
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Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
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Photo of MECove
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of head and thick lacing. It's not clear in a glass but it doesn't say unfiltered. It's 6.5 % and pleasantly flavorful and not "thick" or "oily." It's definitely a worthwhile blonde style although I'd suggest a sweeter after-taste.

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

Pours a clear deep medium-deep gold with abundant effervescence streaming up from the goblet srem. The pour produces almost 3 fingers of soap bubble foamy, glowing white, moderately lasting head that recedes to a thick island cap and bunchie collar ring but leaves behind minor lacing. Aroma is light but clean bready pale and cracker malt with notes of fruity melon, banana, orange, white fruit and cloves. This taste like a fruity Bohemian pilsner fermented with Belgian ale yeast. How novel. Flavors of bread, cracker/biscuit malt, orange, lemon, grass, banana, cloves and white fruit hints in a dry finish are all present producing a hop bitter dry aftertaste that is out of character with the style but I think that's what they were after. Not as balanced as their video suggests, still it is quite nice. Not World-Class but certainly very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate-high carbonation, smooth, creamy, tongue embracing and slightly juicy.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
1.86/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

With a opaque dark straw color, it’s…bitter! Despite the yeasty malts and dried fruits, it’s very piney throughout the tasting, including the aftertaste with yeast bread overtones. It’s not very enjoyable overall!

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12-oz. can into a big tulip. Hazy gold with a lot of suspended yeast and a thick white head that leaves a sizeable cap for some time. Very traditional Belgian on the nose: banana, clove, spice. They claim they've tried to leave the hops forward on the nose, but I don't detect much. However, there is definitely some hoppiness in the flavor. You still get the ester sweetness, but there is much more balancing bitterness than there typically is in the style. Mouthfeel is a little thin and slick.

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Photo of Crimson-RV
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 12 oz canwith a three finger head lasting a while. A strong fruity aroma i thought this would be aweful or awesome. the aroma was grape, fig and plum, the taste decisively exceeded the aroma with fruit yeast coriander a surprising floral and grassy hop presence and a slight taste of pepper. I think anybody who has drank at least two craft ales could have easily spoted at least four if not five different flavor components. this was my first wicked weed beer and i hope to find more in central Tennessee great beer.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very aromatic and sweet Belgian Pale Ale. The beer is very easy to drink and pair with some food while somewhat cold but once it warms up the flavors of the yeast become more pronounced (not in a bad way). A very nice beer with very little in the way of hops as per the style of course.

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Photo of Lucular
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid Belgian blonde ale with nice bubblegum/banana ester aroma and flavor. Dry finish with a subtle grassy hoppiness which provides a slight bitterness.

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

One finger head persisting in a nice foamy layer. Nice straw gold color. Bready yeasty smell very pleasant. Apple pear and slight spice tells you this was a well fermented Belgian yeast - fruity eaters dominate but back palate confirms noble hops stand guard providing balance against the fruit. Nice dry finish and noticeable but not overwhelming coriander. Acknowledging this is now an AB/InBev product, it’s still a solid Belgian Pale.

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Photo of Lukass
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a blonde ale, this is a killer beer. Complex, flowery, peppery yeast phenols dominate this slightly more aggressive style of blonde ale. A dangerous summer beer, but still loving it in December. If you see it around, give it a chance.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the amazing woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, fruits. Taste is grapes, some apples, spices, malts, light yeast. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 1" head.

Smell: spices, citrus, and belgian yeast.

Taste: grainy malt presence with some grass, lemon zest, coriander, clove, pepper, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Refreshing.

Overall: a very tasty beer. I can have a few of these without getting bored.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this at my Bestie's house in Charlotte. It poured a clear golden with no head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of Belgian yeast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of erk0607
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Ever so hazy straw color with a white, small bubble laden head, lingers around a little while.
Smell: invigorating! In that it mainly smells like bubble gum! Clove! Everything great about Belgian yeast. And there's also some grain.
Taste: Just at good. Has a slight bit of bitterness, but not much as it is soon overtaken by the sweetness and the candy nature of this beer. The grain is right up front and the yeast contribution is great: fruity, apple, pear, cinnamon, and honey.
Feel: Medium-heavy bodied, foams up nicely and densely on the palate, goes down easily, small carbonation bubbles popping along the way.
Overall: I'm brought back to my trip to Brussels and Belgium with this beer. I'm glad I tried it and if it wasn't $3.50/can at my favorite liquor store (CO), I'd go back for more. But for the price, I'm sure there's some other Belgian pale ales that will be comparably tasty.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I know of the backlash of their "sellout" to ABI, but if it means increased distro, I find it hard to get unwound. This will not only act as a nice addition to The CANQuest (tm), but it will also serve as prelude to my entry for New CANned Fruit Beer Sunday (Week 647).

From the CAN: "SILVER MEDAL Recipient in Belgian-Style Blonde, 2016 Great American Beer Festival (R)"; "Some believe it moonstruck madness to craft Old World ales for a modern palate that constantly clamors for the extremes of 'hoppy' or 'sour.' While our love for those extremes is strong, we believe that subtlety, balance, and simplicity in beer - though sometimes forgotten qualities - are sacred necessities. It is precisely this kind of lunacy that keeps the craft world sane. It takes all kinds to make a world."; "Keep It Cold. Drink It Fresh."

I Crack!ed the CAN open, revealing a brimful CAN, which hearkens to their beginnings as an independent brewery. Many of them will fill their CANs to the brim before seaming the lid & it is nice to see the big boys also giving the CANsumer just that little bit extra. These CANs are like a box of chocolates any more - you never know what you are going to get. For instance, in-CAN fermentation with extra yeast? Dunno, so an inverted Glug becomes out of the question. Once decanted, I gave it an -in-glass swirl to raise just under two fingers of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Interestingly, as it sat, it began to clarify, suggesting either a chill haze or some settling. Nose had a flowery, perfume-y sweetness, like honeysuckle along with a breadiness, accounting for both the yeast & the malt. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite sweet, with notes of tangerine and Mandarin orange to acCANpany the honeysuckle perfuminess. I am quantifying the finish as semi-dry, believe it or not. The action of the yeast, in addition to imparting the fruity citrusy flavors, also seemed to have dried the beer nicely. It was a very refreshing way to lead into the rest of the day. I kept thinking of honey made with orange & honeysuckle as I drank though it. Mmm.

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

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 03/02/17

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some banana, cloves, slight licorice, slight spice. The taste is malty, yeasty, nice touch of banana, cloves, slight licorice, spicy. Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium burnt orange color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, fruity malts, cloves, bananas, wheat, and breads malts. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a really nice Belgian style ale; a good summer beer.

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Photo of bret717
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- crystal clear deep golden color, 4 finger off white head recedes to about one.

Nose- bubble gum, a little strawberry and very light breadiness

Taste- starts with bubblegum, then the malt makes a a brief light bready appearance, ends dry with a little hop bitterness. As it warms some cardamom comes out too.

Feel- crisp and dry, refreshing moderate carbonation, medium light body

Overall this was an exceptional Beer and a delight to drink. The aroma, taste and feel combined wonderfully.

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Photo of Rejis
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear golden color. Aroma is very Belgiany, yeast and funky. The taste is sweet and more mild with banana, apricot, and light spice. This beer drinks light and smooth.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on draft pours cloudy yellow color with white head. Aroma yeast, banana, and clove very Belgian. Taste very similar to the aroma the biscuit comes out in the taste. Feel - Light bodied well carbonated. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Good retention, then peels back to a thin, broken layer of suds.Mostly spotty lacing with a broken line or two.

Smell - Yeasty aroma that's lightly fruity and lightly funky; hints of green banana and spice. Slightly bready undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lots of spicy yeast upfront with lesser notes of green banana. A touch of bread. Unfortunately not much else, as the flavor dies quickly, leaving just a touch of the spicy yeast to linger in the aftertaste. Kind of 'hollow' after the initial burst of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with bitey carbonation. Crisp at first, but gets a bit watery in the finish.

Overall - Decent brew, but lacks a solid, secondary undertone. Leans a bit too much on the yeast character to provide the flavor.

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Photo of LeRose
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pour is very slightly hazy, a somewhat dark golden yellow. A decent head that is cream colored, which falls to a persistent 1/8" ring with great cling on the glass.

The aroma is pretty potent, or at least noticeable from a distance. Highly floral, green, fruity, a bit peppery, and it has a sweet smell of biscuits and honey. Some other fruity note, that seems like green apple or white grape. Pretty pleasant on the nose.

The taste essentially follows...no surprises. There is certainly a sweet note, then the typical contributions you would expect in the style, nice spicy note. Not getting banana but a little bubble gum-like flavor. As it warms, a little bitterness creeps in which is helping balance the ledger.

The feel is pretty clean and light, medium on the dryness, nice carbonation.

Overall, a good, solid effort and reasonably true to the style. Recommend trying it, but for the price there are better, more readily available options in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/2016:
A light tan tint to the yellow golden body with a white head that required a few pours to get the whole bottle into the glass. Receding ended with a thick collar and about 2/3 coverage of the surface with a thin sheen of bubbles.

The nose leans towards the fruity and floral side of a saison, in my mind. There is a light dry grass and peppery base to the nose, upon which wildflowers and a light sweet-tart note of green apple. That sweetness comes across stronger and more honey-like in some sniffs.

The honey note comes with the light biscuity malt up front. Adding to the sweet side is a pear/apple sort of flavor, along with the lightest hint of banana/clove. Effervescence doesn't seem to fully explain the prickly sensation upon my tongue, so there is likely a little peppery note in there as well.

Grassy bitterness is the main balancing component. As the beer warms, this seems to fade slightly, and there is a more tangy tart note that replaces it (the WW website indicates apricot - and I can see that). The end of the taste is fairly clean - maybe the lightest lingering of a grassy to even piney bitterness.

A very enjoyable offering that packed enough interesting notes in a balanced, medium light beer that was a joy to drink.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Hazy blonde with 1-2 fingers of creamy white head. Light carbonation with yeast sediment that dances around.

Nose
Caramel, doughy biscuit, banana, clove, potpourri, and coriander.

Taste
Dried hay, potpourri, coriander, and clove. Banana and pear. Light caramel and bread dough maltiness. Finishes with lingering horse blanket.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, dry, and well carbonated.

Overall
Spices are upfront while everything else takes a backseat. Dry, crisp, and easy drinking.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from near the brewery in NC. Poured into a Belgian snifter.

A hazy apricot body is topped by a short white head that soon reduces to a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing.
Aroma: bready malts, soft ripe fruits and funky yeast.
Flavor: as usual for style, better than the aroma; in this case, much better. Loads of bready malts, especially for style.
Feel: medium-light body; medium carbonation; dry finish. Very nice.

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

so glad these guys are sending beer out here to colorado now. they do some great stuff, and its nice to have it. this is about as flavorful as a blonde ale can be, hoppy in the end, juicy and fruity there, with a neat yeast strain, mostly belgian but a little funky, just more evolved than a lot of blondes, and one i have been seeing around town quite a bit. its got just a little haze from the tap under a tall white airy head. it smells a little sweet, almost like a tripel might, with a little fruity yeast to it as well, but quite a bit more tame than some of the more classic belgian strains. the hops are all on the back end, lime and lemon to me, very nice addition there, some bitterness, but more herbaceous and fresh than it is bitter. carbonation is enormous here, this is really alive, and i think that helps quite a lot, especially with some residual sugar here. a nice reinterpretation of an often underwhelming style, and overall another awesome wicked weed beer. i have liked most of the non sour ones that have come around, they are equally good and distinct as the wild ales. this is a real crusher.

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