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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #21
Ranked #16,728
3.89 | pDev: 6.68%
Apr 02, 2022
Mar 14, 2019
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Notes: Belgian Style Ale brewed with White Wine Yeast. Inspired by the classic Belgian style ales which drew us into brewing in the first place. We add a twist on the spirit of Belgian mixed fermentation by utilizing a non-traditional wine yeast, Torulaspora delbrueckii. Torulaspora enhances fruitiness while a classic Belgian ale yeast imparts a Belgian spice character. Golden multifaceted Belgian style ale with subtle fruity notes of apricot, lychee, currant, and honey layered with noble hop spice and peppercorn phenol notes.
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Rated: 3.84 by shelby415 from Oregon

Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 25, 2022
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Reviewed by BalancingBrooms from California

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Hazy orange with golden hues and a one finger white head. Nose is very muted with some Belgian yeast esters and pale malt. Opens with Belgian yeast though restrained followed by a brief cracker malt and ends with a peppery white wine mineral dryness. Body is light to medium with medium carbonation. Ends dry with some white grapes on the end. Overall solid, I can get the mixed fermentation.
Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by EdFed from Illinois

Oct 11, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Oct 03, 2021
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Jul 05, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jun 29, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a crystal-clear light bronze color. Thin, weak, soapy head forms on the beer before dissipating, but as it dissipates the residual head forms a hill of foam around the outside edge of the beer. Aroma is strong, pungent, with notes of Belgian yeast, estery, grainy, doughy, with a hint of floral, grassy hops on the back end. Taste follows the nose with grain and bread dough notes with a moderate yeasty character to it that does take on some fruity notes. Feel is light, easy drinking and pretty sprightly. Overall its a nice Belgian blonde ale.
Mar 04, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Jan 17, 2021
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 02, 2021
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grapes, apples. Taste is yeast, malts, apples, some grapes and spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer is unique and kind of hard to describe, not bad but nothing special.
Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Dec 01, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by rangerred from Tennessee

Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: It pours golden with some clouding. It has an off white head with very good head retention.

Smell: It has a vinous and earthly smell to start off with. There are some grape notes with a bit of spice and bread.

Taste: It has grape and wine like flavors to start with spices, earth and citrus not far behind. There are some bready qualities especially in the finish. There are some mild earthen elements.

Feel: It has a medium body with a quite a spicy finish that is dry.

Overall, it has an interesting combination of wine like features and Belgian beer.
Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Sep 12, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 24, 2020
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Rated by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very very refreshing.
Aug 13, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

Aug 08, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jul 05, 2020
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Rated by grover37 from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Gift can from Bill (?) at home, May 2020. Pretty boring.
May 20, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by coshag from Massachusetts

May 17, 2020
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
im pretty sure this is the first off color beer i have seen in a can! an exciting development. this is tasty stuff, a wine yeast belgian pale that sort of seems like a saison hybrid, and almost french yeast thing to it, vinous sure, but green fruity and lightly spicy, and with a cool hop profile, a splash of innovation in something quite old world here, but perhaps lacking the oh my god factor that so many off color beers deliver. this is good, but it should be drier and more lively in the glass, it sags a little in look and feel, and although i like the taste a lot, i want it to be brighter. some neat pear and grape character to it, ripe stone fruit, white pepper, kind of lush like aloe or cactus or something too, herbal like tea, and pretty clean, just a little tang to it, and a unique grain base that seems kind of raw and agricultural to me, earthy and full without being sweet, a neat base for these yeasts. i thought the fermentation profile might be a little more interesting here, but it tastes good with the hops they have chosen and this is quite cohesive overall. i like that these beers are all so inspired, this is a great idea, a cool hop combination, and a neat mix of yeasts, i wish the execution was a little more polished, but i am real happy to have these guys available in the boise market now! i will continue to buy all i see from them!
May 02, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
No can date
Pours a med fizzy bubbly not-so-Belgian like head, with med retention, little lacing, slight hazy mostly clear golden straw color

Nose grainy doughy grassy malt, straw, cracked grain malt, little lemongrass and touch of citrus, light fruity esters, sweet Belgian blond malt and candi sugar notes, honey and vanilla cake, light perfumey phenol notes but nothing in particular

Taste brings the fruity esters out front, green apple, pear, pome fruit, a touch of citrus and bubblegum, touch of bitterness, malts come in lighter but doughy grainy cracked malt, more of the vanilla cake batter and honey cake, light Belgian blond malt candi sugar notes, light phenol spices, touch of herbal floral hops late, with a bit of bitterness on the mild sticky finish,

Mouth is med bod, loads of effervescent carb like champagne

Overall solid BPA, enjoyable, nice yeast additions, nice carb, nice base malts, well done without overloading it with American hops or hops in general like most American breweries do
Apr 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on October 22, 2019. A twist on the spirit of Belgian mixed fermentation that utilizes a non-traditional wine yeast, Torulaspora delbrueckii. Torulaspora enhances fruitiness while a classic Belgian ale yeast imparts a Belgian spice character. The Rakau/Sterling hop profile is built to compliment the fruit ester character from Torulaspora delbrueckii and spicy character from the Belgian ale strain. This golden Belgian style ale has subtle fruity notes of apricot, lychee, currant, and honey layered with noble hop spice and peppercorn phenols notes.
Mar 09, 2020
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of fruitiness, bubblegum and caramel. Sweet candy taste with caramel and a fruity finish.
Mar 08, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by probert from New York

Feb 22, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on tap. Super cloudy dark golden pour with white lacing and surface islands. Belgian yeast o plenty in the nose, gives off esters of banana, pear, apple, hay and pale malts. Taste is not as complex, simply yeast, malts and mild pear, mandarin orange and banana. Cool, smooth, yeasty but not bready, almost a bit milky in mouthfeel. Solid
Feb 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Gold in color with excellent clarity. There’s a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering a third of the top. The head mostly disappeared within a few minutes. The aroma is of sweet, pale Belgian malt. I’m tasting plenty of sweet, and very inviting Belgian light malt. The mouth is moderately carbonated, refreshing, and bone dry.
Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 3.88 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Chilmer from Iowa

Jan 02, 2020
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Rated by Grounder from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Nice everyday drinker. Love the beer, absolutely hate that it only comes in pint cans.
Dec 22, 2019
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Reviewed by JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

2.71/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Look - Hazy, dull, deep gold, no head.

Aroma - Rich, sweet, malty character reminiscent of maibock dominates, followed by a strong hit of vanilla, honey, and a very nice clove character. Continued quaffing reveals a much less pleasant isoamyl-acetate (think Laffy-Taffy), faint bubblegum, and acetylaldehyde. No hops. Kind of a mess, reminds me of Belgian Golden Strong.

Flavor - Rich sweetness, grainy astringency, more of the vanilla and acetylaldehyde, which lingers long in the finish.

Feel - medium-full bodied with low carbonation and astringency, long astringent/chemical finish.

Overall - despite being made with exotic yeast and New Zealand hops this taste exactly like any other mediocre light-colored Belgian beer you've had in the last 15 years. Like Off Color, but finding them very hit or miss and this is a big miss IMO.
Dec 10, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by delmarkchicago from Illinois

Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 3.7 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Nov 23, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by Shy5 from Oregon

Nov 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A decent pale. Does its job. Balanced. Simple, but complex. (Uses that wine yeast thing well.)

Had on tap. Average Looks. Pleasantly sweet in Smell and Taste, a yeast that seems to pull fruit from grain (like I imagine a wine yeast does from grapes.) Very Very Far's subtle spicing keeps the sweet in place. Sits fine in my mouth; albeit not as full as the finest 6.5% blonde. Finishes almost semi-dry and then a touch of the sweet scoots back in.

Paired well with olives, then some other appetizers; overall, the bubbles cut through the vinegar and oil. I want to have this again with an average meal. It should perform.

I am a very big fan of Off Color, although I venture less their way once they became foeder fans. Glad to see Off Color is making the ales again that made them famous (in my mind.) And, Off Color is still funny after all these years!!

1/23/20 on tap at Publican (servers have cicerone #1 level). A very pleasant table beer for a lunch of roasted vegetables.
4/30/20 Had my first of a 4-pack. This is a food-versatile ale as it made my happy to have with mild Indian food. Happy also with my review, I'm keeping count over at Untappd.
Nov 07, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Aug 01, 2019
Very, Very Far from Off Color Brewing
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