La Cloche
Stack Brewing

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #460
Ranked #40,903
3.51 | pDev: 15.67%
Stack Brewing
Ontario, Canada
La ClocheLa Cloche
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polloenfuego from Canada

2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Agree with others...this should be a Belgian Blonde ale and not an American Blonde ale.

Pours a bright orangy gold with almost no head. There is a slight wisp of a foam cap and no lacing.

Smell is sweet Belgian candi sugar and then a sort of weird vegetal smell.

Taste is similar to nose...sweet candi, some Belgian yeast and then a very odd vegetal presence.

Feel is light with light carbonation.

Not the best offering from Stack that is for sure. I am not sure if this recipe is off, or if this can is old, or both, but it is not a great beer.

Jan 13, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473ml can served cold into a chalice. Purchased from the LCBO for around $3.45 CDN. The final of the three Stack Brewing examples I'm going to try lately.

Appearance - pours a mostly clear, dark piss yellow coloured beer. Minimal head is poured and retention is non existent. Up on second look, not quite as clear as originally thought.

Smell - some leafy notes, with some sweaty gym sock aroma and some candy sugar. Yeasty as well. Upon repeated sniffs some fruitiness shines through.

Taste - plenty of sweetness, maybe too much. Yeasty with some Bready notes. Hints of bubblegum and candy sugar. Well enough balanced but the sweetness is just a touch too much.

Mouthfeel - smooth and medium body. Plenty of carbonation, sweet finish and not terribly dry.

Overall - a good if not exceptional blonde ale. Based on the flavors and alcohol content this probably fits better as a Belgian Pale ale. Than an American blonde. Nonetheless a pretty well crafted beer if a little on the sweet side.

Apr 21, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Nov 28 2016 and served slightly chilled. Not an American blonde; not even close - this is clearly intended to be a Belgian pale ale, so that's what I'm grading it as.

Pours a hazy, pale golden-yellow colour, fitted with a one-inch crown of loose, soapy white head. Retention is fairly good - it lasts the better part of ten minutes, steadily dropping in level until only a smooth cap and frothy collar remain. Nice lacing; looks fine from a visual standpoint. Citrusy lemon rind and orange peel on the nose, with cereal grains, wheaty pale malt and green apple acidity. Smells fairly saccharine, but also yeasty and moderately spicy, with hints of apricot, clove and banana.

A weird beer - not exactly bad, but not particularly great, either, with a firmly tart, acidic vibe that doesn't quite fit the style. Cereal grains and wheaty malts are basically a backdrop for the range of fruity flavours which comprise the bulk of this blonde's profile - apples are by far the most noticeable, but there are also notes of banana, apricot, citrusy orange peel and lemon zest. Yeasty, somewhat acidic finish featuring some clove and peppery spice, culminating in a fruity aftertaste with light tartness and sweetness. Medium in body, with moderately-low carbonation levels that lightly prickle the surface of the palate and foam up in the mouth, giving it a foamy texture. Not that difficult to drink, with well-integrated alcohol.

Final Grade: 3.37, a serviceable B-. In all honesty, I'm not too sure what to think of Stack's La Cloche Belgian Blonde. I don't dislike it, but there's a nagging feeling in the back of my mind that the tart aspects are a bug, rather than an intended feature of the beer. In the end, I had no trouble finishing my glass, and would consider picking up another in the future for comparison's sake - but even if it were stocked locally, I doubt this would ever become a staple for me.

Jan 10, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Straw with lots of soda like carbonation, a hint of haze and a half finger of white head.

Smells of a slight hint of funk, bananas, and a touch of clove.

Taste follows the nose, with mostly banana an clove, and a light sweetness.

Light body, soda like carbonation, slight syrupy quality.

Got at Sunnyview LCBO, drinking Oct 20th, 2016

Oct 20, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada

2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Can: Poured a light amber color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes and fruity ester with loads of residual sugar notes is OK. Taste of faint cereal and fruity ester is overshadowed by some gross residuals sugar notes. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one lacked attenuation and was way too sweet for its own good.

Sep 07, 2016
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TerryW from Canada

3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells of apple juice on pour. Moderate head settles to a decent cap before giving way to a soapy film. Some wheat in the nose, some yeast, but still quite juicy. Sweet up front, that carries on through and is a little distracting.. Wheaty and yeasty, but pretty simple, not a lot of complexity.

Passably good, a tad too sweet.

Sep 03, 2016
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andrenaline from Canada

3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale golden colour, thumb of soapy head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing. Nose is sweet yeast esters, toasted grains and cereal. Much like the nose, loads of sweet grains and hints of corn alongside bubble gum yeast and hints of grassy hops. A Belgian Blonde ale that has a decent flavor profile and was easy drinking.

Feb 13, 2016
La Cloche from Stack Brewing
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 23 ratings