La Binchoise Blonde Tradition | Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

La Binchoise Blonde TraditionLa Binchoise Blonde Tradition
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La Binchoise Blonde TraditionLa Binchoise Blonde Tradition

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gusler on 12-27-2002

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of jdhilt
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Ugly pale cloudy amber color. Weak fruit/yeasty nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light sweet fruit/yeast that fades to a sour/metallic finish. Disappointing blonde. Label has 6.2% ABV, best by 4/24/2007, $3.80 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 24 May 2011, drank from a Duvel glass on 15 Mar 2011.

No sediment appeared to leave the bottle but the beer looked a misty/cloudy/moody dull orange colour, rather than the clearer, brighter body I was expecting: a weak wispy covering sat on top of the brew.

Sweet aromas of sugar cane candy and childrens sweets in general. Tried to find some beery smells, but failed.

The taste is a bitter sweet yeasty mix, the alcohol content very evident from the start. Strange flavours and mouthfeel to be honest, too sweet for me, and I like the sweeter Belgian brews normally.

Pleasant enough, but the heavy sweet overtones in all aspects were just too strong for my tastebuds.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

75cl bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium white head. Lots of sediment as this was the bottom half of the bottle. Smells overwhelmingly like honey. Quite sweet with lemony, herbal notes and a bit of tang. Tastes somewhat citric with a good deal of malty sweetness. A bit of mineral/dish soapy character (it's not the glass). Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A bit too sweet/phenolic to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Jablonski
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent sized head that fades quickly. First glass is a clear bright orange color, but the second glass from the 750 mL bottle is hazy and opaque with a ton of sediment. This beer smells quite a bit sour, but I can also pick up some tropical fruits. It has a bit of a lemon-pineapple smell to it. The taste is similar to the smell up front, but it settles down into a dry metallic aftertaste. The lemon taste is a bit too strong up front, and this beer would be more pleasant if the tropical fruits (pineapple, & mango) were stronger. The carbonation is on the light side as is the body of the beer.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dayton, OH AleFest:The head was small sized, white, fine sized bubbles that mostly diminished.The body was cloudy and uncarbonated.This beer's hue was pale yellow and the nose was lightly malty, hoppy and also of banana.The flavor in my opinion was sour and sweet.This beer's mouthfeel was smooth, thin, watery and light bodied.There was only a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.

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Photo of tomordonez
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Desperate to come out of the bottle. Nice head in a tulip. Color: Fuzzy yellow. Aroma: Coriander, orange peel, vanilla. Taste: Too much carbonation. Tastes like a light Hoegaarden. Some wood with a bitter alcohol finish. A good beer for summer to drink fast but not something to taste in detail.

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Photo of Dreamer
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thierrynantes
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : blond golden color, with abundant white foam head, off-gassing.
Smell : grassy nose, malt and hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : acid in the mouth, malty, balanced bitterness.
Drinkability : beer correct but nothing more

Review translated from french 7-9-2008.

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Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A yellow beer with a creamy big head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruity with notes of bubblegum and doughy. The yeast is is dominant in this beer. No traces of hop.

Taste is fruity with a exotic fruit taste with hints of pineapple and mango. Also traces of coriander or cardemom. The yeast is doughy and has a distinct yeasty character.

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Photo of markgugs
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours with very little head, but a whole ton of floating yeast or protein globs, for lack of a better term. A golden straw-like color, the beer is about as murky and cloudy as I've ever seen. Virtually no lacing. Not very appealing.

S: Lots of fruity yeast, mainly banana, some bubblegum, balanced out somewhat by a nicely malted backbone. A bit of caramel too. And finally what seems to be a mildly tart-like apple or pear aroma. Not bad.

T/M: A nice big burst of lemongrass and citrus up front, short sugar cookie middle, and a quick drying finish. Very highly carbonated, true to many Belgian styles. Pretty good, just not amazingly so.

D: It's honestly not too bad, would probably make for a decent session-style ale, provided you can get past the enormous amount of floating yeasties.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Stirred the bottle and there was a lot of sediment that kicked up from the bottom. It poured a nice hazy copper with 2 finger head.

S - A little sweet and there was a strong scent of alcohol although it wasn't evident in the beer

T - Not bad, but it tasted a little off. It was good but I'm not sure if it's something that I'll be running back to

D - We started an all "Belgian" evening off with this beer. We always save the best for last so this was a decent start.

M - As good as any typical belgian. Went down smooth but nothing overpowering that makes you want to run out and buy more of this.

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Photo of mortarit
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I decided to do a Blonde tonight.
So I chose a Belgium one
She was short and fat, like 11.2
She came out like a rushing water fall foaming all the way
The yeast particle were in constant motion
Never seen anything like it
Lacing came quicker that I thought for the amount of head that was there
Blotchy no real pattern that I can make of
The yeast partilce make the beer look very dirty
But doesn't seem to effect the taste like other I have tried
It not scaring me when I taste it
Alot of sediment
Taste is like a blonde but I guess with all of the yeast that it lending toward a ___ .
I bought a 4 pack so I will be tasting again.

Good experience and worth a try

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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange color with a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy peppery aroma with a strong citrus presence. Hints of crisp light fruit, mostly apple and pear, as well as corriander, lemon zest.

Creamy medium body with a lot of zesty, peppery spice up front followed by some crisp apple and pear notes as well as some light fruit notes, again apple and pear with a bit of banana. Slightly tart dry finish.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a relatively clear, gold color, it is topped by a fluffy off-white head that is held up and generated by a substantial carbonation. As I pour this beer I get strong notes of citrusy lemon. As I go in for a deeper smell I get earthy herbal notes as well. It has a really nice aroma that is a joy to smell. The taste is lightly sweet and just carbonated enough that it is hard to pick up the flavors because the beer wants to boil as it hits my mouth. The lemon character is also in the taste, added to this is a bit of bitter astringency in the finish which balances out the citrus fruit notes and the sweetness that is up front.

A fairly simple straight forward beer, but quite enjoyable. There are hints of spice notes, perhaps some coriander, ginger, and pepper. This beer seems to fade pretty quickly though. The flavor loses its clarity and becomes muddled over time. In the end this is nice, fairly light, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/12/05- Purchased at the B.C. Provincial Liquor Store in Kewlowna, BC.

Presentation- 11.2 oz stubby bottle with no dating on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy and golden in color. Moderate head at first, but quickly turns to a very thin covering. Average lacing at best.

Smell- Light fruity scent, maybe some lemon peel and maybe a few spices.

Taste- Bits and pieces of corriander and some mild fruit flavors as well. Lemon and orange rind are the two most prevelant.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, rather spritzy.

Drinkability- Have had better ones in my past, but this one is above average. Would recommend to try one if you see it at a reasonable price.

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Photo of pellegrini
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized wine glass. Yeast sediment poured into an oversized shot glass.

A: Light yellow with a healthy amount of haze.

S: Slight yeastiness with wheat notes.

T: Much more complex than expected: a slight corriander flavor follows extremely subdued, floral hop profile. This all frames, and balances, the pale ale's sweetness from front to back.

M: Comes through full and clean.

D: Not quite as toasted in its maltiness as some of the Belgian PA's out there, this beer is very drinkable. Refreshing.

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Photo of dauss
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml caged and corked. No discerning mark on the bottle. The cork says its Lot n021216.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy light golden yellow. Gargantuan white head forms on top with a lot of lacing and good retention. A vigorous steam of bubbles flow from the bottom etcheed portion of my Delerium Tremens glass.

Aroma: a veritable mix of apples, oranges. Slight aroma of barnyard funk, alcohol, and generous phenols.

Taste: medium bodied, full mouthfeel malt body. Slight malt sweetness with some hints of citrus and moderate phenols. The strong carbonation makes the beer explode into a fluffy and creamy beer. Finishes with a little more dry barnyard funk.

Notes: Its really mild for a belgian. I do like how the alcohol isn't overpowering, and there is a good balance. I wish the flavors were a bit stronger.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blonde? More like a Blanche!

I wouldn't call it a belgian pale ale. It looks like a witbier, it smells like a witbier and it tastes like a witbier.
Not too bad though, refreshing. A good summer beer

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It feels bitter citrus including orange zest, but we also think the flavor characteristic of wheat that is in the nose or mouth. And it suited us. The body is light, fairly smooth and slightly spicy (coriander). The finish, not memorable, leaving a bitter zest on the tongue. A beer to taste a little strange for a Pale Ale, but very drinkable.

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Photo of dmarch
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated and hazy golden in color with a large white head. The aroma is of orange and spices, mostly coriander. A lot of coriander in the taste as well. Not as much yeast character as I expected. This seems to concentrate of a mix if citrus and spicess. Very enjoyable brew though.

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Photo of Gusler
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Belgian Blonde to add to my list and a relatively new Belgian brewery as it has only been in existence since 1987. The beers came with a nice glass in a gift pack, which I buy whenever I see them. A great way to get new beers and glasses, whether or not a good deal is in the eye of the “Buyer”.

The beer pours a beclouded golden yellow color with a stupendous bright white head that is creamy in its texture, as it degrades; it leaves fine sheet of lace upon the glass. Bouquet is mostly malt, light floral hints, orange peel, and even a bit of coriander, with the start sweet, the top attenuated. Finish is minimally acidic, the hops progressive in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste that linger on forever. Not a bad beer, but I can’t really say I care for most “Blonde” beers irregardless of nationality, just a bit “thin-waisted” et al.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool label on the bottle, but I can't for the life of me figure out who these guys are and/or what they're doing exactly. Oh well, on to the beer...

Pours a light golden color with fat, frothy two-finger head. It's a very pale lemony color but it sure produces a nice thick head. Not much lace, though. Smells fruity and delicious. Strong lemony citrus notes, with some malt and a buttery banana underside. As with most belgians, I could drink in this aroma all day. The taste is also citrusy, with lemon being the most prominant flavor. Some banana here as well. Lots of bubbles; this needs to settle a bit to calm the carbonation down a bit. It's tangy, but smooth at the same time. Spicey up front with lots of citrus, and then it mellows out a bit. Finishes with a nice light hop kick. It's very good, but not what I would call great. I've had better belgian blondes before. Still, this is a very nice beer, and one that I would get again, at the bar or the store.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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