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

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La Binchoise Blonde TraditionLa Binchoise Blonde Tradition

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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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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 72
Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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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 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 mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a puffy, pillowy white head. Carbonation appears to be relatively active, giving the beer a turbulent appearance.

S: Soft, bready malts, spices, and citrus are present on the nose. Very light and sweet, but quite appealing.

T: Soft and sweet notes of oranges in syrup, lemon zest, apricot, caramel, biscuits, cream, and vanilla. A dab of spice and yeast flavors is subtle, but present. The finish is very gentle with sweet citrus and cream notes.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy with gentle, unobtrusive carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: This is an excellent Belgian pale ale. Very nice all around.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden hue with plenty of effervescence and three fingers of frothy white head. Decent!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a fair amount of breadiness, graininess and yeastiness. Not bad, but it seems unpolished.

Taste: smooth, slightly sweetish malt flavor with some light fruity character. Not nearly as unfinished as in the aroma. There is a bit of a breadiness at the end but the tone there seems fresher than the aroma. This beer would go very well with a meal -- I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty big, if evanescent, creaminess. Carbonation is good but it just doesn't have enough staying power to be truly remarkable. Good, but not great.

Overall: this is a tasty and fulfilling Belgian pale. It's a bit earthier and breadier than many BPAs I have had, but it works well in its niche.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" head which dissipated quickly over about 30 seconds overtop of a cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Peppery, banana, yeast, and some herbs and spice that is tough to place.

T: Pepper, banana, raspberry, and yeast are what come to mind.

M: Thin and lacking in carbonation. Given that the best before date is April 2013, this cannot be due to an expired best before date.

O: Overall a good Belgian pale ale, very smooth and goes down easy.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 mL brown Belgian bottle with 10/08 notched. The front label calls it 6.5% but the back label declares 6.2%. "Aromatized with aromatic hops, coriander and orange shell" according to the website. Pours golden, with medium carbonation, a few floaties, and an inch of white head that retains a thin white cap and deposits a bit of lace. It's moderately aromatic and quite pleasant, with oranges, spice, yeast and tropical fruits. Tastes similar, malty and floral, with honey, rosy alcohol and a touch of cork. Light body, drying, with lots of carbonation and a fruity/malty finish. A very pleasant brew - easy to drink and worth a try.

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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 ozmodium
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl stubby bottle poured into tulip

A: pours a hazy light orange, massive 3 finger pillowy head which does not leave. lovely lacing as the level drops in the glass

S: nice mix of fruity notes of banana, apricot. light malts and crisp hops. baking bread and pepper.

T: Peppery. A bit sweet, but nice tartness. good hop balance. Belgian yeast.

M: Near perfect carbonation and body. Wet and slippery.

D: I wish i bought more bottles of this stuff. FANTASTIC session beer. RECOMMEND RECOMMEND RECOMMEND.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big fizzy head fades quickly over hazy yeasty golden orange color.

Nose of light golden Belgian malts light fruits, light saison dry aroma. Apple and pear.

Taste is sweet light candi sugar juicy fruits, more apple and pear, bubbly and effervescent. Very light hops, grassy and mild. Semi dry finish, light and fruity finish.

Mouth is med with tons of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, light malts, somewhat sweet, light fruity, and tasty.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - corked with a metal strap keeping in place. Poured into tulip glass.

Pours clouded golden with a large fluffy white head that very slowly descends to a frothy thin cover. Frothy lacing sticks.

The smell is floral/herbal with grassy notes. Citric rind present as well.

The taste is floral/herbal with bitterness balanced by sweetness and some spicy yeast. Finishes with a bittering, dry (slightly metallic/aspiriny, though less so as it progresses). touch.

Nicely balanced. An enjoyable Belgian brew. Not overly complex, I found - but enjoyable for its balance and creaminess - almost effervescent. Interesting that the back label says 6.2%, but the back says 6.5% abv. Whatever - alcohol completely covered (and not much of a differentiation). A highly drinkable, very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. pours a nice rich and vibrant golden hue with a billowing creamy white head with impeccable retention. Sticky gobs of lacing stick down the glass. A fair bit of small yeast particulate dance with a steady stream of bubbles to create a glowing haze in the glass.

aroma is beautiful and spot on for the style. light malt, subtle apple fruit sweetness, a hint of honey, a subtle spicing, and that beautiful fresh and bready yeast aroma.

Sweet up front, with honey, hops, and spices intermingling. coriander and pepper fade to a moderate malt bite that's bready and full but not overwhelming. A bit of a fruit finish blends with the yeastiness and floral subtle hops nicely.

Mouthfull is full and vibrant with ample carbonation dancing through the yeast and spice. Interesting and alive, with just a hint of a sour citrus finish.

Wow. very drinkable. Wish I had a few more. I'm not a die hard blonde fan, but this one makes me consider changing my mind. Grabbed the bottle on a whim, and it may have one of the best decisions I've made lately. Definitely worth trying (and not glancing over).

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Photo of gregmurer
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

quite interesting as a beer. Even for a belgian one, it's a really good surprise...
appearance is quite clear and a nice golden color is seen.
The smell of malt and corriandre is great.
The yeast is tasted at the begining, the binchoise yeast is great, nices esters but not too much, it's really drinkable, and when the first one is finished, you just want antother one...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet typical Belgian malt (not that this is a bad thing) with some interesting floral notes. Taste is also dominated by some medium sweet malt with some notes floral and a lightly spice and great refreshing yeast strain. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Not extremely complex but really well done and refreshing for the style.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold hue. Pours with a thick white head that drops to a thin topping. Slightly opaque. Visible effervescence.

S: This has a spot on nose for the style. Honey sweet alcohol aroma. Fruity lemon and strawberry. Grainy pils malt. Some yeast. Perfect.

T: Grainy pils malt. A noticeable honey like sweetness on the palate. Earthy hop flavor. Some light fruity esters but they exhibit no strong character. All of this is well balanced.

MF: Medium body with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Tight bubbly carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

D, notes: This is a very good beer. Earthy flavor adds nice compliment to the honey sweetness. Easy to drink - very sessionable.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11.2oz stubby.
Pours a straw/golden color with a nice head that soon settles to a nice thin crown. Pleasing aroma of yeast and fruit. Taste melds fruit notes with a nice carbonation and peppery hop profile. Slightly dry finish, but satisfying leaving you wanting another drink. Recommended.

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Photo of Cromster
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Beer Mania in Brussels

Poured from a Bottle into a Oerbier glas

Appearance - Pours a nice golden color with a huge white foamy head that lasted a very long time. Good lacing from start to finish

Smell - Strong yeasty smell with lots of fruit and malt.

Taste - Lots of yeast and hops upfront with a spicy bitter finish. There are hints of orange and lemon in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Creamy mouth coating feel. The foamy leaves lots of bubbles bursting in your mouth with makes it easy to drink.

Drinkability - Overall a very good beer. May not be the best Belgian blonde I have had but it is a very good one that i would recommend to anyone that likes Belgian blondes.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy, orangey yellow with a frothy, two finger cream head that has excellent retention and leaves anice sticky lace. Good amount of carbonation visible.

S: decent fruit aroma (mostly apple) and floral hops with a touch of yeast and spicy black pepper.

T: floral hops and yeast throughout, fruity and an intriguing spicy, black pepper flavour on the finish.

M: medium bodied and frothy,good carbonation and a pretty dry finish - very refreshing.

D: This is a pretty good Belgian Pale. Not the best, but still enjoyable to throw back. It is quite drinkable and it truly offers a unique experience given its spicy, black pepper nose and finish. I would buy this beer again -

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