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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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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 72
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 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 Boto
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Eulogy in Philadelphia. This is on tap at Eulogy as "Eulogy’s Busty Blonde". It pours a cloudy, dark golden color. There was almost no head on my pour. The aroma is milder. I get some notes of corriander, citrus and maybe some wheat. The taste is quite good. There is some tartness to the beer, as well as some hints of orange, corriander and a wheat body. Nice and refreshing.

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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 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 TurdFurgison
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .33L short fat bottle. The beer was hazy (floating yeastie bits) and pale yellow color, with a thick frothy head. Nice.

The aroma was OK, honestly not too different from Leffe Blonde. The flavor was much better though, less 1-dimensional and less bitter after-taste. Good presence in the mouth (thick feeling), not a bad Belgian Pale Ale. I'd get it again.

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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 BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light golden, some sediment which makes it a little hazier. Full fluffy head with good retention and fluffy lacing.

Minty dextrin medicinal aroma, light fruity flavor, and a full sweetness that shows off some honey.

Great hoppiness is the first thing I noticed, good peppery bitterness that blends with the fruity esters and a little bit of lemon. The medicinal flavor comes back for a brief flash toward the end. A little dry malt, with some lighter grain flavor, and light rough honey.

Good balance, easy drinking. Light on the palate and very tasty throughout.

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Photo of meadhead
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very unique Ale:

Definitive smooth
wild country feel:
Orange Peel
and slightly skunky lemon Grass tones
white oatmeal-ish malt backbone
and hints of
very mild floral hops and
yeast esters

spiced and refreshing
yet starts
with a rich malt fullness

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow
with a small white head

Smells of roasted oatmeal malt
lemon, orange and other
slightly bitter
lavender like floral aromas

Has a very nice mouthfeel:
no tart puckering
or over carbonation
at all
The Slightly raised ABV is
barely noticeable

A fine drinkability:

nothing too strong
nothing too weak
I could slip into the barn and
session a few 750 ml bottles in no time

Good and interesting stuff!

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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 scoobybrew
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a tulip glass. It is a very clear golden color and has a nice thick head with excellent retention. The smell is slightly fruity, but the hops are noticeable, much more so than most Belgian beers. The taste is very balanced between the yeast, malt and hops; all are present but none are dominating. It finishes with a mild hop taste and is somewhat dry. The body is light with high carbonation.

This is a very enjoyable beer. It's not heavy and slightly dry. My wife and I enjoyed this with some cheese and crackers. We only had one bottle and I really wish we had a second to follow it up with.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle corked and caged. After struggling mightily with the cork for 5 minutes, the bottle opened with a loud pop. This beer has a hazy orange-yellow color with a large head. Vigorous carbonation is visible. The aroma is hay, lemon zest, and mint. Fruity flavor with crisp malt. A little bit tangy. Some coriander flavor too. This beer is bitter throughout. There is some hop flavor, but the malt dominates. Great drinkability. I don't see beers from this brewery too often, but I enjoy both this and the Special Reserve very much.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, with cork and a metel strip, held together with a metel cage. Notches on label tell me?? bottled in or best before 10-05 perhaps, who knows, ah those crazy Belgians...Pours, yellowy brown, cloudy with lots of floaty yeasties and sediment. Active carbonation lifts a huge white head, bubbles continue to rise, settles to a thick film and leaves nice sheeting and whispy lacing. Full throtle nose of barnyard, must and some citrus. Nice drinkable pale/wit/saison kinda thang, complex, yeasty,earthy, crisp and flavorful. love the style/type of beer, would be great with a summer lunch of cheeses, salads, BBQ chicken etc etc, Well worth a try.

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

Gauzy, yeast-laden, sun-faded amber. The expansive, ivory colored cap has a wonderfully creamy texture. Its upper surface looks great and features large, softly popping bubbles that lead to a deeply divoted, moonscape appearance.

As the brewery suggests, Blonde is more like a witbier than any other style. I assume the country of origin was deemed most important when classifying it as a Belgian pale ale. The nose is a pleasantly mellow mix of sweet citrus and spice. Perhaps too mellow. While the citrus fruit is obvious, I wouldn't have been able to identify 'orange shell' specifically, without having read the label. I can't appreciate any coriander, but I do pick up the mild spiciness of Belgian yeast.

This is good beer that, nevertheless, lacks the 'wow' factor. The various members of the flavor profile don't stand out in stark relief, but taste as though they've softly melted into an amorphous mass. I'm all for seamless integration. At the same time, I like to be able to pick out the malt, hops, fruit, spice, etc. and appreciate each in turn. Don't get me wrong, this is far from bad beer; it's just not up to the standards of so much of what comes out of Belgium.

Orange peel is still present and is still subtle. Coriander is a mild contributor as well. The flavor sensations make more of an impression than the actual flavors. Tangy, bitter and sweet are all in the house, in roughly that order. Sweet, barely so. The mouthfeel is light to light-medium and is pleasantly airy, making the beer a cinch to drink.

It may sound as though I'm unhappy with La Binchoise Blonde, but that isn't the case at all. I've focused on its shortcomings, in part because I expected more than I got. One of these days I'll run across another witbier that floors me. Even though I'm pleased with this one, I'm still standing.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light golden body with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing

Smell: Various light fruits (oranges, peaches and bananas) as well as some Belgian yeast and candy sugar

Taste: Starts out with a light fruity sweetness along with just a touch of spiciness; slight bitterness joins through to a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Although this is not one of my favorite styles, this is a refreshing and sprightly Blonde

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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 kmcnair
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

La Binchoise pours a clouded dark yellow color and makes a thin offwhite head. Smells like biscuits and is very yeasty, has a strong whit-like quality. Mild citrus flavor, like a sweet-lemon, yeasty, bready, peppery spice. Light to medium palate, finishes rather dry. This is pretty good, its not my favorite Belgian pale by any means, it feels more like a whit in my opinion.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased as a single for $3.45 at Wines of Distinction, Abingdon, Va. Pours into a chalice a hazed marigold body with a faint wisp of white head that quickly falls into a film. Some pearl necklace strands of lacing decorate the glass.
Aroma is nice, but subdued. Fruity melon and apricot esters, clover honey, a note of wool blanket yeast, and a hint of pepper.
Mouthfeel is light medium with zippy carbonation.
Taste begins with fruity apricot, followed by honey caramel and a mild note of chalky yeast. Grassy and herbal hops bitterness balances well. A note of white pepper and a hint of lemonpeel comprise a restrained spicy presence. Finishes clean and slightly dry.
Very drinkable, with no hint of the 6.5% abv. Not as complex as the Brune, but highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pale straw coloured, slightly hazy, very large head. Interesting and complex yeasty, flowery and spicy aroma, some citrus and oak too. Flavour is zesty and spritzy with spices and decent hops, not too sweet. A very enjoyable Belgian blonde!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love this beer. Pure and simple.

Pours to a pale yellow color with a big fluffy white head that leaves a sticky lacing on the glass. Carbonation is beautiful. Has only a very slight haze to it when held up to the light, but otherwise crystal clear.

The smell is bar none excellent. Has a zesty lemon and coriander smell that dominates the nose, followed by an herbal hop and candi sweetness. A bit of a breadiness lies below. Everything falls into its place beautifully in this blend.

The taste is good, but nothing near as exceptional as the nose. It reminds me of a Tripel Karmeliet with a much stronger lemon presence. The lemon zest almost completely covers up every other taste in the beer it seems. In the aftertaste a bit of coriander peeks its head out, along with a bit of a wheat malt bite. The hops are well hidden, but their presence is also detected through the bitter feel. It is still good, but it could be MUCH better without so much acidic citrusy flavor.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and has a bit of a sting to it from the carbonation, the citric flavor, the hops, and what seems to be wheat malt(?).

Drinkability is quite good. I am glad to have such a beer waiting for me after my walk home from work on such a hot summer's night. I didn't like this quite as much as I liked Tripel Karmeliet, by the earlier comparison, but it is a bit lighter making for a better beer for 100+ degree heat.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden with some orange hue with an impressive big fluffy head that takes its time to settle leaving a generous amount of lace behind,big yeasty aromas giving off some spicieness along with a little citrus fruit.A pretty firm dry,toasted malt backbone to this is very evident up front along with some dry hop bitterness I pick up a little citrus- lemon and orange mainly finishing rather abrubtly.Not to phenolic and pretty dry makes this a nice warmer weather brew a real quaffer at 6.5% to boot,nice beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden straw with a light small bubbled head which lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was malty with sweetness and fruity, namely pineapple and light citrus with a slight spiciness in the background.

The flavor was citrusy with lemons and oranges and a light belgian yeast spiciness that was well done. The citrus flavors and bittering were well accomplished and blended well.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant orange citrus flavors lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light. The carbonation made it seem just a smidge lighter still. Very easy to drink.

750 ml bottle. Date is 10 and between 04 and 05. Cork said Lot no 021216.

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blurred bright daffodil with a mound of white topping.
Nose of coriander and lemon rinds, with a powdered sugar and graham cracker undercanopy.
Begins dry, with a snap of saltine like pils-maltiness. Fruitiness grows, but in a dehydrated fashion. Peach fuzz, orange peel, and lemon zest. Coriander is huge, as is white peppercorn. A wavering hoyed vanilla essense fades into a rosewater bitterness with a continuation from lemon. Perks of metalic minerality on the close.
Medium bodied, lively of CO2.

Most akin to a pudgy witbier. And a damn nice one.
This one really sunk its claws into me. What started off as a general indifference grew quickly towards a lament that this is not readily available here.

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

Presentation: Friday 9th April, 2004 was spent in Binche, Belgium, the home of Brasserie La Binchoise. Sadly our planned trip to both the Brewery and on-premises Tavern proved fruitless thanks to the fact that it was closed.

A short walk into the center of Binche and we happened across Du Côte De Chez Boule, a small Brown Café just off the main square. I tried three beers in here. La Binchoise Blonde Tradition was the first and from the Tap.

Appearance: Partially clear gold from the Tap but with a faintly hazed presentation. Nice white fluffy head with good staying power. Immense carbonation from the Tap, such that a very controlled pour is needed into an oversize glass freshly washed in cold water. Lots of streamers in this one.

Nose: Pilsner Malt odors with lots of herbal hops, coriander and a slightly funky but very fresh lemony “Blonde” feel. Smells like a “Wit-Blonde” and it gets much fruitier as it warms.

Taste: Crisp and very clean with typical Belgium Blonde lines. Citric start with a hoppy feel that is restrained but detectable. Malty Pilsner Malts mix withy the Coriander and fill the middle whilst balancing the mild hops. Slick lines and some delicate fruitiness, maybe from the orange peel that is used, but it ends with a dry bitterness which comes through in the zesty crisp finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy feel thanks to the high carbonation makes for a lively brew that I would imagine would make it hard to drink too many of these, off the Tap at least!

Drinkability: A refreshing lightly herbal hopped bitter Wit-Blonde, a nice first beer of the afternoon. Easily taken down with a platter of cold meats and salad that was brought to our table to accompany this beer and the subsequent brews we had.

Overall: 2€ for a chilled 33cl Glass, a bargain for an above average fruity and bitter Belgium “Wit-Blonde”. Not that common but well worthy trying if you see it. Drink this one fresh and you’re in for a treat. Way better on draft than the bottle!

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Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy light gold colour with a decent head. The flavours are not in your face but rather show themselves over time. Coriander, citrus, hops and yeast all appear to make this a good example of the style. I like the balance inherent in this beer though a little more punch might improve the finish.

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