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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

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gusler on 12-27-2002

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 58
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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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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La Binchoise Blonde Tradition from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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