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

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3.83/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
Belgium
brasserielabinchoise.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,098
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
73
pDev:
11.49%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 58
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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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 bditty187
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear, pale gold in hue, shiny, there is loads of animation raced towards a fluffy white head. The head at the maximum was three fingers in height; the retention was fair, at best. In a few moments the head had fell to a small, bubbly cap of a half finger, later it turned into a collar. The color is really intriguing. There was no subsequent lacing. I really like the bouquet. The aroma is malty upfront, like a good Pilsner. Then the nose becomes undeniably Belgium! I adore the fruitiness; it is peachy with zippy citrus notes, oranges, and some tropical fruit. Hints of sugar too. The hops are noticeable as well; they seem to impart a firm, bitter, crispness. Suggestions of mint once it warmed significantly. The potency is good and it gets the point across easily, even though the aromas are not that loud but plenty soothing. It is both intriguing and inviting. I can’t wait to drink up! So I do. The palate impressed me on my first sip. The maltiness is tasty and firm; plus it is perfectly balanced with the hop bitterness. These features provide a wonderful foundation for the multiple, subtle complexities. Said complexities are an enormous amount of fruitiness largely of peaches, lemons (not tart), oranges, and sugary tropical fruit. There are also some stand alone, sugary flavors. Yum. But there is still more, hints of mint and maybe even coriander? I am deeply impressed with this beer. It is not big and bold but very tasty, it reminds of New Belgium Loft, only much better on all accounts. The modest abv makes this even more attractive. The carbonation is big and active, lovely; the body is medium in bulk. As a whole the mouthfeel is very pleasant and amazingly fitting for the style, err, this beer. The bubbles tickle! Greg at John’s Grocery in Iowa City recommended La Binchoise Blonde Ale to me (good call)! The next time I see this beer I am stocking up. I am baffled why there are so few reviews! Highly Recommended!

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a orange color with a 1 inch head that lasted through most of the drink. The aroma was of spice and citrus, with coriander being the most noticeable spice. The flavor was super, as the marriage of coriander, citrus, bitterness, and a tiny tweek of sourness made the tastebuds dance in pleasure.

The mouthfeel was smooth and the finish was somewhat clean. The aftertaste was very mellow, as the coriander that started in the nose was the last to finish on the tongue. Extremely refreshing and very easy drinking. Great beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light and clear orange with some good carbonation and a tight, tiny bubble head that came up nicely but went down in a heartbeat.

Smell – Big Belgian orange peel in the nose with some heavy duty spicing. The classic coriander rules the roost along with significant white pepper and some darker allspice.

Taste – The orange syrup-laced yeast comes out nicely at the taste. The spices are here as well. Add a little grapefruit and you’ve got the La Binchoise Blonde Ale.

Mouthfeel –Exactly medium in the body and loaded with terrific, live carbonation. This is not the fizzy kind of carbonation that comes with the cheap stuff. The super strong orange peel riles up the salivary glands, juicing the mouth and making this one a fluffy dream in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – I thought this was a terrific example of the style and am hard pressed to understand its current lowly rating of 3.72 (prior to my review).

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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 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 Jason
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown stubby bottle with a “best before end of” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Foggy sunshine golden yellow colour, tiny particles of sediment float around as the yeast was not totally compact in the bottle. Marked rings of lace adorn the glass after each sip.

Smell: Peachy fruitiness, minty phenols and a honey maltiness show off a very aromatic brew.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very noticeable bottle conditioned crispness that bites into the palate right away, fluffy moderate body. Turbid bitterness ranges from the hoppiness upfront to a compound of yeast and phenols in the finish. Suggestions of ripe peaches, lemon juice and faint mint. Maltiness is on the dry side with a touch of honey in the beginning and clean husk in the end.

Drinkability & Notes: Very sturdy with a balanced dry tone throughout. High marks for drinkability, not only a good stepping stone into the world of Belgian beers but a beer I see as a prize brew.

Thanks to D & V International for the sample. http://www.specialtybeer.com

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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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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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