Abbaye D'Aulne Blonde Des Pères (Sur Lie) 6° | Brasserie Val De Sambre

Abbaye D'Aulne Blonde Des Pères (Sur Lie) 6°Abbaye D'Aulne Blonde Des Pères (Sur Lie) 6°
34 Ratings
Abbaye D'Aulne Blonde Des Pères (Sur Lie) 6°Abbaye D'Aulne Blonde Des Pères (Sur Lie) 6°

Brewed by:
Brasserie Val De Sambre

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-13-2004

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Wanne
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden color with a white foamy head. Aroma of cereals, smells a bit sour. Huge metal taste. A dissapointement.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ML poured into a tulip this beer forms a good size white head that falls to islands and leaves traces of ring lace. Carbonation is fine inside a golden body.

Similar to the Blond from this brewer. Some earthiness to it and generally lagerish with some spicey backside. Sweetness is faint, somewhat overpowerd by a sweet grain bill w/ a touch of belgian yeast.

Notes: One new offering to go from these guys I'm hoping for a comeback. GO BRUNE!!

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Photo of Campodog
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of FreshHawk
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Light golden orange with a slightly below average foamy, bubbly head. A bit below average retention leaving essentially no head.

S - Pretty fruity, citrus and a little golden fruit aroma. A touch of spice and a fair amount of yeast as well. Fairly malty and candi sweetness. Pretty sweet all together.

T - Fairly fruity flavor with citrus and golden fruit being strongest. A fair amount of spice with orange rind and clove with just a touch of coriander. Some yeast flavors as well.

M - Lighter body with a little below average carbonation. A little too light and watery also a fairly fluffy body.

D - A little out of balance with a bit too much fruity sweetness.

Notes: Not great, but decent. A little fruity. Pretty grainy for a Belgian. A touch on the sweet side. Not great, but if the price is right, it is alright.

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Photo of AntonioJuan
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nine_Tails
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hansavijaticar
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PorterLambic
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear at first, though cloudy later on. A dark golden hue with 1 1/2" of white foam capping it off. Good lace.
Smell is cardboard, apple, grape and wheat.
Taste is grapes, apple, malt and light hops.
Medium effervescence, medium body, slightly tart and crisp. A good beer only, nothing great. Too bad.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours from 750ML corked and single strapped cage bottle(best by 9/26/07) a cloudy straw colour with a very small head of foam(room temp) that surprised me. I thought there'd be a good head of foam and what I got shrank very quickly to a ring around the glassand there's little to no lacing. A few minutes later and there's no foam in my glass at all.

The smell has a good hoppy and spicy nose to it. I also get some clove and a bit of malt.

The taste is kind of hoppy up front with some yeastiness, clove and other spice backing it up. I can also taste some candy sugar. The finish ends up on somewhat of a funky side, which I normally like, and then it peters out and gets a bit on the watery side.

Hmm...For me, this is a pretty average Belgian Pale Ale and, quite frankly, one I'd not seek out again. Still...I'm glad I tried it and it's worth a go at least one time.

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Photo of drums4matt
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a corked and caged 750 - one of the latest haul from a night's work at a local distributor. Typical presentation for Val de Sambre abbey ale; picture of abbey on front - monk on the back with serving suggestions.

A - The first glass poured surprisingly clear and as blonde as the name implies. Pours a pretty, white head but dissipates a little too quickly. It goes as if it had never been leaving no lace. After the first glass the clarity is all but gone as the yeast precipitates out like fine, white snow - all kinds of funky chunky going on.

S - A bit muted but typically belgian-y; candi sugar and some sweet, light malt notes. Also some noticeable fresh green apple and yeasty alcohol. A bit thin aside from the sweetness.

T - Again the candi sugar and sweet malt combination are right out front and - again - rather thin. A bit of chalky yeast and some fruity notes to complement. There's maybe just a hint of citrus and corn graininess. Finishes quick but leaves a little chalky yeast and a tiny amount of drying hoppiness.

M and D - This beer's saving grace is the smooth, tingly mouthfeel and easy drinkability and contained ABV. Yet something more is desired of today's Belgian beers before they can be considered out of the ordinary.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy amber with thick rocky off-white head, so-so retention, lots of laces.
Standard, but weak notes in taste and smell.
Medium body and carbonation.
Below average.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a barely hazed gold that starts with a nice white head that falls to nothing. Nose is strong with yeast and just a touch of decaying apple skins. Slight clay character as well. Flavor is light besides the distinct yeasty edge to it. There isn’t much else besides that going on here. It almost seems a bit too clean and one sided. On the end there is a bitter tone that I am not really appreciative of. Feel is decent. A fair amount of bubble on the tongue. But the overkill of flavor seems to influence everything here.

Overall a decent brew. Even and interesting enough to keep one’s attention, but not really so interesting that it is worth going back to - or one to lament never being able to try.

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Photo of ckk527
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jmtpi
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of paterlodie
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 16-07-06. Nice head and clear pale golden beercolor. Nose is quiet lightly perfumed giving some malts, litle koreander, some lime and litle alcoholic. Overal quiet good and fresh nose. Taste is also dry, slightly grassy, koreander and light alcoholic. Quiet bitter but litle hanging bitterness. Good mouthfeel also but again litle light and watery tripel. For a tripel most certainly but OK at 6% ABV it can't have the strongness of a real tripel. Good carbonisation and easy drinkable enjoyable brew.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml brown glass bottle sealed, corked with a black single strapped wire cage that eats deep into the cork. The thumbed cork has a No. 144302 on it. Main and neck labels are gold edged with a cream colored background; the main obverse label has a picture of the partially ruined Abbaye d’Aulne which sits next to the newly installed Brewery. Described as ‘Abbaye d’Aulne Blonde des Pères’ a described as a ‘Blond Ale’. Listed at 6% Alc./Vol. and recommended to be served slowly at 42° – 46° F. Best Before End 26/09/07 G 09:34.

Appearance: Firmly entrenched cork was removed with a very loud explosive thrupp which was accompanied by a fine rising grey gunsmoke. My tall Maredsous glass was a good choice; it enabled me to control the pour to allow the fast rising head to stay in the glass. Looked a little cloudy at first, exhibiting an almost weak Wheat beer presence but this soon cleared up to reveal a thin pellucid golden body. Soft white head rises very quickly on each pour. Carbonation seems a little below par but the streamers retain some life nonetheless. No lacing here, it all slides back down into the base beer.

Nose: Lots of pale malts with a sweet aspect. Balancing hop dryness takes the reigns in the finish. Candy sugar and a yeast laden clove tinge add some complexity. It never seems to get going, but it always projects a decent enough aura.

Taste: Pale malts start with some biscuit dryness. Zesty hops have a lemon rind tingle. Earthy base with a dry yeast and wet straw middle. Clean and easy going finish with some cloves. Nothing special but it certainly exhibits an unfettered profile. Fresh tasting with a healthy sparkling demeanor. Refreshing and uncomplicated yet simplistic.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was a little low, but talcum soft with a thick woolly depth. Smooth and very clean though.

Drinkability: It is not that hard to drain the whole 750ml bottle, the lack of anything to detract from this brew portrays an aerodynamic Blond with a low radar cross-section. Bit of a quaffer.

Overall: Another nice brew from Abbaye d’Aulne. Fresh feel with a clean projection but this Blond is nothing special, yet it is hard to find fault with it. Nicely put together but not one of those brews that you would readily pick up again.

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Photo of Sarmento
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dcmchew
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful foam on the coarsely bubbling amber brew. Lots of lacing in the Morte Subite globe. Surprisingly watery body, but the foam keeps exploding in the mouth.

Subtle toasty flavor is the initial flavor. A hint of apples. The yeasty taste creeps up to take over the beer. Not overly bitter, but there even seems to be a hint of hops. Extremely dry at the end. Woody with a mineral sensation. There is just not much flavor going on, it's very different from many of the "Abbey" beers. This is more of a lager taste with that Belgian yeast, but it has a pleasant sudsy mouthfeel and an appealing shade of tart fruitiness.

The long lasting foam is a nice feature. Attractive to the end and highly drinkable. From the 33 cl bottle brought back from Belgium.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a clear dorée color ale with a big bubbly head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of peppery yeast with notes of Belgian malt. Taste is a mix between Belgian malt with some sweetness and a very dominating peppery yeasty flavour. Body is fuller then average with low filtration and with some great carbonation.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber with generous carbonation and a thick sticky head with sheets of lacing.

Aroma is yeasty and spicy, with subtle medicinal funk. Candy sugar, lemon zest, and citrus fruit.

Taste is sweet, and slightly grainy pale malt. Peppery spices compete with yeasty medicinal funk. Sweetness turns slightly sour in the finish. Lingering grassy hop. Flavor profile is lighter than expected.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall a mild sessionable Belgian. Worth a try. Certainly drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling dandelion yellow with a huge number of bubbles rushing upwards through a cloud of fine yeast that looks like light snow flurries. A pillowy, bleached white cap sits above the fray. The foam looks fairly sticky, but unfortunately, that isn't borne out by much glass coverage. A classic Belgianesque look.

The nose is a keeper as well. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that my standards for this style aren't quite as stringent as they are for BSPAs, but I consider this one to be solid in the aroma department. It's brightly noble hoppy, with shavings of lemon zest and a moderate amount of Belgian yeast clove-like spiciness.

The beer doesn't hold up quite as well on the palate. Its simplicity is less tolerable in the mouth than it was in the nose. It's still a fine ale, though, even if it strikes me as a beer that would go better with food than solo. I'm going to have a hard time sustaining interest over the course of the entire '750'. I think I'll save the second half for my roasted turkey dinner.

An adequate amount of pale malt holds down the bottom end, while contributing flavors of untoasted grain (in a good way) and a cursory amount of sweetness. Relatively more hops are present and provide grassy and floral flavors that I attribute to Saaz and its cousins. The yeastiness is on the modest end as well, which keeps the white pepper and clove spiciness from overwhelming the whole. Like I said, simple, straightforward... and hardly soul-stirring.

While the mouthfeel is light and airy as befits the style, it doesn't have that expansive light creaminess that I look for in my Belgian ales. Although there's nothing wrong with it per se, it doesn't reach out and grab me. Enough bubbles have survived to keep the beer from feeling flat. Still though, I wish that a few more were present now that I'm at mid-bottle.

Blonde des Peres is my first Brasserie Val de Sambre offering. It's a decent enough Belgian pale ale that could stand an infusion of depth and complexity. I'm pretty sure I have a few other bottles from this brewery lurking in my cellar. Here's hoping that they make the jump from good to very good. Great would be nice, but after tasting this one, that may be too much to hope for.

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