St Martin Blond Ale | Brasserie De Brunehaut

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St Martin Blond AleSt Martin Blond Ale

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gusler on 02-28-2003

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden and cloudy. Tall, creamy and mostly persisting head. Decent lacing. Moderate fruity esters aroma. Citrus upfront, later pears and some spicy phenols . Low hop aroma. Later some caramel. Low bitter flavor. Light-medium body, average carbonation and watery. Smooth. Medium-lasting, low dry finish. Spicy.

Lacks of dryness

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Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gotta like those strong Belgian blondes... particularly when rounded and balanced.
Looks yummy.
Fragrant blend of malt and spice.
On this day, this yeast struck me as more unique than even what the Belgians are known for.
Feel? Bubbly.
If you are a fan of blond Belgians (which is true of most who still have a pulse), don't let this one pass by.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2010. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, bread, light clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, bread, light clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/clove, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Belgian blonde ale. All around good robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. I felt like yeast ester flavors were a bit restrained and could have been bolder. Otherwise a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml squat, bulbous bottle - one of the non-organic, non-GF offerings from this brewery, I presume?

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and generally creamy off-white head, which leaves a few disintegrating towers of soap scum lace around the glass as things slowly seep away.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale malt, white pepper and clove spice, earthy yeast, mixed light orchard fruit, a bit of hay-like grassiness, and softly lilting alcohol esters. The taste is much more of the same - dry, bready, crackery pale malt, muddled savoury spice, restrained (for a Belgian offering, anyway) yeast, banana chips and other sundry dried drupe fruit, and once again, some subtle booze emanations.

The carbonation is fairly easy-going and barely perceptible after its initial spastic outburst, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing really in the mood to muss that up here. It finishes well off-dry, the pale malt gaining a few sweet caramel notes, perhaps due to the booze, or maybe the lingering pear and apple fruitiness, hard to say.

A decently rendered version of the style, the purported strength doled out in small measures, at most. Well rounded, with any and all hallmarks that one might be seeking in such a brew - plain malt, yeast, fruit, and booze, full stop, without the wonderment about what might be missing due to gluten protein manipulation after the fact.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden, huge head forming up almost spilling out of the glass. Sticky retention.
Smells of light grains, acidic fruit, citrus and Belgian spices.
Sweet acidic fruit, with red apple, yellow pear, white grapes, mixed with some sweet oranges, light banana and pineapple, really nice. Malts are mild and sweet, cloying just a little. Belgian sugars, light hints of honey also. Spicy yeasts, bringing clove, low vanilla, some nice prickly pepper.
Somewhat citrusy and green hops, bitter in the finish.
There's a big acidity and mineral feel to this one, quite fizzy also, getting burpy, quite a bit unbalanced.
Too bad, taste was really nice, but the body and some off notes are in the way.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, fruit, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky gold with a light brown hue and a small (1 finger or less) white fizzy head that diminished rapidly down to a thin film with a small collar, which did create some fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a musty doughy yeast with notes of apple, pears, banana and a hint of spice.

The taste was very malty with a nice fruity ester from the beginning, and then progressed with a strong yeast presence and a mild spicy bitterness towards the end. The flavor lingered for an average amount of time after the swallow, with a mild alcohol warming sensation at the very end.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a somewhat light Strong Ale both in body and in flavor, although it does offer an exceptionally smooth drinkability...

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Kind of an icky pour with sediment bits throughout but carbonation is better than expected flowing out of the bottle and the cap was pulled. Head is a 1/4 inch of sticky head that sticks around forever.

S - Aroma has a nice bit of hops along side of some blonde like grains and just a touch of sweet yeasts.

T - Agree with others it does have a pineapple like sweetness that seems to have a touch of caramel malt. Yeasts are fruity delivering also a mild bit of zest and a touch of hops. Quite an interesting Blonde indeed.

M - Light to medium easy to drink despite the ABV.

Overall I might have to look for a 750ml (bomber) or a fresher bottle but it's good the way I got it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By way of BBF 2011. 750ml corked and caged bottle. 2011 vintage. Poured into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, frothy, powdery white head with great retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and stringy and very thick. Good cling. Very attractive.

Nose is citrus and some other tropical fruit. Powdery with hints of spiciness, yeast, and coriander. Some clove characteristics also mixed with a touch of cane sugar. Decent but missing some fruit qualities and not the most aromatic.

Opens sweet canned pineapple. Cane sugar, adjunct corn sweetness in the middle. Some clementine. Clove and other spices. A touch of Belgian yeast in the end and finish. Soapy on the aftertaste. Too sweet with little complexity.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Spritzy and lively in the mouth and bubbly going down. Finish is filmy with a lingering aftertaste. Solid carbonation but the finish and aftertaste need work.

An overall average beer that is stuck in a style with a ton of very good offerings. I'd skip this one if I came across it again. Everything is ok, but nothing really stands out here.

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Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light to medium in body and a nice honey gold with moderate turbidity and a one finger quickly dissipating head. It smells of pale malts, light spicy yeast, cloves, and it has a light sweetness to it. It's not the most aromatic thing in the world but it will do. The flavors of light cloves, spice, yeast and banana. It's solid and subtle. It drinks pretty light in body and is well carbonated. It's pretty refreshing. Overall it's a decent Belgian blonde but isn't anything crazy.

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Photo of bamojr
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a creamy two finger head. retension of the head seems to be quite good. smells very "Belgium", some corriander and some other floral smells. The first taste I get is apple. Some strong foral flavors and a suprisingly bitter finish, not too bitter but not as sweet as I was expecting. A bit of a metalic flavor to it. good carbonation. smooth to drink which makes it go down quite nicely. Yet another good beer from Belgium.

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Photo of DavidBart
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was fooled by the appearance of this one. Nice look and nose but falls short on the taste. Even though it's 7% it doesn't taste like it has much alcohol in it. At $6.50 per 11.2 bottle it better live up to the expectations. And being Belgian? was a let down. Good thing I still have a Chimay chilled in fridge.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : yeast and malt flavors, with citrus notes.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yellow with a white head. Kind of fizzy sounding. Head drops to a thickish film. Cloudy and not surprisingly, darker after all the yeast gets into the glass. Reasonable retention.
Smell is malt, citrus, yeast, hint of green apple with maybe some vanilla, too.
Taste: citrus is strongest, then malt and alcohol with vanilla and apple showing up later.
Tart with a medium-full body and a medium-big effervescence. Relatively clean finish, just some light mallt and a faint hint of citrus. Pretty good but there are better blonds to be had. Pretty good balance throughout.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Belgian stubby that looks bottle-conditioned. Brewed with estate-grown wheat and barley according to the website. Bright golden yellow, lightly hazed, with low carbonation that leaves little lacing. Lightly spicy yeast, perhaps some hops, and maybe even some adjuncts in the nose. Pretty much the same on the palate. Very light, highly-carbonated body leaves a short, dry finish. The beer is OK I guess, but it's rather boring. I feel like if you took Coors wort, added a bunch of sugar and fermented it with Belgian yeast, you would end up with this light Belgian ale.

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Photo of tylernim
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Brilliant Yellow and Gold with a two finger white head that fades quickly.

S - Only faint smells. Fruits perhaps.

T - Pear, grass, grapes, and minerals.

M - Carbonation on the tongue. Slight grains with a very light feel.

D - High, but I wouldn't choose to have more.

Like mentioned before me. Too pricey to buy again.

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Photo of bump8628
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy sunset gold with two fingers of big-bubbled fizzle that fades to a thin ring quickly

Overall, there is just something off-putting about the beer. It's a strange chalky, mineral character that overwhelms all else. The yeast lends only a faint pear note and malt is clean but nearly absent and the hops seem completely absent. Dry and chalky on the finish.

At $4.60 for a 11.2oz bottle I'm feeling ripped off on this one. Definitely won't be buying it again. I can only hope the Brune is better.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with slight haze, and generous white head. Nose has some baking spices and light fruits. On the palate is plenty of carbonation for a nice zip as the beer comes across and goes down, bringing along with it sweet 'n sour flavors, some yeasty funk, and sour apple. Easy drinking.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured golden yellow into a snifter glass with a large, white head that dies down but never quite disappears. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: The aroma isn't very strong, but there are some notes of candi sugars, fruits and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is slightly sweet, but the malts are very well balanced by the hops. The flavor isn't that complex but there are some notes of bananas, candi sugar and spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth due to a high amount of carbonation.
D: It's extremely drinkable--I could definitely drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. A cloudy gold in color with a small white head and not much lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and Belgian yeast providing a soft, fruity aroma.

Flavor: Fairly well balanced but a little on the sweet side. Honey, pear and apple are all in the flavor profile. Mild citrus hops barely perceivable. A nice Golden Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: I'd have to rate the drinkability fairly high, this is a clean, easy drinking ale and at the price point its worth looking into.

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Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus, sweet malt, slight tart malt, and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, tart malt, slight pale hop, and slight citrus. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Chambar in Vancouver.

Pours a hazy light golden. Huge head.

Aroma of hay, fruity and malts.

Flavor is quite light. Some grain, citrus, honey and pears.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and light.

Overall, it is quite drinkable. Nothing outstanding, but it goes down rather easy.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Color blonde almost transparent and very pale. Nose of bitter orange with a touch of metal. Mouth full with some slight bitterness rather weak, but it is artificial and not extraordinary. We also note a lack of flavor rather obvious that serves a little drink.

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Photo of saccro
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light gold/med yellow. A thin layer of foam that clings to the glass. Looks like some light carbonation based on rising bubbles. Clear.

S - grainy/bread pilsner malt aroma. light lemony aroma. slight sulfur/yeasty aroma. mildly fruity (banana/apple) and spicy. some phenols. low/no hops.

T- tastes lightly caramelly. sweet, but not too crazy. light bitterness. Lacks character. Sulfury flavors slightly come off as almost skunky. Restrained belgian -- low phenols. A tad vegetal.

M - pretty spritzy -- doesn't look like it. Probably needs to warm a bit. Medium body. Strong, but digestible.

D - a bit ho-hum. I'd drink it again. Wouldn't pursue it.

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Photo of brewbasterd
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white foamy head. Apricot on the nose as well as a light toasted grain a slight sweetness. Pear and peach on the palate, a sweet malt backbone and a little yeasty, some bready tastes too. Crisp upfront, medium body and a sweet fruity aftertaste. This brew grew on me the more I drank it, a well done beer.

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