St Martin Blond Ale
Brasserie De Brunehaut

St Martin Blond AleSt Martin Blond Ale
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #396
Ranked #42,084
3.56 | pDev: 13.76%
Brasserie De Brunehaut
St Martin Blond AleSt Martin Blond Ale
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Reviews by beerthulhu:
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful, hazy pale orange with a monstrous 3 finger bone white head that was extremely active on the surface with erupting micro-bubbles. The head displayed very good retention slowly yielding to a foamy 1 finger layering after several minutes sporting a fair streaky lacing. Visible carbonation appeared strong and vibrant.

S: simple yet sweet and fit to style with a nice yeastiness of subtle oranges.

T: spicy citrusy oranges with a bright zing and bright carbonation that brought things to life. There was some faint lemon grinds, honey and light bread dough detected as well. There was a nice spicy hoppiness with a floral coating on the tongue. Overall a very nice flavored blonde.

M: light-medium with a nice carbonation presence that brings out the yeasty nature providing a nice tingle.

D: A very pleasant drinking experience and one you could easily drink in multiples. Six pack worthy, very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of JMH_
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a nice bubbly white head tops a very clody golden coloure brew. this is one of the murkier brews i've been witness too but it's quite nice. the smell here is mainly of lemon, yeast, spice and some banana perhaps. simple, but nice aromas. the taste is really quite average. spice and grain with a bit of an earth flavouring are the dominants here, with a touch of alcohol in the back. the problem is all flavours are fighting to be noticed, it's almost like this brew is underbalanced. nothing jumps out at you. the most vivid flavour i can recall came from the sweet burps this one produces. not bad overall, but could use some tinkering.

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Photo of packetknife
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with fluffy bleached-white head that faded quicky. Smelled of citrus and pepper, quite strong. Spicy and smokey across the tongue, lingering bitterness. Served very cold it felt crisp. The carbonation was just right and felt good in the mouth. (I tried again, only to slightly improve on the drinkability.)

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Following the pour, its slightly hazy golden body teems with life as hundred of tiny bubbles stream upwards. The creamy white cap holds remarkably well, and leaves behind a thick wall of sticky lace.

In the nose it's sweetish with malt and a bit of vanilla, backed by fruit and subtle spice.

In the mouth it's tingly with a medium body and effervescent carbonation.

The flavor is fairly straightforward malt and yeast. It's cereal-like and grainy, and fairly sweet. It's more of a tripel than a single blond. The vanilla and gentle clove notes from the yeast add to that, and the subtle fruit and soft spice liven it. Some gently herbal hops lie beneath, and it's very nicely balanced by a moderate hop bitterness.

Quite accessible and enjoyable, with interesting flavors from the yeast.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a modest creamy white head, as it erodes; the lace left behind a fine covering sheet. Nose is dominated by the malt, crisp and somewhat musty with the start all malt, and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a crisp acidic bite, the hops understated as is the alcohol, quite dry aftertaste. Average would be my best rating, but then I’m not partial to “Blondes”, “Beer that is”!

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Photo of RBorsato
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold with a full white head and good carbonation. Light floral aroma but maybe a bit sour (from yeast?). Light soft malt flavor with spicy clove character and a thin metallic flavor with a touch of sourness. Light-medium bodied for the strength with a tinny finish.

Not one I'd buy unless it was a great deal -- should not be a M.J. Beer Selection...

Label states: "Abbaye De Saint-Martin Biere Blonde Du Tournaisis" & "Anno1096"

(11.2 oz bottle)

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very plain dull blond color. Very fizzy white head does a nice job of lacing the glass. Aromas are definitely malt-influenced. Bit of spice and fruit as well. Taste reminded me of a muted Allagash White in flavor. There's some zest and zip, but it's very low-keyed. Nothing that I really liked. Finished with a slight puckering effect and residual bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and pretty highly carbonated. Drinkability was tolerable. This beer got a little less pleasant as it warmed. No alcohol flavors noted, despite the 7% ABV. Overall, a decent beer, though one I won't actively seek out again.

Note: Thanks for AKSmokedPorter for this one.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off-white head formed from the large amount of carbonation. Plenty of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Brownish golden colored brew.
Aroma of bready malt, yeast and fruit.

Taste shows a grainy, doughy malt backbone. Some yeast. Quite tart. I'm inclined to think there's wheat in this beer. Decent hop balance.
Solid mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall, a solid beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed honeyed-golden color with a big thicket of sustaining light tan head. Good stickage throughout each sip. Aromas of subtle musty, dusty funk with some light notes of pale candi sugar and malt, clover honey, pear skin, and honeysuckle blossoms. Somewhat dry in the finish; it retains a pear-like fruitiness in its subtle sweetness, and is prickly in the carbonation, translating the flavor slightly into a seltzery, somewhat minerally quality. A pretty decent blonde that is approachable, yet not extraordinary.

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Photo of marburg
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah, the pour. Practically the strip tease of the beer world. A potentially lovely brew reveals itself to you, and for just an instant, it's appealing. But this isn't a beer you'd take home to mom. Or anyone else for that matter. And that would be beause it kind of sucks.

Gorgeous appearance, of course. Slightly hazy yellowish blond color with a substantial, dense, white cappucino foam head. Starts very well carbonated. (Sadly, that comes to a crashing halt.) Aroma is fairly mild, but hints of flowers and melon shine through along with a mild peppery zip. Similarly, it starts with a bit of malty fruit bar sweetness. But the remarkable thing is the complete lack of a finish. Mild spicy hop "bite" is just that -- mild.

And the real sad tale of this beer is the carbonation. This started out with a nice prickly bounce to it. With 4-5 big swirls of the glass, the head reformed nicely -- but all the carbonation was gone. It was like drinking some new age melon/tulip flavored sports drink. Blah. Mediocre at best.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a medium thickness head that goes away quickly.

S - Sweet grainy smell. Some fruit and spice.

T - Very mild. I was expecting more bite. It is very smooth and sweet. There is some citrus that comes through nicely.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Nice light beer that's great for a hot day and it is ice cold.

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Photo of Shaw
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with an off-white head that settles down to a thin coating of foam. Its smell is quite yeasty and sweet.

After just reviewing Duvel, the creator of this style, it's interesting to have a beer that is quite different yet within the style. Saint Martin Blond Ale is a lot less dry than Duvel. I also don't note the flavor of alcohol in Saint Martin like in Duvel, perhaps because Saint Martin is few percentage points weaker than Duvel. But enough of Duvel.

Saint Martin's flavors seem to be coming all from the malts. There is a bit of sweetness but not as much as the smell would lead you to believe.

The mouthfeel is fuller than other beers in this style. There is a bit of body, which I always like.

Overall, this is a good beer. It is worth a try.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glowing honey with lemonade trim. The amount of fine carbonation is par for the Belgian ale course and the bone white lid is on the generous side as a result. Although I've seen more attractive heads, this one looks decent enough and manages to decorate the glass with several patches of sudsy lace. The appealing appearance right after the initial pour loses some of its luster almost immediately.

The nose is a pretty fair approximation of a Belgian pale, but it doesn't nail it. Since the aroma doesn't jump out of the glass, the fruitiness is muted and the spiciness is barely detectable. There's a little work to be done on the taste buds.

Blonde Ale is okay beer when all is said and done. Still, it tastes like it was created by a monk who finished in the bottom half of his class at brewing school. What? Monks don't study at brewing schools? Well then... it tastes like it was created by a monk who received less than divine inspiration from above.

The ABV makes this brew something of a tweener. Since alcohol power is present, BSPA (as opposed to BPA) is probably the correct choice. Untoasted graininess peeks through, but the moderate sweetness and just enough yeastiness keep it in check. As in the nose, orchard fruit is slightly more prominent than clove. I could drink this stuff on occasion if it was cheap... but it isn't ($4.49 for 11.2 ounces).

The body/mouthfeel falls right in line in terms of quality. In other words, it's solidly above average. It's light-medium, there's very little creaminess, and I have no quarrel with the carbonation. Steady as she goes.

In the final reckoning, Saint-Martin Blonde Ale is similar to Saint-Martin Brune. They're both overpriced, drinkable Belgian ales that are destined to be forgotten once the glass has been rinsed. As always, your mileage may vary.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abbot on the Hill. Cloudy yellow with bubbly head. Active carbonation, by sight and mouthfeel. Yeasty aroma.Some sourness in mouthfeel. Experience better as it warmed to room temperature. So-so Belgium beer. A little herbal yeast manipulation, but nothing complex.

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Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby Belgian style bottle, notches on the side of the label spell out Julu 09, but no indication if that is best before or bottling date info. Ah whatever....pours light yellowy amber, clear, near white head, noisy, larger bubble and medium retention. Slippery lace that quickly fades to just a few spots and then to no head, no film, no lace at all, bleach... not impressed by the look of this one at all. Nose is fruity and with a hint of the sweetness to come. Sweetness is in control here, some spicy pepper and warmth in the finish, but mostly quite fruity and too sweet for my liking. Needless to say, there are a lot of better Belgians out then then this one.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage thanks to eyedrinkale and beer&gear bif.

7%? 2-3yrs? im thinkin its time to be drinkin

hazy golden color with some orange, creamy head with wispy islands, rainbow-like lacing and a big buttery aroma. some ripe melon character as well.. light sweet fruitiness in back of the diacetyl and mild tart age-blessed scent.

tastes pretty damn good. butter is not as abrasive in the flavor, and adds to a more caramel-vanilla cake-like profile. some vinousness thanks to age, welcome sprinking of red seed fruits. dry and crisp finish with the most undetectable light hop. some port character as well in the aftertaste which is a welcome boost to a beer that evolves past its style with the perfect amount of age.

great specimen, thanks again.

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Photo of sacfly
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle
Pours a golden straw color with just a touch of haze. Thick white head of large bubbles. Aroma is musty. Sharp yeast. Flavor is much more mild than the aroma led on. Watered down flavor. Light malt sweetness. Gets better as it warms. Some of the harshness goes away, and more malt comes out. Drink at cellar temp or above. Still nothing but average or below.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB jun 07. Mo overwelming precase with litle and instable head and hazy pale golden beercolor. Nose is also light and has some malts, next to some hazelnut arome but also litle citrussy/orange. Light and quiet empty but not bad. Taste is also quiet empty being medium dry, alcoholic, litle malty, citrussy and only lightly bittrered. High carbonisation makes it extra refreshing but also even lighter. Drinkable but could have some more flavour and bitterness.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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 atigerlife
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of vancurly
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) Hazy, golden pale amber, white fine froth. Mild bubbling.
s) Waxy perfume, touch of musk spice, caramel, green leaf.
f) Complex pale malts, biscuits, bread crusts. Some tropical fruit perfume, maybe strawberry.
m) Silky smooth, with slight heat.
d) Quite easy to drink, with good style attributes, and interesting

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St Martin Blond Ale from Brasserie De Brunehaut
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