Josef Belgian Blonde Ale | Brouwerij Martens NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Martens NV
Belgium
martens.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wedge on 07-21-2013

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106
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
15.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of mrjosephruiz88
4.43/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SanWrencho
4.25/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starts out with a crisp, slighly sweet taste that is backed by a rich mix of yeast and hops that finishes well. Ignore the naysayers, this is a very well made beer that is not over the top but is very well balanced, refreshing and flavorful. The 6% abv does not hurt either.

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Photo of Samputnam14
4.16/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of Michael_Lopez
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of ynoT0207
3.9/5  rDev +23%

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3.9/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Milchad
3.86/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer worthy of a beer snob.

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Photo of HeightsEats
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Has a massive amount of sticky carbonation when poured into a glass. Aroma is sharp and biscuity with a hint of roasted malt. The flavor is full-bodied malt with a subtle sour aftertaste with just a bit of hops. There are elements of a macrobrew in the drinkability, but with a lot more flavor and clean crispness--no weird adjuncts. A really good all around beer.

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Photo of illpass78
3.77/5  rDev +18.9%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear gold with a huge white head. Wondering if this was shaken before opening because the head is huge. Some moderate lacing on the way down.

Aroma: This beer has a more floral presence than I expected. Also some malt and dry hops. Very faint funk.

Taste: The floral notes appear on the palate as well, along with some vague sourness and nice malt backbone. Kind of yeasty. Nice balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good depth for the style. Sessionable in body.

Overall: Nice Belgian pale. There's a lot of great Belgian beer out there and this one doesn't necessarily grab you by the collar, but it's a nice, reasonably complex ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brouwerij Martens "Josef Belgian Blonde Ale"
11.2 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "L12:36H 156"
$1.34 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

I was really hoping I could say "here's another winner from Trader Joe's" but this one just doesn't hit the mark. Brouwerij Martens is known for making 'softer' pilsners, and this is no exception, but done with more of a leaning towards the Belgian pale ale style. In fact, I have to question if it's even done as an ale? Or is it just a pilsner with a smaller amount of Belgian ale added in? Also I guess something to keep in mind is that in Belgium the majority of beer consumed is pilsner, and that Belgian laws regarding style are really restricted just to gravity for taxation purposes, so essentially this is a "Belgian Blonde Ale" regardless of what anyone outside of Belgium might think.

It looks good with a crystal clear yellow gold body and a creamy head of bright white that holds well and leaves great lacing, but that's about where it ends. Not that there are any flaws, because there are not, but simply because it doesn't live up to the name. The aroma expresses pilsner malt over Belgian yeast character, which is really completely unacceptable. It's floral and grassy and a touch lemony - but where is the Belgian character? It's in the flavor... a small bit of clove comes through, but for the most part it seems more like a lemony Czech pils.

With all of that said, given the price it's an excellent value - just understand what you're getting. Scored as a "Belgian Blonde Ale" with "Belgian Pale Ale" in mind it doesn't do to well. Had it been scored hedonistically, perhaps even without giving it a label, it would have done much better.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of watchnerd
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz single from Trader Joe's. Bought a couple other little things as well, for it was not yet noon, & I still feel a bit of shame about these things occasionally.

Ommegang Anniversary glass. Swishing, purdy, vibrant, gold body. White wash head.

Smell is saline, plain Cheerios, solid peppery/herbal hops, & a bit of Euro stickiness.

Taste is honey-ish & citrusy upfront, becoming more about sweet Ritz crackers & twiggy/earthy bitters as it goes. Dry, flinty, dusty grain finish.

Plush, microbeaded carbonation & some good acidity to help break up the syrupy body.

Still don't like blondes, but I just can't get angry when they cost me $1.34 a bottle.

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Photo of OCSA_1978
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Dandub33
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, and pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and peppery hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and at around $1.17 a bottle it's a great deal for a Belgian brewed beer.

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Photo of DCP
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lets start by saying that I will probably buy this beer again because of it's relatively unique taste. It goes down really, really easy for a 6%er. It smells like honey and flowers.

The the bottle (11.2 oz brown) is a work of art in itself and on the back it promises a purists recipe(barley hops yeast water).

It has the quickly dissipating weak head that is pretty typical for a Blonde.
It's mostly clear with high viscosity and a yellow golden hue.

It's really a good beer, but it lacks the depth to be a truly great beer. One will hold you over for sure, but I think it's more of a high volume type of drink for sure. it's light and reminds me of good Southern (United States) Sweet Tea.

As a guy who usually isn't impressed with this kind of brew, this one stood out, if only by a nose.

I looked down at NeroFiddled's two cents and thought there was a lot of wisdom in that last remark. It feels a lot like a pilsner going down the gullet and resting in the belly. But I don't drink a ton of Belgian beers (yet) so maybe that's normal.

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Photo of wedge
3.51/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From Trader Joe's. No idea if this is a re-branding of some kind...

Pours a brilliantly clear pale gold with a frothy white head on top. Surprisingly hoppy aroma...spicy and floral noble hops, a little doughy pils malt, not much yeast. Effervescent, lightly yeasty flavor. Subtle apple, spicy hop bitterness, a flicker of cereal grain, honey, and some steeliness. Not a whole lot of Belgian character coming from this, but there was no yeast in the bottle. Highly carbonated, clean, medium-light in body, somewhat creamy. Overall, this is really a pretty good, quenching summertime beverage that I think was $7-8 for a sixer. Again, not the most interesting Belgian beer around - it's oddly pilsener-like - but, I'll probably be picking up more of this throughout the summer.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.51/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch stamp on bottle was L5 2 151

Appearance: Bright clear gold, with a 1/4" rocky white head. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the glass. Islands and thick strands of persistent lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Fruit (apple mostly), but with a crisp lager scent as well.

Taste: Grainy, with some fruity notes, apple, crisp....it's like a lager with some Belgian ale notes.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated at first (fizzy), but as it warmed up the carbonation got tamer. Very lager like in mouthfeel, with a bit of a chalky + sticky texture.

Overall / Drinkability: I wonder if this beer is a physical blend of a lager and a filtered Belgian pale ale. It has distinct notes of Belgian yeast coming out, but it is also very much a Euro pale lager. Unusual - not sure I'd go out of my way to get another. Great looking beer though.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDF2000
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
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