Josef Belgian Blonde Ale | Brouwerij Martens NV

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BEER INFO

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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38
Ratings:
106
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
15.77%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 106
Photo of vitesse
1.79/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

My first review in years (joined BA 11 friggin years ago and forgot I still had an account here. Wow.)

Anyway, this is an absolutely awful beer. Terrible, sweet afterstate that's cloying in a not-good way. Smells like a Belgian janitor'ass. Thin mouthfeel.

There is no reason for this beer to exist.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
1.81/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I've head mountain dews less carbonated than this. Not a passable pseudo-Belgian by a long shot. Don't try, don't but. Walk out of trader joe's and find a gas station with some natty light. Repulsive.

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Photo of jayrom
2.18/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just picked up a 6-pack at Trader Joe's, and I'm really disappointed. It tastes like a cheap German beer with a little sweetness added. It's not terrible, but absolutely not good either. I'd rather spend a few bucks more and something good. This is a mass-produced rip-off.

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Photo of Makeitadouble
2.18/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The best thing about this beer is the presentation . Wrapped in Gold foil and accompanied with its own chalice , this beer looks amazing. It pours golden with a light and fluffy head . Unfortunately thats it . The spice is over bearing . Cloves, the beer tastes like your grandmother left the cloven spiced ham in the oven too long and now its dry and spicy . This beer is dry and is not refreshing , however at 6% ABV it gets the job done.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.39/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I was looking for something to tell me that this was a Belgian beer but there wasn't anything I could find in the taste. Okay to look at, nothing to smell. Flavors are really mild, nothing offensive, but you want any beer to have some kind of flavor profile. This beer has an identity crisis and needs to be re-categorized.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.46/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fizzy half finger white head that dissipates instantly to a ring around the glass with no lacing. Not promising. Aroma of light bready malt, a hint of lemon and honey. Profile more like a light lager than a Belgian. Flavor is bready, lightly biscuit malt, clove, light lemon and initially a light honey sweetness. The flavor thins out to a bitter, mildly malty finish; stark and acidic. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. Wow, this misses the mark in so many ways. The initial flavor is like the aroma, like a light lager, but bitterness and light lemon tartness show up and things go downhill from there. The finish is remotely Belgian, a little tart and lemony with faint fruit flavors, but to my taste not much like a Belgian of any style. I expected a cheap Belgian knock-off, but rather surprised that this was actually brewed in Belgium. Not good and not recommended, even at its low, low price. Trader Joes has some truly awesome, inexpensive Belgians, particularly the Unibroue line, this is not in that category.

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Photo of anarchia
2.61/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear and pale yellow, lots of little bubbles. Lacing sticks to the glass. Less carbonation than most Belgian ales. Slight floral aroma from the dry hops, far from outrageous. Thin mouthfeel, slightly metallic taste without much else happening. Dry/crisp finish. Not a lot of character here but drinkable.

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Photo of WunderLlama
2.67/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle poured into glass

Clear golden yellow with small stream of carbonation bubbles leading to two finger white, frothy lid. Good lacings on the way down resulting in a dense white foam.

Aroma of grassy hops with a bit of spice.

I get a predominantly metallic taste. Bitterness on the back of the tongue and after tastes. Light mouthfeel.

I like Trader Joes but this one beer I will not be repeating. $6.99 a six pack, I'll give the a mining five bottles to my nephew on Thanksgiving. He'll drink anything.

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Photo of beertunes
2.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another TJ's bargain buy, $6 sixer. Batch # LK 3 175. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear, bright gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had very good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma had a very low level of the expected Belgian spicy yeast, and a very light grain scent. On the tongue, the taste was a bit bready, and a bit stale. the yeast that gives so much personality to the style was very low in this beer.

The body was fairly typical for the style, perhaps just a touch on the light side, and nowhere near as sticky as some. The beer had a dry finish. Drinkability was OK, it wasn't a chore to drink, but the lack of flavor didn't have looking forward to the other 5 in the pack. Overall, not terrible, but not really worth seeking out either. Maybe grab a sixer and decide for yourself. Or not.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I work at Trader Joes, so I make it a point to try everything we get in the store, beer-wise. This one really didn't get much company buzz coming in and it's been sitting on the shelf at my store for almost 2 weeks and I have yet to sell one 6er. I don't recognize the brewery, but I would assume it's something along the lines of the Belgian version of Minhas, as Minhas makes a good deal of our American made beer (Simpler Times, Boatswain, Name Tag, etc.) Let's check it out.

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a strange looking bubbly head that looks more like bubble bath water than a regular head. I've never seen bubbles this big on a head. Interesting.

S: Smells...adjuncty. Sweet cereal malts and corn with a pale malt backing. A strange, almost Fritos-like corn scent keeps coming to me when I smell this.

T: Opens sweet with honey and grain. Smooth and faint malt is pretty much all I get in the middle with a slight grassy hop flavor on the finish. Nothing horrible about it, but there's nothing in here that says Belgian to me except the label. It's alright, but there's no way I would go back to this.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a bottle bought at Trader Joe's, pours a bright gold with a thin bubbly of-white head. Aroma is subtle (i.e., nearly absent). Tastes are slightly sweet and had to search for the malt and hops. Very carbonated with a light mouth feel. I wanted this to be a light Summer beverage, but it just comes off as unsatisfying.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle from Trader Joe. Pours golden with tall, foamy, white head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of grassy, herbal hops and bready malt. Finish is medium and slightly bitter. Simple inoffensive brew.

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Photo of gandres
3.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: Deep light brown-yellow, white head, not a lot, minimal lacing
Aroma: very fruity aroma
Taste: lightly toasted grains, slight chocolate
Feel: foamy creamy feel
Overall: Overall very good beer

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L - golden hue, thin head that quickly fizzles away
S - clean, light hint of hops, similar to an adjunct lager
T - clean, light, and refreshing, but does not remind me much of a Belgian
F - thin, but easy drinker for a 6%
O - TJ's has a lot of good beer, but this was not one of their best. Nevertheless, good for the price and gets the job done

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance 2.75: Poured out typical mega-beer yellow. Lots of CO2 bubbles everywhere. Typical CO2 head quickly faded away. Nothing special at all.

Smell 2.75: Bouquet was flat, but I did detect some slight hoppiness. Not really much of a bouquet at all, which is good considering the adjuncts I was expecting.

Taste 3.25: Front is slightly sweet and smooth. Middle is smooth, and features a slight hoppiness; definitely one of the noble hops. Finish is somewhat sweet with a hint of barley malt. Certainly OK, nothing special.

Mouthfeel 3.25: Mouthfeel was OK, but was a bit over the top carbonation-wise.

Overall 3.0: An OK beer, but certainly nothing special. To me, a beer like this should be rated on its value. If this beer were $5 for a six pack, I would be impressed and more likely to rate it a bit higher, even if it is not that great a beer. The fact that this beer cost over $7 at my local Trader Joe's is outrageous since this beer is no great shakes. I can only guess that this is supposed to be a generic version of Stella Artois. Well, if that is true, in the future, TJ's buyers should shoot for a better bench-mark for their generic clones.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.09/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle part of a 6-pack from TJs in Salem. $6.99 Clear yellow beer with good sized frothy,bubbly white head. Strange spicy yet cream like aromas,,sherbet,over ripe bananas OK really. Taste is a little mediocre though..some spice,some phenols and a little earthy. Mouth feel is fine..good carbonation and easily drinkable. Not a great Belgian Ale but its not so bad really.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden yellow with good amount of head and lacing throughout

S - Slight skunkiness, metal, honey, grain

T - Bitter hops up front, metallic middle, biscuit malt finish...good balance

M - Carbonated at first, lightens up as it sits, not bad but not great

O - Got this in a 6-pack from a friend, might pick it up if I see it again but have had better brews of this style. Very drinkable at 6% ABV, though...pace yourself.

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Photo of Spikester
3.14/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful beer. Pale gold with a huge long lasting white head and plenty of lacings.
Smell is light lemons some herbal notes and spicey hops. No detectable yeast aroma.
Tastes like a light Pilsner. There is a tiny after taste of what might be a Belgian yeast but it is so faint I could be mistaken.
Overall not what I expected. There is a pretty fair noble hop presence but where is the tartness? Lightly dry bitter finish. Still an attractive beer. It still has a small white head with about an inch of liquid left.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 ml. bottle poured into a globe glass. Josef pours a clear golden with a thick cap of nearly white foam. Offers decent retention and lace, supported by a light and ongoing boil from the bottom of the pour.

Aroma of pils malt and some noble hop citrus/spice are dominant. Some light Belgian-like esters emerge with warming and settling yet remain subdued through the glass. Not quite as expected but pleasant and rather hoppy for the style.

Taste follows with neutral bready and spicy pils malt and a faint yeast character. The beer is firmly carbonated yet doesn't appear to be bottle conditioned. A light lemony sweetness is evident on the finish. Feel is full for the style, creamy with a peppery cracker sense from the hops. Spice is dominant on the finish which lingers moderately. ABV is not noticeable even with a dry finish.

Interesting beer. Yeast notes emerge with warming but remain subtle, yet the feel thins as the beer outgasses in exchange. Not a lot as for depth across the board yet not a lot to complain about either.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.22/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with no date but a mysterious code on the back. actually a product of belgium, wow.

standard golden look, silky head, good lace. taste is crisp and grainy with some sweet english hops and some belgian yeast notes (clove, banana, bublegum). cloying metallic finish.

half a good beer, but cheap

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is much more delicate of a Belgian blonde than I was expecting.
I was hoping for some spicy phenolic notes but this is a very clean ale.
So, I think this beer is getting flamed by a lot of reviewers because it doesn't match the style that the label declares it to be. That is fair.
Nose is slight metallic with honey malt as the stronger of the two.
The taste is very clean but the sweetness of the malt is what stands out. Honey and lemon are what I get.
Finishes with a nice bitterness that keeps the sweetness under control nicely.
I love how aldis and trader Joe's(sister companies) provide beers from euro regions and from legit breweries. The price is right also. Just wasn't what I expected.

Revision: OK so I looked up the bjcp for Belgian blondes. This beer is dead on appropriate for style despite what I thought going into it. Notice that it 'may' have spicy phenols but it is optional.

Belgian Blond Ale. Aroma: Light earthy or spicy hop nose, along with a lightly sweet Pils malt character. Shows a subtle yeast character that may include spicy phenolics, perfumy or honey-like alcohol, or yeasty, fruity esters (commonly orange-like or lemony). ... Light hop flavor, can be spicy or earthy.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light golden color, with lots of foam.

Smell: Grains, grassiness. Surprising hoppiness to it.

Taste: Malt, grass, and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Better than I expected. Hoppier than I expected for a Belgian brew, too. I can’t say I’ll go looking for it, but I won’t turn one down either.

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Photo of Futbol15
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good Belgium style beer. I think it's certainly better than a Blue Moon or a regular Belgium.

Taste is good in the beginning and then dies off to a smooth finish.

I would buy it again

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Photo of HazelEyedHippie
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall a good Belgium beer. Clean flavor, but love that it's got some depth to it as well. It's a bit more bitter than I like (I'm a lightweight, I guess), but I wasn't really bothered by it. If you like Belgium's beers, I think you'll like this one as well. It's at least average, if not better. ;)

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Joseph Belgian Blonde Ale has a medium, white head, a mostly clear (very fine sediment is visible), bubbly, golden appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but one can detect mild malt and cracker. The taste is the same- mild cracker malt, with a kiss of hops at the end. Mouthfeel is medium and a somewhat slick, and Josef Belgian Blonde Ale finishes dry and easy going. No alcohol detected.

RJT

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