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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wedge on 07-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
15.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of beltz15
1.36/5  rDev -57.1%

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 dsm45
2/5  rDev -36.9%

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 BuddyZ
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of s4s
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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 Eschelbarley
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of CelticAleMan
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of PsychicBubblegum
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of entenduintransit
2.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Luiz0930
2.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 tdm168
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of irthesteve
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of papat444
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kinchdedalus
3/5  rDev -5.4%

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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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
3.17 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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