Josef Belgian Blonde Ale | Brouwerij Martens NV

Josef Belgian Blonde AleJosef Belgian Blonde Ale
BA SCORE
14.2%
Liked This Beer
3.21 w/ 106 ratings
Josef Belgian Blonde AleJosef Belgian Blonde Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by wedge on 07-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
106
Liked:
15
Avg:
3.21/5
pDev:
15.58%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of freewill35
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Makeitadouble
2.18/5  rDev -32.1%
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 kerouac
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer reminds me a bit of Bitburger. The smell is a bit more interesting than Bitburger, and the mouthfeel is a bit softer. Pretty much your standard Pilsner, somewhere in between Bitburger and Pilsner Urquell. Not too bad, but nothing to write home about.

Seeing that it was a Belgian Blonde Ale, sold at Trader Joe's, I was hoping for something more similar to Leffe, but Leffe it is not.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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 logicalparadox
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.46/5  rDev -23.4%
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 Hyptochrons
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregBlatz
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Luiz0930
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Samputnam14
4.16/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nausicaa-taos
1.81/5  rDev -43.6%
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 archero
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guppy314
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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 papat444
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rcaisse
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Michael_Lopez
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeCorleone
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gandres
3.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Jcarriglio
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrjosephruiz88
4.43/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tomb_ride
3.24/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dandub33
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Futbol15
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Josef Belgian Blonde Ale from Brouwerij Martens NV
Beer rating: 14.2% out of 100 with 106 ratings
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