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
 
 
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
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 spycow
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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 NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
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 chinchill
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very full 330ml bottle of Josef Belgian Blonde from Trader Joe’s served in a Belgian snifter. Pours clear, with no sediment in the bottle. Light yellow-amber body with a white, bubbly head of moderate size and very good retention. Nice lacing.
Light herbal-bready aroma is more floral upon tasting. The flavor is also more hoppy than indicated by the aroma.
Light, crisp body with a semi-dry finish.
Good with food. Good for price here in the U.S.A.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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 sd123
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of beertunes
2.74/5  rDev -14.6%
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 papat444
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hophugger
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wedge
3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of Reidrover
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
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 notchucknorris
2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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 Drknight
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev +24.6%

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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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