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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
15.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 38
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 wc94wc
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of danmouer
3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Josef Blonde fell into my hands at Trader Joe's due primarily to the price. I am veryfond of B. Blondes, and to find a six-pack at under 7 bucks was an opportunity I wouldn't pass up. Well, glad I got it.

It has often been written that the Belgian Blondes arose to compete with Bohemian and, especially, German pilsners. This blondie is what most foks are looking for in a pils...not as hoppy as a German; not as malty and full-bodied as a Czech; this is an ale that is as close to an international style pilsner as I've ever encountered. And it does that job well.

What stands out and says"Belgian" to me is the very dry finish. The high attenuation rate suggests Belgian ale yeast, but there are none of the esters and spices normally associated with Belgian yeasts and typical warmish Bergian fermentations. I s'pect this was fermented cool and clean and quitr possibly lagered before bottling.

In sum, this Blonde alre will not replace Duvel or sny of the other typical blondies, but its clean refreshing flavor, slightly grassy nose, and dry finish is a superior, highly refreshing alternative to junk beer like Stella Artois.

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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 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 BeerForMuscle
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of hophugger
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thevigster
3.14/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 JoelClark
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 KensWorld
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very good Blond Ale. Great price as well.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of anthony-martinez
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mobrado
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of OCSA_1978
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Thefuzz1292
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of beltz15
1.36/5  rDev -57.1%

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of joegallows
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of retry4z
3.9/5  rDev +23%

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