Mons Abbey Blonde | Brasserie Belgh Brasse

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Mons Abbey BlondeMons Abbey Blonde

Brewed by:
Brasserie Belgh Brasse
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ericbridenbaker
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was looking for a Belgian at the Beer Store, couldn't find the usuals, Rochefort, Chimay, La Trappe, or even Leffe let alone Houblon Chouffe. Looked and smelled the part. Big and slightly out of control finely bubbled head as appropriate to the style. Taste was not what I wanted at all, compared to the beers I mentioned. Overly sweet, and lacking the fruit clove ester and phenol that I had been hoping for.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This blonde, 7% alcohol content beer, pours light gold, hazy color with healthy lacing that doesn't dissipate quickly. A combination of peach,orange, caramel scent. The taste is a skillful balance of spice, hop married with a smoothness; light bitterness notwithstanding. Really strong performing Quebec based beer.

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Photo of Poljazz22
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a Belgian tulip glass
Two finger white head fades to a white ring, golden blond clear body.
Smell of european hops.
Spices, malt sweetness,caramel and banana bread.
The carbonation combines with the malts and coats your tongue with a sort of cereal milkshake of tasty foam. The 7% abv is well hidden.
Make a nice change from a Leffe Blonde. A great beer for autumn and winter.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mons Abbey Blonde from Brasserie Belgh in Quebec Canada. Bought a 12 mix pack for 21,99$ (pretty expensive)

Look: foggy golden color with a finger of white head. Looks really carbonated. After a moment the head fade away.

Smell: Citrus, orange peel.

Taste: Orange, apple and some banana. The hop is really present.

Feel: Pretty refreshing even if it's a 7% ABV, you don't really taste the alcohol and it goes down really easily. No alcohol burn at all. The dirty finish.

So overall would I recommend? Yes its ok, it's not a great beer but its a good beer. And for the price my expectation was high. Would I bought it again? Sure if it's on special but I won't for the price is paid..

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a real pop, the cork in mine exploded when I took off the seal. The body is a transparent yellow with a fair bit of head that tends to dissipate over a few minutes. The scent is highly floral, sweet, and spicy with some alcohol. The taste follows with some faint citrus from the yeast, as well as a lot of breadiness and spiciness. The beer is quite smooth though the carbonation is incredibly rough. Okay, I'll stick with other Belgian beers, though.

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Photo of JPNesker
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Have to say I'm Disappointed. Beer is Too boozy overall, and not nearly sour/tart enough. There is Too much carbonation, yet the head lasts nano seconds followed by minimal lacing. Meh.

I know this beer is a blonde-attempt, so maybe not the place to discuss but man oh man -- I really wish we could nail a trad Belgian lambic sour in canada so I could get it unpasteurized at a local pub.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a lightly foggy golden color with 2 fingers of sparkling head, It fades leaving a thick film over the top, carbonation seems to be fairly lively but I feel like this style should retain more head than this. overall it looks like a fairly good craft.

Aroma - Apple and pear hit my nose immediately and quite strong. then I get some coriander, light banana and some floral hops. some sweet caramel follows along with some fresh baked bread from the yeast.

Taste - At first theres a mix of flavors, Banana, apple. pear and corriander, then some clove and floral hops bitter it Then the apple returns with the fresh bread reminding me of apple pie.

Feel - Medium light body with creamy yet tingly carbonation, The middle is bitter but the finish is sweet and bready makeing it fairly smooth for the style.

Overall - This is my first offering from Brasserie Belgh Brasse and its a fairly good offering. I've tasted better belgian blondes but the aroma was so enticing and the feel so good for a 5.50$ 750ml it was worth every penny. Try it if you find it!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden color with very powerful glass clinging activity. Extra frothy beige 4 finger island head, lasting around 20 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of fresh flowers, lemon, faint metal, and sweet malts. Flavors of citrus lemon and orange peels, coriander, sweet grains, caramel, faint yeast, floral and herbal spices. Strong sweetness with a faint dash of citrus sharpness. Bready with noble spice grassiness.

Smooth full body with champagne like carbonation. Light to medium finish of moderate length, ending with a fruity citrus feel, a little hoppy grassiness, and a faint vinous yeasty feel.

Overall excellent quality craft. Delicious balanced flavors with a strong fresh feel. Great body and well intensified. Quite accessible with a hidden alcohol feel.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked-and-caged bottle served chilled.

Pours an effervescent, bright golden-copper color, with thin sparkling white head that had poor retention. Sizable hunks of suspended sediment largely disappeared in the pour but were plainly visible lining the bottom of te snifter a bit later. Limited lacing.

Aroma: appropriate for style with bready pale malts and hints of pepper, banana, coriander, and apple cider.

Flavor: lightly sweet; moderately fruity, with hints of white pepper, banana, coriander, apples, yeast, apricots and pears. The hops are faint and grassy, becoming obvious only in the aftertaste.

Feel: Near medium bodied with lightly prickly carbonation..

O: Mons Abbey Blonde is a good, straightforward Belgian blonde ale at a good price point. Worth trying.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked and caged bottle served cold into a wine glass. Purchased from LCBO for about $7 CDN.Bottle has been sitting in the fridge for about a month.

Appearance - Rich and hazy golden orange color. A decent finger or two of fluffy white head on top and leaves a nice swath of lacing behind. Visibly, I can tell this is well carbonated.

Smell - Peach and a a vinous oak barrel are most prevalent with dashes of powdery Belgian yeast, a little bit of funk and some sort of grape and pear mixture.

Taste - The fruity peach comes through most with some powdery bread flavors and a ton of the oak aged grape flavors too. Rather complex and quite tasty. A little bit boozy as it warms up some.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall - A very solid Belgian that I'm happy to have tried and reasonably affordable given the size quantity and quality of this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know what happened in that bottle, but those bubbles could not wait to get out. People only move that fast if they're on fire. You can always tell a beer is over-carbonated when a spoon has to be involved (my scooping proved futile, the foam refortified in no time). Buried somewhere beneath all that white is a dim and hazy golden hued liquid.

Turns out there's a very dynamic yeast behind all those bubbles. Mons Abbey Blonde has a fresh, zesty aroma full of fruit esters and spicy phenols that loosely resemble (in descending order): coriander, clove, pear, dried oregano, apple, and lemon myrtle. It has an essence that combines spiced, stewed orchard fruits and crusty oven-fresh bread loaf. It makes for a lovely introduction.

The taste follows along similar lines. There's slightly more of an emphasis on the apple/pear compote, but the finish is dry and grainy with straw- and hay-like flavours. Pale malt is ostensibly neutral amidst all this yeast; it tastes like a true farmhouse product if ever there was one.

And yet, its rustic qualities notwithstanding, true to style even at 7% alcohol, this is a casual and easygoing quaff. Every bit as approachable as popular macro brand golden beers only far cleaner and with way more character, this is a shoe-in for mass popularity. It is, for my palate, so much more entertaining and opens up far more food pairing options.

This Quebecois beer should have no problem convincing people it's Belgian - it almost fooled me. Mons Blonde looks, smells, tastes and even sounds like an authentic abbaye beer (bit of an oxymoron, I'm aware). French Canadian brewers in general show a preference for Belgian styles, but they don't all have the knack for it. This one (legitimately Belgian born) obviously does.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked-and-caged bottle picked up at a London, ON TBS; coded K3333. Served slightly chilled.

Pours an effervescent, hazy, bright golden-yellow colour, with over three fingers of puffy, sparkling white head erupting at the surface. Excellent retention; it recedes slowly and unevenly over a period of more than five minutes, producing a lumpy, pillowy marshmallow fluff look. Tons of sticky, webbed lacing. This is a gorgeous Belgian blonde. The aroma isn't quite as stellar, but it's definitely appropriate for the style - grainy pale malts, some grassiness, citric lemon zest and a peppery coriander spice, with some hints of ripe orchard fruit.

The flavour profile is somewhat sweeter than I would have guessed from the nose. Grainy malts, candi sugar and apricot are featured, with ripe pear and red appleskin coming through alongside a bready, almost nutty note mid-sip. The hops come off rather grassy, providing a relatively neutral bitterness toward the tail end. Fairly yeasty, with mild notes of clove, sarsaparilla and peppercorn at the finish. Finishes off-dry, with a hint of ethanol. On the heftier side of medium-bodied and with crisp carbonation that gradually softens, giving the mouthfeel a nice, fulfilling smoothness. It becomes even more enjoyable to sip as it approaches cellar/room temperature.

Final Grade: 4.01, a solid A-. Mons Abbey Blonde is legitimately one of the better Belgian-style pale ales I've tried. I generally prefer strong BPAs like Duvel or Don de Dieu over these lighter equivalents, but this is still a very well-made example of a basic, straightforward Belgian pale. It offers up an approachable mixture of grainy sweetness, yeasty esters and mild booziness that will do a nice job of warming you up on a cold night. It's easily one of the better things I've picked up at The Beer Store in recent memory; definitely worth a shot, and something I'd purchase again if it were available locally.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

This ale has no problem of being expressive, flavors seem to stick to the palate for a while. Within the style and not short of nuances, with each sip another flavor become prominent on the palate. Out taste buds are saying the brewmaster from Belgium is doing well crafting this beer for North America.

STYLE: Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0%

LOOK: Pale golden color, bubbles, good frothing

SMELL: Taffy, stone fruit, chalky yeast, herbal, slightly biscuity, peppery, faint phenols

TASTE: Smooth, crisp, moderate sized body, husky, nectarines, faint tartness, musty yeast, earthy, grassy, kiss of alcohol, medicinal, green peppercorns, fresh dates, drying grainy finish

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Photo of DaveBar
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at The Beer Store 750ml bottle for $7.00. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Very good. Opens well and pours with a ton of white head that lasts. Golden blonde and unfiltered

S- Excellent! Has that yeasty Belgium taste.

T- Hard to believe this is made in Canada. Would think this is an import for sure. Super high smoke flavor compared to others off shore. Ton of carbonation. Lots of smooth sipping ability. Quality flavor

M- Very carbonated. Lots of traditional sweet sickly linger

O- Very good. Will buy from time to time. Not worth cellaring though

Food Pairing

This nice blonde goes well with... Sushi. You gotta try this girl with a nice shot of wasabi and California roll


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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear golden color reminiscent of a beer like Duvel. A huge white pillowy head looms over the beer. Retention and lacing were moderate.

S: Sweet malts. No hops which is kind of disappointment for a BPA.

T: Sweet malts again and a certain pilsner like crackery almost bready character. Once again no real hop flavor which a big let down. I was expecting at least some hops. Alcohol is next to non noticeable.

M: Very, very carbonated and extremely dry as well. Pretty easy to drink a couple glasses for these reasons although it might not be the smartest move at 7%.

O: A good beer but would not buy again or recommend for someone seeking a good belgian pale ale. Belgian blonde perhaps , which I think beer advocate should change its style to. Good experience but not worth the 6-7$ price tag when I can get a unibroue 750ml at the same cost or less.

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Photo of HearneHoppers
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a large billowy head that dissipates quickly, but never entirely.

The nose is good Belgian with pears and citrus notes.

The color is pale with a slight orange hint. It is cloudy with some big floaters in it.

Taste is good but not as strong as the smell.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by a friend. From notes.

A - One finger white head on a slightly hazy golden body with yeast floaties. Solic lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Sweet baking spice, yeast, some grassy hops.

T - Same as the aroma. Sweet baking spice, yeast, grassy hops. More sweet spice than the aroma.

M - Strong carbonation, medium to full creamy body. Slight dryness in finish.

O/D - A nice Belgian blonde. Solid and seemingly made to style. Nothing jumps out, it's just pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of SebD
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, bready notes, slight citrus and earthiness and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some Belgian yeast, some breadiness, citrus from the hops, slight earthiness, a touch of spices and subtle maple syrup.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear light amber with a supre bubbly head that evaporates right away. There is still lots of carbonation but it resemble yellowish cream soda more than beer.

Sweet and cool with banana and vanilla smells.

Hoppier than I expected. Lemon and grass.

Lemon and yeasty carbonation, folowed by apricots and a fairly full hoppy-medicinal finish.

Not really sure what to think. I wasn't expecting it to be super great and it wasn't bad, it was just just kind of weird (in my humble opinion). It is really sweet (which I ordinarily don't like) but it is hoppier than I thought it'd be. Kind of medicinal aftertaste which I don't mind, I guess. Tough one...

Decent, but I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a murky beige color ale with a generous off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of semi-sweet Belgian malt with good notes of bready ester from the yeast strain. Taste is also dominated by some semi-sweet notes of honey and sweet flavoured Belgian malt with some light dry and flora hoppy notes and a spicy and bready yeast strain which carries lot of weight. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable while retaining some complexity makes for a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of papat444
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, lot #3132.

Appearance: Stark white head, massively invading the glass and leaving gobs of lacing behind. Honey colored body.

Smell: Mild yeast, lots of fruit with some spices.

Taste: Peaches, pears, strong yeast, fruit syrup, tingly spices in the back.

Mouthfeel: Clean, uncomplicated yet nice, refreshing.

Overall: Very impressed considering the source. The fact that this is commonly available in grocery stores makes it a good springboard for the uninitiated. Good price and good representation of the style.

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Photo of 4ster
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautiful medium blond/harvest gold/straw colour. Lots of bubbles followed by a bright white head that just keeps going if you're not careful with your pour! Head is thick with lots of micro-bubbles that will last as long as it takes to drink the beer, with remnants on the side of the glass even after you're finished.

S: Aroma of light spice/coriander, with some light hints of fruit on the nose along with a medium amount of yeast.

T: Following on from the smell, first taste is more yeast, followed again by some slight fruit flavours from the ample amount of Belgium style hops...flavours are very well balanced here with nothing standing out of place.

M: Nice amount of carbonation but very well balanced and very smooth. Combined with a very smooth head, this is an easy drinking Belgium but reminds you that it is still 7% ABV.

O: Overall this is a very good example of a Belgium style Blonde, from outside of Belgium. (Though it's no wonder that the brewmaster is from Belgium....) The beer looks great, smells good and is very refreshing to drink, making it not only good for a summer sipper, but also goes great with food. It might not quite rate up there with the top 5 Abbeye beers, but is a solid offering if you're tired of the usual suspects and looking to mix things up with something local...(in Quebec or some East Coast States). Recommended and I'd have it again...

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Mons Abbey Blonde from Brasserie Belgh Brasse
3.76 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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