Mons Abbey Blonde
Brasserie Belgh Brasse

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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #44
ABV:
7%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,846
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 13.9%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
63
From:
Brasserie Belgh Brasse
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  14
SCORE
84
Good
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Reviews by JohnnyK:
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

Dec 21, 2013
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JPNesker from Canada (ON)

2.57/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Feb 02, 2016
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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

Oct 31, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Apr 08, 2013
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mar 13, 2015
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mar 22, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Jan 06, 2015
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gregu2 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

Dec 16, 2012
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Nov 19, 2014
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Mar 23, 2013
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Electros from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 01, 2016
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wizo from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Jan 01, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Apr 07, 2015
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 14, 2015
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RedAleMan from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Jul 06, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Jun 04, 2013
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Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +7%

Aug 30, 2013
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jbmaur from Canada (QC)

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Apr 06, 2013
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

May 15, 2013
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Kloug from Canada (QC)

4.75/5  rDev +27%

Feb 06, 2013
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Dbrag from Maine

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Jul 06, 2013
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crag from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Oct 02, 2015
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TheyCallMeYukon from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Sep 08, 2014
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NCStateAE from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

May 27, 2013
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4ster from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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...

Dec 12, 2012
Mons Abbey Blonde from Brasserie Belgh Brasse
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 63 ratings