Blonde | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.86%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewer Kevin Watson's interpretation of a Belgian Blonde. Brewed with pilsner malt and traditional, noble hops (Hallertauer and Saaz), this 7.1% ABV, straw colored ale has a light to medium body and a clean, crisp finish. Refreshing and delicious, just in time for Summer. Winner of a Gold medal at the 2010 GABF.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: 1/4 head, medium carbonation, bright straw yellow in color, cloudy

Smell: light wheat and honey--not an overly strong smell

Taste: first taste is a big dose of Belgian spices--then comes light wheat and grapefruit

Mouthfeel: bitter but not overly so, moderate-high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: I love the light body on this. It is soft and subdued, yet flavorful. That said, I have had better in the style flavor wise. Not a bad beer, but there are others from Allagash I would get first.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy golden color. Limited lacing, but definitely a pretty beer.

Malty, sweet, bready aroma. Some sweet fruits as well.

Sweet, bready, citrusy, and thick in the mouth. Far different than I expected, though I expect Allagash to make great beer, and this is just that.

A sweet and relatively thick, almost wheat-like mouthfeel--it's very good and inviting.

A delicious and complex blonde--like none I've ever had before.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of pears and lighter amounts of indistinct spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of syrupy pear flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness is tempered a bit by earthy hop flavors. Right before the end of the sip very slight amounts of tropical fruit hop flavors work their way into things before carrying through to a crisp and lightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall there was nothing that stood out about this beer except how easy it was to drink. A solid beer for the style and worth a shot.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of warpig372
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. While this one wasn’t overly complex, it didn’t need to be. It got its point across with nice flavors and great drinkability. I could have drank plenty of this on a long day by the pool, but alas, I was just lucky to try it this one time. Bummer. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in NJ.

Pours bright gold, active bubbles. Foaming. Yeast nose, hint of pepper. Light flowery taste. Almost has a Savignon Blanc wine feel to it. Buried citrus. Very good, but quite wine like.

Nice beer, certainly not as good as the signature white.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the counter-filled growlers from CBX's Rare Growler Thursday, poured into a Unibroue tulip

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a thin layer of white head. No lacing.

S - Crisp sweet malts, banana, pears, clove

T - Very similar to the nose. Reminded me quite a bit of a good tripel, I'm somewhat surprised to see it classified as a Pale ale. ABV is hidden nicely.

M - Creamy medium body with medium prickly carbonation. Exceptionally smooth.

D - Quite drinkable, despite the ABV. Tastes like a jacked up version of Allagash White.

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4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@ Smoky Oak

Served in a beefy, old-school chalice, appears a pale yellow under a slender, creamy white head. Pale biscuit malt, light spicy yeast, saaz-y hop spice, herbs, and a warm doughy quality in the nose. Belgian yeast flavors upfront, pils malt sweetness, spicy clove phenols, and dry floral notes. Light feeling for the ABV, dryish, and properly drinkable. Very nice, as usual, from Allagash.

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Photo of matjack85
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $6 for an 11oz serving. This beer is only sold on tap, so don't go looking for it on your store shelves. You can only get it at a bar or restaurant that decides to put it on their menu.

The beer poured a straw yellow color but I could only coax just a ½-finger of white head out of it. The head only lasted about a minute but it left behind some decent lacing.

The beer smells like a mix of hard candy sugar, a little wheat, and some citrusy fruit.

This is more complex than most blonde ales. Bubblegum sweetness and funky Belgian yeast flavors hit first. Grassy hops add some mild bitterness while citrusy hops give it a lemony flavor. The wheat adds the final touch. I liked it.

Smooth, medium bodied beer with medium carbonation.

Haven't had a bad beer from Allagash yet and this one will keep that streak going.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste has slight hints of malts sweetness along with hints of Belgian yeast and pilsener malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down smoothly and is quite easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Blonde from Allagash Brewing Company
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