Allagash Blonde | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Pale 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.

Added by ToasterChef on 08-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This special limited Allagash released was served in a tulip glass at the Great Lost Bear. The beer is a translucent golden yellow with a good sized white foam head. The head settled down to a skim, but left a bit of lacing on my glass. It looks like there is plenty of rising carbonation in the glass. I'd like to see a bit better head retention, but otherwise, this beer looks outstanding. It has a very nice aroma. For the most part, it is a slightly sweet nose, made up of Belgian candi sugar. I can also pick up some grassy hops and the mustiness that is common to Allagash's house Belgian yeast. The flavor is very interesting. It's like a combination of a strong Belgian Pale and an American Blonde. It has the sweetness of Belgian sugars and an estery, bitter finish. There are light grassy hops throughout each sip. It is very refreshing; I like that it is served fairly cold. I notice that I've used the descriptor "sweet" a few times in this review. The sweetness is intentional and very well done. It does not feel like excess malts left over from the fermenting process. This tastes like an exceptionally well-crafted beverage. The beer is full-bodied, but also very smooth and not too sticky, despite the sweetness of the flavor. There is a lot of carbonation that plays on my tongue. Considering the strength and full-bodied characteristics of this beer, I find it incredibly drinkable. I could easily drink a 750ml bottle of this, if it were ever released that way. For now, I'll just have to hope that there are a number of kegs in circulation in the area. If you see this available in your area, don't pass it up!

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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Great Lost Bear in Portland.

Appearance is great, clear with a nice white, lacy head.

Smell is slightly fruity, typical Belgian yeast nose, but restrained.

Flavor is great. Crisp and clear, very true to style. Almost like a higher end, better made Leffe Blonde.

Very balanced, neither the hops or malt are incredibly obvious. Drinkability is amazing, would be a great year round beer for Allagash alongside the Wit.

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4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher Tulip. Thanks to John for giving me the heads-up!

A: Fully hazed orange-yellow body with a finger of dense white foam that slowly settles into a ring and leaves light lacing. Nice.

S: This ain't no American Blonde Ale - bready malt, peppery yeast, and a huge wave of fruity Belgian esters - lots of lemon, apple, and grape. So much citrus yeast as to smell a bit sour. There's even some acidity reminiscent of white whine, almost like the beer has lacto in it. Does it? I don't think so, but, regardless, it smells divine.

T: Not quite as crazy as the nose, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Beautifully melded, traditionally Belgian flavors: smoothly sweet, bready malt is central, mixed with light clove, pepper, and plenty of fruity yeast. Very dry, slightly bitter finish with just a bit of light alcohol. Straightforward and delicious.

M: The smooth, medium body simply explodes into a cascade of soft, miniscule bubbliness. Very fun, but just a tad over the top.

D: A little boozy for being sub-7%.

Notes: This was a great brew, and I'm thankful I got the chance to try it. I definitely liked it way more than either Allagash White or Tripel, as the malt largely got out of the way to let the rich, spicy, fruity yeast shine. Not the best American Belgian Pale I've had recently (that honor goes to NEBCo's 668: The Neighbor of the Beast), but definitely very high on the list. I really wish Allagash would simply replace their Tripel with this recipe, or at least brew the Blonde more regularly. Excellent beer.


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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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Allagash Blonde from Allagash Brewing Company
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