Allagash Blonde | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.75%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 22
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in an Allagash tulip glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, citrus, some spices and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of light breadiness from a hearty Belgian yeast backbone and malt character followed by sweet flavors spices and citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lighter Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes sampled Aug 19 2010 at Eb's
Pours a fairly clear straw yellow color with a smallish white head that shows some stickage. Smells grainy and bready with a bit of sweet honey light pomme fruits and an earthy funky yeast edge. The flavor is light fruity and refreshing. Lots of bready and sweet honey like malts with light sweet fruits and an earthy peppery yeasty flavor. Medium to light body with a crisp bubbly mouthfeel. Great easy drinking light fruity Belgian brew.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Poured a hazy golden with an absolutely beautiful pillowy head. The aromas are half way between a tripel and a blonde, not as sweet smelling as a tripel, but a bit more oomph than a blonde. Quite a nice herbal hop aroma complements the yeast notes. The taste is similar- somewhat assertive on the hop front for the style, but restrained in sweetness and with some clean yeasty notes. The beer is reigned in somewhat by the soft mouthfeel and the persistent herbalness. Overall a very nice offering.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap at Kite & Key.

Blonde looks the part but more of a dirty blond with some yellow around the edges. A flimsy cap of white stuff that leaves no stick. Smell is mad grassy from the noble hops. It opens up to some slight citrus and orange with a biscuit malt presence. Not to appeasing to me. The taste is kind of off. The noble hops make this a grassy sonofabitch while the malt kind of muddles that. Not a grerat mix IMO. Slight floral tastes as well. Feel is on point, less than medium with light carb and a crisp finish. This just did not do it for me, not my favorite in the style and this is on a hot summer day. I just wanted it to be done. I kinda question the age on this keg, but im going off my experience in the present time. I have faith that Rob and the boys at Allagash meant well, hopefully I can try this super fresh sometime.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a pale gold color with head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is pretty nice and is spice ladened, with clove, honey and a hint of nutmeg. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and the moderate sweetness is nicely countered and balanced by the spice in this beer. There's a slight skunkiness in the finish, which doesn't bode well for how well this beer will hold up over time, but at least for now, the beer is pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is fairly light for he abv., though the beer otherwise delivers plenty of flavor. Drinkability is very good, and I get no sense of the 8% abv. in this beer.

Good stuff. Another good beer from the folks at Allagash.

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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A different smell than I expected. Malt, yeast, spices, maybe a little hops.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, malt, pepper, and a touch of citrus. Much more complex and flavorful than most American Blonde Ales.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: One of the most drinkable, well done examples of a blonde ale I've had.

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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky hay color. Light creamy head retains well. Head leaves loose lacing.

S-A bunch of scents here. Spicy pepper laces over the yeast and ester. Belgian hops and green apple slices. Grassy with some baked bread components.

T-The flavor boasts all the components found in the nose and then some. Spicy, supremely yeasty, hoppy, fruity, and finishes with plenty of bite. Great flavor.

M-Light with tons of bubbles. Plenty sessionable. The feel is one of the beer's strongest components.

O/D-Makes me want to put more of my money towards trying Allagash brews. Could drink this all night and have trouble losing interest. A good time in a glass.

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3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Allagash Blonde from Allagash Brewing Company
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