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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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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 127
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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Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev 0%
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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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 axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour into a teardrop shaped glass. First beer of the night at Rattle n Hum's Allagash night.

Blonde pours a radiant yellow, tasting notes from earlier tonight read "lemon and sunshine". There's just a bit of haze, enough for me to say it's not totally clear. The beer's got just a thin (maybe half finger) layer of white foam on top, but that may be due in part to the pour. Lacing is pretty solid. The nose was of lemony citrus and sweet pale malts (granny smith apples). I was a bit disappointed not to find any contribution from the yeast. That shows up a bit as I sip (in addition to tasting the aforementioned aromas), predominantly in the form of a hint of black pepper at the end. I'm still left a little bit let down by the lack of a large yeast presence though. Blonde is a little bit chewy, yet the body is surprisingly light. It's an odd combination, but this brew pulls it off. Carbonation is a bit lifeless for a Belgian Pale Ale though. Allagash Blonde is a solid, if unspectacular beer that just falls short of excelling in any category.

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Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of avalon07
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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Photo of woosterbill
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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Photo of glid02
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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Photo of John_M
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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Photo of gtn80
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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Photo of Brez07
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res. Brewed by one of their bartenders. Served into my chalice

A: Translucent straw yellow pour that left a small amount of fluffy white head. This receded quickly to a thin ring around the glass

S: Candied sugar, yeast, some wheat and lemon

T: Reminds me of the smell. Starts sweet, like bubblegum. Then a touch of barnyard/mild funk. Ends with a dry wheat taste

M: Light to medium, crisp and refreshing.

D: Impressed as usual by this great local brewery. Alcohol is hidden extremely well as most Belgians do. Was surprised to see this as I had no idea they were coming out with a blonde. Hope this gets bottled

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Allagash Blonde from Allagash Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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