Ultra Blonde
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #490
ABV:
8%
Score:
84
Ranked #40,691
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 11.91%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
39
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a billowing white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Surprisingly faint aromas of orange, lemon, and grass are present on the nose. Compared to many Belgian ales, this beer is more than a bit weak in terms of aroma.

T: Notes of cream, bitter orange, lemon, grass, pineapple, and spicy, pungent yeast are very present on the palate. The finish is smooth and creamy with plenty of citrus flavors. Very balanced with no alcohol burn.

M: Full bodied, slick, and smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is very subtle. Very drinkable for an ale of this strength.

O: This is a solid, enjoyable ale, but I think that it has been misclassified. In terms of flavor, this reminds me more of a Belgian strong pale ale than a tripel.

Nov 07, 2011
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Tballz420 from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ultra Blonde pours out a really cloudy orange color, with lots of fish flakes flouting around in it. Small white head doesn't last too long, and only minimal lacing.

The scent has some malts and some fruits, but is pretty musty as well. Lot of yeast on the nose.

The taste starts with pale malts, moves into some mild and muted fruit tones, and finishes with just a touch of bitterness. Honey, pretty bready, a bit of banana, some candi sugar, a bit of spice from the yeast. Very smooth mouth and soft on the tongue.

Eh, I'm not going to say Ultra Blonde is bad really, but it seems to be pretty run of the mill.

Aug 31, 2011
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clintyeastwood from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a fire sale from Green's on Piney Grove in Cola, SC.

Pours a dark cloudy honey color. Highly reminescent of apple cider, with a thin off-white head that lasts thoughout. Great lacing.

Cider theme returns in aroma, with notes of apple & spices. Underscored with a nice bready quality and just a touch of honey.

Flavor is fairly complex, dominated by slightly over-ripe apple & allspice (again with the cider). Taste futher enhanced by anise, apricot, and something sour on the back of the tongue.


Mouthfeel is an intersting combonatiion of zesty & creamy.

The beer is not so well balanced, leaving a smorgasbord of ingredients in the finish and aftertaste.

Overall, an enjoyable brew, but atypical of a Belgium Blonde. Perhaps "Dishwater Blonde" would be more appropriate.

Jun 13, 2011
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Patrick999 from Florida

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the bottle, this looked like it might be a gusher....it had been filled pretty high. Yet the cork came out with a surprisingly weak pop. Then I poured into my Duvel tulip and it showed huge foam. Great retention and lacing. It looks like the quintessential authentic Belgian Strong Pale. I don't think I'm stretching or being overly generous in giving this a 5 in appearance.

Smells like apple butter made with some ripe Granny Smiths. Bready, but really throwing off a lot of apple aromas. Prety good.

Not surprisingly, cidery, also some sweet vinous notes. Think Sauternes. For my liking, a bit too sweet, especially if this is trying to be a tripel. Crisp feel, powdery yeast, and it does try to dry out near the end with some pepper, but to me it comes off just short.

Not a bad beer at all, but considering the heavyweights in this style category, it has to bring some more dryness to the table before I'd consider vaulting it to the upper echelon of strong Belgian golden ales. It is pleasant and enjoyable, though - and not to be snobby at all, but I could see a lot of less-experienced beer drinkers appreciating this more than the BA crowd. It's got some crossover appeal...probably more than Duvel or La Fin Du Monde, I think, certainly more than the hoppy, dry Chimay White. And it does grow on me, the more I have of it. I think this is a little underrated.

May 24, 2010
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an appealing hazy straw yellow with a VERY thick and fluffy white head. (Beware when opening a bottle - it fizzes like nobody's business!) Aroma is strong, rich, fruity, slightly yeasty and a little bit sweet. Mouth-filling flavor is mainly fruity with malty and yeasty tones, just a touch of bitterness and a whisper of butterscotch. Texture is milk-smooth, fizzy and a little edgy. This is worth finding!

Feb 23, 2010
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark gold with a small white cap that slowly droops down into a mild, floating head, and collar. Tiny streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart lemon, malt, with gentle hopping highlighting earthy hops.
Taste...hmmm. Not exactly what I was expecting for a tripel. Mild caramel, doughy bread, biscuit with more of a tart lemon, and citrus pulling through and cutting the flavors along the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with crisp carbonation, and a boozy finish.

Feb 07, 2010
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice yellow-orange color with high carbonation producing a 2 inch thick frothy white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Nice, but muted belgian spice, fresh yeast, and citrus hops. Soft pineapple.
T: Spice doesn't seem quite right here. Not sure if it's a wrong amount or wrong mix or something else. It's just off...and distracting. Mild citrus hops. Hint of must and ginger.
M: Light and effervescent. Taste doesn't linger on the palate...which I guess here isn't a bad thing. Hint of bitter aftertaste.
D: OK to try, but wouldn't seek it out. Fairly refreshing brew, but for style you can find dozens better.

Jan 06, 2010
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dmamiano from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good color for style. Light golden color with a nice head. Poured some 'floaties" in my glass, but that was my fault.
Smell was very nice and spicy. Hints of pepper and clove came to mind. Sweet malts mixing nicely with the spicey undertones.
Taste was very nice...great on the palate as far as feel. Sweet malts once again pervaded with strong peppery notes and spices melding nicely.

Jul 27, 2008
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Absumaster from Netherlands

2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly murky, orange beer with a thin head.

Smell of ripe apples, which immediatelly reminds me of oxidation. There is a musty smell there with some malty, straw notes.

Taste is a little better, sweet malty with straw and husky notes. The yeast adds some red, ripe apple and is spicy with hints of ginger. Bitterness is low. Body is medium and the beer is slightly sweet.

Jun 30, 2008
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lemon amber with a few floating yeast clumps that are big enough to be called chunklets. It doesn't seem to matter if Belgian beer has abundant carbonation or not (not, in this case), the heads almost always look great. This is one is alabaster, massive, creamy, rocky and a lace monster.

The nose doesn't fall too far from the style tree. It's more fruity than spicy, doesn't seem overly complex and is musty and metallic in a way that makes me wonder how it will taste. Since the 'best date' is still one year away, things should be fine on that front.

I've gotten used to enjoying just about every tripel and BSPA that comes out of Belgium. This one, however, is clearly not the cream of the crop. Not that it's bad, it's just barely above average. As is often the case, a less than stellar mouthfeel has done flavor and drinkability no favors.

The best beer of this style has a complex flavor profile that features sweet orchard fruit, bitter hops and spicy-bready yeast. This Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes offering contains most of the typical flavors, but it tastes (and feels) flat and one-dimensional. I've decided to blame the underachieving yeast strain as well as the lack of bubbles. Sugary pear is the dominant flavor.

The mouthfeel is thinnish, with a finishing slickness that is odd. It also contains so few bubbles that there's no hope of silky creaminess or mouthfilling expansiveness. Big letdown here.

Ultra Blonde is decent beer only because tripels are my favorite Belgian style. Those of you who aren't thrilled with them should spend your money elsewhere. Ultra it ain't.

Jun 21, 2008
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a chalice, this beer had an amber hue and a thick texture. Lots of sediment floating around. Had a huge amount of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: There was a hoppy, fruity smell and a mild malt aroma.

T: There's a slightly sugary quality to the taste, along with apples, hops and malt. Not exactly that complex, but OK.

M: This one had a fair amount of carbonation and a somewhat slick finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. This is not to say it's without faults. It's surprisingly simple in style compared to a lot of other tripels. Not a bad beer, though.

May 13, 2008
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GClarkage from California

3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

04/12/08- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby nosed bottle with a best by date stamped on the cap. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper golden colored pour with a 3/4 inch head and a light rim remaining during consumption. Leaves decent lace remnents.

Smell- Nice sugary and lightly toased caramel malt base with a large honey nose as well as some herbal and light lemony scents.

Taste- Not as sugary as the nose would suggest. The honey flavor comes through lightly. Mild hops and a nice lemon flavor. Fairly tart in the taste and an aftertaste that lasts for about 2 seconds.

Mouthfeel- Brisk carbonation level with a non-existant aftertaste. Very crisp though.

Drinkability- Pretty drinkable and quenching as well. Another beer that would be best drank during the summer. Almost felt session like as the 8% really didn't show up.

Apr 13, 2008
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Bobzilla from New York

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3/29/08

C: Golden Yellow, white head, not much lace. Cloudy from sediment. The sediment is otherwise fairly small and clumpy.

S: Smells a bit of molasses. Buttery sweetness. A much heavier smell than I would expect from the style.

T: Buttery and a bitter herbal quality. Not unpleasant, but a bit more tart and bitter than I would like in a tripel.

M: good carbonation with a smooth finish. Not too syrupy.

D: A good beer, but one or two of these is enough for a sitting. Can be a bit sweet, with a cloying nature after a while.

Mar 30, 2008
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a small, fine white head.

Smell: Sourish, fruity aroma of peaches, pears, and a dash of candi sugar.

Taste: Pale malts with a honey-like sweetness with fruity baby food stirred in. A bit sour throughout. Mild spice. A rather muted bitterness. Drying, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Warming alcohol presence.

Drinkability: A beer that's all-too average, especially considering it comes to us from Belgium, a country with such a rich beer-making legacy.

Mar 19, 2008
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best By Date of December 2010; Sampled February 2008
The beer pours with a frothy, initially four-finger thick, fluffy, pale tan colored head that leaves some patchy lacing and produces a slight structure as it slowly recedes. The beer has an orange-tinged, light amber hue to it and when held up to the light shows a ton of mad carbonation as well as a lightly hazed, orange tinged, gold color. The aroma is a mix of light spiciness, sweet candy and bread notes. Aromas of candied orange peel, sugar syrup, yeasty bread dough, toasted grain, touches of butterscotch, vanilla cream, a touch of clove, maybe a hint of pepper and some grassy grain are all noticeable. The aroma is interesting, It has a log going on, but I am not sure if it is firing on all cylinders.

Sweet tasting and well carbonated, the beer foams up as soon as it hits my mouth and clearly needs to be freed of the excess carbonation. After a quick, vigorous swirl of my glass the beer is still carbonated, but at a much more pleasant level. The beer is still fairly sweet, which accentuates a soft vanilla note, a slight citrus tinged candy character and a sticky, sweet grain character. A touch of dry, dusty grain character and a light soda cracker note in the finish couples with a slight hop bitterness, a light carbonic pepper bite and a bit of phenolic, sharp spice notes; none of these is really able to balance the sweetness though.

This is definitely a bit too sweet (the sweet grain note dominates the flavor profile), it could be dried out significantly and still have a oft sweetness to it. The sweetness gets in the way of the other flavors here, both the malt and fermentation character seem to struggle to be noticed at times.

Purchased: Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel CA

Feb 14, 2008
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my brand new Piraat Tulip glass.

A- This is one beauty! Body is a rich golden color with a cloudiness so thick the beer is almost opaque. Pours with a giant white head that slowly fades to 1/2 finger and stays there. Tiny bubbles are constantly rising to the top along the side of the glass and plenty of yeast particles can be seen suspended throughout the body.

S- Nose is similar to that of a pale wine. A balance of sweet fruits such as grapes, pears, and apples with a big phenolic overtone. The fruity smells become more apparent as it warms.

T- Light taste of dry apples, pears, and grapes upfront with a subtle yeasty softness in the background. Finish has a touch of hop bitterness and a nice yeast spiciness that emerges. Some dry fruitiness lingers along with some spiciness and a big alcohol afterburn. Alcohol is everpresent and strong throughout the taste but fades into the background as this beer warms.

M- Low carbonation and body is strong of yeast and alcohol consistency.

D- This would be an excellent and drinkable brew if the alcohol were hidden a little better. Decent overall and something I may buy again to age a little while and see what happens. OK interpretation of a tripel.

Sep 18, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with some white foam, that parachutes down to the bottom of the glass. Yeast and alcohol-laced spice that is sharp on the nose but not repelling. Medium or lighter mouthfeel, with a tad tingling carbonation. Mid fruity yeast. Dry and bitter in a finish.
A decent Belgium, though not a top tripel. 330 ml is just enough.

Aug 14, 2007
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albern from Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a disappointing tripel. I had a Karmeliet just prior to tasting this and what a difference. The plus side of the ledger for this beer is the prodigious frothy white head and incredible lacing. It ends there. The smell is weak and has chemical like aromas. There is the candied sugars, yeast, and malt perceptible, but this is not an enticing smell at all. The taste is medium bodied, a bit subdued, and has this metallic, almost overwrought peat moss taste to it. Okay, what the hell does peat moss taste like, I don't know but there is something particularly off with this beer. It has a yeasty tang to it (a plus), the alcohol is not ominipresent (another plus), there isn't an overpowering or bitter aftertaste (plus again), but it is just that taste in the middle which I can't quite adjust to. I'll settle for peat moss, take it for what it is worth.

Jul 21, 2007
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of big Belgian malt with some light sweetness. Taste is dominated by the semi-sweet Belgian malt with a nice lightly hoppy dry finish. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Overall, this was better then expected with a great refreshing factor.

Jul 13, 2007
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Drew966 from Florida

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ultra Blonde pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. There is a very sweet, tropical fruit aroma, particularly pineapple. There is a noticeable amount of fruit in the flavor. The malt is also noticeable, but hops are hidden in the background. Definitely worth a try.

Jun 21, 2007
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Nipitato from Massachusetts

2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Moderate gold flat hue. Opaque. Suspended yeast noticeable. Visible effervescence. Pours with a vigorous white head that dissipates to thin splotchy puddles.

S: Musty apple scented ester aromas. Slightly tinny and metallic smell going on. Very limited clove phenols just apparent. Not a great nose. It had me dreading the taste.

T: Strong cloyingly sweet malt flavor dominate. Not too terribly complex. Fruity ester flavors lacking. Some slight spicy clove like phenols. Finish is slightly bitter and creamy.

MF: Medium light mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. High carbonation and sweet malt character add to the sense of heaviness.

D: Ok. but not really well balanced. Too sweet without enough backing up of fruity ester character or phenol spiciness.

May 14, 2007
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DogFood11 from California

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML brown bottle that is corked (synthetic) and caged. The pour is easily managed to whatever head you desire. Light Copper to Orange in color. Head falls to a solid cover and leaves behind sliding lace.

Light fruity backdrop of Pineapple and Bananna is present from start to finish. Carbonation wasn't very vibrant in appearance but they snap the palate and crispen this up a touch. Peppered and some all spice towards the end. Finishes leaning towards the dry end of the spectrum.

Notes: Ehhh... its just OK in my book. Worthy of a try.

Apr 23, 2007
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear amber color with yeast. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is yeasty and malty. Flavor is sweet and yeasty, bready, clean finish. ABV is not noticeable. $2.79 for a 330ml bottle from John's Market Tigard, OR.

Mar 09, 2007
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acrawf6 from Louisiana

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice hazy orange with a nice frothy white head on top.

Smell. At first it was a bit yeasty, but now i am getting a good amount of fruits, some apple, orange citrus and strawberries (strawberries are more of a candy strawberry smell). nice

Taste. Initially tart, like a lemon pastry. But as it sits in my mouth it sweetens up with a nice apple flavor and becomes very pleasant. A very mild flavor and smoothe. Lots of apples, like apple juice. aftertaste is just slightly tart. Alcohol was disguised extremely well.

Mouthfeel. Very nice and creamy. Fuller body for the style, lots of carbonation, but below average for the style (not a bad thing). I really love this mouthfeel, very creamy!

Overall a great experience. Lots of apples and very creamy. It is scary how tasty it is and how well it hides the alcohol. I could probably finish this in no time and be on my ass soon after. Very nice!

Sep 28, 2006
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous blonde here...thick, soapy, rocky head that lasted quite a while, fed by furious carbonation inside that hazy orange-blonde color.

The nose is pleasantly hit with fruity and peppery esters, with bits of anise and candy sugar coming in. Carries a lightness and freshness that pretty much tells you how it's going to taste. And indeed, the flavors mirror the aromas. Nothing surprising considering the style, but since this is one of my favorite styles, it fits the bill well and does the job on this hot summer day. Ultra-satisfying beer, clean, cool, substantial, with plenty of depth. Also feel some bready malt and yeasty funkiness as the glass slowly emptied. Crisp and dry in the finish. Exactly what you'd want out of a Belgian tripel.

What more can I say? Another fine fine brew by the world's best.

Jul 30, 2006
Ultra Blonde from Brasserie Scassenes
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 39 ratings