Ultra Blonde
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #490
ABV:
8%
Score:
84
Ranked #40,632
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 11.91%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
39
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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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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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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes: Ultra-Blonde.
Strength: 8.0% ABV.
Style: Strong Blonde / Tripel.

Served on Draft; One of 5 x 25cl Glass Samplers (€5 Total).

Tasted at the Farmhouse Café (Sampling Room), during a Brewery Visit to the Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes, on 18th April 2003.

Appearance: Absolutely devoid of any solid or deleterious matter. Sparkling blonde presentation with another signature d’Ecaussinnes stiff, firm bleached white head. This could easily be mistaken for a lager in the outside sunshine. Looks very refreshing in the hot afternoon sun.

Smell: Deep inhalation whilst outside reveals a lovely light malt nose mixed with bitter hops. Low in strength, which is not exactly “de rigueur” for this style.

Taste: A Tripel that is in the style of a strong blonde. It is re-fermented in the bottle version, but this was the draft version. Light malts, grain and a faint biscuit twang are there at the beginning. The middle was dominated by a biting crisp bitterness, this all makes way eventually for a bitter-“sweet” finish. A bit muddled.

Mouthfeel: Light and deceiving for an 8% ABV Strong Blonde/Tripel.

Drinkability: Quite high given its strength, but maybe a sad reflection of its advertised “Tripel” character.

Overall: Quite average really, Belgium is festooned with Strong Blondes/Tripels that are neither Special, Distinctive nor Bad. This is just another one of them.

May 21, 2003
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Oct 22, 2013
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BeerBuilder from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep golden-orange color with a thick, creamy white head. A bit of lacing. The aroma is yeasty, spicy, a bit fruity and peppery. The flavor is sweet of candi sugar, yeasty and a bit spicy. Nice drinking medium-full in body...a good brew damnit.

Jan 02, 2006
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crookedhalo from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, have to thank a couple of nice guys for bringing back a mixed 4-pack of this fine microbrewed beer back from Belgium to sample. This is the first one I tried. Poured a hazy bright yellow color with a significant fluffy white head. Good amount of flaky white particles in suspension. Hoppy and dry smelling, strangely reminescent of the same aroma qualities of Duvel, just different. Tasting reveals an aggressive dryness, some malty sweetness, and an almost astringent dry finish with a spattering of some lemony citrus. Mouthfeel's spritzy and smooth. I very much enjoyed this beer. A trip to Belgium must be in order.

Apr 06, 2004
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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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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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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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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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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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horndecker from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straw colored, hazy, with a huge merengue-like head, slow to subside. Great sticky lace as well. Looks tasty. The aromas are of oranges, cotton candy, lemon zest and sweetish malt. Not a hint of hops. The taste follows this lead, sweet fruit at the start, then a mineral pause, kind of empty in the middle. Finishes with a slight flavor of apricots. Very little hops bitterness anywhere to balance the candied sweetness. Not a keeper.

Jun 12, 2006
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Goldorak from Canada (QC)

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at la Vaudrée 2 in Liège, served in a Duvel-style glass from the brewery.

Appearance: Hazy honey blonde with huge, caking head. Nice.

Smell: Almost had a witbier feel to it, sort of yeasty, fruity smell with that minty-like alcohol finish.

Taste: A little bit of banana esters, and a sweetness that may be from candi sugar. Alright, not great. Mouthfeel was medium, but with a good alcohol aftertaste that lingers in the back of the throat.
At 8%, I wouldn't drink a ton of the stuff. With the selection at La Vaudrée 2, I was glad to have tried it, but moved on quickly.

Sep 23, 2004
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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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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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paterlodie from Belgium

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well in suppost to a great line-up for tonight a misser. Didn't know any of the brewery so when I saw this one I had to try at least one of the brewery and I took this. Hardly any foam by pooring it in but some stayed for quiet some time. Gold to amber colour and a nose that reminded me a litle of malt, spicy but not fresh. Sweet taste of a lilte candy sugar and a litle bitter. No refreshing taste and having good beers in lineup I feel this one's a misser.

Jan 07, 2005
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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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dgallina from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce brown bottle dated best-before 1/25/2011 on the cap. Pours orange-peach with lots of floating yeast haze, big soapy white head that recedes to a thin film and little lace. Well-rounded yeast, pepper, lemon and lime aroma. Flavor a tad thin for a tripel. Lemon and limes up front, with some drying hops and warming alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with steady carbonation and a bit of grainy chewiness.

Jul 27, 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
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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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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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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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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Nov 26, 2011
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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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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
Ultra Blonde from Brasserie Scassenes
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 39 ratings