Grimbergen Blonde
Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Grimbergen BlondeGrimbergen Blonde
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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #45
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,561
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 13.48%
Reviews:
344
Ratings:
786
From:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  34
Gots
  181
SCORE
84
Good
Grimbergen BlondeGrimbergen Blonde
Notes: The high quality raw materials make up the richness of this top-fermented beer, which is characterized by its ocher blonde color.

Grimbergen Blonde is light fruity and balanced sweet-bitter. Due to its rounded flavor, this beer is highly appreciated.
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eric5bellies from Australia

2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with white head that reduces quickly
S - Grains and sweet stickiness
T - Slightly fruity. The finish is sticky and sweet
M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation
O - A similar beer to Leffe Blond and maybe a little cleaner. Not a ground shaking example of the style.

Jun 28, 2020
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Richard-Appleyard

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Basic Belgian blonde ale. Served chilled. Golden color. Light on the palette, slight better after taste. Refreshing but not complex. On the light end of the scale.

Dec 24, 2019
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Mr_Bones from Switzerland

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A mild Belgian blond, strong amber color, foamy head, light clove/banana hint in the taste, not overpowered by the alcohol content (it is light afterall... at 6.7). Best poured in an authentic Grimbergen goblet (which I have now). If a strong Belgian is not your style, give this a try.

Aug 21, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a dense frothy and lathery layer of head. Great retention with lots of sudsy lacing.
The aroma is somewhat vinous and cider like with notes of white grape and several other fruity esters including pear, peach and green apple. Lightly tart lemon merengue aromas are complimented by spicy phenols, cloves, nutmeg and a hint of white vinegar. Malt aroma evokes pie crust.
The taste opens sweet with an emphasis on bready, pie crust and dry cracker malt and fruity esters. Notes of white grape, green apple, pear, peach, apricot, orange peel and lemony tartness. Little to no hops bitterness, instead there is a light earthy spice and phenols, including notes of pepper and clove.
Medium to light bodied with a dry finish. The carbonation is moderate and on par.
I thought this was an easy drinking blond ale that had lots of fine Belgian yeast character. I think it’s slightly underrated and should score higher.

Mar 25, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Una sorpresa. En su aroma destacan el caramelo y un toque frutal. De carbonatación media. Al paladar es dulce pero está bien equilibrada. Una buena opción.

Oct 19, 2018
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours foamy, fluffy lace with nectar/gold color. This is a light tasting beer with fruity overtones balanced off with sweet flavoring and yeast. Faint hop and bitterness. Carbonation moderate and pleasing. Nice smooth caramel-toned finish. I can't say that it's memorable but is in line with what you'd expect from a Belgian blonde overall.

Sep 13, 2018
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Capped: Clear dark golden color with moderate activity. Foamy and light creamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with generous legs and decent swirl reaction. Flavors of sweet barley, caramel, wheat, apples, apricot, Belgian yeast, and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, mostly some maillard effect and almost bready, a bit leafy and yeasty, shy fruity feel. Very slightly vinous while more alcoholic, so the freshness is alright. Way too much caramel and not attenuated enough. Lacking some complexity and texture, feels a bit bland and uninteresting. Overall above average quality craft.

Sep 05, 2018
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vinicole from England

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Golden amber. Dense white head. Nice lacing.
Interesting aroma of yeast and grain. Esters abound. Spicy.
Tastes of cloves. Gentle bitter completion.
Well carbonated.
Quite a flavoursome BPA.

Jun 22, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. Label is marked Best before end '04.18'.
Clear, straw colored body. Off white receding head to cap. Rings of lacing.
Smell of Belgian yeast, sweet fruit, cloves.
Taste is smooth, cloves, sweet from the yeast/fruit, no bitterness. Light malt rules.
Medium mouth feel. Some spice to slightly sour. Dry.
Solid European Belgian Pale Ale. Pleasant to drink.

Jan 08, 2018
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the same as a left blonde, a clear golden body with a slim single finger head, retention is down to a slim film.

Aroma is a touch on the sour malty side, not offensive, just not inviting.

Taste is good, sweet and smooth, hints of spiced fruits.

Feel is a tad fizzy, but only initially, it goes down well and the 6.7% abv is ideal.

Overall this is a decent beer, ever so slightly edging the leffe blonde (if in fact they are not the same product???)

Not too shabby

Jul 26, 2017
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

4.74/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review: 33cl Brown Bottle of Grimbergen Blonde: ABV: 6.7%

The appearance was of a clear golden colour with a big frothy white head

Good sized head, with good retention and very good lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

Nice beery smell, very nice. Smells of clove, fruits, Belgian yeast. Smells fantastic in fact.

Taste is quite strong but not bad, very manageable

Very nice and pleasant creamy mouthfuls. Very quaffable. Like it.
Creamy taste.

Fantastic tasting beer with a lot of nice flavours. Very creamy. Very crisp and refreshing mouthfuls

I like this very much. Easy to drink. Good tasting. Lots of tastes and all well balanced, of sweet malts, of barley, of wheat, of Belgian yeast, citric fruits. Get all the usual tastes working together here, perfectly balanced with both sweet and sour tastes combining well.

One of those beers after a long day you can relax with, very refreshing, excellent
6.7%, not too overbearing. As good a beer as I have had in a while…..

Jan 28, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Has that yellow color and a little bit of haze going on. The aroma is of a little bit of lemon and bread. Not much.

Taste is light, fruity, mildly bitter. Mild hopping. The bitterness is partly because of the light body the doesn't fully balance out the hops. The yeast is both belgian ale like, and Euro lager like at the same time.

Its expensive for what it is. Alcohol is relatively pronounced.

Oct 13, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger off-white head with great retention and thick lacing. Gushed just a little bit on opening. Aroma of bready malt with a suggestion on cracker, apple and pear juice, light stone fruit, clove, Belgian yeast; classic Belgian blonde/pale ale. Flavor of bready malt, apple and orange, light stone fruit, clove, thins out into a dry, grassy finish with little lingering flavor. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess. The fruit, Belgian yeast and clove are spot-on for the style, but the finish is surprisingly thin, considering the aroma and start. The malt is not as forward as expected from a Belgian blonde, and the BA listing as a pale ale seems right. A sturdy Belgian ale with good flavor, but the finish is a bit light and stark.

Jul 22, 2016
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OlaB from Norway

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: gives of a clear golden color, a small top of head when it pours, the lacings on the glass are good.

S: fruity and sweet aroma on this beer, I sense banana, green apples,honey,spices and pears. It could be more stronger aroma.

T&F: starts of with a fruity and sweet taste, in the middle and finishing
Hoppy and spicy bitterness, aftertaste is lasting a good time and it have a creamy and comfortable mouthfeel.

O: the beer is good and enjoyable, but as much other people says is a lot of better belgian examples of this beer type. The beer is good but far from outstanding.

Jun 25, 2016
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kitschiguy from Hong Kong

3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark yellow/light brown with little head. A thin foam remained a left quite a bit of lacing.

Nose is quite nose. Not expressive but with a little fruit, malts and a touch of honey.

Palate is good. malt and with some honey sweetness coming through strongly. Not particularly complex though.

Mouth is very nice - very full and creamy.

Overall a nice beer. Says blonde on the bottle although looks like a pale ale. Not a typical Belgian in my experience.

Recommended although I won't ever buy it again because it's owned by Carls8***.

Jun 10, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber/golden with good off-white head, ok retention, lots of laces, aroma of biscuits, fruity esters, spicy.
Taste follows the nose. Drinkable and light, though the taste lacks some complexity.

Apr 11, 2016
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donspublic from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Tulip, nice 2 finger foamy head, recedes to 1/2 finger, nice lacing. Color is pale golden, clear. Smells of fruity belgian esters. Taste is not your typical bubble gum belgian but a more restrained fruity taste, with a nice hop bitterness bringing up the rear. Nice mouthfeel, somewhat sharp finish but the spicy/sweetness prevents it from being too dry.

Apr 11, 2016
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Shanex from France

3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden blonde Belgian Pale ale with fruity aroma, a nice color and a decent foam. yes that's reminiscent of Leffe, only better. Had this pretty often and widely available in most bars in Europe. Give this a try.

Mar 26, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks, smells and feels like an average Belgian blond.
Taste has the uniqueness I've come to expect from each Belgian brewer. Different spices, fruity, complex, refreshing.
Try this and you will not be disappointed, but you probably also will agree that there are better examples of the style.

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.

Feb 18, 2016
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Wobjack from England

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Grimbergen Chalice at 'La Boufe Rouge' in Saint-Junien, France.

Appearance: Dark amber, lively carbonation, very clear. Nice head on this that lasts the entire trip with a bit of pleasant lacing.

Smell: Sweet and spicey, fruity with malt flavours coming through. Slight solvent smell there and plenty of alcohol, typical of the style.

Taste: Rich and slightly sweet malt with a noticeable spice. Pleasantly clean tasting and full across the palate. Hops come through slightly toward the end and there's alcohol in the nose. Drinking this with a lunchtime meal (Sea Bass & Mussels in creamy white wine sauce) and actually its going down very well indeed.

Mouth-feel: Medium body, nice carbonation that gives a satisfying mouth-feel across the tongue.

Overall: A nice beer and went with my meal perfectly. I didn't actually expect to much from this brew so I was pleasantly surprised. Would order again, if it was slightly cheaper (It was €8 a pint!)

Feb 10, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, some malts. Taste is not so good. Vinegar, apples, a bit sour, and not in a good way. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer is mediocre at best.

Jan 27, 2016
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Ant777uk from England

2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

French people never seem to be drunk because they have shit beer and always eat stuff when they drink. Is this hypothesis true..?

They serve this stuff everywhere in Paris, as it is owned by Kronenbourg. Fortunately it is far superior...made with barley and wheat...

Fairly lagerish look, quite golden, head stays for a while though quite low, not overtly gaseous.

Quite pleasant aroma, citrussy

Taste is nice actually. Definitely one of the best French beers out there. Personally I am not a fan of wheat beers as it is less easy to digest and feels heavier. It is a bit too smooth, for the flavour it has.

Feel is top notch, as not too gaseous and smooth, the bubbles taste of the beer, not too carbon dioxidey.

France do not have many good beers, which is strange as they are close to Belgium and have more people. This is definitely quite heavy as a blonde, though still fine for a winters or summer day. The inclusion of the wheat gives it a heavier feel, as I think I already said. So good as 1 at a time, not for a long session...

Best served after around half an hour outside the fridge I reckon, on a cold winters night such as now.

Jan 03, 2016
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kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grimbergen Blonde

Look: Golden, yellow color with 1 finger of head.

Smell: Orange some cereal

Taste: Honey, grassy also with a finish of the citrus

Feel: Very tasty especially on the finish

So overall would I recommend it ? Yes, much better than the heineken or stella or even leffe.

Nov 30, 2015
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Bruno74200 from France

3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grimbergen blonde is with leffe blonde and affligem blonde one of the best saling supermarket beers in France. It's better than a leffe but far to be as balanced as an affligem

Nov 25, 2015
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EmperorBevis from England

2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled
Pours a golden body (though ever so slightly darker than expected) with huge foaming white head that recedes to the rim of the glass & a big cloud in the centre
The aroma reminds me of orange flavoured multivitamins
Slightly sweet wheat taste with hints of spice
easy drinking
an unchallenging dull blonde with three damning words, brewed at Carlsberg's

Oct 15, 2015
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