Grimbergen Blonde
Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Grimbergen BlondeGrimbergen Blonde
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #45
Ranked #38,561
3.71 | pDev: 13.48%
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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.
View: Beers
Reviews: 344 | Ratings: 786 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by rork:
Photo of rork
rork from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Nov 29, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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
Photo of LiquidAmber
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
Photo of lstokes
lstokes from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lasting head and lace on top of a golden yellow brew, the smell is slightly over-sugared yeast and banana.

It's a bit sugary at the beginning and end, but also includes some nice apple, banana, clove and pepper. Sweetness is the predominant characteristic, with just enough spice and yeast to keep it from getting cloying. That said, the mouthfeel wasn't as full as I would have liked, and could have contributed to taking this from a so-so beer to a genuinely good one.

Mar 16, 2011
Photo of Jose9e
Jose9e from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jul 30, 2012
Photo of BrotherMedard

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 09, 2020
Photo of Bouleboubier
Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

(bottle code 0409 V L247<1> - poured into a balloon)

A: completely clear, suntanned golden liquid... half-inch pad of smoky, semi-open foam... splotches of lace

S: really dry, lightly toasty, champagne notes... mild grass, mild bubblegum... graham cracker notes coming through, honey-kissed... the aromas die off hard and fast in little time, leaving only a delicate medicinal alcohol note, similar to handy wipes

T: mildly fruity, somewhat toasty, clean and dry... little bit of burnt sugar and spice, bit of a white vinous note on the tail end - phenolic, but a sanded-off edge... slight metallic tang in the aftertaste, common in these "industrial" abbey blondes

M: clean and quite dry, but not so much crisp... cottony-soft sudsy wash keeps it all quiet and calm, pretty light-bodied aside from that... kinda has a sudsy, dry liqueur type of texture and flow, snuggle-y on the palate

O: like a mildly maltier, less sharp-boozy cousin of Delirium Tremens... not quite as full as a Leffe Blond, a bit spicier than that, but otherwise very similar to it... I can't understand why these beers get lumped into the Belgian "pale ale" category - they're (blond ales) clearly a distinct subset with very recognizable, idiosyncratic flavors

Jun 19, 2014
Photo of skywizzard
skywizzard from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Jul 27, 2014
Photo of PlutonowyManiek
PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber, clear.
The head of a large, white
The aroma of orange and apricot clear, piercing notes of banana, grassy hops, there is also an herbal accent.
Sweetish taste, I would say that even bland. The remaining herbs and intense maltiness. Saturation average, gentian is a delicate, herbal, accompanied by slight sourness in the mouth felt oily texture. Many times I tried to Grimbergen Blonde and every time something I did not fit in it, today was the same, but today for the first time, despite my whining, I can say that Grimbergen is good.

May 16, 2015
Photo of papat444
papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this on my trip to NH, week of July 13th.

Enjoyed the latter part of this brew yesterday afternoon while watching the Twilight Zone episode "Night Call" (original series, Season 5 DVD, disc 3).

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle. Bottled April 2009 (date code: 0409RL2485A).

Appearance: Golden, a bit clear but not so much as you can see right through. 2 fingers of foam that decrease to a thin line.

Smell: Banana with some fruit esters. Spices, maybe cloves and a hint of dough or yeast. Very pleasant.

Taste: Not as good as the aroma would have led me to believe. Some slight spice with mild fruit. Lacks complexity a little. Opens up a tiny bit as it warms with but really the taste is way too muted for my taste.

Mouthfeel: More of the same. Low carbonation in the palate though lots of tiny bubbles rising. Thin but smooth body.

Drinkability: Eh, not the best. It drinks ok but there's really nothing there for me to enjoy.

Overall: A bit boring. It is refreshing and lighter than i would have thought but i expect more from a Belgian Pale Ale in the taste department. Strictly average at best IMO.

Jul 27, 2009
Photo of acevenom
acevenom from Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear golden with an abundant frothy white head. Some bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. The head recedes slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There are aromas of pale malts, spice, fruit, and faint yeast. It smells grassy. The flavor is malty and sweet with some some spice to help balance the flavor. It has a mild aftertaste that is spicy and sweet. The mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. It has a crisp, dry finish. It's fairly easy to drink. Overall, this is a solid, unoffensive Belgian pale ale.

Apr 27, 2012
Photo of nelsonsaigon
nelsonsaigon from Viet Nam

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

Saigon (bottle)

I like this beer and look forward to my next drink.

Apr 30, 2015
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0 from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Rihup
Rihup from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 15, 2016
Photo of Wer34truh
Wer34truh from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 16, 2018
Photo of AlexLMS
AlexLMS from Portugal

3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden blond colour. Clear. Head: white, moderate in size, creamy. May not persist for very long. Beautiful lacing.
Aroma: interesting aroma. Sweet malts, fruits and a little bit of alcohol.
Taste: sweet malts and kind of fruity. Not very hoppy.
Mouthfeel: silky, average carbonation, nice alcoholic strength (6.7% ABV) and a medium body.
Finish: it starts kind of sweet, but after awhile it turns to a dry-bitter aftertaste.

Overall: very nice abbey beer. Well balanced and highly enjoyable. Looking forward for another one.

Oct 10, 2007
Photo of shelby415
shelby415 from Oregon

3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 14, 2016
Photo of Mister_Faucher
Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 29, 2018
Photo of jneiswender
jneiswender from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had beer out of a bottle 12 ounces served cool

Very rocky Whitehead and a clear yellow body

Fruity sweet grainy smell with a slight Belgian yeast scent

Very light grain profile very sweet not very hoppy at all

Well carbonated and very light

This beer was to lager like for me. It tasted almost like a macro brew

Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Robje
Robje from Australia

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Yoann
Yoann from France

2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A classic Abbey blond beer

Sep 01, 2015
Photo of JMD
JMD from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear auburn color with small white head that fades slowly. Leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Light aroma of belgian yeast, candied fruit and faint floral hops.

T: Belgain yeast upfront, followed by fruity sweetness. Candied apples, fresh pear and hints of honey. Also some herbal spicey notes. Faint hops finish off the flavor.

M: Light bodied, crisply carbonated, the bubbles seem to coat the inside of your mouth. Slighty dry finish.

D: This is a decent Belgian pale ale, but nothing I would go out of my way to get again.

Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Stinger80OH
Stinger80OH from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Harrastelija666

3/5  rDev -19.1%

Dec 12, 2014
Photo of soupyman10
soupyman10 from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours like a macro-lager; very strange, really. Minor head disappears quickly. Nose is better; some sweet fruitiness and a touch of wheat. Taste is excellent. Actually not particularly complex, but full of flavor. Wheat, cloves, some apple and fruit too. Feel is medium bodied, tasty, good carbonation. I don't know, I have a weak spot for Belgian Pales; the flavor just blows me away, so I have a hard time being objective about these. Very tasty one that I'll try again, although I honestly can't say if it's better or worse than other Belgian Pales (I've only tried the Leffe Blonde, which I also thought was excellent).

Jun 07, 2007
Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 786 ratings