Grimbergen Blonde | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Belgium
maes.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Romabrew on 01-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
713
Reviews:
333
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.86%
 
 
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25
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.42/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I’ve been walking around Grenoble playing the local pastime (avoiding dog crap on the side walk) for hours. I’m thirsty and if one more angry, unemployed young man shouts at me, or another homeless guy dressed in fatigues tries to lead me down some back alley I’m going to go D-day on this place. I finally find an open bar that I can get into but the taps are just terrible. A large poster proudly proclaims that they serve bud light. Desperado posters line the other walls. I notice after some searching that they have Grimbergen on one of their taps. That will do, I think to myself. I had a can of that the other day and it was decent.

I order two 83 oz giraffes (because I’m so stressed from the anti-Americanism and dog crap). I sit down and set about consuming the brew but it's different. I taste apples, nasty, rotten fermented apples. That is all. That is all that is going on in this beer. It is terrible. My friends and I finish our nasty brew and leave. All of us come down with a horrible case of that stuff that’s all over the sidewalks. I won’t be revisiting this one anytime soon.

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Photo of gnikola
1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

Photo of Rivoire
1.58/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Industrial beer with no particular point at all. Standard.

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Photo of BlackVeg
1.9/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Anatole
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of davemathews68
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of josanguapo
2.21/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From Carrefour Camas. In Tongerlo glass. Playing Memoria. I had heard that it was much worse than it was years ago. I can now confirm it. It is very weak. I wont repeat it again if it continues being like this

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Photo of Crosling
2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a yellow golden color and a large, frothy head that lasts well. Aroma smells clean, but resembles more of a Pale Lager, not a Belgian blond. Flavor is very sweet, fruity, malt liquor-like. Watery texture. It's not like it's Marten low carb, but this beer basically sucks.

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2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a .33L goblet. Kind of "off" tasting light honey brown ale. Tastes like it's turned or spoiled. Light foam film that disappears and leaves no head. Mild fruity candy malt taste but tastes a little off. Wasn't able to finish the goblet and wouldn't want to try it again. Maybe just had a bad pour.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.46/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle served into a Guinness pint glass in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes taken April 2011. 6.7% ABV confirmed. Expectations were fairly high.

A: Pours a clear light gold colour. Head is four fingers with fair thickness but no cream.

Sm: Yeast and hops obscure the malted barley body. A light aroma. Indistinct.

T: Yeast and floral hops, with a malty backbone that lacks richness or refinement. Simpler than expected. No real esters; maybe some nuts. Not as complex as an abbey beer ought to be. Poorly built for the style. Largely imbalanced.

Mf: Too light, too smooth. Doesn't complement the flavours.

Dr: Doesn't hide its ABV well. A shite abbey beer, all things considered. To be avoided. I wonder how long this sat on the shelf.

**I had this on-draught in Belgium weeks later and enjoyed it far more. Maybe the bottled version doesn't measure up.

D+

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Photo of Minkybut
2.46/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer was sour smelling with a big pretty head and actually had great lacing. A slightly smoky flavour made the beer taste interesting at first but then started tasting a little sour to me and after drinking a Grimbergen sour as heck double ale before this one might have been the problem, but I just don't think I like these beers. Will not buy again.

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Photo of SchlaflyFan
2.49/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a white foamy head, with a lot of lacing. Good golden color, definitely the best part of the beer. The smell is hard to pin down for my novice beer nose, a bit on the sour side in any event. The sweet fruity flavor comes through at first which isn't bad but there was distinct metallic aftertaste though. That really stood out and made it tough to enjoy this beer. Not a lot of hops bite, the malt is the key to this flavor. The body is nice, not too thick but good weight to it. Can't shake that aftertaste though.

This beer pours great and looks great, but the rest of the beer isn't up to the same standards.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Metal4Breakfast
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of kfh227
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of killcore
2.52/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of macesq
2.56/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Whatup14
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DanielCole
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of Yoann
2.67/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A classic Abbey blond beer

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Dark golden, two finger head, sticky lace.
Aroma is fresh and slightly fruity. Ripe banana, honey, sugar, some biscuty malt.
Flavor is sweet, cooked banana with some honey and a dusting of hops.
Kind of ho-hum. It’s a pricey beer, and i expected more.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear, orange beer with a head that collapses after several minutes.

Smell is a fruity Belgian smell with anise, coriander and clove notes. This spiciness is up to a level where the aromatic properties of the spices start to become over the top and even a bit artificial.

Taste is a continue of the smell, a Belgian fruitiness with anise, clove, caraway and coriander notes. Also some fusel alcohols and a minor oxidation. The beer is dominated by this spiciness and although there is some malt presence, this is pushed away by the spices. To me this beer reminds me of the terrible Leffe blond and to me this tastes like an exact copy of it.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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