Grimbergen Blonde | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Grimbergen BlondeGrimbergen Blonde

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4.74/5  rDev +28.8%
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…..

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of OlaB
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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***.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of donspublic
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Wobjack
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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!)

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Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev -16%
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.

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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 kevofficiel
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 though agreeable blonde

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Photo of drmeto
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear golden-orange with a medium, foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-honey,grassy,spicy,caramel,faint tart,herbal
-honey,grassy,caramel,lemon zest,spples,herbs,crackery finish
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-very faint alcohol warmth
Decent Blonde

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Photo of HipCzech
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Le Bouddoir (Aix-en-Provenance), served in a 0.25 mL Grimbergen chalice. Bright, clear gold with a frothy white cap of foam. Round malt aroma and taste of honeyed bread, light stone fruit, and some spicy Belgian yeast. Medium body with good carbonation. Balanced and drinkable (especially on a balmy evening on a patio in Aix), if not as full flavored as some peers.

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Photo of Zet
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange colour (leans towards an amber actually) with a decent head of foam, though this evaporates rather quickly. Fresh smell of malt, yeast and apricot. Apricot and malt make their return in the taste, accompanied by citric fruits like lemon and tangerine. A bit too much on the sweet side for my taste, but nothing excessive. The taste does get a bit boring near the end though. Right amount of carbonation and yeast give this beer a good mouth feel. Good blond, but nothing outstanding.

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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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden blonde with a white head. Moderate in body and taste. Easy to drink and dangerous! Refreshing after cleaning up from the 4th of July! Can says "Brasseries Kronenbourg, Strasbourg, France"

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Photo of stcules
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Golden color, beautiful, and long standing foam.
Malt and cereals in the nose, a bit too strong. Quite heavy. Just a hint of bitterness.
Too malty in the taste too, a light citrus note (more of it in the aftertaste).
Not bad, but too malty, and quite banal. Still drinkable.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Belgian style yeast, sweetness, and cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a sweet note.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: fluffy white head, brilliant gold, produces good lacing. Flavor: finishes slightly sweet, a touch more hops than some Belgian blonds, spicy, phenols, light carmelization, Mouthfeel: medium full body and medium high carbonation.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Grimbergen chalice - Thanks Helge!
A - Beautiful honey gold color.
S - Sweet graham cracker and baked bread with a spicy note. Cloves.
T - Honey and malt up front. Spicy hop character creeps in. The yeast gives a wonderful baked spice character. Lingers.
F - Everything I want to see in a blonde. Carbonation is excellent, body is nice, and the spice of the yeast and hops lingers.
O - Excellent beer and will most certainly buy this when I see it. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden amber with a rocky foam head and speckley lace.

Smell - Boozy aroma with some spice. Rather leafy and glassy and very medicinal in its alcohol and band aid like qualities.

Taste - Slightly spicy but that is by and large lost in a lot of alcohol tones that are rather like a poor champagne. This beer is very metallic and sulphury.

MF - Nippy metallic, light body and drying.

Overall - A rather poor blond. Definitely not up to par with the others in its class.

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