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:
716
Reviews:
333
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
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25
Gots:
145
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Photo of Toynk
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DJoe
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MoohMooh
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OlaB
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Rihup
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BCborn
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitschiguy
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thatmanphil
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of 54V4G3
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josip990
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing Belgian blonde - high malt and toasty biscuity notes reminiscent of a baguette. Buttery and esterly yeast.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +2.7%
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 YvesB
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JakeScully
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Martine
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrisroarshack
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ivixor
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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 RMentair
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jow
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wobjack
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Dominic_Decoco
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.69 out of 5 based on 716 ratings.
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