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

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Ratings:
723
Reviews:
334
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. An 'abbey beer', with glucose syrup kind of sounds strange. Ah, this is made by Kronenbourg, purveyors of that witbier so inexplicably popular around here these days. I do like the phoenix association, though.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber colour, with one finger of foamy, sporadically bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves an intricate array of tightly-woven webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, candi sugar, musty yeast, a muddled flat orchard fruitiness, and a mild earthy coriander/clove spiciness. The taste is more rather sweet grainy, pastry-esque caramel malt, some superfluous gritty morning tea sugar, a still dazed and confused apple and banana fruitiness, baker's yeast, lingering clove and white pepper spice, and a tiny hint of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is pretty subdued, just a subtle wispy essence here and there, the body an approachable medium weight, and mostly smooth, a certain vegetal astringency taking its toll. It finishes on the sweet side, the inherent malt and added sugar solution overmatching any lingering yeast or hops.

A rather contrived sort of feeling, is what I get around this one - seemingly true to style, but more than a bit too sweet at the same rate. Drinkable, sure, but lacking the integrated complexity of its brethren.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Hippopotamus Restaurant in Lille. Served in a 33cl Grimbergen chalice.

Appearance: Bright clear amber color. Thin white rocky head. Lots of fine delicate lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Faint, slightly yeasty with some fruity esters and maybe a hint of clove.

Taste: Nice malty start (sweet sugary flavors), spicy (cloves mostly), fruity Belgian yeasty flavors, mild bitter finish (hint of noble hops with that bitter finish). As the beer warmed up the bitterness softened further and took on some dry honey notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky on the teeth. Airy carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty beer. Went fantastic with steak and green beans. I could easily have had another one and probably another after that - dangerously drinkable. Simple, but well done and tasty.

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From 06/09/13 notes. Had a bottle of this on the train from Provence, France, to Paris. Poured into a cup on the train. Best by date of 03.14 on the bottle, 33cl bottle.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy yellow-orange color...it looks a lot like apple juice. Has two inches of fluffy white head and moderate lacing and carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, apples, yeast, bready malts. Nose is very nice; lots of bananas and Belgian style notes.

t - Tastes of spices, bananas, peppers, earthy notes, yeast, cloves, bready malts, and toasted malts. Taste has more spice and bananas to it; nice, but a little too much spice for me so a small step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and creamy. Very nice.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; at this point, the best new beer I had on the trip. Nice nose full of bananas and smooth and easy to drink. Would have it again.

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Poured clear and brilliant blonde with a white head of creamy foam that stayed well. Bubbles streaming up this one’s a real looker. The foam finally fell to some outrageous thick lace. Nose is light, positively gay with brett, Belgian yeast and some apple. Malt opens up as it warms with a little nut, bread and grain. Slight vinegar smell at first and then floral. Taste is more malt than the nose with plenty of biscuit, bread and caramel beside a tart sour apple. Yeast takes a backseat, there’s a touch of booze and it’s chewy with almost no bitterness. Finishes wet and without much aftertaste except for a very mild slick hop resin on the tongue. Very light and delicate. Goes down very sweet and has a thin body. For some reason it just doesn’t feel like beer.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.69 out of 5 based on 723 ratings.
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