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:
723
Reviews:
334
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
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3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The color is clear deep golden, while the white enormous head is quite thick and creamy. Rich lacings.

S: Sour Belgian yeastyness. Some spices; mainly peppers. Malty. Some fruit; citric notes. Grass and hay.

T: Rich malts, sour and a bit sweet - white bread. Yeast and spices. Fruits; citric. Grass and hay.

M: Aftertaste is sour, while body is medium and carbonation rather strong for this style.

O: Smooth and gulpable no matter the ABV. Kind of a nice summerbrew.

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3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, yeast, and some light fruit aromas. There is also a slight mineral aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is much the same (sans minerals) with an alcohol kick on the finish with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but I prefer the taste over the smell on this one.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: good-looking medium golden hue with a clear body and lots of effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: sweet aroma with a rich malt character and an orchardy fruitiness with notes of apple and pear. Not revolutionary but well-crafted and just what I look for in the style.

Taste: malty flavor with a light hint of some of those orchard fruits. The character of this beer really makes me want to compare it to a tripel, in which case it seems a little low-intensity and watery. However, keeping the actual style in mind, it is really on-point; really, the mere fact that my brain thinks "tripel" is a good thing here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a good mouth-filling creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a refreshing and tasty Belgian pale whose character is right up my alley.

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3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

APP- Dense but low rocky white head w/ thick sticky lace above a copper colored beer. Crystal clear but luster lacks brilliance.

NOSE- The beer opens with a melange of apple, nut, banana, lemon, marmelade, white grape, pear, hint of basil, floral hop, and big hits of sweet Belgian malt with bread and cake characters. As it breathes and warms the banana in particular begins to dominate. The aroma is complex but unrefined. It is not cohesvie. I find it a little overwhelming to the senses, though it is classically Belgian.

FLAVOR- Flavors sweep over the palate and coat it with sweet caramel and toffee malt flavors lavered over fruit-cocktail in syrup with some vanilla in the finish. It would be very pleasant except for alcohol is hot and highly distracting. Minty-herbal hop flavor lingers in long finish though the beer is not very bitter.

MOUTHFEEL- This is Grimbergen's downfall. The beer is medium bodied with a slick, thick, syrupy, maltiness that gets torn in half by sharp alcohol and leaves a long medicinal? astringent finish.

OVERALL- Enough redeeming qualities to interest me in the rest of the brewer's line-up, but won't be revisiting this one any time soon. Reminds me very much of the "Devil-themed" Belgian Golden Strong ales, which aside from Duvel and a few US interpretations, I usually don't dig.

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