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 rvdoorn
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: clear golden pour with a fluffy white head.
Smell: Yeast, malts with some spicy character. Light fruits like citrus and apple.
Taste: Yeast, clear grain notes, lemon, white grapes and some hop and grass
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body
Overall: This beer is perfect for quenching your thirst. Not spectacular, but one of my favorites from the more commercial blond beers.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Grimbergen blonde pours a translucent straw yellow color with a modest off-white head. Small bubbles noticeably rise from the bottom of the glass to refresh the head.

Smell: Light malts, a little white grape, pear, and green apple, and a touch of vinegar.

Taste: The light malts don't contribute much sweetness, more just a dry grainy character. Tart fruits - green apple, pear, and white grape add a fruity character. Some light spiced yeast, then some herbal hops toward the end. A flourish of candy sugar right at the end creates an interesting sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel might be the best part about this beer. Smooth, lightly creamy, with a good crispness from the flavor and full carbonation.

Overall: An enjoyable, but not overly complex BPA.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle from a sixer i picked up in a pinch when there was little to no beer for sale. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- the pour yields a translucent glowing golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is pretty quick to fade, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the smell is pretty simple here. it starts off with pale malts and a little bit of candi sugar. there is also some distinct belgian yeast. a small amount of floral hops finish this one off.

T- the first things i pick up on are belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar. the pale malts i could smell add a small amount of sweetness as well. a little bit of honey and floral hops at the end. simple and to the point.

M- the body is on the thin side and the carbonation is a little higher than expected. both of these things work in the beers favor though. the alcohol is well hidden.

O overall, i liked this beer more than i thought i did. i guess that since i knew it was owned by in-bev it would be a less than quality product. this will be a go to in a situation where my options are severely limited. its also something i think ill have success with when i introduce it to non beer drinkers.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear golden color with some white head

smell - hard to pick up much here, apple, wheat

taste - floral hints of apples& pears, some yeast is in there as well

mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium bodied, sweet, but not cloying, dry finish

overall - decent beverage, there are better representations of the style out there, though. Try it but dont go out of your way to get it

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal clear light amber body with a loose frothy white head atop.

S - Dry fruity character, some sweetness, touch of vanilla.

T - Malty with a touch of dryness and grapes. A little of that belgian spice is in there too.

M - Medium thin body, fairly smooth. Doesnt linger too much on your palate.

O (D) - Fine beer, tasty. nothing too exciting, nothing offensive. I would drink this again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of lstokes
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lasting head and lace on top of a golden yellow brew, the smell is slightly over-sugared yeast and banana.

It's a bit sugary at the beginning and end, but also includes some nice apple, banana, clove and pepper. Sweetness is the predominant characteristic, with just enough spice and yeast to keep it from getting cloying. That said, the mouthfeel wasn't as full as I would have liked, and could have contributed to taking this from a so-so beer to a genuinely good one.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of golden yellow. It holds a one finger head of white bubbles that disappears almost instantaneously. What are left are massive bubbles across half the surface of the drink. A light ring of lacing is left around the top of the glass. Transparency is high, as no sediment is present. Carbonation looks to be active. The aroma is predominantly malty, with a wheatiness about it, and a bittering, chalky yeast character. There are also highlights of browned apple and faint clovey phenols. As we sip, the flavoring begins with heavy malts and a sweetness, of overly browned apples. There is a contrasting bitterness here as well, from additional grain and yeast. The middle progresses more smoothly, with maltiness blending with slight esters. The finish calms down even more, with the very last flavors exhibiting a sourness contributable to the union of grain additions, standard yeast, and phenols. The aftertaste breathes faintly of those apples from the front and esters, but is overpowered by that sour curtain. The body is medium and the carbonation is high. Each sip is generously creamy, and the mouth is left quite coated. This, however, disappears, and the palate continues dry to the touch. The beer would be nicely slurpable if the carbonation was curbed a bit. The abv is standard, and the drinkability is fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the interesting blend of flavors. Within this style there can be an overwhelming bitterness, without anything to calm or cut it. Here we found the esters to be a nice vehicle for doing just that. The other aspects of the beer were a bit dull, and stand to be refined to make some of the flavors and aromas more bold and desirable.

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Photo of jonb5
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, poured into leffe chalice, half a finger head, golden colour, clear. Yeasty smell, some berries. Tasted of slightly off apples, a lot like leffe blonde but a bit sweeter with a slightly wheaty aftertaste. Some fiz. A decent blond, could drink a few, a blind tasting with leffe blonde would be interesting.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not really too big of a fan of Belgian pale ales but here goes.

A - Looks nice. Hefty inch of fluffy head, seems too full of carbonation with a nice honey yellow color.

S - Smells of faint yeasts, citrus, and a sort of funk. No real hop presence.

T - Not bad. It's a hard drinker for 6.7 since the alcohol is well know in this. Also the yeast is pretty strong which is kind of off putting. Pretty sweet but ABV is cloying.

M - Medium but found it quite heavy to drink.

D - Another "domestic" Belgium beer that just doesn't seem to offer traditional style. Even though it was sweet the alcohol was kind of harsh and the citrus really didn't cover up the yeast. Still not so bad.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer has an orange hued blond body with a white one finger head. Retention is pretty good, leaving lots of lacing on the inside of the Grimbergen proprietary chalice.

The first smell renders sweet chamomile, honey and some phenol that seems like sawdust/barnyard. The highly carbonated first sip is slightly peppery with honey notes and a very present sting of alcohol. It's not cloying because the citrusy hops help round out the sweetness and sting of the alcohol. The aftertaste is slightly metallic and otherwise finishes clean. The mouthfeel is extremely slick, the slickest I've ever had of this style (diacetyl?).

I'm not a big fan of this particular beer. The high carbonation seems, well, annoying. It does accomplish a few things though. The alcohol is blended into the experience and nothing sticks out as cloying.

Again. Not crazy about it.

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Photo of david18
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft on a recent visit to Amsterdam. Like many of the beers I had there, it was better than what you'd find on tap here in a small bar but not worth seeking out.

Poured a pale blond with lots of carbonation. Aroma was light and included some yeast, malt, etc. Maybe a little citrusy. Flavor was also light with a taste of belgian yeast. Like Stella but a little more interesting. This was a very drinkable beer, which I could have easily had many of.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Foam with an attractive fruity aroma. The nose is rather fresh dominates, supported by both bitter citrus and fruity. Fat in the mouth, as unfortunately most pale ales industrial, but with a balance between fruit and the bitterness (although relatively mild) more or less successful. The finish gives it, the orange zest. A beer of its kind, a good positioning in the Leffe AB In-Bev, but it stops there.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2011. The label has an image of a phoenix and the latin motto 'burns but is not consumed'. Well it may not burn, but it will be consumed...

Poured into a Stella chalice. A bright golden colour with good carbonation; once it settles a column of fine bubbles rises from the centre of the glass. A large foamy white head tops it off; this slowly reduces to leave a thin covering of foam. A strong sweet aroma with hints of fruit and alcohol - complex and interesting.

A sweet malty taste with an element of sourness as you swallow. Notes of yeast, esters and fruit; no bitterness to speak of. Alcohol becomes more obvious as the liquid warms, unbalancing the flavour somewhat. Mouthfeel is smooth but astringent, leaving a dry sensation.

This is highly drinkable, and goes down nicely. The flavour is more involved than many beers, but not overwhelming. Worth seeking out to try.

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Photo of yapi
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

just another average Belgian beer. (although there are enough excellent ones)

don't get me wrong. With average I mean taste. And with smell that is most important to me.

very light body, weak flavor, blond yes, a bit yeasty, a bit caramel, and other 'a bits'... just not good enough in my book. Won't drink this again unless it's this or a lager.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden body with a small white head with no lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, apricots, grapes, granny smith apples, and citrus. Some sweetness coming from the malts and a little bit of a sour undertone.

Taste: A lot of yeast and some must in the beginning but a sweet middle and a tart aftertaste. All of the flavors in the nose are present.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied and lightly carbonated but the carbonation is very lively. It has a bit of a dry finish. Not much of an aftertaste. I think thats the biggest knock is it just disappears from the palate.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a very slight hazy golden-yellow body with a thick rocky snow-white head that last for a good bit and a microbubble carbonation
. S- The clean aroma has a faint pale malt note that has just a touch of sweetness to it.
T- The dry carbonic acid note leads to dry tart apples in the finish. There is a light soapy note to the finish aswell.
M- The dry crisp mouthfeel finishes with a soft tight fizz. There is no alcohol noticed.
D- This beer has a soapy hop flavor that grows and that is about the only flavor. I didn't get any yeast character or malt flavor unfortunately.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nicely into my Chimay goblet. A little darker than I would imagine for the style with a orange-yellow color. There is a generous white head initially, but it dies down quickly to nothing. Strong carbonation.

S: Vinegar and mustard seed notes at first. As the beer warms up there is some apple and spice notes. Some light sweetness from the malts. In the end I get a little sulfur. Some nice fruit aromas, but the vinegar/mustard aromas kill some of the aroma for me.

T: The flavor is much better than the aroma. Very nice apple and fruit flavors. The fruits are more subtle. Pear and apple are the most predominant flavors. This is followed by some beautiful spiciness. There is a nice, honey-like sweetness in the end. The beer finishes with a light, floral hoppiness. Very nice balance of delicate flavors. None of the vinegar or sulfur that was in the aroma.

M: Light bodied and strongly carbonated. Finishes fairly dry, but not like a saison. The alcohol is there a little to dry things out, but not too much.

D: I had this beer about 4 years ago when I was first getting into Belgian Beer. I really thought this beer was amazing at the time. I have of course had many different, phenomenal Belgian ales since then. I had always passed this up when I saw it. For some reason, I started craving it again. Upon revisiting the beer, I still find it enjoyable. When comparing it to some other Belgian Ales, it isn't quite as exciting as I used to think it was. I still like it however. It is a simple, easy drinking, Belgian Ale. I will definitely continue to pick this up from time to time.

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Photo of impending
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous crystal clear orangey gold. Minor head, minor lacing.

Aroma of bready yeast, apricots and citrus.

Taste is light, smooth and muted but not as if watery. Aftertaste is clean, without any bitterness and evaporates quickly. Mouthfeel is light and prickly.

Pleasant, no highs, no lows. Smooth.

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

33 cl. bottle.

Dark golden colour, nice white fluffy head, good carbonation.

Smell of apricot, citrus, floral hops. Taste is solid malty and yeasty. The other flavours are a bit faint: hoppy bitterness balance well with sweet notes of fruit.
Mouthfeel is light, almost watery for a 6.7%, with a sweet alcohol finish.
Decently drinkable. Simple and easy for an undemanding palate.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright honey colored body - just gorgeous. The frothy, cream colored head fades a bit too quickly but was nice while it lasted.

The aroma is bananas and cloves with a little sweetness. There's also a sourness, like a tart apple, just hinted at.

The sourness shows up more in the taste but it's pleasant and not overpowering. A bit too much alcohol but otherwise very nice. Some cloves and malts with a little bitterness that fades quickly. Could use a bit more complexity and/or richness.

The feel is fine but a little more body would have been better. The carbonation is maybe a little low, as well - it has a hard time cutting through to help clear the palate.

Drinks very easily. Would drink even better with less of an alcohol kick.

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Photo of stoepsel
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Regular overall appearence with a dark golden body and quickly fading head. Fascinating smell like fresh fruits somewhere between grape, peach and apricot.
Very well matching with this sour fruity taste I notice fine champagne-like sparkles in my mouth.
Quite a contrast is the mild but malty finish, which is nice but will not fit to the sensational beginning.
Very impressive beer - especially for the nose.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

CANQuest (TM) beer/bier/biere/birra/cerveza/cerveja # 400 from CANs/DOSEN/BOITES/LATTINE/LATAS/BLIKKEN and I CANnot be more proud!

This started out as a stupid lark in response to people who were traveling hither and yon for the latest sought-out release of an RIS and morphed into a campaign to transition craft beer from bottles into CANs and make them more portable and (perceptually) greener at the same time. What once were habits now are vices in a big way. I rarely drink a beer from anything other than a CAN, a tap, or a cask now and while many pooh-pooh my self-imposed exile from BottleLand, I seldom look back in regret. Instead, I have become the touchstone for CANned beers, along with a loyal group of traders, contributors and like-minded individuals.

Tonight's beer comes to me/us from einweizenbitte, a clever traveler who refers to me by Woody Allen's given name, Herr Konigsburg and my uncle, Dr. Kirsch as Uncle Cherry. Here's to you, einweizenbitte, and may yours be a very happy Thanksgiving!

From the CAN: "Ardet nec Consumitur."; "'Brule mais ne se consume pas', telle est la devise de l'abbaye de Grimbergen. Fondee en 1128 dans un petit village au nord du Bruxelles elle fut a maintes reprises incendiee mais a chaque fois rebatie, tel un phenix renaissant de ses cendres. Au fil de son histoire, labbaye de Grimbergena su conserver la recette d'une biere authentique et de charactere. Cette biere blonde au gout unique et a la mousse abondante se deguste idealment entre 8 C et 12 C."/"'Burned but not destroyed,' that is the motto of the Grimberger Abbey. Established in 1128 in a small village north of Brussels, the abbey was built by hand many times and each time it has been rebuilt, it has been like a phoenix rising from its ashes. Throughout its history, Grimberger Abbey has known the recipe for an authentic beer with character. This blonde beer has a unique taste with a plentiful head. The ideal temperature to consume this beer is between 46.4 F and 53.6 F."

The Crack & Glug was nearly religious in terms of its experience, resulting in well over two fingers of thick, foamy, bone-white head with excellent retention. I began to regret not having donned the robes of Bro. Woody of the Order of Disorder as the singing of angels could be heard around me. The head slowly fell like a penitent to its knees, leaving behind a beautiful, sticky lacing that begged to be licked from the sides of the glass (as if I were worthy). The nose had a bready, semi-sweet, musty yeast-driven quality that I had to drag myself away from. After all, beer is meant to be drunk, not inhaled. Mouthfeel was medium with an intense yeast mustiness up front, like putting your tongue on the Guttenberg Bible, followed by a sweet cotton candy-like flavor before giving itself over to a slight grassiness. The finish was semi-dry, not bone-dry, but on its approach with a definite yeast-driven flavor. it was about as good a beer as I have ever had from a CAN. Do they allow coolers in church? Maybe at the Church Brew Works ... I am not taking this to the beach or the mountains, however. This is a beer in a CAN to be savored. Seek it out and remember who turned you onto it. Let us be thankful ...

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Photo of jhtipton
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my affligem chalice. Wonderful light golden color with rich white head. Smells o, bananas and fresh bread. Taste is very good; taste the sweetness of bananas, with some mellowing tartness like pears, the belgian yeast, like a crisp spring morn. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied with some bubbles. Drinkability is good; I could make an evening of one or two of these. Time for some fish and chips now, Mate.

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Photo of socon67
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber in color, with a thin layer of foam. This just looked nice in the glass. Not clear, but very subdued; no lacing.

S - Smells like a typical belgian ale. Yeasty, sweet with a fruit aroma.

T - I liked this very much. There was blend of citrus with spicy pepper notes. The finish has a sugary taste right before the ABV kicks in.

M - Some carbonation, but not much. The kick at the end makes this something you savor slowly. Not a sipper, but more of a medium bodied belgian to be enjoyed over time. Went great with my three course dinner.

D - Could easily have a couple. Not sure why I haven't come across this until now, but definitely one to revisit.

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Photo of Brideshead
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In appearance, gold and not unlike a pilsner in clarity. The head is a sticky, smooth layer of white tinged with gold. Lacing sticks pretty evenly all down the glass.

A sharpish, clean yeast quality really meats the nose, with tropical fruit behind--banana I believe. I might wish for a bit more going on behind the yeast. On the palate, there is a bit of spiciness accompanying fruit and yeast. Fills up the mouth quite nicely, a fact that is helped along by the lively carbonation and crisp mouthfeel. Basic, but an an easy drinker.

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