Grimbergen Blonde | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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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 laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a standard golden colour with a deliciously frothy head, lightly sparse and sinking like a marshmallow in heat. Pours with vivacious carbonation that settles into light rising bubbles. Looks like a standard blonde only with a delectable Belgian head.

Smells reasonable sour, with a good belt of that spicy Belgian yeast. A fair amount of wheat malt on that as well, almost salty actually. A bit weak, but with good pleasant characters. Nice aspects of spice and tartness.

Flavour is sour, with grainy characters flourishing throughout, a fair hit of hop towards the back. The tartness is not very citric but rather vinegary which makes this a bit less drinkable than if it managed to generate more fruit. Again, there are slightly Belgian yeast characters but it's salty rather than spicy.

This isn't bad, it's certainly a decent blonde, but it's not delicious. Mouthfeel is nice and full, but smooth and not sticky. Exactly what I would expect. Oh, and this is about a 4% taste, no hint of the 6.7%. Good job.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33 cL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Rich, thick 3.5 finger head of off-white foam. Head lingers, leaving lots of lacing.

Faint smells, mostly sweet.

Tastes very sweet with an underlying bitterness typical of Belgian pales (at least the ones I've tried). Also has a slight touch of sour in the flavor mix.

Feels great on the tongue.

Although it looks great and tastes nice, the high ABV (for me, anyway) lowers the drinkability. It's one I can drink on occasion, but it would never become a staple beer of choice for me personally.

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

When poured, Grimbergen Blond had an impeccable clear, golden yellow color with a thick sudsy white head of foam. Tastes of bready malt, pear like sweetness, tingly spices, mineral water, and a hint of earthy hops. A nicley balanced Blonde Ale that was a very pleasant surprise!

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Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a clear, deep gold with lively carbonation bubbling. The head pours and stays a huge fat pillow with a rocky density that leaves webs of lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.
There's a great variety of fruits on the nose: some citrus, some banana, apple, pear and an herbal note. A light malt backing follows.
The taste is true to form. In addition, there's some honey on the tongue that mixes very nicely and a barely discernable spice in the finish. There's plenty of grains to back the malt for a nice balance.
The body is medium, though nothing in it is overwhelming. Its nicely balanced in every aspect. Carbonation adds a nice bite that is gentle at the same time.
This one's very drinkable. An excellent brew.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one out of the Grimbergen gift pack. Picked it up at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a Grimbergen chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small 1 finger medium-thick white head. Colour is a perfectly clear golden yellow with medium carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a thin film and leaves some lacing. A thin film remains to the end and leaves a bit of lace down the glass. A beautiful colour to say the least, but the head could use a little bit more charisma.

SMELL: Mild nose. Some malt sweetness and a slight fruity tinge of apples and pears. Some earthiness as well. Decent, but unfortunately too mild to really make a statement.

TASTE: Sweet honey malt with a hint of fruits, like apples and pears again, much like the nose. Big long lasting champagne-like aftertaste of apple peel and grassy earthiness. A touch of spicy alcohol in the finish. Enjoyable, and much bolder than the nose would indicate.

PALATE: Thick full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth and heavy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A very nice finish. Good job here.

OVERALL: I wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did. Looked great, felt great, but just the weak nose held it back a little. Definitely a great drinkable Belgian blond. Probably the best of Grimbergen's starndard four offerings. Recommended.

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Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, pleasant Belgian pale ale.

Bright clear gold, it has a big white head that steadily shrinks to a thin, wispy top and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is raisiny with grape, grain, banana, white wine, a bit like a cross between a witbier and a good malt liquor or strong pale lager.

The taste is nice and similar. It has plenty of grain with bubblegum, raisin, grape juice, wine, hay, and breadcrust, again the same witbier-malt-liquor mix. It's similar to Leffe blonde but a bit drier.

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Photo of Crosling
2.38/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a yellow golden color and a large, frothy head that lasts well. Aroma smells clean, but resembles more of a Pale Lager, not a Belgian blond. Flavor is very sweet, fruity, malt liquor-like. Watery texture. It's not like it's Marten low carb, but this beer basically sucks.

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

I enjoyed this beer a lot. The flavors mixed well and there was no separation of flavors like I sensed with some of the other "blondes" I have sampled. I found it very easy to drink with a nice head and flavor. I would definitely rank this near the top of the Blondes that I have tried so far, but certainly not a "tip top" blonde. I don't find myself wanted to go back to this beer as much as I do some others.

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Photo of rwdkosak
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer by itself while cooking dinner. Poured into chalice at cellar temp where it left a uneven, short-lived head, many large bubbles coming up through smaller lace.
A beautiful golden color makes the use of "blonde" an understatement. The nose is soft with fruit, equal to but not quite better than other belgian ale. Taste is fruity, stronger malt and light sourness that lingers on the palate but in a good way. There are better examples of belgian ale but overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Blonde
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 6.70 %

Reviewed 9/20/08 @ home, bottle>dimpled mug
A 4.0 - good 2 finger head, retention - great lacing. Mild blonde straw color.
S 2.5 - mild on aromas, hints of honey/malt sweetness
T 4.0 - smooth on taste, semi honeymalt like sweetness, hops mellow the sweet profile
MF 3.5 - Medium body, mild slickness, good carbonation level
D 4.0 - I like the semi sweet profile, and a fine brew for sure.

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Photo of Itoclown
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased from Ladd's in Muskegon and drank from a Duvel tulip.

Look: Yellow/orange with a slight haze. Very little head.
Smell: Delicious. Fruity with the typical Belgian smell. Excellent smell.
Taste/mouthfeel: Very light and smooth. Bananas and other fruits. The mouthfeel is like champagne but not as harsh on the tongue. This would be a light Belgian if there's ever such a thing.
Overall/notes: The foaminess of this covers the overall taste. But I feel like I could drink this one all night because of how light and smooth it is. B/B+

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Photo of Floydster
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Eddie's Liquor right down the street from my house along with the Dubbel, consumed both on 2/4/08, reviewed from notes, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, color is a golden yellow that is pretty pale, 1/4 inch foamy white head that disappears quickly, no lacing, aroma is made up of bready malt, honey, grassy accents, very light hops, and unknown fruits, taste is a lot like the smell in that is has some weird fruit flavors, lots of honey too, was looking for a freshing light Belgian but got a sweet fruit attack, needs some more hops to dry it out some, sweet, slightly dry, and fruity mouthfeel, body is too thick for what it is, pretty much no carbonation, taste did not linger long at all, could not drink too much of this stuff, this serving was fine, heavy for what it is, too sweet overall, probably would not drink again, might be worth trying

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. 3/4 inch head of a solid white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malts, some tart malt, slight fruit aroma, and some slight hop characteristics. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a very high carbonation level. The high carbonation hinders the drinkability a little. Tastes of sweet malts and tart malt up front. Slight hop bitterness is noticeable, but not hop flavors present. Some fruity qualities are fairly strong throughout the brew. The finish is not dry or overly tart, so that is a big plus. Overall, not a bad brew and worth a try.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Clear, golden in color, nice size head generates, with a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A nice whiff of vanilla, banana, and some grassy/earthy elements. A tinge of honey and sweet malt is also present. Not too much going on in those.

Taste: Very similar to a Duvel, almost a champagne like consistency. The honey and maltiness pairs together nicely, some nice hops in here as well shine through. Very clean tasting, a good dose of some apple and vanilla which was smelled in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, again, like a Duvel, this one closeley resembles a glass of champagne, very bubbly yet the maltiness calms it down a bit.

Drinkability: Pretty enjoyable, very similar to some other Belgian Pale's yet this one hits the mark. Not too drawn out, yet not too reserved. Recommended.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised how clear this beer is as I was expecting something more cloudy.

That said this is a pretty tasty brew if just a bit simple. Very malty, sweet, a bit spicy, with honey and wheat.

Drinkable, sessionable and uncomplicated.

I do enjoy that this comes in a six pack instead of a bomber.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle no. 1607RL1985A. Sampled on Feb. 7, 2009. It pours a golden tone with a fizzy white head that is about an inch thick that dissolves downward but never fades entirely. The aroma is a bit malty, bready, and yeasty and the fermentation was well sealed into the bottle. Very good mouthfeel. The flavor has the same yeasty and bready taste as the aroma.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a label chalice at Burgers and Brew.

Beer is a dark, golden and light brown color with about a finger of barely off-white head but no lacing to speak of. Smells of sweet malts, clean hops and even some light fruits and honey. Tastes overwhelmingly of sweet and sour apples and honey--almost reminiscent of a cider. A slightly bitter hop shows up in the sip but only briefly. Well-balanced taste, light body and medium carbonation (and lack of intense complexity) make this a very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed the apples, though I was waiting for a different flavor to push through but it never really did! I would recommend this for folks into ciders. This is also a good beer to wash a burger down with!

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz pry-top brown glass. No freshness date, but code on back label.

Appearance: Poured in a Duvel goblet. Clear and bright, golden yellow. Thin white head, small bubbles.

Nose: Lot's of banana and spice. A slight toasty-yeasty background.

Palate: A little watery on the body, with most of the flavor following what seems to be a quick hop note. A little bitterness out on the finish. Flavors are simple and focused on banana/yeast spice.

Notes: The palate is really loose and watery, making for a seemingly cheap mouthfeel. Could see this being better right from the bottle. Might retain more carbonation and therefore mouthfeel.

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Photo of Beejay
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light golden brown, Almost a honey or Chardonnay color. A good bit of white soft foam on top, that slowly dissipates.

S: A little sour and yeasty, followed by fruit. Pears, figs and banana.

T: That is just delicious. Clean and crisp.. this has a very light fruit taste to it. Very sweet, but it is not overpowering.. Not a hint of bitterness.

M: It is crisp and full of bubbly goodness, like drinking fruit flavored champaign.

D: Oh yes. I can just see a abbey full of monks enjoying this out of chalices, and having a great time. This is worth picking up a sixer or two.. This is a great introduction beer for belgian styles, something that isn't so powerful it'll alienate new people to the style.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Cellar Rat in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

This beer pours clearer hazy gold than a characteristic Belgian, but with the same strong white head - one that never fully dissipates. If nothing else, this is an extremely soothing beer - in fact, it actually knocked me out while sitting on the deck one night.

An exceedingly light and refreshing mouthfeel that makes you want to breathe in deeply enjoying the entire experience.

Sparkling across the tongue, but especially heavy toward the center. Mildly fruity, like a subtle lemon surrounded by other Belgian flavors that fill the mouth very pleasingly.

Minutes later, it's still there, bouncing about like a mouthful of jellied marbles - one of the better Belgians I've had.

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

A very pale gold with a one finger white head which recedes into a thin film. Good sticky lacing left behind, and a small amount of active bubbles rising slowly to the surface.

Has that tell tale Belgian yeast aroma, along with some floral notes.

Taste is somewhat muted, but balanced. The flowery notes are present, along with some citrus. There's also a sweetness in there, perhaps honey.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but smooth and with a nice amount of carbonation.

This is an easily drinkable brew, although it just lacks something which keeps it from being among the elite Belgian blondes.

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Photo of pumarocks
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked this up on sale at the local
Biggs. It smells flowery and yeasty. It reminds me of a few homebrews I botched. It has that same off smell of alcohol and is medicinal in taste. It does have a fruity aftertaste and is refreshing. It looks nice in my free Fat Bastard wine glass I got from a buddy. skip this one.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass

A: 1.5 inch foamy head that stayed quite a while; minimal lacing on glass; beer was a clear golden

S: malts, citrus, metallic

T: very malty taste; tastes a bit of apple juice

D: nice beer with not too high of an alcohol content; good drinking beer

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Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow color that produced a white foamy head that retained well and made a nice lace around the glass

S - Smells of malts and citrus

T - A sweet and bitter in perfect balance, wheat comes out strong and balances with the malts

M - Light bodied and mild carbonation

D - Very good pale ale, clean and crisp with much drinkablity

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Photo of colts9016
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: A light golden yellow color with a white head and lace.
Smell: Malty, hint of cereal, yeast and esters.
Taste: Has a nice malt flavor. it seem kinda soapy, and has hints of yeast and hops.
Mouthfeel is slightly bitter. Finish is slightly acidic
Drinkability: is high
Overall it is a good Belgian pale ale. I enjoyed drinking the 6 pack.

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