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 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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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer as a bright yellow color with a tremendous off-white head. The retention of the delicate cap was terrific and the lacing prodigious. The aroma was yeasty, and spicy (mustard seed in particular!? odd) with some background of floral hops. The flavors were not as good as the appearance, sadly. It started on a semi-sweet malt note which then faded into a grainy, wheat dryness with some hops behind that. The finish was long and tangy but a little metallic. All rather odd for the style. The body was medium/light, the mouthfeel smooth and semi-creamy and the carbonation perfect. It looked great, felt great and smelled good but the taste just wasn't what I wanted.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle. Pours a clear, dark yellow color with a thin white head.

Crisp grainy smell.

Grainy taste as well with a slight hop finish.

Very light body. Slightly watery.

Goes down easily enough. Crisp and refreshing. Seems to be more like a pilsner than a pale.

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Photo of LungeRehm
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: light amber color, large-pored foam which settles to a one-finger-thick head. Carbonation like soda, after 3 mins like a lager.
S: like fresh, thick sourdough, hints of citrus.
T: tastes yeasty, sourdough, hints of overripe mango.
M: soft mouthfeel; sour aftertaste leaves a furry impression in the mouth.
D: filling due to rich taste and carbonation, saturizes like a Hefeweizen which makes you drink it slowly, thus I would not have more than three in a row. Otherwise you're full, round and can roll to bed.

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Photo of americanaqualung
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep golden yellow with a very thick (three finger) white head. The head seems to last a little bit. Lots of carbonation - much more than even soda has.

S - Smells like malted fruit. Hints of peaches and citris.

T - Tastes sweet, yet with a mild bitterness - very balanced. The fruitiness from the smell is definitely there, but the bitterness comes through at the end of the sip.

M - Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed and the carbonation mentioned in the appearance doesn't string the tounge.

D - This beer is highly drinkable. Definately seems like a good warm to slightly cool weather beer for late spring/early summer or early autumn.

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

Pours clear golden with a frothy head that falls quickly. Smell is pleasantly strong, lemony and spicy. The flavor is less robust than the aroma, but still lemony and grainy with a little spicy sourness at the end. The mouthfeel is pleasantly thin and slightly carbonated. A good drinkable Belgian ale.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5-ish oz. bottle poured into Weiss glass by a waitress that couldn't even tell us the beer's name...

Pours a white bubble bath soapy head atop a pineapple-lemon cloudy body. Head has good staying power. Moderate carbonation.

Esters in this one are quite prevalent in the banana corner. Some slightly salty vanilla, too. Almost like...I know! A 'Nilla wafer! Mild yeast electricity. No hops to speak of.

Taste is quite clean and enjoyable, if not complex. Good mix of yeast, esters and wheaty-light malt.

A little sweet on the palate for me at first blush, but finish is more about the grains. Pretty robust for weight class.

Not the most complex stuff but good for a restaurant not known for its beer. An enjoyable gateway offering.

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Photo of SchlaflyFan
2.49/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a white foamy head, with a lot of lacing. Good golden color, definitely the best part of the beer. The smell is hard to pin down for my novice beer nose, a bit on the sour side in any event. The sweet fruity flavor comes through at first which isn't bad but there was distinct metallic aftertaste though. That really stood out and made it tough to enjoy this beer. Not a lot of hops bite, the malt is the key to this flavor. The body is nice, not too thick but good weight to it. Can't shake that aftertaste though.

This beer pours great and looks great, but the rest of the beer isn't up to the same standards.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another beer that i cant find in ilinois had to get it at one of my favorite beer spies pours a nice golden cider color with a pure white head, smell is very yeasty as it should be nothing beats a wonderful belgian yeast smell. taste is good has a nice balance to it doesnt have a wow factor but still is a good all around beer

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in the fridge for 6 months.

A: Very nice and clear golden color. Poured with a finger of white head. Some lacing.

S: Fairly bland nose. Some sweetness. An almost cracker quality.

T: Fairly bland. Some sweetness. Really nothing memorable with this beer.

M: Thick for the style. Not too bad.

D: Much better examples of the style out there. There is a reason Duvel is a house hold name.

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Photo of dbek
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a blond (with a small brownish hue) beer. It has a discreet and well balanced aroma that is better explored when served in a tulip or oversized wine glass. It's taste is a bit stonger than you would expect, and will leave a sour/metalic aftertaste. It will accompany decently smoked fish or fruit, but will can also enjoy it alone. Although a good beer, I wouldn't have a third in one session, because the "metalic" aftertaste becomes irritating after a while. A good beer nevertheless.

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

Pours a nice thick white head that took its time to fall and leaves great lacing.

I smell citrus and yeast.It smells like a saison or a tripel.Maybe some wheat also in the smell.

Yeasty and delicate malts.

Mouthful is nice,once it warms the mouthful becomes easier to drink

Overall I think this is a good beer and worth the price I paid for it.$1.95 for a bottle.Tasty

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Photo of happygnome
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a golden orange color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving only a slight trace of lacing
s: lemony, yeasty grainy type aroma, a sweet smell that doesnt seem overwhelming. there also seems to be a fruity essence to it
t: lemony grain sweet in the initial taste followed by a fruity balancing taste, very nice
m: medium to light bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a very enjoyable beer, im glad that i can get it

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl stubby poured into my Lost Abbey goblet, Gimbergen Blonde is a clear dark gold with a small white head that leave decent lace. Too bright and brassy for my taste in the style.

Smell is pretty heavy on the buttery diacetyl, some mango esters, with the alcohol wafting out as it warms.

Taste is similar, pretty simple and clean, save for the diacetyl, which I don't really care for in the style. A little sweet, a little bready, with a grainy, almost sour finish. Eh.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, nothing too exciting, it goes down very easy, tastes more like a session ale, but has that extra punch of alcohol that can get you in trouble.

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

Consumed in a Stella glass.

Appearance: poured a clear golden amber with a thin head and a decent amount of lace

Smell: complex and spicy, some malt

Taste/Mouthfeel: refreshing, bubbly, complex sweetness, honey, spicy finish from the hops

I was pleased with this blonde but I think I like their dubble more.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden orange color with a nice white head.

S- Pretty close smelling to a Hefe I thought. Bananas, cloves and citrus.

T- Pretty tasty. Very fruity with a nice light malt finish.

M- Light body and light carbonation.

D- Pretty good.

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Photo of changeup45
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this one as an afterthought but it ended up being an enjoyable beer. Clear light orange color with a nice off-white head that did taper down pretty quickly. Some lacing sticks. Aroma is of citrus fruits and some yeast but faint. Pretty easy drinking beer here with some of the lighter fruits coming to mind, orange, mango, banana. Sweet malts, actually the whole thing is a touch too sweet but good. Compared to the Affligem Blonde this was a little sweeter with a touch fuller mouthfeel but still a bit of a bland finish with a very faint sour almost metallic aftertaste. Good beer but not a great one.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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