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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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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 jhtipton
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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 boblog
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice foamy white head that disapears slightly leaving little lacing. Strong malty/hoppy smell. Great taste.Sweet with slightly bitter aftertaste. Wonderfull mouthfeel. Strong enough alcohol to notice some warmth. The main downside is price which isnt extremely high but like Duvel makes it not an every day beer.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle.
Pours a golden orange with a bright white head. Retention and lacing are both very nice.
Smell is sweet malts, some caramel, fruity sweet (apples, peaches, pears, strawberries), slight orange, a bit of citrus, and yeast.
Taste is pretty similar to smell, fruity as all get out, some yeast, spices, and the like. Very mild hop flavor.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall, a really good Belgian Pale. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of happygnome
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Mitchster
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought and drank this in Venice, Italy. I paid about 1.50 Euro for it. Brilliantly-clear dark-yellow forms a pillowy white head atop small to medium sized bubbles with very good retention and beautiful lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong. Aroma is fruity and phenolic with ripe bananas and cloves, and a distant peppery guava note. Mouthfeel is initially spritzy, yet soft with a medium-light body, crisp finish, and leaving a light coating upon the tongue. Taste begins with some spicy flavor hops and carbonated acidity, followed by cloves and bananas with a delicate pale malt presence with a distant crystal/munich malt note. The finish is semi-dry, very crisp and clean with a prolonged lingering banana sweetness on the back of the tongue and a well-balanced spicy hop bitterness. The ferment and brewing water is extremely clean. As it warms, it remains pleasant and enhances the fruitiness and drinkability. A very nice beer, tasty and easy to drink. Alcohol is imperceptable and there is a very brief metallic note.

A very solid Abbey Blond. Light in body with traditional characteristics and very good drinkability. Best served at cellar temperature. This brew appears filtered. I wonder what it would be like bottle-conditioned? Drinking it here in the States takes me back to Europe. Damn, they've got it good over there!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance- The beer pours a light to medium golden color with a rather large billowy white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a medium level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is sweet of a citrus and light fruit aroma of apple and pear. There exists with these smells some nice noted of a banana as well as a moderately strong yeasty smell. Hints of a lightly boozed and vanilla aroma also are there, creating a rather pleasant nose overall.

Taste – The taste begins malty and sweet with a strong presence of orange citrus upfront. As the flavors advance some yeasty and more banana flavors come to the tongue and are quickly joined by some lighter spice flavors of coriander and clove. Toward the end the of the taste the sweeter fruit flavors dwindle and an alcohol flavor mixed with some notes of vanilla hit the tongue producing, for an only 6.7 % abv brew,. a surprisingly boozy triple like flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The slightly thinner feel is actually rather nice of the sweet citrus and boozy flavors for the brew ,minimizing the former and complementing the later quite well.

Overall – This is a Belgian style blond I rather like. It finishes on the drier side with more triple like characteristics all while maintaining a relatively smooth but warming flavor throughout the taste. Quite tasty.

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Photo of turdburglar
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Grimbergen chalice. Nice golden color. Medium size bubbly head, typical Belgian lacing. Aroma is yeasty and kinda sweet and citrusy. Taste is fruity, a bit sweet, grainy and spicy. Very well balanced, and pleasantly carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, quite smooth.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased for $1.59/bottle

Poured out a golden color with a ultra fluffy, filmy head that just stuck to the glass. There was solid and constant bottom carbonation. The aroma is very reminiscent of a belgian wit with heavy wheat tones. I can pick up a little clove as well. The taste is pretty solid with a tart beginning and a crisp finish. The semi-high ABV is nicely hidden but noticed when it warms your stomach. This is a very nice anytime beer at a resonable price!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grimbergen Blonde pours a clear golden-orange body beneath an average sized head of pillowy white that settles into a thin surface covering with a with collar. As it goes, it leaves creamy rings of lace that combine to form a solid curtain.

The aroma is sweetish with a touch of sugar candy and honeysuckle, a bit of grain, and some moderate herbal and leafy hops.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and creamy with a dextrinous edge and a very fine-bubbled median carbonation.

The flavor adds a subtly touch of tartness to the mix, most likely via the yeast, and it balances perfectly. It's sweet with a note of vanilla upfront; then displays some more fruitiness (crisp tart apple, pear, some non-descript citrus, and perhaps pineapple), followed by hop flavors across the middle; and then finally ends drying with a flicker of tart acidity and a dull, restrained bitterness. The finish is short, but some leafy and gently herbal hops do linger along with a mild brush of acidity.

All in all, it's fairly complex if you give it a chance, yet it's not overly rich, which leaves it remarkably quaffable. It offers everything it's supposed to - malt, yeast, and hops - and it's quite nicely rounded and interestingly balanced. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of soccerman7
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Grimbergen chalice - Thanks Helge!
A - Beautiful honey gold color.
S - Sweet graham cracker and baked bread with a spicy note. Cloves.
T - Honey and malt up front. Spicy hop character creeps in. The yeast gives a wonderful baked spice character. Lingers.
F - Everything I want to see in a blonde. Carbonation is excellent, body is nice, and the spice of the yeast and hops lingers.
O - Excellent beer and will most certainly buy this when I see it. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of supercolter
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok so maybe I just got a good bottle but the head on this dark golden treat was over 2 finger and stayed with the whole glass...impressive
Decent smell very earthy right away but seems to open up a bit more citrusy if you dig your nose in
Tasts is pretty decent as well, unusually earthy though, not bad but kinda dry for this style...
Mouthfeel was a bit too fizzy I thought but felt good on the tounge
Drinkability- pretty light only hindered by the fizz

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had drank Grimbergen before and wasn't keen on it. Figured I'd give it another try, and glad I did. This Blonde is exceptional. Very light and floral on the nose, no hint of alcohol, and packs a good punch in the Belgian style. Very yeasty, fruity taste on the palate, great mouthfeel and extremely well balanced flavor. A crowd pleaser.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up not too long ago since I haven't had this style in ages and I always like a good Belgian beer. No doubt that this is enjoyable but yet, it has to be one of the more subtle brews that I've had from that country!

Good pour to this - nice golden hue, a thick head, and lots of carbonation, although the lacing could be a bit more prevalent. The mouthfeel is solid and smooth - malty, a bit with a taste of pear, clove, and straw; all tied in by sour apple. This sourness lingers after the other flavors slowly dissipate and even though I couldn't taste the alcohol up front, it's there and can be felt as this beer warms up. In terms of consistency, this beer is nearly perfect. Neither thick nor thin, this works beautifully without being overpowering!

I wish this was a tad weaker in the ABV% but it doesn't detract from the taste or experience of this at all. I feel that this is superior to the Abbaye de Leffe and suits this mild fall night perfectly, since the apple and pear flavors fit in nicely with the season and there's no spice or smokiness here like in so many Octoberfest beers. One of the better beers I've had of late.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours like a macro-lager; very strange, really. Minor head disappears quickly. Nose is better; some sweet fruitiness and a touch of wheat. Taste is excellent. Actually not particularly complex, but full of flavor. Wheat, cloves, some apple and fruit too. Feel is medium bodied, tasty, good carbonation. I don't know, I have a weak spot for Belgian Pales; the flavor just blows me away, so I have a hard time being objective about these. Very tasty one that I'll try again, although I honestly can't say if it's better or worse than other Belgian Pales (I've only tried the Leffe Blonde, which I also thought was excellent).

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, bold, gold color with thin, rapidly fading head. It's aroma is primarily fruity with a hint of pine. The flavor it fruity, with lemon and honey notes with caramel showing through as it warms. Initially it resembles a witbier but has a more complex, malty flavor. It has a medium mouthfeel, smooth and refreshing. Grimbergen Blonde Ale is a good beer, try it with pasta. Recommended!

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Photo of beerdedking
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style I'm creeping into, and this one was available at a nice sixer price. First of all, the bottle and pack holder are nice to look at, so they got my attention over some other newcomers to my beer stop. Pours as you'd expect, blonde, with a nice head which dissipates at a pace you can live with. The bottle tells me that it is fruity and malty, and I agree, as the flavors blend nicely, yet there could be just a touch more fruit to increase gulpability. If this were the case, however, it might leave BPA land and creap up on a dubbel or something else. All in all, this is tasty, and something that I will pickup when I can. In fact I'm going on sixer number 2...

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Grimbergen beer and a great start. Pours a nice golden color with good thick head that decipated for the most part but did stick around for the remainder of the glass with slight traces of lace. Smell has a sour, hoppy sense to it, unique to my nose. Taste is great, malty (but very well balanced) with fruit tones to it as well. Somewhat creamy feel to the beverage in part due to the lower carbonation. This beer hides the fact well that its a 6.7% brew. Overall this is a great beer, very drinkable and recommended!

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Photo of whynot44
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery gold color with a huge fluffy white head that persists reasonably well, leaving lots of nice lace on the way down.

The aroma is hard to pin down, very mild malt with some slightly spicy herbal overtone - hops, coriander, ?

The taste is also slightly sweet mild malt with an apple or pear note and that spicy herbal overtone that comes across minty, peppery, maybe a bit of cloves and corinder with a peppered apple aftertaste.

Very interesting. Smooth, medium bodied and easy to drink. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of smith5424
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy with a golden color similar to apple cider. Used an oversized wine glass and received a strong, foamy head. The beer had a slight sparkle as it settled in the glass.

Aroma was very sweet, almost reminding me of the sweet tart candies. Also detected citrus and spice and a little bit of sour. At its pour I detected apples, but as the beer warmed I was getting grapes.

Initial taste is a fresh fruity flavor which progresses to syrup and honey. Ends malty with a bit of banana. I enjoyed the aromas of the beer a little more than its taste.

Mouthfeel was light and thin with decent carbonation, and enjoyable. Easy to consume. I would have a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of brdc
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This small bottle pours a straw-colored brew, with a small tan head, perhaps due to the cold temperatures, that dissipates quickly but keeps lacing the top of the liquid as well as the glass side all the way to the bottom.
Aroma is initially sugary and sweetish, surprisingly fresh, with multiple fruity notes, mostly apples and citric fruits, as well as a typical yeast "whiff". The smell comes quickly out of the glass as you pour it, like most belgians. Pleasant.
Reasonably firm on the palate, it has mostly a fruity taste, with multiple intervening layers of malty sweetness, yeast and spicy notes, finally finishing dry and hopped, but not excessively bitter.
A lot of the pleasant flavors I usually associate with belgian ales, but not so heavy or filling, a better summer brew although still not suited to be a session beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a clear yellow gold with a pretty persistant white head of small bubbles. The head sticks around for about 2 minutes but then fades to a small ring across the top of the beer. There is some mild lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Mostly bready with some clean citrus in there that reminds me of light citrus fruit. This reminds me a bit like lemon cookies.

Taste: The beer tastes a lot like it smells. It has a clean flavor with a mildly sweet bite. The sweetness doesn't linger but just let's you know that it is a pretty substantial beer. The finish is clean and doesn't really hint at the 7% ABV.

Opinion: This is a really good beer and it is really clean and easy to drink. I like how it glides across the palate and finishes really refreshing. I could drink this beer very regularly if it were available in Texas and was affordable. As it is, I will drink it when I get the chance.

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Photo of socon67
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
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 hustlesworth
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear golden apricot amber with an absolutely beautiful ivory head. it's densely bubbled on the sides and has a nice rocky skin on top. lace is totally crustworthy and i crust that it will stick all over the place. and i was right, it covers the glass in sheets. this is one nice looking sparkling golden ale.

S- initially it was sooo skunkdafied but thankfully that went away before the head was even half way settled. beery aroma of lightly toasted malts and floral herbal hops. a bit of fruity citrus and bitter lemon push through with very subtle banana clove and bubblegum and a sprinkle of white pepper.

T- nicely sweet and dry with solid fruity undertones. noble hop flavor is pronounced but not over the top and the light bitterness compliments fruity banana, melon, pear, and field grass. honeydew nectar floral taste near the finish adds another layer of flavor atop husky bran cereal grain backboard. finishes with some grainy sweetness and another touch of honey and vanilla.

MF- silky medium body with prickly carbonation. very burpy. scratchy on my tongue but i don't mind. slightly gummy on the cheeks in a very fruity pulpy way, like i just ate a plum, fading to a nice dry cleanliness.

D- very highly drinkable belgian! clean, crisp, and thirst quenching. drinks like a 5% beer until the barely noticeable alcohol kicks in. glad i picked this one up and i could easily have another.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/19/06- Purchased from Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle with no freshness info available. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Honey-amber in color. Full inch plus head which sticks around for quite a while. Marvelous patchy lacing on the inside of my tulip.

Smell- Lemon rind, white pepper and maybe some other fruits as well. Slight scent of hops.

Taste- Reminds me of a cross of three beers...a Belgian Pale Ale, a Wit and a Tripel. Has a nice fruity bite with a good dose of white pepper in the finish. Bitter hops come through right at the end. Short lived aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level. Mild sugary coating.

Drinkability- Quite a quaffable brew. If it just had a bit of oumph behind it. Taste doesn't last as long as I would like. Still very good though.

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