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Grimbergen Blonde | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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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 JSG18
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of AmberMan22
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep blonde, bordering on orange. Beautiful big pillowy head, which leaves a huge amount of stickage on the glass.

The smell is less impressive, but its a tough act to follow. There is a generic sweetness to it, almost buttery. Some indecipherable light fruit is present as well.

As for the taste, I would have guessed a heavily yeasty beer if it weren't for the exceptional clarity of the color. Some bitter malt flavor comes out to play, with a nice crisp bitter finish. Honestly hard to distinguish the taste from the Grimbergen Dubbel.

The mouthfeel is quite smoother than it's darker brother however. Ample carbonation, smooth, warming. Not nearly as coarse as the Dubbel.

Overall, this is a solid blonde beer. It produces a wonderful color, a very agreeable taste, and a great mouthfeel that hides the 6.7% ABV very well. Much better than the Dubbel in my opinion.

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Photo of Jow
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Served in an Ommegang chalice, enjoyed alongside tortillas of guacamole, chicken & rice plus turkey sausage. 11.2oz bottle, 1 week old.

Wicked lacing on the glass, foam is insistent, nose is like a saison--all yeast and light flowers and fresh banana-peach.

Sipping it strikes a memory of flavored seltzer (due to mouthfeel); the front is very lighthanded. After a swallow it dissolves into esthery, malty flower and fruit flavors--raspberry, orange, tangerine, banana, cloves. A trifle thin, if I may criticize at all, but the overall effect is good, a taste on its toes. If imbibed quickly it gets a little hoppy and more tart. Fake lemon-lime taste is present sometimes.

Overall, I like it. Good light tasty beer with depth. But it has some issues with overdoing the lightness and introducing some substandard/weird flavors.

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange gold in color with a 2 finger foamy white head that lasted for a little over a minute; decent lacing as it goes down.

Smells of grains, yeast, fruit like lemon and orange peel, and light spices.

Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, lemon, orange peel, honey, apple, herbs/grass, pepper, coriander and light spices; after a few sips there seems to be hints of pear and faint hops, along with some bready yeast or grains that lead to a sweet bitter finish. The sweet bitter finish had a sour mix of orange peel, malt and yeast and after the taste fades it affirms that this is a pretty well balanced beer that is not controlled by any one single flavor.

The yeast, fruit, malt and hop combo make this an even keeled brew. The mouthfeel is creamy and borders on watery, as this beer flows down easy; very mild carbonation which presents the beer as medium bodied even though it has a light aura about it which makes it very easy to tip back the glass.

Had a few of these cold with dinner at a restaurant last night, and while they were enjoyable I must admit that I like this beer better served at 55 so the flavors can really surface as it warms faster. A very drinkable and enjoyable Belgian Blonde that I recommend as I really liked it and enjoyed drinking this beer.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear,golden orange with a fluffy head that remains a fluffy lace that sticks all over. The aroma is of yeast,citrus,fruits and spice.
The taste is of fruits,sweet&sour grapes with light tones of malts and hop.

The overall feel is clean with low carbonation and a smooth,slightly bitter finish.

Notes: Good brew,worth the the buy and while the finish was on the semi-dry side I reckon this beer is not only well balanced,but just fine for a session tune up or wind down.
Introduce this to a wine lover,I did and they were amazed.

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

Proof that a blonde can have content.
The expected platinum hairdo over the golden face.

Light malty sweetness, hint of hops, nothing overly bitter, decent carbonation. Good companion for food. Very drinkable. Nearly every café or tavern in Belgium will have this, very likely on tap even. Definitely worth trying.

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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 DannyHartman
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a thick and fluffy 3-inch head appears atop a clear golden brew that has plenty of visible bubbles rising throughout the drink.... There's tons of foamy retention that leaves tons of thick lacing.

I take a whiff and get upfront sweet Belgian yeast with citrus, fruit like banana and apple, and a little spiciness.

The taste is that of mostly sweet malts with a slight citusy sourness and some spiciness.... There's also a hint of mint in there.

I'd say this is a medium-bodied brew with tons of carbonation.... It has a crisp, yet slick feeling going down that leaves a sour and tingly aftertaste.

Overall, I liked it.... However, as much as I enjoyed this brew, it was not what I look for or expect from a Belgian.... Good beer, overall.... Just not by Belgian standards in my eyes.

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

Clear, honey-golden hued...thick, rocky, creamy white head.

Sweet, candy-ish nose, reminscent of the typical tripel....citrus zest...minor whiffs of tropical fruit. Okey-doke.

In the mouth, warm and hoppy, a bit fruity, turning dry with a quickness. Leaves the palate far too soon, but has a pleasant stay, as long as it lasts. Further flavors are revealed on increased inspection, more fruit, peppers a touch, but they still play in a minor key.

Soft and pleasing, while still spicy and containing a particular kick. Not the greatest blonde/tripel/whatever, but a fine drink nonetheless.

I put off purchasing this one for quite some time, due to the cost, $10 a 6-pack. Thinking on it, it's much cheaper by volume than other Belgian ales, but considering the middling quality, you also get what you pay for. 72 ounces of this passable pale for $10 vs $8 -12 for 25 ounces of far Superior brew? That's the choice we have to make sometimes, but I believe, when on a budget, I'll choose this one again.

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Photo of marcpal
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Fair head, poured similar to a wheat- not expected out of an ale caliber. What you would expect to see from a blonde though.

S: Very spicey, clear coriander scent to it. Almost a bit of apricot on the smell but it never transferred to the palate.

T: Again, much more of a wheat representation. The taste really hangs on for a while and find it hard to beleive this is not a wheat.

M: Directly between a wheat and a blonde. The texture has surprising head-feel to each sip.

D: Very easy to drink, especially on a warm day or with a meal. Given the alc content, it really goes down incredibly soft and smooth.

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Photo of Durge
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favrite style of beer but this had a light amber color, clear with a small white fuzzy cap and minimal lace. I picked up an herbal, medicinal hops and wheat bread aroma, a bit sharper than I am drawn to for most beers. It's medium bodied with a nice grape-wheat hops flavor. It has a pleasant background of nutmeg and brown sugar. It's lightly carbonated, smooth and pretty easy drinking. Not bad and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of der_meister
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Gambrinus1184
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby bottle into my Grimbergen goblet.

A: Poured a pale, golden straw color with some hazy hues of reddish amber. A massive three-finger head of rocky white foam billowed up, leaving great white clingy lacing.

S: Sweet toasted grain, some lemon grass and other zesty citrus spices to the hop characteristics.

T: Good taste, and dead on for a Belgian Pale Ale. Bittersweet toasted malts and grainy corn taste are washed away by a delicate hop finish and a lingering sense of sweet, citrusy chewiness on your teeth. A bit of a spicy, sweet alcoholic aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, but a little watery.

D: Although I like Belgian pales, I can't really make a go of them al night myself. Grimbergen blonde is easy drinking, however, and I'd recommend it as an alternative to better known versions of the style.

Duvel still has the angle in this style, in my opinion. The Blonde is good, but I still prefer Grimbergen's Dubbel. A nice representation of the style, so I'll give it its due.

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

Pours out a light wheat/straw color with lots of white suds and nice lacing around the glass.
Smell is of grapefruit and yeast. Just a hint of malt and sugar but no alcohol aroma here.
Taste is very good for a trappist blonde. While not as complex as the Westy Blonde, this one has the clove/wheat flavor with just a hint of sugar/caramel and just a small amount of the alcohol burn.
Would make a good session beer.

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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 damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Hippopotamus Restaurant in Lille. Served in a 33cl Grimbergen chalice.

Appearance: Bright clear amber color. Thin white rocky head. Lots of fine delicate lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Faint, slightly yeasty with some fruity esters and maybe a hint of clove.

Taste: Nice malty start (sweet sugary flavors), spicy (cloves mostly), fruity Belgian yeasty flavors, mild bitter finish (hint of noble hops with that bitter finish). As the beer warmed up the bitterness softened further and took on some dry honey notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky on the teeth. Airy carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty beer. Went fantastic with steak and green beans. I could easily have had another one and probably another after that - dangerously drinkable. Simple, but well done and tasty.

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Photo of Kleber
3.8/5  rDev +3%

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

Appearance: Poured from a stubby bottle into a Chimay chalice. Golden in color with an efervescent white head and some lacing.

Smell: Belgian ale yeast and some malty breadiness.

Taste: A sweet golden ale, with a belgian twang. Ripe fruit, mead and belgian candi sugar. Bitterness is low, for a belgian pale ale this is near cloying, yet still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, syrupy with good carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent sweet blonde belgian ale. To call it a Belgian Pale ale describes the appearance only.

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Photo of lucat
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Nice brew at a nice price. $4 at Sean Bolans in Baltimore. Blondes (the beer, not the girls) have never been my favorite style but this one is pleasent and very drinkable. Candied sugar abounds in the aroma. Crisp, slightly sweet taste with a little bit of hops and a nice dry finish. Good carbonation. Very drinkable, would make a good session beer except for the ABV which is on the higher side.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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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 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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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 728 ratings
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