Grimbergen Blonde | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

716 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 716 |  Reviews: 333
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.

 319 characters

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.

 835 characters

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.

 1,013 characters

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.

 615 characters

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.

 432 characters

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.

 1,364 characters

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.

 1,017 characters

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.

 419 characters

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.

 381 characters

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.

 812 characters

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.

 533 characters

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.

 397 characters

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.

 584 characters

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

 271 characters

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.

 251 characters

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.

 302 characters

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.

 708 characters

Photo of donspublic
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Tulip, nice 2 finger foamy head, recedes to 1/2 finger, nice lacing. Color is pale golden, clear. Smells of fruity belgian esters. Taste is not your typical bubble gum belgian but a more restrained fruity taste, with a nice hop bitterness bringing up the rear. Nice mouthfeel, somewhat sharp finish but the spicy/sweetness prevents it from being too dry.

 382 characters

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.

 740 characters

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

Poured a lovely golden color with dominating white puffy head. Superior lacing from a head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is tripel-like, with strong notes of bananas, candy sugan and yeast. Taste follows through on the taste with bananas and other fruits present. Finish is somewhat ordinary, with the taste rapidly disappearing from the mouth. A good, easy drinking beer, but nothing spectactular.

 408 characters

Photo of scarletfire79
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

looks nice and smells nice. not a bad start. pick up some slight fruit notes, almost a slight bananna bread flavor. definitly a little clove. kind of a saison-like funk in the aftertaste. really nice though. one of the more sessionable belgians i've tried, not offensive in anyway. i guess i'd just prefer something a little more kicked up, but to each his own. very good beer, would definitly try again.

 404 characters

Photo of Kraken
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. This is the second Grimbergen I have had and I have yet to be disappointed. Vigorous pour yields one finger snow white head. Minimal head retention with some lacing. Beer is straw colored and crystal clear. Smells of clean belgian yeast with hints of fruits, apple and banana. Taste very clean, slight fruit but not overly fruity, candy sugar compliments the light malt character. Very taste beverage with a clean finish. Beer is highly drinkable, and refreshing, perfect summer brew and at 6.7% it lets you know you are drinking it.

 583 characters

Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.69 out of 5 based on 716 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More