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 utopiajane
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured clear and brilliant blonde with a white head of creamy foam that stayed well. Bubbles streaming up this one’s a real looker. The foam finally fell to some outrageous thick lace. Nose is light, positively gay with brett, Belgian yeast and some apple. Malt opens up as it warms with a little nut, bread and grain. Slight vinegar smell at first and then floral. Taste is more malt than the nose with plenty of biscuit, bread and caramel beside a tart sour apple. Yeast takes a backseat, there’s a touch of booze and it’s chewy with almost no bitterness. Finishes wet and without much aftertaste except for a very mild slick hop resin on the tongue. Very light and delicate. Goes down very sweet and has a thin body. For some reason it just doesn’t feel like beer.

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Photo of yingaling
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clean and clear. Color is a light amber.

Smell: From the bottle had a sour smell to it, but once poured into glass smell lightened up and became somewhat fruity.

Taste: Crisp fruity taste. Not too strong, but not too weak at the same time. Very easy going down with not much after taste.
The beer leaves the glass clean from beginning to end.

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

Pours a yellow golden hue with a nice head. Aroma is heavy wheat, small amount of oily hops and some light malt. Cloudy or chill hazed (not sure which).

Taste is very dominated by the wheat. making it almost a Hefe or a weiss. After intial rush of wheat the tasts kind of peters out with no malt or bitter notes coming through.

Somewhat disappointing for the style and for the taste.

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

Pours a clear yellow body with a tall white head. Aroma of grain, yeast, grass, mustiness, cereal, florals, and pepper. Flavor of yeast, grass, florals, herbs. The taste was fine, a slight tangy bite with some citrus fruits trying to get out. The mouth drys quickly leaving a metalic, citrus, unbeer-like feel within. A fairly strong alcoholic finish, surprising since its a tap beer.

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

The beer has an orange hued blond body with a white one finger head. Retention is pretty good, leaving lots of lacing on the inside of the Grimbergen proprietary chalice.

The first smell renders sweet chamomile, honey and some phenol that seems like sawdust/barnyard. The highly carbonated first sip is slightly peppery with honey notes and a very present sting of alcohol. It's not cloying because the citrusy hops help round out the sweetness and sting of the alcohol. The aftertaste is slightly metallic and otherwise finishes clean. The mouthfeel is extremely slick, the slickest I've ever had of this style (diacetyl?).

I'm not a big fan of this particular beer. The high carbonation seems, well, annoying. It does accomplish a few things though. The alcohol is blended into the experience and nothing sticks out as cloying.

Again. Not crazy about it.

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Photo of plaid75
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light copper hue. A good two finger, creamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell was rather neutral. Hints of yeast, lemon and coriander spiciness.

The flavor was smooth and buttery. A nice spiciness is apparent and there is a slight hop finish. Although buttery, a very clean taste.

The mouthfeel was clean, relatively dry, with light carbonation.

Overall a nice drinkable blonde ale. I recommend this one.

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Photo of papat444
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this on my trip to NH, week of July 13th.

Enjoyed the latter part of this brew yesterday afternoon while watching the Twilight Zone episode "Night Call" (original series, Season 5 DVD, disc 3).

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle. Bottled April 2009 (date code: 0409RL2485A).

Appearance: Golden, a bit clear but not so much as you can see right through. 2 fingers of foam that decrease to a thin line.

Smell: Banana with some fruit esters. Spices, maybe cloves and a hint of dough or yeast. Very pleasant.

Taste: Not as good as the aroma would have led me to believe. Some slight spice with mild fruit. Lacks complexity a little. Opens up a tiny bit as it warms with but really the taste is way too muted for my taste.

Mouthfeel: More of the same. Low carbonation in the palate though lots of tiny bubbles rising. Thin but smooth body.

Drinkability: Eh, not the best. It drinks ok but there's really nothing there for me to enjoy.

Overall: A bit boring. It is refreshing and lighter than i would have thought but i expect more from a Belgian Pale Ale in the taste department. Strictly average at best IMO.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a nice golden color with a medium sized head that faded a bit. There's just a line or two for lace.

The smell was a fairly good combination of light malts and citrus tones. The taste was a bit lighter than expected, with those same flavors present. The mouthfeel was definitely too light. This beer just needs more substance.

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

Bought in Brussels in 2011. The color is yellow, very clear. Nice white foamy head on top. Typical soapy looking foam head. The aroma is dominated by yeast, not sure I like it. Some fruits, better. Light aroma. I bit disappointing. Taste is fruity with a very dry finish. Warm. Floral notes in the taste too. Taste is ok. A good beer. Nothing to call home for 'tho.

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

Pours a clear amber colored ale that is a bit more on the red side. OK white head that unfortunately doesn't hang around.

Smell is on the sweet side with a slight tart edge something like iced tea with lemon in it. Slightly flowery in scent with a far stronger herbal hop aroma. Slight coriander aroma is a far stronger edge of black pepper.

Taste is not that sweet with a good flowery honey flavor to this, slightly mead like. Detectable trace of oxidation is present, not real strong but there is a trace of cardboard flavor here. Fair flavor of flowers and slight herbal bittering. Flavor is a bit light compared to the benchmark Duvel.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but not remarkable in anyway. Think of this as a Duvel knock off that isn't nearly as good. But this isn't a bad beer just rather boring and unremarkable for the style.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Brigand glass. Presented with the color of pale straw. Beautiful frothy white head dissipated into a thin skim with little bubbles adhering to the surface. Consistent thin cascade of belgian lacing throughout the tasting. Strong scent of belgian yeast, hops and a subtle floral aroma. Taste similar to the nose with additional flavor of citrus at the finish. Somewhat lively on the tongue with a pleasant feel of carbonation at the presentation. Left a strange aftertaste at the finish. Not a bad brew, but there are better representations of the style out there.

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

I thought this to be a pretty average Belgian ale, but it was by no means a disappointment. Pretty malty and not as spicey as I might have expected, but for some reason I was expecting a pretty mild-mannered beer (perhaps because it was listed as a blonde ale on the menu and bottle) and that is what I got.

Pour was a pretty rich gold-amber color with good head. Branded glassware at the Palm Tavern was nice enhancement to the experience. Aroma was not that distinct - some clove and a bit of diacetyl. Flavor was more of that, but with a distinctly strong malt backbone. Mouthfeel was unremarkable. In all I thought this an average yet rather sessionable beer.

I would recommend this beer, although not that strongly.

$3 bottles at the Palm Tavern on Kinnickinic in Milwaukee; price was right. Along with $1.50 Huber Bocks at Comet, this has to be one of the better bar bargains in Milwaukee.

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

Appearance- Deep golden hue, Head foams up quickly and disappears quickly, Carbonation rises constantly.

Smell- has a strong grainy smell, I'm new to the beer seen so distinct smells are hard to denote.

Taste- Slight spice, almost fruity flavor with a grain finish, No harsh finish or strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel- frothy feel in the mouth, almost creamy due to the carbonation.

Drinkability- Easy to drink, but nothing special.

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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 KeefD
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a big two-finger eggshell white head that encompasses huge bubbles and leaves behind nice patchwork lacing. Could have used a little more haziness. Nose is a bit sour, and bit like apples. Taste is similar. Apple spice, slightly sour and tart, followed by some pale malt sweetness, and a dry finish. Good carbonation, medium bodied, and crisp. Just a bit too much sourness for the style. Maybe an old bottle, but not bad enough to drain pour.

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Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Crystal clear, straw yellow body. Two fingers of frothy, white head; good retention and lace.

S - Sweet and grainy, with a hint of white grapes. Slight scent of herbal hops.

T - Grainy, slightly malty sweetness up front with some light, fruity flavors. A bit of acidity followed by herbal hop flavors in the finish.

M - Medium body with high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - This beer certainly has its good points, but I can't say I am overly impressed. It is fairly easy drinking, but it is a bit cidery in places. The finish reminds me of a German pils, which is pleasant, but maybe a bit off for the style. Overall it is just a bit bland... kind of a Belgian style Miller lite.

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Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear (I was expecting bottle conditioned) darker yellow with a nice head of 1/2 of an inch. Laces well, spidery with good cling though. Aroma is lightly astringent, unripe pineapple with some yeast and lime. Flavor starts decently full, adequate body and carbonation, with sense of esters, some sugary sweetness, and citrus fruit. The brew loses an impression of more sturdy malts about halfway through the mouth and settles into an overly sourish quality, with a loss of texture at the close. Somewhat quaffable but it loses its drinkability at the finish, not settling great with me at the end.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a very slight hazy golden-yellow body with a thick rocky snow-white head that last for a good bit and a microbubble carbonation
. S- The clean aroma has a faint pale malt note that has just a touch of sweetness to it.
T- The dry carbonic acid note leads to dry tart apples in the finish. There is a light soapy note to the finish aswell.
M- The dry crisp mouthfeel finishes with a soft tight fizz. There is no alcohol noticed.
D- This beer has a soapy hop flavor that grows and that is about the only flavor. I didn't get any yeast character or malt flavor unfortunately.

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Photo of dqrull
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden with a massice wite, longlasting head, that leaves some lacing.

Smells fruity and sweet, green apples and green grapes, belgian yeast esters in the back, not overpowering.

A surprisingly full overall taste at first, with refreshing slightly sweet fruits up front, and then the fruits get subdued by a quite raw dry bitterness that really doesnt fit, and in the end its all a mess with a yeasty breadtone marching in and claiming the scene, leaving a priomising taste experience at a 'meh'.

Okay mouthfeel for the style, nothing remarkable but nothing wrong with it either.

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Photo of yesferro
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can I brought back from Belgium, nearing its good-until date.

Dark yellow, light orange color, the head was gone in no time. Smells sweet, I got bananas and booze out of it, not much else.
Tastes way too sweet for me, banana's again, malt and as it warmed up even some honey. Kind of a metallic taste too but well, it did come out of a can, and its shelflife was near its end. Not too lifely, borderline flat, the aftertaste was gone rather fast and I can't complain about that, I somehow remembered this being a lot better . Not bad but nothing to recommand to some one trying to get into Belgians.

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Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Largely clear, coppery gold with a bonze highlight; the liquid is very attractive. Simmering white head, at its highest point a formidable three fingers of bubbles sustained. Head retention was good; it slowly fizzled away to a moderate cap. The lacing started right away. I truly dig when lacing starts before I even take a sip. Subsequent lacing was very organized and quite widespread. This beer has a good vibe!

The nose is more Trippel-like then Belgian Pale Ale-like, which isn’t a bad thing. Prickly hops, citrusy and earthy, while not strong in potency I like this aspect. It is quickly followed by a great range of fruit, mostly tropical (like pineapple, mangos, green grapes, and candied citrus). There are more notes of candied sugar in the background. I wish the potency was louder… the beer is fairly clean for a Belgian. Is this beer filtered? No bottle conditioning? I like what I smell but the more I sniff, the less impressed I am. Still, it is inviting.

The palate is spicy and warm. I wasn’t expecting so much heat. Well, I guess 6.70% is fairly hearty. The mild malt body seems fitting. It allows the spiciness to jump off the foundation. The fruitiness is equally lovely, oranges, grapes, pineapple, and a tropical blend. Well done! The warmer the beer got the more it fell apart. It becomes sweet… some veggie notes develop. There is not much in the palate; this is a pedestrian Belgian Pale Ale… I’d like more hops and malt. There are some pleasant qualities here but it is missing those special attributes.

Medium-light in body, low carbonation… the mouthfeel is a bit slick. Thin and watery; I expect more from a beer of this sort.

This beer is very easy to drink. If the alcohol was lower I’d call this a Belgian session beer but, I can’t. There is too much booze in it. So, when do I drink this beer again? It is not as good as Rare Vos or Orval (duh! What is!). I never heard of this beer before I seen a few bottles in Lawrence, KS. I am happy I picked up a sample but I doubt if I’ll drink it again. Overall, it is a solid Belgian Pale Ale… there is a thin line between good and boring with this beer style. I need more to be impressed.

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Photo of OskarL
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden, with a head that disappears quickly and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Caramel malts, fruits and a little alcohol.

Taste - Sweet malts, finishes of with some hops and a bit of alcohol. Spices and citrus in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel - Light body with quite some carbonation.

This was the first beer that got me into drinking belgian beers. A good and inexpensive beer to start off with!

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Photo of Gusler
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer decamps the stubby bottle a slightly beclouded coppery color with a magisterial bright white head that settles slowly, the lace forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has an apple like fruit aroma, malt and bit of sour dough bread. Front has a tangy sweetness, with the malt adequate, hard apple cider comes to mind and palate, top is medium to light in feel. Finish is desert bone dry; hints of hops and the hard cider last to the very end, not what I expected, not bad, but not that good either, drinkable but a disappointment as I love most all their beers.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden amber with a rocky foam head and speckley lace.

Smell - Boozy aroma with some spice. Rather leafy and glassy and very medicinal in its alcohol and band aid like qualities.

Taste - Slightly spicy but that is by and large lost in a lot of alcohol tones that are rather like a poor champagne. This beer is very metallic and sulphury.

MF - Nippy metallic, light body and drying.

Overall - A rather poor blond. Definitely not up to par with the others in its class.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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