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 bowzer4birdie
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass producing a one finger head that produced great lacing throughout the duration of the drink. A fruity aroma of apples, cirtus and alcohol. Taste is delightful! Mouthfeel is full of carbonation. Taste is sweet and crisp much like the smell. This is my first time trying this wonderful brew and I will surely get it again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Grimbergen Blonde on tap in Montbelliard, France.
It was great. I've heard that others have been disappointed with it in bottles.
It had nice golden color with a good sized head. It smelled and tasted like any good Belgium should. A slight hop flavor. It was very smooth drinking. I would've had many more but after a Beamish Stout, I was running low on Euros.

I was at an "Irish" pub, in France, with an Italian, a Brit (who only drank Vodka), a Frenchie, and two other Americans. They spelled the pub's name "O'Brian's" not "O'Brien's." And it had Guiness logos everywhere, but no Guiness. A truely strange expericence, but a good beer.

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Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight from belgium, was hiding in the darkness for about 9 months to a year.

Pours out a crispy clear blonde color, tons of carbonation. I was blown away by how much foam was on the head of this beer.

Smells great, a tinge of pepper and a lot of banana, common in this type of beer. Wheat on the tip but full and aromatic. Definately approve.

Taste doesn't let down either, I really enjoy this beer. Full and hardy, nuts, dates... feels smooth and creamy, totally satisfied with this beer.

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Photo of Drummermean
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tagustinus
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DmanGTR
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice (flared top)

A - this blonde beauty poured a golden color similar to that of a pilsner with a bountiful 1.75" fluffy white head. Lovely lacing throughout.

S - sweet and fruity with a hint of yeastiness and a waft of hops. An undefined fruitiness.

T - Wonderful, I detect tartness of apricots, golden raisins, followed by sweet maltiness, and ending with a bitter overtone that balances the taste throughout. Alcohol of 6.7 is very well hidden.

M - Light carbonation, light bodied beer. Washed over the palate quite well, yet this is more of a sipping beer because of its fine taste.

D - Very drinkable. This is more of a sipper. One wouldn't want to spoil the greatness by chugging this but one could certainly have a few in a row.

Overall - This is the second Grimbergen product I've had and I'm very pleased with both. I like the Dubbel slightly more because I'm partial to darker beers but this Blonde abbey style ale is definitely a winner. Great as a nightcap or an after-dinner conversation companion. I bought a 6-pack of this on sale for about $8 (usually it's around 11.50 per 6 pack) so this was a steal! Will buy again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a big fluffy head in the tulip glass, which recalls Duvel. Color is amber-hued golden; looks like autumn. Lots of sticky lace webs cover the insides of the glass. Head retains well but thins quicker than, say, Duvel.

Aroma of pilsner malts is strong, and it's backed up by light traces of spices and yeast. A delicate aroma, similar to Duvel. (I'm not sure if "Gatinais" barley qualifies as a pilsner malt, but it sure smells like it.)

The flavor, while having some depth, isn't intense or wild. It's certainly got that Belgian character, most likely due in large part to whatever yeast strain was used. The spiciness is delicate, light, flowery and sweet, and the hops is shown most in the finish, balancing everything unobtrusively.

Mouthfeel is slick and buttery; buoyant, with a pleasing lightness.

The flavor doesn't necessarily blow me away, but the overall experience of this beer just about does. The drinkability is insane. Flavorful but not heavy, with a sensible ABV, it goes down in a completely agreeable way. People who got turned onto Belgians via Duvel and who still love Duvel are advised to fall in love with this one. But with all the comparisons to Duvel, don't get me wrong, Grimbergen Blonde is its own beer, less crisp and dry than Duvel, and probably sweeter and slightly funkier. Great stuff.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional brew. color was orange-honey with a nice white head. carbonation seemed a bit tame.

fruity aroma with yeasty-bready smell. some apple-pair and orange with soft floral notes. really nice nose.

fruity taste up front with a yeasty-malty finish. hops are mild, nice delicate and enjoyable flavor. good balance.

smooth soft mouthfeel - didn't miss the carbonation

easy to drink, great beer. i think i actually enjoyed this more than their dubbel, although that might just be a stylistic preference - the dubbel is very good as well.

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Photo of ChaseBacon
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: fluffy white head, brilliant gold, produces good lacing. Flavor: finishes slightly sweet, a touch more hops than some Belgian blonds, spicy, phenols, light carmelization, Mouthfeel: medium full body and medium high carbonation.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Greg-H
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of DeanCHS1980
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Adambeerdude22
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Scottyboy
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of seyton
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Juice-O
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Marina_
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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a beautiful golden yellow translucent body with a good half inch of off-white head. Smells really fruity and pleasant, like a fresh peach or apricot. Tastes very fruity also, with apricot and apple playing huge roles with some malt notes toward the finish. Just the slightest hint of alcohol in the flavor and mouthfeel. Fairly light on the mouthfeel, but makes this surprisingly drinkable for the abv. Really very delicious, one of the best examples of the style I've had. Really hitting the spot tonight.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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