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 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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle:

AP: Pours out ultra-clear pure shimmering gold with a mellow carbonation and great retention ability displaying a 1/2" bubbly and active all-white head that stuck around for a long while before decending into a slim vail-covering.

Nose: honey-wheat barley malt, fresh green herbal hop, sweet fruits and dark berries with a subtle but mildly sour yeast whiff. nice aroma overall.

Flavor & Feel: starts off with a light, crisp, sharp and very clean feeling honey-wheat malt flavor that has a nice complexity from the sweet, dark fruit flavors of mashed-red grapes and raspberries. The mildly zesty and herbal belgian yeast hits you next adding a nice counter-balance to the mostly sweet malt flavors. It's smooth and slick going down but never feeling heavy. The finish is a mild, fresh and very green tasting hop.

DA: I'm very impressed with this one, i always love the CLEAN feel you get from Belgian ale's especially if there's a good complexity of flavor like this one has...not exactly a session beer 6.7% but a six paxk is not too much to put down with say one other person who will enjoy this brew too.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When poured, Grimbergen Blond had an impeccable clear, golden yellow color with a thick sudsy white head of foam. Tastes of bready malt, pear like sweetness, tingly spices, mineral water, and a hint of earthy hops. A nicley balanced Blonde Ale that was a very pleasant surprise!

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Photo of americanaqualung
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep golden yellow with a very thick (three finger) white head. The head seems to last a little bit. Lots of carbonation - much more than even soda has.

S - Smells like malted fruit. Hints of peaches and citris.

T - Tastes sweet, yet with a mild bitterness - very balanced. The fruitiness from the smell is definitely there, but the bitterness comes through at the end of the sip.

M - Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed and the carbonation mentioned in the appearance doesn't string the tounge.

D - This beer is highly drinkable. Definately seems like a good warm to slightly cool weather beer for late spring/early summer or early autumn.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a great yellow/straw-like color that I like to see in blondes.

It has a sort of bready scent with a bit of vanilla on the back end, and that is just how it tastes. I wish there was a bit more carbonation, but maybe that was just the particular bottle I had as it had nearly no foam at all.

Overall, I highly enjoyed the flavor but I think their double is better. I would have this again.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle from a sixer i picked up in a pinch when there was little to no beer for sale. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- the pour yields a translucent glowing golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is pretty quick to fade, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the smell is pretty simple here. it starts off with pale malts and a little bit of candi sugar. there is also some distinct belgian yeast. a small amount of floral hops finish this one off.

T- the first things i pick up on are belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar. the pale malts i could smell add a small amount of sweetness as well. a little bit of honey and floral hops at the end. simple and to the point.

M- the body is on the thin side and the carbonation is a little higher than expected. both of these things work in the beers favor though. the alcohol is well hidden.

O overall, i liked this beer more than i thought i did. i guess that since i knew it was owned by in-bev it would be a less than quality product. this will be a go to in a situation where my options are severely limited. its also something i think ill have success with when i introduce it to non beer drinkers.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden/orange color into a snifter from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Thin film of a head that dissipates fairly quickly. Good carbonation, always enjoy the steady stream of bubbles arising from the etching in the glass.
Aroma is a very mild blend of sweet fruity esters, mostly banana with hints of spice and some yeast. Not too overpowering, which is good.
Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Slightly tart and dry upfront, but ends with a nice lingering sweetness. Very good mouthfeel and highly drinkable
Excellent lacing all along the insides of the snifter.
This is a very good belgian pale ale. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy belgian's. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz fat little bottle into a Duvel glass. The beer was clear colden color with no floaties inside. The head was thin but sticky.

I think this smelled much better than I expected, kind of bready and a little malty. The taste was mostly sweet malts and bready yeast, not unlike St Bernardus Tripel. A little less rich than the St Bernardus though.

This is a real bargain at $1.99 per bottle in Columbus.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 650ml bottle. Freshness date is listed as 05/12 - not that these kinds of beers should be aged, mind you.

Appearance: A nicely bold amber color with slight carbonation. There's a pretty, thin head throughout.

Smell: Sugary, slightly spiced aroma with candy-smelling malts throughout. There are fruity, tart scents reminiscent of apricots and grapes, which is how Belgian pale ales are supposed to typically smell. The alcohol adds extra sweetness, but is barely noticeable.

Taste: A tart, candy-like taste with spiced hops and pale malts. What I enjoy about this beer is its ability to be quite sweet yet retain a spiced, bitter end to its flavor. It's a very simple recipe for what it is, but it's loaded with these slight flavorful complexities.

Mouthfeel: Quite dry, and filled with slight carbonation with a hoppy feel. This beer is definitely more on the dry, champagne feel than the creamy, malty feel, but it remains refreshing and very enjoyable.

Overall: This is a great Belgian pale ale that can be opened for any occasion as well as any temperature. It definitely is best enjoyed chilled, but as it warms up, its dry, spiced characteristics become more wonderful. It could serve as a great introduction to Belgian beers of this style, and anyone who enjoys good beer will most certainly enjoy this one!

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Photo of Jared_Alexander
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very refreshing beer, can definitely drink more than one in a sitting. From the bottle. A very crisp, light beer that hides what little alcohol is in it well.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised how clear this beer is as I was expecting something more cloudy.

That said this is a pretty tasty brew if just a bit simple. Very malty, sweet, a bit spicy, with honey and wheat.

Drinkable, sessionable and uncomplicated.

I do enjoy that this comes in a six pack instead of a bomber.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.
Crystal clear golden amber beer with continuous bubbles floating to the top along with great lacing create a wonderful looking beer.
Smell is sweet malt, bitter hops, and spice.
The taste is well balanced, nothing stands out too much. Just the slightest hop aftertaste that dwindles to very little. Spice flavors hang around on the tongue for a bit.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.
Not sure I would buy this beer since I'm not a huge fan of the style, but if offered one again, I'd go for it. Belgians like these tend to go much better with some cheese or some food than all alone.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Trappist Westvletren glass. Pours with a nice, full and chunky head that leaves heaps of lacing. Smells sweet, like candy. And fruity and fresh. The taste is sweet, too. And If I have any complaints, it's that it's a bit too sweet. The relatively low alcohol is well hidden, and this is one tasty and drinkable brew.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean golden pale yellow beer. Has a big fluffy bright white head and a good brussels lace. The aroma is lightly sweet with a strong apple character with hints of orange peel and spices. In the taste the apple character melts to a honey note on the sides of your tongue. Towards the end there is a nice spicey hop snap before the return of that light candy sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow color that produced a white foamy head that retained well and made a nice lace around the glass

S - Smells of malts and citrus

T - A sweet and bitter in perfect balance, wheat comes out strong and balances with the malts

M - Light bodied and mild carbonation

D - Very good pale ale, clean and crisp with much drinkablity

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Photo of Pooba001
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was a gift from new BA KrazyKarl. Thanks Karl!
Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip glass. Well carbonated, dark golden color, with a craggy white finger (a large finger, maybe a thumb?) of head. Tiny bubbles. In the beer. Doesn't look like any sediment, its awfully clear, which doesn't make any points when I was expecting some yeast running around the bottom of the bottle. Smell is distinctly Belgian, spicy yeast dominating, with citrus, sweetness, and lime.

Taste has a honey sweetness, with bright hoppiness and understated spice, citrus, tartness and pear. Dry finish. Its good, its enjoyable, but this just doesn't stand out among other beers of its style. Unlike an Orval, XX Bitter, or Duvel there's nothing terribly distinctive here.

Mouthfeel is about right for a Belgian Pale, a good job here, and the beer is very drinkable. Would be ideal on a hot summer afternoon, but is every bit as quaffable on the autumnal equinox.

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Photo of rwdkosak
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer by itself while cooking dinner. Poured into chalice at cellar temp where it left a uneven, short-lived head, many large bubbles coming up through smaller lace.
A beautiful golden color makes the use of "blonde" an understatement. The nose is soft with fruit, equal to but not quite better than other belgian ale. Taste is fruity, stronger malt and light sourness that lingers on the palate but in a good way. There are better examples of belgian ale but overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paid 1.29 euro for 33cl bottle. Nice color, no lacing. Big foamy head with large bubble. Color is like those 70's amber colored diamond shaped ashtrays. I know you know what I'm talking about! Weird how it reminded me of those.

Tastes very nice. Good sweetness, not too strong. Very sugary, a bit too sticky. Not much spice, but generous malt variety makes up for that. Mouthfeel is tough, especially at first - big sharp bubbles. Beer is a bit too sticky here too. Drinkability is good. Not overloaded on alcohol and a good but mild taste make this one a winner.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy honey color with puffy white head composed of larger bubbles.

S: Took some aeration to get anything to pop out. Bland/plain smelling. Some cereal grains and buttered toast.

T: Just great. Sweetness throughout with some alcohol. Warm hops and overripe fruits. Something tropical about it, banana maybe. Loses half a point from perfection because it lacks that certain "something". It's very straightforward and the same from beginning to end.

M: Pretty good, kind of flat on the tongue but nice viscosity and carbonation for me.

O: A great beer. Check it out.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Translucent straw gold color. Poured a 3 finger pillowy white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Laced the glass in thin rings.

S: Pale malt. Light-colored fruit; pear, apricot and white grapes. Mild spices.

T: Crackery pale malt. Cornucopia of light fruits consistent with the nose as well as tart green apple. Spicy yeast characteristics toward sweet finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation in the glass and on the palate. Creamy and smooth despite the carbonation level that makes finish very crisp.

O: Very good eye appeal and remarkable mouthfeel.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice golden orange color with a small and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of citrus, some yeasty aromas along with some spices followed up with a slight hop finish at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, citrus, sugary sweetness, fruity yeast flavors, a hint of spices and a nice hop finish at the end.
M: Mildly crisp and smooth, light to medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, nice amount of alcohol, flavor, and feel to it.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden color with a touch of tan..nice fluffy head that recedes to a very white ring..smell is fruit ,clove and spice..taste is light in fruits and spices with sweet malts and belgian yeast..mouthfeel is medium but not full flavored still a good blonde..tasty and drinkable ..reccomended

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pouts a clear golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of foam. The aroma is of Belgian malt, and leathery yeast. The taste is more yeasty than the aroma, but the is still a significant amount of malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Belgain Pale Ale that I could drink again.

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Photo of Kevuas
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer a lot. The flavors mixed well and there was no separation of flavors like I sensed with some of the other "blondes" I have sampled. I found it very easy to drink with a nice head and flavor. I would definitely rank this near the top of the Blondes that I have tried so far, but certainly not a "tip top" blonde. I don't find myself wanted to go back to this beer as much as I do some others.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: good-looking medium golden hue with a clear body and lots of effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: sweet aroma with a rich malt character and an orchardy fruitiness with notes of apple and pear. Not revolutionary but well-crafted and just what I look for in the style.

Taste: malty flavor with a light hint of some of those orchard fruits. The character of this beer really makes me want to compare it to a tripel, in which case it seems a little low-intensity and watery. However, keeping the actual style in mind, it is really on-point; really, the mere fact that my brain thinks "tripel" is a good thing here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a good mouth-filling creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a refreshing and tasty Belgian pale whose character is right up my alley.

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Grimbergen Blonde from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.68 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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