Loterbol Blond | Café-Brouwerij Loterbol

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Café-Brouwerij Loterbol

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

direct from the importer (morel's) in beijing

330ml bottle, poured into tulip, "best by" date of dec 2008, importer's label says bottled dec 2006

deep, golden straw color, slight haze. lots of head, slowly fades to a constant, thick layer. nice lacing.

fruity scent of pears, peach and champagne grapes, with floral notes. some spicy or phenolic hints and whiff of bread.

taste continues with champagne character, plus cider. hop bitterness is remarkably aggressive yet crisp, definitely european (not much citrus/pine like you find in american versions), and gives a nice deliberate bitter finish. lightly toasted malt is detectable, and may seem slightly weakened or out of balance for some, but i liked it playing a supporting role instead.

smooth, substantial, and lifted by moderate carbonation.

i think this may be one of my regulars from now on

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Photo of bskrtz
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 11.2 ounce bottle, served cold, tulip style beer chalice

A)Cloudy thick mixture with small head and lingering lacy white surface. Floaties and other settled ingredients are present, some of the latter are dark in color

S) Wonderful apple pie with noticable, but not overpowering spice. A sour smell quickly disapates. Sweet licorice too.

T) Execellent example of the style. Sweet malt, root beer, mild Belgian hops, raisons, dates and figs.

M) Bottle conditioning provides an ample effervescent fiz that lasts until the last drop is consumed. Thick and complex but smooth as silk.

D) A bit filling but excellent before a meal, perhaps with cheese or roasted nuts. I could easily have another, if only I had the foresight to purchase more than one.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful orangish-yellow body with good carbonation and lots of sediment. The head is full of tight, white, tiny bubbles that lasted (what seemed like) forever.

Smell – Big, bitter orange peel along with strong Belgian yeast and crazy spicing make this one a ringer for the style. This has a gorgeous aroma. The yeast and orange peel are very deep and strong. The spicing is traditional coriander with white pepper and maybe allspice. There’s also a taste of Italy in there – maybe tarragon?

Taste – Wow! This is a mouthful. The yeast sweetens up a bit and makes way for the huge floral hopping. Is this a Belgian Rogue? This thing is monstrous.

Shortly after the shock of gigantic yeast and hops comes an even bigger player. The spices from the nose turn it up about 20 notches and “BHAM!” you’ve got a chalky pallet and half your spice drawer is empty. This is not one for the meek and mild.

Mouthfeel – Well over medium-bodied, this one is a shock to the senses. The medicinal alcohol sting is like icing on the Belgian cake.

Drinkability – This was extraordinary and a joy to consume. It’s not for everyone, but it will never be accused of “wimping out”.

Comments – Truly an “extreme” BSPA by any measure.

Update – I had this for the first time in December 2003 so thought it would be interesting to re-review it with a 2004 vintage. My feelings and observations really haven’t changed much over a year. This is a very hoppy, spicy, over-the-top Belgian that is smooth as silk.

My only reservation is that I wish it was a bit bigger. In 2003 I described the body as, “well over medium,” but would now say that it is definitely medium. It is so smooth and so silky and so much fun to hold in the mouth though that I would easily give it a “5” for Mouthfeel if it was just a bit bigger.

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Photo of horndecker
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peachy and cloudy, and a prodiguous white merengue of a head springs to life with my careful pour. Long lasting suds, humpback islands of clumpy foam.

Smells like taffy, sweet candy, limes, yeast with vegetal overtones, tangerines, the whole damn fruit basket. Later on caramel shows up.

The taste starts with sharp orange peel, acidic, a bitter medicinal hop bite, leading to round and roasted caramel malt middle. A dry finish, instensely herbal and tart. All the flavors flex their muscles. This is not subtle, but it's plenty fun.

Great firm body, not quite syrupy, plenty of fizz.

I love this strong pale. An interesting concoction. Smells sweet, tastes full and bitter, with more apparent malt than most, lots of character, different than it's brothers and cousins.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, slim, 11.2 oz bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
A slow and steady pour yielded a hazy, straw-colored hue with a massive foamy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating...
Inviting aroma bursting with pale citrus, ripe fruits, including, but not limited to, green apples, pears, canteloupe, and melons... Very flavorful, crisp, carbonated brew, definitely a good depiction of the style from the nose to the mouth...
Crisp, filling, thick mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability for the style... Nice, but overbearing 6.8% ABV made this a refreshing pleasure to drink without being too heady...
Good stuff...

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bronze color with a pillowy beige head that stinks around for the remainder of the beer. Fruity, yeasty, grainy, husky and unusually hoppy smelling for a Belgian. Complex flavors ranging from sweet tropical fruits to spicy to dry husk and hops. Earthy. Thoroughly enjoyable. I understand a majority of this beer's character comes from the Duysters brewery's unique yeast strains.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color, with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet, cidery, lemony, notes of candied fruit, almost American in hop character. With the first taste, I think that perhaps it is a hop-fruity aroma. This beer is quite bitter with hop notes from beginning to end. The taste is lightly sweet, pungent, lemony, notes of apricot, and a sharp spicy Belgian character as well. There are notes of orange-cinnamon cake, and vanilla in the aroma. This beer is dominated by spicy orange, and apricots. This beer is quite good.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice small head that seems to last. The smell is very malty with some sweet citrus notes coming through. (looks amazing and the label is cool)

The taste is wow, very distinct. Very floral with hints of roses, basil and hops. Such a complex beer. The alcohol kind of hits you up front then fades away in the finish.

An amazing beer. I can't wait to try the others from this brewery.

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Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, with "consumir antes de" date of may 05. Pours light amber, with orange hues and cloudy, larger bubble head, settles down to a small bubble film and leaves lacing. Nose is musty and slightly medicinal. Taste is peppery, yeasty, spicy, apricots, rum soaked raisins, medicinal, phenolic and in general, pleasing. Crisp and dry in the finish with more spice and hop notes. This stuff weighs in at 8%. Dont let the nice soft yeasty/wheaty feel of this one fool you, its a Strong PA all the way. Tasty, very "Belgian" in its attack. Nicely crafted and worth trying.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle dated best before 10-06 poured into a tulip. Label sez 8% abv, not 6.8.

Hazy gold under one finger of white that rises up and coats the glass. Strong retention.

Smells spicy with tart citrus. A bit chalky with some alcohol in the back. I smell some candy too.

Sour upfront followed by some candy sugars, pineapple, bitter hops, chalk, and warming alcohol. The finish is tangy and warm. Medium mouth with solid carbonation.

I could drink this until the abv got a hold of me.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a pretty cool beer! Tiny production-recommended by my Shelton Bro's rep-Thank You Ron! I was looking for an Abbey single, and somehow we got to talking and next thing in comes a sample of this wonderfully odd brew. The label is quite pleasing with its pastel, ruddy faced Belgian dude sitting up against a tree, wearing a red shirt with a devils hood-complete with ears. The guys smile says he's loving this drink! All this in artsy pastel shades. Anyway, this beer pours a humongous head-very much Saison like. It leaves a virtual wall of thick whiteness on the inside of the glass.Aromas are pungently sweet malt and assertive hop. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy, and very refreshing. The taste is like that of a Saison-Citrusy, hoppy-snappy with a charming degree of bitter. Only here there is an element of a blonde ale, and even a triple-some fruitiness in the way of apple and even peach or apricot, but as these flavors come to fruition they are blasted by hoppy bitter. The sweetness gets cleaned right up. I'll be drinking this again and recommend it highly!!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am delving into my Beerfigerator, filled with (mainly) bottles that I bought a while back, put in there & then made the move from my parents' house to Chez Woody in late-2008/early-2009 with them. It is pretty cool to have them finally surfacing.

From the bottle: "Beer refermented in the bottle."

I Pop!ped the cap, but just as with the other golden oldies from yesterday, I could only bring myself to do a slow, gentle pour. Once decanted, I performed an in-glass swirl to raise just over a finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a strong fusel alcohol heat, underlain with scents of mown grass, sweet orange peel, caramel & a light earthiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but very dense on my tongue & in my mouth. The taste was very earthy, very obvious that the yeast had been quite busy during the wait. It had the earthy mustiness that many Belgian beers do, along with a bubble gum-like sweetness and an orangey bitterness. I was pleasantly surprised by just how well it had both held up & aged. Finish was dry, again thanks to the action of the yeast, but I was left with a caramel-orange taste like the Brach's caramels of my youth. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of Running4beer
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one kick ass beer. On a recommendation from Jason tried this at the Spuyten Duyvil during the NYC rally on Saturday. Thanks for introducing me to this one. Pours out a hazy yellow almost orange color, with a nice frothy head that laces up quite nicely. Aroma was of spicey hops, some floral and a bit of a citrusy smell. The taste of this was very good spiced hops and a nice malt sweetness, alcohol also makes its presence known, but not overwhelming flavor its just right. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side and buttery. IMO this is one kick ass beer now if only I can find it around these areas and if not what a great reason to go to NYC again.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've read several of the top reviewers and their range is bigger than normal... even for opinionated people. Almost hard to believe they've had the same beer... so maybe Loterbol has a quality control issue getting across the pond over the past decade. This also is not the BSPA I thought I had three years ago. So I've increased my rating and offer this summary: Loterbol's Blond may have a champion yeast that is hard to tame.

Since my second glass from the bottle Looks considerably murkier than the first, I gotta say I've seen better blonds.
But it will take lots of work to find one whose Smells are as inviting and, frankly, so skillfully conceals a full 8% (on the label.)
The Tastes are largely the same yeasty, fruity WOW, but then the hops balance my buds and I conclude I've got a great ale. Unfortunately after sitting in the mouth, Feel finally tells me there is more alcohol here... so much so that I think it interfered with a simple meal. Less good Overall.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" told the brewery's interesting story... by unusual, he didn't review the blond.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same day (but later) I come across an on-tap Loterbol blonde having already drank a bottled version: what a difference.

Still in the lovely little town of Diest, this bar was called 'Taverne Het Haasken' and I had two glasses of this because it was so good. The correct stemmed and badged tulip was used and although it didn't have the huge head the bottle produced it did have a good topping. The body was still cloudy like the bottled one but the aroma seemed more interesting: Coriander can be added to the hop, yeasty, fruity flavours I found within this mostly hoppy brew.

This was more like it: the flavours were strong and forceful from the start, really pleased to have found this tap version because I struggled with the bottle.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite the traditional blond. murky murky golden straw with sediments. huge lace. a very light candied pineapple quality. honey malt nose with a palate to back it.some skunk. not strong. not too pilsener, but pollen floral. soft astringent on the tongue and a good level of sweet. as in not much outside of the malt character. quite doughy. soft honey, egyptian chamomile cellar funk. similar to the Brasserie Ellezelloise Quintine Blonde. pretty parallel in form. will have as a comparison someday because i like the style when traditional. excellent for very early summer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing beer from and amazing brewery in today's world. "The Duysters Brewery may well be the smallest commercial brewery in Belgium - with annual production of both of its beers is only about 650 cases." (Shelton)

" ‘Loterbol’ is a Flemish word for a fool or prankster, an allusion to the deceptive smoothness and drinkability of this beer." (Shelton) Based upon a unique yeast strain, this beer takes its hoppy nature to a uniquely satisfying and drinkable level. Instead of the citrus hoppiness expected there is an exquisitely balanced and delicious flavor that satisfies and builds an nice inner warmth. This blond ale is at once both creamy and crispy in its finish. Delightfully well-built beer.

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Photo of ark57
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy golden color. The aroma is spicy and hoppy. The body is light with some citrus zest character and crisp and refreshing. There is also a slight yeasty taste in the smooth body. It finishes with a big bitterness. Very appetizing and tasty.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, tarnished gold-to- straw yellow in color, with an enormous helping of foam, taking up most of the glass, taking it's time to whittle down, bone-white and puffy, leaving lace.
Aroma: spicy, right off, and citric, lemon and orange, yeast in abundance, as well. Alcohol peeks through, too, when you really breathe it in.
Taste: acidity is high here, to match the carbonation, maybe. Sourness is the primary taste, and it dries soon off of the palate. Very odd, quite unlike another I've encountered in a Belgian blonde, not as smooth or seamless as I'd expect. Spicy, clovey, citric, and uncompromisingly so. Grabs hold of the tongue and doesn't let up right away, just gradually fades. Hops are wildly at play, as well, and a bitter undertone.
Body is nearly medium, finish is tangy and brief, ...but I can't shake whether this is intentional, or perhaps gone bad? Bottle, bought 2 months ago, is good until May of '05, so that can't be it, can it?
No, this is how the brew is supposed to be, and I'm just a bit too taken aback by it, that's all.
Actually, halfway through, it's much less harsh and the drinkability markedly improves. Maybe decanting the bottle some before consumption would have distanced my tastebuds from that harsh acidity? Who knows, it's over now, and a fruitiness opens up, and I'm having no trouble draining the glass.
Quite a remarkable beer drinking experience, chalk it up to Belgium once again!

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Slender 33 cl brown bottle, the bottle must have been hand filled as there was beer residue down the side. A “Best before end” date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Hazed orange colour shows the rawness of the brew, decent lacing gives snap and it dissipates.

Smell: Very aromatic. Minty herbal, musty, spicy pine … almost clove like. Faint tropical fruit with a hint of lemon.

Taste: Spicy right up front with a bitter herbal flavour in the back, fruitiness and malt sweetness meld together as the medicinal phenols form. A ghost like buttery flavour comes and goes quickly, lots of bitter hop and warming alcohol … real mellow solvent alcohol. A dusty yeast and more of the bitter hop in the finish.

Notes: This beer shows that the high hop trend is alive and kicking in Belgium, certainly a beer I could get comfortable with all night long.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden pale nicely formed nice thicket of white head stays together nicely. Lacing is intricate and thick great appearance ratings for this hopped up Belgian ale. Aroma: Herbal hop profile with a peppery spicy kick finishes gently with a clove and citrus combo great smelling brew, hops and spice shine while malts are there and sweetness and alcohol come through they don't own the stage here. Taste: Up front bitterness if only the flavor were as awe inspiring as the aromatics of this brew. Grassy herbal hop peppery spices sweet rolling malts not bad at all. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied effervescent carbonation excellent stuff. Drinkability: Decent I'm a bit under impressed by the flavor but well used hops makes it an experience and unlike most other Belgian ales.

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Photo of wl0307
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottlet comes at 8%abv., BB Dec. 08, served chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours murky, dark orangey golden hue that comes with a well-lasting, super-creamy and tight off-white frothy head and semi-lively carbonation full of micro bubbles floating. Great looking!
S: rather sweet on the syrupy pale malts and candy sugar, bursting with a bouquet of white flower (flowery esters), a touch of sweetened ginger-tea, sugar-cane juice, and a mixed aroma reminiscent of Taiwanese herbal snack "Aiyu Jelly" (made of "Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang"). As it warms, the sweet citrus elements seem to prevail. Overall, the nose is very estery and sweet on top of everything else, hence slightly unbalanced.
T: sweet green-tea, exotic fruitiness (a touch of white prunes, hawthorn fruits, and less citrus-peels), phenol, and sour lactose-yeasty drink (like Yakult) upfront come with a semi-sharp texture, then candy-sugary sweetness expands for a short while in the middle before being taken over by a wave of dried-grassy and nicely chewy hop bitterness, rendering a spicy, very dry-bitter and chewy/tangy finish as a result of yeasts and hops. Throughout the drink, the flavour shows a consistently sour-sweet (prune-ish) fruitiness on top of yeasty bitterness, while the good body of malts helps carry through all the more lively flavour from yeasts and hops.
M&D: quite effervescent upfront, but the mouthfeel manages to soften slightly on every sip, while the body is at most medium for a 8%abv. strong blond ale, just about right to balance off other more vibrant flavours. This is a very attractive and quaffable strong ale, given the high level of bitterness and dry palate particularly. If only the aroma were more balanced and not so sweet...

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of Oct 06

Pours hazy bronze color with a 4 fingers+ white fluffy head. Very good lacing & head retention

Smell: Pepper, lemon & yeast, fruitiness as it warms

Taste: Pepper& lemon notes, plus wheat malt up front. Fruittyness & hops (grapefruitty) assert as the ale warms. Finishes tart & lemony

MF: Spritzy & light. Good carbonation

Drinks okay, didn't totally pull together, but a nice Belgian PA none the less

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded straw gold with a minimal head. Nose is caramelized sugar with tight yeast. Flavor is slightly floral with a leafy overall edge to it. A slight alcohol presence is on the end. Feel is good. Great level of carbonation. Drinkable, yes. Though for some the unique nature of this brew might be a turn off.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. 8% abv. on the label.

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a huge dallop of meringue-like foam on the top. Lots of chunky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Tangy citrus, hops, and as mentioned in other reviews, a slight buttery scent (I took off points for that, not a big fan of the butter).

T: I'm getting a large lemony citrus vibe from this one. I'm also picking up hints of white pepper, peach, spicy hops, tart apples, and barely any alcohol. A malty quality pops up as it warms-a welcome addition to all of the other things going on here.

M: Sharp, carbonated, and drying, but pleasantly satisfying.

D: Despite the 8%, this is very drinkable. I found this particular bottle to be way more enjoyable than the bottles I drank of this last summer. Almost like there is less of a blatant alcohol flavor and more suble nuances to all of the fruity flavors going on here (maybe they dialed the alcohol back to 6.8% and didn't change the labels?). Quite enjoyable.

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Loterbol Blond from Café-Brouwerij Loterbol
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 57 ratings