Quintine Blonde | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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83 Ratings
Quintine BlondeQuintine Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise
Belgium
brasserie-ellezelloise.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of GRUUMSH
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of spoony
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (February 2015 notched into the label) into a tulip.

A-The brew pours with a one and one-half finger head of white foam that drops pretty quickly to a thick cap. The color, a copper/golden/amber, is darker than some "blondes". Carbonation is readily visible.

S-The smell has some caramel, some grassy grain, and fruity, medicinal alcohol. Overall, the brew gives off a sweet, slightly sugary aroma from both the alcohol and the malts. Hops are noticeable, but bitterness is mild.

T-Taste follows smell pretty closely. The fruity, medicinal alcohol is clearly there, but never hot or overtly aggressive. There is a fair bit of caramel malt taste for the style. Hops are more assertive at first, but fade on the finish.

M-The feel is a good example of the style, soft, lightly-creamy carbonation and a medium body.

O-This is a good, but not great, beer. There is a good variety of flavors here, but it lacks the integration and chutzpah possessed by the best beers of this style. Feel is appropriate and I give extra points for the cool witch on the label (not really, but I do dig the label).

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Photo of earthling
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I drank it out of a tulip glass. This copper-colored "blonde" tastes quite raisiny. Although I purchased it from a reputable San Francisco beer store, it's possible this bottle wasn't refrigerated its entire life. The bottle does contain live yeast.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SStein
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BYOFB
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of mscudder
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jmtpi
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour cloudy gold with a decent bar poured head. Plenty of stringy/webby lace.

Mild smell of cream, berries and clean very pale malt. No notable hop.

Starts with a crisp, full-bodied malt that gives way to a strong white pepper spice which lingers long into the aftertaste. Quite complex. Reminds me of a well made Kolsch with a pepper kick. The alcohol is completely hidden.

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Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Arphie
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a lovely chalice glass: New Years Day, in a bar on the Grand Place in Mons, Belgium.

The body was an orangey, golden yellow, a slight haze spoiled the moment; a thinning white head was evident as the glass was placed in front of me, by the time I’d lifted the glass to my lips it had receded to a collar and a wisp.

Mixed bag of mini smells; yeast, citrusy hops, sweet flower aromas and biscuit malts, all faint but detectable.

The taste is sharp, tangy and almost lager/pilsner like, however a malty flavour appears mid sip, before the dry, initial sharpness re-asserts it’s self. Half decent and certainly one of the crispier Belgian on-tap beers I’ve had in this style. The complexity of the flavours hid the alcohol content and it was impossible to guess it's ABV, very surprised when I discovered it was 8%.

Really enjoyed it, would have been better outside on a sunny, warm day rather than the damp cold evening I sat inside with my coat on. Hope to come across it again in the summer one day.

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Photo of eulcedes
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of garymuchow
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flip-top 11.2 oz bottle.
Thanks Todd.
Poured into snifter.
Bready and wine-like with bits o spice, a tad oxidized, some sweetness approaching a light caramel. Complex and nice.
Even with a loud pop upon opening, poured with virtually no head. Very cloudy and muddy looking. Significant yeast disturbance (and bottom of bottle is very darkly covered).
Flavors are kinda' muddled too. Strong malt character, a little yeasty spiciness. Soft fruit and alcohol. Some oxidation lending a mild cardboard quality.
Moderate to slightly higher mouthfeel. Really flat, esp. for style.
I think I had this a couple years ago and that bottle was clearly too old, so I didn't review it. This one seems less effected by age, but still gets knocked some. Both bottles came from the same store.

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Photo of avenuepub
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy light gold with an impressive white head.

Smell - Fruity esters and yeast dominate the aroma - pear, citrus, and powdery Belgian yeast, with some fresh bread notes beneath.

Taste - More fruit and yeast, with the malt slightly more pronounced than in the aroma, and a nice balancing hops bitterness.

Very complex and drinkable at the same time.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle @ Brocante cafe, Brussels

A: Rather hazy, with a copper color.

S: Smells a bit of jasmine, in the same way that Zinnebir does, but much less intense and balanced. Some candi sweetness.

T: Starts off slightly sweet but ends dry. Some earthy hops are evident in finish.

M: light-medium in body. Carbonation medium.

O: Highly drinkable and well balanced. Less sugar than most blonds, which I appreciate.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blonde more or less opaque. It feels a little freshness of hops and his side medicated plant. The mouth is simple but spicy is discernible hops which leads to bitterness and power. The finish is persistent. The power hop is well transcribed, which is somewhat surprising in a classic Belgian pale ale. Unfortunately, no great originality or great flavors.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden bronze color with a one-finger white head of foam. Good head retention and sticky, intricate lacing.

S - It smelled very fruity and yeasty. It was a really strong dried fruit aroma.

T - Great dried fruit flavors - plum and raisin with hints of apple. Good yeasty, spiciness that was not overpowering.

M - Very crisp and sharp with some real pop. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty Belgian ale. Glad I finally grabbed this one at the store.

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Photo of pioppo
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow. Quite fine and quite persistente white foam.

S - Very intense aromas of apple. Pleasant feeling of honey. A little of orange peel and lemon.

T - Like the smell, apple and honey appear.

M - Ethylic and bitterness are balanced each other in a very fine way. The high level of alcohol it's hidden in part by the bitter of hop. Good body and smoothness.

D - A delicate carbonation and the bitter that balances sweetness make this beer very drinkable.

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Photo of YannickB
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange blond with a nice white head. Head retention is good.

S: Smells very refreshing, lots of green apple, some tangy lemon and a bit of honey.

T: The noses comes back in taste palate. It statts of a bit fruity with green apple which goes to a more malty character. Lot of floral hop bitterness afterwards. Together with the astringent notes it almost seems like quinine. A little bit of alcohol heating comes through sometimes.

M: Mild carbonation that prickles the tongue a little bit. Dryness from the astringency.

T: A very refreshing beer, I would love a few of these on a warm summer day. Although you have a bit of alcohol heating, the beer covers its 8% abv very well.

Conclusion: I like this beer, the special hoppy aftertaste really hit the spot. I still love drinks loaded with quinine, so I loved it here again.

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Photo of Shakujin
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark and a more brown than I would like in a blond. The slightly brownish white does not spur the palate. good carbonation and a quality slightly rocky foam. Lacing is good but not outstanding.

Smell: Honey, lemon, apple, green raisins

Taste: Interesting. Candy sugar sweetness and lemon like bitterness in the front, with with vegetable, grassy hops in a long finish. Then in the background the oak ( whiskey?) plays around a bit.

Mouthfeel: No Comment

Drinkability: Interesting take on the strong blond ale beer. Not quite sure everything came together harmoniously but a good beer. With the complexities and the ABV though a tasting beer rather than a staple.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a retained 3/4" foamy white head, which slowly revealed some impressive lacing. The body was a semi-opaque bright yellow color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Crackerlike malt, Belgian yeast aromatics, bread dough, straw and a faint mustiness comprise the nose.

T- Big doughy malts up front along with the anticipated strawlike and musty notes. Moderate hop bitterness in the middle, which lasts through the finish.

M- A med-large body. Slightly underattenuated, and an abundant soft carbonation. Nice.

D- Goes down smooth, almost quaffable.

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Quintine Blonde from Brasserie Ellezelloise
3.76 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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