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Quintine Blonde | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Quintine BlondeQuintine Blonde

Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 81
Photo of DrJay
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy and golden amber, this beer poured with a short, eggshell cap of fine bubbles that showed great retention and produced thick, chunky lacing. The aroma was heavy on bread and yeast, but had notes of berries, cotton candy, and apple as well. Still, the nose was mild overall. Moderate bitterness with a light fruity flavour with some bread and malt sweetness rounding it out. Grassy hops were evident towards the end and it finished with a little bit of alcohol warmth. Light bodied with high carbonation. A very enjoyable drink, tasty and refined.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Spéciale, dorée, limpide (sur levure). Belle mousse blanche abondante, bien saturée.
Smell : Nez fleuri de houblon frais, arôme de levure. Saveur franche.
Taste and mouthfell : goût de malt fruité, et de levure. amertume fruitée.
Drinkability : bonne bière dans le style Belgian strong ale (bitter ?)

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Photo of dgallina
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle marked best-before April 2008.

In the tulip, the beer is a hazy golden tan that's full of sediment. A thin white head rises rapidly on the pour, then recedes quickly leaving behind thin lace tendrils. The aroma suggests pineapple and mango blended with husky grains, yeast, and some alcohol bitterness. The flavor is exceedingly gentle at the outset; light fruit notes with hints of malty sweetness. The finish is rather beastly, however. Over-strong medicinal alcohol with phenolic overtones. Body is light, airy, and easy drinking. An uneven beer.

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

Appearance- Poured a nice golden hazy color. Had a nice fluffy, white head.

Smell- Not much of a smell. The only thing I could really detect was the smell of the alcohol.

Taste- Nice hop flavors with hint of malts. The alcohol is a bit high and it kind of overpowers the taste.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated. Light body.

Drinkability- This beer was okay. It wasn't even close to their Saison 2000.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For some reason this beer looked really familiar to me, (probably from this site) so i decided i would give it a try. It poured a gold color, with a big head that faded quickly, and a good amount of tiny sediment particles floating around giving it a whole other layer of color. Smell was bursting with that Belgian yeast characteristic of the style. It was also loaded with fruits such as peaches, bananas and oranges. In the taste, first comes the fruit, then some candied sugar, then an alcohol punch, finally ended by an almost earthy calming down. Mouthfeel was medium bodied...not too heavy and not too light. I would drink this one all night. This is the best Belgian beer I have tried since Gulden Draak. A great beer to be had.

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Photo of BeerHonky
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing top bottle at Bier Circus in Brussels. Served in a specific glass from the brewery with artwork on the side (just about all beers at Bier Circus are served with corresponding glassware). Nice cloudy golden yellow beer with a super light and fluffy head. Big juicy aromas of citrus fruits and esters can be immediately detected from bar counter distance. Taste is equally as strong and fruity. All sorts of fruit flavors are present, hard to pinpoint. These are mixed with a nice balance of pithy fruit skin texture, belgian yeast, and alcohol. Somewhat prickly carbonation left little to no trace of any aftertastes. Certainly not something you want to drink a lot of, but rather enjoy and pick out all the hidden flavors. Awesome.

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Photo of neonbrown82
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was one hell of a disappointment after having enjoyed the Brasserie Ellezelloise Hercule Stout so much. The beer pours to a light blonde color, but the sediment sneaks up on you quickly and turns it into a dark hazy golden color. The head is a bit thin and recedes quickly, leaving only a small lacing.

The smell is interesting. Very malty and sweet with prunes, raisins, and figs in the back.

The taste is like a hearty 12 grain wheat bread mixed with water and dark fruits, such as those mentioned in the nose. Not pleasant.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light considering the beer tastes so bready. I will definitely not buy this again, though I will probably revisit their stout again (as it is actually WORTH paying $5 a bottle). This one met the drain soon after I wrapped up the review, which is now...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an hazy dark golden color ale with an above medium head with better then average retention. Aroma is mix of very floral malt and some very wonderful spices. Taste is a bit harsh at first (like a rush of spices hitting your tongue) with some sweetness coming in later and some light bitterness at the end. Very enjoyable and good example of the style.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

recommended to me by nasser of beer mania after telling him i like tripels.. served from 11.2 flip-top bottle.. $3. pours a pleasant gold with adequate carbonation and peppy but slight foam head.

aroma is heavy of candy sugar. after the accidentally sour beers ive been drinking and hating, this is a jolt back to the world of better beer.

taste is a bit on the alcoholy side, but brings out a sharp citrus and sweetness in the aftertaste which melts nicely into the lasting aroma for a complex, smooth, smoky beer sipping experience. this is the perfect beer for this particular oversized snifter-type glass..

as a previous reviewer said, i would keep drinking this all day if it wasn't so damn expensive. a good summer beer with an upbeat flavor full of crispness and life.. short on bitterness and sourness.

overall, a great runner-up beer from a brewery known best for their stout.

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Photo of ghurux86
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

apperance: pours a cloudy dark orange with a mediocre head. the head is white and creamy but doesn't last long, and leaves little lacing. overall pretty good but nothing outstanding.
smell: alcohol, citrus (possibly lemon), maybe banana, smells pretty good.
taste: alcohol is pretty noticable along with some spices and citrus. aftertaste reveals alcohol even more. the alcohol is somewhat overpowering.
mouthfeel: it feels pretty good, smooth with light carbonation, but not astounding once again.
drinkability: i'd have another and another if it didn't cost so much, so unfortunately i may never have it again, there are so many others to try.
i'd say that overall it's worth getting at least once and not that bad for being 8% ABV, but there are better beers in this style.

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Photo of wyllder
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Have had this 4-5 times now. The first time was at The Moan & Dove in Amherst, MA.

For this review I purchased a few bottles at Table & Vine in Northampton, MA.

After already opening the bottle, I noted the the "best before" marks seem to indicate January 2003.

Pours a murky (with yeast) light caramel with a modest foamy head.

Nose is spicy butterscotch and caramel with hints of bready fruit. Very appealing to smell and rather unique amongst beers.

Taste is deep & creamy butterscotch with warming alcohol notes and a spicy edge to it. Overall impression is robust and smooth. The aftertaste is a nice lingering butterscotch with hints of spicy bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Perhaps a mental trick caused by low carbonation combined with the butterscotch flavor but this just feels great in the mouth.

Drinkability suffered somewhat with this sample. It didn't seem as crisp as I recall past samples being. This could be a result of the batch being a bit past its prime and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for a fresher sample to re-review.

Overall, this beer made a heck of an impression on me from the very first moment I tried it. It's jumped right up into my list of personal favorites. Now I just need to find it a bit fresher.


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Photo of marburg
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fun little beer to be sure. A zesty, sparkling lemon and pine aroma that seems more a natural fragrance than a notion derived from hops. The intensity of the aromas seems to imply a lively mouthfeel, and it holds true. Yeasty and a bit gritty throughout, hints of green apple or lemon sweet-tartness give way to a flour-like dullness and the shadow of cooked sweet onion. The raw feel of the beer continues through an aggressively hopped finish and mild astringency. Depending on how to you try to categorize this, it's either unique, lacking, or a rousing success. My olefactory sense and tastebuds will, at the very least, declare it worth drinking.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light amber to dusty gold, even layer of dense off-white foam with good retention, a bit lacy, slightly hazy

Aroma: a bit bready and appley, very light clovey phenols, hops are somewhat floral (like a pilsner), alcohol, yeast, old socks

Flavor: hearty amount of malt sweetness which is initially challenged by peppery alcohol and then by a vegetal hop bitterness, crackers or toast, slight tanginess, hop flavor is quite pronounced, hint of yeasty mustiness, finishes semi-dry with a lingering bitterness and alcohol taste

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth, a bit sharp

Overall Impression: Not one of this brewery's best. The ambre takes that title probably. This one just seems a bit amateurish for a blonde.

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Photo of stcules
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full orange colour, with a white, creamy, compact head.
Smell: green apple, white flowers, fresh grass, yellow lemon, pink grape fruit. Yeast and bread. After a while, ripe banana.
At the taste the hop is dominant, but well amalgamated with the background sweetness. Grape fruit, lemon. A little astringent.
Medium body.
Aftertaste citric and hoppy, not too marked.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Nice, deep, cloudy orange color with a thick head that laced the glass on the way down.

Smell – There’s some yeast in there, but otherwise it smells like the all-too-common overly orange ales that I’m finding in the BSPA category lately.

Taste – The orange syrup dominates, as suspected. There’s actually a hop balance in this once, but mostly overpowering sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Flat considering the big carbonation at the pour.

Drinkability – This is not my idea of a BSPA. This is more like a flat, freshly-squeezed witbier from Florida.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a strong head that leaves some lace. Sweet nose, good malt flavor, medium body, finishes with a good malt/hoppy taste but the alcohol is not noticeable. Cloudy yellow with at least 1/16" of chunky bits settling at the bottom - most I have seen. Good carbonation.

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Photo of aracauna
2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The golden amber body supports a very large and cottony white foam. A lemon and hay aroma has a bit of a sour washcloth to it. The flavor is straw-like malt, uncooked green beans. It has a dry finish and smooth mouthfeel. This is a pretty blah belgian blonde.

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cute little 11.2 oz swing top bottle, freshness date is noted on the side of the label. Long blurb about the beer and brewery on the back label is interesting. Thanks to Daniel from The Moan & Dove in Amherst, MA for the sample.

Appearance: Awesome white lacing that almost shimmer against the light. The lace holds strong from an active bubbly carbonation. Clouded pale golden with tiny particles of sediment floating around.

Smell: Ripe apple with a faint tangerine and lemony tartness, mild raw honey and light powdery yeast in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Uniformly crisp and smooth from a well developed conditioning. Carbonation is medium to high within a moderate body. Fast to the fruitiness of apple with yeasty overtones. Estery without a doubt, alcohol warms slowly with a ghost like solvent alcohol. An underlying layer of maltiness is sweet on the palate. Big veggie hop bitterness with a huge earthy backing of husky grain, hop flavour and yeast. Slightly astringent with a semi-sweet finish.

Notes: Swift in its complexities and tries to make my taste buds hesitate for a bit, there is a balance within the layers and further into the finish. A decent digestive with the higher carbonation and bitter qualities. A treat none the less. Anyone to play around with such a small swing-top bottle has got some funk in the trunk.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy golden straw color with a white fluffy dence head that last for a while reducing to a white collar leaving a lace behind. The smell of cloves and alcohol go straight to the nose. The first reveals a pleasant hop flavor with a cloves and fruitiness that pours onto the pallate. There is not a lot of carbonation which did not seem to hurt the beer any.


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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber color, big, creamy, rocky white head, with loads of yeast coming through on the pour. Aroma: vanilla, fruits, citrus, peach, and a certain sea-foam character I find in witbiers, among others. Soft, mellow, mild hops, medium body. I admit a feeling of "been there/done that", and, while it is good, I'm a little blase about this one. Tingly, sparkly, fruity, and delicious...it's just that I've had better.

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

out of the nice little 11.2 oz flip top bottle, you will get an impressive pour. it is a cloudy golden color with a nice foamy white head. lace will be all over the glass for hours if you don't rinse it out. there is a whole lot of honey in the aroma. you also pick up wheat and yeast.

this beer is very complex and very enjoyable. there is a great arrangement of pale malts with a pleasant sweet taste. the 8% alcohol is well hidden. you get lots of yeast and honey in the flavor in this beer. it is very drinkable with light carbonation and a medium body. it is very smooth and crisp with the small amount of carbonation giving it a tingly feel. "the beer of the hills" it says on the bottle. i would not mind being in the hills drinking this beer. i would definitely enjoy it.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool swing top bottle, hazy straw colour, with bits of yeast floating around here and there, aroma is quite yeasty, slightly bready, and hoppy and perhaps a bit spicy. Very lively carbonation, quite concentrated aswell, quite fruity middle with a hop bitter finish, alcohol shines through a tad at the end.

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Quintine Blonde from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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