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Quintine Blonde | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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3.78/5
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83 Ratings
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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:
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Added by Jason on 08-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,552
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
83
pDev:
11.64%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy gold color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of musty fruit - pears with hints of apricots - and a good deal of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Earthy fruit flavors up front with good amounts of herbal hops. As the beer warms the beer sweetens a bit. Ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I keep finding myself impressed with Ellezelloise. I've yet to find anything spectacular but everything is above average. Worth a shot.

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

33cl flip-top (date punched April 2008) poured into my De Proef flute, Quintine Blonde is a cloudly, dark dirty gold with a pretty big white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet, honey and a bit of wild flowers.

Taste is also pretty sweet, some musty yeastiness, again, honey and flowers. Pretty simple, but full flavored, with the alcohol well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-heavy body.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty if simple BSPA. I like that funky mustiness that seems to permeate all of Brasserie Ellezelloise's beers. I like that they come in flip-tops, even though I'm surely paying for it, they're convenient for refilling with homebrews!

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a wispy thin head.

Smell: yeast, fruit sweetness, and some grassiness is detectable.

Taste: mild malt base with some yeast, golden apples, pears, some soft lemon zest, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol levels are not noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is brief and mild.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer but flavorwise is decent not great. Worth a try but don't expect to be blown away here.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. Served in a wine glass, it appeared a hazy light amber (blonde) with light lacing. The aroma was a bit lacking - sweet creamy cake. The flavor is quite different, with a pleasant light grain malt backbone under a heavier herbal/citrus rind hops character that dominates this beer into the aftertaste. This is a hoppy Belgian and aside from the lack of aroma, it's a fairly nice drink. I'd have it again.

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Photo of mj001jk
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange hazy color with a medium fine foam that disappears quickly leaving a thin film on the surface.

Nose is fruity and funky, candied red apples and some citrus with a rustic earthiness that adds complexity. I really like this aspect of the beer but there is not much in terms of maltiness if you are looking for that.

Refreshing and light, again the fruit notes show up red apple and orange with a small amount of bittering as well as aromatic hops. The beer is not very complex, but it makes for a very tasty session beer if you want to pound Belgians on your lawn mower. Just make sure it is YOUR lawn you are cutting.

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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a white foamy head. Aroma consists of crisp light golden fruit and alcohol presence. Very nice crisp fruit flavors; apple, pear, raisin and banana, balanced with pilsner maltiness and a slight hoppy dry finish. Very good.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thick hazy dirty blond color with a thick sticky head of tiny bubbles that hangs on forever. There was a lot of sediment in my glass, which was not flattering from an appearance perspective. Aroma is a bit spicy with a bit of sweet malt toffee-ness, but pretty faint. Flavor is effervescent and fruity, but also stale and cardboard-y. I think this beer is fresh - I brought it home from Belgium this week in my wooden leg, so I think this is a flaw. Not really for me.

I wouldn't really recommend this, although it's leaving a warm feeling in my chest that I can't hold against it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy golden/orange color with a big fluffy white head with moderate visible carbonation and lots of small suspended peppery floaties.

S: The aroma was yeasty and sweet with light citrus peel notes and ripe fruit (apples, pears).

T: The flavor was very sweet, honey wheat malt, lemon citrus and a nice variety of spiciness. The palate was fresh wheat and very refreshing against the spicy character of this beer that drank more like a witbier.

M: light and slick. The beer finished with a slight touch of yeasty sourness, oranges and a spicy hoppiness (saaz).

D: Overall a spicy and sour blonde that was refreshing and very thirst quenching.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkly gold with abundant bubbles and a glorious cap of alabaster froth. There's even a fine yeasty haze to make things more interesting yet. As expected, the head looks good as it deflates, leaving quite a bit of smeary lace in the process. Subsequent pours add even more yeast, a creamier crown and more interesting looking lace.

The aroma isn't that aromatic, but very little of the foam has faded. Right now, there's a golden fruitiness and a pinch of 'white' spiciness. It becomes more powerful with warming and develops a muskiness that is appealing.

For whatever reason, the flavor is bolder and better. There's really nothing unique about this particular beer, but then that's hardly a negative. Simply put, it's another in a long line of well-brewed strong pale ales from the country that invented and perfected the style.

The pale malt backbone is just big enough and the candi sugar provides just the right amount of sweetness to offset the hop bitterness and the yeasty spiciness. In other words, we have... balance. Tangy pears, Golden Delicious apples and few chunks of banana combine with a zippy spiciness. Good job all around.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite make it to the level achieved by the best of style. It delivers a light creaminess, a decent amount of mouthfilling volume and tingly carbonation.

Maybe it's the fact that I haven't had a good BSPA in a while, but this bottle of Brasserie Ellezelloise Quintine Blonde disappeared in a big hurry. A price of $5.89 is a bit steep for regular consumption, but I'm still glad I rescued this bottle from the shelf and gave it a home in my cart... then my fridge.. then my belly.

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Photo of Cromster
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Beer Mania in Brussels after being recommended to us by Nasser.

Poured from a Bottle into a trappist goblet

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head about 1-2 fingers deep. Good lacing all around the glass. Lots of sediment floating in this one.

Smell - Citrus, apples and yeast. Sweet yet tart smelling with a good amount of alcohol.

Taste - Yeast flavors are right up front with some hints of apple and citrus. The finish is very hoppy but not overpowering. The alcohol comes through strong in the end and warms the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Good amount of carbonation with a nice crisp feel.

Drinkability - If you are in the mood for a hoppy beer with a good crisp refreshing feel this beer is for you. I could drink this one alot on a nice warm summer day.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully fogged in orange brown with a nice sized head. Nose is a pungent citrus with a yeast nose. An interesting funk lies on the back side of it as well. Flavor is pretty funky with some saison like character I think. Overall though it is more so a BSPA. Alcohol very quietly hits the tongue at the very end. Before that though, there is a nice yeast tone with an expected sugar sweetness to it. It's just a nice and earthy brew. Feel is thick and caressing with carbonation. Liquid feels fairly thick. Overall very drinkable. Well made and pretty even, it has some staying power to it that is worth sipping on. The price is a wee bit too high though.

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Photo of DrJay
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -10.1%
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 +5.8%
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 +10.8%
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%
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 -23.8%
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 -7.4%
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 +6.3%
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 -1.6%
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 +13.5%
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.

Wyll-

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Photo of marburg
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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 -20.1%
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 -14.8%
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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Quintine Blonde from Brasserie Ellezelloise
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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