Petrus Blond
De Brabandere

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Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #90
Ranked #43,418
3.53 | pDev: 12.46%
De Brabandere
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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 240
Photo of Tschnab
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a crystal clear body with a golden hue and bright white head that dissipates very quickly.

S- clean and crisp grains, almost like a lager, honey sweetness, phenol spice.

t- again there are alot of flavors of a pale lager like cereal and sweet malt, but there is also a touch of honey and a decent amount of booze.

o- pretty good, not great considering the price, I only get a little bit of that typical belgian flavor, but for the most part it tastes like a pale lager (looks like one too)

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Photo of brewdenver
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with strong fingers and good lacing. Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Medium head that dissipated quickly. leaving a light foam and some fingers around glass. Aroma was pleasant. Taste is very easy on the palette. Nothing offensive about it. Gives me a feeling of drinking a more full bodied blonde. Mouthfeel is good with a strong amount of carbonation allowing the grain and hops to settle in quite nicely. A good beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A shocking white foamy head, with not too much staying power and little retention. Body is clear and golden yellow, kind of urine color looking, with some large fast rising bubbles.

Nose is sweet. Sweet malts, feels a little spicy phenolic as well. Not much else, honey like sweet.

Taste is a sugar and alcohol sharp rush. Spicy notes of sweet quick bitter hop that disappear very fast. Lots of sense of white sugar, heat, alcohol and booze. Finish on this is almost non existent since the front palate hits so quickly. Mild sticky honey on the lips as well. Body seems to hint at sugar syrup and very carbonated.

This is far too much a sugar instant rush and boozy sweet. Not really enjoyable for me. I think I'll pass on this one, don't see myself having this one again.

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Photo of russpowell
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Apple peels & white grapes, grainy bread once warm

T: Grainy bready sweetness with a touch of hay & floral hops up front. Dryness& a touch of aspirin bitterness as this warms, some boozey bite as well. Finishes with apple peels & a sweet grainy twang with just a bit of pineapple

MF: A bit thin, prickly carbonation

Not the worst shot at this style I've tried, but not very good. Thia brewery didn't really do much for me overall based on this gift pack I purchased

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Photo of karait95
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A yellow straw color beer with a light body, not a very impressive head required by the style and not too rich carbonation therefore there is no permanent layer on top of the beer.

S: Rich aroma as expected based basically yeast and malts kind of fruity aromas, intense with some alcohol present also.

T: Yeast, malt and hops are presents, the hops are not the main ingredient but they are present mostly at the end contributing for a complex flavor.

M: Very pleasant beginning that change drastically to a harsh to try bitter flavor the change is fast and the ending is very long leaving a bitter sensation a long time all over the back.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a touch of haze. Head poured a good, thick two fingers of frothy white foam.

Smell: somewhat tangy apple and pear notes sit atop a relatively rich, malty base. It's a bit biting and sweet, but not too bad.

Taste: decent enough malt flavor with some more of that tart apple and pear, although thankfully not as tart as the aroma. The flavors seem muddled and not very well put-together, but overall this is not a bad-tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Nothing crazy going on here.

Overall: this is a pretty middle-of-the-road beer. I could see how it might not appeal to everyone, but I tend to like my Belgians a little bit fruity like this one.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin white mousse. Shimmers nicely when held up to the light. It looks like a Belgian pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

S: Aromas of caramel, honey, and earthy, herbal hops are present on the nose. Initial impressions suggest a tendency toward malt sweetness like many other beers of this style.

T: A sweet, yet moderately hoppy entry gives way to notes of caramel, honey, biscuits, herbs, and mandaring orange. Finish is sweet with a relatively long interplay of sweet citrus and earthy hop flavors. Both malt sweetness and hop bitterness are here in balance. A very pleasant surprise.

F: Petrus Blond is medium-to-full bodied, feeling a little heavier and more solid than many lower strength Belgian pale ales. This is obviously a solidly constructed beer.

O: I liked this ale more than I expected I would. Generally, Belgian pale ales tend to lean more toward malt sweetness, but the balance of Petrus Blond is commendable.

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Photo of azorie
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: first off this is a strong blonde or golden ale not a BPA. Big 2 inch head, lots of nice lacing all the way down to the end.
clear golden ale in color. not cloudy.

s: dry yeast fruit hit the nosy with of sweet esters. banana like with some hints of hops. great smell very complex. as it warms your thinking triple. great stuff

t: wow yummo, hehe. Very nice balance of malt and hops, its a dry sweet fruit flavors of a good golden ale, reminds me of a weaker hopped duval and a good tripel. complex golden ale.
malty banana like flavors, too complex for me to figure out but I love it.

m: nice refreshing, med body, med carbonation

o: outstanding ale, if you like Belgians this is a great beer not as strong as a tripel but drinks like one. costs about as much as one does also, haha

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a golden color, the head was fizzy and white in color. It has some minimal retention and no lacing. The smell of the beer has a light sourness on the nose, the malts are a little sweet and not much hop aroma. The taste of the beer is a little strange at first, the second sip was better. The malts was nice, it went well with my pork dinner. The other flavors were decent, some light hops and just a touch of tartness. The mouthfeel was light, had an active carbonation to it. Overall this brew wasn't too bad, but I don't think it'd be one that I'd buy again.

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Photo of codfeast
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to chalice.

A: a hazy gold, small head disolved quickly, sticky lacing

S: malt, clove, fruit, some dairy(butter or cream)

T: Kind of malty, with a bit a muted spice.

M: Creamy with a medium carbination. laeves a surapy finish.

O: It is all right but for $3.69 a 12oz. bottle there are many better options. Hope my next Petrus is a bordeaux.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a fruity, yeasty nose full of citrusy orange aromas, with hints of berries, and more-than-passing resembles a fruity champagne in this respect. The rest of the nose is rounded out by a toasted grain/biscuit base, and a slight alcohol smell.

On the tongue, the fruits present in the nose come across far more lightly than would be expected, and in fact are only marginally more noticeable than the toasted grains. Still present are citrus notes, with just a hint of Belgian-like spice, but these are quite light. They do blend in well with the strong grain taste, and the malts bring a nice current of fruit esters and sugars as well. Hops are light, and add very little bitterness to the brew, though they do contribute a nice rosewater background, and help to balance the malty sweetness. Around the edges of the brew sits a bubbly, tonic-like flavor ring. The aftertaste is mainly a continuation of the sugary malts, with just a hint of hops.

Overall, while I am slightly disappointed at how light and meek the flavors are, I do concede that those flavors are, relatively, quite wonderful and well-balanced.

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Photo of benfons
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Blonde colour lots of carbonation, heads seems pretty unstable and sets fast

S: some citrus, malts, a hint of grains and somewhere in the back there are hops

T: a lot of malts, with the grains again and a hint of hops

M: slightly thin, abv feels fine, carbonation are okay

O: not bad not great either, no complexity

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Yellow orange color with 3/4 inch white bubbly head and ok retention. There is alot of stuff floating in this beer

Smell: Bready yeast and orange zest are the first thing I pick up then hints of caramel

Taste: Very bland, there is not much flavor to this beer at all. Touches of citrus fruits and caramel and thats about it

Mouthfeel: Medium body medium carbonation goes down really smooth but leaves a bit of a dry finish

Overall: This beer is just ok. It was a bit of a let down for me because of the lack of flavor. I usually love the petrus line of beers but this one just missed the mark

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Photo of Franz4
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle

A-pours a hazy subdued golden color with an off white head that disappears rapidly, lacing is moderate.

S- smells of wet straw, with just a bit of zest to it and a slight caramel in the background

T- slightly spicy with more of the straw taste to it, very one-dimensional.

M- highly carbonated, medium bodied, feels semi-dry

O- This is a just slightly above average brew glad I tried it but probably not going back for more.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden honey color with, on a vigorous pour, about an inch of dense mousse like foamy head leaving fine lacing all around the glass.

Smells most like a pilsner. Hints of pilsner malts, sharp and spicy with some friuty esters in ther too. There is also a skunky off aroma that I can't decide if it's good or bad.

Sharp pilsner with some apple flavor.

A sharp tasting brew that is semi dry on finish. Its slightly bitter and has a nice soft alcohol essence.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours dark gold with a coarse white head. It has a fruity aroma of apples and black currants with a touch of starchiness (like fresh linen).

The nose promises a lot, but the taste is something of a disappointment. There's a short rush of fruity sweet apples, pears, and bubblegum(!), but it quickly dies off and is replaced by a dryness with no body whatsoever. It's as if you're left drinking tonic water.

I don't think I'll buy this again unless I want to stand around like an idiot swirling and smelling my beer without ever tasting it.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - clear straw golden, two finger of fluffy white head left random stickiness on the glass
S - leafy and bready with a banana and sour fruit aroma
T - sour fruit, leafy dry hops, bready malt, but mostly dominated by an astringent flavour that is not all together pleasant
M - highly carbonated, watery thin, finishes a little dry
D - the flavours are interesting but the astringent was a bit much in my opinion, though still fairly easy drinking

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Photo of impending
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy butterscotch orange , minor head subsided slowly, minor lacing.

Aroma of a muted tripel. Yeasty, distinct in subtle hop pleasantries and a quiet apple.

Fairly sweet with minor phenols. Only a touch of bitter in the end. Mild aftertaste is short lived. Thin lively mouthfeel.

Rather tame in all, would not interfere with food if served with a meal.

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2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cL bottle to Petrus stemware. Best by 22/07/12, sampled 1/11/11.

A: The head is fluffy and white, 3 fingers tall and has average retention. The interior of the light golden orange body is clear and very still except for the solitary streamer at the very bottom and center of the conical shaped glass. Randomly flung lacing.

S: Sweet malts are gently toasted and lightly grainy. The grassy/herbal hops play off of the earthy/leafy yeast.

T: Overly sweet, particularly from the midpalate on. Petrus Blond is lacking the bitterness it needs to combat the sweetness. Alcohol pokes through on the palate as well.

M: The carbonation is soft, not flat, but definitely undercarbed. More bubbles are needed to clear the sweetness from the tongue.

D: Not a bad beer by any means but not worth revisiting any time soon.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass a clear honey golden color with a rather large fluffy, frothy white head that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Malty cereal type aromas in the nose along with some cream corn. This is interesting because the flavors build throughout your drink, starting off pretty minimal and gaining in sweetness with a slight bitterness in the end that lingers for a second. Mild belgian type notes. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very light, crisp light brown copper color. Decent sized, foamy, smooth, bright white colored head with tiny bubbles. Really nice retention leaving a thin layer of lace.

S - Quite a large level of cooked grain and vegetable like an average European Pale Lager. There are hints of what I would expect from a Belgian Pale Ale with some pale malt and sweetness and a hint of yeast. More Euro Pale than what I would like though.

T - Slightly better than the nose, but not much. Still has a lot of the cooked vegetable and grain Euro Pale Lager flavor. Some pale malt, yeast, hint of spice (pepper, lemon zest, some clove). Some lemon and other fruit flavors toward the finish. Faint floral and grassy hops. Slight metallic taste as well.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Nothing special, just average.

D - Goes down easy and it doesn't offend the taste, but I'm not really finding myself desiring another one.

Notes: Strange beer that isn't really a typical Belgian Pale Ale. Some hints of what I would expect from that style, but too much cooked vegetable and grain. This didn't offend me with its taste, but I wasn't really impressed. This is pretty much just an average beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an oversized Petrus wine glass because I can. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.

Aroma is odd. It's about as bready as an aroma can be, it's strong and almsot musky.

Beer is thin and mildly sweet with a decent ester presence. Overall it's not the most enjoyable blonde out there. The finish has an odd bitterness and it's a little dry. I don't think I'd have it again.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville NJ. Poured a hazy amber/copper color with a nice foamy head and moderate lacing. Smooth and light bodied with fruity maltiness. Some light carbonation makes this beer crisp and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body. Has a little bitterness on the finish.

A slight hint of alcohol but a very drinkable beer for me...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ML bottle into a tulip.
a - Pours a murky, golden brown color with one finger of white fluffy head and moderate carbonation.
s - Smells of yeast, spices, apples, sweet fruity malts, and caramel and bready malts.
t - Tastes of light fruity malts, light spices, yeast, and bready malts. Very faint in everything.
m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink.
d - A pretty nice belgian style ale that was very easy to drink. I thought the smell and especially the taste, wasn't very strong, but it was decent. Could definitely drink a few of these and would give another shot.

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Photo of bala747
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at a bar called Wala Wala in Singapore. At first glance I was pretty miffed at it as it appeared to pour like a macro lager but I was wrong. Here's the review.

A: Poured from a bottle into a glass that appeared like a mix between a footed pilsener glass and a goblet. Brownish yellow, slightly cloudy pour with a head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lace.

S: Smelt nicely of scottish shortbread, some malt, some fruity esters, and really floral hoppy smell. Not as complex as a trappist but very pleasant.

T: Very smooth, slightly acidic taste, and somewhat sweet. Very tasty, and yet simple. I am having some trouble describing the taste because while it is pleasant, somewhat hard to resolve the individual flavours, but remarkably nice and sweet, and almost detected some corn. Remarkably subtle for a beer.

M: Well carbonated, nice, smooth mouthfeel that doesn't feel like you're drinking bread. Good medium bodied finish that doesn't leave your mouth puckering like a macro lager. Slightly sour aftertaste.

D: Very smooth and goes down easy, the medium body and good carbonation makes this a remarkably drinkable beer.

Now I think one good thing about many macros is that they are drinkable, and this beer is as drinkable as a macro but to call it a macro is to do it a grave injustice. It is sort of a half-and-half. Has enough to interest a serious beer drinker, and yet as drinkable as a macro. Good beer.

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