Petrus Blond
De Brabandere

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Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #91
Ranked #43,551
3.53 | pDev: 12.46%
De Brabandere
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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 240
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle to stemmed tulip

A: Clear, and deep cider-like gold. A soft pour led to a 2-finger cream colored head that was retained very well leaving ringed lace down the glass.

S: Apple esters with yeasty grainy sweetness with an ever so slight hint of flowery hop.

T: Honey, bready sweetness with a bit of earthy hop. There was an astringent character with the warm alcohol became more annoying as the session progressed. Finish was moderately crisp. Any Pils malt character was subdued, almost not noticeable.

M: Creamy and smooth with medium-low carbonation and a medium dry finish.

D: This was the first Belgian Blonde I have had. I can see some flaws based on what I know of the style but I enjoyed the brew for its smooth and sweet nature. Would drink again.

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

330ml bottle
6.5% ABV
I tried this beer on December 30, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer pours a hazy medium gold colour with a 1" white head that lasts a while. The aroima was grassy malt, yeast, and some floral hop tones. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation. The flavour was grassy malt, yeast, and some sweet tones and spiciness.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange with a yellow hue, and a thin white head that fades gradually, becoming slightly patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is fairly tart, with notes of cherries and grapes. Ample euro malts, with a touch of hops. Notes of sugary red fruits come in as well. Touch of caramel and raisins.
Taste is spicey malts and some very subtle hops, with the malts becoming slightly bready towards the finish. Lightly roasted, caramelly notes come in near the finish as well. Some fig and raisin, as well as some light, sugary fruits.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice bite from the carbonation. Dry on the finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is very good. Pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Resto, New York, NY

A: The beer poured golden yellow in color with a finger high white fluffy head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is some malty sweetness in the aroma, which seems unique for this style.
T: The taste is much sweeter than the smell yet there is a good amount of bittersweet flavors from the hop balance.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is a low amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very drinkable and goes especially well with spicy food.

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Photo of hackmann
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An attractive looking hazy golden orange (yellow held to the light). Nice soft white head, two finger pour, that disappears quickly. The head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bready from the yeast and slight sweetness. Little uninspiring.

Taste: Not a complex taste. A soft orange taste with some grains and plenty of yeast for that bready character. Very light hoppy bite and pleasantly sweet from the malts. A very good summertime drink.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing. No lingering notes giving me a clean feel to the palate. The nice water edges and carbonation cleanses the mouth. Think of eating a melon, cantelope, and how the mouth feels refreshed.

Drinkability: I would give it a 5 for a summer day - but, at this price I can't afford it. It cost me 5 bucks a bottle in a sampler pack here in Michigan.

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Photo of emsroth
2.52/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle as part of a sampler pack

App: Beautiful, cloudy gold, but has large, chunky suspended solids which is always gross. And it was a rather gentle pour. Thin head, though nice lace.

Smell: Strong notes of honey and slight orange. Otherwise, very similar to cheap euro lagers.

Taste: Matches the smell. Slight honey with a hint of earthiness in the finish. Little bitterness.

Light-medium body with nice, tight carbonation. Leaves a bit of a film behind, though.

As Johhny Fincioen said about this beer style, it was produced to compete with the mass-market pilseners, and that's what this resembles, a fruity, zesty euro pale lager.

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Photo of drpimento
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Firstly, the bottle I'm drinking now is on the old side, at least a year I think, maybe more. Poured with a small to medium off white head and no lace. Head settled down to a thin cover quick. Color isn't blonde, but a medium cloudy amber with little bits of precipitate. Aroma is malty, yeasty, and fruity. Flavor's about the same. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Not bad. Think it would be better if fresher. Finish is ok too.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow with a thick and firm head of foam. Strong retention and moderate lacing.

Light pear and apple nose. Pleasant Belgian aroma, Almost too much foam on the pour yields a creamy and viscous feel. Breaks down a bit too fast and is a bit too effervescent. Quite easy on the palate for the style yet unobtrusive and bland. Boring yet pleasant at the same time.

Alas. a six taster of the Petrus and I'm not impressed as of yet..

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas pretty fresh nose with touches of citrus. A very nice mouth, good hops round with a well controlled and safe touch, like grapefruit. Finish not too bitter and slightly fruity. Good Standard Pale Ale which lets drink but without being a must...

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Photo of goblue3509
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice straw colored color with a thick one and a half finger head. The aroma is faint, some bready notes with maybe a hint of some citrus also. The taste is of a sweet malt backbone with hints of yeast. The mouthfeel is sharp and crisp with alot of carbonation. Overall its is a drinkable beer but there is not much to make you want more than a couple, but also nothing to turn you off.

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Photo of m1ked
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up some Belgian bottles from WF Bowery beer room for a blind tasting during the card-pack playoff game.

A- Pours a slightly hazy tarnished golden yellow with a 1.5 finger pure white head that quickly recedes with a small amount of lacing on the edges. A couple of lazy streamers are noted.

S- I am struggling to get much out of this despite swirling it around and really getting my nose in there. I get tinny, bready grains with a very mild clove aroma.

T- Mildly sweet grains, with some biscuit, and buttery notes, a touch of coriander and candied sugar. No real stand out flavors here, overall very soft and mild. Might be good for a transition beer for someone just beginning to test the waters of the Belgian beer world.

M- As mentioned above, very soft and mild. Light body, with low carbonation and an off dry finish.

D- Nothing super interesting here, but nothing offending either. Like I said before, I would consider this to be a good transitional beer. I have had much better Belgians, even from Petrus...not bad by any means though.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a beautiful straw color with a head that fades down to a thin layer but coats the glass fairly well. Not really all that much going on with this one, but still satisfying nonetheless. Slightly bitter, tastes a bit like wine and is very light. Has a bubbly feeling going down the throat...

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Photo of lenin2040
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

serving type: bottle, in a petrus glass from a gift pack.

appearance: it's a gusher! big pillow head dies down over the course of 5 minutes to a thin layer. delicate lacing. toasted straw with a tangerine glow

aroma: faint bread pudding, butter

taste and mouthfeel - oh so creamy and smooth.. metallic hop bitterness balanced by some caramel sweetness. gras a little booze creeps up midway through.

drinkability and notes: not especially complex, but the creamy mouthfeel really goes down easy and digging the delicate hop bitterness.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 22/06/2009, drank and reviewed 23/08/2009. This is one of a host of Petrus beers I bought on a trip to Belgium a couple of years ago. The first to be reviewed, the others are sat waiting their turn in the garage.

Poured in one go into my huge 'Judas' stemmed tulip glass. The body was a misty, dirty orange, or tangerine colour, an off white bubbly head sat on top. The head tried to form some lacing as the beer level dropped, but only a few pieces actually stayed the distance.

A sour yeast aroma hits your nose, oranges and grapefruit smells also appear along with a spice feel (pepper and cinimmon?). As the beer warmed in the glass the sweeter end of the citrus aroma scale becomes evident.

The taste was hoppy for a Belgian Blond and tangy from the grapefruit and spice mix I detected in the nose.

Fairly light bodyfeel, the 6.6% sits nicely in this well balanced beer and I enjoyed the tasting very much. I look forward to reviewing the remaining Petrus beers I have stashed away.

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a khaki-colored, long lasting, bubbly head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, fruit and caramel malt.

T - It tasted spicy, yeasty, and a little fruity. It had a nice sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light to medium bodied Belgian ale.

D - This is a nice Belgian pale ale. Nothing extremely fabulous, but still good.

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Photo of tronester
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a medium white head. Smells of a Belgian yeast strain and ripe banannas. Taste is very light, pale malts dominate the flavor, with a hint of Candi sugar and a whisper of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation high probably from bottle conditioning. Drinkability is good better than petrus other beers IMO.

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Photo of hdofu
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant tasting. Poured with a thick white head which very quickly dissolved into lacing. The beer itself was a pale gold. Smelll smelled of wheat and citrus. Taste was that of wheat and fruit. Quite light on the tongue. Nothing swaying me one way or the other as far as drinkability goes but it was better then the average beer.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a Petrus glass.

A: pours hazy straw/gold/orange, lacks clarity, with a tightly beaded 1 finger head. Looks quite attractive in the Petrus glass.

S: powdery yeast, bread, some restrained spice (clove) on the nose.

T: Orange/apricot mixed with a clovy spice flavor, some sweet caramel in the middle, and quickly finishes with a solid, mouthwatering bitterness that lingers momentarily and then clears. Definitely a bit of resiny, earthy hop flavor in the finish as well, which distinguishes this from other Belgian blondes. Fairly well balanced between bitterness and the other "Belgiany" flavors.

M: a very light and fluffy feel, makes for a nice and easy drinker. Carbonation about average.

D: Overall a nice drinker. The bitterness and hop flavor distinguish this beer, and is well balanced with the other flavors. A great beer for sitting on the deck in the evening during the summer.

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

330ml bottle. Pleasant-looking Santa-esque monk depicted on the label.

This beer pours a clear, brilliant golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and maybe a bit sudsy off-white head, which leaves a few striated layers of painted lace around the glass as it quite slowly melts away. Effervescence continues to rise from the base of the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale and caramel malt, spicy yeast, a touch of dried honey, ethereal funk, a hint of metallic alcohol, and an almost-not-there grassy, hay-like hoppiness. The taste is mostly in step - more middling sweet bready malt, understated yeast, sort of honeyed and dried pome fruit, meek earthy and weedy hops, and a soft woody alcohol warming.

The carbonation is plainly active at first, but levels off quickly, the body a fairly decent medium weight, with a bit of diacetyl slickness messing with its otherwise agreeable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the grain and wood alcohol most prominent.

An enjoyable enough blonde ale, one restrained in the typical Belgian quotient of flavours, i.e. the yeast, and drinkable, I would imagine, until that tag along alcohol starts to outstay its welcome.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Super carbonated! I barely poured this brew out and the glass filled quickly with foamy head. Pours a yellow slightly hazy brew. Smell is very faint semisweet scent, not much else. Now the taste is pretty damn good. Not too overbearing and not bland, it is a sweet beer ,no hops to speak of ,with a muted estery flavor. Mouthfeel is good,,doesnt feel overly carbonated. Definitely a brew i could session.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 330cl into a oversized fishbowl goblet. pours an apple cider-esque hue with a bit of cloudiness. A decent bubbly one-finger white head fades before I can admire it, leaving a thin ring that leaves a bit of light lacing.

some malt sweetness with Belgian yeast, apple cider, pears, and lemon dominate the aroma. a bit of bready, crackery notes as well. fairly mild and understated.

taste, unfortunately, follows aroma pretty closely in it's mildness. neutral malt sweetness with a smidgen of Belgian yeasting. some fruit and honey on the palate, along with some subtle spicing.

mouthfeel is alright, albeit fairly uninspired. medium body with ample carbonation that doesn't really stand out. there's a slightly drying note in the sweetness that allows the flavors to linger.

drinkable, but not sure I'd be compelled to drink any more of this one. it's alright, but doesn't stand out. aroma is weak and flavor profile is a bit muddled. It just has a bit of patina to it that isn't really appealing. definitely other Petrus brews that I would give a shot before this one.

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Photo of becktone
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 11-17-08

Eye: Due to a poor pour some of the yeast, if not all slipped into the glass, resulting in a cloudy body on what might be an otherwise sparkling clear beer. Head formation and retention are both good, lacing is also pretty nice. Color of the beer is golden orange that looks as if it might have been clear were the yeast not dumped into the glass.

Nose: Sweet malt backbone supported by some spicy notes. Again not really much more, same as the dubbel, pretty weak, hard to detect much of anything because it is fairly weak. Maybe some sweet candi type aroma, maybe some fruity tones-as in peaches, apples or pears. Again nice aroma, but weak and difficult to pick up any complexity, it could be more.

Tongue: Alcohol seems to be a bit more upfront in this beer than the previous Petrus beers I've drank. It isn't a bad thing and its not necessarialy hot, but I can taste it, right there near the end. Sweet malt blends with the alcohol, and some peppery spiciness to create the flavor profile of this beer. Really its nothing all that great. In each one of this beers (from Petrus, with the exception of the Oud Bruin) I have yet to find any real complexity, or anything that really stands out. Really nothing that says "Hey come drink me again!" The flavor in this beer really isn't all that pronounced, sure it has flavor, but it is not jumping out at me, just as in the aroma. I feel like there should be something going on here and I don't really get a thing.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Slightly dry finish on this beer. Leaves the tongue feeling parched and swollen, of course "parched" is an entire feeling in the mouth, but the tongue feels a bit swollen and rough, so parched it is. Carbonation is very light, quite in the background, I feel as if it could use just a bit more. This beer goes down well enough but there's nothing about it that drags me back to it. Just not enough complexity, not enough from the yeast in my opinion. I feel that there should be more to this beer, perhaps there is, perhaps its because two of the other bottles were going south-think about what that says about this bottle-, or maybe there is nothing more.

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Photo of theopholis
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Crystal clear apple juice color. Has a huge, frothy head. Nice lacing.

Smell- A fair amount of malt sweetness. A nice Belgian yeast blonde smell with some alcohol and sweetness. Quite grainy also.

Taste- Nice malty sweetness and nice yeasts, grains without a lot of alcohol to the taste. Not as complex as most blonds.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkabiltiy- Not bad, but certainly not great.

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Photo of riored4v
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Petrus glass. 1 finger, tan head. Clear, copper body with lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell is sweet caramel malts and a slight fruitiness.

Taste is of caramel malts, hints of raisin and a mild bittering finish. Slight estery notes as well.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated. Light and mildly sticky.

Drinkability was good/decent. Light body and a nice balance of flavors.

Overall just not a great brew. Easy to drink, mellow flavors, but nothing really would make me want to buy it again.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

One finger off-white head on a opaque cloudy blond body. Lacing is sticky on the glass, and shows within a minute of the head dropping, pour head retention too. By the time I wrote the last sentence the head had already dropped to a ring around the glass. Smell is belgian yeast with some spices, almost some Christmas smells in there. Weird. Taste is pegged for the style, highly carbonated on the tongue, lightly hopped, good balance. Probably the best Petrus brew I've tried yet, the others were all disappointing. Easy to drink and the alcohol is low enough and unnoticed enough to make this a decent session beer.

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