Petrus Blond
De Brabandere

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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #91
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
80
Ranked #43,588
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 12.46%
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
240
From:
De Brabandere
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  23
SCORE
80
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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 240
Photo of timbro81
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange copper in color. White coarse bubbled head. Smells of yeast, straw, slightly candied sweetness. Taste is very slightly sweet, medium bodied, not too much there, bit of a metallic aftertaste to it. Not a big fan. Not worth $13.50 at all! Dissapointed.

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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 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 Phocion
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a Petrus gift pack of 6 bottles and a glass, which it pour into a bright tangerine-colored orange with a frothy single finger of white head and good retention.

Nose is raw, earthy wheat, almost straw-like, with a banana/peachy yeastiness. Not much else to be found.

Dry and doughy, with a very unpleasant sour apple-like yeast. Very little in the way of hops minus a light citric taste in the background.

Average mouthfeel, dry and somewhat chewy. Decent carbonation. Drinkability would be decent except for the unappealing sour/rotten apple taste. Nothing impressive in this beer and I definitely wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of Talisker
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quaffable but not exciting or even that interesting.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A nice yellowish orange, two fingers of foamy head. Aroma is a little dull - little or no Belgian yeastiness, none of the hoped-for crispness.

No flaws in the taste - balanced bready malt and unobtrusive hops. But nothing much going on of interest, not even any sharp Belgian-style carbonation. Gets better as it warms up - some malt personality speaks out - but still nothing to get excited about. Finishes with a light bitterness.

For whatever reason, I was sort of hoping for a Belgian lawnmower beer - good when cold, crisp and refreshing carbonation. And this might be the Petrus I've liked the most - no obvious flaws. But no real personality, either. It's not bad, but chances are that if you've got access to this, you can find others you would like a lot more.

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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 TheBigLebrewski
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Head ran away real quick, and not much showed up to start with. That which did consisted of non-uniform, more-clear-than-normal bubbles.

Aroma is pretty hard to find, and when found does little to impress. Nothing unappealing about it, just not much there.

Shockingly mellow flavor in an (even more) surprisingly light body. The blond aspects are certainly present, but this beer is lacking in hops, and accordingly, in crispness.

Mouthfeel is more characteristic of Petrus, and while working with such little flavor is a tease, the way this beer feels does improve the overall experience. That beautiful expanding yeast bouquet...

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Photo of Beeryce
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Delicate and rather simple nose smells of raw hay and becomes maltier as the beer warms revealing slight notes of alcohol. The smallish creamy head has only average stability and lacing for a Belgian. The beer itself is a somewhat unimpressive clear dark golden-amber.

The taste starts out with a bright hoppy fruity sweetness of a mixture of floral and citrus. This sweetness quickly fades to a sour lemony raw wheaty/maltiness. The finish is somewhat bitter, but really perceived as more of a sour taste as hops are virtually undetectable. Not much spiciness tasted in the overall sour profile of this Belgian Pale Ale with a slightly thick mouthfeel.

This beer was average at best in my opinion and not something I would try again. For these reasons its drinkability is low as are it marks for the other rating categories. I do think that it is rather true to style as the hop profile is low and the color fits the description of the style. However, as I mentioned, I did not detect the spicy characteristics that are present in other Belgian Pale Ales.

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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 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 Absumaster
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

An orange, amber color with a collapsing, creamy head. This color is not blond, if they'd say this is there amber or even dubbel I would have believed it also.

Smell is malty with some caramellic notes. Some sweet woody and tart notes.

Taste is tart with woody, cherry and caramel characteristics. Body is medium, but too big for this beer. The combination of the tartness, sweetness and low bitterness make this beers drinkability and mouthfeel a deadly combination (I do not mean that cynical). The tartness is present in all the Petrus beers and I don't like it. "Homebrew with bad fermentation" stuff!

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Photo of JBogan
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an interesting orange color with a solid white head which left pretty quickly.

Smelled citrusy, almost to the point of tartness.

Tasted somewhat "flowery" with the citrus present here as well. Not horrible by any means, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel was not bad, a medium body and clean feeling but again not a whole lot here to really stand out.

All in all a fairly average brew which I wouldn't turn down, but also wouldn't go out of my way to find.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Colour light yellowish, clear.
Foam white, quite sizable.
Flavour, just some one not explicit, yeast, malt, with an emphasis on yeast, is too, but minimal floral note and spices.
Taste also fail to impress, as in the aroma of yeast, a little honey. Gentian zero. Saturation so high that unpleasantly tweaks in the language.
Alcohol is not perceptible, only the last sip brought the unpleasant taste of the distillate.
To sum up: Petrus Blond is so simple, just any.

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Photo of Viggo
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz picked up at the local liquor store.

Pours a clear amber, pretty thick head forms, big bubbles, slowly settles to a thick layer. Smell is sweet, corn, caramel, some floral, smells like a malt liquor. Taste is sweet, very sugary, some floral, corn, very bland, sugary and sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonatin, syrupy, not enjoyable, almost drain pour.

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Photo of
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light brown in color with a moderate head. Slight haze. Aroma was yeasty, some sugar/sweet smell to be found. Taste was unremarkable. Mouthfeel, for me, was too heavy for the style. This impacted the drinkability for me as well, in that I think of this type of beer as more refreshing. Not a bad beer, just there are much better Belgian Pale Ales to be had.

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Photo of BeerDonkey
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I too purchased the 6 pack holiday gift pack. This is my first beer to review from it. After reading about this brewery, I'll admit I'm a bit afraid.

Pours well, frothy creme colored head (something like you'd see on a rootbeer float). Slightly hot, apple aroma. I wouldn't call it rotting apples. I've fermented a fair amount of cider and apple beer and this falls within a slightly apple, vinious category. Cloudy amber beer the color of a peach or nectarine.

Not much in way of taste. A very perceptable malt taste, with a little warmth. Not bad, but not great either. Drinkable. Mouthfeel is pleasant enough.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours into a pilsner glass it forms a loose white head that clings to the glass. Copper middle and golden outer edge. Cloudy body with medium carbonation.

This has some wine characteristics to it. Not so much the ABV or how it comes across but more of an acual vinous grape edge to this all the way through. Caramel malts are a big part of this as well. Very rip to over ripe fruit presence. Husky and dry at the end.

Notes: Such a great style, such a bland take on it. How can I sum this up: Its just boring but far from undrinkable.

Edit: I just read Mitchsters review and I can pick up the rotten apples, almost compost like. I said it was over ripe fruits but rotten apples really hits the nail on the head.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
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 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 Mitchster
2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle. 6.6% ABV. Part of a gift set. Bottle conditioned. Pours out to a cloudy light amber, forming a small white head despite a strong pour with poor retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma begins with caramel, some cloves, white wine, perhaps oak. When swirled, distant must, rotten apples and raisins kick in. The mouthfeel is crisp and tart with a piquant acidity and medium-light body. Taste begins with rotten apples and is quickly followed by a vinous blast of alcohol, moderate chemical hop-extract bitterness, phenols, and caramel. There is a rotten quality to this beer that I don't care for at all, like wine that has sat opened on the counter and is way past it's date. Finish is tart and moderately dry.

A very poor Belgian Pale Ale. Thoroughly displeased with the Petrus gift-pack sampler, I've found all their beers to be shoddy, weak interpretations of their styles, and this is no exception. Uniformly poor.

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Petrus Blond from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 240 ratings