Petrus Blond
De Brabandere

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Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #91
Ranked #43,575
3.53 | pDev: 12.46%
De Brabandere
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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 240
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 Bitterbill
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with a ton of floaties. That being said, the foam and lacing are outstanding.

It smells malty, fruity, sweet with caramel malt.

Taste matches the smell. Over a year old and still a decent drinker. I imagine this being very good fresh.

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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 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 woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I kind of blew it this past winter - The Fridge was selling Petrus gift packs that included five different beers and I dragged my feet until it was too late. Since then, I have managed to find four different ones, of which this will be my second.

From the bottle: "The Key to Heaven"; "Petrus Blond Ale Special is a top fermented ale. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected hops and malts. This blond ale with its soft and full flavor is preferably served cool."

I got a massive two-plus fingers of eggshell-white head with very good retention from my pour. I was disheartened by the presence of so many floaties in my glass, rendering what might have been a pretty blonde into a cloudy mess. If it was to be bottle-aged, then they might have said something to that effect on the label. Some nice, sticky lacing began to appear as the head slowly fell. Nose had an odd perfume-y characteristic, like flowers in the spring. Mouthfeel was soft, better than watery, but not dense, either and I got a very pleasant honey-like flavor on the tongue. Finish had a mild, soft grassy bitterness. I have to admit, it tasted better than it initially looked. I may revisit this if I can find another bottle to slowly decant.

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Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange color with a thick thin head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of oranges, candi sugar, sweet white bread, a bit of white pepper and mild herbal hops.
Nice flavor with notes of spices, candi sugar, herbal hops, apricot, oranges, pineapple juice, pears and perfume. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to medium velvety body with slight effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 6.6% is well disguised.
Elegant Belgian Blond Ale that started phenolic than got very balanced with complex fruity notes.

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Photo of psinderson
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Served in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Clear, dark golden with a good sized white head. Decent lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: A bit fruity but not very complex. Maybe some raisons?

Taste: Fruity aroma carries over to the taste up front. A little bit of alcohol present. A slight hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good medium body. Nice feel.

Drinkability: Clean and refreshing. Nothing to offend in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden haze blessed with coppery highlights. A sticky khaki head fades to a skimming layer of bubbles that thicken as it nears the glass' edge.

The scent is of fermented pale malts mixed with the distinct Belgian yeastiness of their ales. A light hop zest is there in the distant but not very solid.

Taste is sweet malty goodness. The pale bready malts make their presence known right away and are then followed by some crisp fruity flavors and a yeast/ hop finish. Undertones of lemon compliment a nice bitterness.

A creamy feeling beer that feels good on the tongue but doesn't totally nail it. Quite light in the body and refreshing but the flavor ultimately teeters on the border of tasting like a macro brew. A few days of off storage or slightly poorer ingredients and this one gets lumped into the bud light category.

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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 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 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 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 allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a nice reddish gold color, though like all the other Petrus beers I've had, it can't hold a head. The nose has a grainy maltiness, with a tart edge. There's actually a fair amount of bitterness in the flavor, though it lacks hop flavor. There's also a touch of tobacco-like spiciness, but the overall feel of the beer is a group of flavors that just don't blend well together. The light tartness does make it refreshing though, so I'll grant it a little bit of a score above 'average', in drinkability.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

11.2 oz brown bottle

Petrus Blond poured into a tulip glass a reddish golden hue that produced a nice 2-finger white bubbly head with fine carbonation bubbles present in the body. The smell is to the light side, of light fruit (apples, green grapes), a little yeast and bread also. The taste is a little stronger than the nose - and that is a good thing . The flavor is slightly sweet; apples, pears, and bready malts dominate. There is a touch of hop bitterness at the finish. Mouth feel is light-medium, with a generous amount of slightly prickly carbonation.

Petrus Blond is an easy drinking Belgian Pale Ale. However, I was hoping for a little more aroma and flavor.

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

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours an orangish color with a good white head.

S: Some pale malt and a bit of yeast.

T: A very soft and mellow Belgian pale. A decent balance of pale malt and light hops. A bit of alcohol at the end.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: A decent beer but I wouldn't seek it out.

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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 pkalix
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i just dont know about this as i believe i got a spoiled sampler pack. the trippel tastes the same as the dubble, as does this blond. super intense honey taste, smell. completely unlike any belgium i have ever had in my life, including the petrus pale aged ale which i consider superb. again, it's got a cartoon character on the label, so is this just a total joke, or what? i noticed on their website that they sell other brews and water, too(?).
also, as a footnote to the above accusation of it being a bad batch- there was a thick sediment at the bottom of this bottle, like the others. anybody have any input on this?

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

Petrus Blonde

Pours a light golden color, with a short livid bubbly foam that quickly died down. Aroma of musty belgian yeast and some noble hops. In the flavor, a light belgian yeast twang with notes of apricot and grannysmith apple are the dominant flavor. There was a surprising amount of hop bitterness, with a noble, leafy bitterness and decent presence in the brew. Finishes with a little yeast funk, but more or less clean. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, semi dry and crisp. Overall, a nice simple Belgian ale, would pair nicely with seafood.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Greenville, SC.

Pours with a clear golden body topped by a bubbly white head.
Aroma: mixed fruit jam; apple and pear juice. Light bread.
Flavor: much better than the aroma but still fruity and bready. Good bitter/sweet balance. Modest complexity.
Feel: medium+ body. Smooth.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and honey flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the aromas are fairly subdued on this one.

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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 Douberd
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: brown bottle of 330 ml. Bottle 2 of 6 of a six different Petrus beers box.Orange label. orange crown cap. ABV 6.6%. Poured itno a tulip glass at home.
One finger of white soapy head, average retention. No lacing left behind. Colour of the beer is pale orange golden.
Aroma of malts, lots of yeast, bread, but pleasant nonetheless.
Lots of malts and a stale bread flavour on the taste, but not strong, not as in an imperial pils, for example. Much tastier, that means. Thankfully it becomes bitter on the aftertaste. Light bitterness and you can actuall taste some hops.
Thin to medium on the body, quite carbonated and as dry on the palate as someobe would expect.
Overall it didn't impressme at first, neither appearance and aroma/taste but during the drinking process it grew on me. At the end of the day, it's an honest belgian ale.

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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 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 Hautacam
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep amber...huge head..foams, laces and drops slowly.
Smells very Saaz-like with tropical fruits and a bit of funk.
Tastes very sweet....too sweet....lemony , grassy and funky.Some bubblegum, banana,apple and , unfortunately, grape Kool-Aid. Hints of metal. Hops kick in and have a pislnery bite.
Medium body...medium carbonation.
Not one to seek out , but I'm enjoying it...sort of.

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