Ciney Blonde | Demarche Brewery

27 Reviews
Ciney BlondeCiney Blonde

Brewed by:
Demarche Brewery

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 01-18-2002

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Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was fruity with a strong peppery spice presence. The fruity nature was very strong and contained a lightly caramel sweetness and a low cinnamon.

The flavor was fairly earthy in the hop presence with a low spice and light pepper and cinnamon. The hop bittering came off as fairly high. The flavor also contained a light bit of tartness at the back of the palate.

The finish was dry with a light bittering a spice lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium or just below, but had a creamy mouthfeel. Not a bad Belgian Pale Ale at all.

Draft in proper glass at Highlander in Antwerpen on 9/12/06.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at bar in Belgium

A solid strong blonde with a rounded maltiness and slightly contrasting light earthy hop that is well blended with a bready yeast flavour.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold colour. Smells fruity, yeasty, typical "Belgian blonde" smells slightly spicy. Fuller taste than expected, spicy, fruity, yeasty, typical, but well-done blonde.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 250ml bottle that I bought on my last trip to Belgium. It's not a beer I'm familiar with, I just picked it up at random.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A clear golden colour with good carbonation; a column of bubbles rises from the centre of the glass. Good fluffy head that remains for a while. Sweet malty aroma with no noticable hops - typical for a Belgian blonde.

A sweet malty taste with little bitterness. Grainy and light on the palate. The 7% isn't obvious; it goes down smoothly. Slightly sticky - coats the mouth.

A pleasant brew and worth having again. Relatively light and drinkable for a Belgian beer.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden blond beer with a decent white head that doesn't stick around to long.

Smell is slightly spiced with a light fruity backbone. I get some peach and some lemony nothingness. Very mild and subdued.

Taste is a watery and on the moderate side of things. A minuscule malt profile that has touches of pastel easter egg colored fruits and a mediocre hop and yeast zing.

Not a bad beer just not a real memorable one. It is a nice shift from German Pils that I've been drinking all week but not one of my favorites. The brune has a lot more personality.

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Photo of Tarks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jonmikel
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 25 cl. bottle to a chalice.
-Golden-orange color. Almost no head.
-Cereal smell.
-Taste is good.
-There's a feel of freshness after the end of each drink.
I think is quite average, there are better options in this style and/or Belgium.

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Photo of nikigava
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with excellent head. Scents mixed of light malt and flowers. Flavor is very nice, just a bit of skunkiness with refreshingly understated malty fruit and light bitterness. Finishes with a light sweetness, slightly aromatic. Soft feel in the mouth, and extremely drinkable. This is a great beer that I will order the next time I'm in Belgium.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of jdscotty
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Antyk
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of basica
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this blond from the Oosters; Ciney does not appear to be very known for that matter and that's probably one of the reasons why I put off buying it for some time. Finally, I grabbed the blond and the brune at one felled swoop. The original Ciney glass is an interesting cross between a snifter and a chalice or goblet style glass. For this tasting, I served my Ciney blond in my dainty little snifter glass that I use for my barley wines (not that it matters). The Ciney pours out a nice slightly off shade golden orange or amber color slightly more dull than most blonds but it looks good for sure. A two-finger head quickly reduces to a constant one-finger head. On the nose, I pick up yeast and malt and some light fruits. Coming to my palates, I am hit with a strong malt profile with a nice flow of slightly sour citrusy fruitiness which lasts till the after taste. Citrus dominates but with obvious tastes of cherries or berries. The yeast is hiding behind from being obvious and that was good; what turns me off in many blonds is the way the yeast jumps out. The finish was a little sour but it was perfectly alright to fit in with the fruitiness; I almost thought this one is a cross between a blond and a fruit beer. The finish was a little dry and it leaves strong and fruity malts on the nose. The after taste had a lingering sourness which was perfectly alright; it was mainly made up of fruits and malt. I could detect grapes, berries and citrus in the fruitiness here. Hops are low on this one, almost no bitterness for me; the after taste rounds up with some earthiness and breadiness after it sits around for a while. Mouthfeel was somewhat between medium and light on the body and carbonation was good though not as high as expected and it was a total fluid smoothness finishing on a sourish dry note. An interesting experience with this "blond crossed with a fruit beer" and definitely very sessionable; looking forward to the brune.

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Photo of dvnb
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of frontalot
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of philipquarles
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the proper glassware, Ciney is a clear, dark golden blonde with a one-two finger white head. It fades rather quickly to leave a thick film on top. Nice lacing.

Smells of fruit esters: strong apple, followed by pear, grape, and citrus. Slight malt and a bit of sugar, along with a hint of hops.

Tastes of malt first and foremost. The same fruit esters are still present, but mellowed down a bit, and it's all nicely balanced by bitterness from hops. Aftertaste is slightly malty-sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with quite a bit of carbonation--not always a good thing, but it works here.

Overall a very solid, drinkable beer. A very nice (and inexpensive) example of a classic Belgian blonde

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Photo of jasperfriedrich
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of ThaCreep
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant golden color and slightly sweet with a fruity palate and a strong feature that recalls both the smokers (such as meat or cereals fumes) and fruity (dried fruits old) with a light touch as cardboard. The finish is sizzling and gives the body a decidedly easy-drinking brew and ABV little discernible for a beer in this category.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up 8 bottles of this at a supermarket in Belgium.

Poured into a snifter.

Clear yellow good looking beer with a thick three finger head.

A slight smell of citrus, spices,, grass and malts.

Flavors of citrus fruits, a touch of anise, faint malts and a bit of hop are all there but none overpowering.

Medium to full body. Crisp and a fairly neutral finish.

Nothing stellar this one but I usually pick it up when I'm in Belgium so I must like it. It's one of those beers I like to have while eating Mexican or Chinese. Low ABV so I can pound a few and still ride my bike. Don't seek out but don't refuse when I offer you one at my house.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 cl Bottle poured into my cantillon tulipglass

: White foamy head. Pours a light hazy yellow beer. Smell fruit, bitters/hops, sweets, hint of sour, yeast/dough and malts. Taste a mix of freshness, fruit, spices, wheat, sugars, yeast and hop. Also taste hints of honey, malts/grains and slight hint of alcohol. Well balanced, but maybe a little bit too much carbonation

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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