Ciney Blonde | Demarche Brewery

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#196 ranked Belgian Strong Pale Ale | 7.00% ABV

Demarche Brewery

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Pepeton
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow, good lasting head and a nice lacing.

Typical Belgian strong pale ale smell: Faint tropical fruit, lovely maltiness.

A little fizziness, great balance between malts and hops.

Creamy yet refreshing palate, some bitterness and a light alcohol aftertaste.

Can have several, if I can find more.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at morte subite.

This beer is a pale straw color, almost perfectly clear amd had a fast dissipating head that laced. Light carbonation.

The bouquet has a mixture of light citrus, pale malts and bready yeast. Light alcohol follows. This translates well to the taste as the malt hits the taste buds first but the finish is of light citrus. Quite refreshing.

The body is light and has the "powdery" component that the yeast provides. This gives a nice mouthfeel that makes this an easy and refreshing belgian for the summer. Can't get any in Pennsyltucky, but would keep a few of these if I could.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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 The_Bujon
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber as expected with mediocre foam head, dissipates quickly....average.

Aroma is very good, real fruity figs surprising for a blonde.

Those figs carry through on the taste, quite sweet but seems more natural as opposed to say a leffe blonde.

Feel is average, quite dry on the palate like an apple cider. Aftertaste reasonable.

Overall a pretty good blonde. Healthy 7% abv but certainly better than the Belgian mass brewed Leffe, Affligem, Grimbergen but to name a few.

Well above average in my opinion

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Photo of Bierman9
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On 27SEP11 I rented a bike in Bastogne and proceeded to peddle my ass around the Belgian countryside. Needing a rest, and bier, I stopped in a small cafe in Houffalize and had two 0.25l bottles of this to get me going. Each bottle was €2.60.

My small tulip was filled with a clear, bright golden bier. Slow, miniscule carbo bubbles were scattered about, and the head was a 1/2" of rocky, off-white foam which lasted well and laced nicely, too. Aroma was a touch bready, along with a little grassiness. Had a solid medium body, with a sprinkle of prickle on the tongue.

A bit bready in the flavor, as well, with some crackery action to boot. Subtle fruitiness (real subtle) was there, and it had a bit of a spicy character at the end. Basic but solid; quite pleasant and refreshing! Prosit!!

4.03 rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of basica
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Wegomlegging
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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 ThaCreep
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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 benfons
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper colour, nice head

S: yeast, orange, peach, caramel, and some spices

T: something peppery, the orange and peach come through , slightly bitter afterstaste that dissapears rapidly.

M/D; ABV could be a bit treachurous, but very smooth enough carbonation

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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 woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Ciney goblet.

A: Clear light amber body under a fine white head. Solid retention, spotty lace. Good.

S: Grassy, bready, and a little estery. Pretty simple, and not bad.

T: Smooth grassiness, bready malt, and some clean booze-tinged minerality on the phenolic finish. Tasty.

M: Fairly light-bodied with nice lively frothiness. Good.

O: Better than the Ciney Bruin, this was a very fresh, tasty beer.


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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 TheSarge
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian Blonde is pale gold in color, with a decent crown of bright white foam. This is richly carbonated, which helps maintain head retention.

The aroma is very floral.

The taste is very good. I detect grapes and honey.

This has a complex mouth feel. With the rich carbonation, it's like a champagne feel, with an alcoholic warm finish.

With the sweet grape and honey like flavors, and champagne consistency, this is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 stevoj
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice sweet belgian ale. Aroma of honey, vanilla, bread, citrus; clear golden with thin oily head. Taste is toffee and butterscotch, mouth feel leans towards the oil side. A very pleasant drink.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear golden yellow color forming a medium creamy and bit soapy white head. Medium persistence and lots of lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet grain. Fruits and bready Belgian-style yeasts. Notes of honey. Very light flowery hops in the very end

T: Follows the notes. Sweet and malty upfront. Caramel malts and bready yeasts. Notes of honey and candy sugar. Light bitter end

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet grains and bready yeasts in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Average Belgian Strong Ale

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Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Bruxelles, presented (of course) in the proper Ciney chalice.

A hazy complexion, yellow in colour but with a tinge of marmalade tone at some angles. A bright glow that lends the beer what little clarity it has. An abundance of foam caped the beer (at least initially, most disappeared) leaving suds only to be found on the outskirts of the glass.

The aroma showcases odd, Saaz like hops. The scent is of spices difficult to pin. (Although as it is said: "if they can tell what spices you've used then you've used too many!")

The malt really doesn't come to show in the taste. A beer with no volume and no weight leaves us with a 'white wine lemon spritzer' character beverage. Body is watery although discovering the alcohol to be 7% was quite a surprise, it is hidden well. A short lived bitterness does cut into the palate and lend some crispness, which keeps the beer (if nothing really else) very refreshing.

The flavour really is simply lemon water with some light malt presence. More and more lemon and lime citrus, leaving me to remember this as being closer to a blanche. A slight dry hopped sensation on the finish, otherwise no aftertaste . It is tasty and refreshing, a great alternative to a pils.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not to be confused with the more famous Chimay, this beer comes from the southeast of Belgium and comes in a small 250 ml bottle. Served in its branded glass, on to the beer:

A syrup orange color shines in the body of this beer. On top sits a creamy 1½ inch thick head which leaves whisps of lace around the glass. The aroma of honey blossom and some grass arises from the beer. Its taste is two dimensional, but is reasonably balanced between the honey and floral flavors. There isn't much yeast found that's affecting the flavor of the beer. It's medium-full bodied with a little bit of a velvet texture.

Ciney is a little sweeter that other blonds. If you like sweeter blonds, this might be for you.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 OlaB
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a medium top of white head that dissolves rapidly but leaves some lacings. Aroma is of fruits,sugar, candies and caramel. The taste is very sweet with some fruity notes and some spicy notes. The finish has a slight bitterness as well. All in all.tge flavour is a little to sweet and watery.Aftertaste has decent lenght.
Mouthfeel is clean and smooth but a little watery. Medium carbonation with a medium body.
A decent enough blonde ale, but far from impressive.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Newsman
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Of all the Belgian beers I tasted on my recent trip, this was fairly underwhelming. It's a perfectly serviceable beer, but the only one I wish I had passed on.

Served in the bottle with a snifter-style glass. Pours golden with a thick head that dissipates quickly. Actually reminded me of an American macro at first glance, but thankfully that was not the case.

Smells fairly nondescript, a few hints of fruit here and there. Same with the taste...a pretty typical offering for the style, but with no real hints of anything distinctive. Goes down smooth, and pretty easy to drink.

Again, compared to the variety of beers in Belgium, this one simply fails to stand out.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pooring it out shows a nice golden colour with a white head. The head disappears quickly but rests stay during drinking. The nose is very malty and the one I sampled showed a litle oxidation.
Taste is dry, malty with litle oxidation. Aftertaste is slightly bitter but aftertste is hardly there. Drinkable but nothing special.

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Ciney Blonde from Demarche Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 76 ratings