Jacobsen Saaz Blonde | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Jacobsen Saaz BlondeJacobsen Saaz Blonde

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bark on 12-21-2005

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 86
Reviews by oberon:
Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say I had never seen or heard of Carlsberg doing this line of beer before today and well yeah the bottle packaging caught my eye as well.Poured a deep honey gold with a quick to form and quick to fade spritzey-like head,Belgian yeasty notes and somewhat medicinal in the nose along with some honey sweetness.The saaz hops show thru alot on the palate pretty herbal and and leafy the yeast gives off some phenolic flavors with a medicinal quality in the finish.A bit thin and sharp in the mouth but this brew was very drinkable,hmm a decent find today and a a pleasant suprise I will look to try the dark lager sometime as well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This ale is a bright, cheap-looking orange in color with a non-Belgian head that sprang up quickly and went down like Courtney Love at a rock concert.

Smell - There's initially a nice, light citrus hopping aroma coming from this ale but if you leave your nose in it too long you find a rotten ashtray.

Taste - The taste has a few good points as well, chiefly a yeasty malt flavor and again a nice and mild citrus hopping. At first I thought the bit of medicine cabinet would be the worst thing coming from the glass, but the aftershock here is like a rotten dirty ashtray.

Mouthfeel - This is very thin for a BSPA - not close to medium-bodied - and the carbonation is lacking in a big way.

Sinkability - This Belgian non-filtered Camel got the sink.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Looks like Carlsberg is going right after the beer connoisseur crowd with their Jacobsen brand. The Saaz Blonde is modeled after the Belgian Strong Pale Ales. Sugar syrup and spices are added to this brew.

Quick formation of foam off of a hefty pour, the three-fingers-deep head drops to a semi-stick lace. Perfect clarity and a shimmering copper color. Intermingling of light phenols and spices with biscuity grain in the aroma--very Belgian. Moderate body with a fluffy crispness. Spiciness hits first with a bite of clove and some underlying coriander. Saaz hops play well with the clove as the flavors fuse together. Suggestions of black pepper and ripe pears. Big kernel of maltiness in the middle, which quickly clears to a faint, medicinal phenol and a lingering spice flavor in a dry finish.

Delicious. While this is not an exotic Belgian beer from a small brewery that no one has ever heard of, it ends up being a very flavorful rendition of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style. Throw this one at some grilled game meat, like venison or wild boar, with roasted root vegetables.

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Photo of merlin48
2.43/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Large bottle pours a clear amber body with a small soapy white head. Retention is average is lacing is sparse. Aroma is spicy Saaz hops and cardboard. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Taste is spicy bitter hops, lemon soda, sugar water, and cardboard. Some artificial sweetener sneaks into the finish. Attractively priced, but won't visit again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odd shaped bomber, w/o freshness/bottling/drink by, etc info. Pours clear lighter amber, under a light tan quickly departing head that leaves light, and minimal lacing. Nose is of corainder, rubber (?) and some grass. More coriander, clove and maltyness, dry, grassy hops in the middle and late. This one tastes like a ball of confusion, not making sense to me as a Belgian pale. I passed this one by for quite awhile, gave it a try, not terrible, but not really impressed, wouldnt go here again....

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Dantheman4162
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my first reviews, so its probably not very good, but here it is anyways.

Cool bottle! Dark amber color, not much head.
smells... like a pilsner?

Has the white blonde taste, but has a tone of a beligium style. Imediate pilsner-esque, taste followed by the belgium notes. Taste ends dry with little pale ale after taste. very clean
bell curve of taste... pale ale to belgium back to pale ale.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2015, so it's a little out of date. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. The ingredients include glucose syrup and angelica extract (that's a new one).

A: Poured into a cervoise. A clear golden-amber colour with some faint floating sediment and light carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing and disappearing.

S: Aroma of sweet malt with hints of barley sugar, fruity yeast esters, faint grain, stewed leaves and a warming whiff of booze. A touch of solvent in the background. Uninspired.

T: Tastes of sweet malt with a mild, lingering finish. Notes of barley sugar, fruity yeast esters, stewed leaves, overdone veg and a touch of harsh cardboard in the background. Quite sweet, followed by a mild bitterness and a hint of alcohol upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and decent body. Could certainly be livelier. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of ale yeast esters, sweet malt and harsh stewed leaves/cardboard.

O: Meh - unimpressive. I'm not convinced that it's supposed to be a Belgian strong ale, in spite of the listing. Lacklustre looks, while the aroma and flavour are malty and bland. Too much booze in evidence. So-so body; needs more carbonation. The hop character claimed on the label seems to be completely absent. A dull strong ale with little going for it - forgettable stuff. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of JohnW
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured deep gold and crystal clear from the bottle, with decent tight head, though it did not last that long. Aroma sweetish but light, nothing especially appealing. As another reviewer said here, this is sweet in the Leffe Blonde style, and has the sweeter taste of a pale Belgian style beer, not what I expected from Carlsberg, even though it is discribed (in tiny print) on the bottle as a Belgian style beer with Saaz hops. The overall taste is of sweetness and some spices with only little bitter aftertaste of the hops, and the more I drank the sweeter it seemed to be, but not as pleasant and easy to drink as say Leffe Blonde. There is no great character or depth of flavour as in the best Belgian pale beers, and whilst I enjoyed it, not sure I could have drunk the whole 75cl - its a bit too sweet, though I enjoyed sharing the bottle. An interesting beer from Carlsberg, not what I expected at all, but I would not go out of my way to have it again.

JohnW August 2007
B'ham UK

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first impression of this beer was how similar it seemed with it's cousin, Elephant, however not as 'nasty'. Definitely some Belgium notes hidden in here.
Pours a nice slightly golden yellow with a white meringue-type head that turns slowly to sticky lacing.
Aroma is mostly banana and cloves that reminds me so much of a Belgium.
Flavor is initially clean and fresh, sort of like a wheat...especially when you take into account all of the banana esters going around there. Then it starts to fill your mouth with Pilsner-type malts and a bit of graininess. Finish gets a bit boozy and thats where the reminders of Elephant come in but it is filled in the end with bread and drying yeasts flavors.
Decent beer, and a bit unique.
The jury is still out on this one.

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

740 ML bottle > Chimay Goblet/Stella glass

This one is totally clear honey amber in color with spirling, swirrling bubbles and a very delicate looking, bubbly fine-white lacy head, 2" high. Dissipation is pretty slow and a good amount of foam and lace is left behind.

The scent is very sweey, maltiness right off with figs and slight cloves detected. The Saaz Hops adds a wonderful, peppery, spiciness and subtle garden-green veggies.

The most impressive aspect of the flavor here is the Show-case Saaz Hops. The malt is light here, but sweet which does a decent job of balancing out the Big, spicey, earthy delight of the hops. The yeast adds a very subtle fruitiness way down deep, but the overall flavor is very herbal and earthy. The aftertaste has a certain funkiness that is a bit sour and linger's on for a while. It reminds me very much of the classic Imported-skunky effect, but not nearly as offensive as the GREEN bottle skunk effect. The heat is very mellow and very soft.
The feel is light and crisp at first, the champagne yeast really makes it pop, but it actually get's a bit flat as time goes on, making it slick and lifeless feeling. Too bad.

You gotta love the Saaz Hops.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Unusual in that there is distinct bitterness from the Saaz hops, spice from clove and corriander, dryness of angelica,malty creamy sweetness like a Belgian but the whole thing was not very drinkable. Yet the aftertaste was great, as if I had a very good Belgian yeasty treat. LCBO gift pack.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jacobsen Saaz Blonde pours a crystal-clear, deep golden body beneath an average-sized head of white foam that holds well and leaves some minor lacing about the glass.

The nose is sweet and malty with a bit of spice and floral hops for balance.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with an average carbonation level of approximately 2.6 volumes of CO2.

The flavor is far more malty and sweet than one might expect of a beer termed "Saaz Blonde" until you realize that it's got 7.1% abv. It's a strong golden lager. The spiciness of the hops really helps to balance it, and that's needed as the bitterness level is restrained. The alcohol is cloaked nicely, but it is there under the surface, and it combines with the sweetness of the malt and the floral character of the hops to give it a bit of an odd, almost candyish note at the swallow. Fortunately, it dries out quickly, and doesn't really build on the palate. I'm not sure how it would fare after more than one serving though.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a oily peach tea with a pinky of white head.

S: Fruitty perfumy, bananas, flowery & some hints of oakyness

T: Fruitty, slight herbal hop bitterness& some warming booze up front. Dryness & hints of apricots follow. Boozeyness detracts although there are some maderia notes (tangerine & oak), banana, cloves that do work.

mF: Medium bodied, low/low carboonation with vinous viscosity.

Drinks fine, a very confused belgian golden IMO. Still; one of finest beers I've had from this country! & Probably as cheap or cheaper here as it would be in that heavily taxed country. Worth a look-see if you like your beers a little idiosyncratic

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Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great looking bottle!

Clear, coppery-bronze in hue; sort of basic in color. Beige head, at the apex the head was no more than a fizzy half finger. Head retention was unremarkable as the head quickly fell to a soapy cap. The appearance should be better for a "Belgian-style" beer. No lacing. No pizzazz.

Very lemony nose and not much else... maybe it is a bit musty too. There are also traces of strawberries and crackers. I am really disappointed with the bouquet. I would have never guessed with was a Belgian anything. Hell, for that matter where are the Saaz hops? Yawn.

The palate is "much" better than the nose. I like the spiciness, soft caramel hints, and notes of crackers and even a bit of orchard fruitiness. Moderately sweet at first but the sweetness does grow the more I drink it. IMO, this beer is out of balance, there should be more hops. Bitterness is moderate but I'd still like more of a hop bite and a lot more hop flavors. Saaz... where you at? Really the palate is quite ordinary... I am disappointed.

Not quite medium in body, low carbonation... the mouthfeel is as boring as the rest of the beer.

Of all the damn beers I could have bought in CO I bought this? Ooops! Oh well, I am happy I tried one of these Jacobsen beers, I wish it was better. This is quite an average beer from top to bottom; while there is nothing bad about it I can't say there is anything special about it either. I don't know what I paid for it, based on what I taste I'd say $6 a bottle is a fair price... anything more and I don't think I got my money's worth. One final note, this is listed on BA under the same style as Duvel! Ha! Bottom-line: A Belgian beer from a mega-brewery is as about as good as any craft beer attempt from US mega-breweries. Okay, this is better...

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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saaz all the way in this one....

Belgian/Trappist style blonde. Very decent beer with excellent presentation in the different bottle. Aroma was of pilsner malt and saaz hops mixed with a slightly spicey yeast. The first taste was smooth, sweet, spicy with a bit of esters. You can tell this beer is lighter in body as you watch the carbonation fly to the head. Unlike its bigger brothers which seem to be much slower. Excellent beer if you are in the mood for something more then a heine or carlsberg for that matter.

would i drink this again? absolutely, best part is that it has all the taste of a trappist styled ale but with a little less on the alcoholic punch (7.1% compared to regular trappist ales ranging from 9-11%).

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Photo of Tolnik
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This dirty straw pale amber beer gives a weak head and reduces to a small amount of lacing. This ale has a distinct farm style flowera smell that has a host of mixed flavors anything from the spices to vinilla and herbal hop flavoring. This is a overall decent beer to enjoy with friends.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a medium bubbly head with some average retention but no lacing. Aroma of dry Saaz hops is somewhat dominating with some sweet notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt notes and a dry hoopy and somewhat floral finish of Saaz hops. Body is quite full with a somewhat oily texture and some medium carbonation.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with floating particles. (I strongly believe that if a beer is going to have sediment, the brewery should label it on the bottle) huge cream-colored head that diminished very quickly.

S - Yeasty and macro brew smelling. The real killer in the smell department is the fact that it immediately smelled like Testors model paint. Wtf?

T - It's got a light, crisp flavor with a bit of hoppiness. Tiny bitter hints. The malty sweetness overwhelms. The 7.2% disappears completely.

M - Crisp and light mouthfeel. Very smooth.

D - At 7.2% this guy can get the party rolling but don't expect a whole lot from the other departments.

Reading the label was very disappointing. Glucose syrup as a main ingredient? The adding of pure sugar could explain the high alcohol percent and lack of great flavors. :/

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pfft hiss when opening the unusual 750ml bottle.
A- Golden color, very clear, with carbonation streaming from the bottom of the standard pint glass.
S- At 40F fridge temp it's flowers, bready yeast, banana, alcohol and strong malt. As it warms up the hops and spices become more pronounced.
T - sweet, mild spice, banana, when you swallow the hops are noticed. Again, a few degrees warmer and it's a whole different beer... interesting hops flavor.
M - Light in weight, yet with some mouth rolling malty goodness. A fair amount of carbonation bite, but not overpowering. Very drinkable.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a luminous white head, lots of stickage and good retention. Has a clear straw color. Thousands of bubbles try to fight a losing battle and the head finally drops.

Smells of floral hops, grain, alcohol and slightly metallic.

Tastes of pale malt, bitter floral hops and some alcohol.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gusler
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amazingly clear gold with a monumental creamy white head, settles quickly leaving the lace to form a concealing sheet of lace. Nose is sweet malt with the hops providing a floral backdrop, hints of spice, front is sweet with malt, Sazz provides a nice grassy bite at the back, fair to middling top. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops are unobjectionable in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, must say I like this one better than the dark, which is a bit unusual for me.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at my local Sainsbury's store, which I rarely use, being a Morrison's and tesco babe!

75cl brown, strangely shaped bottle, with a band of information towards the base.

Looked good, sat in a Wiessbier glass, a sparkling golden amber colour witha small white top, which turned into a small wisp during the tasting.

Aroma of peach, hops and yeast. Caramel and toffee notes also.

The taste doesn't reflect the aroma, no sweetness or fruit flavours, more a kind of crisp, clear wheaty feel to the mouth. A dryness stays, but nothing else.

Is it a Belgian style strong pale ale, I am not to sure, but it is a pleasant drink, most likely the best Carlsberg I have had, apart from draught Elephant.

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Jacobsen Saaz Blonde from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 109 ratings