Tongerlo Blond | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV
Belgium
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Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Tongerlo 6 Dubbel Blond

Added by paterlodie on 03-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
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Photo of josanguapo
4.65/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Hipercor San Juan, tasting pack. Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side.: Sublime. Thick and tateful body. Alcohol isnt noticed at all. Enters quick as a shot.

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Photo of nickthom24
4.53/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Robertas
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jibjib513
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of deebo
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a sampler at a Brussels restaurant for lunch. I love that each "sample" was at least 8 oz.

A-Pours a dense 3 fingers of white head. Color is golden with just a slight haziness.

S-Slightly fruity, barley malt is definitely there.

T-Really more than I expected from the aroma. Full flavored indeed. Heavy malty upfront and in the finish. Slightly meaty/savory...odd but tasty.

M-Excellent. Very crisp and clean.

D-Very high-this is a well balanced beer that finishes very nicely inviting the next drink.

O-A blonde with more flavor than most but still finishes nicely, best of both worlds. I would like to have this one again.

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Photo of siebevl
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jack_Frost79
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was brewed in a town near where I used to live, so I inevitably ran into it at a bar. I was not disappointed, as it poured yellow gold with an excellent head. I really like this style of beer in Belgium, the more I drink the more brands I want to try. Smelled of slight sweet maltiness and some yeast. Flavor was along the same lines, no real surprises here, very good light sweet maltiness with just enough hop bitter and yeast. Mouthfeel was a bit less than other brands of this style, as it seemed to leave a wet hay feeling in the mouth. Even so, very drinkable and I'm sure I'd like to have more.

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Photo of D-Rock
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased in Japan, poured from a 330 ml brown bottle with gold label into a tulip glass.

Look: The liquid is transparent amber-gold with lively carbonation. The head is thick, medium bubbles, about an inch deep, very slightly off white color, and does not settle quickly. Thick foam sticks to the sides of the glass in hefty lacing. Minutes later and the head is still thick and fluffy.

Smell: Hoppy bitterness fills the nose with some overt skunkiness. Burrying my face in the glass reveals some spiciness, cloves and nutmeg as well as mellow banana. Some yeast present as well, in a warm baked bread sort of way. You really have to search for the complex scents here though.

Taste: Huh, bitter hops, a light maltiness and a buttery flavor are ever present. Theres some mellow banana character here as well, but I cant shake the feeling that there is some off skunky character in the mix as well.

Feel: A bit thin but not unpleasant. High amount of carbonation makes for a bubbly-sloshy mouthfeel. The bitterness scours the tongue a slight bit and is overall pretty refreshing.

Overall: A pretty solid beer, theres a few defects present, but overall a flavorful and light brew.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I vaguely remember when Tongerlo Blond first entered the market & I was very curious to try it, so I bought this bottle, setting it aside with every intent of quickly reviewing it. Somehow, it became a part of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, patiently awaiting my attention until now.

From the bottle: "Secondary fermentation on the bottle"; "Abdijbier der Norbertijnen - Biere D'Abbaye Des Premontres - Cerveza De Abadia - Abbey Beer - Birra D'Abbazia"; "Tongerlo Blond is an officially certified Belgian Abbey beer, brewed with the approval of the Norbertines of Tongerlo. This copper-coloured beer, with secondary fermentation in the bottle, has a honey aroma, a full and smooth flavor and a gently evolving aftertaste."; "Biere Belge D'Abbaye Reconnue - Certified Belgian Abbey Beer".

The bottling date read "060913 08:39", so with a nearly-four year old bottle, I really could not do anything more than Pop! the cap & conduct a very gentle pour. Once decanted, it began to puff up of its own accord, forming a finger of dense, foamy, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of honey (good truth in advertising!) with a biscuity maltiness. Once more, I was reminded of my late-maternal grandmother's honey-drizzled biscuits, especially in the summer. Mouthfeel was medium, but with a good bit of carbonation. The taste was VERY honey-like, but at the same time, also very sweet. The ex-Old Lady was/is an apiarist & meaderist & this beer reminded me of a young mead. It was certainly within the guidelines for the style & in keeping with the brewery's description, but dang, it was cloyingly sweet! I was thinking of honeysuckle at one point. Finish was sweet, leaving me satiated. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderfull poorout was the first thing I noticed about this beer witch name Dubbel Blond sounds strange; aren't they all Dubbel brown/dark? Anyway head is more then just OK staying long and layers of foam stick at the sides of the glas staying even longer. This with a clear and bronzegolden beercolor make presance more then just good. Nose is lots of yeastspice remembering litle of champagne and some apricotesters also there. Further nice maltsmell so all together a good nose.
Taste is litle empty but clean a having a good maltyness before ending only litle bitter. Mouthfeel is plesant though and drinkability is good and this brew floats down easy.

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Photo of steverx8
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Valleyview06
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Petertauro
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soxandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, malts. Taste is also malty and fruity, some alcohol is present, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of 54V4G3
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep golden brew, an off-white head with some lacing but small curtains.

Smelling of fruits, boiled sausage, spices.

Sweet soft bread, some spices, ripe orange peel.

Little carbonation, soft and oily, a good body, a slightly dry finish.

A full blonde, a nice harmonic taste picture.

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Photo of AxlSkull
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle and certainly fuller with character than your typical stalwart lager, this lightly spiced and honeyish ale reminds me of a crisper and cleanly flavored Leffe Blonde- perfectly fitting the slight damp evening at Galgenhuisje Cafe in Gent.

The pour from draft reveals a chalice of bright golden elixir that's aptly carbonated for a beer brimming with spritzy bubbles that congregate in a creamy and slightly rocky, cotton white head.

Perfumy aromas of corriander and ripe oranges hint towards witbiers, but pull back when it comes to wheat. Instead, a the full scent of pilsner malts gives a cracker-like snap to the scent and provides a firm underpinning to the fruity esters and yeasty spice.

Full pilsner flavors deliver a semi-sweet taste of fresh baked breads, lightly kilned grain, and softer powdered sugar that gives a firm and pleasant introduction to the tongue. A middle palate full of juicy candy-coated fruits, soft and supple spice of curacao, coriander, white pepper, ripe oranges, and appricots. The malty-dry taste finishes with a mild herbal and minty hop bitterness that balances the beer but never adopts undue attention.

Medium-light on the palate, the zesty carbonation pulls the malt sugars from the tongue and ushers in a peppery dry, mildly alcoholic warm mid palate that extends into finish. Light acids play on the mouth and gives a well-suited refreshment to the beer.

With its understated demeanor, Tongerlo blonde ale provides the crisp malt taste of classy German lagers, but the characterful yeast of peppery spice and fruity esters layer on more character with dryness and herbal essence.

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Photo of bjd88
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very average aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, light fruit, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of a little bit of light fruit (a little bit of banana, perhaps?) some light citrus notes (orange), a lot of malt, fair amount of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and light spices (coriander, pepper). Definitely an uneven flavor, with a bit too much malt overpowering everything else. Still, not too bad.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a lively, if somewhat slick and syrupy, finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer probably isn't as bad as the overall score suggests, but it has its flaws. Still worth a look though.

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Tongerlo Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
3.42 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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