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Tongerlo 6 Dubbel 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:
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Added by paterlodie on 03-09-2005

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Reviews:
39
Ratings:
88
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
19.35%
 
 
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 88
Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Regrettably brief notes from a bottle served into stemware:

HEAD: Pours a ~5cm white cap. Consistency and complexion are average. Fairly frothy. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - ~3-4 minutes.

BODY: Body colour is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast is visible within.

AROMA: Blonde malts. Belgian yeast. Faint fruity and floral hops. Sweetness seems a bit on the high side, bending this towards a honeyed vibe.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, with more of a fruity hop emphasis than anticipated. Its high sweetness makes it imbalanced, and there isn't a lot of depth of flavour here. It's simple and straightforward, lacking the complexity and intricacy of, say, a Trappist blonde. Attenuation is too low, but I do like the spiciness of the Belgian yeast, and the mild accompanying esters lend this the little intricacy it does possess.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light-bodied, well-carbonated, unrefreshing, and lightly sticky. Suits the taste decently, but there isn't a perfect harmony of texture and taste.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Overall presence on the palate is decent.

OVERALL: A drinkable forgettable unremarkable blonde. I see no need to buy this again, but you could do worse. More of a Belgian yeast emphasis with higher attenuation would lend this needed complexity and curb its balance issues - why not just use Trappist yeast? A very simple, conventional Belgian blonde with nothing to offer the discerning drinker.

Low C- (2.53) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: OH FUCK, this was a gusher. Strike one. Anyways, this pours a hazy copper color, with a massive white head. I mean, it WAS a gusher. Retention is poor, which is good considering the head's foaminess. At least plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. (2.25)

Smell: Spicy for the style - I get plenty of black pepper and general herbs on the nose. I also pick up some candied sugar and a touch of metal. Uh oh, strike two? Nah, it's not offensive enough to kill the aroma, but it certainly doesn't help it out. (2.75)

Taste: Sweetish for the style, I taste a lot of candied sugar and crackery malt as this hits my palate. Fairly minty for the style, as well. This really doesn't come together like it should, plain and simple. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: While it's airy and well carbonated, it doesn't feature the balanced dryness I like from a good BPA. It's frankly a chore to drink. (2.5)

Overall: This just isn't a very good example of the style. It's out of wack, clumsy, and hard to drink. I'm actually not mad I lost a third of the bottle, simply because how damn mediocre this one is. (2.5)

2.55/5: A third-rate BPA

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Amber, clear.
Head .... was. The color was white with fine bubbles.
Smell very delicate hop aroma mixed with spices, there are still a bit of apples and bread crusts.
Beer to me too much saturated. Gas constantly interferes in tasting. Blonde Tongerlo characterized hop bitterness.
Everything is wrong. One of these beers, which should be avoided.

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Photo of abijen
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I think I had a wrong bottle or something.
There was a lot of head. To much carbonation in the beginning.
After a while when the carbonation was fewer the taste of the beer was really watery and light.
An abrupt finish and not a very special taste.
I should try this one again cause I think it can score better than this experience.

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Photo of DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy medium yellow, white head that showed some lace. Very yeasty aroma, buttery, with a bit of fruit. Mild maltiness with a sweet finish. Not really much flavour, but the yeast sure shines through. A bit harsh in the finish, but not overpowering. Light body, fairly high carbonation. Overall it's okay, but once was enough.

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Photo of wl0307
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, at 6.5%abv.; BB 07/08/14, served chilled in a stemmed goblet.

Appearance: pours a very clear, dark golden colour coming with a thin off-white foamy head and rather light but constant carbonation.
Smell: light-coloured prune-dominated aroma, edged with very pale malts, sweet lemons or Goldings’ aroma, and a weird old-rusty note. Besides these elements, even after a very good swirl is there very little to come through. Not nice and very simplistic.
Taste: quite fizzy, the taste is bitter-sweet and lightly estery & acidic-fruity, featuring light-coloured (lager) malts, dried grassiness, lemon-ness, prunes, overripe fruitiness (types unknown), as well as a semi-dry and chewy-spicy palate of hop bitterness to linger in the finish, along with a belated entry of alc. warmth.
Mouthfeel & Overall: really very normal, mundane, and slightly watery at the end of each sip, this sufficiently refreshing, albeit quite fizzy, medium-bodied pale beer doesn’t show a properly complex flavour profile, or maybe being simplistic and its almost Pilsner-like quality is what it meant to achieve. Alas, this is not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

very yeasty aroma.nice bubbles, lace, orange body.spicy yeasty taste,tad of fruit moderate in taste, carbonation not too much, all works towars climax of harshness.Malt has some offset. Combined with alcohol is drying.Thin mouthfeel.
Acceptable blond, have had better.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière de couleur ambrée, mousse abondante et tenace
Smell : nez de caramel
Taste and mouthfeel : goût malté, final un peu sèche
Drinkability : une bière correcte dans le style Belgian strong ale

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Photo of janubio
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle. Gloden to orange colour, with a big creamy white head that sticks to the class and lasts for a good while. Smell of bubblegum, cloves, tropical fruits. Medium body, light palate. Taste is just the same as smell: bubblegum, clove, tropical fruits, spices.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled
Amber body with frothy enough white head
Aroma of butterscotch and clove
Some of that in the flavour but only less so
Doesn't feel as big a beer as a 6%
Meh, thoroughly Meh and I never say Meh

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served up on tap in a Tongerlo chalice at an unnamed cafe in Framerie, Belgium. Golden orange color with an off white head. It looks darker than many blonde Belgian beers.

Smell: Light malty scent with citrus, hay, and sand.

Taste: Big malty taste to start off. A bit over carbonated so it is rather spritzy. Some citrus, sesame, and spiciness. It strikes me as rather plain and uninteresting. All of the flavors are very light and fast. No flavor stands out or impreses me.

Mouthfeel: Mostly smooth and clean. There is a bit of harshness on the back of my palate. It may be from the overcarbonation. It's refreshing on a hot afternoon.

Drinkability: A decent soft Belgian taste, not terrible for sure, but not memorable either.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle notes 6.5%

Pours a three finger head for a modest pour. Golden/straw body.

Aromas of Beligian yeast/sugars, some marizipan.

Taste is dry and complex. Some Champagne notes. Some mandarin/tangerine. Dry finish, and refeshing. Let down by a watery element.

Mouthfeel is light

All in all not bad in a crowded Belgian arena.

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Photo of FBarber
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear crips blonde color. Thick frothy white head dissipates leaving a thin ring of film on the top of the beer. Bits of lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is initially kind of skunky - but gives way to a nice simple yeast and malt aroma.

Taste is very simple and straightforward. Notes of grain, wheat, bread, malts, yeast with a peppery finish and some subtle hop character. Balanced and simple. The overall flavor is a bit watery which detracts from the overall quality.

Feel was pretty smooth and very drinkable. Tons of carbonation - maybe a bit much.

Overall a perfectly drinkable belgian pale ale. Nothing special, but its not bad either.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose fresh and highly enjoyable reminiscent marmalade, oranges in particular. The draft is fairly balanced, medium-bodied and round on the palate with a subtle flavor of lemonade. The aftertaste is fine but the yeast in the end leaves a bitter bottle. A refreshing lager, A bit below the Leffe Blonde, but lacks a little flavor in the mouth to leave a souvenir.

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Photo of kitch
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before end date of 4th June 2016 and poured into a D’Achouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy copper colour with a huge three finger head. Most of it dissipated within a minute but it left some thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Some slight funk at first followed by some fruity banana and apples, caramel and honey. Bread and cracker malt aromas also show as it warms.

Taste: Flavour is sweet banana and honey first, but there’s definitely candied sugar, bubblegum and caramel mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, sticky.

Overall: This was not bad but perhaps slightly too sweet for me. Leffe is also a tad too sweet for me, but I still may prefer Leffe slightly more.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle, best before 18/12/16. Bottle code 180615 16:17. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber gold. Thin white foam with lots of persistent lacing in thick sheets and strands. Nice looking beer!

Smell: Surprisingly little in the way of smell. Some cereal grains, a bit of banana and clove.

Taste: Tastes mildly skunked. There is some underlying Belgian style fruity esters, as well as some hints of older noble hop bitterness, but it's off. There was a bit of some banana and clove when I first sipped it, but that went away and got replaced by the bitterness and a grainy malt middle.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and a little watery. Not so good.

Overall / Drinkability: I've had much better Belgian Pale Ales. This one was okay. I finished it, but it wasn't a great experience. Great looking beer. So so otherwise, especially with the overly fizzy and watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Nov 2007, drank March 2007.

Poured into a Straffe Hendrik bowl glass, without any sediment leaving the bottle, the head suffered because of my slow pour, but it still produced a nice foaming white/off white crown on the beer. the body was an orange, tangarine colour, slight haze which made it look cloudy.

Aroma of yeasts and citrus fruits, mostly lemon or maybe limes. The label claims it has a honey aroma, I couldn't detect it until I read it was there.

Sourness at first, fizzy too, the yeast aroma carries on into the taste, no honey flavour!

The label also mentions maize as an ingrediant, this may well appear in the mouthfeel, aftertaste, which is fairly weak really.

Not the best blonde I've had, but I would have another of these, I won't hunt for one, but drink another, I would.

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Photo of stevoj
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Towering, fluffy head (like a tripel) means you’ll have to wait to pour the rest of the beer. Smell and taste are average and normal for the style, nothing remarkable other than the appearance. Good all around blonde ale.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a transparent blonde color with a decent-sized head of extremely coarse, off-white froth. Interesting aroma smells of honey, pepper, bread, nutmeg, bubblegum, and an indeterminate tangy scent akin to molasses or sweet-and-sour sauce.

The taste features a healthy dose of caramel and bready malt up front, dressed with pepper and melange of subtler spices, while Belgian yeast rounds out the experience. Notes of apple peel emerge after some warming. Medium body and moderately high carbonation make for a prickly mouthfeel that falls a bit flat on the back end.

Overall, this is an atypical Belgian ale that comes across like a dressed up Marzen. The peppery spices are a bit much for my tastes, and the character of the sweetness was unexpected, but palatable. Worth trying out of curiosity perhaps, but its allure stops there.

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Photo of Viggo
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy but bright golden, medium white head forms, sticks around, laces nicely. Smell is sweet honey, citrus, yeast and slight sourness. Taste is malty, with grains, honey, citrus, orange peel, clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to low bodied, with medium carbonation. Not a bad blond.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just bought this beer from my favorite liquor store.

A - A bright copper colored beer with a white head that disappears pretty quickly. There is a thin white layer left behind.

S - A smell of normal strength of lemon, pine and yeast.

T - Fairly dry flavor, but balanced with hop bitterness. A fresh beer with light lemon extracts.

M - Medium to high carbonation, after that the beer is slightly sticky. At the end a bitter finish.

O - A good beer but not impressive but nice and good to drink.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, color is dark copper/amber, head is huge and bright white. Bottle did open and gush lightly, but the best by date just past.

Smell is light spice, pepper, then crackers, biscuit, light toast. A sweet flavor presents as well, subtle caramel/toffee like note.

Taste is light, pleasant, a bit sweet but also a little dry; I'm assuming this beer is truly fits its name than the style identified - it tastes like a dubbel blond blend, with maybe a bit more dubbel proportion-wise.

Mouthfeel is dryer than the aroma and flavor might lead to believe, tongue dries out on the top with sweeter flavors on the sides of the mouth.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable, and has pleasant flavors even if it is approaching expiration.

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

On-tap in Ghent. A sweet and simple blonde. Not as thick as Leffe, but clean and pleasant - and good enough in Belgium. There's no hint of the adjuncts or sugar that were likely used, instead you get a simple, somewhat spicy Belgian blonde ale that would be a good gateway beer to the uninitiated.

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

33 cl. bottle.
Colour is orange brown. decent head, good lacing.
A very light, mellow, pleasant overall, but watery beer. It's got good malt and yeast character, grassy hops are there.
I wish it was a bit more complex and flavourfull.
This beer is ok, but there are more interesting examples in this style out there

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Photo of Suds
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this brew on tap at a little bar in Gent. Served from a wide-mouthed goblet, the brew has a modest head and a bit of a haze. It's color is a mix between dark-yellow and orange, with relatively low carbonation. The aroma has a nice mix of esters and spice, backed by a pale malt smell. Not much in the way of hops in the nose. The taste is a little sweet, with a hint of aromatic spices. There's a little pepper and lemon as well. It's not overly complex, which makes it drinkable. Medium mouthfeel, but probably a bit light for most beers in it's class. This is a solidly good beer, but uninteresting as a Belgian.

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