Tongerlo Blond | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV
Belgium
primus.be

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:
95
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
12.61%
 
 
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Tejon
2.34/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mnñee.. Easy drink. But WBA??..

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Photo of safaricook
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of joemacangel
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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 desint
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of outoffocus
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ElCamillou
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 Marius
3/5  rDev -12%

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

Photo of Groguns
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -12%

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

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 YvesB
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of peerialo
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Bruno74200
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Estery

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Tongerlo Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
3.41 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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