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:
95
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
12.61%
 
 
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Photo of 54V4G3
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jwilms02
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
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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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 AxlSkull
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +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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2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bird_soul
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of MattMorin
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Campodog
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickthom24
4.53/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 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 Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wonothesane42
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 doktorhops
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, there’s still a Belgian Pale Ale out there I’ve yet to try (he said sarcastically to himself). This one doesn’t appear to get quite the marketing that Leffe does but it looks alright in the overall presentation - classic looking label, description on the 4-pack as to how one should pour it (swirling the yeast and tipping it into the glass as one should), and I see it has won the “World Beer Awards - world’s best beer 2014” - which I will admit could be completely made up, I don’t really follow the festival scene. In any case it looks like a real Belgian Blonde, so let’s dive in!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Presents with the typical cloudy amber body of most Belgian Blondes, perhaps a tad more on the orange side, with a miserly off-white speckled foam head which at least leaves some spider-web lacing on the side of the glass. 6/10.

S: Odd hint of cereals upfront mixes with bold candi sugar notes, there’s more sugar in this aroma than a sweet shop, some coriander and nutmeg spice comes through from the yeast. Overall aroma is not bad but not as finessed as some of more well-known Abbey beers - specifically the classic Trappist brews (you know who they are). 6/10.

T: Surprisingly well balanced in the flavour - why do I say that? Well I was expecting a truckload of sugar like in Leffe’s Blonde, however instead it’s all balanced out with the hops and yeast. Flavours noted: Bread, candi sugar, coriander, nutmeg, pepper, herbal/citric hops, with a dry/herbal bitter finish. Aftertaste is a bit of an odd vegetal/herbal combo which does distract a little, but otherwise this is an unexpectedly decent Blonde. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a dense but slightly sharp carbonation. 8/10.

D: For someone who is easily turned off by too much sweetness in beers (and in general since I cut sugar out of my diet) this Blonde really hits the niche I’m looking for in a Belgian Pale Ale - it’s a brew that gives enough balance with that classic Belgian yeast spicy/peppery character that we all sometimes crave. It’s not perfect, it could use work in the appearance, aroma and aftertaste - however this is outweighed also by a decent pricing ($15 for a 4-pack). Will I get this again? Yes. That answer says it all then. 7/10.

Food match: Abbey cheese and bread board, with rosemary roast lamb.

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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 Momon
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leginsh
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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