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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

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#41,039
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41
Ratings:
104
pDev:
12.5%
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Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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 kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on November 24, 2015.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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 stevoj
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
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 tempest
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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 outoffocus
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Evil_Pidde
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DucksFan16
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06/24/2017

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Photo of wl0307
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Suds
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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 BMMillsy
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

On tap in Antwerp at a random bar . Pours orangish colored with a small fluffy white head . Aroma of yeasty funk and some caramel and bready noted. Flavor is bready caramel with some extra yeast funk, fruit sweetness c and maybe a hint of spice mixed in. Light bodied, crisp, and clean with medium plus carbonation. Decent easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Viggo
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
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 drpimento
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very basic straightforward simple belgian beer. Not a lot going on, but there's not meant to be a lot happening here. Not a bad beer at all. Poured with a nice foamy frothy off white head that diminished to a thin cover after a bit and good lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is a mild belgian tripel. Flavor's the same. Carbonation and body are good. Finish is easy. Session beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
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 Mattias
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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