Tongerlo 6 Dubbel Blond | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Tongerlo 6 Dubbel BlondTongerlo 6 Dubbel Blond

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Brouwerij Haacht NV

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
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 +8.2%
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 -25.6%
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 tempest
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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 stevoj
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
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 tone77
3.74/5  rDev +10%
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 BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
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 wl0307
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
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 DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Viggo
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +4.7%
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 Suds
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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 BMMillsy
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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 ThisWangsChung
2.55/5  rDev -25%
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 EmperorBevis
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 rarbring
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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 thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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 josanguapo
4.65/5  rDev +36.8%
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 Bouleboubier
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(best before date - L06/03/15 - poured into a balloon)

A: second time having this now - huge, cottony-spongy of foam both times - couldn't pour the whole bottle in the glass... mostly clear, orange-y gold liquid... the head takes a little bit to recede into the liquid... maintains a medium-full, misty cap... fair amount of crystalline, sudsy lace

S: spicy, lightly fruity-estery sweet, vaguely-sulfur Danish lager-like character... faint caramel-kissed peach note in the back

T: like a mildly-drier Leffe Blond with a hint of wholegrain cracker... moderate phenolic spiciness in the finish, as well as a chamomile-like, apple-y note... surprisingly assertive, flowery bitterness toward the end, as well as a residual citrus-pith tartness... has an overall industrial Tripel yeast character

M: roundish, light-medium bodied enveloped in an expansive foamy wash... bit of a tart puckering left on the edges of the tongue... all in all, quite dry

O: not bad... probably wouldn't seek it out to savor on its own... maybe best suited as an on-the-go or happy hour beer... curious to pair it with the cheeses listed on their site - I can see it pairing nice with a sharp, salty type

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Photo of heygeebee
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Brabander
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer for my birthday with some more nice Belgian beers. Tonight i tried this blonde.

Poured i a Maredsous chalice the beer shows a very nice appearance with a nice and firm head and a good carbonation.

Good smell and taste, you smell the yeast and the slightly bitterness of the hop. The beer is well balanced for a blond. It is not as good as the Westvleteren or the Achel blond but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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 mvanaskie13
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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 deebo
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
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 damndirtyape
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
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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