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Tongerlo Blond | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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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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pDev:
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Photo of FBarber
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -2.9%
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 +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wonothesane42
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 doktorhops
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -8.7%
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 -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leginsh
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TGS
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Robertas
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 D-Rock
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased in Japan, poured from a 330 ml brown bottle with gold label into a tulip glass.

Look: The liquid is transparent amber-gold with lively carbonation. The head is thick, medium bubbles, about an inch deep, very slightly off white color, and does not settle quickly. Thick foam sticks to the sides of the glass in hefty lacing. Minutes later and the head is still thick and fluffy.

Smell: Hoppy bitterness fills the nose with some overt skunkiness. Burrying my face in the glass reveals some spiciness, cloves and nutmeg as well as mellow banana. Some yeast present as well, in a warm baked bread sort of way. You really have to search for the complex scents here though.

Taste: Huh, bitter hops, a light maltiness and a buttery flavor are ever present. Theres some mellow banana character here as well, but I cant shake the feeling that there is some off skunky character in the mix as well.

Feel: A bit thin but not unpleasant. High amount of carbonation makes for a bubbly-sloshy mouthfeel. The bitterness scours the tongue a slight bit and is overall pretty refreshing.

Overall: A pretty solid beer, theres a few defects present, but overall a flavorful and light brew.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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 GarthT
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FieldingWater
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitch
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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 JackieKu
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
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 vinivini
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.65/5  rDev +35.2%
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 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 kamilgracki
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tongerlo Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 104 ratings
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