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%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
25
For Trade:
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Photo of TGS
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Robertas
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +14.7%
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 -2.9%
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 +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FieldingWater
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitch
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.65/5  rDev +36.4%
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 -25.2%
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 kamilgracki
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 bjd88
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Petertauro
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iamhook
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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