Double Enghien Blonde
Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #393
Ranked #42,328
3.46 | pDev: 9.83%
Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by Sammy:
Photo of Sammy
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yellow with some head, and pretty lace. Rotten sock aroma. Easy drink, some bitterness and well malted finish. Not too carbonated. Medium mouthfeel, oily, and some yeast gives it a bit of simple flavour. Passable but boring.The Brown is got more character.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Enormous head (Gads I hate foam overs!!) Aroma is sweet and slightly spicy. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malty and slightly sweet. Not very Belgian like at all. More like a cider, apple-ish and very sweet, low carbonation. Not very spicy, way too sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Festival, it pours a somewhat hazy gold with a bubbly white head. The citrus that is pleasant enough in the smell is a bit less so in the taste. Everything seems a bit on the light side, from the taste to the mouthfeel. On the bright side, the alcohol is well-hidden and it doesn't drink like an 8% beer.

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Photo of Wildman
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy amber gold color and formed a thick off white head. Lace coats the glass and some carbonation and sediment is present. An aroma of hops, banana and spices. A flavor of hops, citrus and spices. The body is medium light in nature and has a bit of tanginess brought on by the spices. I have very little experience with this style, but appears to be another good beer by this brewer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 0,33 l brown glass bottle. Shiny red white & metallic gold main obverse and neck label looks like that shown in the BA Avatar. No freshness date but listed at Alc. 7.5% by Vol.

Appearance: Hazy turbid golden-yellow on the pour which settles down to reveal a fleshy apricot body with a nice white head that has fantastic staying power. Settles down to a bubbly covering that slowly breaks apart. Excellent conditioning means that the gentlest swirl reinstates a great looking cap. Supposedly a filtered brew but it certainly doesn’t look like one!

Nose: Lovely fresh zesty apple laden spiced Cider aromas with some Banana toffee in the back end. Hints of musty hops. Alcohol with a toffee-apple finish. Yeasty at times.

Taste: Fruity esters punctuate a spicy alcohol body. Made with Hallertau and Challenger Hops, but it’s the sweet spicy character that really gets you. Bananas linger in the back end within a warm toffee Blond body.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is detectable, full bodied, nice carbonation, sweet and spicy. Fruity at times, sweet chewy toffee at others with a powdered yeast grainy feel on the cheeks after the swallow. Light warming feel from the alcohol.

Drinkability: I’m a Cider fan, love spices and Belgian (plus Belgium!) Blondes, but I’m not so hot on the sweet aspects but I can live with them. Reasonably drinkable with a nice

Overall: I visited the Silly Brewery on my first trip to Belgium during the Easter of 1994, this was one of the first Belgium beers that I ever had and I thoroughly enjoyed it then. These days it seems a little sweet for my liking but it’s still a nice offering. Not exactly a style lemming – more of a spicy Blonde, but worth a try.

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Photo of nomad
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nothing more exact than to say this beer is very hazy, very pale, with the color of a illness-stricken ale. Though the head formed a formation akin to Ayer's Rock floating in the middle of the glass, and latched a forest of dry, tight lace around its walls, I couldn't get over how incredibly hazy and muted was this yellow liquid.

Smelled a bit musty with a strong sense of Styrian Goldings, opening to some barely recognizable fruity esters. Tastes slightly fruity with a surprisingly smooth malt structure, albeit a thin one. A tiny spot of yeasty spice gives some complexity though a decent amount of alcohol on the finish detracts. Fuller mouthfeel is appreciated, probably the one good upside of its tremendous protein haze.

Lacked much of estery complex flavors and heady play between malt and hops I'd expect from a Belgian. Afterwards, my resounding conclusion was that this is what an "average" Belgian beer tastes like.

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Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh, 11.2 oz, brown bottle here, that was a recent addition to the startling, Belgian selection at the One Stop, Discount Liquor Store in Johnson City, Tn. A prolonged, delicate, pour into a tulip glass produced a mostly clear, golden apricot body, with a large, eggshell white head that was "shaving cream thick". Nice retention eventually resulted in sticky patches of lace, as well as some solid sheets.

Interesting aroma was fruity, like Juicy Fruit chewing gum, with a twist of sour lemon, and a dry, yeasty presence that smelled like a new, wool sweater, just off the shelf.

Mouthfeel was different, slick and lightbodied, soft carbonation and very soft in the mouth.

The taste was dry, yet fruity sweet. Juicy Fruit chewing gum flavors again come to mind. Yeast presence is noticable, but seems clean, and surprisingly fresh and dry. Very well put together, overall, with a mildly fruity, yet dry, finish.

Never heard of this one until I saw it on the shelf. I'll be getting a few more of these, next time I see them. Very well balanced, tasty, and sinfully drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fuzzy pastel apricot that clears when backlit. With sunlight filtering through it, the orange-amber color is seen to contain a red apple blush. Atop the beer is an attractive, sculpted, cream colored head that is beginning to leave loads of tacky lace.

Why does my BSPA smell like a Euro pale lager? Needless to say, the aroma doesn't fit the style in the least. Hallertau and Challenger comprise the hop bill. That would be fine if they didn't smell so stale and musty. The usual fruit and spice isn't nearly prominent enough.

The beer is better on the palate, if only because some BSPA characteristics come to the fore. A substantial pale malt base provides a good deal of sweetness and body. Unfortunately, the hop flavor is little better than the hop aroma. There's enough else going on that the beer isn't ruined, but I wish the brewers had chosen different varieties.

A yeasty spiciness is noted, especially on the finish and as the beer warms. Alcohol isn't completely masked, but I actually enjoy the golden fruit macerated in liquor booziness. If you want a chuckle, visit the Brasserie de Silly website and check out the tasting notes. "Taste: predominantly sweet taste". Uh, gee thanks. The mouthfeel is a highlight. It's medium-full with a slick, undercarbonated quality that I'm enjoying.

Double Enghien Blonde doesn't get within shouting distance of the best BSPAs in the world. Its good points can't completely overcome its not-so-good points. Changing the hop bill would be a good place to start, but the road to greatness is still likely to be a long and winding one.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden blond with a slight head that quickly dies off....

Aroma is very pleasant, with bright fruity died apricot and peach flavors, with a sweetness that is stronger than most.

Flavor follows through in the sweetness tones, with a nice fruity style. Very pleasant. As it warms, a gentle pepper spiciness shows through, and the sweetness fades a bit.

Creamy, full mouthfeel that makes this nicely drinkable. I like this one. However, sweetness keeps this from being an easy drinker if you want more than one.

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Photo of bruachan
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

brilliantly clean gold with a tight rolling head that never fades below a half finger. purdy frosted lacing

big raisin notes come hand in hand with a slight tartness. heat: from either alcohol or white pepper. parts tasted so golden, yet others suggest a much darker beer

there was a slight mediciny taste that i suppose i could be misinterpreting, but i wouldn't have wanted to drink many of these

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Photo of paterlodie
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good lasting head leaving laces and a clear golden beercolor. Smell is very malty and litle oxidation with hints of fine hops and a litle sweetness with spicy( mostly koreander) and alcoholic ending. Taste is sweet, malty and ending bitter but hanging and alcoholic. Again litle oxidation and wish this brew had a botle fermentation so this oxidationnote would be less. Some more carbon dioxide couldn't harm eiter especially for moutfeel. Not a bad brew but nothing great either

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Photo of ypsifly
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated 11.2oz purchased at Beer Depot in Ann Arbor and poured into a tulip.

Slightly hazed apple juice under two fingers of white. Decent retention with some sheeted lace.

The nose is spicy with fruity yeasts, tart citrus and apples, musty aromas, a pinch of chalk and some peppery alcohol.

The taste is mostly tart with apple cider flavors. A hint of spice and some warmth from the abv but overall it is quite one dimensional. Light in the mouth, it could use more carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but there is nothing about it that makes me want to buy another. The Brune is a much better beer.

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Photo of hero27
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle.
7.5% abv.

Pale goldenrod. Chunky head of white foam...lacing so thick, you can't see through it.
Heavy aroma of apple peel and lemon zest. Hints of banana, cloves, and a cupboard of spices.
Flavors came out much more malty than the nose. Some lemon and apple comprise the fruit flavors...very cider-ish.
Like a golden ale/cider with a nice touch of alcohol. Not your typical Belgian blond ale by any means. I'll still be burping spice & apple tomorrow morning, but I can think of a lot worse things.
Recommended to anyone who wants a Belgian with some cider-like flair.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first reaction was that the beer wasn't a beer at all but more like a kicked up cider. Alcohol was dominant in the smell with some spiced apple type aroma. Very odd but unique smell and taste. I can honestly say that I havent had a beer that tasted even similair to this. That doesnt mean its bad it just caught me off guard. The more I drank the more I liked. It looks like apple juice with some frothy lacing. Tastes like apples on steroids. It tastes much better than the smell as it smells pungent and super strong but the taste is more subtle and the alcohol is hidden. I'd buy this again to see if it grows on me.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a yellow, light orange color with a small head and some carbonation.

Smell is malty and slightly hoppy with diacetyl whiffs. There are also some yeasty notes.

Taste is diacetyl, which make the beer full and kind of buttery. On top of that there is a nice maltiness and a slight bitterness. First impression is kind of sweet, but this fades quickly, what remains is a slight sweetness. Notes of peaches. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Body is creamy and aftertaste is dry. Especially the balance is great on this beer, it makes a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml. brown bottle with fancy gold foil and labelling that pours an apricot-amber with a finger of white foamy head. The liquid is slightly hazy with good carbonation and a fine, intricate lacing.

The nose is sweet with raisins and candy sugar. Some mild hops and alcohol coming up from behind, nice aroma.

Raisins and honey permeate the tastebuds, subtlely sweet and fruity, the dominant flavor here. Eventually some hops and earthy yeast seeps through to balance the brew, with alcohol clinching the deal. Some pretty tasty stuff indeed!

Thick, full body...almost chewy, this is a fine example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, if there ever was one. An easy drinker that's as easy to recommend...Cheers!

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: beautiful blond color, abundant foam and well saturated.
Smell: we feel malt and hops
Taste and mouthfeel: flavors of malt and hops are accompanied by a prolonged bitter but balanced. It offers a hint of caramel
Drinkability: good beer in the style strong Belgian pale ale

Review added 11-10-2007, translated from french 3-2-2008.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of csmiley
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light color of brown with hints of orange. Also comes out a little cloudy. The pour ended up with a little over an inch of head with average retention. Lacing was nice.

S - The aromas primarily consisted of base malt, butterscotch, and alcohol. There is also a notes of spice that remind me of pepper.

T - Taste follows smell with big sweet flavors. There is a strong malt base with hints of butterscotch. There is also a major alcohol flavor mixed in as well. In the end there is a slight bitter taste but it does not show up until the sweet flavors subside a little. As it warms the beer becomes smoother but still very sweet.

M - This one is full bodied with good carbonation. Comes a cross as smooth but really borders on chewy.

D - This is a good beer from Br. De Silly. The big flavors and mouthfeel really limit the drinkability on this one. For a sipping beer, it is good though.

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Photo of benfons
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle poured in a chalice 7.5% ABV

A: almost no head, very clear straw colour, small bubbles

S: sweet fruits, apple and some hops

T: fairly alcoholic, some sweetness up front, spices, bitter aftertaste

M/D enough carbonation but too thin, too alcoholic

I won't take this one again

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Photo of nick76
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet like malt syrup with licorice, honey, biscuits, hay, cereal, light fruit, flowers, and yeast. I want to say this is good smelling but there is just too much sweetness going on. The appearance is dark orange gold with haze that has some floating particles in it. The flavor is like the aroma with that sweetness dominating everything else. The palate is a little thin but OK. Overall this beer has potential but its just too sweet. Its sweet and only sweet to the point of cloying.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little bit of haze. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam which seems to dissipate somewhat quickly.

Smell: light malt with a nice lemongrass note. There's some sweet caramel and some tart apple in there too. In all, it smells bright, light and agricultural -- if not particularly BSPA-like.

Taste: this beer tastes very strongly of light brown sugar. I mean, brown sugar in a glass. If you like brown sugar with a little bit of apple and malt and lemongrass mixed in, this is absolutely the beer for you. Me, I don't mind it so much, but it does seem a little over the top.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good feel and a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this is an interesting beer. Definitely what I'd call a dessert beer; it simply straight-up tastes of brown sugar.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The color is clear pale golden while the white creamy head is very tall at first. Decent lacings.

S: Very malty. Nettles, hay and stable. Yeast and spices. Nothing special.

T: Sweet malt, rich and almost creamy. Nettles are still present but very held back compared to the smell. Yeast and spiecs. Red berries and citric fruits.

M: Smooth and rich full body, with carbonation held to a minimum. Aftertaste is sweet. Some warmth from the alcohol.

O: Nice. Like a lighter version of the heavier BSPA:s. The missing link between BSPA and BPA.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly bitter flavor, but when one feels an interesting fruity. In the mouth of the bitterness but with the unpleasant sensation of cardboard into the papillae. The bitterness continues into the aftertaste where it turns into a spicy, but spice characteristics or use of aromatic hops. A bit low for a season because hops seems a bit overused, and especially poorly promoted. Small disappointment.

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Double Enghien Blonde from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 38 ratings