La Gauloise Blonde
Brasserie Du Bocq

La Gauloise BlondeLa Gauloise Blonde
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #84
Ranked #41,659
3.57 | pDev: 8.68%
Brasserie Du Bocq
La Gauloise BlondeLa Gauloise Blonde
View: Beers
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 59 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden solid color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Sugary and herbaceous aroma with notes of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, a bit of medicine, apple puree, banana, cloves and herbaceous.
Flavor with notes of candied fruits, orange marmalade, banana, cloves, herbal hops, medicine, lemon drops and bubblegum. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Decent Belgian Blonde Ale with all the expected range of flavors for the style.

 496 characters

Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A Lidle store just opened in our community. It's pronounced like "needle". It's a German grocery store, and it's claim to fame is that it has its own store brands that are as good as the real thing. I like Monster Energy, and they have a knock off, Mega Energy, that is better tasting than Monster. They have knock off Budweiser and Heineken if you like sewage. And they import a variety of German beers. This is one of them.

It's ok. It's cheap. It has 6.3S% alcohol in 11 oz. bottles so you can get stoned if you drink enough. I'm not going to sit here and sing alabanzas about it, but it stands up there with any craft ale but at a much, much lower price, if that means anything to you.

 705 characters

Photo of josanguapo
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

From Alcampo. In Grimbergen glass. Watching MacFarland. Typical notes of a belgian pale ale well balanced, smooth and with the alcohol well hidden. However, ends a bit drier than Id like. Miss sweetness

 202 characters

Photo of The_Bujon
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks great, although a touch tart on the old nasal passages, once in the trap, this blonde is a real goer! A foaming head which sticks, and slightly sweet with a hint of caramel about it, a real thirst quencher at 6.3%. It is definitely a Leffe blonde beater for a lowly priced beverage.

My advice is to stock up on this when you see it, and save for a summers day beer session.......that said I seldom stock up on anything before it gets quaffed!

 449 characters

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a moderately large head that remains awhile. A bit of yeasty bread in the nose. The flavor is light and bready. Easy drinking Belgian with a bit of a kick.

 202 characters

Photo of Bruno74200
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A typical view of the style. Candi sugar sweetness, malt upfront. A lot of esters coming from the yeast. A light hop character. A bit cloying but drinkable

 155 characters

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a light cloudy yellow golden color forming a huge bubbled and very soapy white head. Duvel-like, beautiful. Great retention and tons of chunky and lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Very bready. Strong Belgian bready yeasts character. Strong notes of sweet pale malts, honey and spices. Light notes of flowery hops and alcohol in the very end

T: Follows the nose. Sweet pale malts upfront followed by an intense bready taste. Again, bready Belgian yeasts profile. In overall, a slightly sweet beer. Notes of honey and diacetyl. A little bit spicy. Very light hoppy bitter finish

M: Medium body. Strong carbonation. Bread and honey in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. A Belgian classic with a strong Belgian Pale Ale character

 791 characters

Photo of dansmcd
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lightly clouded pale amber under a finger of bubbly head with some short lived streaks of lace.

S - Lightly floral aroma with lemon, wheat, salty crackers. Not much here screaming Belgium.

T - Follows the nose. Nicely sessionable mild flavours of wheat, lemon zest and biscuity malt.

M - Spritzy high carbonation, light body.

O - There are better alternatives like Duvel widely available.

 404 characters

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep golden colour with a massive head. Very lively and good lacing as well.

Smells very fresh and grassy.

Tastes very smooth and balanced, light malts and hops with a hint of spice to it. Lightly fruity and citrusy too.

Overall a lovely drinkable and superbly balanced beer.

 340 characters

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. ABV is stated as 6.3% on the label.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A hazy golden colour with visible sediment and good carbonation. Forms a huge head of frothy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet yeasty malt with stacks of fruity esters, especially banana. Hints of cloves and spice.

Tastes of sweet pale malt with flavours of yeast and fruit esters. Notes of banana with warming spicy hints, accompanied by faint stewed hops. No bitterness, but a dry and slightly sour finish. Coats the palate, with a mouthfeel that is smooth, tingly, and mildly astringent. Aftertaste of yeasty esters.

A decent blonde; slides down nicely. The flavour isn't too complex, but satisfying for the style. Feels like it could have more depth. Easy drinking, and worth sampling.

 857 characters

Photo of endovelico
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Best before date 03/09/11.

Appearance: Pours a yellowish-golden brew with a slight haziness and a giant white head. No floaties and low perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Intense aroma of coriander seeds, clove, yeast on the front with a banana center.

Taste: Strong clove on the front with dried orange zest, spices and banana on the back.Some candyish / bubblegum and fusel notes. Average but still very balanced.

Palate: Medium carbonation. Finishes sweeth-ish. Citrucy, fruity aftertaste. Low bitterness. Silky and medium full bodied.

Drinkability: Kinda average but pleasant nonetheless with no apparent flaws or offensive aromas or notes. Price quality ratio is good. Nice take on the style, maybe a bit too much into the malty side strangling the yeast character a bit.

 799 characters

Photo of mmahut
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance (3.5): Light gold colour with impressive head, you can definitely find the similarity with the woman on the picture.

Smell (2.5): If you smell a lot you may find it fruity, citrus with sub-tones of melons.

Taste (3): Malt with fruits. I felt some spiciness as well.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Light to medium body that isn't so carbonated as you would tell from the look.

Drinkability (3.5): Average drink from the category of refreshing beers.

 450 characters

Photo of janubio
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

75 cl. bottle with cork. Golden-orange colour, big head and good retention, with a ring around that holds all the while. Smell of spices, clove, orange peel, fruits. A lot of carbonation, taste is again fruits, spices, orange peel. Drinkable, but not very much happening here.

 276 characters

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a large fading head.
Nose shows loads of bready, wheaty and floury notes. Simple, but lovely. Very Belgian.
Similarly floury and wheaty yeast flavours with some harsh lemon as well.
Carbonation is ridiculously high. Hugely over-carbonated.

 260 characters

Photo of ThaCreep
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light-colored, the nose is sweet and fragrant with a touch of fine hops and a slight fruitiness. The mouth reminds cereals, it is delicate and soft but the flatness of hops dominates. The aftertaste is wheat and contains little bitterness. A beer a bit flat at the level of taste and not really memorable.

 305 characters

Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw colour with enormous white head, made of medium-sized bubbles, webs out at the top and leaves trace of lace in isolated patches. Odd swirl of haze in the glass, not sure what to make of that. Looks quite impressive though.

Nose is quite funky and organic, with a fair vinous sourness, like oxidised chardonnay, some decent fruitiness, hints of cherry and red grape seeds and a light oak woodiness. Quite nice, fairly well balanced.

Taste is mega-funky, full of organic Belgian sourness and tart notes. A sweet and spicy sensation in the middle of it all, has hints of peach, honey and almost a cream flavour, helped out by a very creamy mouthfeel, thick and fuzzy at the edges. Finish is lightly spicy, with a slight peppery edge and aspects of a tangy citrus character as well.

Very refreshing, pleasant and drinkable beer with nice flavours.

 866 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant shining golden colour, extremely clear with a massive rocky frothy head of white meringue foam. Lacing is excellent, the carbonation rises in a beautiful stream from the nucleation points on the glass. Looks very nice indeed.

Phenols and light booze on the nose, a good lightly sweet Belgian yeast character, but quite dry and sharp overall. Some soft notes of bread and grain, but it's subtle. Mostly we have classic dry Belgian tones. Nice.

Taste is a little more disappointing, although there is an interesting complexity to it. Light grain notes on the front, which morph through bread and yeast, before a little clean phenolic note mid-palate washes it away. Finish is the best aspect - a sweet fragrant caress of dry Belgian yeast character. Mouthfeel is light and sparkling. Very pleasant.

Not bad overall - although the dry Belgian ales are not my favourite style. Still, this is a crisp and enjoyable example, a little too phenolic in places, and not something I'd enjoy every day. Worth it once in a while.

 1,037 characters

Photo of fullsweep
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Even a slow pour reveals a super-thick white head of huge, foamy bubbles.

I was expecting to find a similar smell as the other Begian blondes I've tried and while there was a hint there, it wasn't the same. I found this was also reflective of the taste.

Not nearly as sweet as the other Belgian blondes I've tried (only 3 or 4 so far), but nonetheless interesting. Not overly bitter either, just well-balanced with a hint of spiciness on the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with a tacky/stickiness to it. Very rich.

 552 characters

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Delirium cafe in Brussels, served in a La Gauloise glass (shaped kind of like a coffee mug). The beer was pale gold color with a big poofy cloud that sank fairly quick. The smell was OK, it had all the classic Belgian pale ale notes but none too rich. Same with the flavor, all good things (light citrus, spicy yeasties, maybe some honey) but a little muted. Nothing objectionable, a fairly solid choice.

 429 characters

Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : blond golden color, with white creamy foam head.
Smell : malt and hops with spicy notes aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : round in the mouth and full bodied, whose escape good hopped flavors.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian pale ale.

Review translated from french 9-6-2008.

 337 characters

Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear orange, golden beer with lots of carbonation and a big bubbly head, which collapses in a couple of minutes.

Smell is spicy with light malty notes and some straw. The Belgian yeast gives some muted fruity notes.

Taste is light malty with biscuit and sweet doughy taste. A light bitter, just enough to balance the malt. The yeast gives a gentle fruity taste. Mouthfeel is mild and smooth. A straight forward beer.

 425 characters

Photo of rec
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head, like its brothers, is magnificent. Standing foamy and tall, with great retention. Body is an opaque golden yellow with sediment present.

Smelling similar to Kasteel and other Belgian Pale Ale's, this simply isn't as good, but manages to deliver pleasant notes of citrus and yeast.

The taste is good, perhaps not as definitive as I'd like and far from unique, but good none the less. Yeast and spice with light fruits and a dry finish with some alcohol warmth is experienced. Suitable carbonation results in a fine mouthfeel.

Despite how competant it was, it's not something I'd buy again with the likes of Kasteel, Delirium Tremens, LaChouffe and Duvel on offer.

 681 characters

Photo of cypressbob
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle corked, served chilled in a Maredsous tulip

Pours with a light spritzy amber body. Bubbly yellowy white head forms about an inch thick but settles down to a small fuzz left atop the beer. very little noticeable lacing

Smell, sweet and estery acetone, fresh yeasty peaches and melon. Marzipan and other nutty notes, satay-esqe, some biscuity malt character also

Taste, crisp and spritzy mouthfeel. Crisp biscuity malt with a helping of dryish fruit and a slight alcoholic warmth. High levels of carbonation, dry lingering yeast on the finish along with some slightly metallic blood bitterness. Spicy, slightly fruity and crisp and biscuity, dry and sticky heather honey also

A bit average all round. Maybe an interesting choice as an entry into the style but its all rather lacking flavour and depth. That said it went well with a plate of guerkins, smoked salmon, carmelised onion houmous and rye bread

 927 characters

Photo of mdagnew
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle bought from Tesco...

Poured a pale golden yellow colour with some light golden hints... White head poured fairly big then faded quickly to a light layer... Decent amount of carbonation bubbles to the surface... No lacing..

Aroma - Nice strong spicy tart fruits (apples, grapefruits, pears, some lemons), barely any malts, peppery / grassy hop bitterness, some creamy vanilla notes, hay, spicy, some salty notes, cinnamon / nutmeg notes, liquorice...

Taste ¬Ė Nice light spicy fruits (apples, light grapefruits, lemons), very light floral honey sweetness, some yeasty notes, light sea saltiness, creamy, pale malts, light grassy notes, peppery hops, aniseed, some basil..

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body... Very refreshing and pretty drinkable even at 6.10%...

Overall - A good clean and well made pale ale.... Well worth a try..

 870 characters

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked and wired .75 litre brown bottle, obtained from my local Tesco store. Best by 18th Nov 2007, drank on 3rd Nov 2006.

Should I have waited a couple of months before opening it, maybe?

Came out a slighty cloudy, yellow with an orange hue to it. Good large foaming head that crackled (you can hear it, honest) with the release of the carbonisation.

Sour citrus fruits and the smell of wheat are the overiding aromas I detected.

The taste is a pleasant refreshing one, like the aroma, wheaty and a little sour.

The taste hangs around, getting sweeter as time goes on, giving it a good mouthfeel in my opinion.

This is very drinkable, a summer beer more so than winter, but a beer I will have no problems drinking again, and again.

 756 characters

La Gauloise Blonde from Brasserie Du Bocq
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 59 ratings