La Gauloise Blonde
Brasserie Du Bocq

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Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #90
Ranked #43,703
3.58 | pDev: 8.38%
Brasserie Du Bocq
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Sigmund from Norway

3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml stubby bottle, as Bocq Gauloise Blonde, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.3%, Ext.Sec .Prim. 14,0%. Hazy pale yellow colour, huge white head. Nice fruity and mildly spicy aroma of Belgian ale yeast, some grassy and herbal hops too. Mild and slightly spicy flavour, some light fruit too, high level of carbonation, refreshing.

Apr 27, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Dark gold/pale amber, poured with a minute amout of haze and 3mm white head. Looking at the bottle it seems this had been rested long enough that pouring 'like a non bottle-conditioned beer' I was lucky to leave most of the sediment behind. Holds up pretty well and leaves some lacing on the way down.
S- I get a glimpse of 'somewhat bright, Belgium-y' then nothing else.
T- Tastes how it smells but now somewhat clearer. Seems like 'Belgan notes', but rather than bringing any fruit notes it seems to be notably quite hoppy-dry instead.
F- Pretty hoppy-dry but almost compensated by having some meat (malts) on it's bones for body. CO2 in the mouth is good.
O- It's different in that you can tell it has a decent ABV%, a quite solid feel bringing richness, and yet it has quite prominent hops. For me it doesn't quite work, the hops are a bit too prominent for me, and I don't get any of the Belgian ester-y (fruit/etc) notes. I can certainly finish it, but it's not what I was expecting nor would buy again.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed!
330ml bottle £2.95 BB: 13/02/2022 Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Feb 20, 2021
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.59):
Clear golden with plenty visible carbonation & a 2cm, foamy white head that had good retention. It's a lively nose with some yeast, spices & pepper initially along with background fruits & grassy hops. It's definitely floral on the nose whilst the taste is similar, lots of fresh fruits & herbal flavours with a bit of spice on top of a lively & strongly carbonated body that has an effervescent feel. I got a few hints of citrus & more of the Belgian yeast from the nose, but overall the balance is too & it's crisp but relatively easy to drink.

Jul 12, 2020
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FLima from Brazil

3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Oct 09, 2019
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PhilHeinricke from Virginia

3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Sep 24, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Sep 01, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Feb 17, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Nov 19, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

3.83/5  rDev +7%
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

Jan 16, 2016
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Aug 17, 2013
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dansmcd from Australia

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Jun 20, 2012
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CwrwAmByth from England

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Apr 02, 2012
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jul 15, 2011
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endovelico from Portugal

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Jun 16, 2010
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mmahut from Czech Republic

2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Apr 27, 2010
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janubio from Spain

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Apr 02, 2010
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Jan 22, 2010
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ThaCreep from Belgium

3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Jan 02, 2010
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Aug 25, 2009
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Aug 22, 2009
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fullsweep from England

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

May 19, 2009
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Oct 19, 2008
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thierrynantes from France

3.33/5  rDev -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.

Nov 21, 2007
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Aug 11, 2007
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rec from Australia

3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Jun 29, 2007
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