La Gauloise Blonde | Brasserie Du Bocq

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La Gauloise BlondeLa Gauloise Blonde

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2003

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Reviews by eduardolinhalis:
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of innominat
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Robertas
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DOCRW
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of pmonti80
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Paddez
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brew with a decent head. Tiny bubbles cling to the glass on the inside. The head lasts for a few minutes and then drops to a uneven layer of foam.
The smell is malty, fruity and sweet.
The taste is that of a typical blonde: fruits, malts & some light spices, although it does have a less typical nutty, slightly dry & acidic finish.
The mouthfeel is good but the carbonation was a little too aggressive in my opnion. The drinkabillity is pretty good as well.

Nothing wrong with this one. It looks good, smells good and tastes good. A nice and drinkable blonde. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of rec
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle also has the depiction of the lovely full-bosomed young lady with winged helmet and very long blonde braids, holding a bunch of wheat. A gold ribbon hangs to the left of the wheat. The bottle is a 33cl brown stubbie. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 10/3/04, I opened it on 4/19/04.

Pours a cloudy even gold blonde with a couple chunks of sediment slowly making their way to the bottom as a few bubbles make their way to the top to feed the 1.5 finger white head. The feeding didn't last long, though, as the foam disappeared very quickly, leaving just film and collar without lace most of the way down the glass. The nose is fruity sweet, but not much above average for a Belgian pale. The mouth was light and quite prickly. The taste is pleasant enough - fruity sweet with some substantial malt for balance. I don't sense any hops, though. The aftertaste is more like cotton soaked in lemonade. It's not the greatest...

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Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of bamberger603
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of mdagnew
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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 – 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..

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Photo of MrHyde1886
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ohitsbrad
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 January 2006, Best Before Dec 06

Cloudy golden colour with a large white head, some retention but no lacing. Aroma of lemon, coriander, citrus, wheat, apples and belgian yeast. Very much like a witbier. The flavour is lemony, fruity, refreshing, with some malt and almost tart. Reasonably light in body. Overall very drinkable and with some similarities to a Belgian witbier.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of der_meister
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of janubio
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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La Gauloise Blonde from Brasserie Du Bocq
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