Waitrose Belgian Blonde | Brasserie Du Bocq

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Waitrose Belgian BlondeWaitrose Belgian Blonde

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Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 12-31-2012

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. Purchased from Waitrose quite a while back. The label describes it as a Belgian Blonde flavoured with orange peel and anise.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with fine sediment and good carbonation. Yields a massive head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of subtle orange, dry spice, a twinge of coriander (perhaps the anise?), mild earthiness and faint stewed leaves. Uncomplicated but pleasant.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a dry finish. Notes of mild banana, subtle orange peel, spice, light coriander, earthiness, stewed leaves and a touch of cardboard in the background. Highly attenuated, followed by a mild, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity yeast notes, earthiness and stewed leaves.

No world-beater but not bad. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are delicately fruity and slightly spiced. Body is OK. Nicely balanced and would make a reasonable introduction to Belgian beer. Goes down easy. Worth trying if you come across it (particularly on offer).

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Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gave this a good review first time round, but had it a few times since and it's been disappointing. Decent balance of hops and malt, but it's just too weak - resembles a watered-down Belgian IPA.

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Photo of wl0307
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a short 330ml brown bottle, BB 06/05/2014, served chilled in Tripel Karmeliet tulip-shaped long-stemmed sniffer.

A: lightly hazy orangey-straw in colour, coming with a 2cm thick white froth with good retention, on top of semi-lively carbonation.
S: perfumy esters, orangey hops (like Goldings), and grainy malts spring to mind, laced with random herbal notes of coriander seeds (the label mentions anise, supposedly anise seeds then?); a good swirl wakes up more spiciness with a dry-ish touch lagging behind.
T: the sour-sweet fruity swallow of malts and hops is ensued closely by a honey-drink like aftertaste, mixed with farmhouse white bread, boiled yums, mixed herbal notes, an increasingly dry-ish palate in the long aftertaste, rendered particularly spicy-dry by the mixed hop+yeast elements, I believe. Also in the lingering aftertaste I found a smooth palate of rock sugar, but only just…
M&D: refreshingly carbonated, not too fizzy, medium-bodied, the palate is smooth and the balance is skilfully retained overall. Not bad, although not terribly delicious or complex, either.

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Waitrose Belgian Blonde from Brasserie Du Bocq
3.5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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