Steenbrugge Blond | Brouwerij Palm NV

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Steenbrugge BlondSteenbrugge Blond

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Brouwerij Palm NV

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of OlaB
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a deep clear golden color, gives a small top of head that disolves very rapidly. not much lacings to speak of.

S: sweet and fruity.banana,apples,pears,honey,caramel ,cloves and herbal hops

T&F: It starts of with a fruity sweetness with some malts in the background, i get the sense of light fruits and honey in the flavour, In the middle it gets more spicy and i sense cloves and some herbal hops. It ends with a dry finish and a aftertaste that is not that strong. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, with a smooth and prickly mouthfeel.

O: My impression of this beer is that even if it is a decent and easy driking beer, the flavours does not come to me as very strong and exiting. gets a little to boring compared to other belgian top shelf blondes.

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Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Steenbrugge Blond captures the essence of the style perfectly, at least visually. Its familiar pale yellow colour, clean and bright complexion and lasting, rocky head represent the approachability, simplicity and quality that define most Belgian Pale Ales. Served in the typical chalice-shaped glass, it really does look like a drink made for royalty.

The abbey with ties to Steenbrugge claims roots as far back as 1094. Not only that, it was supposedly founded by St. Arnold himself, the patron saint of brewing! But neither of these are mentioned on the label. Instead, apparently the more important selling point was that this is "enriched with Gruut" (though what exactly that is they fail to explain).

From what I can tell, "gruut" refers to a mixture of herbs that are grown (or at least blended) in or around the town of Bruges. There's virtually no evidence of them in the aroma - certainly nothing specific you could put a finger on - though a charming, if delicate potpourri-like fragrance does emerge a little bit with warmth. Granted, it smells pretty standard for the style.

Nevermind herbs, refined white sugar is more appreciable than anything. It coats both the aroma and aftertaste and brings out more of a sweet yellow corn flavour from the malt rather than the grainy, perhaps very lightly honeyed, cereal taste that's more standard. Of course there's a few fruity yeast esters floating around too, but even they're pretty subdued.

Blond Ales catch a bad rap for being bland and boring - Steenbrugge Blond does nothing to dispel that conception. Normally Belgian blondes at least offer a little more spice and character (and with this one the added herbs too!). But seemingly geared towards undiscriminating European lager drinkers, this is pretty well purposeless besides a quick, casual quaff.

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Photo of stevoj
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very, very sweet ale, aroma and taste of honey. Bland appearance, no head, no bubbles...bad bottle? Perhaps. If I can get another sample, I’ll re-rate this one.

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Photo of Zet
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange golden colour with a decent head of foam that quickly fades but keeps the surface covered the entire session. Smell of malt and coriander, though i doubt the last one is actually in there. The taste is a weird mixture: basically, you got quite a boring belgian blond here, with a way too dominating malt profile, similar to the Leffe Blond. However, the 'gruut' gives a nice twist here and adds flavours like mint, liquorice and apple syrup to the party, which suddenly makes this beer quite interesting. Mouth feel is very smooth as well. All in all a nice beer, though i think more gruut in the mix will definitely improve it.

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Photo of royalenfield
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not over-my-head complex in the way I love about other Abbey Belgians but it's a lovely, bold, fresh-tasting brew that screams quality and authenticity with every sip. Perfect summer barbeque beer and a real crowd-pleaser

I'd also like to point out that it's a travesty that Blue Moon is rated only 4 points lower than this delicious beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle, this Belgian ale pours a luminous amber golden color with a frothy white head that dissipates to a nice thin pool and ring with light soapy lacing. Nose of banana, yeasty bread, light honey, light clove, and light herbal hops. Flavors are lightly sweet to the sides with light banana esters and sweet bread flavors coming in on the back. A light pepper and clove flavor are detectable upon warming. Mouth feel is highly carbonated and has a light herbal hop finish. A solid blonde ale from a good Belgian brewery.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/6/2014. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon, orange peel, banana, honey, bread, clove, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, orange peel, bread, honey, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, bread, honey, clove, pepper, light banana, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian blond ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. No complaints at all really; a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours deep golden with thin white, long lasting head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of barnyard yeast, ripe pears and biscuit malt. Body is full and smooth. Taste is very spicy, fruity with biscuit malt and caramel in the background. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange color with lots of head with good retention.
Aroma of malt, oranges, and banana yeast.
Nice zesty flavor of orange peel, brown sugar, spices and earthy and grassy hops. Dry aftertaste with its residual taste of condiments.
Light body with medium carbonation, and with an effervescent sensation. Alcohol is well hidden.
Decent beer, a bit less complex and flavorful compared to other top Belgian ales, but with a good balance between drinkability and flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, honey, some citrus, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong breadiness from a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, honey and some spices come in. The hops presence is very mild and there is a touch of smokiness in the background but there doesn’t seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" white head that dissipated quickly over cloudy orangey-amber liquid.

S: Banana, caramel malt and yeast.

T: Slightly bitter and yeasty up front which gives way to the taste of pear and alcohol reminiscent of a Riesling white wine, mixed with the faint taste of caramel malt and herbs.

M: Thin viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Given the overall ratings on here, I expected a much worse beer than I experienced. Then again, I do enjoy the taste of malt. Given my palate, though, I found this to be very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a coppery color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. No lacing at all.

S: A very faint yeasty smell, with some traces of fruit as well.

T: Like the smell, the taste had a lot of yeast, with some fruit (apples, pears), and malt, but not much else. This is a surprisingly one-dimensional flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is not a terrible beer, just a frightfully uninteresting one. Could have been better.

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Photo of CHickman
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this was clear yellow gold in color with bubbles racing up the middle and a foamy 2 finger white head that faded slowly and left decent lacing that slid down the glass fast. The second half of the bottle poured hazy, as expected with all the yeast in the mix.

Smells fruity and sweet, with sour apple, sweet malt, yeast, light citrus hops, light caramel, grass, wet bread or cardboard, musty or earthy tones like hay, mild spices and the classic funk associated with most bottle conditioned Belgians. The aroma gets more sour and funky as the beer warms, with more fruit coming out like a rotting pear and lemon zest, but it remains soft and light.

Tastes sweet and funky, with yeast, sour apple, pear and lemon starting this off with a sourness that almost gives a pucker; then the swallow allows the grains, sweet malt, grass, hay, wet wheat bread, light pepper and other mild spices to come through, with the yeast funky-ness appearing as this fades dry after each sip. Might have detected light citrus hops, tea, grapefruit, and some faint caramel, but this beer didn’t sweeten up like the nose hinted it might and remained sour and on the bitter side. With each sip I kept hoping that it would get better, but it didn’t so I must say that this was disappointing. It had all the makings of a nice blond ale that hides the ABV very well, but it fell short somewhere.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with a light body, a light, crisp feel and very mild carbonation that would have helped this go down easy if it only tasted better.

Perhaps I should have let this age, as the expiration date on the bottom of the bottle was 4/28/2012. Oh well, I’ll have to pick up another one to age and hope for better results. At this point I can’t recommend this beer as it was not enjoyable to me and expensive (about $12 with tax) for a 25 oz bottle.

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Photo of gfreed
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Remarkably clear for a beer with a giant pile of yeast in the bottom of the bottle-- I guess this means I didn't shake the bottle sufficiently before popping the cork. Decent fizz produces a thin and jumpy head; not much aroma. Somewhat light in terms of flavor: not as dense as other Belgians in this style, but this makes it quite drinkable. I could have easily downed the entire big bottle had not my wife been there to intervene. Light body and moderate ABV make this a good warm-weather option.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 6.5% ABV, Best By 25/05/12.

Thanks to bnieman and his Dad for sharing this one with me!

A - Crystal clear golden yellow in color with a low white head. No retention or lace to speak of.

S - Light hops and pale malt come forwards with hints of straw and spicy Belgian esters. Not really unique, the aroma is very average and bland.

T - Pale malt and straw with a sharp tingle and light hoppy finish, the flavor offers more than the aroma, but not much.

M - Very strong carbonation tingle on the tongue and throat, this beer is light-bodied, crisp, and clean.

D - Easy drinkability for this basic blonde. It's not offensive but certainly not great either. I'd call this a BMC of Belgian beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from champagne bottle into the Duvel glass.

Pours a beautiful light golden soft copper. Transparent. Retains an inch of white foam. Some small bubbles float.

Slight belgian yeast smell, some hop and some malt. Light malty taste, very smooth and flavorful. Really firm carbonation. Small residual hop.

Great beer, supremely drinkable.

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Photo of bbeane
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a 1/2 inch thick, somewhat pillowy white head that recedes relatively quickly leaving behind minimal spotted lacing. Beer is a crisp golden color with some mild activity

S- After some swirls of the snifter, it gives off a nice somewhat sweet aroma with a pale malt backbone

T- Starts with a mildly bitter toasty flavor with a hint of sweetness... with the sweetness becoming more pronounced in the finish

M- Lighter in body with medium carbonation

D- I enjoyed this beer more than most of the american brewed belgian style pales... and its not too terribly expensive compared to some of the other stuff coming out of Belgium. I wouldn't go too out of my way searching for it, but would drink it again when readily available


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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a two finger high white head that quickly dies leaving lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is rather spicy with notes of black pepper and cloves. Some hints of light fruits, malts and yeast are also noticeable in the smell.
T: The initial taste has light flavors of biscuity malts with some hints of sweetness and candi sugar. It transitions to a subtle amount of bitterness and spiciness towards the finish. Overall, the flavors aren't that strong or complex but they are well balanced.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a slight amount of dryness. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite drinkable and would even work well during the summer months.

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Photo of crossovert
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, brewed with Gruut.

Pours with a soapy looking fizzy head, I really dislike the look of the head. The body is nice though it is a pure, vibrant, crystal clear gold with tons of carbonation bubbles racing towards the head.

The smell is standard Belgian pale, some grains, some yeast, not much hops, lightly sweet, it is average for the style of those produced in Belgium.

The flavor is sweet, with some herbal and yest characteristics. There is a slight spicy bitterness from the spices. But overall it is very clean and quaffable.

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Photo of JBogan
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass a dark honey color with a large and long lasting pillowy white head. Moderate lacing left behind. A very nice looking beer.

The aroma was mostly sweet and malty, with a slight musty yeast factor as well. A bit of tropical fruit too, but only a hint.

The taste was a balance of the above mentioned aromas, yet it seemed somewhat on the weak side. Slightly dull in this regard.

The mouthfeel was slippery yet far too thin.

Overall this wasn't a very interesting beer. The initial pour looked great, the aroma was good, but after that things kind of went downhill. It really needs a boost in the taste department, and also in the mouthfeel. Probably not a beer I'll be revisiting again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in Brugge during a beer run, 33cl brown bottle, best before 3rd July 2011. Drank on a cold 22nd Dec 2009.

Poured with gusto into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass. A large white head sat on top of an almost clear orange/amber body which had a small cloudy swurl within, the cloud soon dissipated into the rest of the body giving the whole beer a semi-misty look.

Sweet yeast aroma, light toffee and candyfloss sort of fairground smell. All the smells subside as the beer settles away from the bottle, once in the glass and warming it seemed to lose its heavy sweetness (strange because beers normally give off more flavours as they warm).

The taste is far from sweet, sharp, crisp and a shock after the smell. Bitter and citrus fruits sour in the mouth. I found pink grapefruit and lemon peel in the taste.

The body didn't do it for me, lacked a true depth, decent, but not a classic Blonde.

My wife is a huge fan of Palm beers, she didn't get to try this one though, she's at a girls only Christmas party. I'm having the Steenbrugge Dubbel next!

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Photo of ATPete
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

corked/caged 750ml

Pours a lucid but deep yellow color, nearly still in appearance with slow and far between rising bubbles of carbonation, a large foamy white head forms after an aggressive pour. An interesting nose of wintergreen, dried citrus fruit, green apple and herbal notes. Sweet and crisp, cookie dough, candy sugar, some spices embrace the tongue into a long finish rich with sweet malt and apple skins. Bright with carbonation in the mouth initially but morphing to a slick, coating after quaff mouthfeel. Its different, but very refreshing. Recommended.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So my Brazilian friend e-mailed me last week saying he had gone to Bierkeller near his hometown and loved a beer called Steenbrugge Blond he drank there. I wasn't sure if this beer was sold in the US, and it turns out it is! Given the few number of reviews so far, it must be new to the US market. Found at Hi-Time in Costa Mesa, CA in the 750 ml format, on to the beer:

More of an orangish gold color than the blonde I was expecting. A big soaopy head sits on top and slowly drops into a creamier texture. Carbonation rushes through the middle of the beer. Its aroma is mild at first sniff. Eventually, you start to dig out some sweet honey and a touch of ground clove. Fairly sweet aroma.

A sweet tasting beer. Quite sugary. Fortunately, it's not overly sweet like a Leffe. Pretty straightforward as far as the flavor goes: a little bit of sugar, a little bit of hop bitterness, a little bit of bubblegum, a little bit of corn sugars(?), ending with a touch of liquid spice towards the end. The carbonation is on the bubbly side in this medium bodied brew. Lingering sweet aftertaste.

Overall, I have to say this is a solid little beer. I've had better and I've had worse. It's worth trying out. A bit steep in terms of cost/benefit ($8.99 for a 750 ml), but it's a lot better than the price my Brazilian friend would pay in Porto Alegre; he would pay R$17.20 (approx. $9)...for a 330 ml bottle.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright pale gold with a fast-fading white head that still leaves some trails of lace. Heavy floral and honey nose. Light melony fruit, a Belgian yeast & phenol hit, no noticeable hops. Thin feel, and dies in the end.

Not much doing here. Good summer drinker, I guess, but the lightness + ABV together are trouble, and not worth it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Expires 2012; Sampled July 2009
A solid pour produces an almost four-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a bright, copper gold hue that shows a brilliantly clear, and I mean brilliantly clear, rich gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet honey-like grain, floral hop and fermentation notes, a touch of melon fruit character, some white grape aromas, a nice floral tart pear note, a touch of grassy grain, a light herbal note that adds some counter-balance.

The taste is a bit drier than the aroma might suggest, but does have a light sweetness to it that is accentuated by floral nectar and fruity notes. Flavors of pear, ripe honeydew melon, and a touch of herbal floral nectar notes up front are balanced by a biting bitterness and a peppery carbonic bite in the finish. This beer is pretty light bodied, even the palate presence fades pretty quickly, it does have just enough body to keep from being watery though. The malt contributes a touch of grassy grain, perhaps some cracker-like notes as well as a touch of honey-like malt.

I can certainly be a sucker for these lower gravity Belgian type beers, but this one just doesn't really do it for me. It is lacking that complexity and depth of flavor that the best of the type achieve. Not bad, even worth trying, but not great.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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