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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Added by Absumaster on 07-19-2008

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 28
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 Dzu
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of noz03
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 target88
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 dcmchew
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 desint
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.8/5  rDev -22.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Steenbrugge Blond from Brouwerij Palm NV
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