Steenbrugge Blond | Brouwerij Palm NV

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Steenbrugge BlondSteenbrugge Blond

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Brouwerij Palm NV

Style: Belgian Blonde 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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Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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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2.8/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of OlaB
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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 KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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 Antyk
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Jerseyislandbeer
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of CHickman
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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 noz03
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, dark golden beer with a head that settles into a a thin layer.

Smell is clovey with spicy notes of non definable spices, they appear 'warm' like holiday spices. A good maltiness that is biscuity and a little doughy.

Taste is a continuation of the smell with strong spicy yeastiness which give the beer depth. The beer tastes like a clone of Leffe Blonde, but better balanced and less clovey. The malt is biscuity and has a light caramel twist.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Golden colour, huge white head. The aroma is herbal, citrussy and moderately spicy, nice. The flavour is fairly sweet and fruity, notes of citrus, yeast and some spice. Minimal bitterness.

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Steenbrugge Blond from Brouwerij Palm NV
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 66 ratings