Odd Notion - Belgian Blonde (Summer 2009) | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Odd Notion - Belgian Blonde (Summer 2009)Odd Notion - Belgian Blonde (Summer 2009)

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 79
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer at all for what it is, and quite a bit better than many other stabs at the style. This one has a little bit of Belgian yeast profile going on which gives it both tanginess and some light sweetness that marries well with the crispness of this beer as well as its nice light but snappy hoppiness. The whole package comes together surprisingly well and makes a very refreshing beer, perfect for after mowing the lawn- but with just a bit more character than many other lawnmower beers. Pours golden with good carbonation but no real head. Slightly spicy in the nose with hops and coriander, and some Belgian yeastiness, and the taste nicely marries those same elements. Much better than I expected, but a simple pleasure nonetheless.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jdhilt
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy light amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Faint yeasty nose. Flavor is nothing like a real Belgian blonde but rather like a wheat, couldn't taste the candy sugar. 12oz bottle from 12-pak - any supermarket in VT and NH.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a bright honey golden, clear bodied except for minimal chill haze on my glass. Head forms nicely with a vigorous pour minimal lacing is left on the sides of my glass. Aroma has some honey like sweetness with mild spices, almost fruity like a hefe or belgian tripel. A strong mineral metallic note is hanging around, along with a lot of sweetness and really no hop flow. Flavor has a bit of banana and sweet belgian candi sugar, a bit cloying with sweetness really one dimensional. Not really a summer sipper. Magic Hat is having a hard time releasing this and Wacko together is ballsy but also kind of dumb. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with soft carbonation the residual sugars lay a bit heavy with each sip causing it to become cloying early on. Drinkability overall is pretty weak, this is a beer I didn't mind but nothing that inspires me to take the next sip.

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Photo of WesWes
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a pale malt and Belgian yeast scent that really showcases the yeast esters. It's refreshing. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that is overcome with loads of Belgian yeast character. It's light and refreshing; nice for a hot summer day. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good seasonal. Magic Hat is really putting out some nice beers lately, especially in the Odd Notion series.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightish golden color with a 1/4 inch of bubbly head. This one quickly loses that head and takes on a flat appearance.

Smell is strong Belgian yeast, all that sweet fruit, apple, clove and banana comes out in full.

Pretty flavorful stuff, lots of spicey yeasty qualities with some nice sweet fruit flavors. Has a bit of a cider quality to it as well as a bit of a saison quality. I also can't help but also feel that this stuff tastes spiced apple cake.

Overall I am not totally smitten by this summer offering from MH but its a lot more enjoyable than Wacko! I did like this and will enjoy the other two in the mixed pack for sure.

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Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Superstar Bev. in Huntington, LI, NY Pours light golden amber with a slight orangy hue, fairly minor head, just a film really and leaving nice looking fine lace and a bit of sheeting. Floral and minor bubble gum in the nose. On the lighter side both body and flavor wise. I do pick up a phenolic bubble gum note, more flowers and lite tropical fruit, or perhaps just some light lime. Fairly lightweight take on the style. Not sure why - but I expected a bit more.

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Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like a pilsner, presenting a clear golden liquid that is topped by a foamy head which, unfortunately, fades altogether too quickly; no real lace but a few legs decorate the side of the snifter

Smell: Smells like a hefe brewed with Belgian yeast, as the banana and clove elements are very strong, though there is clearly a Belgian yeast strain being used

Taste: Banana bread, up front, followed by a strong clovey aspect through mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeasty phenols take their turn and challenge the hefe flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting combination that just didn't work too well for me

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Photo of gobias
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this in a Magic Hat summer variety pack and was very pleased. The smell and taste were very pleasant, like a Belgian white beer. This is a crisp smooth beer, one I enjoyed very much even after drinking a few.

I see you can buy Magic Hat's Wacko by itself here, but not this beer. I really like this one and would like to see more of it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-hazed golden color with bountiful bubbles reaching a head that's never huge but stays put for the duration. Not much lace at all.

Aroma recalls a tripel more than anything, although with less of a medicinal/alcohol edge. Belgian yeast-enhanced fruits, like melon, lemon, pear and apple, plus an array of soft and sweet spices make this a beautiful aroma to sniff and take in. Nice.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it's still quite enjoyable. Fruits end up coming to the fore of the flavor, while the spices are pulled back in the distance but present enough to contribute. Lightly medicinal, lightly herbal, and the yeast does come in to say "hello" which is appreciated.

A good balance between soft and tingly, in terms of its feel, and an airy medium-body with a good bit of slickness.

Perhaps this is a tad less exotic/authentic and more "Magic Hat" than hoped. Anyone familiar with Magic Hat's range of beers will know what I mean. Their stuff all has a familiar stamp that keeps 90% of it on the lighter, fruitier edge, which is not necessarily a bad thing. At least their stuff has a unique overall character. They'll never be considered an Allagash or Ommegang, of course, but their take on the Belgian pale ale style is successful enough.

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Photo of burnstar
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy light gold with a medium sized white head. Smell has notes of bananas, cloves, oranges with a background sweetness and earthiness. Taste is somewhat muted compared to the smell. Low sweetness with a spicy note and moderate bitterness in the finish. Dry and somewhat light bodied. Descent overall summer Belgian Pale.

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Photo of therica
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not really my style but I'm trying to write an objective review, including the scores.

A= slightly hazy light yellow which immediately told me I was pouring something in the line of a Weise beer. Very little head but rising along the rims. Very dense small bubbles in the foam.

S= smells like a summer-beer, especially a summer Weise; lemony with traits of Coriander.

T= It impresses me as a summer weise but it's actually a Belgian Blonde according to Magic Hat. They don't list Coriander as an ingredient but either they don't tell, or the Apollo hops give some sort of flavor similar to it-- not nearly as much as Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat but similar.

M= a bit musty but clean with a slight sour-bitter lemon aftertaste.

D= probably great at a hot summer day's party.

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

A solid golden color with an army of carbonation rushing to the top as I write. A soft, wet head that melts into the brew in three minutes or so. The nose is light fruits (pears, grapes, apples?) and typical Belgian spice.

The taste is light and airy among a delicate texture touched with grape skin and slight alcohol. It's a fair imitation of a Belgian and goes down reasonably smooth. Decent but don't break the bank or go to the ends of the earth.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/25/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, bananas, some spice, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise full of Belgian yeast up front followed by flavors of bananas, some citrus and a little spice. The malt character is on the thin side but still relatively hearty and there's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice refreshing Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of david18
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Again, I'm not so knowledgible to feel that I don't need to have some idea of a beer style before I sample it. There was nothing on this bottle to indicate that this was a belgian pale. Flavor was pretty good (especially when I thought it was a summer ale), aroma was good as well. I will definitely get this again.

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Odd Notion 09 is classified an American Blonde Ale on BA but MH's website lists it as a Belgian Blonde. As they use Belgian yeast and Belgian candi sugar, I would choose the later of the two options.

Under the cap reads: "Fuel your fire with desire." A good quote for such a beer.

The beer pours a pale golden body under a white head that fluffs up and dissipates leaving a bit of foam around the edge of my Duvel snifter. About a third of the way down the glass, the slight bit of head created a smiley face in the glass--a bit of Magic perhaps. :)

The aromas are lemon, the spice quality of Belgian yeast, and slightly bready and sweet.

The taste matches the aroma with the characteristic Belgian quality to it. The mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation. It is hopped just enough with Apollo hops--which I don't recall ever having--to keep from cloying sweetness, but absolutely no hop character shows up at 17 IBUs.

This isn't the best or the worst Belgian Blonde I've had. The lower ABV makes this very drinkable for the style. The downside is you can only get 3 at a time and you have to commit to 9 other mediocre beers.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - transparent straw colored, with a minimal fizzy white head, steady small amounts of carbonation

S - metallic and yeasty, with a slight bubblgum/banana type aroma, similar to a hefe

T - sweeter than i expected, the bubblegum/banana characteristics make it quite sweet, with a yeasty-bready foundation, much better than i thought it would be from the aroma, gets better as it warms

M&D - highly carbonated,lively on the tongue, but an easy session beer

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Photo of peabody
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy yellow with two fingers of white suds and decent lacing.
Smell is clove and allspice and candy carmel corn.
Taste is sweet and spicy. Pretty nice. The clove is in there and some pumpkin pie also.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but with the sugar content this one was meant to stick around the mouth for a while.
Drinkability is very good here and I would love to visit Magic Hat Brewery to have this on tap.

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Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy toasted straw color with a wispy pure white head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is of spicy Belgian yeast, with banana and clove. The taste is also of the Belgian yeast, banana, clove, some lemon, and a light grassy bitter hop to round out the brew. The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, a bit astringent, finishes well balanced. A very easy drinking brew with some nice light Belgian flavors without the big ABV hit. A nice summer time brew with flavor.

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Photo of beachbum1975
2.06/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

To start, I'm surprised to see this beer classified as a Belgian Pale Ale - tastes more like a wit mixed with lactose... Anyhow, onto the review:

Pours a dull brass with a 1/2 inch foamy white head. Head retention is brief, leaving a small halo of foam.

I get a strange lactose quality on the nose with a funky, almost bitter hops presence in the mix (strange) and trailing with light grains.

There's a strange thing going on with this beer. High carbonation, light to medium bodied with a weird lactose quality taking the stage. I get much of the flavor found on the nose in my mouth and I'm not too eager to finish this bottle.

Pass on the Summer '09 Odd Notion, in my opinion...

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Photo of atsprings
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours a slightly hazy gold with a nice frothy barely off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is a decent amount of sweet malts and spice with a hint of spice and hops. The taste is a nice blend of sweet malts, spice and a decent amount of hops. The beer is on the light side of medium and is quite light, crisp, and refreshing with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is clear yellow with tiny carbonation bubbles. Thick shaving cream head. Head boosts it above average.

The smell is lagery malts, but a nice grassy overtone. It's bitter to some degree, like a German lager, but also sweet and a little citrusy (lime, lemon). Very solid.

The feel is a little fizzy for my liking, but not too bad. Dances on the tongue. This has a good deal of flavors and it goes down easy. Not wimpy, but still a chugger.

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Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed both the new twelve packs the other day as I had realized that there were 5 of the 7 beers in there that I have not had, and that was good enough for me. Went on an epic magic hat tasting last night and went through them all. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/05/2009.

This one pours out a decent light yellow in color with a big fizzy white head on top of it. Nice retention leavesa good bit on top for the remainder of the session. Light aroma, earthy with a light peach or apricot tone maybe, some kind of light fruit balanced with a touch of spice. Carried over right into the flavor, quick, clean, crisp flavor was a bit too muted for me. Very earthy and grainy, almost chewy as you get into it with a fresh grass like flavor that had a quick hit of spice. Very dry but very drinkable.

Overall not bad at all for the style but forgettable. A decent effort on theirt part though.

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Photo of tzieser
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a very slight hazy/clear golden color, with strong carbonation. head is decent at first, but it simmered into almost no lacing at all. the carbonation stayed through all the way though.

smells good. Belgian yeast up front, with notes of malts. no hops present. smells like a typical belgian beer. not bad-- especially for a magic hat

tastes good. crisp, slightly peppery flavor up front (possibly from the carbonation), gives way to a really smooth malty flavor with flavors of the Belgian yeast. very well balanced. it was very freshing. esp on a hot day like today (80 degrees in april?!) definitely better than i was expecting.

mouthfeel- to be honest, it was a bit too carbonated for my taste as far as mouthfeel goes.

drinkability is great. i could drink a bunch of these. too bad theres only 3 to a 12 pack.

overall- yet another great odd notion. magic hat constantly keeps me on my toes with this series. i look forward to them every season, sometimes i'm a fan, sometimes i'm not. this one is definitely a winner-- especially if you like belgian stuff. well done!

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Odd Notion - Belgian Blonde (Summer 2009) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 79 ratings