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:
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Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 04-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 65
Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a slightly hazy yellow with a white head that recedes to a nice ring of lace around the edge of the glass. the aroma brings a good range of belgian yeast esters, and a bit of malt. the taste delivers a nice sweet malt flavor, and of course the fruit that the nose lpromeised. the good mouthfeel and sweet finish make this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of generallee
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. (I didn't know it was a Belgian at the time.) There is a freshness date notched on the label showing the year and month to consume the beer by which was July of 09.

Appearance: The beer had a slightly hazy look with a dull medium golden color. It only managed to produce a small bright white head that quickly settles down to just a thin ring of slick lacing on top.

Smell: There was a light, fruity Belgian yeast character with hints of lemon, banana and apple as well as some slight medical notes and mild hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor starts with a base of semi-dry, light pale malt with a fruity and slightly funky yeast. There are notes of citrus (lemon), apple and a light touch of spice (ginger or clove). Hop flavor and bitterness are very mild and add a touch of spice as well which carries on into the finish. The texture has a light feel with mild fizzy carbonation.

Notes: Overall to me this was an average Belgian Pale Ale.

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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 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 glid02
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single picked up from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light gold color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - pears mostly - with citrus fruits and hints of candi sugar. As it warms alcohol aromas come out a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt and light fruit flavors up front with a syrupy underlying sweetness and a very light hint of citrus. As it warms it sweetens but the fruit flavors remain throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall this was lacking in detail but was a very good Belgian Pale. Worth a shot.

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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 avisong
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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 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 dave00100
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or expiration date noted. This has all the appropriate characteristics of a good Belgian Ale. The pour is a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head the fizzles after a moment. The aroma is full of that zesty, yeasty aroma that is prominent with Belgians. Magic Hat carries that part off quite well. A decent mouth feel with a flavor that is yeasty and citrusy with elements of coriander or other pungent spices. Nice job Magic Hat.

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Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Best by end of July '09. 5.9% ABV.

A - Just a touch hazy, this pale golden-hued beer pours with a fizzy and loose white head. Low retention and no lacing what-so-ever.

S - A strong lemon citrus characteristic immediately jumps out of this beer. It's complimented well by an equally strong yeast aroma with a light spiciness and a touch of banana esters. Mild hops appear but are overshadowed and a light, sweet malt lingers in the background.

T - Once again bursting with lemony citrus and yeast. The yeast first produces a creamy feel and is followed closely by the citrus zest. I'm having a hard time deciphering from where the spiciness is coming but I'd bet it's the yeast, not the low-level hops. Malt undertones keep everything balanced decently but are far from forefront.

M - Smooth and somewhat creamy at first, the carbonation takes over and finishes a bit spritzy. Medium-light in body with a citrusy zest at the finish with a kiss of hops.

D - Good brew! Flavorful and well-layered despite it's month-past-best-date. An easy drinker that has enough flavor to entertain but laid back enough to be a good sessioner. Solid offering.

Bottom of the cap reads, "Do not Quibble with Iskabibble"

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a two finger head then slowly settles. Visible carbonation from bottom to top. Sticky lacing. Transparent. Gold in color.
S) Bananas. Orange. Pineapple. Wheaty.
T) Citrus in the front end - notes of pineapple, banana. Then a move to a malty sweetness. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of hops.
M) Slightly chewy. Light to medium bodied. Just a bit of tannin and earthy grit.
D) A decent Belgian but not a stand out.

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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 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 dbmcrorie
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck bottle poured into a mug. Sept. 09 freshness date notched on back. Absolutely not indication to what style, profile, ingredients, etc. are in this bottle. What am I opening? The smell gave it away. Under the cap reads, "Don't Piddle where you Fiddle". But what if I prefer to fiddle in the bathroom? Where am I supposed to piddle?

Straw gold body with a slight haze; I can't tell if it's chill haze or slight sediment. A good finger of white head that really had to be agitated to appear. But alas, it leaves with no retention or lacing within seconds.

Lots of straw and grain up front with nice clean hops in the nose. Light malt backbone makes the soft spices more noticeable; a decent crisp finish. There is a faint flash of candied fruit lost somewhere in the middle.

First taste is of grainy husk, followed by citrus and orange peel along the sides of the tongue. An "odd" astringency is found in the back that doesn't feel balanced with the fruity body. The hops are not so evident, but leave traces of spice around the edges; mostly pale malt and grain here. There is also a smokey earthiness in the finish. Medium bodied - the carbonation really opens up the fruit and smoke.

As with most of Magic Hat's brews, "interesting" is the word that comes to mind. I am not familiar with Belgian pale ale as a standard style. There is definitely a unique Belgian-esque profile to it, but it reminds me a bit of a lighter hefeweizen. The smokey finish is very unique. It feels more like a fall-season brew. Nevertheless, it's pretty tasty.
This will pair greatly with zesty and/or peppery cuisine. Could also stand up well against saltier dishes. Might be a stretch, but it would be interesting trying this next to a Mediterranean dishes like couscous, chicken, feta/kalamata salad, etc.


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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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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 Keith238
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle scored from a regional rep at a Magic Hat night at my local.

Golden color with little to no head or lacing.The flavor of cloves is more apparent than the smell. Not overpowering whatsoever. Well balanced, clean and crisp with no aftertaste. This could easily make a decent session beer.

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Photo of bsm80x
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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 CHickman
2.39/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured orange in color with a 1/4 inch head, smells like grass and wheat with no lacing. Very odd taste indeed, with a mix of malt, ginger, clove and wheat; the spice finish lingers in a way that tastes like tin. Smells interesting, but didn't taste very good.

A nice attempt to make a different beer, and while it's crisp and easy too drink, I would pass up this for another beer as the smell is better than the taste. Magic Hat makes a lot of good and great beers, but this is not one of them.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear golden with a thick tiny bubbled heading. Lacing stays throughout the tasting.

Smell is very fruity,sweet maltiness takes over,earthy,yeasty. Impressive.

Taste is crisp,clean. A very bitter and dry grapefruit taste.

Mouth is light-bodied very well carbonated,very sticky on palate as well.

Drink is high easily could put a few more down.

A well rounded beer.

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