Bellerose Biere Blonde Extra
Brasserie des Sources

Bellerose Biere Blonde ExtraBellerose Biere Blonde Extra
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #48
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,482
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 10.59%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
128
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Brasserie des Sources
 
France
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  20
SCORE
87
Very Good
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elnachooo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dorada, con una espuma que desaparece en poco tiempo. Cuerpo y carbonatación ligera. Aroma afrutado y a levadura. En boca es agradable debido a la fruta y al leve especiado que presenta.

Jan 12, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of mild grainy malt, Belgian yeast, lemon, apples and light orange. Flavor is grainy malt, lemon, light stone fruit, apple; flavor drops off suddenly into a grainy, mild grassy hop finish with residual fruit esters. A little cardboardy oxidation lingers. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. This bottle is within, but at the terminus of its "best by" time period (and kudos to the brewery for providing that!). That may have an impact on the somewhat underwhelming flavor drop off during the taste and the mild oxidation. This is a pleasant enough biere de garde, with good graininess to the malt and an interesting mix of fruit flavors, some of them on the edge of tasting authentically like fruit juice. The hops are a little tired, as expected from a little shelf life, but taste like classic Continental grassy hops. I like this, but would have liked a little more continuing flavor depth in the taste. The profile seems exactly what I want in a biere de garde. I will definitely pick up another bottle of this in the future if I see a fresh one. I'd like to see more from this brewery.

Sep 25, 2019
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Twal from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reading some of the reviews I'll say drinking this fresh makes all the difference. The bottle I had was acquired direct from brewery and well handled / cellared.No date but on bottle, roughly 8 months from being brewed and held up well.

Pours a copper blonde , light citrus earthy, herbal , aroma ..
Solid bitterness,lasting . Slight minty, fairly dry . Moderate carbonation, some bubblegum on initial pour.

Overall a solid beer . I could see older bottles being unimpressive when bitterness drops out but fresh the beer is well brewed and well worth a try. I'll drink again given the chance.

Nov 04, 2018
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Multi Award Winner Blonde, so figured worth a try.

The beer pours a super fresh looking blonde body with a cracking head. The glass used is a Brasserie D'Achouffe so aid the head retention.

Mildly houblon/hopped aroma gives off a soft citrus scent.

Taste is surprisingly sweet, and not as hoppy as expected, although the aftertaste does carry quite a lot of artificial sweetness.

Overall I give this a 'pretty good', perhaps two booofs on the bujon spectrum, certainly worth snapping up if you see it.

Jul 05, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. After dinner. Typical notes of a biere de garde but with a much smoother feeling that makes it feel less alcoholic and more drinkable. Herbal, grassy, with belgian yeast esters

Feb 01, 2017
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vinicole from England

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark straw. Plenty of effervescence. Thick lasting head.
Light spice and fruit aroma.
As above with added sweetness.
Rather cloying.
Apart from the extra sweetness it tastes the part.

Oct 29, 2016
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear light amber with voluptuous head. settles fairly quick

some nice typical belgian yeasty notes on the nose, sweet, doughy. Not bad


Bit too sweet for me, ok malty and yeasty flavours.

nice body and carb


really needs a tad of bitterness

Oct 15, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good belgian pale ale (this is not a bière de garde). Sessionable but the sweetness doesn't make it a quick drinker. The spices are there no doubt but the hops brings a good fruitiness

Sep 27, 2016
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EmperorBevis from England

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled
Yellow bright clear body with spotty white head
Nutmeg and sour funk aroma
Similar flavour with wheat notes and semolina
Quite lively but it suits it
I quite like this

May 05, 2016
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Zorro from California

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brass colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells of apples and leaf tobacco. Scent of brown sugar and pepper.

Starts out mildly sweet and woody with a apple flavor. Fruity and semi-dry. Slightly woody in taste. Taste of leather and toffee. Taste actually tastes more like a British Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good ale but not outstanding.

Mar 06, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, Sweet spice nose, cinnamon and cloves. Amber beer with fluffy white head. Light carbonation. Lightly spritzy mouthfeel. Taste is cleansing hop bitterness, Cloves, banana, cream, lemon, Very very nice.

Sep 11, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a one inch cap of rocky foam; the retention was just OK and it left a few strands

Smell: Shortbread malts (smells like a Bock) with some fruity esters - apple, pear, banana, lychee

Taste: Shortbread and apple, up front, with some toffee, banana and coriander elements developing; herbal phenols arrive in the mid-palate, along with flavors of hay; the sweeter malts dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: No idea how old this beer is though I just bought it yesterday; if the brewer intended a Belgian IPA with hops from three continents this is either well past its prime or I would recommend he get a new compass as this beer is all over the map and not in a good way

Aug 04, 2015
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ARoman from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a high ball glass. The aroma has a honey sweetness and a dry spice to it with undertones or oranges and toast as well as a bit of a waxy crayon. There's a hint of banana and clove on the nose late. It's a clear, pale - gold color with a filmy thin white head that has only light levels of retention and lace. The flavor is a medium bittersweet. The texture is oily, and a bit thick with a zippy, light carbonation. The medium body is spicy with notes of herbs, honey and/or bitter marmalade and toast. It finishes crisp with clove and bitter lemon notes as well as a notable crayon. The aftertaste is lightly cloying with herb, bread crust, and citric acid. Overall, specifically in the finish and aftertaste, it's not too dissimilar to a mild, floral IPA.

Jun 10, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

Three hops from three different continents, this hopped up version leans towards the “IPA” … the brewers intention. So much going on with this brew, a lot to take in as it clearly is a Biere de Garde. Yet another shining star to be noticed by beer geeks and a quick snapshot of what France has to offer within the realm of better beer.

STYLE: Bière de Garde
ABV: 6.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Crystal clear, pale golden hue, tight lacing

SMELL: Herbal, earthy, bitter, lemongrass, nutty, parsley, orange pith, faint honey

TASTE: Super smooth, medium bodied, slightly bitter, fresh grass, herbal, mild twang, mineral, green figs, dragon fruit, green peppercorn, crackers, faint lemon, grainy dry finish

Oct 29, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and gas a faint amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity esters are present in the nose—apples stand out in particular—along with faint bits of bready malts and yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of apple flavors along with pilsener-like bready malts and faint amounts of spicy yeast.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight hints of dryness are perceptible.
O: This beer is a lot fruitier compared to other beers in the style and doesn't have any of the earthiness one would normally expect. It is easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

Sep 08, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a Silly Saison in Belgium to a Blonde Bellerose in France - this time a suspect I may have a good beer in my glass as the French have really brought a smile to my face for the first time, well ever! More and more I've gone from decent French beer to even better French beer and with fingers crossed (and with the Jenlain Ambrée to beat) I carefully de-cap the bottle.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice that was washed thoroughly from the Silly Saison.

A: Presents with that odd clear golden body with weird bits of sediment floating around [this beer was bought cheap past its expiry date however I have always contended that "Beers do not expire!" so I bought it anyway which may have been a teensy mistake]. The head was white but it disappeared rapidly leaving almost nothing.

S: Despite that peculiar sediment this beer smells good, damn good; with notes of champagne, apple and pear esters, musty yeast, spicy phenols and hints of fresh hops - like a fine woman after a day of drinking at the racetrack... I realise and accept the bizarreness of that analogy.

T: The flavour is like being flung out of a trébuchet with notes of the above (just to recap: champagne, apple/pear esters, musty yeast and spicy phenols) with a floral hop flourish, and what appears to be lavender - yep that's right: lavender (or rose, which would make sense given the name). It's a bold and in your face drop with a measure of "Go on give this a go!" which I was totally unprepared for.

M: Medium bodied with a light but dense carbonation.

D: It is a weird ale. Too weird perhaps? Less potpourri with spice and more hops/malt maybe? I don't know what to think right now, this beer is definitely unique and sometimes unique sucks but in this case unique is making me scratch my brow taking sip after sip to decipher all that's going on inside my mouth. I may begin to loath this brew but right now I am still sipping, still pondering, and still wondering if those strange clear floaty things in the glass have skunked this ale or if this is how Brasserie des Sources intended it to taste - I may never know.

Food match: I give up on this one... cheese platter? Brasserie food? My tongue is far too confused for my brain to make the call.

Jun 18, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To me this is a perfect day for a French country ale,a beautiful spring day.Pours into an oversized wine glass a clear light golden with a half finger white head leaves a sheet of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Musty notes in the nose along with bready malts,faint leafy hops are detected as well.A little sharp and prickly in the mouth from a good amount of carbonation.Dry on the palate with real crisp breadiness, herbal sharp hops in the finish,the dryness makes it very drinkable.A quaffing country beer that is uber food friendly,a good choice to start the beer drinking day.

Apr 21, 2014
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thierrynantes from France

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Super Market, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : fruity and yeasty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity and yeasty flavors with light bitter finish.
Overall : a medium beer in the style Golden Ale.

Mar 01, 2014
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a teku.

A: Golden hue. Continually rising effervescence. Pours a 2 finger, tight, bubbly white hood. Settles to a thin layer of foam. A slight bit of spider web lacing.

S: Yeast, coriander, and clove.

T: Tastes like it smells... yeast a little lemon pith and some coriander and peppercorn.

M: Light and a little bitter sweet. Pepper remains in the aftertaste.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice effervescence and head, a little spider web lacing. Nose is yeasty and spicy. Yeast, citrus pith, and spice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Feb 01, 2014
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Mane Liquor tulip.

A - Pours a clear honey colour, with a two fingered head that reduces quickly, but does lace.

S - Plenty of yeast (Belgian) plenty of citrus and a little funk

T - HAs a bit of funk up front, and the hop is submerged and not present enough. The yeast too dominant. Bits of citrus and grain also present.

M - Medium body and mouthfeel.

O - Not a bad BdG but Tres Monts is a far better example.

Dec 22, 2013
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large white head.
Nose shows doughy Belgian yeast, spicy phenols and orange peel.
Pretty similar flavours, more orange peel, spicy phenols, light malt and cinnamon. A little heavy on the spices but still nice.
Good moderately high carbonation.

Nov 29, 2013
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wl0307 from England

3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 31/08/2014, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine goblet.

A: pours a translucent dim golden colour, coming with a thin sheet of off-white foam to last and constant but moderate streams of carbonation.
S: I thought I’d be forgiven for mistaking this beer as a pasteurised malty and fruit estery brew by some larger breweries in the UK, if I was sniffing it blind-folded? Upfront comes a dense wave of thick sweetness (as of melted crystal-sugar and also boiled dark sugar cane juice) from pale malts, underlined by cooked-fruit-like esters and… sweet ginger essence(?); a swirl would bring up the more diverse aroma elements as in sweet citrus, sickly perfumy green apples, sweetened pineapples, coriander seeds, etc. Overly sweet and very unbalanced.
T: the foretaste is sour-sweet fruit estery, aromatically and sweet spicy, and very messy in terms of the overall flavour elements; the main theme has a lot of fruit esters to showcase, but quite thin-bodied at the same time with a dose of sweetness too much to float on top of an equally weak platform, while the alc. is all so easy to notice on the palate. As the beer breathes over time, the herbal/spicy esters come forward to complement the main malt and estery body, rendering an aftertaste which is tad drier and slightly chewy due to the zesty hoppiness emerging belatedly, but the lingering unwanted sweet touch is still too much to my liking…
M&O: moderately effervescent, medium-minus bodied, the flavour profile is intended to be complex but the result is a messy beer where the esters rein freely, hops fail to compete despite so much effort invested (3 hop varieties?) and the attenuation level could’ve been tuned higher to render a better drinkability. I really find very little to like about this beer, so will not try it again for sure.

Sep 14, 2013
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

an 11.2 oz from half time enjoyed chilled slightly in a can shaped glass.

The color is deep golden with light hazed with thick white cap with average sized bead and spots of lace cling. The smell is fruity with some light apple-like aromas with mild spice esters from the yeast. The feel is good, moderately carbonated with slightly warming alcohol and spiced texture with mild sweetness and semi-dry finish.

The flavor is somewhat herbal from the hops with a light fruit tinge from the yeast which has a subtle apple/pear like flavor with mild sweetness from the malt and a slightly honey like tinge with subtle grainy quality. Overall this is a tasty bier with some nice yeast components in the flavor with mild maltiness and fruitiness making for an interesting belgian ale. I would recommend this if you enjoy the style.

Aug 21, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honey tangerine color. Lacing as the two-inch head deflates. Great big bubbles compose the foam. A structure that is failing, but looks good as it putters away.

Smacking nose of Belgian pale yeasty smatterings, Bretty yeast nose, and citrusy BIPA-style hops. Lots of funkiness with notes of lemon rind and straw. A little raw mushroom. Fantastic, so far.

Funky pale. The hops are barely there beneath this yeasty muck. The hops bring the refreshment, but also cross-up the intention, somewhat. Some compost-like funkiness, mushroom, tart lemon, hay, and spicy Bretty. Not as dry as most, has a citric sweetness. Notes of lychee are here, too. Almost, honeydew.

Good mouthfeel. Lively and a little spicy. Slight throat burn from hidden tartness. The body doesn't push too hard.

This is pretty good! I like this representation. Not terribly crisp, nor very fruity. Lots of esters that mix with the hops to create complex flavors that border on tropical. I'd go at it again, for sure.

Jul 05, 2013
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bellerose

Pours a light gold. Aroma of musty yeast and sweet grains. In the taste, quite Sweet, like refined sugar. Not very bitter. Metallic. Herbal Saaz type hops. Only faint bitterness. Alcohol is mild. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Overall, this is an average, everyday table beer. The strength was there, but the flavors could have been more pronounced, this was quite light.

Jun 29, 2013
Bellerose Biere Blonde Extra from Brasserie des Sources
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 128 ratings