I notice that many Belgian style beers that are identified as Blonde by name are classified on here as Belgian Pale Ales. On the other hand, there is a whole style classification for American Blonde Ales that is separate from American Pale Ales. Any idea about how this came to be? Other beers completely outside of these styles also sometimes call themselves "blondes," including a Barleywine (Behemoth Blonde Barleywine), a APL (Shiner Blonde), and an American Pale Wheat Ale (Sweaty Betty Blonde). Ultimately, these inconsistencies have led me to avoid Blondes almost entirely. It doesn't help that I personally haven't had any blondes I liked (though I wouldn't turn down Trappist Westvleteren Blonde, which is pretty well-rated). Thoughts? Any good ones worth discussing?