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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   IBU: 7   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Gorgeous copper-orange ale. Rich, enticing aroma of oranges and lemongrass. Crisp and refreshing on the palate. A perfect blend of malt, spice and sweet & zesty hints of citrus.

Nestled between beer-loving Germany and wine-loving France, for centuries Belgium has produced some of the most interesting, complex, sophisticated, and delicious styles the beer world has to offer. The Blonde pays homage to this grand tradition. Brewed with a unique blend of rich malts, sweet orange peel, spicy hops, and zesty coriander for a delicious brew that straddles the line between beer, cider, and wine.

The result is a medium-bodied ale bursting with flavor. This is truly a beer-lover’s champagne (or a champagne-lover’s beer!). It is a dry, slightly tart ale subtly spiced with orange peel and coriander for a zesty taste with hints of sweet and tangy citrus.

dmschefke's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2009
I’ve had this a few times with large variations in taste, which I believe is directly attributable to freshness. I had a super fresh bottle, which I am going to make this rating for. Pours a nice pale gold to straw yellow, medium white head, larger bubbles. Aroma light of yeast, biscuit, lemony citrus, slight malt, and coriander. Flavor matches well and is extremely refreshing, enjoyable, but definitely not a hearty saison. It has saison character, but isn’t a model for the category.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jfb (5036) - Freising, GERMANY - NOV 17, 2015
(bottle) hazy amber-ruby colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of chestnuts and herbal hops, with a light touch of honey, some grainy pale malts and pears. flavour is mostly the same, lots of grainy pale malts and popcorn, with some notes of yeast, raisins and a floral-hoppy finish. medium- to heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DSG (10000) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Levi’s place. Thanks Levi’s friend. Golden. Aroma of fruity candy, caramel. Sweetish flavor with fruity candy, caramel. Light to medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrjaxson (418) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2015
I do enjoy it when the marketing description goes on and on about aroma this and sweetness that. For me, this is a nice, light summertime blonde that throws a hint of orange juice and dryness into the finish. Poured from a bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
markas101 (2174) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Tap, Arbour Brewing Company, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Medium gold. Yeasty aroma. Bready with a sweet honey flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (9467) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2015
4oz on tap at the Corner Brewery. Interesting tangerine fruitiness up front. Some belgian candi sugar. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Some spiciness. Hazy orange color. Ring of white head, loose dot of lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, light carbonation. Kind of slick. Kind of hoppy for a blonde, drinks sort of like an under-hopped IPA with the mix of citrusy hop and caramel maltiness. Some sort of odd spice to it, an indian spice? Alright, but overall it’s just mostly caramely and malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (2641) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle from jsquire poured into a glass. Hazy light orange with small white head. Aroma is very light orange, medium body, medium carbonation, and good small-bubble lacing. Taste is light orange, some grassy hops, and hints of coriander.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (9153) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Pour on tap at the brewery, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma brought notes of bread, grass, hints of spicy, slightly soapy notes into some flowers, touch of pear and white grape, but mainly pretty husky. Taste is a mix of grass, bread, biscuit, some spice, herbal notes, finishing fairly dry, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3988) - Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, coriander, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, spices, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, coriander, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness and slight citrus tang on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of pale malt, spices, and earthy hop flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly dry mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice blonde ale. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of pale malt, spices, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (9818) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Draft - Sweet orange mandarin. Cloudy gold orange with a decent white head. Orange and a bit of perfume with some light malts. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 5, 2014
From a bottle in Grand Haven MI. Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze. Arab is slight floral and slight citrus with some yeastiness. Flavor follows. Medium bodied. Not really what I'd calla saison. But very drinkable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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