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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Our flagship Belgian Blonde is a true Belgian style Blonde Ale; a light copper colored ale we brew it with Belgian Pilsner and specialty malts, which provide a distinctive yet exceptionally smooth flavor. A small amount of Rye malt contributes to the delicate herbal and spicy undertones. The yeast strain is also of Belgian origin and provides nuance and complexity. As is customary in Belgium, we use the finest Bohemian ďNobleĒ hops which balance perfectly with the malt and yeast flavors. The results are a beer of enormous complexity with a wonderful, very supple drinkability. A panel of international judges apparently agrees; they awarded us the Silver Medal at the 2008 World Beer Cupģ!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber color with ivory head. Bready, dusty pale malt aromas with mild dry spices. Medium bodied. Bready, toasted pale malt flavors with mild earthy hoppage, and mild dry spice, straw---decent

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
"pours copper in color with nominal white head which disappears quickly and some faint lacing. The aroma has the belgian yeast playing a big role here, some very faint citrus and pear, slight sweet malt character, lots of spice from the yeast. The taste follows the aroma for the most part, yeast notes almost too much, which overpowers malt and hop characters, more sweet malt on the finish with some lemon zest on the mid palate, spice and pear notes are very forward. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little over carbonated."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (663) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Clear orange pour big head. Aroma peppery funk. Taste is spicy rye grains meet banana belgian yeast. Aroma hops flavor slight bitter. Slight sticky yet watery palate. Lighter carb. More sessionable than most belgians due to pilsner characteristics/less yeastiness. Well balanced. The rye and saison funk flavor keeps me coming back.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2013
14K gold in color with a modest yet lasting head. Light in aroma although I do detect some dusty green herbs entwined with the caramel. Medium nectar with good carbonation. Decent flavor, mostly rich caramel with nice bittering on the finish. Very drinkable in this hot weather.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
12oz bottle, from Jungle Jimís in Eastgate. Almost entirely hazy orange color. Thin, kind of bubbly off-white head. Few bits of lace. Kind of crisp carbonation. Medium body. Orange, citrusy, kind of lightly hoppy flavor. Light spice. Moderate bitter taste, above average for the style, light on the sweet. Light zesty. Just a light bit of spicy bite. Definitely a more assertive, hoppy blonde. Finishes dry. Not much belgian yeast character to this, drinks more like an American golden ale. Better than expected, though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2013
12oz bottle pours with a clear copper body and gold hues while supporting a thin light tan head. The modest aroma has some apricot and apple yeasty esters to start and then slides into mellow and mild citrus hop notes. The taste delivers fruity esters o-plenty with apple and pear and apricot. To midway mild malt sweetened citrus hops comes to the surface as well as a bit of a malty graininess. Interesting brew with just enough hops going on to keep it from being too sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (3745) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2013
12oz bottle in a tumbler. Pours amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of pale malts with light spices and light hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not the best.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrodooo5 (913) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2013
It pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is a quite pleasant blend of spice. The mouthfeel is surprisingly kind of thick but the flavor is good. Itís a decent Belgian and certainly is a step up from your Blue Moonís.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Iíve passed it up many times before, but Iím glad I finally gave it a go. It pours an attractive clear gold color with an off white head. The aroma has some fresh grainy malt with mild hints of earthy and noble hops. Light lemon and wheat. The flavor is full bodied for the style with dry pilsner maltiness. A little more wheat as well. Clean and tasty. Iíll be rotating this into my summer heat lineup!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle; Color: Pale Amber. Aroma: Acutally smells a bit like throw up (just saying). Flavor: Definitely tastes better than it smells. Elements of tropical fruit, varied spices and herbs. Has a lovey sweet and almost vanilla finish. Not bad.


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