Brewed by Brasserie de Cazeau
Style: Belgian Ale
Templeuve, Belgium


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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
"Balance! Thatís what we were looking for and thatís what weíve achieved with a round but light beer with a perfect degree of bitterness. Savour it as an aperitif with friends and tell them how it was bornÖ Following the relaunch of the brewery in 2003, we have visited many breweries and discussed things with many seasoned or debutant brewers. Memorable visits during which the tendencies for our first beer were chosen: we wanted to produce a blonde beer, with too not strong an alcohol percent, with personality but above all remaining well balanced. To prevent it from being overly hopped, we had chosen four American hops, coherent between themselves, and subtly dosed. And to give our beer body, we opted for a malt charge of 100% barley malt, without any other cereal, nor any added sugar. At the end of several months of research, we were finally ready to create a brew in our newly installed brewing room. It took place on 01 May 2004, and Tournay Blonde was born!"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (3274) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2012 blond coloured sparkelend body with a white head a yeasty hoppy fruity aroma a yeasty hoppy fruity bitter taste with a dry bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4576) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Best Before 2007 750mL bottle drunk on 5/26/07
Thankfully pale malts donít oxidize as quickly and/or poorly as dark ones do because here is yet another example of my previous infatuation with aging beers gone bad. I waxed the cap, so Iím thinking that helped lock in some carbonation, and certainly this was well-carbonated with a fluffy white head. But it just seemed tired, with lots of dustiness and a fair amount of vanillin.
Though, itís interesting to note that perhaps giving a beer a few years really allows you to see what itís made of. Fresh Belgian strong goldens are (usually) quite liberally hopped and so full of overt phenols/esters that you cant get the full story of the malt intricacies. Or maybe thatís just a bunch of schlock. Either way, I know this would have been quite different fresh. Very sugary, with lots of honey and sweet cookie dough, it has a fair amount of breadiness with a trailing esteriness (heavy banana and peach, some nectarine). Carbonation is mostly tight, but there is a bit of looseness near the finish. Aroma has some powderiness and lots of adjunct sugar apparency hiding behind the big ester bouquet. Surprisingly still spicy (white pepper and coriander) despite there being no spice addition.
Iíll probably score it for how it was in this aged condition. Iíd imagine that fresh, it must be very sweet (itís quite sweet as is here) so that would probably balance the extra points Iíd give it for a more presumed bright flavor/aroma. No alcohol noted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madsberg (11018) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2007
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Fluffy off white head. Citric, fruity, yeasty and spiced aroma. Flavour is yeasty and fruity. Has some spicy notes. Is quite bland. Medium bodied. Ends on a fruity light spiced note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3555) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle 0,75ltr: Hazy blond brew thats has more of a Tripel-brew, some sweetness, hints of coriander taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HenrikSoegaard (12044) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 23, 2007
Bottle. Creamy white excellent mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Fantastic hoppy flowerycomplex aroma. Alas not so grteat flavor. Moderate bitter. Very acetic bitter finish. Creamy palate. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Golden to darkblond color, with a big white head. Aroma is fruity, yeast. Flavour hops, malts, somewhat yeasty. Medium body. Taste is very good bitter yeasty, sweet aftertaste, and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2007
A Sim rate (bottle from ZBF): Corriander in the aroma. Smells tripely. Hoppy and malty. Not much special about it. Slightly watery with almost no finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (4045) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle: Poured a golden amber with white head. The aroma was citrus and hoppy. The taste was bitter citrus fruit that continued through the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14915) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2007
Hazy blond yellow/orange with a fine white head. Fruity malty yeasty aroma. Fine filling body and a taste of fruits (orange/citrus) easy sweet. Nice light bitter finish. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2007
Hazy blond coloured, little carbonation, with a large white head. Fruity aroma. Full palate, somewhat yeasty. Finish is fruity, bitter yeasty. Very nice brew.

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