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Ochre coloured top fermented Abbey Beer with an abv of 6.7%. The use of Gatinais barley combined with carefully selected hops creates a perfectly balanced, relatively light tasting beer with a fruity malty taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2006
Tried this several times over the course of a week in Belgium. Unfortunately, the only thing my notes say are "mediocre blonde". Perhaps a little to sweet, but hey, there are so many beers out there that are worse than this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (8929) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2006
Perfect rating environment last Friday eve. Nice and quiet, and with the July edition of "Beer" and "What’s Brewing" I decided to give some of the beers in the Grimbergen portfolio a try. Apart from the Blonde, the Triple and the Dubbel were available. All from Vinmonopolet in Norway.
330ml bottle. Wheat and coriander aroma. Pale golden. Frothy white head - most of it disappearing. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet banana flavour with a yeasty touch. Sweet fruity finish - yes, in fact too much sweetness (28.07.2006).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinte (390) - Udine, ITALY - JUL 25, 2006
Moderate malty artoma with caramel notes; moderate hops aroma; additional notes of grape and honey. Dark golden colour with an average, creamy white head, mostly lasting and with good lacing. Flavour is heavy sweet and slightly bitter at the beginning, then the sweet character diminishes leaving more space to a moderate bitter and a light acidic taste in the finish and in the more-than-average lasting aftertaste. Body is medium with oily texture; lively carbonation; light astringent feeling in the finish. Pleasant and satisfactory beer. Aroma and flavour are fruity and complex; well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11960) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2006
Bottled. Dark golden colour with a white head. Aroma is sweet alcohol, fruit green apple, yeast. Flavour is yeast, green apple, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2006
I very much enjoyed this blonde. Pleasantly balanced. Not the best, but I’d drink one of these anytime.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3851) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Golden amber with bubbly white head. Sweet grassy copper smell. Rich copper metal malt flavor finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2006
Bottled. Pours a clear blonde colour with a light dusting of tan coloured head. The aroma is yeasty and slightly lemony. The taste is over sweet and a little cloying. A touch creamy and dry yeasty. Very plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2413) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Decent sized frothy white head. Good carbonation. Dry dusty aroma of light malts, cereal and spicy hops. Little bit of pepper. Dark gold in color. Light malty flavor with a little bit of fruit. Clean and easy drinking. Little bit more cereal and some sweetness which lingers after the swallow. Subdued spices and bitterness from the hops. FInish is kind of pasty but ok. A decent belgian but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2006
(bottle - 11.2 oz) Clear gold with a thin and soapy white head and decent carbonation. Light and dry aroma with some yeast and orange peel. Orange peel, coriander, and cloves at the front with a yeasty middle and a dry and bitter finish. Flavor leaves the palate rather quickly. Medium-bodied with not much of an aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 17, 2006
11.2oz bottle. Served in a Duvel tulip. Clear, orange tinted gold color and a large white head. No sediment? Aroma is yeasty and spicy. The taste is yeast, light malt, moderate spicy hops. It is not bad, but it is too simple. No complexity at all, the yeast is tasty, but mild. Mouthfeel is average for the style. Nice drinking beer, but kinda blah.

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