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HaandBryggeriet Blondie (2012-)

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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Belgian Ale
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blondie is a Belgian style ale fermented with our own house yeast. The color is straw yellow with a nice fruity flavour balanced with maltiness and floral hops. A nice beer with good drinkability.

Editor’s note: First brewed late 2011, first sold in 2012.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (3471) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle at pre-borefts tasting . Pours fuzzy blonde , very big white head . Smell is funky ( brett ? ) , some oak - ish aspects . Taste is dry , bit sweet . Grainy , some butter-funky feeling

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (5443) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle shared at the Pre-Borefts Tasting. Pours cloudy golden with no head. Aroma of yeast, weedy hops, malt. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4634) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle at the ABC Beers pre Borefts tasting, Den Haag. Poured a hazy light amber with a thin whispy white head. The aroma is yeast citrus. the flavour is moderate bitter with a yeast citrus hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (3470) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Poured light golden with an off white head. Aroma of light sweet grapes and soft malt. Light, lively body flavour is lightly sweet, medium bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5473) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
50cl bottle from JMGreenUK @ Pre Borefts tasting Thin white head. hazy blond pour. Fruity.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbertels (93) - NORWAY - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle. Lovely frothy head and nice range of wheat and fruit aromas. Solid blonde in all ways!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RavnS (25) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 13, 2014
0.5l bottle from the local shop. Pours hazy pale golden, with off-white head. Aromas of bananas, malt, biscuits, a bit spicy. Tastes very crisp and refreshing. Not very complex on the palate, and medium finish. But it’s well balanced, and this is a good choice on a hot summer day. I prefer this over any standard lagers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
My Bottom Line:
There is plenty of hay and flowers dallying atop this Belgian-style Ale’s dry, crisp mouthfeel, evolving into herbal hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sticky head of foam is laid out atop the pale golden haze.
-Mild banana esters are felt underneath.
-An earthy finish with a rustic touch seems to be the combined work of hops and yeast.
-The mouthfeel is balanced throughout.
-These guys brew really flavorful non-Vinmonopolet (under 4.8%) brews.

Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frode (258) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle 50 cl.
Hazy orange, with off-white head. Wheat, slight yeasty, spicy aroma. Flavour is mild wheat, medium sweet, and balanced bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Simonsen (694) - NORWAY - MAY 11, 2014
Flaske fra nærbutikken. Lys, gulaktig uklar farge. Hvot fyldig skumtopp. Medoum karbonert. Smaker fruktig, gjær,banan, nellik, høy. Veldig god butikkøl


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