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Hellemus Blonde des Flandres (8%)

Hellemus Blonde des Flandres (8%)
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Brewed by Moulins d’Ascq
Style: Bière de Garde
Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bière Artisanale à base de malt et de houblon finement sélectionnés.



3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (1742) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
Typical bière de garde, the 8% ABV version of which is (or was) also brewed at the ’Proef’brouwerij in Flanders. Off-white, loose head, deep orange blonde colour, hazy with nice sparkling. Strong apricot smell, honey too, peach, orange juice, green apple, vanilla, freshly cut grass. Soft fruity taste, light citrus touch, again apricot-like, sweetish, mellow maltiness, smooth with a somewhat oily mouthfeel, yeasty, mild hop bitterishness in the finish, insufficient to balance out the initial sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1844) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark orange colour with a big white head and plenty of carbonation, dry malty aroma with fruit, taste is sweet with some bitterness and a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJoer (681) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2013
Golden colour medium head, appel/manderine like smell a bit sour, nice medium bitter creamy taste, a bit sweet, strawberry like, herby bitterness

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jice (98) - Grenoble, FRANCE - SEP 30, 2012
Bière agréable, bien que la douceur prédomine largement. Manque d’amertume, trop douce. Bière non filtrée, belle couleur orange.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (3772) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
December 2006 (from BA): This lovely beer was bought at ’Boozers’, a warehouse just off the motorway near Calais. At 1.89 Euro’s for a corked, caged brown 75cl bottle, I wish I had filled my car boot with it. Lot 1 of 02/06, best before April 08. This is one of the best non-British beers I have ever had. It is really a ’Blonde des Flandres’ according to the bottle, but it is an ’ambre blonde’ more than a ’blonde blonde’ if you catch my drift. I poured it into two Duvel glasses, the second glass getting the sediment, so I could compare each against the other. Strong aroma of yeast from both glasses, cloudy and amber in colour, the second glass obviously darker because of the sediment. Malt and hops also appeared within the aroma, all very pleasant. The large white/off-white head stayed throughout the session, the Duvel glasses help of course, but I think the head had a good retension anyway. The taste was super, a yeasty, vanilla, cum malty hop flavbour all combined to give a fantastic mouthfeel and drinkability. If I ever come across this beer again, I shall go ’Bansi’ on it. The only poor score from me is the cloudyness, I know it doesn’t matter really, but my eye’s tell me so much about life, and a cloudy beer has, for my eyes always flaged ’bad beer’, it’s a British cask ale thing!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10243) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2012
Bottled, 750ml from Carrefour, Coquelles, France. Hazy orange gold with white head. Similar experience to Fin, but this was after 2.5yrs settling in the cellar, I undid the wire cage and before I had finished the cork shot out and still has not been found, we don’t have a big kitchen either. I found the beer to be quite tartish, like an old ale, fruity, sour apricot notes with a bit of plum and date. Sherp lemon notes later on. An experience.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tim Webb (229) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2012
75cl bottle from Traditions en Nord in Cassel, taken home to Blighty and rested for 3 weeks. A really difficult one to rate. Full of character and likely to wow some people legitimately but a bit sweet, a way off pure malt and oddly lop-sided. Bio I think, which may explain the under-hopping and the bubblegum mulch in the background.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
750ml bottle, drunk at home, 13th Nov 2010. Clear golden amber with a small white head. Dusty hops on nose, soft citrus underneath. In the mouth, sweet honey, golden syrup, oranges backed by controlled, subtle alcoholic warmth. There’s a little bit of gooseberry at the back of the throat. Utterly sublime palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19378) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2009
Bottled. Cloudy pale amber, airy head.Minerally and fruity, above medium bodied. Malty and doughy with a bit of syrup and notes of canteloupe. Mouthfilling and mellow with low bitterness. Archetypical north French beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7417) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle that I picked up from Carrefour, Calais. Consumed at Campsite in Guines, France 12-06-09. This had been merrily jiggling about in the camper on the way down to the campsite, chilled for a little while in the fridge and then opened without me even considering that it had been shaken about a little. The cork shot out of this before I had even finished removing the wire cage, it was like a bullet and hit the underside of the awning and ricocheted off, very exciting. The beer actually poured great, it was a little lively but not too bad, pouring hazy orange with a white head, it looked great in fact. There was a lilting lemony nose and there was no denying a rusticyness about this. Some orchard like aroma’s also show. taste is fresh, lemony, touch sweet and sour, dab of yeast. The alcohol warms me ever so slightly, its lovely and very simple. A7 A5 F8 P4 Ov15 3.9


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