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Hellemus Blonde des Flandres (8%)

Brewed by Moulins d’Ascq
Style: Bière de Garde
Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Bière Artisanale à base de malt et de houblon finement sélectionnés.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (5269) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2016
Golden and biscuit malts, soft herbal bitter and tea aromas from the classic malt hop mix. Vegetable and green apple aromas though too. Odd intended or off flavours? Pretty tasty, classic but appealing to me. Good big bubble. Subjectively perhaps flawed, but I dig it. (75cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ForlornHope (389) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2015
75 cl bottle at home. Not decanted, so gradually more hazy down the bottle but yellow in colour with a pillowy white head. Very nice aroma of yeast, grain and perfumed hop. I am reminded of lavender, the aroma is so floral. Sweet on the tongue, then some balancing dryness. Slightly syrupy, but with a really nice sherbety, effervescent feel on the tongue. This is a very nice beer, and one I would seek again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bozo_skeleton (989) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 30, 2015
Blonde tres legerement cuivree, belle carbo et joli collet persistant de fines bulles. Aromes, céréales, pain, un peu de miel. Bonne attaque vive et un peu fruité mais souple et sans vraiment d’amertume. Du coup elle est assez courte en bouche.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
guzgorog (684) - FRANCE - SEP 22, 2014
Blonde dorée. Col de mousse blanche persistante. Nez de malts et de bonbon au miel. Attaque acide, désagréable, malt et sucre, arrière gout métallique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (4429) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (2531) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJoer (1169) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jice (304) - Grenoble, FRANCE - SEP 30, 2012
Bière agréable, bien que la douceur prédomine largement. Manque d’amertume, trop douce. Bière non filtrée, belle couleur orange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (6201) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13031) - 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.

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