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Magic Hat Odd Notion - Belgian Blonde (Summer 09)



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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Golden in color and light in body, this low hop bitterness ale is refreshing to drink and finishes with a subtle spice complexity from a unique Belgian yeast strain.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2011 Bottle. This beer poured a nice clear golden color with an very small white foamy head that was fully diminishing and left very little, if any lacing behind. The aroma was malty to say the least with floral hops and a barnyard scented yeast with a slight hint of citrus and spices. It tasted mildly malty and fruity in the beginning and finished quite yeasty with a nice citrus note at the end leaving the flavor to hang on only a short time after the swallow. Mouthfeel was just a shade over light in body and mildly creamy in texture with a moderate carbonation. Overall a nice summer brew. Although it is lacking just a bit for a Belgian Ale, it is most definitely worth a taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (767) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
The beer had a slightly hazy look with a dull medium golden color. It only managed to produce a small bright white head that quickly settles down to just a thin ring of slick lacing on top. There was a light, fruity Belgian yeast character with hints of lemon, banana and apple as well as some slight medical notes and mild hops. The flavor starts with a base of semi-dry, light pale malt with a fruity and slightly funky yeast. There are notes of citrus (lemon), apple and a light touch of spice (ginger or clove). Hop flavor and bitterness are very mild and add a touch of spice as well which carries on into the finish. The texture has a light feel with mild fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4763) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Rated on 7-20-2009 This beer pours a medium extremely fizzy white head that quickly dissipated, transparent yellow body, one ring of lacing, and fast rising carbonation. The Aroma is malty, yeast, lightly hoppy, sweet, fruity, and spicy. The Taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, lightly spicy, lightly bitter, and some fruit. The Palate is watery, thin and this beer is light bodied. Overall, this beer lacks a lot of character and has no WOW factor to it and is a beer that is not on my list to drink again. It is not a bad beer per se, it just did not leave me wanting it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big white head. Aroma is light malts with a hint of banana. Flavor is light malts with some banana and spice. Not bad, especially consider the date on the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1607) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 Summer beers are known for being light and crisp and often with a citrusy taste. Thatís an accurate description of Magic Hatís ďOdd NotionĒ for Summer 2009 Ė Belgian Blonde. However, this beer has some real gusto to it with a strong palate and a body to match.


This beer pours smoothly to form a clear golden body reminiscent of an American lager. The head is average-sized and white and soapy but it dissipates rather quickly and doesnít lace the glass. The aroma more than makes up for these things, though, as it is a very sweet combination of light fruity scents and mild spice.


I had no idea what to expect out of Belgian Blonde. I figured it would be a slightly fruity but otherwise generic ale. However, I was pleasantly surprised upon my initial taste to encounter such a vivid, complex palate. Banana and clove are the most noticeable ingredients and are very strong. Then the taste is balanced by a sweet lemony zest Ė which is what most other summer ales tend to start with.

Magic Hat has certainly put their unique spin on what is otherwise a pedestrian beer. Itís best described as a hybrid of a summer ale and an American hefeweizen. No other brewers would put this much spice in their beer, but Iím glad they did since it has real flavor. And although there is a lemon taste present, there is no tart citrus. Overall, the palate adds up to a very sweet, malty taste thatís very refreshing.


Belgian Blonde is what a good summer beer should be Ė extremely soft and gentle to the mouth and just as smooth going down. Since it has an IBU rating of only 17 there is no bitterness here, although I would describe it as slightly crisp. The average drinker should have no problem throwing back a few of these.


As tasty and smooth as this beer is, it doesnít lend itself to drinking in large quantities since itís 5.9% ABV. This is surprisingly high for a summer seasonal and it also has the sheer density to match. After drinking two bottles in a row I could definitely tell, and although I could handle it, I was feeling more than satisfied just a few swigs into my second helping.


A part of me wants to rate Magic Hat Belgian Blonde even higher because itís so tasty, but another part of me wants to rate it lower because itís probably more gimmicky than genuine. Regardless, the fact is this is definitely a good beer at the core and is quite refreshing as well Ė and thatís what we all look for in a summer beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2516) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2009
a decent Belgian style ale, yeasty and a touch of sour acidity in harmony with appropriate spice and a touch of fruit. little bit of hop is present and the alcohol is substantive enough yet brew is refreshing. finish fades out nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2588) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of grain and hay, flowers and grass for the hops, light barnyard for the yeast, with hints of white wine and allspice. Head is small, fizzy, white with a little lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is clear pale yellow. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is light to medium, dry and has a soft carbonation and a dry finish. Light and fairly Tripel-ish, just a little thin on taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevd193213 (955) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 22, 2009
12 oz bottle. Straw colored slightly cloudy pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of yeast and malt. Taste of yeast with some very faint, slighlty stale barnyard and bread. Even finish, slighlty thin palate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
thedm (5438) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2009
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent typically carbonated yellow colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The putrid aroma was malty at best. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The kind of funky flavor contained notes of stale malt slightly soumalt and floral hops. Not much to my liking and one that I would not buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2009
12oz from the sampler. Only having had Odd Notion once before I didnít know that it varied with the season. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very hazy pale gold with a moderate white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left very little lace. The aroma is orange, coriander and yeast. The flavor is orange, coriander, wheat, and yeast. A bit oily on the palate, which I was not crazy about. Its the end of August and I think Iíve had my fill of wits and other summer beers. As for this ale, an ok beer, but probably not something Iíd look to revisit.

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