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Inspired by our anniversary bike trips through Belgium. Spring Blonde is a bright golden ale with a sweet lemony start, pedaling to a pleasantly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15210) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Draught at St. Augustineís, Vancouver
Blond color, with compact head. Mild aroma: some Belgium here, light spices, light fruits, but also a bit of stale waters. Off-dry mouthfeel with high carbonation; pale malt flavor, with a hay accent and light late sugars; some spices, very light fruits; correct bitterness.
A pleasant and refreshing beer, with a rather true Belgian character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (11489) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Orlando, FL. Pours gold with a large creamy white head. Aroma is softly yeasty with a citrus note. Flavor is bready with citrus and a minimum of spice and yeast. Starter Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11213) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
12oz bottle-white-yellow. A-hay/grain, hint of floral. T-lemon/floral hops, hay/grain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle poured a clear yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, yeast and light citrus. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of straw, yeast and a hint of citrus with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Pours a fairly clear yellow with a white head. The aroma has some spicy yeast, lemon, light pepper, and cracker notes and is clean. There is a bit of sweetness in the flavor but it dries out well in the finish. Cracker and dough dominate the flavor along with some grassy and light citrusy notes. Some bitterness on the finish. Nothing too flashy and sure, itís a little boring but itís clean and dry. Thatís just fine with me. Update: Three weeks later it tastes like veggies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8980) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of floral, herbal hops and pale malts. The taste is pale crackery malts, herbal hops. Medium bodied, high carbonation, simple, well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Clear gold. From bottle. Simple, starchy, lightly sweet, minimally bitter, little life to the nose, light lemon, grass / herb hop aroma with notes of notebook paper and potato starch. Later develops touches of creamed corn / DMS. Light maltiness, grainy, lightly toasty in a baked cracker way. Light body, medium acid, short finish. Not as bad as some of the other recent offerings from NBB, the malt is especially good for them, richer and more melanoidin-like than usual, thereís no overt flaws and just enough noble hop life in the nose to make it serviceable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7975) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
Draught at New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, on April 6, 2014.
Clear golden color, white head. Sweet, malty, floral, hibiscus taste. Sweet, floral aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sweet, floral scent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shrubber85 (7938) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle. Lactic lemon malt aroma. Medium yellow with large head. Lightly sweet milky barley malt flavor. Lightly bitter herbal finish. Not bad but pretty average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a crystal clear gold body that supports a white head. The aroma offers up sweet smelling fruity esters like red apple slices and pears to go along with mild doughy note mixed with yeasty spices. The taste is rather fruity esters forward like the nose where Iím getting sweet pears and apples that eventually blend with a hodge podge of yeasty spices and floral hops. The hops lean more toward bitter into the finish to help fight off the sweetness thatís going on here.

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