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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Baseball and beer. Few things are more ingrained in America’s psyche than baseball and beer. The histories of both are laden with traditions and transcendence. Rascals and radicals. Celebration and shared experience. Treasured summertime moments with sun on our faces and a beer in our hands. The timeless game defines our past and guides our future.

Lightly golden-straw hue with a lasting thick, white head. Aromas of sweet malt, floral with slight citrus are followed by delicate herbal notes. Faintly sweet giving way to mellow, lightly floral hop flavor and notes of banana and pears from our signature house yeast. Nicely balanced with a clean herbal-hopped finish makes this an enjoyably, quaffable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1408) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Cloudy pineapple yellow color with a big head. Bright and sunny and refreshing. Spicy grains of paradise in the aroma. The Brett yeast goes up into the nasal cavity. Some white grapes (muscat). It’s got a "prickly" aroma and is quite effervescent in the nostrils. A touch of basement funk; slightly horsey. More muscat grape in the taste; the funk is subdued but comes up at the end. Just a hint of bubblegum. The feel is prickly and effervescent; good carbonation. The white grape, once you lock into it, is really prevalent. The Belgian-ness is a beautiful component to the blonde-ness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1562) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle from Julio’s. Poured into a tulip. A hazy medium golden color with a frothy off-white head that settles to a thick lack. Wonderful fruity-spice aroma and flavor with peppery bite in the middle. Classic yeast profile with pear notes. This is sorta half saison and half Belgian tripel. Very tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5001) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2015
From a 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours a hazy gold with a massive white head. Fruity nose. Flavors of belgian yeast, tropical fruits and citrus. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle:   Pale straw, a bit dirty, moderate foamy white head, nice lacing.   Musty nose, powdery, slight funk and barnish notes.   Bright straw, tartness, a little dry, barnish, musty, with very little sweetness on the tongue.   Fairly good, but could use a bit more sweetness for that dry powdery/musty aftertaste.   Certainly good, but moreso a Belgian Ale than a Blonde em thinks.   Finishes powdery dry and musty.   More Belgian than Blonde.   Good otherwise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1367) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Pours cloudy bright golden color with thick creamy white head that holds form well above the rim of the glass. Aroma is grain, slight fruity citrus, and yeast spiciness. Flavor is light fruity malt with some light citrus flavors. Finishes with some earthy spicy yeast. This is a fine beer. A friend picked this up at brewery for me. Great label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2015
I think this was my first blonde if the summer and if they were like this one, I'd have more. Lightly sweet aroma with a little Belgian spice. Fruity aroma with a bit of banana. The flavor is subtle with little bits of flavor popping out. Nice refreshingly dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3920) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2015
2 finger dark head. golden orange appearance. smells nice, a lot of citrus, grapefruit the finish cleans up nicely with a little dankness. Juicy without being over the top

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2015
March 2015 bottle drunk 8/13/15.
Bright blonde body shows plentiful carbonation, high clarity and a large white head that steadily recedes to cover.
Very soft herbal notes mix with peppery yeast phenols to provide dryness, while the very light, honey notes from the malts are soft, well-extracted and provide a good maltiness without being too sweet. Esters are reserved and while there’s some light banana, there is indeed the dry nectarine/pear-like quality that is pleasant. No clove or tangy peach and the banana isn’t out of control. No alcohol or flaws.
Sweet pale malts give off pleasantly extracted, yet not-too-sweet-honey and bread dough flavors, in the mouth. Pleasant spicy phenols and touches of hop bitterness provide ample balance but remain delicate and nowhere near overdone/aggressive. Fruity esters remain elegant throughout and the beer goes down nicely. I really like Ommegang’s yeast at cooler temperatures (I assume that’s what’s going on here, because the beer still has enough remaining malt sweetness that it dosent seem like they fermented it really warm, not to mention the lower presence of esters). Though I still may prefer it just a touch more dry, this is really well done. When you’re rating a Belgian ale and you’re continuously using terms like "graceful", "reserved", "soft" and "gentle", that’s a good thing. Or so I think, anyways.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Edward104 (41) - Herrin, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Head laces the glass. nose is breast and lager. Tastes a little tart, a little orange pith, some nice hops. Finished with a nice bitterness. Fairly well balanced. Overall OK. Not my type.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1106) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Poured from bottle. A bit of gas at first in aroma, but vanilla cake and fruity citrus aroma. Lovely lookin cloudy gold with white lacing head. The spice (pepper and banana) hits the taste buds first, followed by vanilla, bread, yeast and assorted fruit. My only complaint is that it has a slightly oily feel. Other than that, this beer reminds me why I have to go to Belgium someday.

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