soupy (35) - - APR 14, 2013
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I am not a fan of Blonde ales. That said, this one of my favorite. Bronze pour, creamy head. Poured from a bomber. Strong and smooth. It does not hit you until you move. Top notch.!
dlihcsnatas (413) - Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden brew with no head due to pouring so slow into glass to keep sediment at bottom from stirring up. Love that this brewer still bottle conditions. Smells of booze and spice which is not bad. Taste is a hit of alcohol with some sugar and spice and everything nice kind of deal going for it. Little bit of malty sweetness with some spicy hops to keep it from being candy and that alcohol twang to put it all into shape for a real strong ale. Good stuff, just too expensive to enjoy often.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2013 Yellow-tan and just a touch of haze, white head is about a half finger and lasted a bit, leaving a sheen of white and sparse lacing.
Aroma is a bit different from what I expected, kinda like a blonde mixed with a saison, mixed with just a splash of tripel. There’s just a touch of fruitiness too.
Taste wise, I think they really kind of nailed with the name. It’s very blonde ale-ish, even though the alcohol is so high that few would consider it to be an actual blonde ale. But it does somewhat have the blonde ale taste. It’s not real heavy on the flavor, just like a blonde, but does have a fair bit of lemony citrus, graininess, and some of the yeasty character of tripels and Belgian pales. There’s enough slightly spicy hops to make it a well balanced beer.
Drink is amazing, medium bodied, but with a well hidden alcohol that packs quite a punch.
It’s very different and innovative. I’m going to pick up another bomber of this one again.
After trying all four of the Texas Big Beers available so far, I like the ESB best, but it’s close with the Porter. The blonde and the Scotch ale are also pretty darn tasty. I love the innovation of this brewery, and love that it’s pretty local. Great job!
SPDickerman (1014) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours crystal clear (without the yeast) and really murky (with the yeast) and has a super tiny white fizz. Smells sweet, with some subtle Belgian notes. Taste is distinctly Belgian, but not with the bread-like character. Light-to-medium bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Texas BIG BEER Texas Blonde finishes with a slightly spicy touch.
MosquitoPilot (8) - Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Premium Draught. Tiny bubbles, thin head. Nose is malt and candy. Rich malt and candy flavor with enough hops to balance. I’d like a bit more Belgian yeast. Light lacing. Nice warm finish is the only hint of the high ABV. A solid brew.
AirForceHops (4045) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. The nose starts off with a light malts, followed by some subtle yeast esters. Taste is light breadiness to begin. Prominent fruity Belgian yeast with large amounts of pale malt character to this beer overall. The body is light to medium with a medium carbonation. The only reason I could recognize the ABV was by the warming sensation after the sip. No alcohol flavor at all. Very well made brew.
jcwattsrugger (11335) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared by AFHops and Adrien-22oz bottle-white ting-hazy gold. A-soft grain. As it warms, some lt fruit. T-lt fruit, grain, some spice. Warming on the way down.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with sticky white head. Aroma is yeasty, biscuit, fruity esters. Flavor is very much the same, malty sweet with a very balanced, neutral finish. Medium mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Overall, I kinda dig it....use a Belgium ale recipe but no Belgian yeast strain and this is what you get! Very easy to drink for an advertised 10% abv. Not bad at all!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Dirty orangish straw, fine sediment about, thin frothy off-white head, little lacing.   Semi-sweet doughy and bready aroma.   Faint floral and fruity notes.   Seems more citrusy, doughy, with some dank barnish notes on the tongue.   Not heavy in the bready sense, which so many American brewers do.   This was a bit of a surprise to me.   Backside is a bit musty, faint floral and citrusy, doughy.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Th 10.5% ABV is very well hidden.   Better than expected.   Thanks Bill!
jhamp9 (1229) - Corinth, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy gold with a thin white head. Sweet fruity doughy aroma with a little bubble gum. Taste is sweet caramel, dough, some butter with a little alcohol. Smooth palate, really easy to drink.