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Brewed by Martens
Style: Belgian Ale
Bocholt, Belgium

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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In this bottle is Belgian brewery know-how dating back to 1867 - the year the recipe was created. Itís a crisp, golden ale brewed using only water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. The dry-hopping procedure, in which uncooked hop heads are added after the brewing process, gives this beer its unique floral aroma and taste.


PorterPounder's rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Traderís Joeís - 11.2 oz bottle. Sparkling light-medium gold pour, nice bubble actions, bubbly white head. Aroma has some light bubble gum accents, some grainy notes, a hint of yeast. Flavor has some light honey sweetness, a touch of bubble gum, some pear-like fruitiness. Mouthfeel has a nice spritz to it. Not bad for a budget Belgian.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ronaldtheriot (1200) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Joseph Belgian Blonde Ale has a medium, white head, a mostly clear (very fine sediment is visible), bubbly, golden appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but one can detect mild malt and cracker. The taste is the same- mild cracker malt, with a kiss of hops at the end. Mouthfeel is medium and a somewhat slick, and Josef Belgian Blonde Ale finishes dry and easy going. No alcohol detected. RJT

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuedmaster (202) - Vista, California, USA - APR 29, 2014
This beer isnít nearly as bad as most of the folks on here report. From an 11.2 oz. bottle, pours clear golden with a fat white head that leaves lacing. Aroma is minimal, some sweet malt and grass, no evidence of dry hopping. Taste is decent, good balance of sweet and bitter, tending more toward the sweet side, with a soft mouthfeel. It is clean, I donít detect any off flavors. Has a light body, slick texture, and average carbonation. For the price this is a pretty good Belgian ale from Trader Joeís.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
78samh (125) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2014
11.2 oz bottle poured a light, clear yellow with lots of fizz. Aroma is faint but i do detect a Belgium yeast quality. Taste is chemical and bitter. Dry long lasting astringent aftertaste. Its going to be hard to finish a 6 pack of this. Not good.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
benfergy (198) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - APR 11, 2014
The aroma is of grassy malt, plus some hoppy notes that are tough to describe. The taste is OK , but has some undesirable bitterness. This beer is decent. There are more interesting Belgian beers out there, though.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
pkbites (674) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Average looking pour, with a weird metallic malt aroma. This isnít bad tasting but itís so weird and average that itís hard to rate it higher than I have. Not horrible, I recommend you try it. For $1 a bottle @ Trader Joes itís worth one or two, right? Give it a shot and decide for yourself!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (5985) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle. Yellow, slightly fizzy looking pour with a white head. Grain, malt, little bit of floral aroma. Taste is grain. Pils like. Meh.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
oxbn (2) - - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
Clear, golden beer with a short white head that doesn't stick around. The aroma has a small bit of herbal hops, but it's mostly about the malt. It almost reminds me of a helles. Surprisingly assertive bitterness. The malt on the nose doesn't come through in the flavor. Very dry. Very clean. Nothing objectionable, just a bit boring.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maddmatt639 (216) - Pacifica, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Light retention with no lacing. Smells of wheat grass and sweet cloves. Tastes of sweet biscuit and cereal, surprisingly. Decent aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (3198) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Pours a very clear pale blonde color with a gigantic loose fluffy white head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet & boozy, itís got some odd lavender and dryer sheet thing happening. Itís got some honey & some malt... itís defiantly pungent but presents itís self as heavy to the point of uninviting.

The flavor is weird, itís kind of lavender forward but less soapy than a lot of lavender-forward beers. Itís got a touch of herbal bitterness & some bright malty character. Itís fine enough beer, and better than the aroma lets on.

Itís not a great beer by any stretch, but it is a shelf beer. Iíll stick up for it a little since itís not nearly as bad as the cumulative score here seems to suggest. I had plenty of beers that are worse in this style, many of them similarly from Belgium, that are rated especially higher than this one.

1.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
blinesam (235) - USA - DEC 5, 2013
Really did not enjoy. The beer has a sharp taste of a pilsner but more burnt than a regular pilsner. I would say the smell like hay and the taste is like straw. Its possible the beer was degraded in the light bottle. Not sure, either way I didnít like it.


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