Brewed by Martens
Style: Belgian Ale
Bocholt, Belgium


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In this bottle is Belgian brewery know-how dating back to 1867 - the year the recipe was created. It’s 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader’s Joe’s - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
partchapol (44) - Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Taste and texture are not as bad, like other said. Aroma is ok. Color is awful yellow, not typical Belgian like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
boozedude (1789) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2014
bottle into glass, clear bright copper pour with fluffly dense head, aroma is funky malts, taste is just a malty plain meh, nothing special

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigbish (533) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Pours a golden yellow, lots of carbonation, thick head. Sweet aroma with a hint of bread, clean flavor. Easy to drink Blond Ale. Good for a hot day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tgncc (2817) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2014
The aroma is malty, apple, peppery, yeasty. The appearance is clear yellow, white head. The flavor is apple, yeasty. The finish is light pepper, yeasty. Medium, light in body. Not a good representation of the style, but I could drink these on a hot day at a BBQ.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ronaldtheriot (1247) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuedmaster (211) - Vista, California, USA - APR 29, 2014
This beer isn’t 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 don’t 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 Joe’s.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
78samh (144) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
benfergy (200) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
pkbites (688) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Average looking pour, with a weird metallic malt aroma. This isn’t bad tasting but it’s so weird and average that it’s hard to rate it higher than I have. Not horrible, I recommend you try it. For $1 a bottle @ Trader Joes it’s worth one or two, right? Give it a shot and decide for yourself!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (6222) - 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.

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