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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
nealblind (909) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Clear gold pour nil head. Smells slightly yeasty mostly like barley and pale lager hops. Tastes like a beany pale lager. Overhopped, watery, and barely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Patrickctenchi (4070) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle: Clear, deep gold with a quick white head. Mild yeast, pear, floral aroma. Taste is delicate pear, yellow apple..soft white fruits, light malt. Crisp, sweet. Extremely pleasant little beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2014
355ml bottle. More than likely an alias beer. Pours a somewhat clear gold with heavy carbonation bubbles. Flavor is hop pier than you would expect. The quality in this beer is its freshness. Tj’s has a way of only selling fresh beer that should serve as a model for other liquor stores. Its not that great of a beer but it tastes highly competitive to all of the stale and oxidized lower abv Belgian. Golden ales that populate the shelves. Basically a hopped up lager with Belgian yeast. Again not a great beer but pleasant as it tastes fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (7938) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle. Lemon/orange and lactic barley malt aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet lemon/lime, yeast, barley malt and hay flavor. Decent body. Not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (1970) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a clear golden yellow with three fingers of creamy white head. Aroma is some yeast with lots of floral. Flavor is floral and somewhat sweet. Medium bodied. Not bad for a Trader Joe’s beer. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
partchapol (48) - 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 (1970) - 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 (552) - 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 (2878) - 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 (1330) - 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 (243) - 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.

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