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Waitrose Belgian Blonde

Brewed at Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Belgian Ale
Bracknell, England


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
A distinctive Belgian blonde beer made at the Brasserie Du Bocq in Purnode, one of the last remaining family breweries in Belgium. The beer is made in the authentic way with orange peel and anise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padedze (8) - - OCT 28, 2015 does not count
Initial aroma was slightly woody with a banana and clove follow through. Colour is light golden with a good and lasting creamy head. Sweat and sharp on the palette with a strong phenolic presence. There is a slight medicinal finish to the bittering which I did not like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Bottle from the Waitrose at Gloucster Road. Pours light, bright gold with a foamy/fizzy white head. Aroma of yeast, spice, herb. Med + body - likely due to the impressive carbonation. Flavor is bubble gum, anise, yeast/spice, but no identifiable fruit ester. Maybe the flavors aren’t particularly strong, but they are hard to ignore. Think there’s a phenolic aspect towards the finish. Nothing wrong here, it’s just that the flavor is a bit off the Belgian median. Works.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dj (545) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle, 330ml. A golden colour with a large white head. Aroma of wheat, clove and a little citrus. Flavour is sweet, over carbonated, a little sour, some spicy hop notes. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015

Bottle 330ml.

[ As Waitrose Belgian Blonde ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is light moderate malty, light hoppy, light moderate yeasty, sweet yeast, fruity yeast. Flavor is light moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration, belgium yeast, fruity notes. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20140811]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2015
330ml bottle from Waitrose, Morningside. Pours clear gold, thick white head. Aromas of orange, yeast, toast, dried herbs, light yoghurt going on. Taste is very herbal, dry. Decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (4200) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2015
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - golden with a nice fluffy head. Nose - oranges and dry herbs. Light yoghurt. Taste - more tangy orange, dried herbs and light spice. Palate - medium bodied at least with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long tangy dry finish. Overall - substantial structure considering it’s only 6.3%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5189) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Live rate on 23rd Feb 2015: not a big fan of Du Bocq brews usually, but always fair in my scoring. 33cl dumpy bottle: BBD 22rd Apr 2016, poured into a Duvel glass and shared with no one. Huge (Duvel like) white head on top of a slightly hazed golden body, carbonation bubbles rising through the beer. The nose is on the spicy side with a mild orange trace and a yeasty feel. The taste is similar with a good bitter bite to the whole thing: a lot better than I was expecting to be honest. Credit where credit is due, this is a fine Belgian Blonde and would hold it’s own against many of the ’upper echelon’ brews within that sub-style. I would have no problem offering this to guests during a Belgian tasting evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1733) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Bottled : This Blond gave good head ... The nose is orange , spice , kinda cardboard malts ,like in Leffe Blond or something . Palate iz dry upfront , kicks of spice , orange peel zest refreshment . a bit of malt sweetness like caramel ..a fucken low boost belgium , its adequate stuff i guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2440) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Part of my 2013 backlog. Colour is gold amber with a tick white head. Aroma has spice, citrus. The taste is orange marmalade with a decent bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (6489) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle at home shared with Sarah. This was a Christmas present from Sarah’s grandparents. Clear light golden coloured pour with a lasting frothy white head. Some lace. Aroma is earthy straw, orange and coriander, light honey sweet and some mixed spice. Flavour is composed of semi sweet honey, light earthy straw, light spice, coriander. Palate is very highly carbonated, semi-sweet. Carbonation attacks the tongue. A little lingering metallic note.

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