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Waitrose Belgian Blonde

Brewed at Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Belgian Ale
Bracknell, England


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarcinG (367) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Butelka 330 ml. Jasnoz?ote w kolorze o bia?ej obfitej pianie. Aromat dro?dzy i bananow z delikatna nut? przypraw.w smaku dominuj? dro?dze banany koleander miód.na plus mozna doda? ze alkohol jest ma?o wyczuwalny. Raczej ma?o zaskakuj?cy przedstawiciel gatunku.

Marcin G

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThirstyBird (2516) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2016
33cl bottle, pours a clear deep yellow with a very large head. The smell is spice, toasted malt, yeast. The taste is very spicy, some yeast, fairly sweet light malt ending spicy and a bit dry. Light on body with active carbonation. This one is a bit sweet and not particularily to my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (2611) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear golden. Nose is quite sweet, malts, yeast, citrus, herbs. Taste is sweetish, herbs, some bitterness. Rather simple, ok.

   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 (13611) - 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 (556) - 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 (42843) - 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 (8809) - 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 (4899) - 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 (5756) - 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.

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