Brunehaut Bio Blonde Gluten Free

Brewed by Brunehaut
Style: Belgian Ale
Rongy, Belgium


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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle: Unfiltered/Bottle conditioned
A standard barley beer certified as containing less than 5 ppm of gluten after brewing.
ATTENTION: This entry is for the Bio and Bio-Gluten Free (now superseding the bio version). The gluten free is labeled with a small gluten free mark on the label.
Though this beer has been separated from the Blonde Bio, there is no evidence that the recipe has changed, so it is likely that the beers are the same. Do not assume that this will be a new beer, as the beers may be merged in the near future.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geiserich (4369) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 21, 2017
Bottle: Grainy and yeasty brew with notes of oranges, Flavor is also yeasty with intensive orange notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ysok02 (1388) - Mons, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2017
Robe blonde, belle mousse crmeuse persistante. Nez puissant sur des notes hydrocarbures, notes dagrumes. Bouche souple et fruite, bulle discrte, finale courte. Une bire dcevante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROSE1962 (291) - POLAND - JAN 5, 2017
Bottle. Nice honey pour, slightly murky, strong carbonation generous soapy and dense foam head. Strong sour, yeasty aroma typical for this style. Grains, hint of lemon, hay. Overall a nice balance. Metal taste, develops towards a sour, grainy taste that best resembles oats, pasta. Relatively neutral, slightly dry aftertaste. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Trolleo (1478) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 9, 2016
Cloudy orange color with huge white head. Grain, malt and strong honey aroma. Medium to heavy sweet taste, malt and grapes. Bit empty. Dry finish. Soft carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
josanguapo (1500) - SPAIN - SEP 4, 2016
Gift from Alonsos father. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 2x08. Nice, but a bit more sweetness is missing. Herbal bitterness. Dry and a bit soapy. Best bio beer ive taken so far. And gluten-free!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alengrin (5087) - BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2016
The gluten-free follow-up to the organic Brunehaut Bio Blonde, which is in turn the offspring of the Original, non-organic Brunehaut Villages Blonde from the previous owners of this Wallonian micro brewery. Bottle from a Prik & Tik in Zele. Membranous lacing, off-white, frothy, dense and stable, beaten egg-like head, leaving a steady rim on the edge and otherwise remaining nearly closed for most of the time; misty straw blonde colour with slightly orangey old gold hue. Aroma of biscuit, withering garden weeds, old wrinkled apples, old dry cake, green tea, chalk, broccoli cooked al dente, rotting grass, stewed green cabbage (but not in the DMS sense), ripe pear, fresh vegetable soup or even green tomato, tulips, honey, freshly grated ginger, hay and something sulfuric not unlike burnt rubber, freshly struck old-fashioned matches or even old car tyres, strong band aid. Crisp onset, lots of green apple peel, unripe gooseberry and immediately something vegetable-like (raw broccoli), sweetish and sourish with a very vague umami accent, spritzy with somewhat distracting carbo but fit for the Belgian blonde style, supple malt core, a tad bready and grainy, bit biscuity in terms of sweetness, fruity esters continuing but not overdone and actually being overpowered by strong phenols eventually resulting in a rubbery and notably band aid-like flavor retronasally, medicinal in an almost chemical kind of way, mixed with old vegetable soup-like aromas, while underneath all that, nothing more happens: there is a hint of grassy, hayish or even green tea-like hops but instead of providing the much-needed bitterness, they mostly provide retronasal aromas which do not match all too well with the already off-putting band aid-like off-flavor. Dryish ending still, but malt sweetness, albeit in a rather thin form, crosses the finish line first. The old band aid-like odor, with a cooked broccoli-like aspect to it, bothers me more and more as the bottle progresses and eventually makes me consider to pour this beer down the drain... Apart from illustrious exceptions la Dupont Saison Biologique and a few others, organic beers have always failed to convince me, and this one, adding to the concept in being gluten free, does not help - on the contrary, that car tyre- and band aid-like aroma seems to get stronger and stronger as more of the yeast sediment goes into the glass, eventually becoming almost intolerable. I had the tripel and amber versions last year and I cannot say I liked them, but this blonde version is way worse. Apart from the fact that Belgium really does not need another blonde in general, this is not well executed to begin with; I am unable to blame the organic ambitions for that at this point, but at the same time I suspect a non-organic version teeming with gluten would be way better than this. I have now officially stopped believing in gluten free beers, with my sincere apologies to people suffering from gluten intolerance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarkoNm (2626) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 23, 2016
Pours fairly clear golden, topped witha huge gushing white head. Mild malty aroma, a hint of fruits and some cellar cidery notes. Slightly yeasty start, a hint of soury feel then comes more yeastiness. Light body. Nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (12371) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle, bought @Kvickly, Middelfart. Pours clear clear golden with a large, staying, frothy white head. Aroma has sweet malts, sugar, grain, hay, light esters. Medium carbonation, fine dry and fairly creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of sweetness, light sugary, mild doughy malts, esters, apples. Low bitterness. Fine for a non-gluten beer. And far better than the amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wolfbass (1141) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 19, 2016
Questa decisamente potabile, bella equilibrata e va gi abbastanza bene, non male dai...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Olelko (24) - FRANCE - JUN 10, 2016
Quite a surprising beer: being gluten-free, I was full of prejudices. But this was a good, round beer with a spicy touch. Not exactly "excellent", but well above my expectations!

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