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Brewed by Gulpener Bierbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Ale
Gulpen, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Gerardus Blond is een sprankelend bitter kloosterbier met een kruidige smaakaanzet. Specerijen en hop geven dit licht zoete bier zijn rijke, ronde smaakbeleving. We brouwen het op basis van een recept van de paters van het Redemptoristenklooster in Wittem. Een deel van de omzet van Gerardus Blond is bestemd voor het behoud van dit prachtige klooster. Bezoek het eens en kom dan ook naar onze brouwerij voor een proeverij.

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, - APR 1, 2008
Draught @ Dutch/Indonesian restaurant, Amsterdam. Blond. Some sweet malts and mild hop flavour. Well balanced but not especially flavoursome. Quite drinkable.


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Beamer (144) - Malden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2018 Licht bruin bier met weinig schuim, lichte accenten van citrus en banaan, licht bittere nasmaak die wel even blijft hangen.

2.8
nathanvc (884) - Brugge, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2017
At Taverne De Grenssteen, Vaals. Shared with Anke.
Pours clear dark golden with a lasting, foamy, white head; some lacing. The aroma contains sweet malt, grain (the kind you find in Pale Lagers), some spices, hint of banana, hops, cooked vegetable too. It tastes light to medium hoppy bitter and light malty sweet; bit dry in the short finish. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. A failed Dutch interpretation of a 'Belgian Abbey Ale', too bad.

2.8
goozen (4185) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2017
Bottle 0,33ltr: Clear golden colored brew with an sticky sweet bitter taste, fruity hints with some spices.

2.7
gyhallmanti (834) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2017
33cl bottle at home. Pours a clear yellow colour woth a moderate white head. Aroma is flowers, malt, fruity hops, something chemical-like, yeast. Taste is fairly sweet, moderate bitter with a soft dry finish. Notes of hop resin, pale malt, caramel, again something chemical-like, floral, some fruit. Texture is oily to watery, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

2.9
PietS (373) - Bergen op Zoom, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2017
Sweet, fruity, malts. Not very distinctive aroma's. Light bitter finish. Nothing special

2.6
Alengrin (6005) - BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2017
The blond one in this series of semi-industrial Dutch abbey beers, bottle from a supermarket in Hulst in the southern Netherlands. Frothy, egg-white, ’papery’ lacing, very stable head, slowly thinning, over a cristal clear ’old gold’ coloured beer with warmer orangey tinge. Aroma dominated by the ’cooked’ smell of extensive pasteurisation, damp kitchen cloth, soggy chicken corn that has been soaking in rainy weather for days, sweetened cider, iron, melting powder sugar, industrial honey, canned peach, plastic, wet white paper, natural rubber, plaster. Sweet onset, lots of residual ’white’ sugars but no living yeast fruitiness whatsoever, very lager-like and neutral apart from that sweetness, which becomes a tad cloying in the end; some dull, basic sourishness underneath. Slick mouthfeel, medium carbonated; caramelly, bit resiny but thin-bodied middle, clearly maltose- or otherwise sugar-enhanced, very slick with a clear metallic edge. Finish sadly adds just about nothing and reinforces that sugary peachy sweetness without providing any hop bitterness worth mentioning, apart from a weak grassy note at the back. Powder sugar-like, bit honeyish sweetness sticks in the end while that off-putting pasteurization effect resonates in the nose retronasally. I know that Gulpener has recently joined the league of Dutch craft brewers but, like Samuel Adams in the U.S., it remains a doubtful case; this beer very clearly makes an abominable statement for that. This is a sweet, childishly simple, straightforward, probably bottom-fermented blonde abbey beer, the likes of which are Leffe Blonde or Grimbergen Blond in Belgium, nothing more, nothing less. This type of products should not be made anymore in the 21st century, especially not by a brewery that had a certain significance in Dutch beer history but has been vastly surpassed by hundreds of others meanwhile. More than anything, I sincerely hate the fact that an old, established brewery is trying to sell a ’pimped’ and heavily sweetened, strongish lager to me and expects me to believe it is a top-fermented abbey ale. I am looking forward to the day that beers like this go extinct.

2.2
Koelschtrinker (22489) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 25, 2017
Mild hefiger, mild metallerner Antrunk. Leicht bananig-kräutrig, geringe Karbonisierung. Ansonsten eher wenig aromatisch, süß. 7/8/7/7/9/7

2
mmmeinike (435) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2017
Dark golden blond with minomal foam and almost no carbonation. Yeast, malt amd spicey aroma.

2.2
Salmaneser (176) - BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2017
33 cl bottle @ Hotel Raedthuys in Sint-Maartensdijk, Holland. Golden colour, minimal white head. Malty aroma with fruits and herbs. Little bitter taste, bit artificial.

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tricksta_p (5457) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle from Speciaalbierpakket. Aroma is floral, sweet malt, soft fruits, apples, notes of bubblegum, cleaning products and some yeast. Flavour is a bit cloying sweetness and light bitter. Body is medium. Yikes, not good at all, way too sweet with an overdone floral aroma that leans towards chemical cleaning products.


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