Mishnok (270) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fairly typical Belgian beer with the familiar banana ester yeasty aroma and sweet malty taste. Perfectly acceptable but nothing that raises it above the crowd
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Hamirubi (584) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle at home (5 V 2017). Another classic or classic-to-be amongst the Belgian strong blonde repertoire, very easily available and widely exported too - in France for instance, it is a common foreigner, next to the other abbey beers of the Grimbergen series. This heavy blonde is somewhat classic for sure, but not that old yet - not to be mistaken for the more prototypical Grimbergen Tripel. Now, this "golden edition" is the stronger version of the modal Blonde (of 6.7% ABV, since 1993) with refermentation and a 16° plato (of 8.0% ABV, only launched in the Spring of 2008). It is often compared with the Duvel branch, with a proportionate body, although it has a rather different mouthfeel. Let’s have a closer look. The collar is fat and thick: huge, white coloured, two thumbs high, very frothy to almost a snow blanket. The truly long lasting head tops a firm torso. This body is only a that hazy, but above all clear and vivid looking. There is a lot of carbonation already present at first sight. The hue is dark blonde, even amber and orange. Now this is a great, qualified-for-a-prom-date-appearance. Almost perfect looking, with an interesting, "Belgian" nose. The flavours combine lingering sour notes with fruity aromas - surely endowed by the yeasts. It becomes a that peachy. The spine is built from malts aptitude. Alas, these resemble pale malts, making the brew’s nose quite dull. The hops are very present as well, complementing the fruity character and adding some herby feeling to the scent. The first sips shows up as a warming, alcohol-infused, overly sweet pale ale. The carbonation amounts a medium to heavy level, the finish is quite long lasting with a keen spiritful feature - the hops make the throat leave quite dry and even dim. The whole has vast sugared, almost cake hints. Some side features contain soury dashes, which are welcoming. The taste is a bit of a blister, I’m afraid. The body somehow relies on unnatural palate enforcers. The range of the flavours is not that complex and diverse, depending on fairly shallow taste features. The strong and warming strong blonde experience is nothing wrong. But this traditional Grimbergen lacks some qualitative and intricating foundations to become an icon abbey brew.
Salmaneser (157) - BELGIUM - APR 20, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Golden yellow colour, nice medium white head. Malty aroma with some herbal notes and sweet hints of fruit and honey. Taste adds some bitterness, very well balanced.
andrepintado (3261) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 20, 2017
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle from estucerveza. Hazy dark gold color. Thin to medium white head. Thin warm body. Crispy carbonation. Aroma and flavour is malty, bubblegum, hops, yeast, herbs.
Rotaldinho (188) - Paris, FRANCE - DEC 22, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale golden colour, fluffy head of foam. Smell of malt, yeast and alcohol. Dried fruits. Smooth and warming mouth feel. Mild bitterness.
Banzale (272) - FRANCE - DEC 16, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Acheter à tabac&co dans famiflora à dottignies.
Bouteille de 33 cl.
Couleur dorée bien translucide !
Belle mousse bien présente et aéré qui reste bien .
Au nez : sensation de miel et d’épices ainsi que des levures ! Notes trop présente limite agressif.
En bouche : la note épicé et présente ! Même trop ! Trop marquer ! Le miel arrive allégé le tout ! Je la trouve trop attaquante.
Le corps ce barre dans tout les sens .
Ça se tien pas !
jice (364) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUL 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Personal records - tasted a while ago. Notation personnelle et à affiner sur une prochaine dégustation
MartR (345) - Aespa, ESTONIA - JAN 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks light golden and hazy. Spicy and sourish aroma. Belgian spiciness continues in taste adding fruits, honey and a bit of lemon. Definitely hops present and even mild bitterness detectable. Mainly sourish honey and spices. Alcohol well covered, no hint of 8% anywhere. Refreshingly strong blonde beer seems accurate.
sdmmb (1826) - BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drunk from 33cl bottle at friends. Stronger variant of the blonde beer.
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Rubin77 (1879) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
F: white, huge, long lasting.
C: hazy, gold, transparent.
A: malt, honey-herbal, green apples, grassy hops, hint of citrus and yeast.
T: malty, again malty, grassy hops, spicy, peppery, white sugar, dry yeasty, medium body, high carbonated, green apples, melon, alcohol, 0,33l bottle, tasty beer.