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Beer Review: Grimbergen Blonde

Beer Review: Grimbergen Blonde

Today’s beer review is Grimbergen Blonde, a 6.7 ABV Belgian Pale Ale. What made me choose this among the hundreds of choices lining the aisle? I hadn’t reviewed a blonde yet, and the ABV seemed alluring after having reviewed a 4% Utah-brewed beer the day before.

Front Label:
Phoenix
Ardet Nec Consumitur
Grimbergen
1128
Abbey Beer
Blonde Ale
ALC 6.7% by Vol.
11.2 fl. oz

Grimbergen Blonde is a decent Belgium Pale Ale

Notes from each side of the label read:

Grimbergen Abbey Ale was first brewed as far back as the early Middle Ages by Norbertine Monks. The recipe for this outstanding abbey ale has been carefully guarded throughout the centuries by the monks of the abbey of Grimbergen. Their beautiful monastery with its Phoenix stained-glass windows lies just north of Brussels. The tradition of ale brewing by monks originates from the former role of abbeys as inns for pilgrims.

Grimbergen Blond is a golden colored top fermented abbey ale. The use of the “Gatinais” barley combined with carefully selected hops creates a balanced fruity-malty, relatively light tasting ale. To enjoy this Abbey ale at its best, drink it from its original chalice glass. To keep the rich, full flavours, serve between 45F – 55F. Brewed by N.V. Br. Alken-Maes, Belgium. Imported by Beverage Alliance, New Canaan, CT.  

What/Where

11.2 fl.oz bottle, purchased at Total Wine & More, Henderson NV

Aroma:
Subdued. Yeast with a sweet, spicy, flowery, fruity aroma.

Flavor:
Flavor is richer than the subtle aroma indicates. A nice blend of grass, hops, and fruit. There is a pleasant, fruity swell at the very end.

Finish:
A nice hoppy, grassy finish.

Bottom Line:
This would be a good candidate for a session beer if found at the right price. A good offering, perhaps above the middle of the pack in the Blonde category. Would like to find on tap. It’s somewhat curious that “blonde” and “blond” are both used on the label.

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