Category Archives: Blonde Ale

Choc Belgian Style Blonde Ale – Summer Edition

Brewery:

Choc Beer Company

Aroma:

Nice pleasant lemon, maybe notes of coriander.

Appearance:

Deep hazy yellow, foamy head that retains a low white rim.

Flavor:

The beer starts off sweet. The carbonation bubbles soon hit the tongue. Pleasant malt sweetness that has banana notes. The finish is unique; murky or dank. There is very low bitterness – no hops are noticed.

Mouthfeel:

Smooth, a bit sweet and watery. Medium bodied.

Overall Impression:

I love this beer is different. It is pleasant, refreshing and completely unique. It isn’t my favorite style however it is a nice beer. Well done Choc.

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Other Commercial Examples:

Dirty Guera

Brewery:

Nimbus Brewing Company

Aroma:

Light mellow hop aroma

Appearance:

Cloudy light yellow

Flavor:

Malty, sweet with a smooth mellow hop taste

Mouthfeel:

Medium body

Overall Impression:

A good blonde ale (hard to make a blonde ale amazing). This was a perfect beer for sipping on a hot day. Blonde ales really are not loaded with flavor and this one fits the style perfectly. The beer is very smooth and balanced.

Comments:

I think it is really cool they use “killer bee” honey to give this beer flavor and body. Makes the beer unique and local in a subtle way.

History:

Ingredients:

Malts: Pale, Cara Pils, and Munich

Hops: Perle and Hallertau

Honey (from Bisbee, AZ)

Stats:

OG (Original Gravity): 10.95 degrees Plato

FG (Final Gravity): 2.5 degrees Plato

IBU (International Bitterness Units): 13.2

SRM: 2.25

ABV (Alcohol By Volume): 3.5%

Other Commercial Examples:

Real Ale Barrel Aged 14th Anniversary Ale

This beer has a amazing light honey flavor. Pouring with a beautiful golden color each taste is a treat that ends with a slightly tart taste. The unique tart flavor has to come from the dump truck of hops needed to make this brew. It is remarkable how fruity and light this ale taste for the hop load. I think real ales quote of pineapple notes is appropriate. Unbelievable! Truly.

Here is what is going down from their site:

For some time now, our brewers have been working on a series of experimental beers that fall under the umbrella known as “Mysterium Verum” (translation: “Real Mystery”). A Mysterium Verum beer can be as simple as aging one of our seasonals in an oak barrel, or, it could be an entirely new creation that has fermented and aged in wood, stainless steel, or a combination of the two. The one common thread in all of the Mysterium Verum beers will be their experimental nature, but from this common thread we expect the beers to range far and wide. So far we have released limited quantities of “The Highlander” (barrel-aged Real Heavy), “The Devil’s Share” (barrel-aged Devil’s Backbone), “The Kraken ” (barrel-aged Sisyphus), “Empire” (barrel-aged IPA), “Vol.13″ (barrel-aged 13th anniversary ale) and a barrel-aged Coffee Porter, all draft only. There are also new beers in the cellar at present. We are looking forward to bottling many of these concoctions in 750 ml bottles in the very near future so they will be more widely available. Stay tuned to this page and our Facebook page for updates and availability. Dum cerevisiam est spes est!

Seasonals available now:

Kraken 2010 – our barleywine aged for 10 months, half of it was aged in American oak, the other half in French oak. naturally carbonated in the keg.

Vol.XIV – the barrel-aged release of our 14th Anniversary Ale. It was aged for 6 months in American oak.

Bombshell Blonde Ale

Bombshell Blonde is the second beer from the Southern Star Brewing Co that I am rating this week. I received a holiday assortment from my mother and am really enjoying these Texas brews. This is yet another picture perfect beer straight out of the can. I love the attitude “Clarity is Overrated”. This Blonde Ale has a fairly dry taste and as their website points out a slightly bready flavor.

Other 5 Star Brews:

Bombshell Blonde

Bombshell Blonde

Name: Bombshell Blonde

Started Production: October 2008

Style: American Blonde Ale

Packaging: Year Round (12 oz 6-packs, Draught)

Description:  A rich, creamy golden colored ale fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish.  Hints of yeasty bread and a touch of hops combine to make a beer that is truly more than the sum of its parts.