About Belgian Style Blonde Ale

About Belgian Style Blonde Ale
Belgian style blondes are light straw to gold in color and range in alcohol from 6-8%. This is not a classic style of Belgian ale, but covers the more commercially-minded Belgian ales that are moderate in both body and alcohol. Fruity Belgian yeast character and mild hopping should be expected. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Leffe Blonde, La Trappe Blond and Affligem Blond.

Top Picks for Belgian Style Blonde Ale

Belgh Brasse Mons Blonde DAbbaye
94 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasty banana soufflé and meringue, papaya-pepper relish, toasted lemon herb muffin, and watercress with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, long finish that exhibits nuances of buttered fruit cake, nougat, and delicate spice finish. A fantastically chewy, flavorful and nuanced Belgian blonde ale.
Unibroue Don de Dieu Belgian-Style Wheat Ale
93 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced praline, scrambled eggs with cheddar chive, zucchini raspberry bread with rosemary oil, and book pressed flowers with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying notes of frosted banana cake, apple cobbler with candied orange zest, and sweet and peppery spices finish. A finely balanced and delectable Belgian blonde ale for all occasions.
Unibroue Don de Dieu Belgian-Style Wheat Ale
93 points
Bright light gold color. Aromas of apple struedel, orange peels, white flowers, grilled peach, and summer artichoke with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long bubble gum and speculoos cookie finish. A lengthy, buoyant Belgian-Style Blonde with bright, nicely layered flavors.
St. Feuillien Brewery Blonde Ale
90 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Earthy aromas and flavors of spiced cucumber, turnip, baguette, and earth with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, long finish revealing notes of peppered greens, spiced melon, and lemon soufflé finish. A lovely savory Belgian blonde.
Dubuisson Cuvee des Trolls Belgian Blonde Ale
89 points
Cloudy old gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of banana chips, vanilla cream pastry, herb rye muffin, and chalk with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, long finish manifesting accents of praline, spiced kiwi, and peppered sprouts finish. A rich, engaging Belgian blonde that with chewy malt and snappy, palate-tingling finish.
Awards: 2017 Best Belgian Style Blonde Ale
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl Collesi "Bionda"
89 points
Pale bright gold color. Phenolic, yeasty grainy spicy aromas of dried banana, cashew butter, coriander and baking spices, and clay with a velvety, crisp, bubbly, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long apple tart, bubblegum, and wheat cracker finish. A very tasty and spicy blonde ale.
Affligem Belgian Style Blonde Ale
88 points
Light gold color. Earthy, citrusy aromas and flavors of honey roasted corn, spiced orange cake, starfruit and gooseberry, and cedar with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, medium-length finish with accents of pepper bread and arugula finish. A rich, chewy Belgian blonde that needs a bit of time to open up and will be great at the table; serve lightly chilled.
Tenute Collesi Bionda Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
88 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Spicy, floral aromas and flavors of stone fruit chutney, tropical blossoms, banana creme brulee, and bit of honey with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with touches of honeyed lettuces and nuts and dried fruit finish. A bright, chewy Belgian blonde that satisfies with every sip.
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl Collesi "Chiara"
88 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Lively, toasty, phenolic peppery grainy aromas of banana nut muffin and white maple fudge with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, off-dry light body and a polished, charming, breezy banana custard pie, lemon herb muffin, and wheatgrass finish. A nice fruity blonde ale for the table.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery Belgian Blond Ale
87 points
Hazy gold color. Toasty aromas of toasted blueberry waffles, lemon creme brulee, rapini, latex, brie rind, and orange liqueur with a vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length fruit skins, coriander, cardamom, dried dates, and straw finish. Potent and deeply layered, a strong golden that touches nearly every side of the flavor wheel.