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.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery Belgian Blond Ale
92 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Fruity, rubbery, phenolic aromas of old fashioned bubblegum, cherry pits, apple skins, and coriander seed with a round, soft, spritzy, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length ripe banana peel, fresh red apple slices, white peppercorns, and soda crackers finish. A classic Belgian Blonde with a fruity bouquet and enough spicy flavors to keep each sip interesting.
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
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.
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. Mid-Westy Blonde Ale
87 points
Pale gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fruity caramel fudge, sour cream frosted fruit cake, and multigrain cereal with a slightly chewy, soft, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish displaying elements of plantain chips, spiced peaches,oranges and yams, and white peppercorns finish. A nice warming Belgian blonde sipper.