18.A - Belgian Blond Ale (BJCP 2008)


Description

A moderate-strength golden ale that has a subtle Belgian complexity, slightly sweet flavor, and dry finish. Relatively recent development to further appeal to European Pils drinkers, becoming more popular as it is widely marketed and distributed. Similar strength as a dubbel, similar character as a Belgian Strong Golden Ale or Tripel, although a bit sweeter and not as bitter. Often has an almost lager-like character, which gives it a cleaner profile in comparison to the other styles. Belgians use the term


Profile

Aroma: Light earthy or spicy hop nose, along with a lightly sweet Pils malt character. Shows a subtle yeast character that may include spicy phenolics, perfumy or honey-like alcohol, or yeasty, fruity esters (commonly orange-like or lemony). Light sweetness that may have a slightly sugar-like character. Subtle yet complex.
Appearance: Light to deep gold color. Generally very clear. Large, dense, and creamy white to off-white head. Good head retention with Belgian lace.
Flavor: Smooth, light to moderate Pils malt sweetness initially, but finishes medium-dry to dry with some smooth alcohol becoming evident in the aftertaste. Medium hop and alcohol bitterness to balance. Light hop flavor, can be spicy or earthy. Very soft yeast character (esters and alcohols, which are sometimes perfumy or orange/lemon-like). Light spicy phenolics optional. Some lightly caramelized sugar or honey-like sweetness on palate.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high to high carbonation, can give mouth-filling bubbly sensation. Medium body. Light to moderate alcohol warmth, but smooth. Can be somewhat creamy.


Ingredients

Belgian Pils malt, aromatic malts, sugar, Belgian yeast strains that produce complex alcohol, phenolics and perfumy esters, noble, Styrian Goldings or East Kent Goldings hops. No spices are traditionally used, although the ingredients and fermentation by-products may give an impression of spicing (often reminiscent of oranges or lemons).


Examples

Leffe Blond, Affligem Blond, La Trappe (Koningshoeven) Blond, Grimbergen Blond, Val-Dieu Blond, Straffe Hendrik Blonde, Brugse Zot, Pater Lieven Blond Abbey Ale, Troubadour Blond Ale


Ranges

Data Min. Max.
Original gravity 1.062 1.075
Final gravity 1.008 1.018
Bitterness 15.0 IBU 30.0 IBU
Color 7.9 EBC 13.8 EBC
Alcohol 6.00 ° 7.50 °


Recipes on Zython (17)

essaie
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
6.4% 0 IBU 25.0 l teo
09/12/2019
Connivence C6 Blonde belge
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
5.1% 35 IBU 100.0 l vincenW38
13/01/2019
Blonde v1 - Simplissime
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
6.5% 35 IBU 5.0 l Eiki
02/02/2018
KARLSBEER
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
0.0% 0 IBU 50.0 l Karlitos
31/01/2018
La Pisse de Moine
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
5.6% 24 IBU 38.0 l pcoujoulou
29/01/2018
Manu Chao Ale
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
5.9% 38 IBU 21.0 l Thomasito
22/06/2017
doovel
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
6.5% 20 IBU 20.0 l nostradamnit
03/06/2017
fooneffe blonde
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
4.6% 11 IBU 24.0 l LaurentFourniol
11/02/2017
Test 1
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
5.6% 8 IBU 10.0 l Stef49
13/01/2017
blurp
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
0.0% 0 IBU 10.0 l TimSanchezTourneur
31/08/2016
La Fracassante (SMASH - Single Malt, Single Hop)
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
7.7% 26 IBU 20.0 l miche7
08/06/2016
Test 1
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
5.6% 4 IBU 10.0 l adrien_biernaux
05/10/2015
Test 1
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
5.6% 8 IBU 10.0 l adrien_biernaux
05/10/2015
trial
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
6.4% 13 IBU 25.0 l mylnvdb
29/03/2015
number 1
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
5.6% 25 IBU 25.0 l mylnvdb
29/03/2015
number 2
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
6.5% 27 IBU 21.0 l mylnvdb
29/03/2015
Une simple Blonde
All grain- 18.A - Belgian Blond Ale
5.9% 35 IBU 5.0 l vreid
28/01/2014


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