725: Brunehaut Saint Martin Blonde

725 -  Brunehaut Saint Martin BlondeName: Brunehaut St. Martin Blonde
Brewery: Brasserie De Brunehaut
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Rongy, Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7%
First Brewed: 1999
Price: $9.99

Tasting Notes
Hazy orangey golden-colored brew that pours with a very big head. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, with some fruitiness and hop character. Flavor is light citrus – with a fruity, honey, and mild bitterness. A good beer to pair with funky cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.

Ricky’s Thoughts

We haven’t reviewed a beer in a while. I wanted something good. I skipped dinner tonight, too. I did have a protein shake, but that wasn’t very filling. Maybe this beer will help!

My palate has been all over the board lately, but I am excited about this beer. It is getting hot outside, nearly 100 degrees today, and I am ready for some light colored easy to drink beers. When they use words like citrus I get excited. Also, BeerAdvocate calls this beer a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. However… In the name it says it is a blonde ale. Maybe that is why people use RateBeer now!

I’m thirsty. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer produced a nice head, and looks like a Blue Moon in the glass. Speaking of Blue Moon, that was the best beer on tap at Chase Field last night. $11 for a 22 ounce beer is a rip off, anyway.

Drinking this beer makes me want to go back to Belgium. We should take an entire week and visit Belgium. Perhaps during Belgian Beer Week. We ARE going to Oktoberfest this year. So that will be fun.

The head is sticking around. I like it. Let’s see what this smells like. I have high hopes. It is Belgian, after all!

Nose: I am getting a nice subtle citrus aroma, but that’s it. Maybe a hint of spice… Like salt and pepper notes. But it doesn’t overwhelm my nostrils. I just hope this tastes better than it smells.

Flavor: I am ready to drink… But the head is still there. I will just drink through it.

Boring. Ugh. That sucks. Now I’m mad. Yes, there are some subtle citrus notes there. But that’s it. This isn’t a strong anything! If I was in Belgium right now, I would order something different. Good thing I poured a bottle of IPA when I poured this bottle. I bet Sheryl likes it!

Mouthfeel: It has a nice carbonation, but nothing to write home about. After I swallow, it does leave a nice thin layer of sweetness behind. Not barleywine sweet, just… Sweet.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste. The burp is pretty boring, too. Just a boring beer from start to finish. We have several boring beer from the list in the fridge… Like New Castle and Guinness. For the next few beers, I might need to setup a trade.

Brunehaut St. Martin Blonde – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 1.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Well, the first thing I can say about this beer is that it has a lot of head. Of course, Ricky likes to pour out the beer straight as opposed to down the side of the glass, just to see how much head it will produce. So I’m not sure if that’s why, or if it really does have this much head. It sure is taking a long time for the head to dissipate, either way.

What I can smell from the beer smells good, but it’s not a very strong smell. It smells a bit like bread and a bit like fruit. It’s hard to tell what this beer will taste like. Beer Advocate claims it is a blonde ale. It looks a bit like a wheat beer in the glass, only not quite as cloudy. It’s a golden color, and there are lots of tiny bubbles floating to the top that you don’t really notice at first. So it might be somewhat carbonate. I guess it’s time to find out.

Hmm. It is a bit carbonated, but not a lot. It honestly doesn’t have a very distinct flavor to it. What’s there is somewhat sweet, but not very rich. It also kind of leaves a weird aftertaste. I was hoping for something better, since this is a Belgian and I have been on a Belgian kick lately. I keep taking big gulps of the beer, but it’s not really because I like it so much as I’m trying to figure it out. It’s not bad, but honestly it’s just ok. I can’t really say this is one I would end up picking up again if given the choice of something better.

Rating: 2.5/5

724 bottles of beer on the wall…

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