Wednesday, May 16, 2018

St. Feuillien Blond

Fill date: 2/22/15

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 25A Belgian Blond Ale

AROMA: Fairly malty-sweet nose with slight caramel note (this is due to oxidation). Some light-colored fruit aromas from yeast esters; no spicy phenolics however. Slight perfume, honey, and floral quality from alcohol and hops. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Amber/pale orange hue (5-7 SRM). Mostly clear body. Large white foam mostly dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Sweet pale malt presence throughout. Though well-attenuated, there is a honey-like taste from oxidation. Esters impart some orange/tangerine citrusy flavors. There is a slight perfumey or flowery character from the yeast and/or alcohol. Actual bitterness is rather low, as is any spicy phenolic character. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation with a smooth texture and easy drinkability. Gentle warmth from the 7.5% ABV. Finishes dry, but is not refreshing. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Straddles the line between a Belgian Blond and a Golden Strong, but probably better considered a blond. If only I could review it when fresh. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

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