In July last year I featured Adelardus Tripel from the Bink Brewery in Kerkom. The first beer to flow from the 1988 resurrected brewery (the brewery closed down in 1968) was a typical blonde Belgian beer.
The colourful farmyard scene on the label not only recalls the original start as a farmhouse brewery in 1878 but also gives a picture of how things look today. That is, if you paint out horses and cart, add a few tables and chairs and wrought iron standing lamps; today the yard plays host in the summer to thirsty walkers and cyclists.
The blonde with 5.5% alc. vol. ought to be a perfect refreshment, especially at the end of a strenuous tour.
It pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a massive foamy head which stays around for a while. The aroma has yeast and a floral hoppy element with underlying grain and a vague fruitiness.
The taste picks up on all of these; first the medium bitterness then light malt and fruit; apple and pear moving through fresh apricot towards a bitter orange. The malt turns slightly sweet towards the end but the finish is predominantly dry and bitter.
A classic and very refreshing Belgian Blonde; well worth looking out for.