Belgian Blond Ale

Glassware: Tulip
  • Belgium
  • Ale
  • ABV = 6.0 – 7.5% (Elevated)^
  • IBU = 15-30
  • SRM = 4-7
A moderately strong Belgian golden ale with subtle fruity and spicy yeast character and a malty-sweet flavour.

Similar strength as Belgian Dubbel. Similar character as Belgian Golden Strong Ale or Belgian Tripel, but a bit sweeter and not as bitter.


  • Colour^ = Light gold to gold
  • Clarity = Very clear

Key Aromas & Flavours:

  • Malt = Low; grainy-sweet, slightly sugar-like
  • Yeast = Low; fruity esters (orange, lemon) / low; spicy phenols / low; perfumy or honey-like alcohol
  • Hops = Low; earthy or spicy
  • Malt = Low to moderate; grainy sweet with a light caramelized sugar or honey-like sweetness
  • Yeast = Very low; fruity esters (orange, lemon) / None to low; spicy phenols / Very low; perfumy alcohol
  • Hops = Low; earthy or spicy
  • Perceived Bitterness^ = Low
  • Balance = Even; both the hops and alcohol help to balance malt’s sweetness

Finishes medium-dry to dry, with some smooth alcohol becoming evident in the aftertaste


  • Body = Medium
  • Carbonation = Medium to high
  • Alcohol warmth = Light to moderate alcohol warmth, smooth

Characteristic Ingredients/Processes:

  • Malt = Pilsner malt, plus pale sugar syrup
  • Yeast = Belgian ale yeast
  • Hops = Continental or English hop varietals (Saazer-type, Styrian Goldings or East Kent Goldings hops are traditional)

Historical Development:

A relatively recent development to further appeal to European pale Pilsner-style lager drinkers; becoming more popular as it is heavily marketed and widely distributed.  

Often has an almost lager-like character, which gives it a cleaner profile in comparison to many other Belgian styles.

Commercial Examples:

Affligem Blond, La Trappe Blond, Leffe Blond

^Sourced from the Cicerone Certification Program’s International Certified Beer Server Syllabus.
All other information is sourced from the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines.

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