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Beer – #1036 – Monastère – Bière Blonde

Monastère Bière Blonde – a panic buy really, but I’m always intrigued when a brewer uses a cork and cage over a bottle cap, this is either going to be classy beer, or mutton dressed as lamb.

A beer that according the unreliable me is a beer from the 250th different brewer that I’ve written about.

Drink between 5 and 8

Bière Blonde comes in a 750ml bottle, a beer that is 6.5% ABV, making it about the 186 calories a serve, this would be some 4.9 standard drink units in NZ.

Monastère Bière Blonde is brewed in the style that is of a  Belgian Ale – Pale/Golden/Amber is brewed for United Dutch Breweries by Champigneulles (TCB Beverages) who are in Champigneulles, France

Bière Blonde > Beard Grey

The Monastère brand offers an accessible range of specialty beers, which find their origin within the famous beer traditions of Belgium, France and Germany.

Monastère Abbey beer is brewed according to an original recipe. It’s a ‘bière blonde’ type of Abbey beer and offers a soft fruity taste with a solid creamy head.

We suggest you to drink this beer between 5 and 8 degrees.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Aroma is sweet with a hint of a bubblegum, possibly, or it’s just sweetness.

It’s rather a gold colour pour with a crisp white head, no change in the aroma from bottle to glass, it really hints at a Belgian style beer.

It’s fairly full in the mouth, with a lot of sweetness body that slams over any nuance that this might have about it.  I think I was looking for the subtle and delicate in a beer that’s decided to be appealing on the basic level of taste.

To say middle of the road would be understating what care I think there is in this, which appears to be a shameless guerrilla attack on the good name that Abbey brewing has or become.

So, there’s a lot of malt or grain sweetness, there’s a hint that there should be Belgian bubble gum yeastiness, again this might also be just he grain and an over-active imagination, it sounds like it should be nice. The real nice thing is that there’s this lovely lacing in the glass.

I end up thinking that this is really just like Euro Lager – grain based, but at an unnerved premium.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 5 of its things from the thing. A really really pretty beer, that leaves a lovely lacing. A taste that is rater too sweet and eventually wearing, with little to no nuance or subtleties about it. Drink cold or colder still to enjoy at it’s best they say, probably don’t want to get it to warm.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? A SuperLiquor in Belmont, Auckland.
  • Am I enjoying it?  Yes because it’s quaffing beer, no because it’s expensive Euro lager
  • Would I have another?  lol no.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Not even if we weren’t going to be friends anymore.

Music for this:  Fishing For Fishies by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard  on the spotify player

Fishing for Fishies is the fourteenth studio album by Australian psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.



Belgian-style ales seldom fit neatly into classic beer styles, but this category represents those “session” ales (in Belgium this means under 7% abv!) that do not fit other categories. Colour ranges from golden to deep amber, with the occasional example coming in darker. Body tends to be light to medium, with a wide range of hop and malt levels. Yeastiness and acidity may also be present.


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