Tradition: Blonde ales arose in the early 20th century when the popularity of lagers led Belgian brewers to create lighter-colored ales. Pilsner malts give Blonde ales their characteristic mild sweetness. Some beer writers regard Blonde and Golden ales as distinct styles because Goldens tend to be higher in alcohol as well as more bitter and complex.
Taste: Blonde ales are often milder and sweeter than Golden ales. With high carbonation and Pilsner malt sweetness, Blondes have a dry finish. Golden ales are not totally dissimilar to Blondes but with more fruity and spicy flavors. High in alcohol, Golden ales are also similar to Tripels, but tend to be drier, lighter in color, and a bit more bitter.