Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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very good

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 214
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 20
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-21-2001

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Photo of drmeto
2.89/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L:
-pours a clear golden with a visible yeast film and a medium,frothy, white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
-banana,white bread,slight citrus,honey,slight spices
T:
-white bread,spices,coriander,banana
F:
-light-medium body
-slight alcohol warming
-awfully thin for a 7%er
O:
Very average attempt at a Blonde (318 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter.
Pours clear golden beer with thin head, skinny ring on a top. Aroma is yeasty and fruity, lollipop. Taste is clean and excellent, dry, wheat, not alcoholic. Medium-bodied beer with good carbonation. Ok for summer,but not in common. (252 characters)

Photo of chogm54
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle, best before date of Oct 2014. poured into a tulip glass.

A - clear, copper, pours a thin white frothy head that fades into a thin 4mm lacing.

S - sweet, fruity (banana and mandarin) aroma with some malts and honey. Subtle, but distinct.

T - sweet, grass-like yeasty flavours surrounded by malts and a hint of cloves. Mixes with a slight sourness towards the end. Bitter hoppy aftertaste, although alcohol is muted. A bit different - nothing too strong in the flavour area, but it goes go down well.

M - Light body, oily texture, moderate carbonation for this style, slightly metallic finish.

O - pretty good, I enjoyed the sour kick to the intense sweetness. nothing too outrageous here, either good or bad. the alcohol is well hidden (which is good for me). Overall this goes down very well, but nothing in here to excite. I would definitely try again, if the price suits. (892 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle, poured into over sized tulip.

A: Golden colour, clear, one finger head, faded
quickly, some lacing.

S: Yeast, esters, fruit.

T: Surprisingly thin for a 7% beer, had slight hints of
yeast, wheat, fruit, diacetyl, but pretty bland.

M: Minimal carbonation, thick body.

O: Not great, a lesser version of the standard common Belgian
Blonde. (359 characters)

Photo of WGO
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Stubby bottle in a similar shape to other Belgian brews. Pretty uninteresting label.
Light golden colour body with bleached white head. Head fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass and an island in the middle. Considering not much head is left it clings to the glass admirably.
Sounds like a barbecue that is almost ready to cook on.
Corn, bread, orange, apple and banana aromas are all quite subtle and not putting up much of a fight to come through.
Quite spicy, bitter, lemon, apricot and some banana flavours.
Possibly too lively feels overly carbonated to me.
Overall in my view not that great. (614 characters)

Photo of eonbluekarma
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: served in a chalice. light golden in color, or maybe just blond.

S: some yeast, citrus and a hint of hop.

T: wow. one of the best experience i've had with a beer. not only is the Kasteel blond a pleasure to drink, it's complexity tingles the senses. With a slightly sweet front, the beer gives way to a cornucopia of flavor. Banana, hop, with a perfect finish.

M: medium carbonation. Really a pleasure.

O: I've seen some reviews of this beer out of the bottle, which I cannot say I've tried. The times I've experienced it, the beer came from a tap. Given that qualifier, this is one of the best beers I have ever had. I would recommend to anyone. It's like a Leffe Blond on steroids. (693 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl Bottle poured into the correct (lovely) glass on a sun terrace of a bar in Valkenburg, Holland, 23 Oct 2012. The bottle had a BBD of Oct 2013.

As the name might suggest to you, the beer is golden blonde in colour, on top sat a full white crown of bubbles. It's glass helps to make it look special in my eyes.

The nose is a bit sweeter and grainer than I like: seemed wheaty and sugary even before the first sip and I wasn't looking forward to trying it.

Luckily it wasn't as sickly and weak as the aroma first indicated: still had a sweet front, but it calmed down mid-sip and got even a little hop bitter and dry towards the end of each mouth full.

Can't say it was great, but it was OK I suppose: not very well balanced, almost dis-jointed in that the flavours didn't blend or mix. I'll not be having another by choice. (830 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour, not completely clear. Smells apple, citrus, some banana and vanilla based on bread. Low carbonation with small bubbles. Very smooth flavour, more than expected from belgians, though with a superior drinkability (maybe this was the idea). Alcohol (7%) is surprisingly well hidden, just sensed in the aroma. Taste is pretty consistent, it does not change much over time. Liked the proposal. (403 characters)

Photo of karait95
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden clear color, body seems light due to the transparency even it is not, head is white in color but very compact formed of small bubbles it was not really large but dissipates not too fast and leaves some traces on the glass.

A: Clear malty aroma, maybe some dust - woods forest like on the back but basically intense barley aroma.

T: Also very clear simple but intense flavor, barley malts with also some

M: The sensation while drinking this beer is quite nice, nothing to regret with slow easy starting and getting a little more complex as time passes by for a nice balanced ending not sweet not bitter. (621 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Touches of dry bread spread with honey and walnuts, gently ethereal. Mouth slightly in the first approach but with an alcohol quickly regained the upper hand, as in all Kasteel. Less sugar than the Triple or Quad but still a little too simple for a pale ale. (258 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

This is the 7 ABV Blond version of this beer.

A - Pours a clear Golden straw colour with a White head that reduces very quickly.

S - Aromas of banana and grains with a little sweetness.

T - Very grainy wioth a little sherbert and a vineous, a nice dry finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - A reasoanble offering from this brewery. (377 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Golden colour, with a good head that fades too quickly. Smell ofapples, pine, some citrus, vanilla. I expected it to be some more "heavy" in the tongue. Silky palate, taste of apricots, honey, vanilla. Imay to review it again, it’s nearly out of date, though I thought it would have some more months to go, but it taste somehow "bland". I prefer the brune version, but this one is really good too. Oh, and by the way, the label reads 7ª. (456 characters)

Photo of AEK
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle poured into a Kasteel chalice.

A. Straw gold in colour with a nice white head that diminished too quickly.

S. Citrusy, honey, traces of banana, juicy fruit chewing gum.

T.Vanilla, white wine, lemon sherbet drops.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Not as good as the original brune version IMO. Still, a couple of these will knock you out for the evening! (366 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ kulminator " proefbrouwsel kasteel 7 " bottel in 2003 !!

Pours a wonderful, clear golden with an impressive, creamy, white head. It stays for some time and leaves good lacing. Great looks. Aroma has light metal, sweet crispy malts,honey , light biscuity, some apple, yest, piney. Medium carbonation, rather light mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, honey , no sign of alcohol. Crispy sweet malts dominate with fine fruity esters from the yeast. Light piney hoppiness in the finish. Fine, fresh and very drinkable.

Nice beer (520 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL green champagne bottle, conditioned, with 08-2008 on the cork; "gebotteld" 090303. Crystal-clear bright straw color, with lots of carbonation that sustains an inch of frothy head and leaves some nice lacing. Pale malt and alcohol in the nose, orangey, with a bit of hops and yeast. Tastes pretty much the same: alcohol, chalky yeast, phenols, malty nuances and a mild bitterness. Light and crisp, with a dry finish. Simple, yet punchy and a bit boozy - this one would benefit greatly from a few years in the cellar. (522 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kasteel beer I've had before, the 11 %'ers that were too sweet and boozy. This one is lighter in alcohol, so I thought i'd try it.

There's still sweetness in this dark golden beer. Clear corn flavour as well. Also there's a watery mouthfeel.
The rest is just a bit faint and boring for a top fermented beer: not much hops, not much spice, not much malts.

I have to say again I found this a rather disappointing brew. (420 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip (split with a buddy).

Appearance: Rich head, good lacing throughout.

Smell: A hint of spice with both sweetness and light citrus.

Taste: Fantastic! Sweet right away with some spice and really nice balance. Incredible, you would have no idea that this beer is so high in ABV, the alcohol is completely masked.

Drinkability: Too drinkable, so good, so tasty, the 11% ABV will reach up and grab you.

I have to say this is my favorite tripel so far, I prefer it to both Fin Du Monde and Westmalle! (548 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A prototypical triple - lively carbonation with some prickly bite on the tongue up front. White wine and light malt flavor with moderate sweetness. ETOH adds a bit of peppery bite at the finish. Quite smooth and deceptively (and, as my bottle was a mag, dangerously) drinkable. (277 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Kasteel trippel is clear gold with a quickly settling, loud spritzy white head, leaving no lace.

Smell is muted pils grain and sugary.

Taste is alcoholic and spicy. And that's it...

Mouthfeel is dry, sharp and light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, light body, but no character save for booze. (339 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Beers of Europe; BB 04/2010, served lightly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue with rather mild carbonation, topped with a light beige creamy froth that settles fast to a thin cap but stays throughout the drink.
S: very clean lager malts come with a mixed lemon-grass, and orangey/passion-fruity notes, with the straw-ish savoury touch of yeasts staying closely behind. Pleasant, but not as complex as the better Belgian Golden Ales - maybe due to the lack of yeast sediments?
T: pretty clean and light on the flavour for a Belgian Golden Ale, with clean pale malts and faintly sour citric hops taking up 50-50 appearance; the decent middle-taste stays dry-ish (mineral-like) and is laced with herbal yeastiness, before a quiet stream of hop bitterness develops at the rear of the palate.
M&D: the carbonation is restrained and not too fizzy at all, hence a refreshing palate; but for a really mildly-flavoured ale, the finishing touch is somewhat sticky, which is quite right for the alc. strength (7%) but doesn't contribute to the overall flavour at all. All in all, maybe a bottle-conditioned version could show the better side of this brew, as this filtered one surely fails to stand up to the quality of its heavier and far more tasty sister products. (1,319 characters)

Photo of PBoegel
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged, bottled on 4-17-07 poured into a goblet.

First pour was fizzy, very effervescent like soda. Color was pale straw, with sunlight yellow highlights. Second pour produced and nicely cascading tight egg shell white head.

Aromas were mostly faint banana and pear, some chalkiness and alcohol came across well hidden, some notes of rose, honeysuckle and lilac.

Flavor profile was somewhat sweet toward honey and hints of vanilla. The abv helped present a drier profile and balanced the sweetness. No hop profile to speak of, taste is good, but nothing too outstanding or defining.

Mouthfeel was very nice for such a big beer, there is residual sweetness but it is dulled by the abv and presents toward a dry somewhat chalky finish.

For the size extremely drinkable, almost too much so, no idea how a fresher bottle compares, worth seeking out. (867 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All kinds of flavor in this beer. Toasted apple comes to mind on the nose. Crumb cake flavor on the palate, very carbonated. This beer has a great taste to it and damn, is it strong. A bit of alcohol on the nose and BAM, right with warming alcohol. Tough to have more than one cause of the strength. Head not retained and very short lived. A bit sweet, almost cloying and a bit tart. A nice brew. (396 characters)

Photo of Itoclown
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I LOVED this beer. The best Tripel I've had if I do say so myself.
Purchased from Oade's Big Ten in Lansing for $3.29.

Look: Gold with haze but not completely hazed. No head but very buzzy.
Smell: Highly citrus with hops. Wheaty. A little bit like Duvel.
Taste: Awesome. The best tripel I've had (I've been to Belgium and tried a lot of them).
Mouthfeel: VERY carbonated. Slight alcohol taste after sipping.

I highly recommend this beer. I will definitely get many more of these. (483 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of alcohol ester with some slightly cloying sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt with some distinctive notes of alcohol. Full body with great carbonation but alcohol is too apparent. Definitely lacking subtleties that I would usually expect from a Tripel and too cloying to be a regular beer for me. (431 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous clarity within the golden yellow with a faint sunset hue. Head is foamy, thick, and lasts forever, helped by the tulip glass's "nucleation site".

Aroma of wet hay, sweet spices, yeast and fruit (pear, apple, peach). Yeast exerts itself strongly but never covers the other elements. It's all quite subtle, probably because the alcohol is so well-hidden, no fumes or heat as you get in some tripels. Or maybe that fluffy head is masking something.

The alcohol certainly muscles through in the flavor. It gives a healthy boost to the peppery spices, the dessert spices, the earthy yeast and juicy fruits on display. It's probably a little cloying for some, but considering the style and the other unsubtle characteristics of this particular tripel, it's acceptable. So the 11% alcohol isn't exactly well-hidden, but this isn't meant as a session beer either. Fruits linger in the finish, mostly pear and apple, while cookie dough maltiness adds balance to the whole.

Very light and even a bit dry in the mouth, while also having a succulent buttery roundness. A little sticky if you wait a long while between sips, but not annoyingly so. Complex in texture.

Belgium's best tripels will not shudder in the wake of this, but it remains a fine example anyway, considering its heat, spiciness and sweetness...and the balance between all of that. Well-rounded with lots going on. I'd buy it again.

[note to self: Snorkapotamus split a big bottle with me October 2010, and it was fantastic, something it push an overall half-point higher, at least. A beer to re-evaluate.] (1,579 characters)

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