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Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-21-2001)
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Reviews by avylover:
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3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a golden hazy color, with champagne type bubbles Head is small from the start and white in color. Smell is almost like a sweet white wine with a strong alcoholic scent (update another bottle was quite skunky). If I was blindfolded, I would think it was a wine. The smell is not like most belgian ales I have tried Taste is smooth, but acidic. With some apples detected as well as grapes. Very little alcohol detected for a beer this strong. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy yet leaves a syrup like coating after going down. Drinkability would be better if this beer didn't give me the impression that I was about to get a stomach ache, much like white wines do for me. This is not my favorite style of beer and this probably is'nt the best example of it. Glad we got a La Fin Du Monde after this one!!!!

avylover, Jan 18, 2003
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3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a wide mouth chalice style glass.

Initial pour was careful after a careful opening of the bottle and yielded a mostly clear to slightly hazy pale golden brew with a slight orange tint. The head on this brew was relatively weak and was lucky to get about 1/4" of soapy white foam before receding to smattering of surface bubbles. There was just the smallest bit of lacing down the glass through the experience.

Aromas were a touch harsh for a triple. They seemed to have an edge to them although they still carried many of the typical smells that you would expect from an abbey triple. There were some hints of clove, banana, spice, and malt but there was a clear sense of alcohol on the nose as well. The alcohol wasn't fully distracting but it certainly didn't add anything to the experience.

The first long pull was interesting. The texture was a bit more spritely than I anticipated with a moderate dose of carbonation. The flavors of light malt, fruit, and spice were eventually overtaken by the long linger of alcohol warmth. This is not an attractive attribute, although I realize this is a rather high ABV. The overall mouthfeel was moderate but the flavors did come through well before being pushed out of the way.

I'm not sure about this one. It was very warm of alcohol and that is generally a detractor for me. However, I love triples and this one did have several of the classic earmarks of a good trip. Perhaps some aging might bring out some of the more subtle nuances of this brew. It definitely has potential but seems to be missing a little polish.

SIRIUS2, Jul 11, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

danthehopslamman, May 03, 2014
Photo of Todd
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cl short and fat bottle. Purchased in Brugs, Belgium. Bottled on 02/1999, purchased on 05/1999, consumed on 10/2001.

Appearance: Golden orange and cloudy (bottle-conditioned). Head is a thin, creamy white lace that sticks and retains itself very nicely -- very creamy even as a lace.

Smell: Big spicy alcohol aroma, fruit/esters, pepper and faint yeast. A hint of banana and toffee go way back, but both are there.

Taste: So damn creamy and smooth. First sip and you can feel the 11% alcohol by volume snaking its way through your blood pipes -- down the neck, into the chest, up the neck and into your brain where it eats it. Alcohol is spicy, very warming with fusels that you can feel on your breath. Malt character is sweet and fruity with a flavourful touch of apricot and honey. Peppery notes follow, as does caramel/toffee malt flavours, light yeast and more layered toasted malts. Finish is a touch dry with grape flavours in the background, but rather clean for the chaos that was just unleashed.

Notes: In the words of Nazareth (Hair of the Dog): "Now you're messin' with a ... a son of a bitch! Now you're messin' with a son of a bitch!"

Hell yeah! This is one hell of a kick-ass beer! Absolute nectar of the beer gods. I loved this beer in Belgium, and I'm loving it now. Word to the wise though ... go easy with this beer. It's a sipping beer. Extremely complex and powerful. You will get destroyed by it.

Todd, Oct 21, 2001
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big green 750 ml champagne magnum, cork says it was bottled on 01/98 and the freshness date is 01/01. So I am expecting a semi-dry to dry palate with a mellow alcohol character.

Hazed pale yellowish orange with a thin ring of lace after an ample foaming.

Light solvent alcohol, lemon zest, hint of musty yeast and pepper spicy phenols in the aroma.

Crisp and medium bodied with a semi-slick mouth feel. Mellow solvent alcohol slowly warms the mouth then body. Light fruity flavours of rip mangos, passion fruit and pear come to mind. Maltiness is dry in character with the sweetness coming mostly from the higher alcohols. Phenolic activity is medium to high with black pepper, medicinal and clove flavour flailing about. Touch of musty yeast within.

After over four years this brew still has a strong alcoholic character, very lively and very flavourful. This just shows you that this is a brew that can be cellared without worry.

Jason, Jun 28, 2002
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burp Castle the "temple of beer worship"in NYC, Poured in a mug with a handle(whats up wid dat?) this one was a cloudy, pale light banana yellow with light greenish tint. Nice typical Belgian lacing. Fruity, peppery nose. Notes of juniper, lime and melon.Yeasty and quite complex. Other tropical fruit lurking in the rear corners of my tongue. Soft mouthfeel, alcohol evident but not a distraction. Fine Triple

Billolick, Dec 31, 2004
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

TedD, Apr 17, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was from a brown shorty I bought at Union Jack's on the Manatwany. I had this in an actual Kasteel glass a buddy of mine bought me in Belgium.

Pours a almost clear yellow with a slight orange tint. 1 1/2 finger head of white bubbles, drops after a while to islands and a ring. Scattered lacing appears after a few sips.

Smells like a Belgian! Yeasty, funky, earthy, light bananas, black pepper. Some phenolic, but not much. Alcohol is definitely there, as well. Tropical fruits, especially as it warms.

Tastes like a Belgian, too! At first there is a short sweetness, which quickly disappears into a more crisp maltiness. Earthy yeast, bananas and slight clove, pepper, tropical fruits, but light. There is a pronounced alcohol character to this beer. Look out! As this warms, the phenolic character increases alot, as well as the warmth from alcohol. This beer will lay you down!

Like I said, sweetness at first, then a snappy zing from carbonation. Finishes crisp and mostly dry, with a long heat from alcohol.

This is a good example of the style, though the aromas and flavors are a little understated. Tasty and luscious, but it seems to emphasize alcohol. It will knock your dick in the dirt if you're not careful. I've had better, but this is a good one.

jakester, Jul 26, 2005
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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale orange hue, bright and hazy. Thick replenishing head, over 1/2 an inch in height. Laces in relatively simple drips and blobs. Marked apple aroma, tart with a pale yeastiness. Quite tart in the flavor as well, early confectioner's sugar, sense of harsh clove, fuzzy and covering in mouthfeel. Some grape skin astringency in the finish, aftertaste with bitter alkaloids. Overall, much too bitter a Tripel for me, slightly ragged alcohol, almost like a thicker Orval. Certainly makes a statement, just one that says things I don't really want to hear.

ADR, Apr 20, 2004
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3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears crystal clear golden apricot poured in authentic glassware with a vibrant white head leaving even fine webbing of speckled lace. Aroma sweet candi sugar along with phenolic fruit tones evident and a definite nose of alcohol present. Taste alcohol notes are prevalent almost before other delicate flavors doesn't overbear just overshadows a little too much taste is robust with fruit tones and sweet candi sugar paired nicely with some steamed mussels. I hate to say it but this beer turned up a little one dimensional in flavor just to much candi sugar and alcohol not nearly balanced as a Piraat or Gulden Draak. Body is medium and carbonation is nice and full making a great sipper with dinner. Drinkability be aware of the 11% but I just couldn't enjoy this one over and over again glad I gave it a try just never will be a go to for me nothing spectacular when compared to the vast world of belgian beers out there.

WVbeergeek, Jul 22, 2003
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4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Itoclown, Dec 10, 2008
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2.05/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

OK, considering that evryones given this a 5 so far, i probably should explain my rating. This beer just had way to much alcohol in it, i guess it was to syruppy and sticky for my tastes. Thats not to say others won't like it, but this beer didn't agree with me at all.

rastaman, Feb 21, 2002
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a monster triple on tap! Pours a luxurious gold with a wisp of a head and minimal lace. First taste is of intense Belgian earthiness and some barnyard mustiness with a warming alcoholic wallop. Then comes the pear skin and some apple fruitiness in an ultra full bodied mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is there but in a old, stale Belgian sort of way which is different but good. Everything about this beer screams Belgium. Other triples I've tried on tap have been a bit cleaner than the bottled version but not this one. The refermentation complexities come through it spades. Finishes with a mouth coating dryness and absolutely gets better as it warms. Another Belgium triple that expands the parameters of the style.

QXSTER1, Mar 01, 2003
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the proper Kasteelbier goblet at Burgh's in Bridgeville, PA.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow with a creamy 1" head standing atop the glass. Lacing isn't much on its way down, but it's sure pretty to look at.

Smell: Not your normal triple? Some lemon, yeast, grass, and fruit such as strawberry and melon. Where's the banana I'm used to in a triple? A pretty nice change and one that stands on its own. Also the big peppery spice and alcohol presence is there, giving it a pretty singular aroma.

Taste: Big burst of spicy, peppery alcohol, which immediately then settles into a yeasty and malty body. Finishes with some citrus, and maybe some melon and strawberry. Definitely not what I'm used to, but also very good. Finishes slightly dry, unexpectedly.

Mouthfeel: A bit spritzy at first, but settles down into the full body I was expecting.

Drinkability: I'll definitely have this again, and am anxious to try it next time out of the bottle. Since I know I can get a 4-pack in places, I'll probably end up doing that and reviewing it again that way.

asabreed, Nov 24, 2005
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.]

Metalmonk, Sep 12, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +1%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[12/01 upon the cork. Best before 12/04 on the bottle]

A hazy yellow sunrise signals dawn in the garden. The once-large, white clouds are retreating rapidly overhead.

Become the Spring Time.

Become the Bumble Bee.

Instinctively, you fly over to the irresistible aromas of the rose blooms, lilacs, and tulips.
Hey, florals always get you. But you're a bee. That is to be expected.

The goal here is pollination. Fruits mostly.

Your tiny transparent wings flap mightly across the fertile landscape. Past the pistils of apple trees. Beyond the waiting female parts of the pear. Temptation consumes you.
Full of pollen and to the quivering stamens delight, you touch the innermost parts of your desired target: the rose. Fireworks is too clichéd. A veritable ignition of floral petals surround you. Your job is done. No need to cuddle.

It is time to move on.

Onward to the ripe, young crop of citrus fruits. It is time to give flower to the mangoes, kiwi, peaches, and pineapples. You give special attention to the passion fruit to see if she lives up to her name.

Fertilized.

Once completed, it is quickly back to the hive. You brag to your buddies and you make honey with the residue that is left.

Past conquests of pears and Granny Smith apples enter your recollection along with your present victories.
A lingering floral hop memory registers. With a sigh, you reflect upon how good it actually was.

These are the glory days, you think to yourself.

How can something this hard be so smooth? No answer is needed. You know how you do it.

With the fuzzy exterior of the yellow jacket, and the pointed sting hidden within. You realize, not arrogantly, that you are the total package..

cokes, May 04, 2003
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy and quaffable. More blond than triple. Nice cloudy dark yellow, creamy appearance with lace. Smooth, with yeast flavours of bannana and sweet fruit coating the experience. Alcohol hammers you. Was great with friends over dinner. Medium to full mouthfeel. had another bottle 1.5 years later and felt the same.,

Sammy, Apr 17, 2005
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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle corked & caged. The cork is dated 04/01 which makes it just over a year and a half old. Lightly hazy and golden orange in color with a rocky, bright-white head that drops but holds a good collar and light surface covering buoyed by a lightly effervescent carbonation. Some nice lace is left throughout the glass. The aroma is fairly complex: very lightly tart, gently musty, mildly peppery, alcohol, fruity (apples, some cherry, limited orange) above sweet malt. The body is light/medium with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that at first tingles the tongue but becomes quite creamy as it warms. The flavor starts softly fruity (apple, cherry) with some alcohol becoming readily apparent, mellowing into some soft and sweet bready notes - even honeyish - highlighted by vanilla and coconut, then reveals some earthy/mineral hop character, and finishes with another burst of drying alcohol and underlying bitterness. With the exception of the readily apparent alcohol, this is an exceptional and complex beer. On the other hand, the alcohol plays such an important role in the flavor profile that I can't imagine it maintaining the same level of interest without it. Exceptional.

NeroFiddled, Nov 06, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Ciocanelu, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a good belgian, but lacked the complexity of many of the other tripels. The drinkability for an 11% beer was great with no hint of alcohol, but there wasn't that much complexity of flavor. Smelled of farmhouse funk and candy with sweet grains and grassy hops adding in the taste. Fairly bitter for a belgian.

tempest, Jan 10, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vaguely hazy pale gold-peachy hue, the white head reached two fingers in height and it held quite well. I was surprised at how sparse the lacing was, vaguely unorganized. The nose is high octane; big alcohol notes upfront, it is a little forceful, as the undercurrents of pears, marshmallows, burnt sugar, and pepper struggle to get my attention. They ultimately do. It is a very zesty bouquet; I just think the alcohol is a bit too much. Still the aromas are inviting. The palate is very good and dead-on for a Tripel (as one would hope). Big, hot, harsh alcohol upfront and as it passes the throat it burns. Once I look past the alcohol I could detect pleasant influences of pears, grapes, marshmallows, candied sugar, lovely herbal notes, pepper too, in the finish fresh green apples appear. The finish is much more mellow than the start, which is fine by me. The aftertaste is spicy and influenced by dry white grapes, yummy! It is plenty complex and I do really enjoy it, some times big, harsh, and blunt beers really it’s the B-spot. This one does. Medium-full in body, perfect carbonation levels, moderately high effervesces; the mouthfeel is filling and quite pleasing. The drinkability is surprisingly high considering the massive alcohol punch, granted it might be wise to sip and savor. I absolutely loved the Donker, the Triple is not on the same level but it is quite excellent. I might not return to the big 750ml bottle in the future but the short-stubby bottles are a likely candidate. I found this dandy is Lincoln; the 750ml ran $12. Recommended.

bditty187, Feb 20, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green glass champagne bottle. Cork shows bottled-on 01/2004. Bottle says best-before 05/2007. Sampled 08/2006.

Poured into the Duvel tulip slightly hazy golden-straw. A scant quarter-inch of soapy foam rapidly decomposes, leaving decent light lace. Aroma is dominated by alcohol esters. Vanilla, touches of winey oak, alcoholic citrus fruits. Nice progression of flavors. Begins with light-toasted grains, develops somewhat fleeting rounded alcohol and oak body. FInishes with spicy yeast, quenching dry earthy hops, husky grains. Medium-light body, crisp carbonation. A nice golden ale. Body and fruit flavors could be more developed, but the finish is quite good.

dgallina, Aug 13, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very strong example of a Triple and a very tasty one at that. As soon as I twisted off the cage and popped the cork on the 750-ml dark green bottle I couldn't help noticing the champagne-like aroma tinged with the mustiness of a cellar. I love that about the stronger Belgian brews. It's bad in a wine but good in a beer. I poured this beer into a tulip-shaped stemmed glass which accentuated the aroma and foamy head. Well attenuated and dry, yet with complex fruitiness and a slight nutty character, perhaps a tinge of pineapple? The very soft malt flavors and nutty esters balanced with the dryness of a well-attenuated fermention and just the right amount of spicy hops makes this beer very delightful. There's something about complex, flavorful, alcoholic brews like this one that have such an effect on me. I'm sure a lot of that "effect" that I'm talking about is the alcohol, but the stronger Belgians tend to affect me differently than say wine or sprits. I can't really explain it, but it's heavenly.

marcobrau, Sep 08, 2003
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
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Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.