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Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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very good

186 Ratings

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

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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Photo of Jason


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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2002 17:46:34 | More by Jason
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2001 00:46:21 | More by Todd
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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.

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Minimal carbonation, thick body. O: Not great, a
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Corn, bread, orange, apple and banana aromas are all quite subtle and not putting up much of a fight to come through.
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Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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