Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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87
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 17
Gots: 16 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-21-2001)
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Photo of rosebud
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How can I add anything to what Todd said ... truly a gift from the beer god's! Creamy and extremely smooth, too smooth. Have to be careful with this one, it's sneaks up on you when your not looking. I had a friend who forgot this, and drank two 750 ml bottles. Needless to say he didn't wake up til 12 hours later! I'm looking forward to having more of this beautiful beer.

Photo of bobbobrewski
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of WOLFGANG
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Itoclown
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, brand-new label. Haven't had this stuff in years, so I'm eager to get it on my tongue, again.

Clear, pale golden hued, with a twister of bubbles rising from the bottom, capped with a gorgeous, puffy, llacey layer of thick white froth.

Aroma is an angelic blend of citrus and spice, arousing and uplifting, floral, effervescent, with distinctive yeast aromatics, and a potent, but lovely blend of fruit (apricot, pear, lemon)...just what I love in a tripel!

Taste: Mmmmm! Tart, crisp, acidic, and brimming with flavor, in this case, as said before, a tasty mix of fruit and spice. Just a little sour, with a bracing grimace present at every sip, but releasing when the brew lays back, and the overall effect is utter relaxation and splendid refreshment.

11%? Who? What? The high abv isn't so apparent, but it becomes clearer after the imbiber has admired the zing, the zap, the ping on the palate. Once that flavor profile impresses, you lay back and wallow in it, the thought finally occurs, "oh, yeah, it's damned strong, too!"
(becomes ever-clearer halfway into the 750ml bottle, too!)

Full bodied, with a wicked, spicy/citric finish. And hanging heavy on the boozy side, too...for those who like that sort of thing...

Me, I love this stuff! I admit it does feel a bit one-sided, maybe a touch unbalanced, and perhaps over-the-top, but I still don't see the problem there. It's bigness is not a detriment, it's an attribute that makes this tasty brew a true champ among tripels. If you want a real powerhouse, this here's your dog!

Kasteel Tripel definitely deserves wider recognition and madder props than it gets...try a bottle out on some friends and see what happens.

Photo of cokes
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
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..

Photo of shanny1981
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of TagoMago
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml. magnum, poured into trappist glass.

Appearance: Faintly hazy gold with an orange hue. Pours with a moderate-sized head which fastly fades, probably due to the beer's high alcohol content. Some lacing is present.

Aroma: Elements of buttery diacetyl with sweet apricots and some clove-like notes. Toffee-like malts mix with citrusy hops and a musky Belgian yeast. The beer's overall aroma is somewhat tarnished by a green bottled skunk-like funk, but not too badly.

Taste: Upfront smoothness with creamy mouthfeel. Sweet nectarine/apricot notes and bready malts mix with citrusy hops and cloves. The alcohol is rather subdued for being 11% ABV. The carbonation is rather vibrant and the beer has a nice, dry, tart finish.

Overall: A masterpiece of its style. This is one of the best Belgian golden ales I've had in a while. This beer is packed with flavor and complexities - definitely recommened for Belgian lovers.

Photo of spointon
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 750ml bottle into a Kasteel anniversary glass straight from Belgium (thanks Ebay!).

A = Beautiful yellow golden color, snow white head that poured a couple inches and retained 1/2 inch throughout. Absolutely bursting with that beautiful Belgian effervescence.

S = This beer has a wonderful smell that is a bit muted. I detect fruit, bread, and sweetness in the yeast. There is also the smallest hint of hops in the smell.

T = Slightly sweet and one of my absolute favorite beers in the world (also one of my favorite Belgians - and that's saying something). I detect such a wonderful balance of funky yeast flavors combined with enough malty and hop flavors to balance it all. Very little alchohol bite despite the huge abv.

MF = Very good mouthfeel, goes down smooth, has a bit of a velvety finish.

D = Absolutely off the charts. If I was stranded on a desert island, this would be on my short list of dream beers to have with me!

Photo of ypsifly
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 bottled 8/04 best before 8/07. Served in a tulip.

Hazy gold with a white head that is over a finger in height and quite bubbly. The steady stream of carbonation is keeping it from falling under the weight of the abv. Strong retention with thick layers of lace.

The nose has a lot of zesty citrus, spice, chalk, a little earth and much les alcoholic heat than expected. A little banana peeks out underneath it all.

The citric flavors are upfront and strong. Sugars pair with the spice and a distinctly chalky yeast flavor. There's some bitter funkiness towards the back that leads to a dry finish. The abv leaves a pleasantly warm aftertaste. Outstanding!

Full mouth that balances with the strong carbonation and high abv. I have a new favorite triple. I could drink this all night if it wasn't for the abv sneaking up on me.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation was from a 750 ml bottle opened at the Stuffed Sandwich in the San Gabriel Valley, CA. Poured with a thick head that did not last too long. Thinned out to a nice lacy covering.

Aroma was sweet and tarty almost like diluted candy.

Flavor was tart and sweet like honey and lemon, almond flavors along with some nice astringency.

This is another great beer that I could drink all damn day. Leaves a great feel in the mouth without being to imposing.

Photo of BobZ
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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!

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottled 12/06

This triple is a rich glowing golden with delicate carbonation rising from my goblet. It holds a creamy white head.

Complex nose presents a bouquet of citrus and Belgian spice with aromas of ripe tropical fruits.

The taste does not disappoint. This is a fantastic triple that is deep with exotic fruits, peppery alcohol and earthy spices. It just lacks the balance that some more traditional versions have dialed in. Other than that, this is a near perfect beer.

A full body is creamy yet crisp to the palate. I could drink this all night as the 11% is practically undetectable. Considering how good their quadruple is, I can't beleive it took me so long to try this. One of the best triples in the world.

Photo of Todd
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of marcobrau
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of faernt
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes, idiosyncrasy is most important . This beer has mustiness and corkiness and sweetness and bubbliness. It is a most wonderful accompaniment to almonds and goat cheese.Right now I'm drinking it with Carr Valley goat cheese and it pairs well.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The thin white opal head lingers over a cloudy light honey ale and diminishes to a trace amount of lace, and the liquid clings to the walls of the Kasteel chalice, with it's mini castle on the stem. One sexy beer!

This blond has more depth than a super model, but smells just as sweet and spicy, with fruity malts and spiced apple.

Ok, did I make the analogy to a glamour model already? Well let's keep the thread going, as this is no shy imp. She is a sweet tart nibbling at a candied apple and transforms to amaretto.

Sure, go ahead, and make my tongue tingle, and trace that warmth all the way down.

This is a beauty. Excellent, and leaves you wanting more. The little devil is so tempting, but I know better, and I also know there is more just waiting.

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a glowing hazy apricot toned orange with a lush, three finger bright white head that stands out in the long stemmed, gold rimmed Kasteel goblet. Plenty of scattered lacing left around the glass. One of the finest examples of beer presentation I've witnessed.
Smell is of yeasty apricot, pear, mild pepper spiced apples, and orange peel in a fresh plethora of dough.
Taste is of the same fresh aromas. Very fresh with the yeast working it's magic in a gentle spiced apricot, citrus, mango, and pear mix. Delicate, yes...but it's there and it's goood.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sweet, honey & biscuit, lip smacking character that makes me want to pick up a keg of this immediately.

Photo of stomioka
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of John
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The labeling in Europe is slightly different, it's simply called Kasteel Bier 11. Though the name is shorter, the beer is no less delicious. Lovely golden liquid, typical yeasty haze for the style. Super dense head leaving a great Brussels lace on the glass. A multitude of flavors are happening, fruity, sweet, rich with strong alcohol bite, to name a few. Full body. Top notch tripel indeed...made a great nightcap.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying this is an exceptional brew. It's a little different then your average brew, that's for sure. I loved it!

The chubby bottle pours out a dark orange-golden blonde elixir, when held up to the light it's murky and you can see spouts of bubbles spread out and dancing through the brew. Angelic white head sits atop and leaves light lacing as I drink it down.

The smell is a potent and fruity one!
There's a laundry list of scents in the smell including, but not limited to a muted alcohol aroma, bread, lemons, apples, peaches, spice, a sweetness is in there accompanied by a candy and bananas. Definately a complex smell.

The taste reflects the smell - what you smell is what you get. It's wonderfully complicated on the tongue and has a slight bite. A friend of mine couldn't handle the alcohol in this one, yet I didn't notice it or think it was overpowering what so ever. The yeast and hops are fantastically balanced. Great taste!!

Mouthfeel is fantastic as well, a lot going on there when you put it to your tongue. Not thick by any means but keeps your mouth very busy - entertaining!

Drinkability is high but after one of these you'll get the heavy legs - it'd be a waste of this fantastic beer to get sloshed off it.

Definately a brew i'd go out of my way for.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is like Chimay Cinq Cents if you put a shot in it! It's right there with the Chimay, maybe La Fin Du Monde. One of the best pale Belgian beers I've had, and definitely the strongest. I can't pick out anything to distinguish it from the others, except the alcohol. Look out!! The next time I see this, I will get it in the big bottle (which I saw). If you like these styles (Duvel, La Fin, Don De Dieu, Chimay white, Delerium, etc. and you see this, grab it up! You will not be sorry!

I had this again, and the second time around the alcohol was dominant. Still a Kick ass beer, but it is quite boozy, so I lowered my rating a little. Look out!

Photo of SGToliver
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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