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Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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88
very good

191 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -2%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a very modest head that doesn't retain very well and only leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Yeasty, with some banana and green apple esters, somewhat sweet with fusel alcohol as well

Taste: Opens up with a cakey flavor with hints of spice, banana, apple and pear; by mid-palate, a bitter element makes an appearance; after the swallow, the yeasty and spicy (clove) flavors emerge along with a distinct fusel alcohol element on the finish; a lot of residual candi sugar at the end as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a surprising degree of carbonation given the lack of a head; plenty of warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Not a bad tripel but I am put off by the high abv

brentk56, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Bright lemony amber with slightly less than the usual Belgian amount of carbonation. The pearl colored crown has a firm creaminess about it and crackles softly as it melts, leaving almost no lace in the process.

The nose is wonderful. It contains all the usual aromas, but seems to arrange them better than most. It's tremendously pear fruity and has a pear skin muskiness that I love. It also smells like it'll be both sweet and tart in equal measure.

Whatever you call it (my label reads Gouden-Triple-d'Or), this is outstanding beer. I've had this stubby in the back of my beer fridge for at least the past year, never suspecting the excellence within. Too bad I can't remember where I bought it.

I don't know if the jacked-up ABV has anything to do with it, but this is seriously flavorful beer and is one of the 'biggest' tripels that I can remember drinking. Each sip explodes on the taste buds with a near perfect storm of ripe orchard fruit and warm spiciness. Sweet malt and bitter hops work together exceptionally well, with tart bringing up the rear.

As could have been predicted by the appearance of beer and head following the pour, the mouthfeel isn't quite up to the usual Belgian ale standards. It's still enjoyable, it just isn't transcendent. A medium-full chewiness and a slick finish are right up my alley, though.

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteelbier Gouden Triple is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year to date. Tripel is my favorite Belgian style and I know an outstanding one when I drink it. Highly recommended for aficionados of the style... and for everyone else too.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Man, that's sweeeet and alcohhhholic. Even after having a mesh of tastes prior, this beer walks all over those. Pours a brightly lit, light golden color with a rocky head retention with yeast scattered about. Highly carbonated look, with a light haze. Aromas give it all -- pears, apples, mead-like sweetness, cookie-dough maltiness, vineous alcohol, clove and peppery esters, and a soft wood, must tone. Tastes hit on all that as well, but with an intensity that was unexpected. Very big on flavor and body. The heat increases as the sweetness settles, leaving the mouth very numb and prickly. Finishes very warm, estery, and sweet. Very good beer, but the alcohol kicks it out of balance for me.

BEERchitect, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Corked 750ml bottled in Jan. 2006

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, clove and grain.

T - It tasted of hop spice and grains. A little bit of sweetness, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. A nice sweet and spicy taste.

zeff80, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

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
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

On-tap 11/18/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, light malts and some spice, with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, fruit and light malts. There is a good hops presence, but a strong alcohol burn as well. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is worth sticking with for a whole evening, but it is certainly not one that you can drink quickly.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%

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
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2.3%

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pleasant pale malt scent with a Belgian yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a nice pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes on the fruity side. This is a slightly dry beer with a bit of malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good triple. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

WesWes, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours clouded yellow with a thick, foamy head the quickly settles to a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of sweettart fruitiness and coriander.

The taste is of honeyish sweetness with apple and pear fruitiness and coriander spiciness. Champagne-like carbonation. Dry, perfumy finish.

A nice compliment to Belgian cheese and fruits such as grapes.

jwc215, Jun 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Even a gentle pour produces 3/4 head in the glass. It recedes quickly, almost like a falling souffle. Very little lace--a couple of spots. The champagne cork states that this was bottled in July 2007 (13 months ago). Straw color and clear....other than the head, this looks like an American Macro Lager.

Earthy aroma with lots of yeast; slightly skunky.

Oily from the alcohol. Understandably warming. This has a body of light cream with a rather high carbonation level. Malty with the typical Belgian flavors of pepper, ginger, licorice and all spice. Some bitter orange rind rounds out the initial flavor. The swallow is nearly all warm alcohol (very much like brandy) with much of the earthy nose showing up.

This is a beer that grows on me with each subsequent sip. This is an excellent example which shows that color does not equate taste.

smcolw, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

Cork Date January 2004, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, full gold color when held up to the light, it shows a full reddish copper color as it sits on my desk in the dim light. It is topped by a frothy, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is quite nice; a mix of sweet grain, a grassiness, a touch of earthy spice, some hints of bergamot, and even a touch of moist wood character. As I explore the aroma a bit some notes of phenolic clove, perhaps a touch of higher alcohols and some toasted grain notes start to come out.

The beer has a clean grain sweetness to it up front, but quickly picks up lots of other notes which keep the whole of this beer a dry experience. A phenolic astringency seems to initially dominate the finish as does a touch of hot alcohol. The combination almost seems to give a sensation of menthol, quite interesting. A touch of lemon peel, some clove-like notes, a touch of grassiness and some definite herbal notes round out the spice character of this beer.

This beer is quite drinkable, and pretty complex as well, but it is perhaps a touch to phenolic and sharp in the finish to be great; it does not seem to hide its alcohol content very well. I would say that it needs to mellow out in the bottle some, but it is already two years old, so I am not sure that would help. Regardless this is a pretty tasty brew, which I will be happy to polish off the 750ml bottle of.

Gueuzedude, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

weeare138, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

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
Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

wl0307, Feb 27, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a mildly hazy golden brew.

750 Magnum, Cork date is 07-2002.

Smell is tart and perfumed, bit of honey in there too.

Taste is mild sweetness and fruits, lots of herb flavors. Nice warming alcohol that isn't very noticeable in the taste. Slight woody cork flavor to this. Similar to a Hennepin or Duvel, only not quite as polished.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice brew, but not good enough to make me switch from Hennepin.

Zorro, Mar 27, 2004
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Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.