Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
What an assertive beer. Upon uncorking this 750ml bottle, a strong mustiness emergers, and then... alcohol! This beer at first is all about alcohol. Very strong and potent, my first sip made me flinch. Even though I knew it was going to be 11%, I was not prepared. As for flavor, a dry hop and candy like character with a fruity palate. Malt is present which smooths out the strong alcohol flavors which dimishes, but I do not cry... this beer is one sturdy pale ale (even though it is a triple)
08-18-2003 01:30:43 | More by AaronRed
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.
07-22-2003 03:52:48 | More by WVbeergeek
4.75/5 rDev +21.5%
[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.
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..
05-04-2003 02:01:30 | More by cokes
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
03-01-2003 16:35:58 | More by QXSTER1
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
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!
01-22-2003 22:34:29 | More by JohnnyDuvel
3.48/5 rDev -11%
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!!!!
01-18-2003 17:42:19 | More by avylover
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
The beer pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color, the head modest in size, creamy in its consistency, as the head demotes it leaves behind a silky sheet of lace to cover the glass. Sweet and buttery crisp and clean, with a touch of lemon peel to seal it off, quite pleasant. Ambrosial start, nice malt presence, the top slender in its feel to the palate, finish is pungently acidic, the hops perky in their spicy bite, droughty aftertaste. A pleasant middle of the road triple, a bit sweet for me, but still quite nice and worth a sample.
01-16-2003 16:35:09 | More by Gusler
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.
11-06-2002 17:48:05 | More by NeroFiddled
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
Good golden color with a great head, fluffy, retains through most of the glass.There's a big alcohol nose in the beginning, as well as the taste, along with some spices. I'm going to guess here, clove, pepper, corriander. Do I note anise? Again with a big alcohol finish, which is how I like it. Very good Belgian in the triple ale catagory. Watch out, it's 11o/o ABV!
09-25-2002 19:40:10 | More by HopheadEd
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
Dark golden in hue w/ excellent clarity, topped by a fluffy and persistant white head that leaves Belgian lace. Honey sweetness and mustiness intermingle with clove phenol and heaty fusels in aroma, while underlying tart fruit add complexity. Slight cidery, light candi sugar sweetness is preceived initially and is followed by assertive phenols that straddle the boundary between clove and medicinal notes. Peppery alcohol darts into the flavor profile, then broadens into a bittersweet, slightly solvent - like alcohol flavor. Approaching the finish sweetness takes on a black licorice note. Carbonation seems lower than the norm for style and helps lend a smooth, agreeable mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is paltry, but when coupled with the peppery alcohol notes, provides subtle contrast to the strong phenol and residual sweetness. Finishes with honey - like sweetness immediately yielding to an enveloping, hot fusel and ethanol sensation. Kasteel has tremendous potential and in time could become a phenomenal tripel. At this stage it's a touch rough around the edges, however. My batch was bottled 12/2001. (...lousy willpower) Considering the high ABV, drinkability is quite good.
09-01-2002 09:33:05 | More by marc77
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.
06-28-2002 17:46:34 | More by Jason
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
06-12-2002 13:10:24 | More by John
United Kingdom (England)
2.05/5 rDev -47.6%
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.
02-21-2002 21:16:05 | More by rastaman
5/5 rDev +27.9%
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.
10-21-2001 14:43:42 | More by rosebud
4.58/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
10-21-2001 00:46:21 | More by Todd
Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.