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Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

200 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
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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Photo of marburg
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stubby Belgian bottle. Sure looks like a good tripel -- Glowing, hazy melon yellow. Head dies quickly buy is ressurected easily with an aggressive swirl.

Lemon bars, damp carpet, paint thinner, tin can, and a snappy phenolic sharpness characterize the aroma. The alcoholic bite continues through to the palate where it mingles with exotic fruits, pear, and cloves.

Very lively on the tongue. Spritzy almost. Not having had much to eat, I felt this pretty quickly though, as expected: The abv is there, and you can tell.

marburg, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of ADR
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
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml green bottle. Purchased and split with a friend a Circa's, just off of Brady St on Milwaukee's East side. Cork had 07 - 02 printed on it. Pours sort of a golden amber in color with a thin white whispy head. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, crisp with carbonation and effervescent. Smooths as the beers warms slightly. Fruity and yeasty nose. Hints of spices and some cellar-like musty aromas emerge also. Malt and yeast flavors initially. Slightly 'hot' alcohol is prominent on the tongue and toward the back. This is definitely a sipping beer. We ended the night with this one and it took quite awhile to get through it. The high abv isn't something to mess around with and tends to get in the way of this beer's drinkability.

Winter, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of bditty187
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
Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light, hazy golden color and formed a very bubbly white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is also present to help the presentation. The aroma first hits you with a very buttery aspect. Also elements of malt and yeast as well. The flavor is of malt, some citrus, with the same butter apparent as well. The body is creamy with the finish being a touch astigent.

Wildman, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of mickeymac
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came in a 750 ml caged and corked bottle. This one has label that's primarily black, rather than gold. The bottled-on versus freshness date has me in a bit of a quandary. The back of the label says "05 02" without stating whether this is bottled or best by. The cork says "3-L-06." If the 05 02 date is "best by," it doesn't seem to have suffered in the 20 months or so since the date past.

Poured into a tulip glass, it's a slightly hazy golden-peach with a foamy white head that doesn't last long. The smell is almost completely contrary to what was expected but wonderful nonetheless. On top of a bit of barnyard funk sit citrusy smells, a bit of banana, and a nice noseful of alcohol. The carbonation level is relatively low, leaving the fruit flavors to inundate the tongue, without being cloying. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and it's very drinkable for an 11% beer.

mickeymac, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of pio
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a golden hazy liquid with a slight orange color. has a great white creamy head that leaves great lace. active little bubbles rise and keep the head sustained. one of the very good looking beers i've seen, i had to give five here. light fruity scents of green apple, lemon juice a bit of strawberry and a very light caramel as well as an understated green wood hint. not too much of a darker scent but some yeasty scents round out the bottom. i spent alot of time smelling this work of art. great flavors here too. it starts off tart and fruity with some cherries, apples strawberries and an orange oil note then gets an ascerbic kick in the middle finishing off with a white wine that seemed to me like a dry white maybe pinot grigio or sauv blanc, none the less a dry white alcoholic grape. the evolution of flavor from taste to taste is quite impressive, i loved it. the mouthfeel evolves along as well, bubbly and active then slightly chewy. the drinkability was, i'd say, slightly effected by the demanding nature of all those flavors and very slightly by the price (i usually don't consider this but it was kind of expensive. a great beer all in all, i've had trouble not getting it!

pio, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 bottle drank out of chalice that came with gift set. Im expecting a bunch of sharp and crisp flavors.

The color is an orangish gold with a long lasting and heavy-lace-leaving head. Bubbling really catches the drinker's appetite and attention. Aroma makes no attempt to hide high alcohol content, the first whiff will clean out your sinuses if not expecting the strength. Regardless it smells slightly nutty, semi sour, and extremely floral and fruity. Taste at first is somewhat overwhelmed with the alcohol. It warms and relaxes the drinker right after the first sip. After becoming used to the alcohol flavor I quickly discerned apricot, bitter floral flavors, and a taste that was reminscent of blue cheese's aftertaste. Very delicious despite the comparison to blue cheese. Finishes astoundily clean considering the strength of flavors and the modest carbonation creates a very creamy and splendid mouthfeel. The amount and prominence of the alcohol flavors slightly detracts from drinkability. But this a beer to have with dinner or to sip on, not make a session out of.

allboutbierge, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of marcobrau
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
Photo of AaronRed
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

AaronRed, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
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
Photo of cokes
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
Photo of QXSTER1
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
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of avylover
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
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gusler, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
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
Photo of HopheadEd
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

HopheadEd, Sep 25, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

marc77, Sep 01, 2002
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.

Jason, Jun 28, 2002
Photo of John
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

John, Jun 12, 2002
Photo of rastaman
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
Photo of rosebud
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

rosebud, Oct 21, 2001
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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Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.