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Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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191 Ratings

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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

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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

Touches of dry bread spread with honey and walnuts, gently ethereal. Mouth slightly in the first approach but with an alcohol quickly regained the upper hand, as in all Kasteel. Less sugar than the Triple or Quad but still a little too simple for a pale ale.

ThaCreep, Jul 17, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

This is the 7 ABV Blond version of this beer.

A - Pours a clear Golden straw colour with a White head that reduces very quickly.

S - Aromas of banana and grains with a little sweetness.

T - Very grainy wioth a little sherbert and a vineous, a nice dry finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - A reasoanble offering from this brewery.

eric5bellies, Jul 02, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

330 ml. bottle. Golden colour, with a good head that fades too quickly. Smell ofapples, pine, some citrus, vanilla. I expected it to be some more "heavy" in the tongue. Silky palate, taste of apricots, honey, vanilla. Imay to review it again, it’s nearly out of date, though I thought it would have some more months to go, but it taste somehow "bland". I prefer the brune version, but this one is really good too. Oh, and by the way, the label reads 7ª.

janubio, May 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

330ml brown bottle poured into a Kasteel chalice.

A. Straw gold in colour with a nice white head that diminished too quickly.

S. Citrusy, honey, traces of banana, juicy fruit chewing gum.

T.Vanilla, white wine, lemon sherbet drops.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Not as good as the original brune version IMO. Still, a couple of these will knock you out for the evening!

AEK, Feb 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

@ kulminator " proefbrouwsel kasteel 7 " bottel in 2003 !!

Pours a wonderful, clear golden with an impressive, creamy, white head. It stays for some time and leaves good lacing. Great looks. Aroma has light metal, sweet crispy malts,honey , light biscuity, some apple, yest, piney. Medium carbonation, rather light mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, honey , no sign of alcohol. Crispy sweet malts dominate with fine fruity esters from the yeast. Light piney hoppiness in the finish. Fine, fresh and very drinkable.

Nice beer

beerpirates, Feb 05, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

750 mL green champagne bottle, conditioned, with 08-2008 on the cork; "gebotteld" 090303. Crystal-clear bright straw color, with lots of carbonation that sustains an inch of frothy head and leaves some nice lacing. Pale malt and alcohol in the nose, orangey, with a bit of hops and yeast. Tastes pretty much the same: alcohol, chalky yeast, phenols, malty nuances and a mild bitterness. Light and crisp, with a dry finish. Simple, yet punchy and a bit boozy - this one would benefit greatly from a few years in the cellar.

mmmbeer, Oct 26, 2010
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2.78/5  rDev -28.9%

Kasteel beer I've had before, the 11 %'ers that were too sweet and boozy. This one is lighter in alcohol, so I thought i'd try it.

There's still sweetness in this dark golden beer. Clear corn flavour as well. Also there's a watery mouthfeel.
The rest is just a bit faint and boring for a top fermented beer: not much hops, not much spice, not much malts.

I have to say again I found this a rather disappointing brew.

RuudJH, Oct 01, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

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!

BobZ, Jul 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

A prototypical triple - lively carbonation with some prickly bite on the tongue up front. White wine and light malt flavor with moderate sweetness. ETOH adds a bit of peppery bite at the finish. Quite smooth and deceptively (and, as my bottle was a mag, dangerously) drinkable.

Brent, Jun 02, 2010
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3.28/5  rDev -16.1%

33cl bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Kasteel trippel is clear gold with a quickly settling, loud spritzy white head, leaving no lace.

Smell is muted pils grain and sugary.

Taste is alcoholic and spicy. And that's it...

Mouthfeel is dry, sharp and light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, light body, but no character save for booze.

ccrida, Oct 21, 2009
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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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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

750 ml corked and caged, bottled on 4-17-07 poured into a goblet.

First pour was fizzy, very effervescent like soda. Color was pale straw, with sunlight yellow highlights. Second pour produced and nicely cascading tight egg shell white head.

Aromas were mostly faint banana and pear, some chalkiness and alcohol came across well hidden, some notes of rose, honeysuckle and lilac.

Flavor profile was somewhat sweet toward honey and hints of vanilla. The abv helped present a drier profile and balanced the sweetness. No hop profile to speak of, taste is good, but nothing too outstanding or defining.

Mouthfeel was very nice for such a big beer, there is residual sweetness but it is dulled by the abv and presents toward a dry somewhat chalky finish.

For the size extremely drinkable, almost too much so, no idea how a fresher bottle compares, worth seeking out.

PBoegel, Feb 16, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

All kinds of flavor in this beer. Toasted apple comes to mind on the nose. Crumb cake flavor on the palate, very carbonated. This beer has a great taste to it and damn, is it strong. A bit of alcohol on the nose and BAM, right with warming alcohol. Tough to have more than one cause of the strength. Head not retained and very short lived. A bit sweet, almost cloying and a bit tart. A nice brew.

bigdeuce, Jan 03, 2009
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4.83/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

Itoclown, Dec 10, 2008
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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
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Gorgeous clarity within the golden yellow with a faint sunset hue. Head is foamy, thick, and lasts forever, helped by the tulip glass's "nucleation site".

Aroma of wet hay, sweet spices, yeast and fruit (pear, apple, peach). Yeast exerts itself strongly but never covers the other elements. It's all quite subtle, probably because the alcohol is so well-hidden, no fumes or heat as you get in some tripels. Or maybe that fluffy head is masking something.

The alcohol certainly muscles through in the flavor. It gives a healthy boost to the peppery spices, the dessert spices, the earthy yeast and juicy fruits on display. It's probably a little cloying for some, but considering the style and the other unsubtle characteristics of this particular tripel, it's acceptable. So the 11% alcohol isn't exactly well-hidden, but this isn't meant as a session beer either. Fruits linger in the finish, mostly pear and apple, while cookie dough maltiness adds balance to the whole.

Very light and even a bit dry in the mouth, while also having a succulent buttery roundness. A little sticky if you wait a long while between sips, but not annoyingly so. Complex in texture.

Belgium's best tripels will not shudder in the wake of this, but it remains a fine example anyway, considering its heat, spiciness and sweetness...and the balance between all of that. Well-rounded with lots going on. I'd buy it again.

[note to self: Snorkapotamus split a big bottle with me October 2010, and it was fantastic, something it push an overall half-point higher, at least. A beer to re-evaluate.]

Metalmonk, Sep 12, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated 07/11/07 into a tulip glass.

Appears a slightly hazy golden yellow with a two inch white head that sinks down to a half inch after a few minutes. Leaves lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. At first I thought I smelled a bit of skunkage but it seems to have disappeared (green bottle placebo effect?). Some spicy/earthy hops are also noticable.

Taste is sweet initially with lots of fruit coming in after that along with a flavor almost like butter toffee. Finishes with a healthy dose of spicy hops and yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation level is very nice and makes it very smooth and creamy.

I was quite impressed by this one. It just might be my favorite tripel yet, very close call against La Fin Du Monde. At 11% ABV, this one is dangerously drinkable as it is barely noticable. I'm actually surprised this one isn't rated higher overall, perhaps the one year aging helped.

roadhouse, Aug 31, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a pale yellow color and a surprisingly small amount of head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of light fruit and malt, above anything else.

T: Flavor was pretty complex. Apricots, malt, some random spices all in together. The alcohol is a bit on the strong side.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Very full-bodied.

D: This is a decent beer, but be forewarned the high alcohol content is kind of bracing - almost to the point of distraction. A well made beer, nonetheless.

avalon07, Aug 26, 2008
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3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

I experienced my first Kasteel brew at The Thirsty Monk in Asheville just a month ago. It was the Bruin, and I must say it was amazing. So now I will look at this brewery's bottles with great interest. I purchased this squatty bottle of Triple at Total Wine in Brier Creek, and after a week of it sitting in the fridge I've popped the cap and am anxious to sample it.

It pours a cloudy gold into my Scaldis glass. The white-ish head that accompanied the pour dissipates rather quickly into a lean surface covering; even that lets go in a few minutes and becomes a nickel-sized circle of white foam that stays in the center of the surface.

It smells wonderfully rich. There are hints of butter and sweet fruit, as well as light malts and a mild herbalness. Banana and clove linger in the background, and the alcohol makes a slight appearance.

Bubbles and alcohol are the first items that make an impression with the first drink. It's highly carbonated (that'll make me feel fuller quicker) and the warming alcohol is very overt. 11% is high for a Triple, so it may be a little more than one would expect. Flavors of candied sugar, pepper, spices, and a bit of bitter hops are all noticed.

CWiggins, Aug 22, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

a: served in a Kasteel goblet, carries a light head and never quite lets go of it, the beer is a clear orange-golden in color

s: interesting, filled with spicy esters, underripe bananas caramelized in sugar and rum, pulpy fruits, ginger, pepper, sweet pale malts, alcoholic heat, pretty rough around the edges but an enjoyable aroma nonetheless

m: medium body with a dull medium carbonation

t: pale malts provide sugary apricot flavors, alcohol heat, the spice that was interesting on the nose is a distraction here

d: a decent tripel, but nothing I'd want another of, the 11% shows a bit too much

Brasserie Beck in DC

blackie, Aug 16, 2008
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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
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a golden straw. Think California bleach blond.

Aroma is full of yeasty yummies. Bannana was the first bit I noticed with pear being the second biggest presence. There were bits of spice, bread and alchohol also on the back end.

Taste was milder than the aroma but had the same characteristics.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent and boozy but not overly so.

Big beer that I hadn't realized the ABV while drinking it. I could get in trouble with these. This would be a solid contender amongst many belgian... gasp... even trappist beers.

gonzo46and2, Aug 03, 2008
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2.98/5  rDev -23.8%

Poured into a goblet, the medium sized head quickly recedes and leaves a half finger of white foam. Mediocre lacing. Body looks very nice--hazy golden with lots of bubbles and no sediments.

The smell is overpowering on first whiff. Sugar and fruit esters dominate, with alcohol coming in a close second. I think I smell malt, but I may just be imagining it for the beer's sake.

The taste is much the same. Immediately very sweet, with a lot of citrus/peach/apricot following. Alcohol. Some phenols that give it a strange medicine-sweet taste.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Thick with lots of carbonation. Actually i quite like it.

Not really offensive, just not really my thing, and not what I think a Tripel should be. Tastes like I'm drinking something very artificial.

philipquarles, Jul 31, 2008
Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.