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Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

198 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden clear color, body seems light due to the transparency even it is not, head is white in color but very compact formed of small bubbles it was not really large but dissipates not too fast and leaves some traces on the glass.

A: Clear malty aroma, maybe some dust - woods forest like on the back but basically intense barley aroma.

T: Also very clear simple but intense flavor, barley malts with also some

M: The sensation while drinking this beer is quite nice, nothing to regret with slow easy starting and getting a little more complex as time passes by for a nice balanced ending not sweet not bitter.

karait95, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

supermeniscus, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

rekel, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

akinsja, Nov 27, 2011
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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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ 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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
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!

BobZ, Jul 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
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.

Itoclown, Dec 10, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.