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Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of peagasus
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour, not completely clear. Smells apple, citrus, some banana and vanilla based on bread. Low carbonation with small bubbles. Very smooth flavour, more than expected from belgians, though with a superior drinkability (maybe this was the idea). Alcohol (7%) is surprisingly well hidden, just sensed in the aroma. Taste is pretty consistent, it does not change much over time. Liked the proposal.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bckayaalp
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of karait95
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of ThaCreep
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of janubio
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of AEK
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Photo of BobZ
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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!

Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.