Kasteel Hoppy - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: freneticamnesic on 06-25-2013

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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by beerdrifter:
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3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up during a recent beer run to Belgium. Crystal clear golden yellow pour with a quickly fading one finger head with minimal lacing. The nose was pretty typical Belgian Pale Ale with lots of grassy floral notes along with hints lemon and some subtle perfumey hops. The taste was much less Belgian and actually leaned more towards an American or British Pale Ale. Nice caramel malt sweetness with hints of lemon, grass, perfumey hops, and a nice buttery finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and great balance. Very smooth and drinkable. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. I was slightly underwhelmed by the hop character considering the name, but it was a nice sessionable beer. Will definitely pick up more of these.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the BierKoning in Amsterdam. Poured into a chalice.

A - Pours clear golden yellow, nice thick head that stays awhile

S - Grassy, floral notes, but not very strong

T - Buttery malts, with floral, somewhat spicey hops in the forefront; light fruity esters in the background

M - Good amount of carbonation, medium bodied, as you would expect, with a crisp finish

O - Overall, another very drinkable beer from the Kasteel line. Given the name, I expected more in terms of the hops, but if you want a good Belgian hoppy beer without going too extreme, I suppose this is the perfect middle ground.

Photo of Jeffo
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My mates Log and Dr. Nasty brought this over for a party and never drank it. Cheers boyz.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Perfectly clear amber yellow in color with higher levels of carbonation. One finger, looser, white head with decent retention, soon settling into a full wisp. A good wisp remains and leaves some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Grainy malts, pilsner malts perhaps, and some floral hops. Grassy notes and some bread.

TASTE: Some bready malts, grainy sweetness, and some floral bitterness at the swallow. A medium but lingering finish of grainy sweetness, some grassy flavors, as well as some well balanced floral hop bitterness. Nice and refreshing on this thirty degree evening.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly crisp. Good feel here.

OVERALL: While I'm not a huge fan of the grainy, pilsner-like hoppy pale ales that Belgian brewers like to make, this one was alright. Well balanced and not overwelmingly grainy, which is nice for the style. Perhaps it was the blistering heat we are dealing with here right now, but this one hit the spot just fine.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : hoppy and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : watery, fruity and herbal flavour with a spicy finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian Pale Ale, but near a Pils for my point of view.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure, this is more like a BIPA than anything else - not too shabby

Photo of benfons
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Clear golden colour, small head
In the nose, grassy notes, loads of hops. Tastes rather sweet with a bitter hoppy finish, some floral notes; medium body rather crisp.
Overall a fairly simple beer but a solid one. Would be pretty nice on a hot day.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Delirium Cafe, Bruxelles, BE
Date: Drank 2013-09-11, best by 9/2014
Glass: Tulip

Review from notes

Kasteel's Hoppy is a fairly good, bitter Belgian pale ale, reminscient of a somewhat stronger German pilsner. The bit of iron and obviousness of the ethanol were a bit disappointing, but if this beer were readily available and as affordable as it was in Belgium, I could see myself enjoying it in the states from time to time.

Beer pours a 2cm tall head of clean white foam, dense and long lasting (about two minutes), fading to a thin film atop the body of the beer for the entire session. Lacing also quite complex, with numerous shapes and patterns and heavy frosting of the glass. Beer's body is a medium golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, fairly numerous and active.

Aroma is bready and sweet, slightly vinous, like a pilsner, with slight iron in the background.

Flavor of pleasant bread-like, sweet pilsner malt with grassy and herbal continental hops, reminscent of a hoppy, smooth pilsner with balanced bitterness. Front of palate is amixture of pale malt grain sweetness and breadiness with tones of honey, floral, and herbal continental hops. Mid-palate experiences metal, bready pale malts, flowery and herbal continental hops with a mid-intensity bitterness. Back of palate is heavily sweet and bready with notable ethanol and strong, clean bitterness. Aftertaste is quite clean bitterness, mild malt sweetness (pils malt, I assume): mostly bitter, with slight ethanol.

Beer has medium body with medium to medium-low carbonation, which leads to a lightly foamy and mostly smooth mouthfeel that fits the beer. Closes dry, with light stickiness on the palate.

Kasteel Hoppy from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
77 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.