Kastaar - Brouwerij De Block bvba

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 02-11-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden wheat colour body with enormous amount of off-white bubbly foam that remains along he sides of the glass. Musty yeast aroma. Musty yeast taste, though refreshing and lagerish.
Expirey February 2008. Part of my explorations into off-the-beaten -track Belgians, which encompasses a good number of pales.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Champagne sparkly 18-karat gold beneath a wonderful looking lid of frothy, alabaster foam. Belgians have not only perfected the art of brewing in terms of aroma and flavor, they've also figured out how to create the best looking heads in all of beerdom. This one is amazingly rocky and is beginning to leave small chunks of bubble bath lace on the upper portion of the glass.

The nose isn't so tremendous. For starters, it doesn't have the usual spicy yeastiness that I look for and that needs to be present if a beer of this style is going to impress. In fact, I don't believe I can smell clove at all. For finishers, the fruitier aspects of the nose aren't especially noteworthy either. The fruit is musky in a bad way, not in a good way.

I like Kastaar better on the palate. Saying that I'm blown away would be an overstatement however. In fact, I feel barely a gust each time beer meets taste buds. The same problems that were present in the nose are still present. That is, very little Belgian yeastiness and an uninspired golden fruitiness. For some reason, it works a little better in liquid form.

I just remembered that coriander is present. I would never have been able to pick it out if blinded, that's how unspicy Kastaar is. I'm not sure from what direction the kick needs to come, probably yeast, but this beer needs a major kick in the ass. The fact that I think it's still better than average should point out the potential that could be realized with a few tweaks.

The mouthfeel is nothing special either. It's par for the BPA course, perhaps a bit more thin, and doesn't have enough enlivening carbonation to give it that creamy, airy fluffiness that I like. It'll do, but I'm certainly not tempted to break out the big scores.

I didn't remember having had any Brouwerij De Block beer until I saw that they brew Satan Gold and Satan Red. I thought Red was pretty good, so I had somewhat high hopes for Kastaar. Ultimately though, it's too bland, which is the kiss of death for a Belgian beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a cloudy golden color with a thin white head that settles into the beer leaving nothing behind. The smell is yeasty with some subtle spices on the nose. The taste is pretty standard for a golden ale like this. There may have been a touch of clove in the background. The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. Overall it was decent I thought and would try it again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noticeably hoppy in the nose, and without heavy yeast character, Kastaar is a unique and refreshing golden pale ale from Belgium. It clocks in at 6.0% alcohol by volume, but you'd never know that through tasting its lightly tart, fruity (apple, perhaps tangerine) and subtly candyish (some clove and vanilla appear due to the yeast) character. There's a bit of mustiness to it, and it falls between something like a Duvel, and something with more malt, esters, and funk. It's mildly bitter with just a bit of flinty rasp; and the hops are soft and tend towards the background with a leafy, spicy, and floral edge. The head retention is good, the lacing is quite nice; and the body is medium-light with a delicate caress from its fine-bubbled, natural carbonation. Overall it's a very drinkable, delicate and refined ale that only shows its strength towards the end of the glass, and even then, only in the finish. Quite enjoyable!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed straw gold with a white head. Nose is yeasty and citrus-like. Flavor is thick with character. Strong yeast influence. Fairly bold lemon edge. Feel is good. Nice bubble on the tongue and a thicker body feel on the tongue. Highly drinkable. So smooth and even, it could easily be a session brew.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge head, pale-ish peach body, very cloudy, impressive on the upstairs, though.

Nose is spicy and citric, lemon and lime, with a hit of pepper.

Zesty on the tongue, full of spice and citrus...just right for a triple, maybe even a bit more than that. Big bodied, full, flush with yeast, this one. And a never ending spicy, citric, hoppy kick on the palate. Yes, yum, you got it...

A mere 6%, rather mild for a triple, compared to most...but it's a bit sharper than I'd like so we're not going overboard on the drinkability. But, it's a damned nice example, very unique and well worth the trying.

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 33cl bottle from a department store in Tokyo, about 440 yen. The bottle had a best-buy date of April 7 2009, and was labeled lot 07066/1.

This was a gusher as soon as I uncapped it, and it required clean-up afterwards. I was pissed by the extra effort I had to make, but I'll not knock points for it. The appearance was slightly hazy golden color, lots and lots of gushing white foam. The aroma was really nice, characteristically Belgian, sweet and a little yeasty, just a touch of hops spice. The flavor was really good, slightly sweet and with a nice malt base. It seems similar to some other Belgian Pale Ales, or maybe it's just that it hits the style definitively along with some others. Either way it's solid.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got these for $1.50 for a three-pack at Spec's warehouse on sale. The best by date was 10 days past.

Poured this fella into a Yeti snifter glass a hazy golden hue. Huge head as this one gushed a bit. Abnormally large bubbles.

Whoa! Smells like champagne yeast. Green grapes, musty white mushrooms and moldy bread.

Very bubbly, very dry. Yeast strain is unique for a beer as it almost adds a sour-esque feel to it. A decent, crisp and refreshing Belgian golden.

Was definitely worth the $0.50 per beer but it makes me wonder if the age affected this one. Tasted pretty far out there.

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very cloudy amber color with a modest head. Aroma is mildly fruity with a sweet maltiness. Very citrusy flavor, a mix of grapefruity hops and lots of bright, estery yeast character. Bitterness is only moderate, but hop flavor is plentiful. Finish becomes acidic at the very end, with a lingering dryness. Medium to light body, with a creamy texture.

Pretty decent beer. Worth getting more of.

Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, 11.2 oz slim, slender bottle copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan for $2.00...
Pours a cloudy, hazy, dark-golden hue with massive, rising carbonation and a minimal head that left a minor amount of lacing...
Ultra sweet, candied sugar aroma, literally bursting with viscous honey...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, bombarded with sugars, honey, rich malts, slight hops, cotton candy, and vanilla essences...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel, however drinkability took a slight hit due to the excessive sugar on the palate...
Worth a shot...

Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly translucent gold color, tall white head head that rises up over an inch in height. Lacy clinging laces on the glass. Aroma is fruity, unripe peach and some lavander floral smells. Lightish mouthfeel, carbonation is medium, floats delicately across the tongue. Light caramel malt backbone, good hop counterpoint that magnifies closer to the finish in a nice progression. Tanginess and dryness that's somewhat reminiscent of Duvel. Maltiness and a bit of oxidation seems to be more apparent as the beer warms, I actually like this one better served at a slightly colder temperature. I found this to be a very nice beer and my favorite from de Block so far.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with some suspended yeast, fairly prominent champagne-like carbonation, and a large with head, which retains well, and thick lacing.

Aroma: Rich aroma of tropical fruit, mild clove-like spiciness, and a slight yeast note.

Taste: Rather spicy up front, with a prominent clove note, earthy yeast, and a mild grapefruit rind bitterness. The middle of the taste is mildly sweet, with a pleasant, contrasting bitterness, which lends balance to the taste. Finishes with a slight, lingering herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant, with a pleasing fullness.

Drinkabiliyt/notes: Very competently made example, well worth trying.

Presentation: Pckaged in an eleven point two ounce euro-style brown glass longneck with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of HardTarget
2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Best before 2008/02/17 (sampled 2006/09/07), abv 6%, imported by Nobel Union Trading LTD, Houston, Texas.

Aroma: Nice Belgian yeast, some orange rind, mild clove.

Appearance: Bright yellow clear glass with a frothy sticky white head that lasts long and laces deep.

Flavor: Mild lemon juice, thin malt flavor, and some harsh alcohol/fusel characteristics that thin out everything else.

Mouthfeel: Light, hot, and heavy carbonation.

Overall Impression: Um, Belgian Malt Liquor? Closest I can come. Had some nice characteristics, but I just have to pour some out for my homeboy Tim out in East Brussels, word up Tim! Not a horrible beer, but nothing I'll buy again.

Photo of paterlodie
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Woww this is a beer! Almost perfect poorout with a huge white head and a almost perfectly clear beer that has a deep golden color. Nose is wonderfull too! Lots of (dry)hops with brett(?) arome and that together with some maltarome and litle sourness.
Taste is another wonderfull expierience. Dry, malty sour before getting into a nice but maybe litle hard and for some heavy bitterness. Basicly a beer that's similar to Orval so in my opinion one to watch out for!

Photo of mattfancett
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle tried 25 Jul 2007.

Lacey medium sized white head. Clear bright golden yellow color. Aroma is somewhat skunky, salty, crispy, slightly yeasty. Starts lemony, mildly sweet. Finish is creamy, slighty bitter. Light body.

Not likely to get this again.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: light gold color, steady stream of carbonation in the middle, crazy head makes me feel like i'm in the clouds & maintains thick head, lots of lacing
s: strong peppery and lemon-sour smell
t: sour citrus flavor up-front and orange slice finish, dry finish & soft alcohol lingers
m: as expected a mouth full of bubbles & light body
d: not bad - interesting mix, actually better than expected, just not worth going out of your way for

Photo of dansmcd
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - No head, just a few seconds of flimsy bubbles. A cloudy golden hue below. No lacing.

S - Huge musty yeast aroma, honey, vanilla, brett and little champagne.

T - Full yeasty Belgian flavour, honey, brett, sweet and little spicy, booze is noticeable for just a 5% abv.

M - High carbonation, spritzy medium body.

O - Liked this one. Typical Belgian characteristics at just 5%.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: Expiry 28/5/2011. 5.5% abv.

Appearance - 5.0
Pours clear at first, then becoming hazy with fine moving particles. Bright golden yellow in colour with a towering, meringue-like, white head that leaves sticky lace.

Smell - 3.0
Quite subtle, slight pear, pale grain and husk, a little funky.

Taste - 3.0
Has the lightness of Duvel, but little of the fruity complexity. Very, very dry, with flavours of dusty, funky yeast, bready pale malt and a granny smith tartness. Not much in the way of hops. Very crisp, but for a Belgian, rather bland.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Explosive (it was a gusher), champagne-like carbonation fills the mouth, and is really a bit too much. Light bodied.

Drinkability - 3.0
Over carbonation reduces drinkability, not something I would seek out.

OVERALL - 3.4
A rather average Belgian Pale Ale, with the exception of the beautiful appearance.

Photo of assurbanipaul
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale clear gold with a mountainous meringue-like head and tons of micro-bubbles. Aroma is pale malts and a light yeast tang. Lacing is profuse all the way to the bottom.

Taste is a light pilsner malt, very faintly sweet, with a nice yeasty flavor. Not a lot of complexity, not a lot of bitterness or any other type of hops, but very clean and refreshing. Finish includes the slightest bite of lemon.

Mouthfeel is as light as the lightest lager, extremely drinkable. Bottle says "High Fermentation" and "Old Style" (and the label says ABV 6%), the flavor sits somewhere between a kölsch and a bavarian hefeweizen. A perfect example of a Belgian blond ale style

Photo of BeerZack
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like apple juice with a champagne mousse on top, or... that other thing that looks like that.

Smells of green apple and slight citrus and yeast.

Tastes like it smells. Very light and crisp, very champagne-like. Green apples, lemon, mild bread yeast.

Very fizzy, so much like a sparkling wine I think wine drinkers would like this beer.

Overall I like this beer because its very crisp and fruity without tasting like a flavored beer (ephemere).

Photo of BeerAngel
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with just a hint of haziness. The head was nearly non-existent. The smell was of fruit, spices, and a slight yeasty smell in the background. The taste reveals more fruit and almost a hint of apple and just a hint of spices in the background. The mouthfeel is just a tad watery, but still has a some backbone to it. Drinkability suffers due to an awkward finish to each swallow. It's watery, but dry if that makes sense. Not bad, but leaves a lot to be desired.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 2" thick, foamy, eggshell white head. Good retention at 1". Thick lace. Clear golden brew with a bunch of carbonation.

S - Lemon. Other than that I got a low aroma.

T - Lemon acidity. Citrusy. Apple. Like a pinot grigio! Almost tripel like malt profile. Almonds. Some bitterness very late. Lingering lemon.

M - Thin body with high carbonation. Clean, dry finish.

D - Good drinkability. This beer was hard to figure out. Seemed at first to be a little one dimensional, but turned out to be very interesting.

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Kastaar from Brouwerij De Block bvba
83 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.