K-O Blond Beer - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 08-19-2004

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into chalice

Hazy peach yellow that suggests K-O Blond is unfiltered. Nice thick head that dissipates a little, but remains fairly thick.

Scent is peaches and cream with a hint of yeast at first, followed by cinnamon, banana. Smells a little of wheat and malt; typical BSPA scent, but tamer and less sharp. No phenols detectable.

I initially expect a strong a strong alcohol presence, but I spent the first 10 seconds admiring how well it was hidden until suddenly I could feel the alcohol warming sensation. Wow, if this is a knock out it's definitely a sneaky one, one where you can't tell you're out until it's too late. Tastes of sweet malt, peaches, oranges, cream, coriander, and some other spices. Spices mix well overall and are not too overwhelming, which is a sign of a good BSPA; yet, K-O lacks the mouthfeel characteristic of a good BSPA. The carbonation isn't even and it's weak. It also has too much body, which is something the brewer may have tweaked to hide the ABV.

K-O Blond is just an above average BSPA with a hefty price tag, comparatively speaking. Not a beer I'll revisit anytime soon.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden with a burnt orange hue with a huge blossoming fluffy white head that takes its time as it settles leaving sheets upon sheets of lace behind.Spicey phenolic aromas of coriander and clove somewhat toasty with a hint of orange peel as well.Qute citrusy flavor wise,mainly orange peel and a overipe pineapple wich lends to its sweetness,an underlyinf phenolic spice/clove flavor hits more as I drink more.A touch of smoke lingers in the finish rounding out a very nice well rounded beer fruity but spicey this is a nice nightcap for me tonight.

Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a light but thick orange in color with lots of haze and a gorgeous, white, full, retentive head that nicely pitted and left tons of lacing.

Smell – The big Belgian yeast is laden with a wonderful tangerine aroma and some light Belgian spices. The coriander and white pepper are especially pleasing. The yeast though really does the job here and portends a big, heavy, BSPA.

Taste – The yeast and tangerine mated perfectly together to form a wonderful flavor profile that epitomized the style standard. The spicing was light but noticeable and the light alcohol notes kept things interesting.

Mouthfeel – This was smack dab in between medium and full-boded with some lovely, fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability – This was a classic example of the style and done quite well by De Proefbrouwerij.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with my wife at novare res
The beer is served in a 10 oz tulip. The beer is golden with a slight cloudiness. The head is fluffy and pearl white.

Malt notes of vanilla and cream. Big malt

The taste is a malt full body starts smooth and the malts come in pale and flavor of vanilla. And biscuit and buttermilk pancakes.

Photo of ehammond1
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Slightly hazy golden orange and yellow. Quickly forming, large, persistent near-white head. Lots of lacing left down the glass.

A sweet, bready, and yeasty aroma. There's a slight Belgian yeast tang, sweet cookies and bready crackers, mild banana, and some sweet white fruits. Lovely.

The sweetness dominates on the palate as well as the Belgian yeast and some banana, apple, and peach flavors. A nice combination, though harsh with alcohol, especially as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

An accessible, sweet, and bready Belgian strong pale.

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just saw bottles of this recently, in this case, short stubby 33 cL ones imported by Shelton Bros.

Hazy orange color, volcanic head to start, medium bubbles, slightly yellowish. Very attractive thick lace all over the glass. Sharp aroma, some esters, some apples, almost running to horseradish. Full body, carbonation is low, mostly seems to be spent on the pour. Malty and dusty, sweet but almost like a wallpaper gellato with lemongrass notes. Sense of more hops and a distinct bitterness contrasts at the close, a mildly peppery finish. Vaguely alcoholic and a little unsettling to my stomach, but a distinct and interesting beer in some aspects.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great big head. golden yellow body. average Yeasty aroma. Very quaffable, though not too creamy,spicy. Medium body, well cabonated. Fruity pineapple melon yeast, well malted. Grainy biscuit on tongue, a bit of yeast aroma from the primitives. Citrus finish. Surprising strength of alcohol.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beautiful, hazy, golden-orange body; tenacious, rocky white head; and beautiful lacing of the K-O Blonde should be enough to attract you, but if not, read on...

In the nose, delicate notes of vanilla-soaked and honey-drizzled cookies welcome you. A waft of light, lemony citrus and spicy alcohol can be discerned if you look close enough, but it doesn't reach out and grab you. It's not outlandish in any way, but its sweet notes are quite enticing!

And in the mouth its lightly zesty and very-fine bubbled carbonation tickles the tongue before it warms to become airy, much like cotton-candy. The flavor, however, is far more aggressive and rich with its bold, sugary malt (that's again honeyish and vanilla-accented); a caress of mustiness; a subtle hint of yeasty fruitiness; and sprinkled notes of leafy hops - all backed by a sublime bitterness.

Bready, even cookie-dough-like, notes linger in the finish with some swirling notes of spiciness and a mild spritz of alcohol. It's quite nice, and certainly worth trying; although it's heavy-hit of alcohol can hinder its drinkability a bit.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tough beer to pin down. Pours a golden body with a nice head. Smells like apple juice with almost no other aromas discernable. Tastes like hard apple juice with a slight malt back bone and touch of belgian malt. Very clean taste but a bit simple. Yes it tastes good, but it's not that much of an improvement over spiked apple juice.

Very easy drinking and tasty nevertheless, give this to someone who thinks they don't like beer. Watch for a double-take.

Photo of Beertracker
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

De Proef's Knock-Out (KO) pours up ever slightly with a thin, tiny white head that barely encompasses the glass, but never completely disappears beneath the hazy peach golden body. The surprisingly clean aroma has a mildly phenolic spiciness (black peppercorn, coriander) along with some fresh citrus (lemon, grapefruit, tangerine) notes which intermingle nicely with the honeyish maltiness. Hints of earthiness, perfumey Poperings hops, and a bready yeastiness all add to the overall complexity. The flavor starts off with a light graininess that is restrained by a rather marked bitterness. The underlying fruitiness really carries this one along to a slightly acidic, spicy, yeasty, and cheek warming finish. This medium-light bodied Belgian Golden Ale will definitely keep the tastebuds entertained. Pick up a bottle to enjoy when something strong is needed. Here's to Dirk and his Knock-Out (KO) punch!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of Goldorak
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yellow-ish golden blonde, I really liked the head, thick with a honeycomb of microbubbles. However, little sediment flakes were floating around all over.

Smell: Ouf...A real smorgasbord of aroma here! Strange stuff like compost, baby powder, banana and kirsh liqueur. Weird, but I liked it!

Taste: Not as complex as the smell unfortunately. All I could whiff out is alcohol and a bland, non-descript honey/malt sweetness. Full bodied? Yeah, if you can call a fat guy full bodied, then sure...

Photo of philipquarles
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

75cL bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy blonde with a fluffy white head. Smells of honey and peach; quite sweet and sugary. Yeasty, slightly hoppy, and some spice. Tastes of sugary sweet malt. Quite a bit of hoppiness along with some peachy character. Alcohol-laden finish. Thick body bordering on syrupy. Too big and boozy to be really enjoyable to drink.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful bright pumpkin orange color with a nice white lacing.

S: Sour orange peel, caramel, and banana bread on nose.

T: Some fruitiness and a big flowery wild yeast aroma stands out. Alcohol is sweet and spicy and hidden nicely. There is some warm cola nut in the finish and fade with some spicy citrus. Nice creamy caramel banana bread palate with a decent amount of hop bitterness per style, im guessing to balance out the massive malt palate at 10%.

M: creamy with warm honey bread, some citrus and a spicy alcohol tang.

D: A big blonde that lives up to its name and worthy of a try.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a light blonde color ale with a big pure white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some funky yeast and light sourness. Taste is a mix between semi-sweet Belgian malt with some quite funky yeast but not to the extent of the Flemish Primitive which was just plain gross. Body is above average probably due to low filtration level with great carbonation and no alcohol is overly noticeable. Interesting beer overall but not something I would go for regularly.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle from LaBodega in Riverside for $10.99 in August 2006.

My first impression of this beer was very favorable. Initially, it's De Proef brewery, and I like almost everything I've tried. And this one starts well. However, the big beer alcohol and the sweet syrupy nature prove its ultimate undoing for me. I couldn't finish the bottle, and really had no desire to cap it and try and save it for another day.

Pours a nice medium orange-golden with a decent thin white head- lots and lots of carbonation. Aroma is fruity- on the light side for such a big beer. Flavor starts nice, rich and full, orange soda for big kids. But the alcohol and yeastiness begin to show through, as the glass empties the sweetness become overpowering, and that's the end of the story for me.

Some may like this- I haven't lost faith in the brewery, I'll just have to ry something else.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of honeysuckle flowers and other sweet malts in the nose. Candi sugars become present as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has slight hints of sweetness and flavors of apples. No bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The beer tastes a little strong and makes for a slow sipper but the alcohol is well hidden for the taste. It seems a little too sweet for the style.

Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

blond/dark golden in appearance with a super thick rocky head that persist.

aroma is light but semi-sweet cotton-candy with a touch of spicy/flowery hops.

really clean and light and dangerous for how much alcohol is in this beer. spicy esters and a touch of hops to balance out the sweetness leaving your palate with just a bit of bitterness..

mouthfeel is just right. very dry but still slick and refreshing.

this beer does what is says on the label K.O

Photo of geexploitation
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a voluminous, almost glowing white head atop an orangy gold body that's cloudy with yeast. Thick, sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is gorgeous: strawberries, some citrus notes, lots of yeasty breadiness, pears, and some nice candi sugar. I could breathe this in all day; it's perfectly balanced aromatically and the fruits in particular are just beautiful. Must be a great yeast strain.

On the palate, those strawberry fruits come out first, and they're just as good as the aroma indicates. At slightly low temperatures, especially, everything here is synched into one seamless package; at warmer temperatures the candi sugar takes over just a bit. Still, there's plenty of balance here, what with prickly carbonation, tons of pear and strawberry fruit, and a light malt backing to it all. Mouthfeel is well rounded and balanced, with the right portions of smoothness and rough edges. In spite of the 10 percent alcohol, there's no burn to this beer. It's a very devious beer in that it's incredibly drinkable with all that alcohol; it could get you in trouble.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer, practically a textbook case for Belgian strong pale ales. It's exceptional. My only gripe is that is loses some of its integrity at higher temperatures. Still, what's there at lower temperatures is extraordinary.

Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Short, fat, 11.2 oz bottle copped singly for $2.99 from Super Saver in Edison... Marked with the year 2005... Pours a hazy, cloudy, dark gold color hue with a small fingered head that soon receded but left lots of lacing... smell was loaded with caramel, honey, sugars, esters, and noticeable alcohol that was also quite apparent in the taste... the flavor was very rich and thick and slightly overbearing with strong apple, pears, honey, and sweet sugar notes... alcohol left a slight burning sensation in the back of the throat... Mouthfeel was very thick, rich, and creamy, and drinkability was average at best due to the ultra-sweet flavor and noticeable alcohol that really flexed its muscles on this one...

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with huge plume of white head, great retention and lacing. First scent is a huge whiff of yeast, underneath hides sweet and watery fruit and a solid spice charachter (pepper, clove, corriander). First sip brings the yeast and spice, backing malt is quite sweet, but not cloying. Some bubblegum like qualities along with the fruit. Noticeable tastes of bitter hops and some alcohol on the back end. Overall quite bold in flavor for a BSPA. Medium bodied, active carbonation but settles quickly, slightly creamy. A nice, full flavored, strong and heavier BSPA. Quite unique.

Photo of kmo1030
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazed golden amber, with a chunky, lumpy white head that laces well.
musty citrus dominates the aroma. wheaty bubbelgum, vanilla, and characteristics and slight sweet plastic-y smells. sort of like vinyl. candied fruits, dried apricots, lemon. the vanilla maple characteristic picks up speed with some warmth.
sweet and citrusy taste. orange, lemon, apricot start things up. yeasty faintly musty bread flavors show up in the middle, finishing with a sweet vanilla caramel, almost maple sweet maltyness. i'm not picking up the 10% abv, it seems to be very well masked. the wheat like characteristics add a real nice complexity.
fullish medium bodied with seemingly active, but soft carboation.
another quite an interesting beer from de proef. this is third beer of theirs that i have been very impressed with. it had a lot of unexpected flavors, making this well worth at least one go around.

Photo of Mako82
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass for review

A- Lighter golden in color and was cloudy. Easily poured a two finger head that was white, foamy and lasted quite long. Head on beer left a white film on top of the beer for the entire tasting.
S - First smell is of floral with a hint of clove in the background. Also can smell some light malts and yeast
T - Can definitely pick up the floral and clove taste. A mild malt and yeasty taste in the background. Slightly lingering bitter aftertaste, which was a nice surprise. The alcohol taste is really hidden well in this beer.
M - Not as carbonated as I would of thought. When I originally opened the bottle foam shot out. Light and crisp taste, slight chalky feel on the palate. Medium to low carbonation.
O - Thought it was a great blonde ale. Nothing seemed outstanding to me, but everything came together to produce an enjoyable beer.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful 3/8' head sits atop a hazy gold body, some suspension visibl in the beer. Belgian yeast woodiness, cotton candy sweetness, toasty malt and citrus in the nose. Very good flavor, a little sharp with the alcohol, but this is very reminiscent to a bottle of Unibroue La Fin du Monde or Don de Dieu. I would let this age for a while, but it is a very good Belgian. Mouthfeel is spot on. I would like to have an aged bottle of this, might help it mellow out a little other than that, darn good.

Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white white head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is a sweet apple cider that is balanced by the hops. Clean finish. $18.00 for a 750ml corked bottle from Ebenezer's Restaurant and Pub Lovell, ME.

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: yeast and fruit sweetness is pleasant but light overall.

Taste: caramel, yeast spiciness, ripe red apples, green grapes, and a bit of breadiness is balanced with some moderate bitterness levels. Alcohol is warming here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: a decently drinkable beer but the big alcohol makes this a bit of a slow drinking beer.

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K-O Blond Beer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.