Kapittel Blond - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 05-10-2004

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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $4.99. According to the label, this is best before April of 2011(?).

Poured into a Iron Goat snifter, this beer was an opaque, russet color that took on a more apricot hue when held up to light. On top was a couple of inches of off-white foam that dropped after a few minutes, leaving some spotty lace. There appears to be a small amount of sediment as well.

Strangely nutty in the initial aroma, along with some fruity funk.

The taste was surprisingly honeyish, which didn’t come through the aroma at all. There’s a a lemon –like taste in the background and some mild, spicy Belgian yeast notes. There was also a slightly bitter, grassy hop flavor in the background.

Fairly light bodied, with a moderately sticky, ever so slight grainy mouthfeel.

Not bad, but not something I’d want more than one of at a sitting. I was rather surprised at how sweet it was.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This a pale straw/ golden beer with minimal bright white head and poor retention. Aromas are faint, but it is a musty grain smell similar to what you might expect of a pilsner only without the spice, sulfer, or other zing.

Taste is an odd mix of sweet grass, metalic, clove and just a bit of soapy water. This kinda sounds like a spoiled beer I'm sure but the condition of other bottles in the pack rule this out. It really isn't nasty and pretty drinkable but I'm not taken with it anyway.

The mouthfeel is the strongest point, which is pleasantly carbonated if a tad slick.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with a white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Aromas of light malts, floral hops, banana, and wet hay.

This is where it all goes wrong....The taste is very mild for the most part with some honey sweetness and floral hops, along with the light malts. The overwhelming taste that smacks you with the weight of a 2"x4" is some sort of minerally copper. It's up front, in the middle, and in the finish. The more you drink, the less of it you notice, but it just isn't good.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery with very little carbonation,

I won't be going back again for this. I believe they used a new technique that uses dirty pennies in the mash.

Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 4 beer sample pack. Hazed dark gold color, not as big a head as the other Kapittel beers, settles at about 1/4 of an inch after 40 seconds. Simple looping laces. Fruity aroma, distinct pineapple Life Saver sense, a bit of lemon rind. Mouthfeel is almost medium but the carbonaion is lower (it seems that many of these Kapittel beers spend the most of their carbonation in the pour and generating the head). The dominant flavor comes off as primarily sweet and like breadfruit or musk mellon, some coconut qualities and a sense of something like coriander. There's a bit of a flavor fade mid mouth to close -- the end is slightly yeasty but verging on watery. Starts out interesting, finish is not so much so.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
best before A 7 12
A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep yellow body with a slight orange hint to it and a thin creamy white head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a matrix of slow tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The raw grain, fresh rain and dry spun sugar aroma blends together with a green candy hop note in the finish

T- The crisp clean flavor of pale malt and dry sugar turns more water as the beer opens up. There is a green hop finish with some soapy woody notes to the hops.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a filling fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has some nice soft tripel qualities with the dry sugar notes and soft but the watery taste makes this a bit too thin and the fizz masks the finish aswell.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

John's bottle from Smokeless. Immensely soapy head from my gravity-defying glass, good lace, yeasty aroma. Some corriander and clove and vanilla, a bit of wet grass. Nice yeasty chewy Belg experience, and pleasant yeast aroma. Herbal, good pleasant pale.

Photo of haddon
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

golden color with a cloudy haze. nice frothy head with lots of lacing down the goblet

classic belgian fruity notes: apricots, peaches, dates, malts & a very faint alcohol smell mixed in as well

taste starts off metallic, almost off-putting. the aftertaste is much better...turns to lemon, honey, clove & banana

actually not bad on the tongue. medium body with right amount of carbonation

did not enjoy the first few sips of this at all. however, as the beer warmed it was much more enjoyable. even so, couldn't get past the first impression that disappointed a bit

Photo of sullysbeer
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet, horseblanket horsehair or barnyard. Plums. Very light hop nose.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a white head that lasts.

Flavor: Malty sweet with huge fruity esters- apple, plum; with a peppery hop bitterness to balance. Slight hint of bubble gum.

Esters - Esters are aromatic compounds identified as fruity and estery at high levels, and may include descriptions such as banana-, apple-, and pear like or grapefruit. It can be desirable in some styles of beer. Aside from the obvious fruit addition, Esters are typically a byproduct of fermentation and characterized by the yeast strain, some being able to produce more esters than others. Higher gravity beers will tend to produce more esters than lower gravities. Aeration at the beginning of fermentation, high fermentation temperatures, and excessive trub (sediment) will produce more esters. They may be reduced with time and age to closely related fusel alcohols and solvent-like acids.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little high on the carbonation which is typical with Belgian beers.

Overall Impression: This beer is well crafted. Belgian style beers have distinct flavors, delicious. This beer came in a four pack

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Blonde pours a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a creamy head of white froth that drops shortly and leaves only minor streaks of lace about the glass.

The nose is sweetish like honey, and spicy, similar in many ways to that of a witbier.

It's smooth and creamy in the mouth with a dextrinous medium body and very fine bubbled moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue.

Although the flavor initially seems light on the palate, it tends to linger, and becomes fuller and more exciting with each sip. It's honey-ish, subtly fruity (orange), delicately spicy, and just mildly bitter. It's well-rounded and very drinkable; and it's alcohol never shows!

Very well done!

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, poured into a long tulip glass.

Color is a light, a bit cloudy, orange. Forms a two finger head that dissapears slowly, leaving just a ring of foam.
Smells much like a witbier: wheat, yeast and sweet malt.
Taste is a bit sweet and fruity in the beginning but hoppy bitter in the finish.
Body feels light and carbonation is high.

Overall this is a complex and well balanced beer. Thumbs up from me.

Photo of tempest
2.21/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a bottle at Dulle Griet in Ghent. This beer didn't taste right, but the bartender claimed it was right on. There was a strong metallic taste and aroma that made me feel like I was licking a pocketful of change every time I took a sip. Sure the clear gold body looked great, but as a beer, this failed.

Photo of bashiba
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange with lots of carbonation and a big thick head with good retention.

Smelled sweet and fruity with hints of bananas, oranges, yeasts, and some spices.

Has a very big mineral taste along with a noticeable yeast flavor and some nice pepper and clove spices. Not at all sweet or fruity like the nose would have led me to beleive, but slightly sharp with a bit of noticeable earthy hops as well.

Mouthfeel is light and tingly with a nice dry finish.

Pretty average in the drinkability department, especially with so many more tasty alternatives in this style available.

Photo of Gmann
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden peach color with an average white head that dissipated into a light ring around the glass. The aroma is of Belgian yeast; pears, caramalized bananas, and a floral honey note. The taste has a noticable sweet banana flavor, light clove, candi sugar, and an ever so light grassy hop. The brew has a nice full feel with subdued carbonation that leads to quite a smooth experience. It is sweet throughout and perhaps a touch sticky. A very tasty Belgian blonde. Definitely more on the sweet side with plenty of banana flavor.

Photo of GimmeAles
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Freshness date marked as November of '07 - plenty fresh at this point. A moderate pour produces a billowing, 4-inch head of meringue-like foam which stands proudly a full inch above the crest of the tulip glass . Developes deep pits and eventually crumples under its own girth into a lace-rimmed cap of foam. Opaque, translucent tan leaning towards Gold - I guess 'Blond' is appropriate, funny enough.

Sweet peaches, Spicybready yeast, and soft floral honey (clover?) notes make for an inviting nose.

First sip is all the above, but lacking the depth of the aroma, sadly. However, this one broadens and deepens as it opens up. Canned peaches in syrup, candied lemon rind, with an faint edge of cracked black pepper are first. Malts are soft and mellow like honey-wheat bread minus the crust. Very mild bitter finish from the hops

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky – streams of fine carbonation keep the otherwise fairly chewy body and moderate alcohol nice and smoooth. Alcohol is not detected. Thusly, drinkabililty is effortless

Paired with Fettuccini Alfredo and sourdough garlic bread, this beer was a treat. Will definitely look for more

Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with the label clipped at 02/08. I do not know what that indicates but at the very least it is 5 years old since I sampled it on June 26, 2013.

It does not look bad. The color is light amber with lots of cloudiness due to the bottle fermentation I expect.

Honey! That's what I get right off on the nose. Belgian malts and Belgian sugar sweetness plays second fiddle to the honey ester that is in your face!

The body comes in at around medium but it is smooth and creamy.

The taste is uber-sweet with honey and Belgian sugars. Those really speak for the entire brew. The hops are muted but can be found slithering distantly in the background. I can't say it finishes dry but there is a low bitterness at the finale. Maybe a fresher bottle would give me a different outcome.

Photo of BierFan
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The neck label on the 11.2 ounce bottle lists an abv of 6.5%.

Small white head. Hazy dull dark yellow body. Almost no carbonation at all. Musty malty and fruity aroma and taste. Herbal up front with a very sweet and flowery finish.

This has been kind of a letdown for me. Greater carbonation would have immensely improved the beer.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a four pack of Het Kapittel brews (one each of Blond, Pater 6, Prior 8, and Abt)- this is the only time I had seen it otherwise.

Pours a medium golden, cloudy with a medium off-white head that quickly fades- a small amount of carbonation quickly rises from the bottom of the Leffe goblet.

Aroma is clean, sweet, bright, sweet candies (Brach's candy from my childhood, artifical fruit flavors and all). Perhaps even bubblegum. Brings back fond memories, but these are processed artifical aromas.

Flavor is sweet, pleasant, easily drinkable, and quickly forgettable- not complex at all. Reminds me of the numerous variety of processed, bland blonds that you can get in Belgium, all decent, certainly superior in my opinion to American megabrews, but not much else. Skip this and try the bigger Het Kappitel products for a better experience.

Photo of theopholis
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy appricit color with a white fluffy head that lasts. Some lacing. Very sticky, but there's not a lot of it.

Aroma- Iitial aroma is a very complex malt sweetness, with overtones of over-ripe dark fruits like plums, raisens, ect. Once the volitiles all disappear, you get more of a sour mash. Just a hint of hops.

Flavor- Nothing pounds you on the head. It's a nice blend of malt sweetness with some dark fruity esters- Nice, suble blend of flavoring and bittering hops throuhg-out.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, Good carbonation level for the style (which means it's a tad higher than most beers).

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Even sessionable. A very good way for a newbie to be introduced to Belgian beers.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small bottle picked up at the COOP on Saturday.. Poured into my SN XXX goblet.. short lasting white head.. the brew is hazed golden orange... splotchy lacing and nonexistent cap.

Nose is bready with some lite clove.. only slightly estery with some background orange..

Esters show on the palate as some overripe pear and green apple skin.. odd metal flavor builds from the front and peaks mid palate and finishes the same.. coppery.

Not digging this one at all.. the bones are there, but the 2nd half of the glass is too much effort.

3.5/3.5/2.5/3.5/3

Photo of DandyEssex
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From a 330mL bottle, in a tulip.

Golden hay colour, with a slight haze when the lees are added.

Subtle, but nice aromas. Mostly banana, with biscuit & honey. The flavours follow through nicely, with the honey coming forward. Lemon candy in there as well. Slight hop spice on the finish. It is sweeter than I expected. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture

This has no outstanding quality to it, but is complex enough and very easy to drink, almost sessionable even.

Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before D, 05, 07...whatever all that means. A through E, and 01 through 11, and another set. Whatever...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a 2 finger, frothy white head that slowly fades out. Chunky lacing is left all around the glass. Hearty CO2 bubbles slowly rise to the top of the cap. Tons of viscous sediment is suspended throughout the entire glass. It would look great other than that junk messing up my brew.
Smell is of grassy, earthy, orangy citrus, along with a touch of cream, wet hay, and corn.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet butternut squash flavors, along with grassy, earthy, funk mixed with citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly sweet, yeasty, dead on the middle of the tongue, and moving to an oaky dryness.

Photo of GbVDave
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a light gold, honey color. Very clear with some suspended sediment. Minute head that leaves quite a bit of lace.

S: Aromas of apples, bread, and honey.

T: Earthy flavors of wheat, malt, bananas, and some dirt. Slightly sweet malt tempered by some dirt covered hops. Tart apples in the finish. Odd mix of flavors that somehow work together.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin and prickly.

D: Despite the strange mix of a sweet nose, earthy flavors, and thin mouthfeel, I found this beer to be quite drinkable.

Photo of Absumaster
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, golden beer with a creamy big head.

Smell is light malty and somewhat mash-like, with phenolic yeast notes and a spicy coriander smell. A light hoppiness rounds of the smell.

Taste is malty and has a light mash/wort taste, also some grainy, husky notes. The yeast generates a light phenolic, fruity taste which is a spicy in combination with the coriander. A light vanilla smell. I seem to have missed the bitterness at first, but now I get the bitterness which is above average for a blond, but I like it. Body is medium and mouthfeel is not sticky. Drinkability is good.

Photo of dsa7783
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copped in a Kapittel-series gift pack in Madison, this was one of the lighter brews in the series, but also one of the best-tasting... pours a golden colored hue with impressive frothy and foamy head that soon dissipated but left nice lacing... smell is complete with fresh-fruit, pines, and citrus... taste is wonderfully rich and complex with pears, grapefruit, florals, bananas, and lemons... nice, authentic Belgian taste that really hits home... wonderful mouthfeel and super-easy drinkability... no alcohol or bitterness detected... rich, pure, thick, and satisfying flavors with a distinct candied sweetness... excellent flavor full of Belgian sugars, candies, and slight vanilla... an all-around outstanding brew worthy of recognition... Definitely recommended...

Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark, as "Kapittel Watou Blond". ABV is 6.5%. "Het" seems no longer to be part of the beer’s name, or have they different labels for different countries? Anyway, the beer pours hazy golden with a large head. Typical Belgian blond ale elements in the aroma: Yeasty, fruity, spicy, oaky, hints of barnyard. Flavour is mildly spicy and hoppy on a moderately sweet and malty background. Not a "big" beer, but nice.

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Kapittel Blond from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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