Kapittel Blond - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 106
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.28%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Interesting. I am the only person to have reviewed this on-tap. And my score is going to be wildly different than everyone elses that is on bottles.

Pours a slightly clouded gold. White head that sticks around for quite some time. Flavor is yeasty with a mild sweetness. Feel is smooth on the liquid and gives a soft bubble on the tongue. Extremely drinkable. So smooth it almost gives a gentle drinking experience. I am not sure what the differences are between having the bottle or off the tap, but if this is how it normally is when on-tap, I say go for it. (562 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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! (690 characters)

Photo of GimmeAles
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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 (1,151 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of sullysbeer
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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 (1,195 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
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... (771 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a light orange color, with a good sized white foam head on the top. Lots of carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Good amount of lacing. The scent is lemony/citrusy. A pretty full bodied brew, the taste also has the citrus feel to it, with some bread and butter aspects present as well. This is a nice, refreshing brew, not as intense as its bigger belgian cousins. (392 characters)

Photo of theopholis
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a golden orange color that produced a great fluffy white head with good retention. Plenty of lacing left behind.

(S)- A nice crisp biscuit-like lemon and yeast-like clay/earth. Very subtle spice.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A crisp banana and biscuit lemon yeast with a lightly green hop component.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level and a nice balance. A good feel with a great combo of classic belgian and hops.

(D)- A great belgian pale ale. I like the balance of it without being overly and in your face hoppy. Good stuff right here. (583 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, I'm surprised there is only 5 reviews of this brew here. I thought this was a Belgian Blue Light Special. Purchased in a sampler 4-pack of their brews. 6.5% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy pale straw golden, forming a large white head with good retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is quite nice...cleanly fermented with lots of bananas and cloves, spicy phenols, sweet pale malts...smells like a triple to me, similar to La Fin du Monde or Bell's Sparkling Ale in it's purity. The mouthfeel is prickly with brisk carbonation and a clean finish. Light bodied, which seperates it from the triple it smells like. The malts are gentle with a delicate huskiness. The middle is lightly tainted by metals, and the hops are mild with minty suggestions. Alcohol is imperceptable. There is a lingering light saccharin aftertaste.

This is a decent blonde. Easy to drink for those days when a triple might be a little too stiff. A good beer on all marks, but not overly exciting in any one area. (1,027 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head is long lasting, dense and foamy on a beautiful glittering golden opaque body. Crazy carbonation. Very nice yeasty smell, wheat, with interesting sweet citric notes: mostly lemon, but also a hint of grapefruit. The taste is fruity and very refreshing, with wheat also: the sweet and citric aspects noticeable in the smell clearly appear in the taste. Orange, lemon and more of a grapefruit aspect at the end. Maybe even some light hints of banana and strawberry. A refreshing iodated flavor enjoyably bites the tongue. A very fruity hoppiness gets noticeable after a while. A very smooth and flavorful mouthfeel; a good beer. (634 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is sweet and yeasty with some strong honey aromas. I also get some clove and lemon. Taste is initially yeasty with banana. This beer has some crisp bitterness and distinct clove flavors. I also get pepper, and it has a melon-fruit finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, full-flavored, with a crisp finish. Drinkability is VERY high. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Blondes, but this one is quite tasty on draft. (513 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent cloudy brown yellow body with good carbonation. White off-white head tiny to medium head. Good retention and decent lace.
Sweet, malty, sour and musty slightly spiced scent. Pretty refreshing.
Up front musty hay sweet malts. The hops do come through in the middle and lasts well into the balanced aftertaste.
Medium body and abit of coating.
Good drinkability and a great gateway into belgian beer. Not too strong or overwhelming.

-Oelergud (459 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This made quite an impression on me. Poured a very cloudy blond with lots of debris both suspended and moving about. White foamy head faded away in about 20 seconds. Smell reminded me of apple juice and apple pie spices. Very nice. These were present in the taste, as well with a bit of a dryness right at the finish. Mouthfeel was smooth and pleasant with just enough CO2 to let you know you're drinking a beer. My favourite so far out of a mixed 4pk of Belgians.
*Note: By bottle says 6,5%abv and not 6,2%. (509 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The latest of the Van Eecke beers for me to try, and the first which I liked. It was also the lightest in color and taste (I believe I drink like a lady)...

Poured a clear yellow color with thin white foam layer. The clarity was almost hazy, but not quite. The aroma was good, almost had the bready yeasty smell of the St. Bernardus beers which are the gold standard for these Belgian Abbey types in my eyes. The flavor was initially very mild, but as I continued drinking I noticed more subtle flavors, mostly sweet malts, yeast, and maybe a mild hops presence.

Really pretty good, but not worth searching too hard for as you can easily buy better Belgian blonds such as St. Bernardus Tripel, Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet, La Chouffe, anything light from De Dolle, etc. (770 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 6.5%abv., BB 03/2010, served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue, translucent with tiny bits of yeast sediments swmming in the lightly carbonated body, topped with a 2cm thick white spongy froth that settles gradually to a thin cap.
S: lightly sour-sweet yeasty fruity on a par with a lubricating sugary malts that gives out a lubricating-kind of note; a refreshing flow of really fragrant, springy flower blossoms (pronounced hints of Chinese white camomile of Hangzhou - "Hang-Bai Ju"), orangey fruits and a mild touch of leafy herbs. Soothing and pleasant.
T: a lubricating swallow of mildly sweet pale malts and orangey-citric fruity hops with a mildly mineral, chewy bitterness is closely ensued by a slowly developing wave of fragrant flowery taste, almost like a sweetened Chinese camomile tea with a spicy kick, and the finishing undertone is a tad zesty or slightly tangy to render a intriguing contrast with the smooth flowery aftertaste.
M&D: light on the carbonation, just sufficient to render a refreshing palate, against a medium body and moderate flavour profile; all in all, this is a pretty quiet, but well-made, pale ale that is really easy to drink and the soothing, flowery-tea edge is especially commendable. (1,287 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bronze-blonde, yeast floaties, off-white head, very little retention, slight lace.

S: Floral hops, earthy-mineral, light spice, toffee, slight fruity esters.

T: Yeasty-earthy-spice, tropical candied fruit, biscuit, hint of alcohol.

M: Light body is well-attenuated, smooth & creamy, modest carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. (329 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this Blond in a tulip.

Appearance- The beer manages a single finger of bright white foam that is very filmy and puffy. It recedes to barely cover the cap and has tons of bubbles.

A very hazy, honey-gold and orange body shines through the glass. A small amount of dark and leafy sediment managed to escape the bottle on my pour, but it settles quickly.

Smell- This has a very nice biscuit malt and honey scent. And when I say honey, I mean, HONEY. I don't think I could get a stronger scent of honey if I actually drizzled some in here.

There may be a little fruity character as well that reminds me of red grapes.

Taste- The drink is not as sweet as the nose, but it holds onto that slightly syrupy, honey flavor near the middle and end of the drink. The front of the drink manages some earthiness and even a wheat feel.

The drink certainly improves as the drink goes along, again, that grape and raisin sweetness combines with the biscuit malt and honey to make a rather sweet, yet soft finish. How they manage to keep it from being cloying is impressive.

Mouth feel- This is more carbonated than it should be. It is just to the point of scratching the tongue with bubbles. The beer is, thankfully, a nice medium body.

Any lighter and that carbonation would have really been overwhelming.

Overall- This beer has decent parts, but they do not come together to form a great beer. The honey scent of the nose, and the estery sweetness on the palate are great.

However, they do not come together in the flavor profiles where it really matters the most. I would have this again, as it is an enjoyable beer. It could just offer so much more. (1,653 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light honey nose. Flavor is smooth, honey-like, more malts than hops. Slight dry finish. $19.95 for a mixed 4-pak 330ml bottles from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (312 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 7/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color, with a fairly dense 1-2 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of light lemon zest, grape, pear, pepper, clove, honey, bread, and yeast spices. Nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength. Taste of lemon zest, pepper, pear, orange, clove, biscuit, honey, grass, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, clove, grass, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and slightly prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Very easy to drink as well. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable Belgian blonde. Good amount of complexity and nice flavor balance; and very smooth. (998 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 11.2 oz. bottle into my Piraat tulip glass. Best by "date" of 03 09. Purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October for $4.89.

A Nice frothy white head over a pleasing golden yellow translucent body with inconsistent carbonation rising up at least initially. I do not see cloudy, hazy in the beer that I just poured.

S Belgian yeast and a very appropriate "Blond" smell at that with the yeast, some alcohol and possibly some corn husks to the nose.

T Kind of basic yeasty belgian blond with some other grains possible. My early impression is that it does not take too many chances. It is true to the style but a bit one dimensional. Certainly it is on the sweet side of the sweet--bitter scale without much bitterness at all.

M Light to moderate and true to the style.

D Good and if it were more available and less than $5 per 11.2 ounce bottle I would likely buy more of it.

Notes: This is the first of four "Kapittel" beers that I purchased that day at Beers of the World. It will be fun to compare and contrast them in the days to come. (1,074 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden yellow color and formed a nice foamy white head that left trace lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of yeast, citrus with a slight hint of pepper. A flavor of ctirus, bread and butter aspects. The finish was sprite, yet overall weak on the palate. Not a bad blonde, but not amazing either. (359 characters)

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Kapittel Blond from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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