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Kapittel Blond - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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 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.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of adamette
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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

Slightly hazy, moderately dark golden body, not unlike dark apple juice, supporting two fingers of moderately durable white foam. Sadly, the presentation was the best part of Het Blond which, while not abysmal, was simply ordinary. After letting Blond sit for some time and warm, some spice emerges to complement the modest fruit aromas. I detect some banana, some sour apple, and a bit of ginger but long for much more.

Banana and ginger carry the taste load, which I found disappointing overall. It lacks flavorful punch, and isn't the most effervescent Belgian, to say the least. The sourness is off-putting, and not simply because I hopes for something different (better, really), but rather because the sweet if modest aroma doesn't translate into the taste. In a word, it's banal.

After drinking this--and I won't describe my experience with Het Blond as "enjoying it"--I perused my reviews of Belgian Pale Ales. I must admit that I have yet to experience one that has wowed me, so it's possible that, like Brown Ale, this might not be my style. Yet I certainly came around to Reds, thanks to Brian Boru. Change is possible. But is there a Belgian Pale Ale to make me reconsider my mounting aversion to this style? Perhaps Trappist Westvleteren Blonde must be next to help me rethink my position...

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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.

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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...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Sam Adams pint glass. White fluffy head dissipated somewhat quickly into a thin skim of foam and belgian ringlets. Presented with a clear, pale gold color and mildly effervescent at the pour. Very little lacing adhered during the tasting. Scents of yeast and citrus. Taste similar to nose with a faint flavor of clove and maybe banana; a little bready. Mouthfeel was not as lively as I would have expected for the style. Pretty drinkable brew though, but there are definitely better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of crwills
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale cloudy yellow into a sampler glass. Very weak aroma, although it may have been the quantity or environment. Flavour is yeasty with some citrus (orange or orange peel), mild bread, and some slight sour notes. Slick mouthfeel makes it a little different.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a frankly, ugly pale yellow, with little head, just a smattering of clear bubbles, though a nice ring does appear later, as the beer is drunk.

S: Nice smell of fruit, malt, and esters, predominately pear and banana.

T: Heavy pear ester flavour dominates the palate, tasty, but could be a little much at times. Pretty one-dimensional, the yeast character is the show of this one, not getting much malt character or hops.

M: Very light, much lighter than you'd expect from a 6% ale, spritzy, and thin.

D: Not one of my favourite BPA's, it didn't have that huge billowy head that I like in this style, or that great a taste. I finished it easily, but don't think I'll buy it again at $2.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Derek
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of armock
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy straw color with a white head that leaves a little lacing

S - Sweet malt and fruit stand out

T - More of the same malt and fruits finishes with some hops

M - There is quite a bit of carbonation in here but still goes down good

D - I enjoyed this brew it could be a session beer if it was more widely available around me

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by date of 2006, Sampled March 2007
Produces a frothy, light tan colored head that starts out about three-fingers in height and leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. The beer is a reddish tinted, copper colored brew and is brilliantly clear. The aroma smells of sweet malt notes, butterscotch, sweet grapes, musty crackers and biscuit malt. Fruity notes of apple and light berry notes are also noticeable in the aroma.

The taste is quite sweet up front, with a pronounced fruitiness that reminds me of green raisins, apple cider and something like strawberries (though not quite). Quite light bodied, though it does have a certain heft to it. The finish is quite sweet as well, though there is an in- vain attempt for a dry biscuit-like character to add some dryness. This is a wierd beer, the fruit notes and sweetness combine to almost give this an artificial sweetener kind of flavor. This beer is not necessarily over sweet, it is just the combination of flavors that make me say it is (if that makes any sense). This is just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of oelergud
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.


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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

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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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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%.

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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.

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Photo of hero27
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.
Labeled at 6.5% abv..

Holy lords of sediment.. this looks like river water...not necessarily in a bad way, but it's loaded with yeast.
Aroma of heavy grain, cloves, and some light lemon zest.
Slides down with absolutely no resistance whatsoever...very smooth. Alcohol might as well be an afterthought..can't notice the 6.5% at all.
The smooth mouthfeel & easy drinkability are it's best attributes. This beer is fairly run-of-the-mill for a Belgian ale, and doesn't shine in any particular category.

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that leaves dots of lacing

Smell: Floral perfume that is part honey/banana and part corn/DMS

Taste: Starts witha sweet honey flavor that is rather yeasty; after the swallow, several other flavors emerge - some good, some not so good - the good ones are a dry earthy bitterness but the demerits are in the corn flavors and the overwhelming sweetness of the brew

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably complex but marred by a number of flaws

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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

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Kapittel Blond from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.