Kapittel Blond - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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2.95/5 rDev -18.5%
11.2 oz. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Managed a 1/4" head after a hard pour that quickly dissipated. Nice yellow with a few yeast floaties.
Smell: A little bit of citrus and sweetness, pleasant enough.
Taste: Up front bitterness that verges on metallic, never really seems to go away it's masking over some better flavors of sweetness, not horrible but not good either.
Mouth feel: The bitterness and lack of balance impacts the mouthfeel to. Lightly carbonated may more would have helped.
Drinkability: Too many negatives to make this an enjoyable session beer.
Hard to believe this is from the same Belgian villiage (Watou) as St. Bernardus, disappointing blond.
05-26-2010 23:53:08 | More by BobZ
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
From 2/13/10 notes, had on tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest in Baltimore, MD.
a - Poured a clear golden color that was very transparent. Little head or carbonation evident.
s - Smells strongly of yeast. Also hints of hops, some fruit, and grain.
t - Tastes strongly of yeast as well. Little bit of fruit as well, but kind of bland
m - Light body with no carbonation.
d - Overall I thought this beer was ok. Strong yeast notes to it and the bland taste made it definitely not near the top of the best things available at Max's. I wouldn't have ordered it again.
02-20-2010 21:19:17 | More by mdfb79
2.85/5 rDev -21.3%
Pours a muddy looking dark gold with a very small white head which leaves minimal lacing.
The aroma is of sweet malt, honey along with some buttery notes.
Taste follows the aroma closely. Sweet malt is the predominant factor, then the slight buttery aspect along with yeast in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was very smooth and thick, almost creamy. There's just enough carbonation to keep it from being dull.
All said and done, there are a lot better beers out there in this style.
02-14-2010 19:11:51 | More by JBogan
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
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
02-05-2010 02:28:33 | More by haddon
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
Nice reddish/golden color with good head retention.
Otherwise, not an exciting brew. Had some murky flavors of spice and yeast, but more like a mulled cider feeling to it with slight minerality. Not bad, but not particularly memorable either. Goes well with food. In fact, it needs food. Would pair nicely with mild cheeses and poultry dishes.
It's drinkable, but not in large quantities.
09-01-2009 13:27:42 | More by DawnL
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
Presentation: 11.2oz brown pop top with nice label...very Belgian..looking forward to this one
Appearance: Dark gold beer, fairly bright, with lots of small yeast sediment in suspension, big ivory cap with good retention
Smell: Lots of crisp, fresh grain and mild earthy hops...very pilsener-esque...a little yeasty funk and fruit on the back end
Taste: Very sweet, mildly steely light crystal malts...light candy sugar...fairly simple...somewhat tasty, but there is NOT a lot going on here...
Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied...kind of slippery
Conclusion: It's kinda tasty, but nothing special in any way...I bought this in a mixed Kapittel 4-pack...I'm hoping the rest are more memorable...
07-30-2009 05:53:03 | More by BedetheVenerable
2.17/5 rDev -40.1%
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.
04-07-2009 00:58:32 | More by tempest
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
03-31-2009 17:36:03 | More by wl0307
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
03-21-2009 23:08:19 | More by BierFan
3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
01-20-2009 02:34:24 | More by adamette
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
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...
12-18-2008 01:18:15 | More by Gehrig
4.3/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
11-15-2008 02:27:49 | More by Gmann
4.25/5 rDev +17.4%
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...
01-28-2008 00:41:01 | More by dsa7783
4.55/5 rDev +25.7%
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.
12-31-2007 06:16:37 | More by RblWthACoz
3.73/5 rDev +3%
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.
12-27-2007 22:20:48 | More by Jwale73
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
12-02-2007 16:57:03 | More by crwills
3/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
11-27-2007 19:47:38 | More by Halcyondays
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
11-13-2007 02:22:40 | More by Derek
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
11-11-2007 02:22:04 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev +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
10-22-2007 11:52:16 | More by armock
4.2/5 rDev +16%
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.
09-13-2007 03:43:29 | More by theopholis
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
07-08-2007 08:00:54 | More by Absumaster
2.95/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
04-14-2007 21:30:54 | More by Gueuzedude
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
02-17-2007 01:08:58 | More by oelergud
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
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
01-25-2007 21:47:06 | More by sullysbeer
Kapittel Blond from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.