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Charles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel Blond - Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Charles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel BlondCharles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel Blond

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BA SCORE
85
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AlexLMS on 01-02-2008)
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Beerstorian

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

02-15-2013 15:19:27 | More by Beerstorian
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benclimbs

California

4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! I don't think i've ever disagreed more with a consensus on BA.

I thought this beer was absolutely terrific.

This beer pours an opaque blonde golden into a tulip glass @ cafe delirium in Brussels.

Nose is just so powerful - a little sweetness, tons of spice, cloves and banana - the yeast is there but not overpowering.

The taste is the same, classic belgian blonde/pale ale - almost like a tripel but not as heavy on the yeast. Super balanced and super nice. So drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 22:52:58 | More by benclimbs
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MaevaS

France

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-05-2014 18:33:39 | More by MaevaS
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Andreji

Colombia

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in downtown Brussels

I have to give credit to the Keizers. these beers turned out to be amazing, to the extent of bringing both this and the bruin back to colombia in my luggage.

beautiful golden color, opaque and shiny. thick white head, also very bright. beautiful fruity and flowery scent, peaches, uchuva.

Taste is less subtle in regards to the alcohol than the bruin, but equally fantastic, quite sweet blended, somewhat citrusy with a very soft carbonation and a medium body, well adjusted to the beer.

beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 21:43:32 | More by Andreji
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educorgan

Portugal

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-11-2012 17:43:08 | More by educorgan
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Beerenauslese

California

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear gold, with good head, but dissipates quickly, leaving a fine layer of bubbles, and a little lace. Smells of green grass, coriander, banana, and brown sugar. Tastes malty with a nice mild green hoppiness, and a note of tropical sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, mildly sweet at the beginning, finishing dry. This is a satisfying beer, treading the line between a blond and a tripel. Very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 02:12:20 | More by Beerenauslese
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A little different. Nice and light. Poured a nice foamy, frothy white head that lasts and good lace. Color is a very clear lighter yellow. Aroma is malt, floral, yeast, hops, and body powder. Flavor quite mild and good. Bitter up front, sweet in the back. Grains, a little hops, a little citrus, a little yeast; all in moderation and very nicely balanced. Body is lighter but good and great carbonation. Super easy drinking beer. No hint of alcohol. Session beer for sure. Man, you could easily knock these back and find yourself on the floor.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 18:48:38 | More by drpimento
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innominat

Ireland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-25-2014 20:31:28 | More by innominat
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ThirstyTorpy

Malta

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-08-2012 20:52:56 | More by ThirstyTorpy
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought for 0.5 euro on sale in my local liqor store. I liked this one.

Nice looking beer. Golden, clear with floaty bits, good creamy head. Not much carbonation though.

Very nice smell on this, a bit like hefeweissen. malty and fruity, with a lot of herbs, cloves and koriander, etc.

Taste is bitter hoppy and herby from cloves again. Malts and bread, dry finish.

This Keizer Karel is a lot better than the red one. It's herby character is strong, not allways seen in this style.
Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 13:29:23 | More by RuudJH
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Jose9e

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-29-2013 13:28:20 | More by Jose9e
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a tart fruitiness and a presence of a barnyard. In the taste, dry yeast, earthy and a hint of tart fruit. A tart bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty and small fruit presence in the aftertaste. Almost saison like and really hides the ABV well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 20:26:31 | More by OWSLEY069
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jibjib513

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle to snifter.

Appearance (4.0): Though I poured it somewhat vigorously, the carbonation is not overwhelming. The clarity is superb with a nice golden color.

Smell (4.0): The bottle tipped me off that there would be hints of spices and I can definitely smell that. Also, behind the spices I'm getting a whiff of something characteristically Belgian, perhaps caramel?

Taste (4.0): Very bold up front but then smooth finish in the aftertaste. Nice!

Mouthfeel (4.0): Again, something distinctly Belgian about it. I wonder if this one was brewed with sugar in it.

Overall (4.0): This was my first true Belgian Blonde, Strong Pale Ale and I was hesitant because the only time I've had this style before was from a local brewer which tasted nothing like this one. This one was very nice and smooth. Something that I could enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:07:09 | More by jibjib513
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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-29-2011 19:43:32 | More by rekel
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koladiola

Belgium

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-02-2014 21:10:55 | More by koladiola
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smibroncos

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-11-2011 21:06:07 | More by smibroncos
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a blond beer which will enjoy the drinker. Me and Mrs. Brabander liked this one very much.

Poured in our Chalices the beer looks good. I could get better when there is more carbonation.

Yeasty smell and a very soft and drinkable taste. Citrusnotes and not dry at all.

Wonderfull beer. A pity they put antioxidants in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 11:28:43 | More by Brabander
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MsNitch

France

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

8.5% 33cl bottle into a chalice

"Charles V. born in Ghent, Belgium in 1500 was a devoted beer lover. This top fermented beer has a spicy aroma and a well rounded flavor."

Contains an antioxidant?

A: Robust bright golden yellow, fast bubbles with medium lacing and a thick head with mid range retention, not much unlike my beloved French man, this beer has character.

S: I smell a man holding corn. Literally there is a hand cream smell that later racked my mind as a mystery scent trying random words like: wool, cologne, musk. Settled accepting it as a spice and floral, "spice of man".

T: Warms as it slides down the throat, filling all the right places his strong body is biting and then gently honeyed into a malt/corn finish.

M: Beautifully light in body with the high alcohol content, a soft touch of that cologne stickiness

O: I had to turn the label around as I finished my notes becuase the man's face was staring right at me, he is pressuring me to say goo things. I compare this to a Delirium Tremens that has been roughed around an axe commericial. He has balls with the high alcohol content, looking to knock a ladies socks off, classy in his approach though, covered in dry malt, spice and packing a delicate hand full of flowers behind his back. Wonderful as all his ways are, his cousin holds much the same appeal without all the grain texture and alcoholic lures but missing the subtle fruit of his family line also makes him a rogue and his charming herby spice is too much to ignore. Handsome beer, ruggedly handsome.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 15:31:42 | More by MsNitch
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treque

Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very pale gold in color, completely traslucent, lots of carb wich generates a richy, creamy, dense white head. the head is persistent and leave enough waste on the glass

S: belgian yeast, honey, hops, earthy, lemony

T: small sweet notes at first, warmer, the alcohol presence is notable, medium dry finish, yeast character

medium body

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:25:27 | More by treque
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impending

California

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear pale gold, marvelous transparency, dense pure white frothy head recedes slowly to the surface.

Aroma is classic light skinned summer fruits, lots of esters.

Sweetness is not up front but rather seems to develop, culminating in the finish. Powdery yeast bases under delicate fruits. A mild peppery dryness with phenolic highlights appears before the sweet aftertaste takes over. The alcohol can be perceived as an intentional flavor note. Medium bodied mouthfeel. A nicely balanced brew.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 04:55:15 | More by impending
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ant1

France

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-28-2013 16:52:27 | More by ant1
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-21-2013 12:21:37 | More by Ciocanelu
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-20-2013 17:50:29 | More by Josiah2729
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Jigglypuff


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-28-2012 18:54:31 | More by Jigglypuff
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jeiiVP

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-06-2013 15:10:59 | More by jeiiVP
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Charles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
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