Charles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel Blond - Brouwerij Haacht NV

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86
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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:
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(Beer added by: AlexLMS on 01-02-2008)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from La Cervoiserie, tasted in 2014.

Appearance : golden colour with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : yeasty spiced and fruity flavors, with dry finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian strong Ale.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I have had this many times over years, in those four handled and then three handled mugs and nowadays the glass. This write up is from a 33cl bottle opened in the lovely and hidden away bar called Belleman, in Brugge on 1st Feb 2014. The Belleman's beer list may not be huge, but it's worth getting out the centre of Brugge and having a slow relaxing beer in a quiet bar now and again, it's ideal for that.

Pours a golden colour with a pure white crown of bubbles that tried to hang around.

The aroma is a blend of yeastiness, light malts and floral hop notes, with a mild fruitiness for good measure.

It is a little sweeter than the nose suggests, but this isn't a proper sweet beer, there is plenty of hop content to prevent the malts taking over completely. It's in fact a nice mixture of flavours similar to the aromas and most enjoyable. It isn't going to blow your socks off with anything different or strong, but it's easy to drink and a very pleasant respite from some of Belgium's heavy hitters: which is why we often have one when out on a mission in Brugge or the Belgian coast.

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Bottle into Charles Quint glass, from Het Beste Biertje in Málaga, Spain.

Appearance: clear yellow/blonde with 1 finger white head, lots of lacing

Smell: herbal spices mixed with belgian yeast, slight coriander presence

Taste: Huge belgian yeast bomb, with some coriander and slight bubble gum notes. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the roasted barley backbone really shines through. Not overly complex, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation, light bodied

Overall: great blond ale from Belgian, nothing special that stands out from other in te style, a little bland but very refreshing.

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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.

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Charles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
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