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Charles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel Blond - Brouwerij Haacht NV

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BA SCORE
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AlexLMS on 01-02-2008)
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stronger than the average golden ale, Keizer Karl pulls ahead with bold dry pilsner malt, fruity-spice interplay, alcoholic warmth and peppery hop, floral character throughout. Supple and strong simultaneously, the beer reminds me of Delirium Tremens.

Poured from draft into the Keizer Karl chalice, the beer billows with a foamy white cap of foam that retains and laces ideally- classic of Belgian golden ales. And golden it is, with a most austere haze, the beer's carbonation dances elegantly to the to top of the liquid and continually fuels the head from beneath.

Dry malt aromas deliver with a part grain, part malt scent with low-lying sweetness. Herbal with perfumy scents of oranges, coriander, hibiscus, and lemongrass; the beer's spices complement the bready grains well while the estery mix of mangoes, apricots, apples and lemons deliver a zesty and aromatic sensation to the olfactory senses.

Delicious and dry, the malty and grainy taste provide underlying sweetness for the taste of spice, alcohol, and fruit to spring in juicy and refreshing flavor. Cracker-like with it's malty underpinning, the balance relies on tropical fruit flavors with soft spices to garner the taste from mid palate on, especially after the initial malt taste is commanded by yeast character.

Remarkably light in body because of the heightened carbonation, dry maltiness, and alcohol dryness that accent an airy and warm texture just after then thin vale of sweetness parts ways. Finishing peppery, warm, and herbally bitter- the beer leaves a lasting impression of fruit and spice on the palate as the alcoholic warmth carries away all other character.

Celebrated by it's classy warmth, dry malt, and fruit-spice balance, this beer has less malt impression than Delirium Tremens and with a more substantial hop bite and grain texture to finish than its famous counterpart.

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent start to the head but it leaves an excellent coating of lace on the glass. Gold color and very clear.

Well-balanced high hop aroma with a malt smell that has no sweetness.

The flavor has a strong Belgian yeast element. Like the smell, the malt flavors are dry. The finish is hoppy. The alcohol content is notable but as the last contributing flavor. The body is slightly thin.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of tempest
2.28/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a bottle in Ghent. Ugh, this beer is bad. It tastes like they used way too much adjunct. It starts with a thin dry bite like you'd get in a cheap macro lager. The beer can't recover from this and is undrinkable for the most part. Disappointing after the Keizer Red. Avoid this beer.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.02/5  rDev +5%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of drpimento
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Brabander
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of millelacsmark
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of impending
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Andreji
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ThaCreep
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color, fruity nose reminiscent of wheat beers. Mouth fairly strong spice, it also feels keys corn and grain and a touch of sweet malt. The spicy, something rare enough to be underlined, is authentic and enjoyable. Round despite substantial power.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow-golden color with decent head and retention.

S-Sweet malt and wheat, spice and Belgian yeast, and on a couple whiffs I got what I believe to be a hint of plastic chlorophenol.

T&M-Sweet with fresh malt and spice, sweetness lingering even through the slightly dry finish. Everything is dandy until the finish, which is sweet and reminiscent of the boozed-up euro strong lagers. Not sure if there are adjuncts. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and carbonation is just right.

D-I really enjoyed this beer, which is overall a good one, but there are a few minor things that detract from the drinking experience, albeit nowhere near the point of ruining it.

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of benclimbs
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Charles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
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