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Charles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel Blond - Brouwerij Haacht NV

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BA SCORE
86
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

ThirstyTorpy, May 08, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

BEERchitect, May 05, 2012
Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

educorgan, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of smibroncos
4/5  rDev +4.7%

smibroncos, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +4.7%

rekel, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of jhtipton
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up for about six bucks for a 750 ml bottle at nex in Spain. Pours light hold into my chalice. Some head and decent lacing. Nice label and nice light golden color and the aroma is your atypical blonde Belgian with pear scent. The taste is slightly tart and has a pear taste with some phenols there. Not feeling the hops too much but it is fine. Mouthfeel is light to Medium with a lot of carbonation going on. The alcohol is hidden so I guess that helps with drinkabiity. Would try again but there are better options in this type of beer. Cheers. Salud!

jhtipton, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of treque
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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

treque, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of impending
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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

impending, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

BoitSansSoif, May 09, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Brabander, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice golden color, with a medium head. Drank this in the Duvel tulip glass, with a chicken dinner. Best attribute is probably the aroma, fruity and strong, but not overpowering.

It feels good in the mouth, and goes down easily. The taste is less offensive than it is inspiring, but an easy drinking beer.

SmokinSmyth, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

smcolw, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

RuudJH, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of OskarL
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Looks like apple juice with little carbonation and with a big foamy head with good retention that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Flowers, yeast, sweet malt.

Taste - Spices, yeast, cloves and a little sweetness. A bit weak taste. ABV isn't noticable at all...

Mouthfeel - Quite thin and dry with fitting carbonation.

OskarL, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

drpimento, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of dqrull
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost overly clear boring yellow, but with an amazing white airy head that leaves alot of amazing looking dry lacing on the glass!

Smells of fruits and slight sweet malt, apples come to mind, and a really appearent yeast note quenching at the back.

Taste is actually really weak, the flavours here are not really reflecting the ABV, even though the ABV itself isnt noticeable, a bit strange, might be the yeast though, as it is slightly overpowering all throughout the taste.

An okay feel, but nothing special.

dqrull, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

ThaCreep, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

benclimbs, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of tempest
2.28/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

tempest, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Beerenauslese, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Andreji
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Andreji, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very clear light gold colour. The head is white, large and creamy. Fair retention followed by a nice lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, yeast and a fruity aroma that remembers me of a wheat German beer.
Taste: sweet malts, fruits, grains and spices.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average carbonation and a medium body. Warming and well disguised alcoholic strength.
Finish: very bitter almost tart aftertaste that goes on and on.

Overall: interesting ale. Not the best stuff around but quite enjoyable. Worth a try.

AlexLMS, Jan 02, 2008
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Charles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.