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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:
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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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jhtipton

Spain

3.45/5  rDev -9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 18:19:15 | More by jhtipton
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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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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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BoitSansSoif

France

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 19:03:57 | More by BoitSansSoif
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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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SmokinSmyth

Belgium

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 18:30:11 | More by SmokinSmyth
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 17:40:50 | More by smcolw
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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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OskarL

Sweden

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 18:39:11 | More by OskarL
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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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dqrull

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 21:12:52 | More by dqrull
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 20:23:34 | More by ThaCreep
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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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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:45:41 | More by tempest
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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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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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AlexLMS

Portugal

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 20:37:05 | More by AlexLMS
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Charles Quint Blonde/Keizer Karel Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
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