Kasteel Blond
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #8
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,438
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 12.28%
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
250
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
 
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Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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ghawener from El Salvador

4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: nice, solid belgian blond. Malty with note of dough, fruit, vanilla, banana, pineapple.

Apr 01, 2019
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Zorro from California

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden brew.

750 Magnum, Cork date is 07-2002.

Smell is tart and perfumed, bit of honey in there too.

Taste is mild sweetness and fruits, lots of herb flavors. Nice warming alcohol that isn't very noticeable in the taste. Slight woody cork flavor to this. Similar to a Hennepin or Duvel, only not quite as polished.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice brew, but not good enough to make me switch from Hennepin.

Mar 27, 2004
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even a gentle pour produces 3/4 head in the glass. It recedes quickly, almost like a falling souffle. Very little lace--a couple of spots. The champagne cork states that this was bottled in July 2007 (13 months ago). Straw color and clear....other than the head, this looks like an American Macro Lager.

Earthy aroma with lots of yeast; slightly skunky.

Oily from the alcohol. Understandably warming. This has a body of light cream with a rather high carbonation level. Malty with the typical Belgian flavors of pepper, ginger, licorice and all spice. Some bitter orange rind rounds out the initial flavor. The swallow is nearly all warm alcohol (very much like brandy) with much of the earthy nose showing up.

This is a beer that grows on me with each subsequent sip. This is an excellent example which shows that color does not equate taste.

Aug 16, 2008
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claytri from Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer poured a bright gold with a thin white head. It had an aroma of malt and hops mixed with grasses. In the taste the grassy taste was quite evident, but was backed by an alcohol burn and bit of hops bite in the end. The feel was medium and creamy, a very nice combination. The beer is OK, I wouldn't turn one down, but I would probably go for a sweeter tripel if picking one off the shelf.

Apr 05, 2005
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beerking1 from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 04/18/07, consumed on 01/06/08. Bright gold with hints of orange. Slight haze, and a big head that fades fast but retains a 1/8 inch cap of dense foam to the end of the glass. Aroma is fruity (candied citrus peel) and peppery, with some banana in the background. Flavor is more candied citrus peel, banana and some hints of anise.

Jan 07, 2008
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Beertracker from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Jan 27, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a very modest head that doesn't retain very well and only leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Yeasty, with some banana and green apple esters, somewhat sweet with fusel alcohol as well

Taste: Opens up with a cakey flavor with hints of spice, banana, apple and pear; by mid-palate, a bitter element makes an appearance; after the swallow, the yeasty and spicy (clove) flavors emerge along with a distinct fusel alcohol element on the finish; a lot of residual candi sugar at the end as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a surprising degree of carbonation given the lack of a head; plenty of warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Not a bad tripel but I am put off by the high abv

Oct 27, 2007
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep yellow to light golden color with a light coating of head that falls to a patchy coat. Nose is golden raisin, light alcohol and a light simple sugary sweetness. Not bad. I was expecting a higher alcohol presence. Flavor is pretty well with there with the nose. Golden raisin fruityness, almost a slight graineyness, but not harsh, with a mild alcohol presence on the finish. Pretty tasty brew. Feel is a heavy moderate with a moderate carbonation. Sits well on my tongue. Drinkability is really nice for such a large ABV beer. I've had no problem drinking, not sipping, this one. I'm impressed.

Dec 12, 2005
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not much to say about this unfortunately average brew.. appearance and aroma fall into the belgian golden ale profile with no variants.. banana/yeast.. gold, light head, etc.

taste is similar as well, with the exception of a alcohol warmth and bite up front.. which is somewhat distracting. still decent in that i love tripels and the average profile is still great to me. it's like many others, costs more and has more punch.

the malt liquor for tripel drinkers.

(from 11.2 oz stump bottle)

Jan 27, 2005
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BrewMaster from California

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation was from a 750 ml bottle opened at the Stuffed Sandwich in the San Gabriel Valley, CA. Poured with a thick head that did not last too long. Thinned out to a nice lacy covering.

Aroma was sweet and tarty almost like diluted candy.

Flavor was tart and sweet like honey and lemon, almond flavors along with some nice astringency.

This is another great beer that I could drink all damn day. Leaves a great feel in the mouth without being to imposing.

Aug 12, 2004
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santoslhalper from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had at the South Side Saloon last night.

Appearence: Poured a clear gold with a fizzy creamy white head.

Smell: Smelled great. Alcohol was well hidden by fruity and spicy notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This was an interesting tasting Tripel. Had a huge hop presence, and the alcohol was entirely too well hidden. The mouthfeel was kinda thin and fizzy, but didn't really detract from the wonderful flavors.

Drinkability and Overall: An interesting brew, but one that snuck up on me fast. If the concept of an 11% Tripel sounds like something you can handle, good luck to you.

Mar 27, 2005
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acrawf6 from Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/03 with what i think is the best before at 10/06 (i'm a month late, but i dont think it matters because of the alcohol content and the cellaring).

Poured out of the 750 ML bottle a hazy yellow/light orange. The head was a creamy white, but this one is hard for me to create a large head. I could only get out 1/4-1/2 of an inch.

Ahhhh, it has been too long since the last meeting i have had with a tripel. The aroma really takes me back to some very fond memories- cold winter saturdays watching college bowl games. Aroma has a nice peppery spicyness. A semi-sweet creamy aroma rises above my glass. A whole lot of alcohol is present along with a sweet fruity aroma accompening it- i'm getting strawberry, lemony mango smell.

taste is overwhelmed with the alcohol. It is a very dry malty tripel. Tonight i was kinda hoping for a sweet belgium, but this certainly does not take away from this beer. Taste is dry but a little bit of fruitiness comes out with a slight tart of lemon. But letting it sit in my mouth i can taste a peppery alcohol.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick at the same time. Alcohol really rounds out this ale nicely. But it doesnt overwhelm my palate like i thought it would.

So i think the drinkability is rather well overall. Personally i do like it sweeter than this one is, but i wont take anything away from this beer. the maltiness and dryness works well. try it if you see it.

Nov 08, 2005
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geexploitation from Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and golden with a scrabbly, big-bubbled white head and tons of bubbly coursing upward. I hate to say this, but this beer smells like some Euro lagers I've had -- there's a cooked grain smell that's especially prevalent at lower temperatures. Thankfully, as the beer warms it shows more of that triple character. Namely, some doughy notes from the yeast and light, sugary malts with some earthy Styrian hops. The taste is rather sweet, with a slight corny element up front, and huge carbonation that fills the palate. Overall, this is only an OK tripel -- it's too sweet, for one thing, and has a couple of off-putting macro elements. Still, it's drinkable and light in spite of its ABV. OK, not good.

Oct 09, 2007
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice appearance; golden colour an a white head that lasts well. Not to much for the nose though, only a lot of alcohol and litle malt. Taste is empty and alcoholic and a litle sweet& bitter. Aftertaste is dominated by the alcohol again. Not my kind of beer and in my eyes not a tripel.

Nov 06, 2004
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ypsifly from Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 bottled 8/04 best before 8/07. Served in a tulip.

Hazy gold with a white head that is over a finger in height and quite bubbly. The steady stream of carbonation is keeping it from falling under the weight of the abv. Strong retention with thick layers of lace.

The nose has a lot of zesty citrus, spice, chalk, a little earth and much les alcoholic heat than expected. A little banana peeks out underneath it all.

The citric flavors are upfront and strong. Sugars pair with the spice and a distinctly chalky yeast flavor. There's some bitter funkiness towards the back that leads to a dry finish. The abv leaves a pleasantly warm aftertaste. Outstanding!

Full mouth that balances with the strong carbonation and high abv. I have a new favorite triple. I could drink this all night if it wasn't for the abv sneaking up on me.

Jan 19, 2006
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dgallina from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green glass champagne bottle. Cork shows bottled-on 01/2004. Bottle says best-before 05/2007. Sampled 08/2006.

Poured into the Duvel tulip slightly hazy golden-straw. A scant quarter-inch of soapy foam rapidly decomposes, leaving decent light lace. Aroma is dominated by alcohol esters. Vanilla, touches of winey oak, alcoholic citrus fruits. Nice progression of flavors. Begins with light-toasted grains, develops somewhat fleeting rounded alcohol and oak body. FInishes with spicy yeast, quenching dry earthy hops, husky grains. Medium-light body, crisp carbonation. A nice golden ale. Body and fruit flavors could be more developed, but the finish is quite good.

Aug 13, 2006
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Vancer from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was one pleasant surprise – don’t know the bottle date, but it mentioned best by 8/08!

A fizzy, bright lemon yellow pour – topped with a pillow of foamy white marshmallows, creating sheet lacing. Superb.

Subtle hints of sugar cane and fruity spices graced my nose, followed by a most enticing dance of Belgium yeasts and candied apples on top of a sturdy malt backbone.

Highly charged with carbonation, you have to gently pour - even then the head blossoms heartily

NO hint of the 11%, just an excellent sipper. Very enjoyable throughout the entire bottle (which is now more prevalent <long neck > style, versus the squatty 12oz bottle shown in the pic.

THANKS to Solomon420 for the brew – (sorry about the caps!)

Aug 10, 2006
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mmmbeer from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL green champagne bottle, conditioned, with 08-2008 on the cork; "gebotteld" 090303. Crystal-clear bright straw color, with lots of carbonation that sustains an inch of frothy head and leaves some nice lacing. Pale malt and alcohol in the nose, orangey, with a bit of hops and yeast. Tastes pretty much the same: alcohol, chalky yeast, phenols, malty nuances and a mild bitterness. Light and crisp, with a dry finish. Simple, yet punchy and a bit boozy - this one would benefit greatly from a few years in the cellar.

Oct 26, 2010
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, that's sweeeet and alcohhhholic. Even after having a mesh of tastes prior, this beer walks all over those. Pours a brightly lit, light golden color with a rocky head retention with yeast scattered about. Highly carbonated look, with a light haze. Aromas give it all -- pears, apples, mead-like sweetness, cookie-dough maltiness, vineous alcohol, clove and peppery esters, and a soft wood, must tone. Tastes hit on all that as well, but with an intensity that was unexpected. Very big on flavor and body. The heat increases as the sweetness settles, leaving the mouth very numb and prickly. Finishes very warm, estery, and sweet. Very good beer, but the alcohol kicks it out of balance for me.

Sep 12, 2007
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janubio from Spain

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Golden colour, with a good head that fades too quickly. Smell ofapples, pine, some citrus, vanilla. I expected it to be some more "heavy" in the tongue. Silky palate, taste of apricots, honey, vanilla. Imay to review it again, it’s nearly out of date, though I thought it would have some more months to go, but it taste somehow "bland". I prefer the brune version, but this one is really good too. Oh, and by the way, the label reads 7ª.

May 31, 2011
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blackie from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a Kasteel goblet, carries a light head and never quite lets go of it, the beer is a clear orange-golden in color

s: interesting, filled with spicy esters, underripe bananas caramelized in sugar and rum, pulpy fruits, ginger, pepper, sweet pale malts, alcoholic heat, pretty rough around the edges but an enjoyable aroma nonetheless

m: medium body with a dull medium carbonation

t: pale malts provide sugary apricot flavors, alcohol heat, the spice that was interesting on the nose is a distraction here

d: a decent tripel, but nothing I'd want another of, the 11% shows a bit too much

Brasserie Beck in DC

Aug 16, 2008
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wl0307 from England

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Beers of Europe; BB 04/2010, served lightly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue with rather mild carbonation, topped with a light beige creamy froth that settles fast to a thin cap but stays throughout the drink.
S: very clean lager malts come with a mixed lemon-grass, and orangey/passion-fruity notes, with the straw-ish savoury touch of yeasts staying closely behind. Pleasant, but not as complex as the better Belgian Golden Ales - maybe due to the lack of yeast sediments?
T: pretty clean and light on the flavour for a Belgian Golden Ale, with clean pale malts and faintly sour citric hops taking up 50-50 appearance; the decent middle-taste stays dry-ish (mineral-like) and is laced with herbal yeastiness, before a quiet stream of hop bitterness develops at the rear of the palate.
M&D: the carbonation is restrained and not too fizzy at all, hence a refreshing palate; but for a really mildly-flavoured ale, the finishing touch is somewhat sticky, which is quite right for the alc. strength (7%) but doesn't contribute to the overall flavour at all. All in all, maybe a bottle-conditioned version could show the better side of this brew, as this filtered one surely fails to stand up to the quality of its heavier and far more tasty sister products.

Feb 27, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 23, 2017
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bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All kinds of flavor in this beer. Toasted apple comes to mind on the nose. Crumb cake flavor on the palate, very carbonated. This beer has a great taste to it and damn, is it strong. A bit of alcohol on the nose and BAM, right with warming alcohol. Tough to have more than one cause of the strength. Head not retained and very short lived. A bit sweet, almost cloying and a bit tart. A nice brew.

Jan 03, 2009
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Voss from Italy

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy bright yellow in colour and very strange aroma. The smell is warm, almost hot, even with the beer just poured from the bottle at 8°C. Hints of pepper in the aroma, as I drink I can't identify a specific kind of taste, but warm alchool all over. The finish is still pepper. Alchool is very present, starts a little prickly in your mouth but finishes leaving a warm layer that slowly crawls to your brain.
A good one for this style, medim to full body beer. I'm happy I have another one in may cellar, brought directly from Belgium during my honey moon, along with other 203 bottles of different kinds, mostly trappist. St. Bernardus and Westmalle are very different. And still better.

Jul 16, 2006
Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 250 ratings