Kasteel Blond | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel BlondKasteel Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-21-2001

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Photo of rastaman
2.08/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

OK, considering that evryones given this a 5 so far, i probably should explain my rating. This beer just had way to much alcohol in it, i guess it was to syruppy and sticky for my tastes. Thats not to say others won't like it, but this beer didn't agree with me at all.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.66/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A -Pale golden. Medium head with small amounts of lacing.

S - Chandonnay grapes. Alcohol, smells like a chardonnay - only nicer (it is a shame I think a chandonnay is an awful wine).

T - Chardonnay flavors as well with a bit of dry grassy hops (hay), light malt too. A touch of lenom pith, alcohol, slight pepper, but mostly a sour grape and lemon.

M - A tad harsh. Thin, a little refreshing, but the alcohol burn is present throughout.

D - Meh, I can feel the abv inmy nose. I am not going to have again (true mostly from availability, but also mediocrity.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.76/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl Bottle poured into the correct (lovely) glass on a sun terrace of a bar in Valkenburg, Holland, 23 Oct 2012. The bottle had a BBD of Oct 2013.

As the name might suggest to you, the beer is golden blonde in colour, on top sat a full white crown of bubbles. It's glass helps to make it look special in my eyes.

The nose is a bit sweeter and grainer than I like: seemed wheaty and sugary even before the first sip and I wasn't looking forward to trying it.

Luckily it wasn't as sickly and weak as the aroma first indicated: still had a sweet front, but it calmed down mid-sip and got even a little hop bitter and dry towards the end of each mouth full.

Can't say it was great, but it was OK I suppose: not very well balanced, almost dis-jointed in that the flavours didn't blend or mix. I'll not be having another by choice.

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Photo of RuudJH
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kasteel beer I've had before, the 11 %'ers that were too sweet and boozy. This one is lighter in alcohol, so I thought i'd try it.

There's still sweetness in this dark golden beer. Clear corn flavour as well. Also there's a watery mouthfeel.
The rest is just a bit faint and boring for a top fermented beer: not much hops, not much spice, not much malts.

I have to say again I found this a rather disappointing brew.

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Photo of drmeto
2.89/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

-pours a clear golden with a visible yeast film and a medium,frothy, white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
-banana,white bread,slight citrus,honey,slight spices
-white bread,spices,coriander,banana
-light-medium body
-slight alcohol warming
-awfully thin for a 7%er
Very average attempt at a Blonde

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear gold with a mammoth head, slow fading, lightly hazed body. Looks good.

Smell: Lots of alcohol, there's a surprise. The yeast is also quite strong, spicey and slightly fruity and sweet. Not bad for the strength.

Taste: Wow, too much alcohol, not enough flavor. What is there is nice, but it is all in the background because of the alcohol burn hiding everything.

Drinkability: Somewhat thin, alcohol burn. This would be much better without all the alcohol.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet, the medium sized head quickly recedes and leaves a half finger of white foam. Mediocre lacing. Body looks very nice--hazy golden with lots of bubbles and no sediments.

The smell is overpowering on first whiff. Sugar and fruit esters dominate, with alcohol coming in a close second. I think I smell malt, but I may just be imagining it for the beer's sake.

The taste is much the same. Immediately very sweet, with a lot of citrus/peach/apricot following. Alcohol. Some phenols that give it a strange medicine-sweet taste.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Thick with lots of carbonation. Actually i quite like it.

Not really offensive, just not really my thing, and not what I think a Tripel should be. Tastes like I'm drinking something very artificial.

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Photo of TPSReports
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a warm honey straw color out of the large corked and caged bottle.

Nose is uneventful.

Taste is surpisingly sweet -- not at sweet as karmeliet, but still sweet -- honey and molassas flavors. Even as the beer warms, the sweetness remains.

Light carbonation, with a hint of alcohol.

The beer is a bit to sweet for my taste.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.80 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, dark, yellow-orange coloured body with masses of dense, fine streaming carbonation. A two-finger in height, foamy, pure white coloured head with excellent retention dissipates slowly, leaving thick, sticky lacing on the glass.

On the nose, yeasty ripe banana and clove are prominent along with more subtle citrus notes, light bready malts, sweet caramel and a touch of floral and dry grassy hops. Sweet overall, the taste follows the nose but even after warming the flavour profile remains light and deficient of any real character or robustness. Sweet bready malts lead the taste upfront with a very subtle touch of banana and caramel in the middle. A light body and well-hidden ABV% make for easy drinking, but overall the mouth-feel is disappointingly thin as well as over carbonated. On the end a small amount of grassy, earthy, bitter hops provide a little complexity but the finish is far too drying and astringent on the palate.

Overall this is a very average beer. I can’t say I’d happily part with my own money to try this one again, I'd much prefer an Orval given the choice.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden-amber pour is moderately carbonation thus possesses a light diminishing white head. Strong heating nose is quite spicy and hoppy. Balance is fine, but I give myself the right to expect a bit more depth in an 11% belgian strong. Hops come out resiny while generous yeastiness procures licorice like flavors. Citrusy flavor profile with hot honey and bubblegum flavors that becomes drier as the hops kick in. Spicy touch contributes to the flavor balance but don’t dream of drinking a 330mL to yourself unless you like the feeling of your lips stuck together. Medium body presents tingly carbonation. Globally a good beer, though inferior to the sum of its parts.

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Photo of claytri
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Touches of dry bread spread with honey and walnuts, gently ethereal. Mouth slightly in the first approach but with an alcohol quickly regained the upper hand, as in all Kasteel. Less sugar than the Triple or Quad but still a little too simple for a pale ale.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An orange beer with a ton of carbonation and a huge frothy cooks hat, that never died the entire glass.

Smell is bready and biscuity with some hints of smoke. Good malt presence too. Enough sweetness in the smell for me. The yeast produces a fruitiness that has a chemical twist.

Taste is malty with bread dough and biscuit cookies. There is some smoke. The funny smell is also translated into the taste, a chewing gum fruity taste I don't like. The beer is musty and has an unfresh taste. The base is OK, but it is the yeast I don't like.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of alcohol ester with some slightly cloying sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt with some distinctive notes of alcohol. Full body with great carbonation but alcohol is too apparent. Definitely lacking subtleties that I would usually expect from a Tripel and too cloying to be a regular beer for me.

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Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale orange hue, bright and hazy. Thick replenishing head, over 1/2 an inch in height. Laces in relatively simple drips and blobs. Marked apple aroma, tart with a pale yeastiness. Quite tart in the flavor as well, early confectioner's sugar, sense of harsh clove, fuzzy and covering in mouthfeel. Some grape skin astringency in the finish, aftertaste with bitter alkaloids. Overall, much too bitter a Tripel for me, slightly ragged alcohol, almost like a thicker Orval. Certainly makes a statement, just one that says things I don't really want to hear.

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Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Kasteel trippel is clear gold with a quickly settling, loud spritzy white head, leaving no lace.

Smell is muted pils grain and sugary.

Taste is alcoholic and spicy. And that's it...

Mouthfeel is dry, sharp and light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, light body, but no character save for booze.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the goblet the color of translucent schoolbus orange with peachy glowing highlights. A foamy head rises quickly, just as quickly settles to a consistent 1/4" of white suds, becomes spotty despite hard and fast lines of carbonation, and leaves stringy lacing. Aromas are indistinct... with great difficulty I detect the tartness of green apples being spread over a soda-cracker-like malt base. Alcoholic fumes give this a ticklish nosefeel. A bit later, I'm smelling agave. Seriously. Like I'm about to do a shot of Cuervo. The flavors are similarly confused, suggesting banana daiquiris made with cheap white rum, or the artificial flavors of fruit chewing gum. A hint of pear and cinnamon are basically drowned out in the aftertaste. Solvent, winey mouthfeel seems... slippery, floating through the booze and just not "sticking" to the palate. Obviously this isn't a beer to be gulped, but why sip when there's nothing about it that seems worth savoring? There's nothing wrong with high-octane beers, but when I find one that I can only compare to other alcoholic drinks, there's a problem.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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)

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Photo of atigerlife
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Kasteel chalice.
Cork dated 2005

Pours light golden with a small white head the dissipated very quickly. Small amount of carbonation rising.

Aroma of yeast, bready, spices, lemon and light hops.

Taste of hops, malt, hay, alcohol, sweet, clove and other spices, light fruit and some strange vinegar sort of taste that I couldn't quite place.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and cleansing. Lightly dry. Warming.

Overall, a decent beer, worth a try. Not a great tripel, but interesting. I would suggest that you try it fresh, as the 3-year old beer I had didn't seem like the aging had done it any favors.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears crystal clear golden apricot poured in authentic glassware with a vibrant white head leaving even fine webbing of speckled lace. Aroma sweet candi sugar along with phenolic fruit tones evident and a definite nose of alcohol present. Taste alcohol notes are prevalent almost before other delicate flavors doesn't overbear just overshadows a little too much taste is robust with fruit tones and sweet candi sugar paired nicely with some steamed mussels. I hate to say it but this beer turned up a little one dimensional in flavor just to much candi sugar and alcohol not nearly balanced as a Piraat or Gulden Draak. Body is medium and carbonation is nice and full making a great sipper with dinner. Drinkability be aware of the 11% but I just couldn't enjoy this one over and over again glad I gave it a try just never will be a go to for me nothing spectacular when compared to the vast world of belgian beers out there.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What the hell is this? Appearance is strange. Not at all cloudy. Not yeast floaters. Clean and crystal clear while medium yellow in colour. That certainly isn't a text book Belgian. Alright, though, we'll keep going. The smell is fantastic. Lots of fresh fruit. There's a wee bit of fresh sliced melon in there, some apricot, a bit of banana, this smell quite lovely. The taste? It doesn't really taste like much of anything. I'm not trying to be funny or offensive toward the beer. It literally tastes like nothing. When it is in your mouth, it has no taste, you can simply tell that there is a mildly carbonated liquid present in your mouth. Not offensive in taste, nor pleasing. What the hell? The mouth feel, however, is quite smooth and as such, it's quite easy to drink. You can, however, tell that this is an 11.0% brew. It doesn't jump out and slap you around, but there is certainly an attention getting warmth and slightly noticeable smell that says, "I'm for grown folks, and I'll hurt you if you aren't careful".
The complete lack of taste just floors me. I can't get over that. The appearance just isn't par for the course for Belgians, but the smell is quite lovely, however, there is no taste at all. Odd.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I experienced my first Kasteel brew at The Thirsty Monk in Asheville just a month ago. It was the Bruin, and I must say it was amazing. So now I will look at this brewery's bottles with great interest. I purchased this squatty bottle of Triple at Total Wine in Brier Creek, and after a week of it sitting in the fridge I've popped the cap and am anxious to sample it.

It pours a cloudy gold into my Scaldis glass. The white-ish head that accompanied the pour dissipates rather quickly into a lean surface covering; even that lets go in a few minutes and becomes a nickel-sized circle of white foam that stays in the center of the surface.

It smells wonderfully rich. There are hints of butter and sweet fruit, as well as light malts and a mild herbalness. Banana and clove linger in the background, and the alcohol makes a slight appearance.

Bubbles and alcohol are the first items that make an impression with the first drink. It's highly carbonated (that'll make me feel fuller quicker) and the warming alcohol is very overt. 11% is high for a Triple, so it may be a little more than one would expect. Flavors of candied sugar, pepper, spices, and a bit of bitter hops are all noticed.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.89 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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