Kasteel Blond | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel BlondKasteel Blond

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-21-2001

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork Date January 2004, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, full gold color when held up to the light, it shows a full reddish copper color as it sits on my desk in the dim light. It is topped by a frothy, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is quite nice; a mix of sweet grain, a grassiness, a touch of earthy spice, some hints of bergamot, and even a touch of moist wood character. As I explore the aroma a bit some notes of phenolic clove, perhaps a touch of higher alcohols and some toasted grain notes start to come out.

The beer has a clean grain sweetness to it up front, but quickly picks up lots of other notes which keep the whole of this beer a dry experience. A phenolic astringency seems to initially dominate the finish as does a touch of hot alcohol. The combination almost seems to give a sensation of menthol, quite interesting. A touch of lemon peel, some clove-like notes, a touch of grassiness and some definite herbal notes round out the spice character of this beer.

This beer is quite drinkable, and pretty complex as well, but it is perhaps a touch to phenolic and sharp in the finish to be great; it does not seem to hide its alcohol content very well. I would say that it needs to mellow out in the bottle some, but it is already two years old, so I am not sure that would help. Regardless this is a pretty tasty brew, which I will be happy to polish off the 750ml bottle of.

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Photo of Voss
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Solomon420
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 6 pack of these in the Albert Hein supermarket in Holland when I went on business in May 2006. I had no problems getting them on the plane or past customs...which was cool. Its the standard 30cl bottle and not the stubby one like in the picture above. Overall its a great beer to drink, not overpowering at all. From first pour into the goblet, it fits the Tripel style perfectly...Colour, smell, appearance are all within the standards, if not above them. It smelled a bit citrusy, with a slight tang smell. The alcohol is noticeable as well in the aroma. The taste is really good, really easy to drink. Even though this beer is rated at 11% AC, and its noticeable in the smell, its not overbearing in the taste at all. Certainly not for am 11% beer thats for sure. Although after drinking 3 of these in a single sitting, YES that 11% began to get noticed when I got up to take a leak.

Easy to drink beer with quite a sublte wallop after a few...recommended beer for anyone who loves stronger Belgian beers.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is nice, the head is soft, but thick with a lacing.

Smell is slightly metalic, but also sweet burnt sugar with underlying malts.

Taste is sweet, malty and has flavors of faint burnt sugar, and cloves.

Mouthfeel is velvet and smooth, very good.

I like this beer, it's definetly not a session beer, but I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of therica
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased in Leuven Beligum.

Pours a nice lemony-yellow color, lots of small bubbles rising into a small head which does not linger for long. The carbonation bubbles gradually slow after a few minutes.

Nose-- a bit overwhelming at first opening/pouring, but after about 2 minutes it had a very intriguing and inviting bouquet.

Taste-- mild hops bitterness, very mild honey-sweet taste, overall nothing overwhelming or out of balance.

Mouthfeel-- very nice aftertaste with some sort of effect similar to mint upon the tongue (possibly a slight touch of hyssop or anise) but very pleasant, although slightly flat after a minute or so. Belch is fairly even and nothing nauseating.

Drinkability is slightly lowered in my rating due to the overwhelming 11 percent alcohol rating!

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Photo of weeare138
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a glowing hazy apricot toned orange with a lush, three finger bright white head that stands out in the long stemmed, gold rimmed Kasteel goblet. Plenty of scattered lacing left around the glass. One of the finest examples of beer presentation I've witnessed.
Smell is of yeasty apricot, pear, mild pepper spiced apples, and orange peel in a fresh plethora of dough.
Taste is of the same fresh aromas. Very fresh with the yeast working it's magic in a gentle spiced apricot, citrus, mango, and pear mix. Delicate, yes...but it's there and it's goood.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sweet, honey & biscuit, lip smacking character that makes me want to pick up a keg of this immediately.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold..very foamy head that drops pretty quickly.
Smells mostly of yeast...like you just opened a packet of bread yeast and inhaled. Also some green apple peel odor with alcohol hidden in there.
Very green apple, yeasty alcoholic taste with very slight sweetness. Hint of banana and bubblegum barely there ; and only as it came up to room temp....actually kind of mild for a tripel.
Good carbonation that lasted throughout. Medium mouthfeel.
Would not want more than a bottle...but this is well worth a try....so much variation with the tripels !! I would buy this again.

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Photo of phisig137
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml, into a tulip, cork tells me that it was bottled in october 2004. Pours like liquid 18 carat gold, with a craggy, lasting head, that leaves sheets of lace on the side of the glass. The aroma of this beer is filled with yeasty esters, and phenols, bready, sweet, slightly banana-y, slightly woody, and sweet.

The first sip is so incredibly smooth you need another immediatly, and taste citrus, creamy dough, and a small presence of wheat. The carbonation dances on your tongue, pleasently on first, but somewhat annoying by the end of the bottle.

All in all, I really like this beer, and for only the $6.49 that I paid for it, it's a great value I think. Not the greatest example of a triple, but I'd say it's on par with others that cost the same. I'd buy it again, but I've had better

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Photo of ypsifly
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a super clear pale golden color with a thick creamy white head made up of small beads. The bubbles kept cascading from the bottom giving a vortex look to the action rising. Very nice. There is only a little lacing on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: A good bit of lemony citrus and grainy malt noticeable as the beer sits cold. As the beer warms a bit, there is some floral presence that is becoming more noticeable. As the beer warms further, the alcohol is coming out a lot more as a peppery and slightly solvent-like aroma.

Taste: The flavor is delightfully smooth while still maintaining enough mouthfeel to give you reassurance that it is a "real" beer. The flavor is really sweet and creamy in the beginning, and then the carbonation lofts the beer right over your palate to give you a slightly dry bite in the finish. The alcohol is not as apparent in the flavor as it is in the gullet. There is a noticeable warming taking place after only a few sips. A more bready flavor becomes more noticeable as it warms a bit. As the beer warms some more, the flavor lets the alcohol become more noticeable

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. It has been in my cellar for about six months now, and I just decided that this Friday the 13th was just the occasion. I am really impressed with the way this beer has stood up over the course of the session. It has stayed frothy for 30+ minutes already.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a nice head that falls slowly and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nice. Lots of spices and pepper notes along with a hint of alcohol and even possibly a bit of lemon. The flavor has a great mix of fruit and spice as well as a lot of alcohol. Very tasty brew. The mouthfeel was moderate and the drinkability was good. Finish is a little dry.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the proper Kasteelbier goblet at Burgh's in Bridgeville, PA.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow with a creamy 1" head standing atop the glass. Lacing isn't much on its way down, but it's sure pretty to look at.

Smell: Not your normal triple? Some lemon, yeast, grass, and fruit such as strawberry and melon. Where's the banana I'm used to in a triple? A pretty nice change and one that stands on its own. Also the big peppery spice and alcohol presence is there, giving it a pretty singular aroma.

Taste: Big burst of spicy, peppery alcohol, which immediately then settles into a yeasty and malty body. Finishes with some citrus, and maybe some melon and strawberry. Definitely not what I'm used to, but also very good. Finishes slightly dry, unexpectedly.

Mouthfeel: A bit spritzy at first, but settles down into the full body I was expecting.

Drinkability: I'll definitely have this again, and am anxious to try it next time out of the bottle. Since I know I can get a 4-pack in places, I'll probably end up doing that and reviewing it again that way.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, brand-new label. Haven't had this stuff in years, so I'm eager to get it on my tongue, again.

Clear, pale golden hued, with a twister of bubbles rising from the bottom, capped with a gorgeous, puffy, llacey layer of thick white froth.

Aroma is an angelic blend of citrus and spice, arousing and uplifting, floral, effervescent, with distinctive yeast aromatics, and a potent, but lovely blend of fruit (apricot, pear, lemon)...just what I love in a tripel!

Taste: Mmmmm! Tart, crisp, acidic, and brimming with flavor, in this case, as said before, a tasty mix of fruit and spice. Just a little sour, with a bracing grimace present at every sip, but releasing when the brew lays back, and the overall effect is utter relaxation and splendid refreshment.

11%? Who? What? The high abv isn't so apparent, but it becomes clearer after the imbiber has admired the zing, the zap, the ping on the palate. Once that flavor profile impresses, you lay back and wallow in it, the thought finally occurs, "oh, yeah, it's damned strong, too!"
(becomes ever-clearer halfway into the 750ml bottle, too!)

Full bodied, with a wicked, spicy/citric finish. And hanging heavy on the boozy side, too...for those who like that sort of thing...

Me, I love this stuff! I admit it does feel a bit one-sided, maybe a touch unbalanced, and perhaps over-the-top, but I still don't see the problem there. It's bigness is not a detriment, it's an attribute that makes this tasty brew a true champ among tripels. If you want a real powerhouse, this here's your dog!

Kasteel Tripel definitely deserves wider recognition and madder props than it gets...try a bottle out on some friends and see what happens.

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Photo of jakester
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was from a brown shorty I bought at Union Jack's on the Manatwany. I had this in an actual Kasteel glass a buddy of mine bought me in Belgium.

Pours a almost clear yellow with a slight orange tint. 1 1/2 finger head of white bubbles, drops after a while to islands and a ring. Scattered lacing appears after a few sips.

Smells like a Belgian! Yeasty, funky, earthy, light bananas, black pepper. Some phenolic, but not much. Alcohol is definitely there, as well. Tropical fruits, especially as it warms.

Tastes like a Belgian, too! At first there is a short sweetness, which quickly disappears into a more crisp maltiness. Earthy yeast, bananas and slight clove, pepper, tropical fruits, but light. There is a pronounced alcohol character to this beer. Look out! As this warms, the phenolic character increases alot, as well as the warmth from alcohol. This beer will lay you down!

Like I said, sweetness at first, then a snappy zing from carbonation. Finishes crisp and mostly dry, with a long heat from alcohol.

This is a good example of the style, though the aromas and flavors are a little understated. Tasty and luscious, but it seems to emphasize alcohol. It will knock your dick in the dirt if you're not careful. I've had better, but this is a good one.

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Photo of TPSReports
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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 blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cracked open a spanking magnum Van Honsebrouck with a front label sporting a Euro serene landscape with a fancy home and a back label 05-2007 freshness date...but hence I couldn't quite wait until then.

Eyes: Pours a golden hazy peach into a narrow tulip topped with a settled collar of off-ivory ring cap. Enticing halos of lace streak the walls of the glass.

Nose: Some light Granny Smith green apple tart and delicate yeasty spicey and white vinous aromas like a chardonnay.

Tongue: Warm sips instantly greet, and with an 11% ABV, it is little wonder. Awl-kee-hawl warmth and esters. A twinge of vegetal leafy detection creeps up such as a cucumber cooling and white wine. Dry and extremely clean in the finish with nary of trace of existance. Quite similar to boozy Canada Dry soda actually.

Fingertips: Thin to medium body that is enhanced with the kicker 11% ABV indoubitably.

Back of the mind: Slightly 7-Up, green apple and chardonnay tripel. Cork tells me that this is "01-2004. Mis en bouteille" A little more than a year aged. $7.65 a magnum caged & corked is quite the friggin' hooch bargain!

Beer is good. Happy strong tripel beering.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy and quaffable. More blond than triple. Nice cloudy dark yellow, creamy appearance with lace. Smooth, with yeast flavours of bannana and sweet fruit coating the experience. Alcohol hammers you. Was great with friends over dinner. Medium to full mouthfeel. had another bottle 1.5 years later and felt the same.,

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Photo of claytri
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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 santoslhalper
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
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 goodbyeohio
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Rastacouere
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
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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Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 236 ratings
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