Kasteel Blond | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel BlondKasteel Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Itoclown
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I LOVED this beer. The best Tripel I've had if I do say so myself.
Purchased from Oade's Big Ten in Lansing for $3.29.

Look: Gold with haze but not completely hazed. No head but very buzzy.
Smell: Highly citrus with hops. Wheaty. A little bit like Duvel.
Taste: Awesome. The best tripel I've had (I've been to Belgium and tried a lot of them).
Mouthfeel: VERY carbonated. Slight alcohol taste after sipping.

I highly recommend this beer. I will definitely get many more of these.

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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 Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous clarity within the golden yellow with a faint sunset hue. Head is foamy, thick, and lasts forever, helped by the tulip glass's "nucleation site".

Aroma of wet hay, sweet spices, yeast and fruit (pear, apple, peach). Yeast exerts itself strongly but never covers the other elements. It's all quite subtle, probably because the alcohol is so well-hidden, no fumes or heat as you get in some tripels. Or maybe that fluffy head is masking something.

The alcohol certainly muscles through in the flavor. It gives a healthy boost to the peppery spices, the dessert spices, the earthy yeast and juicy fruits on display. It's probably a little cloying for some, but considering the style and the other unsubtle characteristics of this particular tripel, it's acceptable. So the 11% alcohol isn't exactly well-hidden, but this isn't meant as a session beer either. Fruits linger in the finish, mostly pear and apple, while cookie dough maltiness adds balance to the whole.

Very light and even a bit dry in the mouth, while also having a succulent buttery roundness. A little sticky if you wait a long while between sips, but not annoyingly so. Complex in texture.

Belgium's best tripels will not shudder in the wake of this, but it remains a fine example anyway, considering its heat, spiciness and sweetness...and the balance between all of that. Well-rounded with lots going on. I'd buy it again.

[note to self: Snorkapotamus split a big bottle with me October 2010, and it was fantastic, something it push an overall half-point higher, at least. A beer to re-evaluate.]

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Photo of roadhouse
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated 07/11/07 into a tulip glass.

Appears a slightly hazy golden yellow with a two inch white head that sinks down to a half inch after a few minutes. Leaves lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. At first I thought I smelled a bit of skunkage but it seems to have disappeared (green bottle placebo effect?). Some spicy/earthy hops are also noticable.

Taste is sweet initially with lots of fruit coming in after that along with a flavor almost like butter toffee. Finishes with a healthy dose of spicy hops and yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation level is very nice and makes it very smooth and creamy.

I was quite impressed by this one. It just might be my favorite tripel yet, very close call against La Fin Du Monde. At 11% ABV, this one is dangerously drinkable as it is barely noticable. I'm actually surprised this one isn't rated higher overall, perhaps the one year aging helped.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a pale yellow color and a surprisingly small amount of head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of light fruit and malt, above anything else.

T: Flavor was pretty complex. Apricots, malt, some random spices all in together. The alcohol is a bit on the strong side.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Very full-bodied.

D: This is a decent beer, but be forewarned the high alcohol content is kind of bracing - almost to the point of distraction. A well made beer, nonetheless.

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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 blackie
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw. Think California bleach blond.

Aroma is full of yeasty yummies. Bannana was the first bit I noticed with pear being the second biggest presence. There were bits of spice, bread and alchohol also on the back end.

Taste was milder than the aroma but had the same characteristics.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent and boozy but not overly so.

Big beer that I hadn't realized the ABV while drinking it. I could get in trouble with these. This would be a solid contender amongst many belgian... gasp... even trappist beers.

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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 cvstrickland
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml Duvel-style stubby poured into a Chimay glass yields a clear orange-amber body with a few floaties capped with a finger of extremely fine white foam that retains at a creamy sheet and leaves a thick, sliding roll of lacing smearing itself on the glass.

Smell is of a fruity citrusy-banana cocktail with a savory earthy note and a little whiff of alcohol.

Taste is soft and fruity with flavors of red apple, ripe mango, juicy pear, greenish banana and freestone peaches providing a crisp snap. The drink is crisp, fruity and juicy with a dry, lightly astringent finish. The alcohol that made a brief appearance in the nose is kept locked away from my tastebuds, maybe in a dark closet or something, because it sure doesn't pop up in the flavor profile anywhere. More banana-ey as the drink warms.

Kasteel Triple is soft with zippy carbonation that really helps to release the beer's flavor and lighten it on the palate, and is no doubt a delicious offering with superb drinkability despite a staggering 11% ABV.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured pale golden with fluffy 1.25" white head that retained the whole time I drank it and laced wonderfully in a Duvel glass, like any good Belgian should.

S - coriander, orange peel, citrus, light malts, hoppy freshness and strong alcohol

T - rich in flavor and good balance. It pretty much tastes like how it smells. Huge warming alcoholic kick in the finish

M - medium/light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - decent but the very high and apparent alcohol makes for a sipper

Overall - This was an excellent Belgian pale ale. Somewhat reminiscent of a Hoegaarden but with much more balanced flavor and a huge alcoholic boost. Somewhat boozy but still a great sipper to last through the night. Try it with some broiled fish or as an after dinner pleaser.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Only 3 reviews?
Pours a slightly murky golden yellow color with a solid half inch of brilliantly white head. Aromas of citrus spiked banana, some clove, soft alcohol, no band-aid, light bubblegum, and just a touch of bready malts. On the palate, things are nice and smooth, with a solid rush of fruity esters. Carbonation is not at the level it should be, consequently the body feels too big and the finish a bit too sweet. Alcohol has a nice warming and just a little sting in the finish, but overall well hidden. I'd have to say this is a nice tripel, different from Westmalle in that it is a bit understated and off-track from style.

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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 SIRIUS2
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a wide mouth chalice style glass.

Initial pour was careful after a careful opening of the bottle and yielded a mostly clear to slightly hazy pale golden brew with a slight orange tint. The head on this brew was relatively weak and was lucky to get about 1/4" of soapy white foam before receding to smattering of surface bubbles. There was just the smallest bit of lacing down the glass through the experience.

Aromas were a touch harsh for a triple. They seemed to have an edge to them although they still carried many of the typical smells that you would expect from an abbey triple. There were some hints of clove, banana, spice, and malt but there was a clear sense of alcohol on the nose as well. The alcohol wasn't fully distracting but it certainly didn't add anything to the experience.

The first long pull was interesting. The texture was a bit more spritely than I anticipated with a moderate dose of carbonation. The flavors of light malt, fruit, and spice were eventually overtaken by the long linger of alcohol warmth. This is not an attractive attribute, although I realize this is a rather high ABV. The overall mouthfeel was moderate but the flavors did come through well before being pushed out of the way.

I'm not sure about this one. It was very warm of alcohol and that is generally a detractor for me. However, I love triples and this one did have several of the classic earmarks of a good trip. Perhaps some aging might bring out some of the more subtle nuances of this brew. It definitely has potential but seems to be missing a little polish.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Goblet after chilling bottle in cooler with ice for an hour.

A: 2.5 finger with thick growing head and excellent retention. Straw color and lacing till the end.

S: Mild yeasty fruits,some juniper, cloves and dough.

T: Strong ABV evident within first quaff. Sour then bittersweetness(orange/caramel), perhaps cotton candy followed by citris tang and peppers and spices. Little hop presence.

M: Medium body with perfect carbonation level.

D: Excellent triple, very surprised I'm the first to review it here.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME.

Pours a clear bright gold with a one finger off-white head that faded rather quickly to a skim coat and then a sticky ring, leaving spotty lacing.

Smell is Belgian yeast and candied sugar, a touch of caramel, fresh citrus fruits, and a peppery spice.

Taste is mostly candied sugar and caramel with peppery notes. There's some honey and yeast and some spices in there that I can't quite pinpoint. Lots of sweet malt hiding the alcohol quite well.

Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth.

A very good tripel that is very drinkable, especially since the alcohol is well-hidden.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was not the tastiest tripel I've ever had, but for 11%, it was quite gentle and smooth. I would highly recommend it.

This beer poured a clear golden color, quite a bit more amber than other tripels I've had recently, into a very shallow Kasteel-branded chalice. Aroma was clovey, with a significant alcohol presence. Flavor was devoid of any alcohol burn, and was more cloviness accompanied by significant medicine-y flavor. Mouthfeel was quite smooth.

This is a very goo tripel, and quite smooth given its ABV.

Had this on-tap at Roman's Pub in St. Francis out of a cool Kasteel glass with the brewery at the bottom of the stem, atop the foot of the glass.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottled 12/06

This triple is a rich glowing golden with delicate carbonation rising from my goblet. It holds a creamy white head.

Complex nose presents a bouquet of citrus and Belgian spice with aromas of ripe tropical fruits.

The taste does not disappoint. This is a fantastic triple that is deep with exotic fruits, peppery alcohol and earthy spices. It just lacks the balance that some more traditional versions have dialed in. Other than that, this is a near perfect beer.

A full body is creamy yet crisp to the palate. I could drink this all night as the 11% is practically undetectable. Considering how good their quadruple is, I can't beleive it took me so long to try this. One of the best triples in the world.

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Photo of charlzm
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/21/08 at LAX Radisson beer tasting.

A slightly cloudy, light yellow with a thin foam layer on top.

Aroma and flavor are almost identical: peppery notes, coriander, sage (?) banana. Sweet. Some heat at the end, both from spiciness and alcohol. Good carbonation on the tongue.

Could easily knock you out, deceiving with its relatively light body and well-hidden alcohol. You can drink this quickly, but just because you CAN do a thing doesn't mean you should.

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy pale orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was spices and malt with a hint of yeast. The taste is loads of sweet malts countered by spice bitterness and just a hint of hops. There is an almost sour alcohol presence in the finish. The beer is crisp, but the alcohol is heavy and lingering. This beer is somewhat enjoyable, but is disappointing for a true Belgian.

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Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap at the Big Hunt (getting slightly concerned that I've run through all their taps at this point). Pours a nice looking tripel color, light straw yellow with a finger of white head on top. Nose and flavor are right where they should be: lots of citrus and dried fruit, spiciness, and wheat. Body was good as well, with nice carbonation. This one is a tasty, highly drinkable tripel.

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Photo of Portertime
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice Belgian triple. Enjoyed it in my big Duvel bubbler. Pours a crystal clear copper color with a blessed head. Smells of light citrus and sugar cane. Taste of pleasent alcohol warmth (11% ABV!) with hint of cloves and some slight citrus undertones. Down this four pack and you'll be feeling it!

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Photo of baos
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fluid ounces into my Falstaff goblet.

A: Very nice looking translucent golden-copper color with a big bubbly 3 finger head that dissipates to a nice film and good collar. Lacing is minimal but there is some there. On the tip it laces well.

S: Orange liqueur notes along with cloves and candy sugars. A faint aroma of pint bubblegum stick. Strong alcohol aroma as well.

T: There is an alcohol bite there but its a very nice one. One would imagine it a bit much at 11% but the beer is balanced very well. Rum and candied oranges. Hints of cloves and clover-honey. End really warm and a bit dry. Very complex and tasty bier. Try one on for size it fits nicely.

M: Medium to full with nice carbonation going on.

D: Although its strong. Men need strong drink and those womenfolk do too. A sixer of these at the poker and no one's calling your bluff and if they are well you are a true gentleman or gentlewoman.

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Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying this is an exceptional brew. It's a little different then your average brew, that's for sure. I loved it!

The chubby bottle pours out a dark orange-golden blonde elixir, when held up to the light it's murky and you can see spouts of bubbles spread out and dancing through the brew. Angelic white head sits atop and leaves light lacing as I drink it down.

The smell is a potent and fruity one!
There's a laundry list of scents in the smell including, but not limited to a muted alcohol aroma, bread, lemons, apples, peaches, spice, a sweetness is in there accompanied by a candy and bananas. Definately a complex smell.

The taste reflects the smell - what you smell is what you get. It's wonderfully complicated on the tongue and has a slight bite. A friend of mine couldn't handle the alcohol in this one, yet I didn't notice it or think it was overpowering what so ever. The yeast and hops are fantastically balanced. Great taste!!

Mouthfeel is fantastic as well, a lot going on there when you put it to your tongue. Not thick by any means but keeps your mouth very busy - entertaining!

Drinkability is high but after one of these you'll get the heavy legs - it'd be a waste of this fantastic beer to get sloshed off it.

Definately a brew i'd go out of my way for.

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Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.89 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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