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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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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Photo of number1bum
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #12.

11.2oz chubby little bottle pours a very cloudy, almost muddy looking orangeish golden color. About a finger of off-white head on top recedes to just a thin, patchy lace.

Smells of alcohol, green apple, yeast, some lemon zest. The green apple doesn't seem right and overall this is not a very appealing nose. Extremely boozy in a liquor sort of way.

Taste is much better and more on target. Some sweet malt, yeast, light citrus, and just a touch of that green apple, solvent-like flavor. Warming alcohol but not overwhelming booze like the nose. Mouthfeel is full bodied, carbonation is soft, and it's pretty smooth.

This one let me down. I expected a lot better, but what I got was a brew that's very rough around the edges and just generally a mess. Pretty good flavor, but not even close to my favorite tripel, and the booze is a bit bothersome. With so many other quality tripels, I doubt I'd revisit.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The thin white opal head lingers over a cloudy light honey ale and diminishes to a trace amount of lace, and the liquid clings to the walls of the Kasteel chalice, with it's mini castle on the stem. One sexy beer!

This blond has more depth than a super model, but smells just as sweet and spicy, with fruity malts and spiced apple.

Ok, did I make the analogy to a glamour model already? Well let's keep the thread going, as this is no shy imp. She is a sweet tart nibbling at a candied apple and transforms to amaretto.

Sure, go ahead, and make my tongue tingle, and trace that warmth all the way down.

This is a beauty. Excellent, and leaves you wanting more. The little devil is so tempting, but I know better, and I also know there is more just waiting.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 12/2006.

Pours a very bright and clear pale yellow, topped by a one finger head that fades slowly to a thin swirling cap. With the thin cap, there's barely any lacing.

Smell; a touch musty, and yeasty with mild spices and fruits. As this warms the fruits start to some out more with pineapples and peaches. A little alcohol is present, but it seems to do a good job of mixing with the spices.

Taste; more fruity up front than the nose led me to believe with the pineapples and peaches, but there's also some pears and apricots. The yeasty mustiness is just as evident as it was in the aroma, and nice, but not overpowering sweetness fills out the middle. The finish is all peppery spiciness with a little alcohol thrown in.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and maybe a touch syrupy which I think may be due to the sweetness and low carbonation. Drinkability is realy good despite the very high abv.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright lemony amber with slightly less than the usual Belgian amount of carbonation. The pearl colored crown has a firm creaminess about it and crackles softly as it melts, leaving almost no lace in the process.

The nose is wonderful. It contains all the usual aromas, but seems to arrange them better than most. It's tremendously pear fruity and has a pear skin muskiness that I love. It also smells like it'll be both sweet and tart in equal measure.

Whatever you call it (my label reads Gouden-Triple-d'Or), this is outstanding beer. I've had this stubby in the back of my beer fridge for at least the past year, never suspecting the excellence within. Too bad I can't remember where I bought it.

I don't know if the jacked-up ABV has anything to do with it, but this is seriously flavorful beer and is one of the 'biggest' tripels that I can remember drinking. Each sip explodes on the taste buds with a near perfect storm of ripe orchard fruit and warm spiciness. Sweet malt and bitter hops work together exceptionally well, with tart bringing up the rear.

As could have been predicted by the appearance of beer and head following the pour, the mouthfeel isn't quite up to the usual Belgian ale standards. It's still enjoyable, it just isn't transcendent. A medium-full chewiness and a slick finish are right up my alley, though.

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteelbier Gouden Triple is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year to date. Tripel is my favorite Belgian style and I know an outstanding one when I drink it. Highly recommended for aficionados of the style... and for everyone else too.

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Photo of spointon
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 750ml bottle into a Kasteel anniversary glass straight from Belgium (thanks Ebay!).

A = Beautiful yellow golden color, snow white head that poured a couple inches and retained 1/2 inch throughout. Absolutely bursting with that beautiful Belgian effervescence.

S = This beer has a wonderful smell that is a bit muted. I detect fruit, bread, and sweetness in the yeast. There is also the smallest hint of hops in the smell.

T = Slightly sweet and one of my absolute favorite beers in the world (also one of my favorite Belgians - and that's saying something). I detect such a wonderful balance of funky yeast flavors combined with enough malty and hop flavors to balance it all. Very little alchohol bite despite the huge abv.

MF = Very good mouthfeel, goes down smooth, has a bit of a velvety finish.

D = Absolutely off the charts. If I was stranded on a desert island, this would be on my short list of dream beers to have with me!

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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 Scoobydank
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:Bright Yellow color to the beer. A white frothy had that takes a bit of time to disapate.
S:A tangy lemon zest is the biggest. With a bit of spice floating in.
T:Very light lemon on the taste. The reason I beleive it is so light is there is a bit of an alcohol taste that buries things for me.
M:Light tiny bubbles that couples with the alcohol to kind of burn the sides of my tongue.
D:Decent beer, I think it is a bit hot though.

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Photo of beerking1
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : golden yellow color, with white foam head (taking well).
Smell: yeasty and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, notes of spices and alcohol, powerfull, but too much alcohol.
Drinkability: average beer in the style tripel, too strong and too sweet.

Review translated from french 6-11-2008.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/18/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, light malts and some spice, with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, fruit and light malts. There is a good hops presence, but a strong alcohol burn as well. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is worth sticking with for a whole evening, but it is certainly not one that you can drink quickly.

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Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle date 01/2005 750ml cork & caged green bottle

enjoyed from my Wesvleteran chalace 33 cl's at a time...

poured a beatiful hazey gold color with a nice 1/2" head that hung out for a while, and laced untill the last drop. Not overly sweet, with a trace of peppery hops. Very big flavour profile, a bit astringant as the alcohol was pretty dominant here, but biscuty malt, with maybe a bit of citrus peel(?). Nice beer that I'd enjoy again, however not quite up to par with Termens. Thumbs up!

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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

this one is the 750ml available in the states that says Kasteel bier Gouden Triple d'or 11degrees on the bottle. Sounds like it is similar to the chateau, but the bottle says otherwise. I'll post a picture as soon as i can. Bottled 12/04 which makes this one almost three years old. I've had fresher ones, but this one takes the cake as far as this beer goes. I'm pretty sure it isn't bottle conditioned because the bottle is clear green and i can see that there is no yeast on the bottom. Pours a clear golden color with so many bubbles that it almost appears hazy. Fizzy white head that leaves almost no lace and has minimal retention. Looks pretty good anyways. Smell reminds me of St. Bernardus tripel, but not quite as good. Sweet bread, some fruit (citrus, pear, green apple), and hops. Pretty basic, but nice. Tastes the same, but the high alcohol presents itself giving it a nice nice warming character. Quite boozy, but not anywhere near typical 11% expectancy. Body seems lighter than it is because of the serious carbonation. On the heavy side of medium body, but seems like it is on the light side. I give it an A++ for drinkability, because it definitely does not seem like an 11% beer. It actually is a pleasure to drink, and could cause some serious damage. Not my all time favorite, but I'll gladly have another.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 2006 year triple into a snifter. The result was a clear yellow beer with a thick, creamy head – nice lacing. The aroma was strong of hops and there was a slight sour smell also noticeable. The taste is spicy and slightly sweet. The mouthfeel is light, alcoholic and carbonate. It has a dry finish. Overall, this is an easy to drink beer that is smooth but also has character.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle corked and caged, says Jan. 1, 2006 on cork. Poured into a goblet.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a slim white head that drops rapidly.

Smell is fantastic! Alcohol at first, but then bright fruit. Lemon and candi sugar.

Taste is just as good as the nose. Starts with citrus fruit, then there is a nice malty sweetness in the middle. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish.

Smooth and creamy, perfectly carbonated.

Overall, a very well crafted brew. Balanced and tasty. Highly recommended.

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Photo of faernt
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes, idiosyncrasy is most important . This beer has mustiness and corkiness and sweetness and bubbliness. It is a most wonderful accompaniment to almonds and goat cheese.Right now I'm drinking it with Carr Valley goat cheese and it pairs well.

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Photo of TripelMajor
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice tripel, one I occasionally crave above all others.

It pours nice and blonde like a tripel should (a lot of them seem to be a little darker). Not as fluffy of a head as duvel's brews. A little hazy, but a fine looking pour.

Smells spicy and sweet, with a little vegital finish.

A quality brew. The prodigious alcohol and light color combine nicely for a unique tripel experience. Slightly sweet, almost smokey. Not overly spiced, but complex and fizzy. The alcohol is masked, but not hidden, you can tell that this is a high-octane brew.

A bit thinner than some of it's counter parts.

Not one I'd like more than a glass of usually, but it's always a good experience.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown Duvel like bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a medium white head that lingered through mid-glass. Some sticky lacing. Aroma was of clove, banana and apple. Taste was very spicy and fruity with a slight warming effect from the alcohol. As the beer warmed the alcohol became more evident. A decent tripel, but at $14.95/4 pack a little on the steep side..

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

My very first impression was "wow, this tastes remarkably similar to Hoegaarden Grand Cru."

Pours a vibrant golden body with a small amount of sediment visable and a foamy white head. Retention and lacing are relatively poor, however.

Citrus, clove and yeast come through on the nose, and due to my strong affiliation with many Belgian beers which have a similar aroma this was instantly recognised as delicious.

The taste is sweet and spicy, with coriander and pear evident. Lemon and alcohol make their appearance on the bubbly aftertaste.

Despite the ABV, it's very drinkable, and it's something I'd happily buy again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750ml bottled in Jan. 2006

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, clove and grain.

T - It tasted of hop spice and grains. A little bit of sweetness, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. A nice sweet and spicy taste.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded yellow with a thick, foamy head the quickly settles to a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of sweettart fruitiness and coriander.

The taste is of honeyish sweetness with apple and pear fruitiness and coriander spiciness. Champagne-like carbonation. Dry, perfumy finish.

A nice compliment to Belgian cheese and fruits such as grapes.

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Kasteel Blond from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.89 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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