King Of Hearts / Hertenheer Blond & Bitter
Brouwerij Het Nest

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Brouwerij Het Nest
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #26
Ranked #17,992
3.85 | pDev: 11.17%
Jun 04, 2021
Aug 09, 2012
Very Good
King Of Hearts / Hertenheer Blond & BitterKing Of Hearts / Hertenheer Blond & Bitter
Notes: 65 IBU
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2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Note: The Description^ lists this as 6.5%. The bottle I have (fresh from Belgium), in the place of the big heart on the lable seen in the photo^, is marked: 'Nieuw recept [ie New recipe] 4.8%'. ...Dropping the ABV% by a quarter is liable to make my experience different from people who rated it at 6.5%.

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Pours straw colour and slightly hazy, it is bottle-conditioned and the sediment lists easily near the end. !cm white creamy looking head. ps @+10mins, holds well.
S- Belgian spice/aromatic notes.
T- Wohhhh-k, pretty dry, hoppy and contemporary (think: NEIPA) on the front. Malts are shy so the hoppy-dry aspect holds into the finish.
F- Carbonation is high in the mouth. The beer comes over as thin/light.
O- It comes over as a contemporary/hipster beer, big bright hops'n all, but thankfully it hasn't OTT citrus/fruit notes. The bold flavour dominates over the relatively light body. I can finish it but it'd doing very little for me.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> Ingreds: include sugar as well as barleymalt, the sugar likely for the bottle-conditioning?
330ml bottle BB: Sep-22 Euro2.60 Bought from BeerMania/Belgium as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Jun 04, 2021
3.72 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on May 02, 2019
Photo of Dzu
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Dzu from Russian Federation

Poured from 0.33l bottle into flute glass.
L: Turbid dark amber color with a massive white foam head.
S: Citrus, weak soarness, caramel.
T: Bitterness, grapefruit, pleasant aftertaste. Reminds me belgian IPA.
F: Medium body and carbonation. Great balanced.
O: After al it's nice belgian ale. My be it lacks some more dimensial taste.

Mar 25, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

Colour clear, amber with a medium-sized, white foam. In the aroma, we have sweet fruit, oranges and peaches, grassy hop notes. Taste the typical Belgium, oranges, peaches, delicate herbs and ... sophisticated bitterness. High, not too long but intense, grassy, maybe a bit of "Perfume". Saturation high, a little tired.

Jan 27, 2017
3.77 by andpit from Italy on Jan 22, 2017
3.45 by Spyderglx from New York on Jun 16, 2016
3.81 by desint from Belgium on Jan 06, 2016
4 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jun 19, 2015
3.75 by GRG1313 from California on Nov 15, 2014
4.1 by Rado from California on Nov 15, 2014
3.88 by Wowcoolman from California on Nov 15, 2014
4 by drewone from California on Nov 15, 2014
3.75 by Karo from Belgium on Oct 19, 2014
2.64 by motabika from Australia on Sep 23, 2014
3.85 by mattfancett from England on Aug 28, 2014
4.25 by bobWFMU from New York on Aug 05, 2014
4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Jul 27, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with clumps of yeast floating near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of yeast along with bits of pale malts and strong notes of spices, the later of which are most prominent and stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With all of the yeast, this beer feels a little heavier in body compared to what you would normally expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. I liked it because of the extra yeast.

May 07, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by ManforallSaisons from Belgium

Brassy colored and opaque, with dark streaks of copious sediment, and a big head that quickly dissipating like a layer of soap; nice flowery scent with grass, herbs, but quite muted; nice bitterness, not hugely complex, like a slice off the bitter end of an Orval; very effervescent in the mouth, with a touch of metal setting everything a-tingle, and I think that's a good thing.

Apr 06, 2014
2.94/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by GONZALOYANNA from Spain

On-tap. Nonic glass. Pale straw color, clear apperance. White froth, close & lasting crown. Copious spots on sides. Floral aromas & hints of sweet Belgian yeast to the nose. Gentle maltiness blowed up by sharp bitterness. Pine needles sensation. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Heavy citric astringency. Long bitter finish. Resins & fruits on the aftertaste. Well balanced Belgian IPA.

Dec 21, 2013
3.75 by samEBC from Belgium on Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

This beer poured a clear gold color with a small white head.

A musty, earthy aroma mostly. Some sweet malt.

Funky taste, bitter hops up front, bread background.

This was a very hop-forward beer. Very bitter. Not a lot of alcohol, but also not a beer that you're going to drink a lot of at one time.

Nov 06, 2013
4.25 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on Oct 08, 2013
4.25 by pensinck from Netherlands on Oct 05, 2013
4.25 by zonker17 from Texas on Jun 16, 2013
4 by BelgianBeerPope from Belgium on May 03, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by UCLABrewN84 from California

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and chalky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and tasty flavors.

Apr 23, 2013
4.5 by AngusOg from North Carolina on Mar 04, 2013
4 by bmur112 from Maryland on Feb 19, 2013
4.25 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Feb 17, 2013
King Of Hearts / Hertenheer Blond & Bitter from Brouwerij Het Nest
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 30 ratings