K-O Blond Beer
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #111
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3.87 | pDev: 10.59%
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a hazy orange hue with 2-3 inch billowy off white head with excellent retention. Nice lacing is left as it recedes.
S: Melon, white pepper, farmhouse funk, light toasty caramel, and some spice.
T: Doesn’t quite hold up to the promise of the aroma. Fruity melon, caramel malt (stronger here than in the aroma), white pepper spice (again stronger here than aroma), and some notes of apple, honey, and clove emerge with warming.
M: Light-medium body with completely hidden 10% ABV. Lightly refreshing with honeyed fruits. Mild spice throughout. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Not the best offering from De Proef, but still a solid brew. Pairs really well with a variety of cheeses. Nice summer sipper!

Jun 28, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i always buy new beer when i see it from these guys, they rarely miss, and its all so interesting. i was excited to find this one. its loosely a belgian tripel, pale wheaty grainy sweet and very belgian in its yeast complexion. a little murky on the pour, with some brown flecks of yeast near the bottom of the bottle that settle right out, and a short white head. it smells a little banana leaning, with a unique almost wild tartness to it, the sweetness of this beer is not at all apparent in the nose, smells light and fruity. the flavor through is very sweet, lots of body too, and the warming alcohol on the back end. its not as nuanced as i thought it might be, and although i really like the yeast, it seems a lot less interesting than some of their other stuff. it also gets downright boozy when it warms up a little, and i felt this one right away. its really well carbonated though, and drinks pretty light for what it is. the grian base is tasty but a little plain, and its not really hoppy enough to be a pale ale type i dont think, just a faint grassy thing going on there. overall a very well made beer, but not quite at the very high level i have always expect from de proef. the price was fair though, and it packs quite a sleepy punch.

Aug 30, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazed golden color with a white head and some lacing. The aroma has green apple and a bit of rustic funk. The taste has green apple, cotton candy, toffee and alcohol. As it warms everything smooths out and a soft dark fruit note comes out. Large malty flavor, does nicely as it warms initially a burst of pungent hops was a bit off putting.

Mar 17, 2015
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MRsojourner from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

blond/dark golden in appearance with a super thick rocky head that persist.

aroma is light but semi-sweet cotton-candy with a touch of spicy/flowery hops.

really clean and light and dangerous for how much alcohol is in this beer. spicy esters and a touch of hops to balance out the sweetness leaving your palate with just a bit of bitterness..

mouthfeel is just right. very dry but still slick and refreshing.

this beer does what is says on the label K.O

May 24, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of honeysuckle flowers and other sweet malts in the nose. Candi sugars become present as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has slight hints of sweetness and flavors of apples. No bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The beer tastes a little strong and makes for a slow sipper but the alcohol is well hidden for the taste. It seems a little too sweet for the style.

Dec 02, 2012
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falloutsnow from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None listed
Glass: Tulip

Though I suspect my bottle to be several years old, this remains a beer I would drink again and be very interested in trying on tap. The complexities in the malty aromas and flavors are substantial, leading me to believe that with greater hop presence, this would be all the more intriguing.

Pours a 1cm head of slightly off-white foam, which is composed of medium and large-sized bubbles. Retention is somewhat below average, the head collapsing well within a minute to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass with a few hazy islands of ghostly foam atop the body. Lacing is exceptionally exquisite, perhaps the strangest and most interesting I've seen in any beer, with near calligraphic pictures adorning the sides of the glass, at times looking like the artistic depictions of black metal band names. Body is a hazy golden brown color, with light bringing out paler tones of gold and orange. Unfiltered, I'm unable to note any carbonation in the body.

Aroma is composed of heavy caramel, yeast, viscous honey, hot whole-grain breakfast cereal, and slight nuances of ethanol when warm. At this age, scents are largely dominated by malt and yeast products as opposed to hops; still, this is a fairly complex and substantial aroma.

Taste opens with heavy caramel, yeast, and honey sweetness. Mid-palate takes these sweet, malty elements and adds surprising traces of decomposing pine needles, a bit of hop bitterness, and some ethanol. Back of palate develops the ethanol further, adds a bit of whiskey, and continues with the caramel, yeast, and honey-like malt components.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation. The result is a smooth mouthfeel. Ethanol is well-felt from mid-palate and beyond, with modest heat, warming, and slight burn in nostrils and throat. Finish is dry, with lightly sweet coating on palate.

Oct 09, 2012
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impending from California

3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


33cl into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed butterscotch honey, minor orange cream colored head, minor lacing.

Aroma is sweet rotting apricot, some citrus, honey and yeast.

Flavor is precisely as indicated in the scent, precisely. Has nice dry cusp which trails off into minor bitter and pleasant solvent alcohol. Lively medium bodied mouthfeel. Warms well.

Sep 18, 2012
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John_M from Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and alcing. The nose is pretty impressive, showcasing honey, vanilla and something of a smoked meat aroma. Interestingly, the smoke aroma doesn't come through at all on the palate, and the sweetness is a bit much as well. There's some light bitterness on the finish, but it's not really enough to counter all the vanilla and honey I'm picking up in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, fairly sweet finish. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, especially considering the sweetness and 10% abv.

Feb 29, 2012
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a tight, clinging white head. The appearance of this beer suggests that it is unfiltered, which is not all that surprising.

S: Aromas of citrusy, resinous hops and caramel dominate the nose. The smell of this beer is much simpler than I was expecting, and is the only thing about it that I find to be a let down.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuits, grass, pine, lemon, and grapefruit wash across the palate. I'm also picking up a candy sugar sweetness, though I'm not certain that candy sugar is used in this brew. The finish is nice and mellow with a flourish of pine, citrus, and caramel flavors.

M: Full bodied and dryish with surprisingly gentle carbonation. Alcohol presence is restrained.

O: This is a near excellent Belgian strong pale ale that I would not mind revisiting in the near future. Compared to many ales of this style, K-O Blond is better balanced and more flavorful. This is a very nice beer. Try it if you get the opportunity.

Dec 28, 2011
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wmtxbb from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into chalice

Hazy peach yellow that suggests K-O Blond is unfiltered. Nice thick head that dissipates a little, but remains fairly thick.

Scent is peaches and cream with a hint of yeast at first, followed by cinnamon, banana. Smells a little of wheat and malt; typical BSPA scent, but tamer and less sharp. No phenols detectable.

I initially expect a strong a strong alcohol presence, but I spent the first 10 seconds admiring how well it was hidden until suddenly I could feel the alcohol warming sensation. Wow, if this is a knock out it's definitely a sneaky one, one where you can't tell you're out until it's too late. Tastes of sweet malt, peaches, oranges, cream, coriander, and some other spices. Spices mix well overall and are not too overwhelming, which is a sign of a good BSPA; yet, K-O lacks the mouthfeel characteristic of a good BSPA. The carbonation isn't even and it's weak. It also has too much body, which is something the brewer may have tweaked to hide the ABV.

K-O Blond is just an above average BSPA with a hefty price tag, comparatively speaking. Not a beer I'll revisit anytime soon.

Oct 26, 2011
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Murrhey from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a Pilsner glass.

A: Light yellowish color with a THICK foamy head, 3 fingers wide. The appearance on this beer was very nice for a blond ale.

S: For a 10 percent ABV ale, it managed to keep the subtle malty smell I picked up. Otherwise I wasn't getting much from it.

T: Delicious, plain and simple. For such a strong beer, even a lighter hued one, I was expecting a trial. I was pleasantly surprised (and tipsy) when I drained my glass. Really enjoyed this beer.

M: Thicker and more sluggish than I had thought from the get-go, but not at all unpleasant.

O: Enjoyed this ale and would purchase again.

Oct 15, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Slightly hazy golden orange and yellow. Quickly forming, large, persistent near-white head. Lots of lacing left down the glass.

A sweet, bready, and yeasty aroma. There's a slight Belgian yeast tang, sweet cookies and bready crackers, mild banana, and some sweet white fruits. Lovely.

The sweetness dominates on the palate as well as the Belgian yeast and some banana, apple, and peach flavors. A nice combination, though harsh with alcohol, especially as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

An accessible, sweet, and bready Belgian strong pale.

Sep 27, 2011
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Mako82 from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass for review

A- Lighter golden in color and was cloudy. Easily poured a two finger head that was white, foamy and lasted quite long. Head on beer left a white film on top of the beer for the entire tasting.
S - First smell is of floral with a hint of clove in the background. Also can smell some light malts and yeast
T - Can definitely pick up the floral and clove taste. A mild malt and yeasty taste in the background. Slightly lingering bitter aftertaste, which was a nice surprise. The alcohol taste is really hidden well in this beer.
M - Not as carbonated as I would of thought. When I originally opened the bottle foam shot out. Light and crisp taste, slight chalky feel on the palate. Medium to low carbonation.
O - Thought it was a great blonde ale. Nothing seemed outstanding to me, but everything came together to produce an enjoyable beer.

Sep 25, 2011
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palma from New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle via Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club. this belgian blond weighs in at 10%ABV. taste doesnt show that though. It drinks more like 7 or 8%ABV. Reminds me very much of Duvel in all aspects. Although the hops pull through in the end more so than Duvel. Almost De Ranke XX bitter level. Complex enough for me. Very easy drinking for 10%. This one was enjoyable though not particularly memorable.

Jun 30, 2011
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bishopdc0 from Maine

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with my wife at novare res
The beer is served in a 10 oz tulip. The beer is golden with a slight cloudiness. The head is fluffy and pearl white.

Malt notes of vanilla and cream. Big malt

The taste is a malt full body starts smooth and the malts come in pale and flavor of vanilla. And biscuit and buttermilk pancakes.

Jun 27, 2011
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DeanMoriarty from California

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy, blond/straw-like hue with little chunks of yeast being tossed around by the vigorous effervescence, a massive white fluffy head that leaves my glass coated with lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet honey biscuits, grainy malt, tropical fruit balanced well with a good dose of earthy hops that are floral and mossy, finishing with just a hint of booze at the very end.

T: Real similar to the nose - very sweet and bready, balanced well with a good amount of hop.

M/D: On the lighter side of medium bodied, very creamy with the carbonation lending to the body nicely. Very drinkable for an ABV of 10% - I had no problem polishing off the entire 750ml on my own.

May 17, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a very cloudy looking yellowish gold. The head was quite nice in the beginning and leave behind a really good lacing. This beer also has a lot of floating flakes in there and they stay active from the bubbles pushing them around. The aroma is citrusy and has some fresh bread in there too. The flavor is a big bread like citrusy attack on the taste buds. This beer is smooth and yet has a little bite on it to keep things a little interesting. This is a fairly good brew and worth trying.

Apr 19, 2011
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with huge plume of white head, great retention and lacing. First scent is a huge whiff of yeast, underneath hides sweet and watery fruit and a solid spice charachter (pepper, clove, corriander). First sip brings the yeast and spice, backing malt is quite sweet, but not cloying. Some bubblegum like qualities along with the fruit. Noticeable tastes of bitter hops and some alcohol on the back end. Overall quite bold in flavor for a BSPA. Medium bodied, active carbonation but settles quickly, slightly creamy. A nice, full flavored, strong and heavier BSPA. Quite unique.

Mar 04, 2011
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Regardless the quality of the beer, the lable of a boxer's mit on a matte finish lable denoting a 'K-O' Blond Beer... it simply seems amature-ish. If it weren't for knowing the quality that is associated with De Proef, this beer would have been easy to dismiss, without even giving it a shot.

The beer pours a deep golden color that seems even copper in the right light. Lots of partiulates float about giving the beer a visual weight and abundant haze that seems too much. A froathy white head billows and retains very well while leaving rings of lace behind. A nice look except for the excessive susupended yeast and protien.

Early aroma and flavor of high floral hops give a sweet flowery or honeysuckle taste and smell. Confectioner's sugar adds to the honey-like sweetness (kinda like Leffe Blonde), except with an aspertame-like bitterness in aftertaste. Pilsner grains and sugar additions give a soft and supple cookie dough flavor that rounds out the sugarly full sugary start. Spicy alcohols give a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and white pepper while fruity esters give the impressions of bruised oranges, appricots, and apples/cider.

Warming alcohols build as the sweetness fades, and as the spiciness accumulates in the throat. While the early sips are rich and full, the finish never really acheives the dryness and drinkability that it deserves. Light hop bitterness and dryness help, but they are disjointed from any should-be fleeting malt character. For a Blonde, this one lingers seeming forever.

Aug 17, 2010
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I dunno, yeah, it pours with a great foamy frothy sudsy thick cream colored head and lots of lace - color is a hazy amber with a little sediment. And the aroma is massively malt and caramel plus yeast... But the flavor is HUGELY SWEET. Way too. Maybe cook with it. I can't drink it. Body is of course full and round; it does have good carbonation. But the finish is overwhelmingly sweet. Not a session; can't drink more than a bit.

May 25, 2010
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Gavage from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: yeast and fruit sweetness is pleasant but light overall.

Taste: caramel, yeast spiciness, ripe red apples, green grapes, and a bit of breadiness is balanced with some moderate bitterness levels. Alcohol is warming here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: a decently drinkable beer but the big alcohol makes this a bit of a slow drinking beer.

Sep 26, 2009
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Stunner97 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- slightly murky off yellow with a thin white head, decent carbonation with bubble streaming up the glass,

Smell- lots of apples, very sweet smell of sugar candy and fruits, overwhelming strong of the smell of applejuice or apple cider more then anything else,the smell to me is literally identical to that

Taste- apples apricots pears and all kinds of fruit dominate this beer, its extremely light and drinkable in flavor, to me feels more of a juice then even a beer ( careful 10 percent alcohol) interesting brew ill tell you that, very fruity

Mouthfeel- very light crisp soft and refreshing in the mouthfeel

Drinkability- scarily drinkable considering how strong it is, one that you could finish extremely fast and barely even realize you were having an alcohol bomb, its a beer like no other I have had beer I have before, interesting and intriguing worth the try for that alone

Apr 27, 2009
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philipquarles from Connecticut

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

75cL bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy blonde with a fluffy white head. Smells of honey and peach; quite sweet and sugary. Yeasty, slightly hoppy, and some spice. Tastes of sugary sweet malt. Quite a bit of hoppiness along with some peachy character. Alcohol-laden finish. Thick body bordering on syrupy. Too big and boozy to be really enjoyable to drink.

Apr 16, 2009
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coldmeat23 from Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a clear, golden orange color. Almost two-fingers of creamy white foam with a slight hint of orange forms the head. Retention is great. Lacing is thick and fairly sticky.

Nose is full of orchard fruits. Peaches, apples, nectarines, white grapes and more. Nice presence of belgian yeast. Slightly funky and slight bubblegum notes. Light phenol presence. Very nice earthiness. Wonderful spiciness of cloves and corriander.
Smells beautifully complex.

Apricots, pears and nectarines, coated in thick, sweet honey. Nice, big, apple presence. Wonderfully smooth level of spiciness. Light touches of caramel malts. Very good belgian yeast presence. Smooth, sweet taste of bananas mixes with a mild hops bite.

For the style, this one has excellent body. It's full, rich, and absolutely creamy. The carbonation could be just a touch more, but that's my only complaint.

While I can't detect the 10%ABV in the taste, I can certainly feel it. This would prevent me from drinking many of these in a row, but as far as taste goes, this is one totally drinkable brew.

Apr 14, 2009
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currysage1 from Maine

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber orange color from a bottle(750ml) that uncorks with a very loud pop. Head was three fingers high into a snifter, slightly off white and left good lacing all the way down.

Smell is of alcohol soaked citrus, cloves and some white pepper.

Taste is a play of sweetness and bitterness. On one side I get bitter orange peel and coriander on the other a smooth toffee. The finish is more of a grain flavor, toasted wheat(sweet)/oats(earthy).

Feel is nice and silky, great carbonation. Drinkability is good, alcohol is not very noticeable.

Aug 13, 2008
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