K-O Blond Beer | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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K-O Blond BeerK-O Blond Beer

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews by falloutsnow:
Photo of falloutsnow
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden with a burnt orange hue with a huge blossoming fluffy white head that takes its time as it settles leaving sheets upon sheets of lace behind.Spicey phenolic aromas of coriander and clove somewhat toasty with a hint of orange peel as well.Qute citrusy flavor wise,mainly orange peel and a overipe pineapple wich lends to its sweetness,an underlyinf phenolic spice/clove flavor hits more as I drink more.A touch of smoke lingers in the finish rounding out a very nice well rounded beer fruity but spicey this is a nice nightcap for me tonight.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a light but thick orange in color with lots of haze and a gorgeous, white, full, retentive head that nicely pitted and left tons of lacing.

Smell – The big Belgian yeast is laden with a wonderful tangerine aroma and some light Belgian spices. The coriander and white pepper are especially pleasing. The yeast though really does the job here and portends a big, heavy, BSPA.

Taste – The yeast and tangerine mated perfectly together to form a wonderful flavor profile that epitomized the style standard. The spicing was light but noticeable and the light alcohol notes kept things interesting.

Mouthfeel – This was smack dab in between medium and full-boded with some lovely, fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability – This was a classic example of the style and done quite well by De Proefbrouwerij.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just saw bottles of this recently, in this case, short stubby 33 cL ones imported by Shelton Bros.

Hazy orange color, volcanic head to start, medium bubbles, slightly yellowish. Very attractive thick lace all over the glass. Sharp aroma, some esters, some apples, almost running to horseradish. Full body, carbonation is low, mostly seems to be spent on the pour. Malty and dusty, sweet but almost like a wallpaper gellato with lemongrass notes. Sense of more hops and a distinct bitterness contrasts at the close, a mildly peppery finish. Vaguely alcoholic and a little unsettling to my stomach, but a distinct and interesting beer in some aspects.

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Photo of JohnLynch
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of wmtxbb
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of crowsoup
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great big head. golden yellow body. average Yeasty aroma. Very quaffable, though not too creamy,spicy. Medium body, well cabonated. Fruity pineapple melon yeast, well malted. Grainy biscuit on tongue, a bit of yeast aroma from the primitives. Citrus finish. Surprising strength of alcohol.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beautiful, hazy, golden-orange body; tenacious, rocky white head; and beautiful lacing of the K-O Blonde should be enough to attract you, but if not, read on...

In the nose, delicate notes of vanilla-soaked and honey-drizzled cookies welcome you. A waft of light, lemony citrus and spicy alcohol can be discerned if you look close enough, but it doesn't reach out and grab you. It's not outlandish in any way, but its sweet notes are quite enticing!

And in the mouth its lightly zesty and very-fine bubbled carbonation tickles the tongue before it warms to become airy, much like cotton-candy. The flavor, however, is far more aggressive and rich with its bold, sugary malt (that's again honeyish and vanilla-accented); a caress of mustiness; a subtle hint of yeasty fruitiness; and sprinkled notes of leafy hops - all backed by a sublime bitterness.

Bready, even cookie-dough-like, notes linger in the finish with some swirling notes of spiciness and a mild spritz of alcohol. It's quite nice, and certainly worth trying; although it's heavy-hit of alcohol can hinder its drinkability a bit.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tough beer to pin down. Pours a golden body with a nice head. Smells like apple juice with almost no other aromas discernable. Tastes like hard apple juice with a slight malt back bone and touch of belgian malt. Very clean taste but a bit simple. Yes it tastes good, but it's not that much of an improvement over spiked apple juice.

Very easy drinking and tasty nevertheless, give this to someone who thinks they don't like beer. Watch for a double-take.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

De Proef's Knock-Out (KO) pours up ever slightly with a thin, tiny white head that barely encompasses the glass, but never completely disappears beneath the hazy peach golden body. The surprisingly clean aroma has a mildly phenolic spiciness (black peppercorn, coriander) along with some fresh citrus (lemon, grapefruit, tangerine) notes which intermingle nicely with the honeyish maltiness. Hints of earthiness, perfumey Poperings hops, and a bready yeastiness all add to the overall complexity. The flavor starts off with a light graininess that is restrained by a rather marked bitterness. The underlying fruitiness really carries this one along to a slightly acidic, spicy, yeasty, and cheek warming finish. This medium-light bodied Belgian Golden Ale will definitely keep the tastebuds entertained. Pick up a bottle to enjoy when something strong is needed. Here's to Dirk and his Knock-Out (KO) punch!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Goldorak
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yellow-ish golden blonde, I really liked the head, thick with a honeycomb of microbubbles. However, little sediment flakes were floating around all over.

Smell: Ouf...A real smorgasbord of aroma here! Strange stuff like compost, baby powder, banana and kirsh liqueur. Weird, but I liked it!

Taste: Not as complex as the smell unfortunately. All I could whiff out is alcohol and a bland, non-descript honey/malt sweetness. Full bodied? Yeah, if you can call a fat guy full bodied, then sure...

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Photo of pat_usher
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of philipquarles
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful bright pumpkin orange color with a nice white lacing.

S: Sour orange peel, caramel, and banana bread on nose.

T: Some fruitiness and a big flowery wild yeast aroma stands out. Alcohol is sweet and spicy and hidden nicely. There is some warm cola nut in the finish and fade with some spicy citrus. Nice creamy caramel banana bread palate with a decent amount of hop bitterness per style, im guessing to balance out the massive malt palate at 10%.

M: creamy with warm honey bread, some citrus and a spicy alcohol tang.

D: A big blonde that lives up to its name and worthy of a try.

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Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a light blonde color ale with a big pure white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some funky yeast and light sourness. Taste is a mix between semi-sweet Belgian malt with some quite funky yeast but not to the extent of the Flemish Primitive which was just plain gross. Body is above average probably due to low filtration level with great carbonation and no alcohol is overly noticeable. Interesting beer overall but not something I would go for regularly.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle from LaBodega in Riverside for $10.99 in August 2006.

My first impression of this beer was very favorable. Initially, it's De Proef brewery, and I like almost everything I've tried. And this one starts well. However, the big beer alcohol and the sweet syrupy nature prove its ultimate undoing for me. I couldn't finish the bottle, and really had no desire to cap it and try and save it for another day.

Pours a nice medium orange-golden with a decent thin white head- lots and lots of carbonation. Aroma is fruity- on the light side for such a big beer. Flavor starts nice, rich and full, orange soda for big kids. But the alcohol and yeastiness begin to show through, as the glass empties the sweetness become overpowering, and that's the end of the story for me.

Some may like this- I haven't lost faith in the brewery, I'll just have to ry something else.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ddedhed
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of mojuyt
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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