Kapittel Blond | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Kapittel BlondKapittel Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of tempest
2.21/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a bottle at Dulle Griet in Ghent. This beer didn't taste right, but the bartender claimed it was right on. There was a strong metallic taste and aroma that made me feel like I was licking a pocketful of change every time I took a sip. Sure the clear gold body looked great, but as a beer, this failed.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with a white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Aromas of light malts, floral hops, banana, and wet hay.

This is where it all goes wrong....The taste is very mild for the most part with some honey sweetness and floral hops, along with the light malts. The overwhelming taste that smacks you with the weight of a 2"x4" is some sort of minerally copper. It's up front, in the middle, and in the finish. The more you drink, the less of it you notice, but it just isn't good.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery with very little carbonation,

I won't be going back again for this. I believe they used a new technique that uses dirty pennies in the mash.

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Photo of stevoj
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

More malty than I’d have thought from a Belgian, need to check the shelf date. Orange amber with small creamy head. Musty, malty aroma and taste. Possibly skunked bottle.

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Photo of JBogan
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a muddy looking dark gold with a very small white head which leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is of sweet malt, honey along with some buttery notes.

Taste follows the aroma closely. Sweet malt is the predominant factor, then the slight buttery aspect along with yeast in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and thick, almost creamy. There's just enough carbonation to keep it from being dull.

All said and done, there are a lot better beers out there in this style.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This a pale straw/ golden beer with minimal bright white head and poor retention. Aromas are faint, but it is a musty grain smell similar to what you might expect of a pilsner only without the spice, sulfer, or other zing.

Taste is an odd mix of sweet grass, metalic, clove and just a bit of soapy water. This kinda sounds like a spoiled beer I'm sure but the condition of other bottles in the pack rule this out. It really isn't nasty and pretty drinkable but I'm not taken with it anyway.

The mouthfeel is the strongest point, which is pleasantly carbonated if a tad slick.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle in 't Velootje, Gent, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: Light gold colour. Decent retention and appeal. Two finger head.

Sm: Barley and hops. Pretty standard fare. It's difficult to detect individual notes with me broken nose. All apologies. A bit musty and light in strength.

T: Bland. Standard barley blond with a few hops thrown in haphazardly. Simple, but balanced. Built poorly for the style. Where are the crystal hops?

Mf: Nicely smooth and fairly dry, a strange effect for a blonde but not an unwelcome one.

Dr: Very mundane. Not worth your time compared to other Belgian blondes. That said, it is very fairly priced.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by date of 2006, Sampled March 2007
Produces a frothy, light tan colored head that starts out about three-fingers in height and leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. The beer is a reddish tinted, copper colored brew and is brilliantly clear. The aroma smells of sweet malt notes, butterscotch, sweet grapes, musty crackers and biscuit malt. Fruity notes of apple and light berry notes are also noticeable in the aroma.

The taste is quite sweet up front, with a pronounced fruitiness that reminds me of green raisins, apple cider and something like strawberries (though not quite). Quite light bodied, though it does have a certain heft to it. The finish is quite sweet as well, though there is an in- vain attempt for a dry biscuit-like character to add some dryness. This is a wierd beer, the fruit notes and sweetness combine to almost give this an artificial sweetener kind of flavor. This beer is not necessarily over sweet, it is just the combination of flavors that make me say it is (if that makes any sense). This is just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of BobZ
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Managed a 1/4" head after a hard pour that quickly dissipated. Nice yellow with a few yeast floaties.

Smell: A little bit of citrus and sweetness, pleasant enough.

Taste: Up front bitterness that verges on metallic, never really seems to go away it's masking over some better flavors of sweetness, not horrible but not good either.

Mouth feel: The bitterness and lack of balance impacts the mouthfeel to. Lightly carbonated may more would have helped.

Drinkability: Too many negatives to make this an enjoyable session beer.

Hard to believe this is from the same Belgian villiage (Watou) as St. Bernardus, disappointing blond.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small bottle picked up at the COOP on Saturday.. Poured into my SN XXX goblet.. short lasting white head.. the brew is hazed golden orange... splotchy lacing and nonexistent cap.

Nose is bready with some lite clove.. only slightly estery with some background orange..

Esters show on the palate as some overripe pear and green apple skin.. odd metal flavor builds from the front and peaks mid palate and finishes the same.. coppery.

Not digging this one at all.. the bones are there, but the 2nd half of the glass is too much effort.


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Photo of Halcyondays
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a frankly, ugly pale yellow, with little head, just a smattering of clear bubbles, though a nice ring does appear later, as the beer is drunk.

S: Nice smell of fruit, malt, and esters, predominately pear and banana.

T: Heavy pear ester flavour dominates the palate, tasty, but could be a little much at times. Pretty one-dimensional, the yeast character is the show of this one, not getting much malt character or hops.

M: Very light, much lighter than you'd expect from a 6% ale, spritzy, and thin.

D: Not one of my favourite BPA's, it didn't have that huge billowy head that I like in this style, or that great a taste. I finished it easily, but don't think I'll buy it again at $2.99 a bottle.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly colorless and nearly clear for a Belgian. Quick fizzing, quick falling head, or foam rather. Smells of honey and herb bread. The slightest bit of tomato esther on first sip, finishing towards basil and corriander. Feels smooth going down and spicy or sparkly afterwards. Moderately uninteresting for a Belgian, though, apart from that herby pepper that always peeks thru. Drinks like sweet, tea, though.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Honey colored with a one finger off white head. Moderately intense carbonation and no lacing. BAH!!! Everyone knows that Belgian pales should explode out of the bottle and overflow when they are poured!

S - Cloves, pineapple and squash. A very weak odor and not that pleasant.

T - The taste comes in two very distinct parts. First is a citrus flavor, lightly sweet and very pleasant. Next comes a bitterness from the hops, but not of a pine variety, accompanied by some bland yellow squash flavors. The squash flavors lingers. If I was that guy in Momento, then I would probably think I had just eaten squash. It isn't unpleasant at all though. It is actually very interesting. A coriander presence accompanies the flavor throughout.

M - A little too highly carbonated and thin, but refreshing.

D - Sessionable? Yeah, one could. Could be eaten with a light meal. This is one of those beers that doesn't score very well, but I really liked drinking it. It isn't great, but I would drink it again. Of course, I won't seek it out again though.

Note: Bottle says 6.5% abv

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Photo of DawnL
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice reddish/golden color with good head retention.

Otherwise, not an exciting brew. Had some murky flavors of spice and yeast, but more like a mulled cider feeling to it with slight minerality. Not bad, but not particularly memorable either. Goes well with food. In fact, it needs food. Would pair nicely with mild cheeses and poultry dishes.

It's drinkable, but not in large quantities.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of a four pack gift type box. Brew forms a marginal head and decent lacing, average to below average for the style.

Wheat, dry like malted. Some dark fruity taste although it comes across light and refreshing. Belgian yeast, sizzly and well placed carbonation.

Ehh, decent offering.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a four pack of Het Kapittel brews (one each of Blond, Pater 6, Prior 8, and Abt)- this is the only time I had seen it otherwise.

Pours a medium golden, cloudy with a medium off-white head that quickly fades- a small amount of carbonation quickly rises from the bottom of the Leffe goblet.

Aroma is clean, sweet, bright, sweet candies (Brach's candy from my childhood, artifical fruit flavors and all). Perhaps even bubblegum. Brings back fond memories, but these are processed artifical aromas.

Flavor is sweet, pleasant, easily drinkable, and quickly forgettable- not complex at all. Reminds me of the numerous variety of processed, bland blonds that you can get in Belgium, all decent, certainly superior in my opinion to American megabrews, but not much else. Skip this and try the bigger Het Kappitel products for a better experience.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 2/13/10 notes, had on tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest in Baltimore, MD.

a - Poured a clear golden color that was very transparent. Little head or carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of yeast. Also hints of hops, some fruit, and grain.

t - Tastes strongly of yeast as well. Little bit of fruit as well, but kind of bland

m - Light body with no carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this beer was ok. Strong yeast notes to it and the bland taste made it definitely not near the top of the best things available at Max's. I wouldn't have ordered it again.

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Photo of impending
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

SF Toranado. Moderately hazy pale golden yellow, pure dense white head. minor lacing.

Aroma is restrained but has interesting notes of banana, apple and ginger.

Taste is mild in all measures. Mild sweetness to begin and mild hop flavors to end. Minimal bitter, the aftertaste is short lived.
Light bodied smooth mouthfeel.

Best served well chilled on a hot summer day, a decent thirst quencher, not a sipper.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean light yellow colored beer. Has a big white head and some good lace. The aroma has a light fruity character to it with a promising spicey background. Some prickly cabonation and some hints of mixed fruit swirl around your tongue briefly and then are gone. There is only a shadow of a spicey hop note on the finish. This beers watery mouthfeel washes away most or all enjoyment.

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Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before D, 05, 07...whatever all that means. A through E, and 01 through 11, and another set. Whatever...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a 2 finger, frothy white head that slowly fades out. Chunky lacing is left all around the glass. Hearty CO2 bubbles slowly rise to the top of the cap. Tons of viscous sediment is suspended throughout the entire glass. It would look great other than that junk messing up my brew.
Smell is of grassy, earthy, orangy citrus, along with a touch of cream, wet hay, and corn.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet butternut squash flavors, along with grassy, earthy, funk mixed with citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly sweet, yeasty, dead on the middle of the tongue, and moving to an oaky dryness.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, moderately dark golden body, not unlike dark apple juice, supporting two fingers of moderately durable white foam. Sadly, the presentation was the best part of Het Blond which, while not abysmal, was simply ordinary. After letting Blond sit for some time and warm, some spice emerges to complement the modest fruit aromas. I detect some banana, some sour apple, and a bit of ginger but long for much more.

Banana and ginger carry the taste load, which I found disappointing overall. It lacks flavorful punch, and isn't the most effervescent Belgian, to say the least. The sourness is off-putting, and not simply because I hopes for something different (better, really), but rather because the sweet if modest aroma doesn't translate into the taste. In a word, it's banal.

After drinking this--and I won't describe my experience with Het Blond as "enjoying it"--I perused my reviews of Belgian Pale Ales. I must admit that I have yet to experience one that has wowed me, so it's possible that, like Brown Ale, this might not be my style. Yet I certainly came around to Reds, thanks to Brian Boru. Change is possible. But is there a Belgian Pale Ale to make me reconsider my mounting aversion to this style? Perhaps Trappist Westvleteren Blonde must be next to help me rethink my position...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy light tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, honey, fruit, and white grape juice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, honey, and caramel covered fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the aromas I am getting are slightly better to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of bashiba
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange with lots of carbonation and a big thick head with good retention.

Smelled sweet and fruity with hints of bananas, oranges, yeasts, and some spices.

Has a very big mineral taste along with a noticeable yeast flavor and some nice pepper and clove spices. Not at all sweet or fruity like the nose would have led me to beleive, but slightly sharp with a bit of noticeable earthy hops as well.

Mouthfeel is light and tingly with a nice dry finish.

Pretty average in the drinkability department, especially with so many more tasty alternatives in this style available.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: slightly hazy yellow-golden hue with plenty of effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam which dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: nice, clean malt aroma with a little bit of tangy zip. Green apple and pear aromas are present, as well. I like it.

Taste: nice malt flavor which is rather mild. There's some apple flavor here, but also a weird off-flavor which I can't easily describe. It's kind of reminiscent of a smoky lapsang souchong tea, which can be good but is hardly appropriate here. I want to like this beer but the off-flavor really pulls it down for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is not a bad beer, but the off-flavors just make it not my thing.

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Photo of crwills
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale cloudy yellow into a sampler glass. Very weak aroma, although it may have been the quantity or environment. Flavour is yeasty with some citrus (orange or orange peel), mild bread, and some slight sour notes. Slick mouthfeel makes it a little different.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden straw with a low white head that wisped the beer surface and trailed along to lace the glass.

The aroma was corny with DMS followed by an earthy belgian yeast spiciness.

The flavor was corny, more DMS, with a crispness and slight sweetness and slight earthiness and pleasant belgian yeast spice. The spice was well done in conjunction with the sweetness, but the corny flavors were out of place.

The finish was just dry with lasting subtle spiciness into the aftertaste. The body was medium. If you like corn, this is the one for you. If you can get past it, a very nice brew hangs out underneath the corn field.

11.2 ounce bottle. Part of a four pack sampler box.

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Kapittel Blond from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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