Kapittel Blond | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Kapittel BlondKapittel Blond
116 Ratings
Kapittel BlondKapittel Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 05-10-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

John's bottle from Smokeless. Immensely soapy head from my gravity-defying glass, good lace, yeasty aroma. Some corriander and clove and vanilla, a bit of wet grass. Nice yeasty chewy Belg experience, and pleasant yeast aroma. Herbal, good pleasant pale.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 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 brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that leaves dots of lacing

Smell: Floral perfume that is part honey/banana and part corn/DMS

Taste: Starts witha sweet honey flavor that is rather yeasty; after the swallow, several other flavors emerge - some good, some not so good - the good ones are a dry earthy bitterness but the demerits are in the corn flavors and the overwhelming sweetness of the brew

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably complex but marred by a number of flaws

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 7/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color, with a fairly dense 1-2 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of light lemon zest, grape, pear, pepper, clove, honey, bread, and yeast spices. Nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength. Taste of lemon zest, pepper, pear, orange, clove, biscuit, honey, grass, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, clove, grass, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and slightly prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Very easy to drink as well. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable Belgian blonde. Good amount of complexity and nice flavor balance; and very smooth.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Blonde pours a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a creamy head of white froth that drops shortly and leaves only minor streaks of lace about the glass.

The nose is sweetish like honey, and spicy, similar in many ways to that of a witbier.

It's smooth and creamy in the mouth with a dextrinous medium body and very fine bubbled moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue.

Although the flavor initially seems light on the palate, it tends to linger, and becomes fuller and more exciting with each sip. It's honey-ish, subtly fruity (orange), delicately spicy, and just mildly bitter. It's well-rounded and very drinkable; and it's alcohol never shows!

Very well done!

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Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, poured into a long tulip glass.

Color is a light, a bit cloudy, orange. Forms a two finger head that dissapears slowly, leaving just a ring of foam.
Smells much like a witbier: wheat, yeast and sweet malt.
Taste is a bit sweet and fruity in the beginning but hoppy bitter in the finish.
Body feels light and carbonation is high.

Overall this is a complex and well balanced beer. Thumbs up from me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minimally yeasty rich amber with a glimmer of orange. The lovely looking cap of parchment colored foam looks like the interior of a torn loaf of rustic bread. Myriad pits and crevices greet the eye as large sections of the head contact the glass and stick like glue. I wonder if the rest of the beer will maintain this high degree of quality.

So far, so good. The nose is sunshine bright, like freshly grated citrus peel. In truth, it smells more like a good, lemony American wheat ale than it does a Belgian pale ale (or a Blonde Ale, as the label indicates). I fail to pick up any spicy Belgian yeast that would lead me to think that it was brewed in that country. Although repeated sniffs manage to tease out a minor amount of yeastiness, it's a bit player at best.

Something has gone wrong with the translation from nose to palate. Not horribly wrong, mind you, but a definite step down from the first two attributes. The pale malt base provides more than a token amount of sweetness and there isn't much hoppiness to speak of. Clove spice is more prevalent than in was in the nose, although not greatly so. The flavor profile just seems flat and uninteresting, like the individual entities want to remain individual entities and refuse to play nicely together.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but like the Belgian dark ale (Het Kappitel Pater) from Brouwerij Van Eecke, something is amiss. It's probably nothing more than the fact that I'm used to the better Belgians and this brewery churns out middle of the road beer. This is drinkable stuff, but I've come to expect more and am disappointed when I don't get it.

As the beer warms, I can appreciate some definite banana esters as well as a more vivid clove yeastiness. Both of which make me think of a hefe weizen rather than the stated style. The mouthfeel is a shade more full than medium and is slightly slick and coating. A few more bubbles would lend some life to a flavor profile that is in need of a little help.

Het Kappitel Blond, while a better beer than Het Kappitel Pater, doesn't qualify as anything more than above average. It looks and smells the part, but is lacking some essential ingredient of the alchemy that the best Belgian brewers have perfected over the centuries. With so many better choices out there, I won't be bothering with this one again.

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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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Interesting. I am the only person to have reviewed this on-tap. And my score is going to be wildly different than everyone elses that is on bottles.

Pours a slightly clouded gold. White head that sticks around for quite some time. Flavor is yeasty with a mild sweetness. Feel is smooth on the liquid and gives a soft bubble on the tongue. Extremely drinkable. So smooth it almost gives a gentle drinking experience. I am not sure what the differences are between having the bottle or off the tap, but if this is how it normally is when on-tap, I say go for it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy amber, fluffy white head, active carbonation

Instantly aromatic, notes of apple, pear, citrus, and spicy yeast. Light yet lively, pleasing the nose.

Tastes mild, but happy, further fruit flavors dance on the tongue, banana introduces itself, and lime makes a brief cameo. Nice and yeasty, cookie-ish. Very dainty presence on the palate, though, a very penetrable blonde ale, easy drinking all the way.

A simple imbiber, if unmemorable.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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 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 afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Derek
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bronze-blonde, yeast floaties, off-white head, very little retention, slight lace.

S: Floral hops, earthy-mineral, light spice, toffee, slight fruity esters.

T: Yeasty-earthy-spice, tropical candied fruit, biscuit, hint of alcohol.

M: Light body is well-attenuated, smooth & creamy, modest carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with the label clipped at 02/08. I do not know what that indicates but at the very least it is 5 years old since I sampled it on June 26, 2013.

It does not look bad. The color is light amber with lots of cloudiness due to the bottle fermentation I expect.

Honey! That's what I get right off on the nose. Belgian malts and Belgian sugar sweetness plays second fiddle to the honey ester that is in your face!

The body comes in at around medium but it is smooth and creamy.

The taste is uber-sweet with honey and Belgian sugars. Those really speak for the entire brew. The hops are muted but can be found slithering distantly in the background. I can't say it finishes dry but there is a low bitterness at the finale. Maybe a fresher bottle would give me a different outcome.

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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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Kapittel Blond from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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