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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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 05-10-2004

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Photo of jabo134
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 desint
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of DandyEssex
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From a 330mL bottle, in a tulip.

Golden hay colour, with a slight haze when the lees are added.

Subtle, but nice aromas. Mostly banana, with biscuit & honey. The flavours follow through nicely, with the honey coming forward. Lemon candy in there as well. Slight hop spice on the finish. It is sweeter than I expected. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture

This has no outstanding quality to it, but is complex enough and very easy to drink, almost sessionable even.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this Blond in a tulip.

Appearance- The beer manages a single finger of bright white foam that is very filmy and puffy. It recedes to barely cover the cap and has tons of bubbles.

A very hazy, honey-gold and orange body shines through the glass. A small amount of dark and leafy sediment managed to escape the bottle on my pour, but it settles quickly.

Smell- This has a very nice biscuit malt and honey scent. And when I say honey, I mean, HONEY. I don't think I could get a stronger scent of honey if I actually drizzled some in here.

There may be a little fruity character as well that reminds me of red grapes.

Taste- The drink is not as sweet as the nose, but it holds onto that slightly syrupy, honey flavor near the middle and end of the drink. The front of the drink manages some earthiness and even a wheat feel.

The drink certainly improves as the drink goes along, again, that grape and raisin sweetness combines with the biscuit malt and honey to make a rather sweet, yet soft finish. How they manage to keep it from being cloying is impressive.

Mouth feel- This is more carbonated than it should be. It is just to the point of scratching the tongue with bubbles. The beer is, thankfully, a nice medium body.

Any lighter and that carbonation would have really been overwhelming.

Overall- This beer has decent parts, but they do not come together to form a great beer. The honey scent of the nose, and the estery sweetness on the palate are great.

However, they do not come together in the flavor profiles where it really matters the most. I would have this again, as it is an enjoyable beer. It could just offer so much more.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Kapittel Blond from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
3.6 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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